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Lenovo ThinkPad E550 2 Core Intel Core I3-5xxx 2GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-5xxx 2GHz 8GB Jan 2015
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15 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This portable PC has an average expert rating of 81 out of 100 based on twelve expert reviews from sites including Techradar, notebookcheck.net, notebookcheck.biz and notebookcheck.it.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 7 user reviews this medium processor cores notebook PC has an average user rating of 83 out of 100.

Robust

One person mentioned in their reviews that this laptop was well made. Techradar.com mentioned on expert website Techradar two years ago “An adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive” in their review of this laptop.

Good Product Quality

One customer reckoned that the product was good quality.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad E550 has a very big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. Across all the laptops that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad E550 the maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys range from 1.7GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 2.7GB.

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Lenovo Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

On average Lenovo medium processor cores notebook PCs have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all notebook PCs manufactured by Lenovo.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad E550 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad E550.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of portable PC is 133MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad E550. Medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad E550 have internal memorys of between 1GB and 16GB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 8GB internal memory laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the Latitude 14 7404[pl_2327337_price], or the 13[pl_2215401_price] both from DELL or the HP EliteBook Folio 1040[plb_2743323_price].

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad E550 has a full-size keyboard, which is unusual. Most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad E550 do not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this portable PC to all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think because of it's better review score, the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price], the Fujitsu LifeBook E744[plb_2479370_price], and the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2799483_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad E550 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad E550.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price], or the DELL Latitude 14 7000[plb_2697624_price].

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

The slowest hard drive speed of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 4,200 RPM and the fastest is 7,200 RPM. The Lenovo ThinkPad E550 has a quite fast hard drive speed (7,200 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad E550.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most commonly found wi-Fi standards on laptops of this spec and age.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slots, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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10 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Two Lenovo ThinkPad E550 owners who bought this laptop concluded that it was not good value for money. Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “Business-class mobile workstations aren't normally great value for money” in their review although they still rated it 80 out of 100. Techradar.com also mentioned “This is especially true of Lenovo's ThinkPad line, which usually competes right at the high-end of the market, with a corresponding high cost.”.

One Lenovo ThinkPad E550 owner who purchased the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 concluded that it was not cheap. Notebookcheck.net mentioned two years ago “Expensive performance boost” .

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

Across all the medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad E550 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz. When compared to other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad E550 that we have checked, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of the ThinkPad E550 of only 850 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Only Not Supported HD Type

The HD type of this portable PC is Not supported, which is the most frequently found HD type on medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This laptop has an HDD storage media, which is the most commonly found storage media on notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

Other laptops that have an HDD storage media currently available that you might also want to consider include the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price] which has better reviews.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo laptop is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Latitude 12 E7240[pl_1619979_price] (SSD and higher rated), or the 13[pl_2215401_price] (SSD and higher rated) both from DELL.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This portable PC ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad E550, the ThinkPad E550 does not have a touchscreen.

We compared this portable PC to all the other laptops with a touchscreen and we think the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price], or the DELL 13[plb_2215401_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Dim Display Brightness

The ThinkPad E550 has one of the dimmer display brightnesss (only 200 candellas per square meter) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age. The average display brightness of comparable spec notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago is 260 cd/m².

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16,384 megabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad E550. Across all the laptops of this age and spec the maximum internal memorys range from 8.1GB to 33GB.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported bluetooth version on medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad E550

Released Over Two Years Ago

This notebook PC was released over two years ago.

Average Processor Frequency

At 2 gigahertz, the ThinkPad E550 has a relatively standard processor frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad E550.

Alternative 2GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the DELL Inspiron 17 7737[plb_2579406_price].

If this notebook PC processor frequency is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the EliteBook Folio 1040[pl_2743323_price] (2.2GHz and higher rated), or the ZBook 14[pl_2746897_price] (2.4GHz and higher rated) both from HP or the Toshiba Satellite S50-B[plb_2756222_price] (2.2GHz and higher rated).

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the ThinkPad E550 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad E550.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.6" notebook PCs currently available including the Samsung ATIV Book 9[plb_2413902_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 9 hours, the ThinkPad E550 has a relatively standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad E550.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 9h battery life portable PCs currently available including the Lenovo T420[plb_1562255_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a laptop with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the Fujitsu LifeBook E754[plb_2988448_price] (13h and higher rated).

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Intel Core I3-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo ThinkPad E550 has a better processor family than most notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i3-5xxx processor family, whereas most medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad E550.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Toshiba Satellite S50-B[plb_2756222_price] (1TB), or the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2799483_price] (1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the ThinkPad E550 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad E550.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 2.4kg heavy notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the DELL Inspiron 15R 5537[plb_2195633_price].

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Expert Reviews

(16)
6 November 2015

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad E550. Test model provided by CampusPoint.At a purchase price of 1000 Euro (~$1100), the top-model in the E550-series can't be considered entry-level any longer and...

10 July 2015

Great CPU and graphics performance for the money, an adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive...

Great CPU and graphics performance for the money, an adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive...

3 March 2015

No wonder that last year's Lenovo ThinkPad E540 was selling so well, but does its successor live up to the legacy? Well, in some terms yes, but in others ? no. Lenovo kept the same minimalistic...

30 November 2015

Un boost en performance des plus coûteux. Pour sa configuration haut-de-gamme du E550, Lenovo n'a pas fait que retenir un processeur Core i7, une carte graphique Radeon est aussi de la partie.... Read more…

Solid chassis, docking station connector, fast WLAN, responsive keyboard, good performance, low temperature and noise
Smart build quality
Good performance levels
Battery life is impressive
Great keyboard
Dark display with low viewing angle stability, slow hard drive, comperatively high price
12month warranty
No SSD option
Screen is only a TN panel
DisplayPort output would have been nice
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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 30 May 2015 by Small Town Girl
Small Town Girl would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

I thought I had to have an ASUS to replace my dropped and broken laptop, but I didn't want to spend that much. I did a ton of research and finally determined that the ThinkPad might suit my needs... Read more…

Reviewed 19 November 2015 by Doc
Doc would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

So far so good. trackpad works well, good battery life. Required more software which should have been recommended at the time of purchase...

Reviewed 16 November 2015 by LF
LF would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

Its very good and Processing fast...

Reviewed 9 November 2015 by Leo
(Verified Purchase)

Nice ten-key design, more powerful than E450 E440...

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Knox tech
Knox tech would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

Use mainly for personal stuff but seems to have pleatny of speed and power...

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2 core Intel Core i3-5xxx 2GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
£ 549.90
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Vastly Newer Intel TSX-NI Version
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