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Lenovo ThinkPad W550 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 15.5" Laptop

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Lenovo ThinkPad W550s Review
Lenovo ThinkPad w550 Laptop Review - Best Laptop of 2015?

13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as it.

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Three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantitys

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity portable PC.

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Lenovo Notebook PCs Have Good Reviews

Medium processor cores notebook PCs manufactured by Lenovo have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just medium processor cores notebook PCs) and found that Lenovo also has good reviews across its entire range.

Quite Fast Processor Frequency

The average processor frequency of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W550 is 2.2GHz. With a processor frequency of 2.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a quite fast processor frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.4GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the HP ENVY 17[plb_2351338_price].

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this Lenovo portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Portable PCs of this type and age processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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SSD Storage Media

The ThinkPad W550 has an SSD storage media which is better than the HDD storage media found on most portable PCs of this age and spec. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

An SSD storage media is in fact the best storage medium across all similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

Across comparable types of laptop the worst storage medium is HDD.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad W550 has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. The best processor family of all notebook PCs of this type and age is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W550 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

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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 frequently found wi-Fi standards on medium processor cores notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

The ThinkPad W550 is a three USB 3.0 port portable PC.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 is 270 cd/m². The ThinkPad W550 has a quite bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other laptops that were released one year ago.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

Laptops of a similar age and spec to the ThinkPad W550 have processor caches of between 1MB and 6MB. At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slots, which is the most frequently found memory slots on notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.

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6 Reasons Against

Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This notebook PC has a 11.2 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly found on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on laptops of this type and age.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad W550 which have a full-size keyboard.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Across all the medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the total storage capacitys range from 32GB to 2TB. With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The ThinkPad W550 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad W550 also do not have a touchscreen.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a quite low speaker power compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550. The lowest speaker power of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W550 is 1W, the highest is 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W550

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this medium processor cores notebook PC was released.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550.

If this Lenovo laptop internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (12GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 15.5 inches, the ThinkPad W550 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Average Weight

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a relatively standard weight (2.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W550.

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Specification

Design
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Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Configurable TDP-Down Frequency
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
SmartCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel® OS Guard
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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Expert Reviews

(11)
6 June 2015

The ThinkPad W550s Mobile Workstation was a very powerful laptop to use while we had the review unit...

Tweaktown.com

21 May 2015

Prioritizing portability over processing power, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s is a mobile workstation that delivers plenty of mobility, but falls behind the competition under more strenuous workloads...

3 May 2015

Designed with the mobile graphics pro in mind, the ThinkPad W550s delivers mil-spec durability, powerful Nvidia K620M graphics and a whopping 15-plus hours of battery life...

While Lenovo's ThinkPad W540 focused on raw computing power, the W550s gives priority to battery life. The result is a 5.5-pound mobile workstation that isn't quite as potent as its predecessor,...

Computershopper.com

30 April 2015

This workstation Ultrabook sports a 15.5-inch 3K touch display, Nvidia Quadro graphics and one of the longest battery runtimes we've measured, but are these travel benefits worth the performance... Read more…

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 1 December 2015 by Hernanliendo

Using the laptop for one week and the mail mouse button was jammed :( I was expecting to get a very top quality product, mouse problems one week after the first usage and I found this out :(...

Reviewed 27 November 2015 by Mexico John

Lenovo perfected the keyboard by 2000AD ... then started changing the keyboard often for the worse. The key surfaces are so polished the fingers easily slide off due to poor digital adhesion.... Read more…

Reviewed 22 October 2015 by Liejian
Liejian would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I am a web developer and I have been using thinkpads for the past 10 years. After lenovo got rid of the buttons under the trackpoint, I switched to dell. The dells were horribly unreliable. I was... Read more…

Reviewed 18 October 2015 by WASTe of money

Had to be sent for repair and only 1 1/2 days after receipt. I bought it with Windows 7 features but it really was a Windows 8 in disguise. No dvd player. Had to buy one. Just a piece of expensive... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2015 by Anonymous

I am also not buying it due to the offset keyboard. It should be an option, it's not so hard to make 2 different keyboards. I love my W530...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20e2, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo p230669, lenovo p230669p
Barcodes 00889233154779, 08892331547796

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