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Lenovo ThinkPad W550 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

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

16 Reasons For

Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 the maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys range from 1.7GB to 16GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550's maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is one of the biggest amongst laptops of this spec and age.

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

Most laptops that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys, including the ThinkPad W550 which has three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Lenovo Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

Lenovo has good average ratings for its medium processor cores portable PCs as well as across its entire notebook PC range compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Long Battery Life (max)

The ThinkPad W550 has a very long battery life (max) (21.8 hours) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the ThinkPad W550. The shortest battery life (max) of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 2h, the longest is 5,200h, and the average battery life (max) is 26h.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most laptops of a similar type and age to it.

This notebook PC's processor family (Intel Core i7) is actually the best processor family across all notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad W550.

Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst processor family is AMD C.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad W550 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of a comparable age and spec to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this laptop 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 portable PCs of this spec and age.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of notebook PC.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age. Across all the medium processor cores portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550 the internal memorys range from 1GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.5GB.

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SSD Storage Media

The ThinkPad W550 has a better storage medium than most comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as it. This notebook PC has an SSD storage media, whereas most medium processor cores portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage media. 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 amongst all medium processor cores portable PCs that have been available for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of portable PC the worst storage medium is HDD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the ThinkPad W550 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all laptops of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad W550.

The worst display resolution across similar types of portable PC is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad W550 has a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago which do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W550 has a front camera, as do most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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256 Solid-State Drive Capacitys

The ThinkPad W550 is a 256 gigabytes solid-state drive capacity portable PC. Most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 have between 8 and 999 solid-state drive capacitys.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 is a three USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger processor caches (4 megabytes) amongst laptops of this age. Laptops of this age and spec have processor caches of between 0.51MB and 4MB.

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Fairly Big Cache Memory

The average cache memory of medium processor cores portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550 is 3.1MB. With a cache memory of 4 megabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger cache memorys amongst medium processor cores portable PCs of this age.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of portable PCs of this age and spec is 260 cd/m², and the display brightnesss range from 20 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550.

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10 Reasons Against

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

At only 950 megahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1,100MHz.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At only 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550. The maximum internal memory supported by processors of notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 256 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that came out more than two years ago. The smallest total storage capacity of medium processor cores portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 1GB and the biggest is 2TB.

Notebook PCs with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the Packard Bell ME69BMP[plb_2868533_price] (320GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This laptop ethernet LAN data rates, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data rates on medium processor cores portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Only Three Number of Battery Cellss

The ThinkPad W550 is a three number of battery cells portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 have between one and eight number of battery cellss.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

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

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Very Low Speaker Power

The ThinkPad W550 has one of the lower speaker powers (only 1 Watt) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age. The lowest speaker power of medium processor cores portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 1W and the highest is 11W.

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Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System

This notebook PC has a Windows 8.1 Pro recovery operating system, which is typical of many medium processor cores portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Only 802.11a Wi-Fi Standards

The ThinkPad W550 has an 802.11a wi-Fi standards which is better than most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it. Most laptops of a similar age and type to it have an 802.11n wi-Fi standards. The best Wi-Fi standard of all laptops that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 is 802.11n and the worst is IEEE 802.11a.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported bluetooth version on medium processor cores portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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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 Lenovo released the ThinkPad W550.

Average Processor Frequency

The ThinkPad W550 has a pretty standard processor frequency (2.4 gigahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

If this notebook PC processor frequency is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the HP ProBook 650 G1[plb_2949828_price] (2.5GHz and higher rated).

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Average Display Diagonal

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a pretty typical display diagonal (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 15.6" laptops currently available including the DELL Inspiron 15[plb_2648860_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.3 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Specification

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Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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Display
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Display Surface
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Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
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SmartCard Slot
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
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Keyboard Backlit
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Windows Keys
Pointing Device
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Recovery Operating System
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Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
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)
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Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
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Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
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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
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Processor Package Size
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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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
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Battery
Battery Life (max)
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Power
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Fingerprint Reader
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Certification
RoHS Compliance
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Energy Star Certified
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
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Video Compression Formats

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Expert Reviews

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6 June 2015

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

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14 April 2015

Lenovo has been busy rolling out all manner of flexible, slim, and otherwise noteworthy laptops and tablets, but that doesn't mean it has turned a blind eye to one of its staple offerings:... Read more…

31 March 2015

With more conservative CPU and GPU configurations than last year's ThinkPad W540, the W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life ? all in a lighter, thinner...

30 March 2015

With more conservative CPU and GPU configurations than last year's ThinkPad W540, the W550s provides impressive performance with the added bonus of longer battery life ? all in a lighter, thinner...

28 March 2015

Surpresa! A Lenovo expande sua série W com um workstation móvel muito fino, que consegue estabelecer alguns novos recordes. Ele se beneficia de componentes como o primeiro chip profissional da... Read more…

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User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 20 August 2015 by Vince the Environmentalist

Just received my laptop and the first thing I noticed right out of the box was how thin and light this laptop was. On the other hand, when I turned the computer on, the viewing angles were... Read more…

Reviewed 7 December 2015 by WBC NH
WBC NH would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I am a Java developer. I run multiple databases and application servers on the PC. This thing screams through compiling and running applications. The solid state drive and 16gb of memory was a... Read more…

Reviewed 14 November 2015 by Metricus
Metricus would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I bought it to use it for CAD purposes and general home use. I chose the ssd and 3k display. It is quiet, sleek and powerful. For my needs it strikes the right balance. I wish Lenevo would not... Read more…

Reviewed 26 October 2015 by Contactabrish
Contactabrish would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

So far i am happy with the performance of my new laptop...

Reviewed 25 October 2015 by Dlang511
Dlang511 would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I've been testing the W550 machine as a replacement for all my office machines providing laptops to all staff. With all features provided especially the finger print and docking station I couldn't... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo 20e2, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo p230669, lenovo p230669p
Barcodes 00889233155059, 00889233155127, 00889233155264, 00889233156780, 00889233157022, 00889233157237, 00889233157435, 00889233158043, 00889233158104, 00889233158210, 00889233158852, 00889233617311

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