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Lenovo ThinkPad W550 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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

15 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on laptops of a comparable age and type to it.

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

Most portable PCs of this age and type have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys, including the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 which has three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Portable PCs

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

Very Long Battery Life (max)

When compared to other laptops of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad W550 that we have checked, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550's battery life (max) of 21.8 hours is one of the longest. The battery life (max)s of medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 range from 2.5h to 24h.

Notebook PCs with a longer battery life (max) that might be worth looking at include the Fujitsu LifeBook S904[plb_2861117_price] (24h) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Fast Processor Frequency

The ThinkPad W550 has a quite fast processor frequency (2.4 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. The processor frequencys of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 range from 0.8GHz to 3GHz.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad W550 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The best memory clock speeds supported by processor of all comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Across all the notebook PCs of this spec and age the internal memorys range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB. At 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released one year ago.

If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (12GB) which also has a higher rating.

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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 a 1366 x 768 pixels notebook PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

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

The worst display resolution amongst similar types of laptop is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad W550 has a better processor family than most laptops of this type and age. This Lenovo notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family, whereas most laptops that were launched around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. The worst processor family of all medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550 is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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Fairly Fast Hard Drive Speed

The average hard drive speed of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W550 is 5,900 RPM. With a hard drive speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to 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 typical of many comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad W550. The maximum internal memorys of medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released one year ago range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550. Comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 have processor caches of between 1MB and 6MB.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slots, which is the most commonly found memory slots on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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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 frequently found on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad W550 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 do have a full-size keyboard.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This laptop has an HDD storage media, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and type to 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.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago, the ThinkPad W550 does not have a touchscreen.

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Quite Low Speaker Power

Across all the notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 the speaker powers range from 1W to 4W. The speaker power of the ThinkPad W550 of only 1 Watt is one of the lowest amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W550.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is typical of many portable PCs that came out 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 Lenovo laptop was released.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the ThinkPad W550 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a pretty standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The ThinkPad W550 has a relatively typical weight (2.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W550.

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Specification

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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
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Intel Visual Technology
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Expert Reviews

(25)
15 July 2015

Hothardware.com

This is a good year for creative professionals that are constantly on the go. After watching the corporate world trot around with thin and light notebooks that sport bleeding-edge hardware and... Read more…

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

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User Reviews

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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 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 1 December 2015 by Scotte28516
Scotte28516 would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

I bought my first W550s for my home based business in June 2015. Expansion required another, and the choice was a no brainer! This is by far, the best keyboard layout with a right and 10-key, and... Read more…

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…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo k620, lenovo w550, lenovo k620m, lenovo w550s, lenovo i75500, lenovo i75500u
Barcodes 00889233154328, 00889233156834, 08892331568340

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