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

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

16 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This notebook PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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

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

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Good Brand

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

Fairly Fast Processor Frequency

The processor frequencys of laptops of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad W550 range from 0.8GHz to 3GHz. At 2.4 gigahertz, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite fast processor frequency compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W550.

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Very Long Battery Life (max)

Laptops of this type and age have battery life (max)s of between 2.5h and 24h. With a battery life (max) of 17 hours, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a very long battery life (max) compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a longer battery life (max) then you might also want to consider the Lenovo W550s[plb_3369680_price] (17.3h) which is also higher rated.

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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 medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago. In addition, this laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 is 6.3GB, and the internal memorys range from 2GB to 16GB. At 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

If this Lenovo portable PC internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (12GB) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year, the ThinkPad W550 has a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than most medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago. Most portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Across all laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W550 the worst processor family is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Has a Front Camera

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

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite big maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W550. Portable PCs of a similar age and type to the ThinkPad W550 have maximum internal memory (64-bit)s of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 13GB.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

Laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550 have maximum internal memorys of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 13GB. The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has one of the bigger maximum internal memorys (16 gigabytes) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than a year have display brightnesss of between 200 cd/m² and 1,200 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 270 cd/m². The ThinkPad W550 has one of the brighter display brightnesss (350 candellas per square meter) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad W550. Across all the portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W550 the processor caches range from 1MB to 6MB.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slots, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This portable PC has a 11.2 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This laptop has a Hybrid-HDD storage media, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age. 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

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec 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 ThinkPad W550 has a very low speaker power compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W550. Across all the medium processor cores notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W550 the speaker powers range from 1W to 4W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported bluetooth version on medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W550

Released Over a Year Ago

This medium processor cores notebook PC was released over a year ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W550.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 15.6" portable PCs currently available including the Asus X551CA[plb_2045549_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger display diagonal then you might want to consider the DELL Inspiron 17 5748[plb_2962180_price] (17.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the ThinkPad W550.

If you want a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Lenovo T450s[plb_3046986_price] (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 2.3 kilograms, the ThinkPad W550 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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Specification

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Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
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Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
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Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
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Processor Codename
Processor Series
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PCI Express Configurations
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Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Clock Speed
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Total Storage Capacity
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Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Display
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Full HD
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Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
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Optical Drive
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
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Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
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
Full-Size Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
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 Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
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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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 Life (max)
Battery Technology
Power
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Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
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Height
Depth
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Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo k620, lenovo w550, lenovo k620m, lenovo w550s, lenovo i75500, lenovo i75500u
Barcodes 00889233762639

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