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Lenovo W550s 2 Core Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 15.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-5xxx 2.4GHz 8GB Apr 2015
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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on laptops of this type and age.

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

The Lenovo W550s is a three USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the W550s have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Lenovo Laptops Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,358 expert and user reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its portable PCs. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range compared to other brands.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the W550s is 0.8GHz and the fastest is 3.3GHz. At 2.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo W550s has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the Asus UX303UB (2.5GHz) which is also higher rated.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo W550s supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. Most comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this Lenovo laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all laptops of a similar age and type to the W550s the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo W550s has a better storage medium than most similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to it. This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most notebook PCs of this age and type have an HDD storage medium. 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.

This portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst similar types of portable PC.

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Intel Core I7-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo W550s has an Intel Core i7-5xxx processor family which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Across all similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the W550s the best processor family is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs of this type and age, the Lenovo W550s has a front camera.

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Three USB 3.0 Ports

Most laptops that have been around for around the same time as the W550s have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the Lenovo W550s which has three USB 3.0 ports.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The display brightnesss of portable PCs that came out more than a year ago range from 200 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m². The Lenovo W550s has a fairly bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the W550s.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the W550s is 1MB and the biggest is 6MB. At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo W550s has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the W550s.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo W550s does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the W550s which have a full-size keyboard.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo W550s has one of the smaller total storage capacity (only 256 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average total storage capacity of comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to the W550s is 550GB.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Precision M2800 (500GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo W550s does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the W550s also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only Three Battery Cells

Most portable PCs of this age and spec have between two and eight battery cells, including the Lenovo W550s which has three battery cells.

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Very Low Speaker Power

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago the speaker power range from 1W to 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W. The Lenovo W550s has one of the lower speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Only 802.11a WiFi Standard

The Lenovo W550s has an 802.11a WiFi standard which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. Most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it have an 802.11n WiFi standard. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the W550s the worst Wi-Fi standard is IEEE 802.11a and the best is 802.11n.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo W550s

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Lenovo released the W550s.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo W550s has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the W550s.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Fujitsu Lifebook U745 (12GB).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.5 inches, the Lenovo W550s has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

If you are looking for a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the DELL Inspiron 15 3542 (15.6" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 2.2 kilograms, the Lenovo W550s has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released around the same time as the W550s.

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Expert Reviews

(25)
15 July 2015

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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 20e2, lenovo w550, lenovo w550s, lenovo p230669, lenovo p230669p
Barcodes 00889561473276
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