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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Has a Front Camera
Like most of the other portable PCs of this type and age, the Lenovo W550s has a front camera.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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).
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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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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Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
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 Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
AC Adapter Included
Energy Star Certified
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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