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Lenovo E550 2 Core Intel Core I3-5xxx 2GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I3-5xxx 2GHz 4GB Jul 2015
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9 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Lenovo portable PCs and also specifically for Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs and found that in both cases Lenovo had good ratings compared to other brands.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo E550 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year. Most laptops that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the E550 the best memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,866MHz and the worst is 133MHz.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo E550 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the E550.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard to this notebook PC and we think the Lenovo Z51-70 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We compared this portable PC to all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think the Acer Aspire E5-571, or the Fujitsu LifeBook A514 is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo E550 has a front camera. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the E550 also have a front camera.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a front camera to this portable PC and we think cheaper portable PCs such as the Lenovo Z51-70 is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs which also have a front camera which you might also want to consider including the Acer Aspire E5-571, or the Fujitsu LifeBook A514.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of this age and spec.

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Six Battery Cells

The Lenovo E550 is a six battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the E550 have between two and eight battery cells.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on comparable spec laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 850 megahertz, the Lenovo E550 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Portable PCs of this age and type have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 750MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 950MHz.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time 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.

We compared this laptop to all the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the Toshiba Satellite C50-B, and the Medion Akoya E6415 is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a laptop with a better storage medium then you might also want to look at the ProBook 450 (SSD), or the ZBook 14 G2 (SSD) both from HP or the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 (SSD).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the E550 have internal memory of between 2GB and 16GB, and the average internal memory is 6.3GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo E550 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

We compared all the other 4GB internal memory laptops to this portable PC and we think cheaper laptops such as the Toshiba Satellite C50-B is also worth considering.

If this notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to look at the HP Pavilion 14-ab166us (6GB), the Lenovo G70-80 (8GB), or the Toshiba Z40 (8GB).

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Only Intel Core I3-5xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo E550 has an Intel Core i3-5xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year the worst processor family is AMD E and the best is Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year, the Lenovo E550 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

Other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to consider include the Inspiron 15, or the Inspiron 15 both from DELL; or the Asus UX301LA.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Lenovo E550 is a one USB 2.0 port portable PC. Most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the E550 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports.

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Thick

The Lenovo E550 is one of the thicker medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago (27 millimeters) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average height of laptops that were launched around the same time as the E550 is 27mm.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo E550

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2 gigahertz, the Lenovo E550 has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL Latitude 15 3550.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to consider the HP Probook 430 G2 (2.2GHz), or the Lenovo T450 (2.2GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo E550 has a pretty standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the E550.

Other 15.6" notebook PCs currently available that you might want to look at include the Toshiba Satellite C50-B, or the HP EliteBook 850 which is cheaper.

If this laptop screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo Z70-80 (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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Average Battery Life

The Lenovo E550 has a relatively typical battery life (9 hours) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the E550.

We compared this laptop to all the other 9h battery life portable PCs and we think the DELL Latitude 15 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a longer battery life that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo T450 (10.08h) which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo E550 has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the E550.

We compared all the other 500GB total storage capacity laptops to this notebook PC and we think a cheaper notebook PC such as the Toshiba Satellite C50-B, and the Acer Aspire V3-331 or you might consider a higher scoring notebook PC such as the DELL Latitude 15 are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire E5-573 (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Weight

At 2.4 kilograms, the Lenovo E550 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

Laptops with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Lenovo E50-80 (2.4kg and cheaper).

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Expert Reviews

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6 November 2015

In review: Lenovo ThinkPad E550. Test model provided by CampusPoint.At a purchase price of 1000 Euro (~$1100), the top-model in the E550-series can't be considered entry-level any longer and...

10 July 2015

Great CPU and graphics performance for the money, an adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive...

Great CPU and graphics performance for the money, an adequate display and solid build quality make the E550 surprisingly impressive...

3 March 2015

No wonder that last year's Lenovo ThinkPad E540 was selling so well, but does its successor live up to the legacy? Well, in some terms yes, but in others ? no. Lenovo kept the same minimalistic...

30 November 2015

Un boost en performance des plus coûteux. Pour sa configuration haut-de-gamme du E550, Lenovo n'a pas fait que retenir un processeur Core i7, une carte graphique Radeon est aussi de la partie.... Read more…

Solid chassis, docking station connector, fast WLAN, responsive keyboard, good performance, low temperature and noise
Smart build quality
Good performance levels
Battery life is impressive
Great keyboard
Dark display with low viewing angle stability, slow hard drive, comperatively high price
12month warranty
No SSD option
Screen is only a TN panel
DisplayPort output would have been nice
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User Reviews

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Reviewed 30 May 2015 by Small Town Girl
Small Town Girl would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

I thought I had to have an ASUS to replace my dropped and broken laptop, but I didn't want to spend that much. I did a ton of research and finally determined that the ThinkPad might suit my needs... Read more…

Reviewed 19 November 2015 by Doc
Doc would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

So far so good. trackpad works well, good battery life. Required more software which should have been recommended at the time of purchase...

Reviewed 16 November 2015 by LF
LF would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

Its very good and Processing fast...

Reviewed 9 November 2015 by Leo
(Verified Purchase)

Nice ten-key design, more powerful than E450 E440...

Reviewed 13 July 2015 by Knox tech
Knox tech would recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series (Verified Purchase)

Use mainly for personal stuff but seems to have pleatny of speed and power...

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