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HP 550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews of HP 550. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and battery. The performance and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive comments about the reliability and durability. There are mixed views on the sound and screen.

usability, price, performance, battery, design

portability, durability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP 550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of HP 550 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People really like the price and battery. The keyboard and usability also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the durability and portability.

usability, keyboard, battery, price

portability, durability

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP 550 - Core 2 Duo T5670 / 1.8 GHz - RAM 2 GB HDD 160 GB - DVD RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM - GMA X3100 Dynamic Video Memory Technology LaptopHP 550 - Core 2 Duo T5670 / 1.8 GHz - RAM 2 GB HDD 160 GB - DVD RW (+R DL) / DVD-RAM - GMA X3100 Dynamic Video Memory Technology Laptop

May, 2018

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (

Review HP 550 Notebook


Low-Cost Notebook with pitfalls. 500,- Euro…too expensive? 400,-

Very low price; Relatively good display; Acceptable battery life; Adequate performance for office tasks; Many but relatively expensive upgrade options; Strong Linux compatibility

Case is not resistant to pressure; Poor processing unit; Actual weight exceeds manufacturer's claim by 120g; Loud fans; Interfaces are problematic; Problematic installation of the OS; Poor distribution of connections; Inadequate performance for...

For a little moe, there are already competitors equipped with dual-core CPU's. Otherwise the HP 550 competes with alternatives such as the Lenovo 3000 N200, the Acer Extensa 5220, 5230, Dell Vostro 860 or the MSI Megabook VR602.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Michael Browne (

HP 550 review


A comfortable laptop to use that offers a fair degree of use, at a great price

Easy to use ; Tough design ; Bright screen ; Low price

Poor quality keyboard ; Disappointing battery life

Appealing in spec and price, this is a great value laptop for users with more modest needs

Dec, 2008

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HP 550 Intel Core 2 Duo T5270 2GB 160GB 15,4 DVD-RW DOS


Notebook HP 550 with an Intel Core Duo Processor, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB HDD and a basic DOS OS is a third laptop I've bought. I've had prior experience with HP brand, but this is my first

Oct, 2009

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HP 550 Notebook


As an entry level model it was not very bad performer, yet it has quite serious issues. It is not able to normally control the fan to cool itself down. Every couple of seconds on high load, it switches the fan on full RPM and switches off a bit later...

Dec, 2010

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HP 550 Notebook


i have owned my hp 550 for a little over a year now and i only paid $350 for it at comp usa it was good at first but after a wile the windows vista basic that came with it kept crashing even with nothing on the hard drive… you cant open more then 3...

Aug, 2010

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HP 550 Notebook


Hey guys I have been using my HP550 for a little more than a year now without any problem….untill today.All of the speakers are not working(laptops spkrs) but i can hear when/if i connect headphones.Would some one pleaseeeeee help me out?

Jul, 2010

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HP 550 Notebook


This laptop is freakin sweet I Love It..

Apr, 2010

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HP 550 Notebook


Great Laptop! Excellent price / use relation. About the fan noise, never heard any sound coming out from the FAN, nor the speaker, LOL. Really lousy sound, no stereo. About the conectors, nothing to say, it all fits perfecly, even though that they are...

Jul, 2009

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HP 550 Notebook


This laptop is good, if you downgrade to xp. With vista it's terribly slow. Cost me some trouble, but all i had to do was disable the native sata in the bios… now it works like a charm. This laptop has much brighter colors than my old one (didn't...

Jun, 2009

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HP 550 FS357AA


Everything good about it. Nothing to complain about so far.

Better battery life would be an improvement.

May, 2009

Product Specifications

A comfortable fit for any budget, the HP 550 Notebook PC helps keep you connected and productive so your office goes with you. With a 15.4-inch HP BrightView diagonal widescreen display and a starting weight, the HP 550 is the perfect business partner. WLAN lets you send and receive e-mails or access the Internet - at work, at home and at your favorite hotspots.


Audio:High Definition Audio, mono speaker, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in
Audio included:High Definition Audio, mono speaker, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in
Audio system:HD Audio / HDA / High Definition Audio / High-definition / Intel HDA 3D
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):4.30 / 4.5
Number of battery cells:6
Run Time (Up To):3.75hour(s)/4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB


Front Camera:N


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes


Chassis type:Desktop / Mini Tower
Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Placement supported:Vertical
Product type:Notebook
Water cooling system:N

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:15 / 15.4
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
LED backlight:Y
Panel type:LCD

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65
Power supply:180 / 300
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver

Expansion slots

PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots:1

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x1 slots:1
PCI Express x16 slots:1


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 3100 / Intel GMA X3100 / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 3
Graphics adapter DVI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 384
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 757
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1912
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R7 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard type:Full-sized
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device: / Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone


Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz


Internal memory:0.5 / 1 / 16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2 / 4
Memory clock speed:1600 / 667
Memory layout:1 x 1 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory slots: / 2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade:2 / 4


Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:Bell 103J / Bell 212A / ITU T.30 / ITU V.17 / ITU V.21 / ITU V.22 / ITU V.22bis / ITU V.23 / ITU V.29 / ITU V.32 / ITU V.32bis / ITU V.34 / ITU V.80 / ITU V.8bis / ITU V.92/ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


3G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 4.0
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Intel Fast Ethernet Integrated Controller (10/100 NIC)
Networking Type:Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11b/g

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):5 - 90 / 5 - 95
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35 / 10 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35 / 10 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

BD interface type:SATA
LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type: / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Basic
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Audio system:HDA / High Definition Audio / Intel HDA 3D
Dimensions (WxDxH):10.2 x 10.5 x 1.38 / 14.1 x 10.5 x 1.27
Display: / LCD
Expansion Slots:Slots available for additional devices: 1 ExpressCard/54 slot, Secure Digital (SD) slot
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K / V.92
Power Requirements:External 65W AC adapter, HP Fast Charge Technology 6-cell (47 WHr) Lithium-Ion / External 65W AC adapter, HP Fast Charge Technology\n6-cell (47 WHr) Lithium-Ion
Relative humidity:10 - 90
TV in port:No / Yes
UNSPSC-code:43211503 / 81111812
Wireless option type:Y
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g, b/g, Broadcom 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 / 802.11b/g / Broadcom 802.11 b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Package depth:9.45
Package height:20.5
Package weight:21.4
Package width:19.6


Audio output channels:5.1
Audio system:Bang & Olufsen
Chipset:AMD A78 FCH
Motherboard chipset:AMD A78 FCH
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, stereo microphone in, stereo headphone/line out, power connector, RJ-11, RJ-45
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:65
Power supply:180 / 300
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI3 / FSB
Cache external:2048
Chipset: / Intel GME965 Express
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.73GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 7 / 8 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,1866,2133 / 2133,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Motherboard chipset:Intel GLE960 Express / Intel GME965 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 2x8, 1x8+2x4, 1x16
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processing die size:143
Processor:550 / A10 PRO-8750B / A10-8750 / A8-8650B / i5-6400 / i7-6700 / T5270 / T5470 / T5670
Processor boost frequency:3.3 / 3.8 / 4
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Merom / Skylake
Processor core voltage (AC):0.95 - 1.30
Processor cores:1 / 2 / 4
Processor family: / AMD A / Intel Celeron Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.73 / 1.8 / 1.86 / 2 / 2.7 / 3.2 / 3.4 / 3.6
Processor front side bus:533 / 800
Processor lithography:14 / 65
Processor model:530 / 550 / A10 PRO-8750B / A10-8750 / A8-8650B / i5-6400 / i7-6700 / T5270 / T5470 / T5670
Processor Number:550/T1400/T5270
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop Series
Processor socket:LGA1151 / Socket 478 / Socket AM2 / Socket FM2+ / Socket P
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:A1 / M0 / R0
System bus data transfer rate:8
System bus rate:8
Tcase:100 / 71 / 72.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):27 / 35 / 65
Type:Celeron/Celeron Dual Core/Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:N / No / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:N / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:N / No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):N / No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:29733 / 31788 / 33096 / 35163 / 88185 / 88196
Processor code:SLA2G / SLAEB / SLAJ5 / SLALK / SR2BT / SR2BY
Processor package size:35 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, AVX 2.0, SSE4.2 / SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, SSE4.1
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:N / No / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Security management:Device Access Manager for HP ProtectTools, Kensington Lock Slot
Security management description:Device Access Manager for HP ProtectTools, Kensington Lock Slot

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:HP Backup & Recovery Manager, Roxio Creator Basic 9 / HP Recovery Manager, Roxio Creator Basic 9 / Preloaded software: HP Recovery Manager, Roxio Creator Basic 9
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed: / FreeDOS / Windows 10 Home / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Basic
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO, Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 160 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 120 / 1256 / 160 / 2000 / 250

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business

Technical Details

Display Type:TFT


Video card features:Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.5 / 11 / 14.1 / 14.8 / 6.5
Height:1 / 1.26 / 1.27 / 1.38 / 14.3 / 14.9
Height (front):1 / 1.26 / 1.38
Package depth:9.45
Package height:20.5
Package weight:21.4
Package width:19.6
Weight:12.8 / 15.8 / 4 / 5.49 / 5.51
Width:10.2 / 10.6 / 14 / 14.1 / 281.5 / 6.5