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HP 550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the keyboard and usability. The battery and design also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the performance and screen, and there are some critical reviews about the portability.

value for money, design, battery, usability, keyboard

portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP 550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 76 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for HP 550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of HP 550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

keyboard, battery, usability

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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 Laptop550 Cel 550 15.4 1024/160 Pc

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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.

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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

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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

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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...

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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...

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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?

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HP 550 Notebook

 

This laptop is freakin sweet I Love It..

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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...

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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...

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HP 550 Notebook

 

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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 Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3.75hour(s)/4.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.5in
Height:1.3in/1.4in
Weight:5.5lbs
Width:14.1in

Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:550
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz

Miscellaneous

Manufacturer Selling Program:HP Smart Buy

Modem

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

Networking

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
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11b/g

Optical Storage

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

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.73GHz/2GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:550/T1400/T5270
Type:Celeron/Celeron Dual Core/Core 2 Duo

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100
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