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HP 550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of HP 550. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and battery. The performance and price also get good comments. There are some mixed comments about the sound and screen, and many are critical about the reliability and durability.

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 80/100 = 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 Reviews about the price and battery are overall positive. The keyboard and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative 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

Oct, 2017

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

Consumer review by: Jane (

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

Consumer review by: Anon (

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

Consumer review by: april (

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

Consumer review by: Lilz (

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

Consumer review by: Ricky Messham (

HP 550 Notebook


This laptop is freakin sweet I Love It..

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Sebastián (

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

Consumer review by: guitarjoa (

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

Consumer review by: Carol (

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 Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB


Front Camera: No


Water cooling system: No

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Gloss / Matt

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

Expansion slots

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


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 2 / 4
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
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 64
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1912
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


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

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz


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


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 Drive

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

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.73GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: 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
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache level:L2
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Merom / Skylake
Processor Number:550/T1400/T5270
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 65
Type:Celeron/Celeron Dual Core/Core 2 Duo

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Processor ARK ID:31788 / 35163 / 88185 / 88196
Processor package size:35 / 37.5
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


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


Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2

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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100