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Lenovo G550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 568 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the performance and screen are overall positive. The keyboard and usability also get good views, but comments are divided on the energy efficiency. Many are negative about the connectivity and sound.

price, usability, keyboard, screen, performance

touchpad, sound, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo G550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo G550

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 42 user reviews of Lenovo G550 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

price, usability, keyboard, battery, durability

reliability

74% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo G550 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Celeron Dual Core T3500 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium)Lenovo G550 15.6 inch Laptop (PDC T4300, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 6 Cell Battery, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium, Black))Lenovo G550 15.6 inch notebook (Intel Celeron Dual Core T3500 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium)

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Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo G550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 151 user reviews of Lenovo G550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

price, usability, reliability, screen, portability

energy

76% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Review Lenovo G550 Notebook

 

Goodbye IBM. Lenovo's G550, part of its 'Value Line' range, was d

Comfortable keyboard with number pad; Casing has a matt finish; Good peformance

Reflective display; Limited choice and poor positioning of ports

Affordable 15-something inch machines like the Dell Vostro 1520 or the HP Probook 4510s, although these are more orientated towards the business market. The HP Compaq 6735s could also be an interesting alternative.

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Lenovo G550 Review

 

The new Lenovo G550 is an update to the Value Line G530 with the primary difference being the shift from a 16:10 to a 16:9 screen. This is becoming a common trend for most manufacturers, as they shift to the now more standardized 16:9 screens. The...

Almost tough enough to stand on ; Textured interior and exterior finish hides smudges and fingerprints ; Comfortable and solid keyboard

Missing features from previous revision

Lenovo transitioned to a new touchpad on the G550, switching from the Synaptics model on the G530 to an ALPS pad. The ALPS pad doesn't have as quick of a refresh rate, so at times it feels like the pointer is lagging behind your finger. Another problem...

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Lenovo G550 review

 

A fantastic machine that ticks most of the boxes required of a family laptop

Solid performance ; Decent graphics ; Great screen ; Good battery life

No card reader ; Slightly spongy keyboard

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Lenovo G550 review

 

We reviewed a version of Lenovo's G550 last month (Labs, Shopper 262), but that was the entry-level model and was quite slow.

With a fast processor and good all-round specification, the G550 is a well-built laptop and is reasonably priced, but the screen is disappointing.

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Lenovo G550

 

Lenovo's iconic ThinkPad range has become synonymous with high-quality business portables, and with its Value line, it's attempting to recreate that success with keenly priced consumer models such as the G550.

Lenovo's G550 tries to combine ThinkPad build quality with consumer-friendly features, but it's a disappointing mix

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Lenovo G550 review

 

Lenovo's G550 tries to combine ThinkPad build quality with consumer-friendly features, but it's a disappointing mix.

But despite fine performance, Lenovo’s G550 doesn’t deliver the all-round panache of some of its rivals. With a poor display, unremarkable build quality and mediocre ergonomics, it simply doesn’t have what it takes to compete with best in this price...

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great black friday buy 279. use it to pay online bills.

 

Very happy!!!!!

The price was right, the look was attractive , the size was great, the speed is surpisely fast, and it's a lenovo

i have nothing bad t o say about the unit

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Handles All Tasks Well

 

I can't believe this model is currently selling on Amazon for $649.88, considering what I paid for it. I was worried when purchasing entry level Lenovo. Previously considered HP, Asus, Dell and other more well-known brands, but this Lenovo has not...

I purchased this "economy" laptop for my wife last Christmas at Newegg on "Black Friday" for a great price-- $360.00 including shipping. We are completely satisfied with the speed and memory of this model. Also, Windows 7 is great. Totally happy

None-after nearly 1 year of flawless performance, no regrets. I took a chance and went for the deal amd it worked out-good battery life,fast ,great for all-around home computing or travelling. Sorry, but there are no negatives. Would recommend Lenovo

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Handles All Tasks Well

 

I can't believe this model is currently selling on Amazon for $649.88, considering what I paid for it. I was worried when purchasing entry level Lenovo. Previously considered HP, Asus, Dell and other more well-known brands, but this Lenovo has not...

I purchased this "economy" laptop for my wife last Christmas at Newegg on "Black Friday" for a great price-- $360.00 including shipping. We are completely satisfied with the speed and memory of this model. Also, Windows 7 is great. Totally happy

None-after nearly 1 year of flawless performance, no regrets. I took a chance and went for the deal amd it worked out-good battery life,fast ,great for all-around home computing or travelling. Sorry, but there are no negatives. Would recommend Lenovo

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Super Duper Economy Laptop / Notebook

 

I couldn't be happier with this machine. As an economy laptop it outperformed my expectations exceptionally well. Windows 7 is great. I don't feel the need for linux at all (pronounced "Lyin' Yucks" btw) Updated on Jan 21, 2010

Smooth chassis and keyboard, touchpad slick and responsive, screen bright and clear, powerful enough to do just about everything with ease. Video capable of DDO at 'very high' graphics, or better at 'high' graphics

Screen only capable of 60Hz. Speakers wimpy but adequate for laptop performance, ok for voice, music weak. Occasional Windows 7 burps and hiccups that are easily and mostly automatically corrected (one time i had to logout, when widgets vanished)

Product Specifications

Offer a greater choice to your customers and satisfy the needs of more growing businesses, with the Lenovo G530 notebook. A smart addition to Lenovo range of business notebooks, the G530 notebook is engineered to include Lenovo-unique technologies that reduce downtime, improve productivity and lower Total Cost of Ownership. The Lenovo G530 notebook is a stylish widescreen notebook combining excellent features at a great price. Full-featured, widescreen Lenovo G530 notebooks provide not only the functionality to run a small business but also the features to enjoy computing at home. The same engineers that brought you the legendary keyboard design on ThinkPad notebooks now give you great tactile feel with intelligent layout and performance on other Lenovo notebooks. Thoughtfully designed, the keyboard has specialized keys and buttons for easy access to the Presentation Director application and LenovoCareSM tools, as well as multimedia controls for stop, play, forward, rewind and pause.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):3.8hour(s)/5hour(s) / 3.8hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.1in/10.1in / 9.6in/9.6in/9.7in / 9.6in
Height:1.4in/1.5in/1.5in / 1.4in
Weight:5.5lbs / 6lbs/6lbs
Width:14.1in/14.1in / 15in/15in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:15.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.62cm/39.6cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold/EPEAT Silver

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:2958
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo G530/Lenovo G530 / Lenovo G550/Lenovo G550

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Black / Gray/Gray/Gray / Black

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.1

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type:DVD-Writer

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium/Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium / Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.1GHz/2.2GHz/2GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T4200/T4300/T4400/T6500/T6600
Type:Core 2 Duo/Dual Core/Pentium

RAM

Installed Size:2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB / 4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM / DDR3 SDRAM/DDR3 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:160GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500M/Intel GMA 4500MHD/Intel GMA X4500/Intel GMA X4500 / Intel GMA 4500M/NVIDIA GeForce G105M