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Lenovo G550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 558 reviews of Lenovo G550. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and screen are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good opinions, but there are mixed views on the energy efficiency and keyboard. Some have doubts about the connectivity and touchpad.

price, performance, usability, screen, durability

touchpad, 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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Lenovo G550 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the durability and screen are overall positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the portability, while many are negative about the reliability and keyboard.

price, usability, performance, screen, durability

keyboard, reliability

78% of the reviews on 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 (Intel Celeron Dual Core T3500 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium)

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Lenovo G550


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Lenovo G550 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the design and reliability are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the image quality, and opinions about the portability and durability are mixed.

price, performance, usability, reliability, design

image quality

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Martina Osztovits (

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.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Kevin O'Brien (

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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Alex Bentley (

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

A great laptop to suit the whole family or the mobile worker alike.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Will Stapley (

Lenovo G550


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

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (

Lenovo G550 review


Lenovo's G550 is one of the cheapest laptops that we've ever seen, but you wouldn't know it from looking at it.

A low-priced laptop with a lot going for it, but the screen quality and slightly spongy keyboard let it down slightly.

Oct, 2009

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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...

Jan, 2010

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Great Laptop!


I bought this laptop for $399 in the summer of 2010 to use for college, and still using it in 2014. It has been very reliable and hasn't given me any serious problems at all. After a few years it slows down quite a bit, but keeping up with maintenance...

Price ($399) ; good, fast dual-core processor (can run multiple programs) ; good ram (4GB) ; decent storage ; decent keyboard

max ram is 4GB, not expandable ; bad viewing angles ; touchpad good be better ; no HDMI ports, or any other card reader ports ; no bluetooth ; plasticky, a bit cheap on parts... CD drive cover has come off, headphone port is broken, panel over heat...

May, 2014

Consumer review (

perfect laptop for the $$


plus it comes with 9-key pad however total width is not too bulky

great price, ease of setup, all the new features, great for personal facebook account, shopping and paying bills. awesome Lenovo for the price. still can't believe under $400

none. great machine

Mar, 2011

Consumer review (

Not bad for the price


I should have sent it right back for the cd cover problem but I didn't want to go through the hassle and then not have a laptop while waiting for a replacement.

Runs 64-bit Win 7 nicely ; Dual-boot with Ubuntu is flawless ; Was impressed with the performance for the price

The CD drive cover fell off as soon as I unpacked the laptop. I snapped it back on but it's very loose. Usually picking up the laptop by it's sides causes it to come off again ; The touchpad click buttons are annoyingly loud

Feb, 2011

Consumer review (



Good laptop for the price, worked great for the first 6 months. Ran win 7 64 bit smoothly along with some computational software

After 6 months of sporadic use (2-3 days a week an hr or two a day) it died

Feb, 2011

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 system:3D surround / HD / HD Audio / HD SRS 3D / HDA / High Definition Audio / SRS 3D
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2 / 4

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):3.5 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 4 / 5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6
Run Time (Up To):3.8hour(s)/5hour(s) / 3.8hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB


Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Swivel webcam: No


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Grey / Grey, Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Plastic
Product type:Notebook

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


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:15.4 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

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

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:220 - 230
AC adapter power:60
Power auto-sensing: Yes
Power supply:65

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500 / Intel GMA X4500HD / Intel GMA X4500M / No / NVIDIA GeForce G105M / NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 0.5
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500MHD


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo G530/Lenovo G530 / Lenovo G550/Lenovo G550

Input Device

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


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Internal memory:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


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


Type: None


3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
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
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Network connection type:RJ-45
Networking features:10/100 Ethernet / 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet / 1Gb Ethernet / Ethernet, Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet / WLAN
Networking Type:Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
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

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 80 / 8 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 80 / 8 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

Labelflash: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Optical Storage


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

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HDA / High Definition Audio / SRS 3D
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Home Premium\nWindows Vista Home Premium\nWindows Vista Home Basic\nWindows XP Professional\nWindows XP Home
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.5 x 0.965 x 0.104 / 13.6 x 9.25 x 1.04 / 14.1 x 10.1 x 1.46 / 15 x 9.65 x 1.04 / 15 x 9.65 x 1.42 / 15 x 9.65 x 1.43
Ethernet interface type:Fast
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem:No / Yes
Modem Speed:56
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100V – 240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz / 130/230 V / 220V AC
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/g/n / 802.11 b/g/n / BG / Broadcom 802.11b/g / Broadcom 802.11bg / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g / Intel 5100 AGN (1x2) / Intel 802.11agn / Wi-Fi / WiFi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Handheld remote control:N
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
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
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
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:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Volume Control:Digital


AC adapter input voltage:220 - 230
AC adapter power:60
Power auto-sensing:Y
Power supply:65


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel GM45 Express
Clock Speed:2.1GHz/2.2GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 10.5 / 11 / 13 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel GM45 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:900 / M320 / T3000 / T3300 / T3400 / T3500 / T4200 / T4300 / T4400 / T4500 / T6500 / T6570 / T6600
Processor cache:1 / 2
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.000 - 1.250
Processor cores:1 / 2
Processor family:AMD Athlon II / Intel Celeron Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Pentium / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Celeron® M / Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1.8 / 1.83 / 2 / 2.1 / 2.16 / 2.2 / 2.3
Processor front side bus:667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:900 / M320 / T3000 / T3300 / T3400 / T3500 / T4200 / T4300 / T4400 / T4500 / T6500 / T6570 / T6600
Processor Number:T4200/T4300/T4400/T6500/T6600
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 900 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Pentium T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium T4000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket P
Processor threads:1 / 2
Stepping:M0 / R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 90
Type:Core 2 Duo/Dual Core/Pentium

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:No / Y / Yes
Intel 64:N / Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / N
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35583 / 37251 / 37253 / 37255 / 39311 / 40738 / 40739 / 41498 / 42104 / 42841 / 42925 / 47511
Processor code:SLB3P / SLGF4 / SLGF5 / SLGJL / SLGJM / SLGJN / SLGJV / SLGMY
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes


Installed Size:2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB / 4GB


Cable lock slot:IBM / Kensington / No
Cable lock slot type:IBM / Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Lenovo ReadyComm,\nAdobe Reader, Windows Live Toolbar, Easy Capture,\nVeriFace, Lenovo Energy Management Software,\nCyberlink Power2Go / OneKey Rescue System, Lenovo Energy Management, Adobe Reader, Norton Internet Security 2009, Windows Live Toolbar, VeriFace, Power2Go, WinDVD, ReadyComm, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft\nOffice Activation Assistant, Carbonite, WildTangent, Napster, DDNi, Fetion 2008 and EasyCapture / OneKey Rescue System\nLenovo Energy Management\nAdobe Reader\nWindows Live Toolbar\nVeriFace\nPower2Go\nWinDVD\nReadyComm\nMicrosoft Office Activation Assistant\nCarbonite\nWildTangent\nNapster\nDDNi\nFetion 2008\nEasyCapture
Drivers included: Yes
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 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Basic / Windows Vista Home Premium / Windows XP Professional
Trial software:Norton Internet Security / Norton Internet Security 2009\nMicrosoft Office 2007


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:EIDE/ATA, Serial ATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:EIDE/ATA, SATA / SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.25 / 9.65 / 9.69
Height:1.04 / 1.42 / 1.43 / 15
Height (front):1.02 / 1.04 / 1.06 / 1.43
Height (rear):1.04 / 1.42 / 1.43 / 1.46
Weight:4.63 / 5.49 / 5.51 / 5.62 / 5.73 / 5.95 / 6.06
Width:13.6 / 15