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Lenovo Ideapad U550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad U550. 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. Comments about the design and price are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good opinions. Reviews are divided on the energy efficiency, and some have doubts about the sound and image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad U550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Ideapad U550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad U550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviews about the price and design are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good comments, whereas the durability and reliability get critical comments.

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64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Ideapad U-550 15.6-Inch Black Laptop - Up to 6 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)Lenovo Ideapad U-550 15.6-Inch Black Laptop - Up to 6 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Review

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad U550 is an ultra-thin 15.6-inch multimedia notebook with a low voltage processor and ATI switchable graphics. With a lightweight design, great battery life, and good performance, is the U550 the ideal laptop for home use? Keep...

Very thin and light ; Good keyboard and touchpad ; Runs cool and quiet

Low screen resolution ; Mild chassis flex ; Weak speakers

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Nick Mokey (digitaltrends.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Review

 

Lenovo strives to pack performance and long battery life into a midsize notebook with this delicately balanced, but roughly executed U550.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Lenovo Ideapad U550 374959U

 

Lenovo have produced a range of portable laptops here that are very strictly designed, aimed at a particular sector of the market. They lack any upgrade options which ultimately pushes buyers into other categories of laptops that they offer. This is...

Thin and light designHD graphics and HDMI outputDDR3 memory for smoother application performanceLong battery lifeFingerprint Reader for easy and secure log-in and password management

The Lenovo Ideapad U550 374959U is a member of the portable range of...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: MobileTechReview.com (mobiletechreview.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad U550

 

Thin and modern looking, strong Lenovo software bundle, long battery life., Pro: Thin and modern looking, strong Lenovo software bundle, long battery life

Screen has a very small viewing angle and glare., Con: Screen has a very small viewing angle

For $679, you get a very capable notebook that can handle work, multimedia and even gaming with a relative ease. The low voltage CPU works well with Windows 7 to provide enough power for daily usage, and when you add the ATI graphics, the machine can...

Apr, 2010

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Expert review by: Laptopfreak (laptop-review.eu)

Lenovo IdeaPad U550 M25C2MD – Affordable ultraportables

 

Affordable ultraportables - these are the words from Lenovo when the topic is the U series, so we are lined up for an exciting test.

Design ; Materials ; HDMI ; Weight ; Quality ; Touchpad ; I/Os

Touchpad buttons ; Battery ; Glossy display

This is the first Lenovo computer I have tested personally, and I am not disappointed. It is hard not to get excited about a products that works well from a to z.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Laptop

 

The Lenova U550 laptop is the latest in the popular IdeaPad range of notebook computers from Lenovo that attempts to provide affordability in conjunction with functionality with all of its products.

In all, the U550 is a well designed, moderately powerful laptop computer that is ideal for multi-tasking and everyday use.

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: moris (newegg.com)

A+

 

exelent website. the shiiping is perfect,just in time

love the product and the price

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: jay (newegg.com)

Nice Computer

 

This is an all around great computer. I am able to get over the minor annoyances pretty easily because of the great quality. I've read some reviews on other sites claiming that the plastic cover felt cheap, but it's plastic so that's what it feels...

nice and thin & light for the size ; large wide screen display ; great high quality keyboard, not a lot of noticeable flex ; finger print scanner is convenient (and super fun getting it to work on Ubuntu) ; core 2 duo lets me run a bunch of programs at...

no blue tooth, but I knew that before I bought it ; a lot of bloat-ware on Windows ; display has a narrow viewing angle, this is why I only put 4 eggs ; comes with Windows installed (sorry couldn't help myself)

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: no u (newegg.com)

love this laptop

 

i came from a c2d laptop before this, and i honestly cant tell a difference in performance. highly recommend this laptop to anyone

thin, light, surprisingly fast (once i reformatted 7), sexy, numpad, great battery life

keyboard takes a little getting used to, comes loaded with bloatware. reformatting is a must

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: TLTommy (newegg.com)

This is the stuff...

 

(See my other review on Amaz0n.com) I am still thrilled with this computer for the price. The complaints of lack of speed with the SU4100 processor appear not to be applicable to this version, which uses the SU7300. I find it very quick for all of my...

Big screen, light weight, Lenovo quality keyboard, fast (SU7300 Dual Core)

Keyboard layout not optimal, don't expect any support from Lenovo, though you probably won't need it. Get everything from Newegg

Jan, 2010
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Product Specifications

With a 15.6-inch wide HD wide screen display, the IdeaPad U550 laptop includes a range of features that make it easy for users to transition between work and home use. Dolby Sound Room surround-sound via the laptop's large, integrated speakers brings presentations to life and makes games and movies more enjoyable. The Ambient Light Sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness based on light conditions, reducing strain on the eyes. A built-in DVD drive delivers added flexibility to access and share content. The integrated fingerprint reader and VeriFace facial recognition software on the U550 provide additional ease of use when logging onto the PC.

Audio

Audio system:Dolby / HD Audio
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery life (max):4 / 6
Number of battery cells:6
Run Time (Up To):6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB

Camera

Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Design

Color of product:Black
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.9in
Height:1.1in
Weight:5.3lbs
Width:14.8in

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:320GB SATA/ 5400 / 500GB SATA/ 5400

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
LED backlight: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.6cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Environmental Standards

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobilty Radeon HD 4330 / AMD Radeon HD 4330 / Intel GMA 4500MHD
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 0.5
Maximum Resolution:1366 x 768 / 2048 x 1536

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:320GB SATA/ 5400 / 500GB SATA/ 5400

Header

Compatibility:PC
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:3749
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo IdeaPad U550

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard

Keyboard

Keyboard type:Full Size
Pointing device:Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Memory

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

Miscellaneous

Color:Black with square weave texture

Modem

Type: None

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1/802.11n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type:DVD/DVD-Writer

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium/Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Battery Type:6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.8 x 9.88 x 1.16
Display:LCD / LED
Display size (HxV):15.6
Display size (HxV) (imperial):15.6
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Modem Type:N
Security Features: None
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Warranty:Mail in parts and labor\nOne Year
Warranty note:Mail in parts and labor\nOne Year
Weight:5.29
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / 802.11 a/g/n / Broadcom 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / Intel Wireless Wi-Fi/WiMAX Link 5150

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:VGA
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GS45 Express
Clock Speed:1.3GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Manufacturer:Intel
Motherboard chipset:Intel GS45 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:SU4100 / SU7300
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.3
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:SU4100 / SU7300
Processor Number:SU4100/SU7300
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor socket:BGA956
Processor threads:2
Stepping:R0
Tcase:100
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10
Tjunction:105
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64: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
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
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® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:42791 / 43568
Processor code:SLGS4 / SLGS6
Processor package size:22
Supported instruction sets:SSE4
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes

RAM

Installed Size:3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Software

Bundled software:Lenovo OneKey Recovery\nLenovo ReadyComm\nAdobe Reader\nFingerprint Software\nVeriFace\nLenovo Energy Management\nCyberlink Power2Go
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 installed:Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009\nMicrosoft Offi ce 2007

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500

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:250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 / Intel GMA 4500MHD/Intel GMA 4500MHD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.88
Height:0.945 / 1.16
Height (front):0.945
Height (rear):1.16
Weight:3.53 / 5.29 / 5.95
Width:14.8