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Lenovo Ideapad U550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and design. The value for money and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reliability and resolution, while reviews about the energy efficiency and keyboard are different.

portability, performance, value for money, design, battery

resolution, reliability

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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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 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

performance, value for money, design, usability, screen

portability, reliability

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)

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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

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Lenovo IdeaPad U550

 

Power when you need it, efficiency when you don't. So goes the premise behind Lenovo's new IdeaPad U550, a mid-size notebook with a CULV processor and switchable ATI graphics that could serve as both a desktop replacement, and a makeshift travel...

Respectable battery life on Intel graphics ; Reasonably portable form factor, weight ; Easy-to-switch graphics ; Modest gaming performance ; Solid touchpad and keyboard

Loaded to the gills with bloatware ; Below-par webcam quality ; Low-resolution screen ; Cheap-feeling plastic lid ; Weak speakers

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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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A+

 

exelent website. the shiiping is perfect,just in time

love the product and the price

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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)

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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

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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

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Specs are correct

 

The previous review about specifications being incorrect was false. I recently ordered this, and indeed it is only the model with the SU4100 and 3GB RAM. All the specs here are correct, except for the fact that the wireless chipset is broadcom (not...

This is a fairly nice laptop. About 5-6 hours of battery life during normal usage. Decent speed, good enough for everything you'd use it for. You're basically making a tradeoff for it being so light and thin

Of course, it's not a performance beast ; Whoever designed the keyboard layout should be fired. The FN key is where Ctrl should be, the arrow keys are far too small and difficult to find by touch due to the ridiculous crunched in numpad ; Screen...

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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 Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):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

Header

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

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black with square weave texture

Modem

Type: None

Networking

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
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

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.3GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:SU4100/SU7300
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium

RAM

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