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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 are also appreciated. Many are negative about the sound and image quality. Views are divided on the energy efficiency.

portability, performance, usability, price, design

screen, durability, reliability, image quality, sound

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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad U550 from 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 People are impressed by the price and design. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas the durability and reliability get less positive opinions.

portability, performance, usability, design, price

reliability, durability

64% of the reviews on 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)

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (

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 (

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: (

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: (

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


Expert review by: Laptopfreak (

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: (

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 (



exelent website. the shiiping is perfect,just in time

love the product and the price

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: jay (

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 (

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 (

This is the stuff...


(See my other review on 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

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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB


Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Gloss

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


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.384 / 0.5


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo IdeaPad U550

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Color:Black with square weave texture


Type: None


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


OS Provided

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.3GHz
Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor Number:SU4100/SU7300
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor ARK ID:42791 / 43568
Processor package size:22


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

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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