SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo B550
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 500 euro
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo B550
Although portability is good and the 249-minute battery life is great for the price, the chassis is one of the heaviest here, so regular travellers might want to consider the Samsung which is lighter. While the B550 doesn't wow in any areas, it quietly goes about its job with little fuss and will suit those after sheer functionality rather than form.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo is probably best known for its business laptops, especially the ThinkPad range it bought from IBM, when Big Blue decided to stop making laptops back in 2005. The company also produces some more consumer-focused models, however. The 15.6-inch Lenovo B550 laptop has an attractively low price, but its specification is basic and its design uninspiring.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Pentium Dual Core: The return of the name Pentium, though it is a Yonah core. In fact, it is a double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption.
Entry to middle class dual core CPU with 1 MB level 2 cache and no virtualization technology. Compared to the Core 2 Duo line, some power saving mechanism are deactivated.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
65%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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