Lenovo G550


Lenovo G550Notebook: Lenovo G550 (G550 Series)
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.47kg
Price: 450 euro
Average Score: 73.45% - average
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 68%, features: 57%, display: 69% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 74%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Lenovo G550

83% Review Lenovo G550 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Goodbye IBM. Lenovo's G550, part of its 'Value Line' range, was designed with the price-conscious consumer in mind. At 15.6 inches it gives you a comfortably large desktop workspace, although its high-gloss screen makes it less suitable for long-term office use, or for mobile use in poor lighting conditions. Its specs suggest that it will deliver well in terms of performance, but it was not designed for graphics-intensive applications. The G550's strengths and weaknesses are explored comprehensively in this review.
50% Lenovo's G550 laptop isn't up to lofty ThinkPad standards
Source: PC Authority English
Lenovo's iconic ThinkPad range has become synonymous with high-quality business portables, and now its Value line is trying to recreate that success with keenly priced consumer models. Lenovo's G550 fails to excel. With a poor display, average build quality and mediocre ergonomics, it simply doesn't have what it takes to compete with the Dell Studio 15.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/31/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% display: 40% workmanship: 60% ergonomy: 50%
90% Lenovo G550 review
Source: Techradar English
A fantastic machine that ticks most of the boxes required of a family laptop. While Lenovo is best known for its high-end ThinkPad laptops, it also offers a small range of high-quality entry level machines. The latest is the G550, a powerful, usable and portable system that vastly exceeds all expectations at this low price point. With its impressive usability, power and mobility, the G550 ticks nearly all the boxes required of a family laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/22/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
50% Lenovo G550
Source: PC Pro English
Lenovo’s iconic ThinkPad range has become synonymous with high-quality business portables, and with its Value line, it's attempting to recreate that success with keenly priced consumer models such as the G550. With its lid closed, the Lenovo is almost rather handsome. Lenovo's G550 tries to combine ThinkPad build quality with consumer-friendly features, but it's a disappointing mix
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 01/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 67% features: 50%
60% Lenovo G550 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
For those that are looking for a sturdy laptop at a low price, the Lenovo G550 does an excellent job. With its well designed and comfortable keyboard, the G550 provides a very well designed layout for extended use which is good since they have improved the running time over their previous model. The downside is that the G550 has dropped a number of ports found in the previous G530 that will be missed and its $600 price tag is a bit higher than similar equipped laptops.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Lenovo G550 Review
Source: English
The Lenovo G550 is a very solid and durable notebook, but now is missing some of the features that were standard on the previous revision. From what could only be considered cost-cutting measures, Lenovo took away one USB port, removed the ExpressCard slot, and moved to an ALPS touchpad. These types of changes might not look as bad if the retail price also dropped, but it is selling for the same price as (if not slightly more than) the previous model. I would still gladly take this model over a lot of the small-business targeted notebooks on the market, but it is just a shame that it is no longer as nice as it once was.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: features: 50%

Foreign Reviews

83% Notebooks für alle!
Source: PC Games Hardware - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 80%
83% Preiswerter Einstieg
Source: SFT - 4/10 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 83%
85% Bitte umsteigen!
Source: Computerbild - 5/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 90% performance: 86% features: 81% display: 91% ergonomy: 81% emissions: 91%
Lenovo G550
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/05/2010
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
83% Lenovo G550 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 67% display: 80% mobility: 81% workmanship: 82% ergonomy: 87% emissions: 92%
70% Lenovo G550 NTDREGE
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
71% Lenovo G550A (59-023549)
Source: Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% performance: 65% display: 70% mobility: 82%
Lenovo G550 – když jde o cenu především
Source: CDR-Hard CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/12/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 60% mobility: 80%


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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

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 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.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.47 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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 %

Lenovo reviews

73.45%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)