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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Series

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004UPBProcessor: Intel Core i3 5005U, Intel Core i5 5200U, Intel Core i7 5500U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon R7 M260, Intel HD Graphics 5500
Display: 15.6 inch
Weight: 2.38kg, 2.5kg
Price: 539, 800, 1000 euro
Average Score: 77.2% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 54%, features: 64%, display: 75%
mobility: 72%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 93%

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300

Interestingly thin and capable, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300 is a classic ThinkPad at heart. The iconic black finish with subtle red highlights on the mouse pad and TrackPoint needs no introduction especially when coupled with an award-winning full-sized keyboard which is spill-resistant. The entire device is finished in textured matte with the ThinkPad logo highlighting the cover panel and interior. From the go, every technical aspect is customizable to suit individual needs. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300 variant comes with an Intel Core i3 5005U processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, 4 GB DDR3L RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5500 and 500 GB HDD. The Windows 8.1 64 bit system comes with a 15.6 inch anti-glare screen that produces good colors and clarity. The anti-glare screen definitely aids when using the laptop on the go. There is an option to add a fingerprint scanner for added security. Other features include a DVD drive which writes at 8x, Bluetooth 4.0, an Intel Dual band Wireless 3160 AC adapter, an USB 3.0 port, an USB 2.0 port, an VGA output, an HDMI output and a card reader. Battery life is good with a 6-cell Li-Ion cell complementing the mobility of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300.

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Processor: Intel Core i3 5005U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.38kg
Price: 539 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage
 ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300 (Model)

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81.6% Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
Two steps forward, one step back. Lenovo replaces a standard CPU with a ULV processor in yet another ThinkPad. Thus, the Edge E550 sacrifices some performance in favor of power consumption and emissions. The inexpensive office laptop nevertheless makes an overall solid impression.

Foreign Reviews

Test: Lenovo ThinkPad E550 - pracovní základ s Full HD displejem dostal zpátky tlačítka trackpointu
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Quiet operation in office work; long battery life; comfortable keyboard with TrackPoint; docking OneLink. Negative: Missing key illumination.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/24/2015
Test: Lenovo ThinkPad E550 - pracovní základ s Full HD displejem dostal zpátky tlačítka trackpointu
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Quiet operation in office work; long battery life; comfortable keyboard with TrackPoint; docking OneLink. Negative: Missing key illumination.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/24/2015

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004TGE

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004TGENotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004TGE
Processor: Intel Core i5 5200U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon R7 M260
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.5kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Lenovo ThinkPad E550 review – where budget and functionality go hand in hand
Source: Laptop Media English
No wonder that last year’s Lenovo ThinkPad E540 was selling so well, but does its successor live up to the legacy? Well, in some terms yes, but in others – no. Lenovo kept the same minimalistic design signature with high-quality plastic for the construction. The keyboard remains almost perfect as usual and the trackpad and touchpad complete the pleasant user experience. Yes, it still lacks the quality panel, but it does offer good functionality for its price range and you have a bonus fingerprint reader, as most competitors don’t offer this option. Actually the E550 brings more to the table than we would have expected and does the job perfectly for what it’s made for.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/03/2015

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004UPB

The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004UPB is a business class mobile notebook. Its glossy 15.6 inch display feature a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD). With Intel Core i7 5500U processor and dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M260 2 GB graphics card, it definitely provides good mobile office performance. Lenovo has equipped it with a 1 TB Hard Drive and 8 GB RAM. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550 weighs 2.4 kg. The laptop has HDMI and VGA for connecting external displays. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004UPB has two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port. Its tray load DVD RW drive can be removed if not used. The security of this laptop is further enhanced with the built in fingerprint sensor. A Kensington security slot is available to secure the laptop physically. It comes together with a removable 48 Wh Lithium Ion battery, which lasts about 7 hours during office use. The tile keyboard with number pad is suitable for office use. The pre-installed operating system is Windows 7 64 bit, but user can upgrade to Windows 10 64 bit under the Microsoft's upgrade program.

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004UPBNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DF004UPB
Processor: Intel Core i7 5500U
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon R7 M260
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.5kg
Price: 1000 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage

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Average Score: 75% - good

Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

70% Great build quality, but performance is well below par
Source: PC Advisor English
The E550's build quality is fine, its battery life not terrible, and the Intel chip looks fast and frugal. But the screen is below par and - ultimately - this finger-drummingly slow laptop cannot be recommended for anyone that needs to get work done in a hurry.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/29/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad E550 review
Source: Techradar English
The only thing that seems to be missing is an SSD. Even the fastest SSHD isn't as good as an all-flash storage device, and it would have meant even better performance, boot times and responsiveness. For many people, the potential trade-off in a smaller SSD storage capacity would be well worth it. Perhaps Lenovo is saving that upgrade for its pricier models. But aside from this it's hard to really criticise the E550. It ticks all the important boxes, doesn't cost the earth and is exceptionally well built. Definitely a contender for the best value laptop you can buy at this price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Comment

Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.

In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.

From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.


Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP). Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

AMD Radeon R7 M260: Mid-range graphics card based on the GCN architecture.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i3:

5005U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.Intel Core i5:

5200U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

5500U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.38 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

2.5 kg:


77.2%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2015-03-29 (Update: 2019-04-30)