Lenovo Thinkpad T550 15.6″ HD Laptop, Intel i5-5300U,  256GB SSD, 8GB RAM Review

Lenovo Thinkpad T550 15.6″ HD Laptop, Intel i5-5300U

Lenovo Thinkpad T550 15.6 HD

Lenovo Thinkpad T550 is a 15.6″ HD laptop with a powerful Intel i5-5300U processor, 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB Solid State Drive, Windows 10 Professional 64-bit version and decent connectivity options.

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The quarter 1 of 2015 release fifth generation dual core Intel i5-5300U processor runs between the base speed of 2.3GHz and the turbo speed of 2.9GHz. The Passmark benchmark score is 3853 at the time of this page release and indicates an upper medium processing power to perform well in demanding applications and tasks for both work and multimedia entertainment. Intel i5-5300U performs better than both the Intel i5-4300U and the Intel i7-4510U processors. As an ultra low voltage processor it has a Thermal Design Power- TDP of 15 watts.

8GB DDR4 RAM is a good amount of memory for multitasking efficiently, also with the fast i5 processor. You’ll get 256GB of SSD storage with plenty of speed and ample space for your regular and multimedia files. Windows 10 Pro version comes pre-installed on this business laptop for your work needs. Connectivity options include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, a VGA port, a mini-DisplayPort, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Audio in/out, SD Card Reader and the Kensington lock.

15.6″ high definition non-touch screen has the 1366 x 768 pixel resolution and TN panel with just the standard viewing angles. It is not as good as a Full HD display overall but is more than adequate at the very low price point of this renewed machine. There is a 720p high definition webcam on the top bezel for decent quality live chats on Skype or taking snapshots. Graphics card is the Intel HD 5500 that performs better than the Haswell Intel HD 4400 and 5000 GPU’s. You can play the modern games at low settings and resolutions.

Black Lenovo Thinkpad T550 is a heavy-duty, robust and portable laptop that weighs 6.82 pounds and with the dimensions of 11 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches. The case has the metal hinges and is made of FRP- fiberglass reinforced plastic that is both lightweight and hard to break. It passed many military tests including humidity, low temps, vibrations and dust. The keyboard with the concave anti-slip surface is very good with the perfect stroke absorption like most of the expensive ThinkPads. It is hard to complain at such a low price point for a ThinkPad that costs much more as brand new, partly because of the very sturdy build quality.

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