Lenovo ThinkPad W550s

  |   by Ian Debevoise

The Lenovo ThinkPad W550s trades off a high powered processor for a great display and an amazing battery life. With the possibility for a 15.5-inch 3K touch display the W550s looks great but the Nvidia Quadro K620M graphics card doesn’t use the resolution to its full potential and the Intel Core i7-5600U dual-core processor struggles with more complicated tasks. However the W550s battery should last about 15 hours of continuous usage which blows away any competition. 

Our Lenovo ThinkPad W550s review unit has the following specifications:

  • 15.5-inch 3K touch display (2880×1620 resolution, IPS panel, anti-glare surface, 10-point touch support)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-5600U dual-core processor (2.6GHz, up to 3.2GHz Turbo Boost, 4MB cache, 15W TDP)
  • Nvidia Quadro K620M w/ 2 GB memory
  • 16 GB DDR3L-1600 RAM (2x 8 GB; max. supported)
  • 512 GB 2.5-inch SSD (Samsung MZ7TE512HMHP-000L1)
  • No internal optical drive
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 wireless network adapter
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated fingerprint reader
  • 3-cell front battery (44Whr)
  • 6-cell rear high capacity battery (72Whr)
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Dimensions (touch model): 15″ x 10.2″ x 0.92″
  • Weight (touch model): 5.47 lbs.
  • Starting Price: $1,133.10
  • Price as Configured: $2,433.60

  • Pros

    • Epic battery life
    • Outstanding build quality
    • High quality 3K touch display
    • Good keyboard and clickpad
  • Cons

    • Middling value proposition
    • Fan noise is noticeable

Quick Take

Overall we found that the W550s to be a recommendable notebook provided you aren't running CPU or GPU dependent applications where a quad-core processor and more powerful graphics would make more sense.

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