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International Herald Tribune, Jan 09
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Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 15.6" 3K Touchscreen Laptop i7-5600U Processor 16GB RAM 512GB SSD Nvidia 2GB Graphics Windows 10 Professional

Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 15.6
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[£583.29 ex VAT]
[£699.95 inc VAT]
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item # 431966W1
Condition: Refurbished / Grade A1
Warranty: 12 Months warranty
  • What It Does
  • Specifications
  • Our Specialist View

An amazing touchscreen, powerful spec and a military spec tested design, Lenovo continue to deliver excellent laptops and the W550s really is no different!
 
Key Features
  • 15.6" IPS 3K Touchscreen Display
  • Intel Core i7-5600U 2.60GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • HD Webcam
  • WiFi & Bluetooth
  • 2GB Nvidia Graphics Card
  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
 
Manufacturer Description
 
Unparalleled Graphics Performance, Ultrabook Mobility
 
Best-in-class graphics capabilities powered by the NVIDIA® Quadro® K620M GPU, which offers users the benefits of NVIDIA Maxwell™ mobile GPU architecture.
 
Rock-Solid Processing
 
CPU performance utilising the  5th generation Intel® Core i7 dual core processor.
 
Enterprise-Class Docking Capabilties
 
Mechanical docking and multi-monitor support.
 
All-Day Battery Life
 
Power Bridge technology and energy-efficient GPUs provide up to 20 hours of battery life for complete mobility (from new, actual performance will be less).
 
Unmatched Visuals
 
3K IPS touchscreen panel for rich, vibrant colours and an optimal user experience.
 
Integrated HD Webcam & Mic
 
Never miss a thing in web conferences: a low-light sensitive 720p HD webcam with wide-angle viewing and face-tracking, along with dual noise-cancelling microphones deliver crystal-clear private and conference mode VOIP meetings.
 
Plus, convenient multimedia keys provide quick and easy access to microphone, speaker, and camera controls. Crystal-clear video, face-tracking and keystroke noise suppression technology will help you web-conference or chat like you're really there.
 
Dual digital-array microphones ensure a premium audio experience.
 
Military-Specification Testing
 
Validates the ruggedness, durability, and quality of ThinkPad products by testing against eight parameters: high pressure, humidity, vibration, high temperature, temperature shock, low pressure (15,000 ft), low temperature, and dust.
 
Intel® vPro Technology
 
Makes enterprise-level manageability even more convenient and cost-saving.
 
Convenient Mechanical Docking
 
With the optional ThinkPad Ultra Dock (not supplied), simply click the excellent laptops W550s into place and easily hook up external monitors, as well as peripherals. Releases with one click. The dock charges your laptop, includes security keys, and is shared across the ThinkPad series.
 
Integrated Fingerprint Reader 
 
Get quick, convenient access and secure login with one swipe.

Processor Intel Core i7-5600U 2.60GHz Dual Core (Up to 3.20GHz Max Turbo Frequency, 4MB Cache)
 
Operating System Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
 
Display 15.6" 3K IPS Touchscreen (2880 x 1620)
 
Graphics Intel® HD 5500 & Nvidia Quadro K620M 2GB
 
Webcam 720p HD Face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
 
Memory 16GB (Max 16GB, 2 x DIMMS Slots)
 
Audio Stereo Speakers, Dual Array Microphone
 
WiFi Yes, Dual Band
 
Fingerprint Reader Yes
 
Keyboard UK Language with Next Gen Clickpad, Seperate Numberpad
 
I/O Ports 1 x VGA, 1 x Mini DisplayPort, 2 x USB 3.0 (1 x Always-on), 1 x Mic/Headphone Combo, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x Docking Connector
 
Card Reader 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC slot)
 
Hard Drive 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD)
 
Ethernet Yes, Gigabit
 
Bluetooth Yes, 4.0
 
Optical Drive No
 
Dimensions 38.06 x 25.82 x 2.25cm (W x D x H)
 
Weight 2.32 kg (approx)

Our Specialist view of the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s laptop

The Spec:

The refurbished Lenovo 15.6 inch W550s laptop has the following spec: A superb 3K IPS touchscreen display for starters and it only gets better from there. An Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB Solid State Drive, HD Webcam, WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity, dual Nvidia 2GB discrete and Intel Integrated graphics with Windows 10 Professional preinstalled.

The Good Bits:

If we stop and ignore the obvious like the amazing 3K touchscreen, loads of RAM, a fast SSD, i7 processor and dual graphics, there is still numerous positives about this refurbished Lenovo W550s. Yes is very powerful and at the same time tough, Military grade 810G durable to be precise. That durability is reflected in the body strengthened by carbon fibre, which also looks great. We’ve not even touched on Lenovo’s claims of up to 20 hours battery life, which in reality will be less but you’ll get far more life between chargers than most other laptops. Finally, the dual graphics, Nvidia Quadro 2GB discrete card and Intel HD 5500 graphics is the cherry on top of the cream. 

The Not So Good Bits:

Laptops are getting lighter and lighter and to carry this Lenovo W550s that weight is noticed but we found ourselves quick to realise that this is still a 15.6” laptop. One other disappointing aspect of this laptop is the audio. Underwhelmed is very much the keyword here, which is even more disappointing given the rest of the spec.

The Design:

The design, rather unsurprisingly, is very similar to most Lenovo laptops of the same age but it’s important to remember “if it ain’t broke, don’t fit it”. The W550s looks professional and has the carbon fibre reinforced case with steel hinges. Well placed ports and a docking station connector add to the excellent overall design.

Suitability:

With a professional design and professional standard specs, we see this as a viable option for almost any business professional working from home or in the office.

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