Lenovo Ideapad U550 Review

If you thought your notebook was thin, think again. The Lenovo Ideapad U550 is redefining standards when it comes to the dimensions of portable computers. Granted, it’s not as slim as the Apple Macbook Air – but then again, that doesn’t really matter.

We recently took the Lenovo Ideapad U550 for a test drive to examine whether or not the thinness was the only thing to rave about when it comes to this notebook.

Lenovo Ideapad U550 Specifications and Features

CPU, Memory, Hard Drive
Part of the thinness of the Lenovo Ideapad U550 comes from the fact that the processor is an extremely mobile unit. This model uses an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300, which allows for extremely fast processing, with very little heat and very little space being taken up inside the laptop.

4GB of DDR3 Ram is also on hand to help with multitasking and memory intense programs such as games, flash based websites, etc.

Finally, the hard drive coming standard is a 320GB SATA disk, spinning at 5400rpm. This is clearly not the best hard drive available, however when reviewed alongside the other components of the laptop, it is a very good match for the machine.

Graphics & Display
The Lenovo Ideapad U550 has a 15.6 inch display, which is certainly a reasonable size. As you would expect, it is LED backlit, and features a viewing ratio of 16:9. Despite the somewhat commanding size of the display, the battery is still able to power the machine for a full 6 hours.

There is no dedicated graphics card on board, however that doesn’t stop Lenovo from integrating an HD video output and a DVD reader and writer in to the notebook.

Software
Most of the software included on the device is not created or supported by Lenovo itself. For example, the notebook is running Windows 7 Home Premium from Microsoft. However, most of the software tweaks done by Lenovo are in the background – ensuring that the notebook runs faster generally, and also boots and shuts down at a rate of knots.

Our Rating of the Lenovo Ideapad U550
Traditionally, we haven’t been huge fans of Lenovo products – until now. The Lenovo Ideapad U550 is literally a revolution in technology for the company, with hardware and software updates we didn’t even think were possible for the company.

The Lenovo Ideapad U550 is very thin and very light, making it great for students who need to cart their PC around from lecture to lecture. Additionally, security and technology features including the VeriFace technology and the fingerprint scanner make this device a whole lot more enjoyable from the outset.

Overall, this machine does score well with us – getting a 5 star rating. We hope to see Lenovo continuing down this path when designing laptops in the future!

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