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Lenovo IdeaPad U550 Review

Update on March 18, 2011 – The review is an year ago. Obviously, today you can get a much better notebook for $799 – possibly one based of Intel Core i5 processor.

First off, Lenovo IdeaPad U550 comes with a hefty price tag of around $799. Upon realizing that, most consumers head on right away into the nitty-gritty of its specifications to find out what this notebook can offer for such a massive price tag. What they get though is a unit that pleases in one way, and then disappoints in another.

The design pattern and texture of Idea pad U550 is exactly as what you have come to expect from Lenovo, since it has become some sort of their staple. There are some issues with the material used on the lid though, which could leave visible fingerprints on the surface. Moving over onto the display screen, that one is another source of disappointment too. It offers a resolution of 1366 x 768 panels, which is really below the current market standards.

Other hardware specifications include Intel’s GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics, 512MB of dedicated RAM, 320GB hard drive capacity, 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and several choices of connectivity features like USB, Ethernet jack, and power jack, to name a few.


Although this laptop is powered with Intel graphics, it does offer a decent battery life to ensure that it can support heavy and intense usage.

The lightweight design increases the portability factor of this laptop, which makes it easy to carry around with you during long trips or business travels.

Aside from usual office applications, Lenovo Idea U550 also offers high quality gaming performance for added leisure options.

Both the touchpad and keyboard design are pretty solid, which increases user functionality and convenience.

It offers a wide array of inputs and connectivity choices to make it easier to copy and share files on your laptop.


This unit is loaded with bloatware.

The webcam quality of Lenovo Ideapad U550 is disappointing for its overall capacity, especially when compared with its counterparts.

The display screen resolution is also sub-par and it would have delivered a more pleasing experience when using it to view movies or video files.

The plastic lid of Levovo Ideapad U550 looks rather cheap, which is frustrating because the unit is not at all cheap.

The speakers could have been much improved.

The Bottom Line

When the developers and manufacturers conceptualized Lenovo IdeaPad U550, they were hoping to produce a do-it-all notebook that comes within an affordable price range. Although it does have its fair share of pro’s and con’s that could split prospect buyers to either direction, it does deliver in terms of power for graphics and decent battery life that makes it quite a useful tool to have around during holiday trips or business travels. The use of a CULV processor delivers high quality performance that makes it stand out from the rest of its competitors. But still, there are several areas that many were hoping they can get from here but failed to find it.

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