Lenovo thinkpad edge e550 has launched with a different processor, which has changed and reduced some performance of the system and increased power consumption.
Even though the name may be nearly identical, the standard notebooks that are part of the ThinkPad Edge line have very little to do with conventional enterprise laptops like those from the ThinkPad T450s. In contrast, Lenovo wants to capitalize on the low price points by leveraging its name, a name that’s not in the least unjust if the ratio of price to performance is accurate.
The company has now launched another member of the lineup, which is dubbed lenovo thinkpad edge e550 review (also simply called ThinkPad E550). The most significant change is likely to be the transition in Intel’s Broadwell platform in contrast to the predecessor which was still built on conventional voltage CPUs from that Haswell generation.
The matte screen, measuring 15 inches, is able to display 1920×1080 pixels. This model is accessible to pupils and students at a cost of 550 Euros (~$583) within Lenovo’s Frameworks Campus program (no operating system). Standard configurations are somewhat more costly.
Connectivity and Communication
However, just two out of three USB ports can support the ultra-fast USB 3.0 standard that doesn’t seem to be logical given the new Broadwell platform. It’s also unfortunate that both VGA (analog) or HDMI (digital) video outputs can only support resolutions of up to 1920×1080 pixels. Unfortunately, the ThinkPad isn’t equipped with a (minor) monitor port. This is required for monitors with high resolution.
Like most webcams, the 0.9-megapixel webcam that is installed within the display‘s bezel only delivers moderate results. Insufficient detail, faded colors, and a lot of background noise make up the impression of the image and make it acceptable to use with Skype and co. But, the clean dual-array microphone did provide us with a reason to complain.
It supports identical radio standards in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) however, it can only reach 433 Mbps in gross since it’s only able to support single-stream transmissions. This isn’t a major issue in actual use. The ThinkPad only trailed the bigger model by around 10-15 Mbps with the measured 30-Mbps (TP-Link Archer C7 802.11 AC) in optimal reception conditions. Additionally, we are able to verify that the ThinkPad has a reliable and high-speed connection.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The design and appearance of the keyboard on the E550 are exactly the same as those of more expensive ThinkPads, like the T550. There are, however some variations, which aren’t unexpected considering the huge cost differences. Alongside the absence of the backlight, the main issue has to do with the typing feel, which isn’t quite as good as the more expensive sister model. Even though our review model is distinct due to its lengthy drop and a firm stroke, the pressure point made us miss the incredibly powerful mechanical feedback offered by that T series. This was also evident in the slightly louder sound when typing fast. However, we’re not complaining about the high quality of this keyboard. When compared to direct competitors this keyboard with its number pad integrated makes an outstanding impression and lets you type quickly.
Like all ThinkPads of the generation of 2015, Lenovo also installs the upgraded UltraNav unit on the E550. It also has special TrackPoint keys. The keys’ smooth and precise response proves to be a huge positive after only a brief period of time, and we are left wondering why Lenovo didn’t modify the touchpad to work in the same way. Instead, a ClickPad remains in use in which the buttons are integrated into the 10x 5.6 centimeters input area. In particular, it can be slightly more difficult to do drag and drop things, however, the pad performs more effectively than in the past, possibly also due to the new driver.
The Lenovo Think pad is one of the best laptops that provides almost all types of facilities of a good machine. It has good battery time and a good matte gray color body which is ABS-based and does not include extra struts made of metal. However, the base unit and display appear to be extremely sturdy. The surface is first susceptible to tearing when there is a lot of pressure or when excessive attempts to warp occur. The company has clearly favored rigidity over mobility in this instance. The 2.38-kilogram bulky and 27-millimeter thick E550 isn’t mobile.