First Impression: Lenovo G550

I got my new laptop a few days ago. The Lenovo G550. I bought this laptop after a lot of research. My budget was south of INR 25000. This didn’t give me as many options as you would have with laptops in between INR 30k to 35k. Some of the other laptops that I disqualified were the Samsung R528 (because of service) and the MSI X340 (because of service and no response from the dealer)

This is strictly a budget laptop with very few frills. However, it was a pleasant surprise once I actually got it. Lets cover the basic specifications.

 

Model Lenovo G550 59-029495
Processor Intel Pentium T4400 (Dual Core, 2.2GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB)
OS None preinstalled
Memory 3GB DDR III
HDD 320GB
Graphics Intel GMA 4500
Screen 15.6’” LED Backlit Display

 

That’s the basics. As you can see, the specifications are fairly normal. However the laptop delivers a lot more value than just what the specifications show you.

Firstly, it has a HDMI port. That in itself gives it a lot more points than I would have originally given it. This is a really nice thing to have in a budget laptop. I can now easily connect to my plasma TV.

Secondly, the screen is huge. Since this is a laptop which is primarily a home laptop, I really wanted the biggest screen available. None of the other laptops had this size of a screen at the same price.

Thirdly, the keyboard is really nice. Having looked at so many laptops in the same price range, all the keyboards had a lot of flex to them. This keyboard doesn’t. It is rock solid.

The design of the laptop is covered in the following pictures.

6 Responses to “First Impression: Lenovo G550”

  1. Probal
    July 16, 2010 at 4:08 AM #

    I have a g450, the 14" bro of the 550. Been using it for the last 8 months or so on W7.Pretty satisfied with it..pros: battery, looks, value for money; cons: hinges are very poor, trackpad can be faulty at times; doesn't go into sleep (prob an OS issue)Overall – Cannot expect a thinkpad at these costs; so I consider myself satisfied

  2. July 16, 2010 at 4:14 AM #

    @probal thanks for dropping by. I was very surprised by the battery life. Ihave been getting up to 4 hours at times. I haven't felt an issue with thehinges or the sleep mode. I will check out the sleep mode though. Have youtried the hdmi output yet?

  3. Probal
    July 21, 2010 at 5:14 PM #

    Abhilash – 3.5 – 4 hours is basically what I get. I call that good coz the machine i had before this was an acer aspire. I used to get 10 mins. So, call it lowered expectations. ;p

    hdmi – sorry, i haven't.

    On another note, i read yr review on the Spica. I'm planning one for myself too. Can you drop me an email. I had a few ques I was hoping u could help me with. Will be much obliged. My email id is probal_is[a]yahoo.com

    • July 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM #

      @Probal Yeah the battery life is good. I get about the same. Which is very good for a 15.3" screen. I too had an Acer Aspire earlier. Used to give me 30 mins of battery backup.

      I ordered a HDMI cable and it works great. I use it with my Plasma TV and the picture and sound is great. Earlier I had to use an RGB cable for video and a separate cable for sound.

      I can definitely drop you a mail for your questions on the Spica, but are you sure that its available? It has been out of stock in Mumbai for quite some time. You can also mail me on abhilash@hitchedhiker.com

  4. Nikki
    December 14, 2010 at 6:49 AM #

    Hey! I just got the same model, but I don't have the invisible capacative buttons on the top for volume control. and so far, haven't found any other buttons for volume control….I didn't even know that they MADE computers without volume control….is this even possible?? Is there something I'm missing?

    • December 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM #

      If you can't see any capacitive buttons for the volume then you can try and use the Fn key + left and right for the volume. It is possible that you have some other model. There are variants within the G550 line as well.

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