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10-21-2012

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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-11-14, 19:27 PM
"6) Allow charging battery while using laptop with smaller power bricks, like 90W. It stupid to require 170W power supply when the laptop can rarely use that much power. If it detects a 90W PSU, it should dynamically charge based on your power-settings-on-battery instead of simply not charging unless in standby."

+1, this is a constant complaint of the average W user. Just the 170W PSU heft made me abandon my W for the long travels, and accept the pains of various tablets. My w520 runs 90% of the time on just 25W, with ample reserve to also charge its battery from a 50-90W PSU.
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Betreff: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-11-14, 19:33 PM
"phisical buttons to toggle microphone off."

+1 for both mike and cam... And really physical, with wire being cut!
The current "phy" buttons on W520 are trivially bypassed by legitimate apps such as Skype, which always enable my by-default-disabled mike and camera (has no button like the mike). Think how easy it's to hack around such 'buttons'...!

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Betreff: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-11-15, 7:18 AM

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"phisical buttons to toggle microphone off."

+1 for both mike and cam... And really physical, with wire being cut!
The current "phy" buttons on W520 are trivially bypassed by legitimate apps such as Skype, which always enable my by-default-disabled mike and camera (has no button like the mike). Think how easy it's to hack around such 'buttons'...!


+1 on that. The mic mute doesn't even work on my W540 unless I uninstall the driver. It needs to be a hardware toggle, not a software one.


W540: i7-4700mq, K2100m, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO
T510: i7-620m, NVS 3100m, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO
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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-09, 8:15 AM

64 GB RAM or more, definitely agree

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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-09, 14:15 PM

I would prefere a lighter workstation but not on cost of solidness. I am ready to pay for a carbon cased workstation. Military standards like reliability against drops and vibration must be fulfilled. As stated in a former message most important for me is a return to 10:9 display with resolution 1920 x 1200. Definitly I need an update for my W510. I am surprised that still no information about tha next Lenovo workstation are available yet, only a wishlist. I hope, informations come in 01/2015 ... A lucky christmas to all community members and lenovo engineers: please implement our wishes into a wonder - a really dream-workstation with no compromise :-)

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12-18-2014

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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-18, 16:50 PM
Hello. I was looking for a W540 but now the specs of the W550 and W541 are out. See https://www.thinkworkstations.com/products/ . Lenovo uploaded the datasheets.
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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-18, 17:01 PM

W550s looks dissapoiting.

they've kept the new keyboard

Max memory is only 16 GB !

only 6 cell battery......

nvidia 620 I think it's inferrior to the K2100 series. 

 

SO It's W541, but I can't see much difference from W540. almost the same...

 

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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-18, 17:29 PM

wrote:

W550s looks dissapoiting.

they've kept the new keyboard

Max memory is only 16 GB !

only 6 cell battery......

nvidia 620 I think it's inferrior to the K2100 series. 

 

SO It's W541, but I can't see much difference from W540. almost the same...

 


 

W550s is a "workstation ultrabook" mess. It looks pretty useless, as any reasonable person would buy either a T440s/450s or W541/550 depending on their needs (portability or power). The GPU seems to be inferior to that found in the T440p/540p even, and it uses a ULV processor, which is why it will be coming out around the same time as the X250 and T450/s, while T450p, T550p, and W550 will have to wait until Intel releases the full-voltage Broadwell CPUs.

 

However, that 6-cell battery will be huge on the low-voltage CPU, seeing as the standard on machines like T440s is 3-cell, and they use similar components (besides screen and GPU).

 

W541 is a placeholder because the full-voltage Broadwells are so delayed. It is essentially a W540 with TrackPoint buttons.


W540: i7-4700mq, K2100m, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO
T510: i7-620m, NVS 3100m, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO
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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-19, 3:57 AM

Except the W540 has access to i7 options, while the W550s is limited to Broadwell dual cores.

You're also underrating the K620M, while not a high-performance part in itself, it should be comparable to the K1100M currently in the W540.

The selling point of the W550s will definitely be the battery life, because with Power Bridge and 6 cell (heavy) batteries, it would have a total capacity of 116 Whrs, giving it about 20% more battery capacity than the W540. With the Broadwell dual core and the K620m, both of which should have about half the power draw of their W540 equivalents, the W550s will have a good chance of meeting a 10 hour battery life, giving you a 15.6 screen on a machine capable of doing CAD and with an industry-leading battery life.

 

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I doubt there is a usage case for that; for the W550s to be truly competitive, I think it should be a M.2 SSD-only system with a weight target around 4 pounds, but perhaps there will be people who will be interested in buying a portable workstation with a superlative battery life, and at a relatively cheap price.

Consider the M3800 as a comparison; it's only rated for about 6 hours operations, but here's the clincher, if money is no object, all you have to do is to hibernate to an SSD, switch out the battery, and put in a new one. The total weight of the M3800 + additional battery will likely be about the same as that of the W550s, and that's not considering that Dell will likely have their own Broadwell update with access to similar system parts.

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Re: w5x0 feedback / wishlist w550

2014-12-20, 9:41 AM

The marketing materials mention "vivid colors" for the IPS screen. Considerably more useful would be a percentage of the gamut it displays. With the W520 Lenovo marketing trumpeted the impressive color gamut performance of the FHD screen. With the backwards step in gamut associated with the move to the higher resolution IPS panel, I guess they have nothing to trumpet anymore.

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