Both offer improved features and performance compared to previous models.
Although both the W541 and W550s are mobile workstation laptops, they are actually different from one another, not only in terms of performance but also with the set of features and specifications that they have.
Each mobile workstation is targeting different niche or segment in the market based on the users’ needs and what they are looking for in a workstation laptop.
A lot of people are asking which laptop will best suit their needs. Which one is the more appropriate choice for their work or environment? Should they go with the ThinkPad W541 or the ThinkPad W550s?
I won’t tell you that you should buy “X” instead of “Y”, because my need may not be the same as yours. So in this article, I will show you the difference between the Lenovo ThinkPad W541 vs the W550s.
Hopefully, after reading this article you will have a better idea of what workstation laptop is the best for you.
Let’s start with the physical aspect of both mobile workstations first. The Lenovo ThinkPad W541 is the larger one between the two workstation laptops.
It measures approximately 15.6″ x 9.7″ x 1.17″ inches and weighs around 5.57lbs. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad W550s is smaller and lighter at 15″ x 10.2″ x 0.88″ (for the non-touch) or 15″ x 10.2″ x 0.92″ (for the touch), and weighs only 4.92lbs. After all, the W550s is considered as an Ultrabook in its form factor.
The ThinkPad W451 has more connectivity or input options like: a 4-in-1 SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USSB 2.0 ports, VGA port, miniDisplayPort + Thunderbolt 2.0, RJ45 Gigabyte Ethernet port, docking connector, audio combo jack, express card, smart card reader (optional), an optical drive, an optional X-Rite Pantone color calibrator, and a fingerprint reader.
Meanwhile the ThinkPad W550s has most of the mentioned connectivity options, but it doesn’t have a color calibrator, no optical drive, no Thunderbolt port, no express card, and has 3x USB 3.0 ports.
Almost forgot, the W550s has a real docking station or port at the bottom. Both of them feature the ThinkPad Precision Keyboard with NumPad with backlighting and a 720p camera.
Top W541, Bottom W550s
Both the Lenovo ThinkPad W541 and W550s have a 15.5″ screen size and same resolution options.
You can choose to go with a full HD 1920×1080 TN panel with 300 nits brightness or a 3K resolution at 2880×1620 IPS panel with a 350 nits brightness. Both options are available for the two workstation laptops.