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£320 Lenovo B550 Laptop, A No-Frill Solid Performer

At just £320, the B550 is the most affordable laptop that Lenovo makes, but the Chinese manufacturer - which bought IBM’s Thinkpad brand - hasn't skimped on features. Far from it!

The B550 comes with a dual-core Intel Celeron T3100 clocked at 1.9GHz with 1MB L3 cache; the latest generation of Celeron processors have enjoyed a big performance boost over their predecessors, and are speedy enough for most tasks.

Backing it up, this laptop sports 2GB RAM, a big 320GB hard disk drive, a DVD writer and a 15.6-inch backlit TFT screen that can display 1366x768 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

The laptop uses Intel's GMA4500M graphics module, which is decent enough for everyday office work and web browsing. The machine’s large chassis means it even has room for a full numeric keypad.

Also included are a DVD writer, Windows 7 Home Premium, Wi-Fi, an integrated webcam and Lenovo's own proprietary OneKey rescue system, which allows users to quickly diagnose and remedy IT issues.

At 2.8kg, the B550's weight matches that of the average 15.6-inch laptop. However, we're pleasantly surprised by the quoted five hours battery life.

The B550 is a reliable, no-nonsense laptop that will match meet the needs of businesses, thanks to its easy-to-use manageability features.

One convenient feature that comes with the Lenovo B550 is that it comes with Microsoft Office 2010 pre-installed, which means you only need to buy a product key card to activate it. To find out more about the deal click here.