I’m considering renewing my notebook and look for Lenovo T550 with Intel HD5500 and Full HD 19200x1080 display. I do not know what wireless is inside (this information is mostly unavailable on web sites). I have Lenovo product number but it is not present in product lists I can see on Lenovo site (not much surprised); in case someone knows it, it is 20CK001WRT.
Anyone has practical experience? Question is mostly about video, wireless and touchpad/track point compatibility . Support for internal card reader is of course a bonus.
For the latest support of Lenovo laptops released in 2015 using Broadwell you will need kernel 4.1x and higher.
This will include the most recent Intel driver, Mesa and xf86-input-synaptics-1.8.2x driver for touchpad.
I believe there is a graphics problem with Intel GPU. Intel is working on an update.
All of the kernel patches for mapping of the Lenovo 2015 Thinkpads were added to kernel 4.1x and 4.2x.
I have read that this has been ported to earlier versions of the kernel. If you are experiencing problems
with kernel 3.16x with openSUSE 13.2, please submit a kernel bug report with Bugzilla.
Not certain if the model was the same, but I had serious trouble last week installing 13.2 on a Lenovo ( IIRC it was a T550, but not sure ), where Tumbleweed (probably thanks to it’s recent kernel) did the job fine. Must say I did not get the laptop in factory condition, my customer had already spent a week to get Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora to run on it without a satisfactory result.
I have noticed some issues with text being missing (I posted on another post about it yesterday but haven’t had a reply, basically, some font sizes I get characters go missing… no idea what the cause is yet, but the OP there had the same GPU chipset as me, but a different laptop, but I have no time to look in to it, quick fix was reducing some font sizes and I haven’t noticed it since
the wireless has been fine while I’ve used it (2 occasions so far - I prefer ethernet)
My main gripe so far is the lack of functionality with the Fn key and the keyboard shortcuts. There is a lock key in the top right, that doesn’t work as it seems to be an alias for Windows (Meta) + L. The Fn key is permanently lit, and none of the F key Fn’s work… I’m probably going to start a post about it after I have dug around some tonight…
Other than that, lovely laptop, especially with an SSD pre-installed!