NEC Versa 550DThis little NEC Versa laptop cost me ten dollars and I was told it did not work, once I plugged in the ac adapter and turned it on it fired up! maybe the seller left the power point turned off Ha Ha, Either way it was a good find.

Cyrix 5x86-100GP Processor

The Cyrix 5×86-100GP Processor

This unit features a Cyrix processor which are rarely seen today as the last processor made by Cyrix was the Cyrix MII-433GP 300Mhz (A Pentium II Alternative).

Overall the NEC Versa 550D is not a bad unit, this one is the highest model that features a 100Mhz processor, 8MB on-board ram and a 10.4″ Color DSTN LCD. The LCD is not so easy on the eyes, the ghosting on the screen is pretty bad.

NEC Versa 550D Laptop and AC Adapter

NEC Versa 550D Laptop and AC Adapter

The one feature I love about this laptop is the use of the trackball, to this day I still think it was one the greatest pointing devices in computing history, they are accurate and extremely easy to use.

On the bright side this unit has a total of 16MB’s of RAM, a huge 1000MB (1GB) Hard drive and 1.44MB floppy drive, Add on cards are possible through the 2 PCMCIA slots and although the screen has some ghosting it is very bright and crisp.

My unit is in good condition although the battery no longer holds charger and the rear screen casing is cracked at the bottom which can bee seen in on of my photos.


Processor Cyrix 486Dx4-75P @ 75MHz or Cyrix 5×86-100GP @ 100Mhz
Hard disk 340MB / 540MB / 1000MB 2.5″ IDE hard disk
Video adapter 9.4″ or 10.4″ DSTN Color LCD, 1MB Video Memory 640×480 Resolution with 256 colors
Memory 4MB or 8MB on-board upgradeable to 24MB
Floppy Drive 1.44MB Floppy (720k compatible)
Expansion Slots
Two PCMCIA 2.1 card slots that support two Type II PC cards at the
same time or one Type III and one Type II PC cards at the same time
Pointing Device Large integrated 19mm trackball
I/O Port 1 x Serial Port / 1 x Printer Port / 1 x VGA Port / 1 x PS/2 keyboard &
mouse port
Power System Auto-switching AC Adapter (90V – 264V) / Rechargeable NiMH Battery pack with 3 Hours of life
Year & Cost RRP $???? when released in 1995

Helpfull Facts

  • Be careful not to be to harsh when opening and closing the laptop, as the hinges and plastic around them brakes very easy
Rear view of the Versa 550d's ports

Rear view of the Versa 550d’s ports

The Versa's BIOS

The Versa’s BIOS

Versa 550D from the Front

Versa 550D from the Front

Versa 550D from the side.
Versa 550D from the side