The ThinkPad Edge E540 is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) laptop.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on portable PCs of this age and spec.
Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews
Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings on average and across all notebook PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated manufacturers.
Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 2 gigabytes, the ThinkPad Edge E540 has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of notebook PCs of this spec and age range from 1.7GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 1.9GB.
1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The ThinkPad Edge E540 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad Edge E540.
A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of portable PC.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
Like most of the other laptops of this age and type, the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 has a full-size keyboard.
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Has a Front Camera
The ThinkPad Edge E540 has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad Edge E540 also have a front camera.
Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed
The slowest hard drive speed of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 4,200 RPM and the fastest is 7,200 RPM. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 has a fairly fast hard drive speed (7,200 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and spec to it.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.
Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of laptops of this age and type range from 4GB to 32GB. With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of 16 gigabytes, the ThinkPad Edge E540 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory (64-bit) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.
AC Cable Included
This laptop has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot
This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.
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Only HDD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
Laptops with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it.
Quite Small Battery Capacity
When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years that we have checked the battery capacity of, the ThinkPad Edge E540's battery capacity of only 48 milliamperes * hour is one of the smallest. The average battery capacity of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad Edge E540 is 3,700mAh.
Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.
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Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 510MB and 4.1GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 1.7GB. The ThinkPad Edge E540 has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory (only 1,024 megabyte) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad Edge E540.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.
Quite Dim Display Brightness
Portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad Edge E540 have display brightnesss of between 20 cd/m² and 1,200 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 240 cd/m². The ThinkPad Edge E540 has a quite dim display brightness (only 200 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad Edge E540.
Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System
This portable PC has a Windows 8 Pro recovery operating system, which is the most commonly found recovery operating system on portable PCs that have been around for more than two years.
Only 4 Bluetooth Version
This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on notebook PCs of this age and spec.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
Lenovo released the ThinkPad Edge E540 over two years ago.
Average Processor Clock Speed
With a processor clock speed of 2.4 gigahertz, the ThinkPad Edge E540 has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad Edge E540.
Average Screen Size
The ThinkPad Edge E540 has a pretty standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for more than two years.
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Intel Core I3 Processor Family
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 has an Intel Core i3 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.
At 2.5 kilograms, the ThinkPad Edge E540 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad Edge E540.
Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP 250 G1 (£355.00) (2.5kg).
Average Total Storage Capacity
The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 has a fairly typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the ThinkPad Edge E540.
If this medium processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the DELL XPS 13 (512GB) which also has a higher rating.
Average Internal Memory
At 4 gigabytes, the ThinkPad Edge E540 has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.
Average Battery Life
At 6.2 hours, the ThinkPad Edge E540 has a fairly standard battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad Edge E540.
Intel Segment Tagging
Home Office, Small Business
Intel Core i3, Intel Core i3-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
333, 1333, 133, 1600
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
1 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
MMC+, SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
1366 x 768
Touch Sensitive Screen
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Discrete Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Dolby Advanced Audio v2
Front Camera Resolution
1280 x 720
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Windows 7 Professional
Recovery Operating System
Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Supported Instruction Set
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery Cell Count
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), Lithium
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Power
HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Height At Front
Height At Rear
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Energy Star Certified
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video