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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 256GB SSD 15.6" Laptop

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29 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

Amongst notebook PCs of this age and type, this many processor core laptop is one of the most highly awarded by experts.

This Lenovo portable PC was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag, Computershopper.com, Laptopmag.com and Tweaktown.com all of whom thought that this notebook PC was superb.

This portable PC received an "Approved" award from Hothardware.com.

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Good Expert Reviews

This portable PC has an average expert rating of 84 out of 100 based on twenty expert reviews from sites including Techradar, PC Mag, computershopper.com and Laptopmag.com.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of people wrote in their reviews that the product was noisy. Pcper.com said in their review of this laptop in December last year “Loud and clear speakers”.

Easy to Use

One Lenovo ThinkPad W540 owner wrote in their reviews that this laptop was easy to handle. Expert website Laptopmag.com wrote “Today's lightweight business laptops are more than capable of handling serious productivity tasks” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One customer who bought the product concluded that it had a good interface. Last year Pcper.com said “42 mm can be used, interface layout on the left, buttons of the Clickpad, throttling of CPU performance in the stress test”.

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Robust

Two Lenovo ThinkPad W540 reviewers said in their reviews that this laptop was well made. Pcper.com said “There's still plenty to like, from a solid build that's lighter than expected to a fantastic keyboard” in their review.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Good Product Quality

One Lenovo ThinkPad W540 owner who reviewed the product thought it was good quality. Pcper.com mentioned “Excellent quality 3K IPS display” in their review of this laptop.

Good Battery Life

One person thought the product had a good battery life. Pcper.com said in their Lenovo ThinkPad W540 review “Helpful bundled software and decent battery life” .

Reasonably Priced

Several Lenovo ThinkPad W540 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Expert review site Tweaktown.com mentioned “The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation provides users with a feature rich load out and offers great performance and value for the professional on the go”. Pcper.com mentioned in their Lenovo ThinkPad W540 review “Good value” .

One Lenovo ThinkPad W540 reviewer wrote that this laptop was a bargain for the price. Tweaktown.com mentioned “256GB SSD increase performance a great deal” in their review of the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 and scored it 5 stars.

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Nice Design

One Lenovo ThinkPad W540 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was neat. Pcper.com said in their review of the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 in December last year “Immaculate 3K screen”.

Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Lenovo many processor core portable PCs have good ratings on average and across all portable PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The ThinkPad W540 has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels portable PC, which is the most common display resolution.

This notebook PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution amongst all many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of notebook PC the worst display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 is 2.2GHz. With a processor clock speed of 2.5 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

We compared all the other 2.5GHz processor clock speed laptops to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the ThinkPad T440, and the Y50-70 both from Lenovo or the HP ProBook 655 G1 is also worth considering.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to consider the Toshiba Qosmio X70-B (2.6GHz), the MSI GS70 2QE (2.6GHz), or the HP ZBook 17 (2.7GHz) which is also higher rated.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many laptops that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think because of it's better review score, the DELL Vostro 3460, the HP ZBook 17, and the Lenovo G505 is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad W540 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. Most many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540.

Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The ThinkPad W540 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it. Most portable PCs that came out around the same time as it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

This notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the ThinkPad W540.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

Other laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available that you might also want to look at include the Samsung NP905S3G, the Fujitsu LifeBook E754, or the HP ZBook 15 (£578.80) which has better reviews.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W540 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops that have been around for more than two years also have a front camera.

There are a number of other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might want to consider including the Lenovo W530, the Fujitsu LifeBook E754, or the HP ZBook 17 which has better reviews.

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Quite Long Battery Life

At 11.1 hours, the ThinkPad W540 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out more than two years ago. The shortest battery life of laptops that were released more than two years ago is 2.5h, the longest is 22h, and the average battery life is 6.9h.

Other 11.1h battery life portable PCs currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the ThinkPad W540, the W540, or the W540 all from Lenovo.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might want to look at the Pavilion x2 10-n052na (12h), or the Pavilion x2 10-n055na (12h) both from HP or the Fujitsu LifeBook E733 (13h) which is also higher rated.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of portable PCs of this age and spec is 59Wh, and the battery capacities range from 30Wh to 100Wh. When compared to other portable PCs of this age and spec that we have assessed, the battery capacity of the ThinkPad W540 of 99.9 watt-hours is one of the biggest.

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Nine Battery Cells

The ThinkPad W540 has more battery cells than most of the many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540. Most of the many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 only have between two and eight battery cells, however this Lenovo portable PC has nine battery cells.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on laptops of this age and spec.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops of this age and spec.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The biggest memory slots of the ThinkPad W540 is 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of the most common memory slot of 2x SO-DIMM.

This notebook PC's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is actually the best memory slots across all portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

The worst memory slots amongst similar types of notebook PC is 1x SO-DIMM.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 32 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the ThinkPad W540. The maximum internal memory of laptops of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W540 range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The smallest maximum internal memory (64-bit) of similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540 is 4GB and the biggest is 32GB. With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite big maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included on notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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6 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

A few Lenovo ThinkPad W540 owners wrote in their reviews that it was not heavy and bulky. In December last year Pcper.com wrote “Large and heavy” in their Lenovo ThinkPad W540 review. Pcper.com also wrote “A bit bulky to carry around”.

One Lenovo ThinkPad W540 reviewer who bought it wrote that it was not heavy. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said in their review of the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 “It's a hefty and solid system that packs plenty of power under the hood to get you through all your daily tasks”.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 32GB to 2TB. With a total storage capacity of only 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 256GB total storage capacity laptops and we think because of it's better review score, the Lenovo Y70-70, the HP ZBook 17, and the Asus N550JK is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the G50-45 (500GB), the E540 (500GB), or the E540 (500GB) all from Lenovo which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The ThinkPad W540 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the Lenovo ThinkPad 11e (£384.00), the Toshiba Satellite P50t-B, or the HP TouchSmart 15-g060nr which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The lowest speaker power of many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 is 1W, the highest is 4W, and the average speaker power is 1.8W. The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly low speaker power (only 1 Watt) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Released Over Two Years Ago

Lenovo released the ThinkPad W540 over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this laptop to all the other 15.6" laptops and we think the ENVY x360, and the ENVY 15 both from HP or the DELL XPS 15 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Laptops with a bigger screen size that might be worth considering include the Lenovo Z710 (17.3"), the HP ZBook 17 (17.3"), or the Acer Aspire ES1-711 (17.3") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 2.7 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2.7kg heavy portable PCs currently available including the N551JK, or the N551JQ both from Asus or the Toshiba W50 which has better reviews.

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Average Internal Memory

The ThinkPad W540 has a pretty typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4GB internal memory laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the ProBook 455, or the 255 G2 both from HP or the Lenovo E540.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Lenovo G50-45 (8GB), the HP Pavilion 15-p261na (8GB), or the Fujitsu LifeBook E744 (8GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Design
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Colour
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Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Hard Drive Size
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Display Surface
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
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
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Thunderbolt Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
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 Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
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
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Battery
Battery Life
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Power
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Password Protection
Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
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Weight & Dimensions
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Packaging Data
Warranty Card
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
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Certificates
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Other Features

5 Awards

tweaktown.com Editor's Choice computershopper.com Editor's Choice PC Mag Editor's Choice hothardware.com Approved Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(28)
9 March 2015

In spite of its fairly-palatable price point of $1,499, the W540 is ultimately a few steps forward, a few steps backward. There's still plenty to like, from a solid build that's lighter than...

Built like a tank
Loud and clear speakers
Bestinclass performance
Excellent performance
Ultrahighresolution display and toplevel GPU available
Mediocre viewing angles
Large and heavy
Price with upgrades can get steep
No internal Bluray option
The price tag will put this system out of reach for most shoppers
30 January 2015

Looking at the machine's hardware capability, its performance blows past all business laptops we've tested till December 2014. What's particularly surprising and noteworthy is the laptop's... Read more…

23 January 2015

The ThinkPad W540 isn't for everyone, but graphics pros, architects, engineers, and others in the market for a portable workstation will be thrilled with its performance and features. Read More?...

Computershopper.com

16 January 2015

If you're doing any kind of work that requires a fast mobile processor and relatively powerful graphics, then Lenovo's Thinkpad W520 may be for you. While it wasn't the most eye-opening of...

Hothardware.com

18 November 2014

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation, as configured for this review, costs $2,215 through cdw.com (including ground shipping). That's the lowest price for the systems reviewed here; in...

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User Reviews

(2)

It is worth 1 star for the hopelessness of the TouchPad alone. I am not a "everything Apple" advocate - but in this case would suggest you spend your hard-earned money on a Mac Air or Mac Book.... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

I am disappointed to say that this latpop has many faults which almost brings me to the point where I just want my money back. Firstly, the battery is completely unreliable - one minute its at 82%... Read more…

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