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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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17 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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Lenovo Portable PCs Have Good Reviews

Lenovo has good average ratings for its many processor core portable PCs as well as across its entire notebook PC range.

1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the ThinkPad W540 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels notebook PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution amongst all portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

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

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs 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 were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 also have a full-size keyboard.

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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 laptops that were released around the same time as it. Most laptops of this spec and age support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all portable PCs of this age and type.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of laptop is 133MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W540 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 also have a front camera.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

At 99.9 watt-hours, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this spec and age. The average battery capacity of similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 is 59Wh.

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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 of a comparable spec and age to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

The slowest hard drive speed of many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 is 5,400 RPM and the fastest is 7,200 RPM. At 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540.

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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.

A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is actually the best memory slots amongst all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W540.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst memory slots is 1x SO-DIMM.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 32 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. The maximum internal memory of portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At 32 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the ThinkPad W540. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 20GB, and the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 4GB to 32GB.

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L3 Processor Cache

This laptop has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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Nine Battery Cells

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a nine battery cell count portable PC. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago only have between two and eight battery cells.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This notebook PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on laptops that are a similar age to it.

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5 Reasons Against

Very Small Internal Memory

Across all the many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 the internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age, the ThinkPad W540 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 range from 250GB to 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 780GB. The ThinkPad W540 has a quite small hard drive capacity (only 500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for 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 the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Lenovo laptop was released over two years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.5 gigahertz, the ThinkPad W540 has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Screen Size

The ThinkPad W540 has a relatively average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a pretty standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540.

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Average Battery Life

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly average battery life (6 hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540.

If this many processor core laptop battery life is too short for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo E545 (6.2h) which also has a higher rating.

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HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years. 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.

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Specification

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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 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
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Secure Key
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
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Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
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Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Manual
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Certificates
RoHS Compliance
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Energy Star Certified
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Format

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Expert Reviews

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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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