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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.8GHz 8GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 15.6" Laptop

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23 Reasons For

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The ThinkPad W540 is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) portable PC. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 840MHz to 1,400MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,300 megahertz, the ThinkPad W540 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

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

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

When compared to other portable PCs of this type and age that we have assessed, the ThinkPad W540's PCI Express slot version of 3 is one of the newest. The average PCI Express slot version of comparable spec portable PCs that were released one year ago is 2.7.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Lenovo many processor core portable PCs have good reviews on average and across all portable PCs Lenovo is one of the superior brands.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of laptops of this age and type is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.3GHz. The ThinkPad W540 has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2.8 gigahertz) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the HP ZBook 17 (£2,282.40) (2.9GHz).

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has a Front Camera

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

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think the Toshiba Satellite L50-C which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad W540 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it. This Lenovo notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The memory clock speeds supported by processor of all notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 ranges from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big maximum internal memory (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540. Comparable spec portable PCs that were released one year ago have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 17GB.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The ThinkPad W540 has a maximum memory slots of 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of a 2x SO-DIMM portable PC, which is the most frequently found memory slots.

A 4x SO-DIMM memory slot is actually the best memory slots across all many processor core portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

Across comparable types of notebook PC the worst memory slots is 1x SO-DIMM.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big maximum internal memory (64-bit) (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than a year. The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540 range from 4GB to 32GB.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

Many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.8GHz and 4GHz. The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency (3.8 gigahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540.

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Eight Processor Threads

The ThinkPad W540 has more processor threads than most of the laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540. This Lenovo laptop is a eight processor thread notebook PC compared to most of the many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540 which only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

Many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than a year have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB, and the average processor cache is 4.2MB. The ThinkPad W540 has a quite big processor cache (6 megabytes) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released one year ago.

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L3 Processor Cache

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a L3 processor cache which is better than the L2 processor cache found on most laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

This notebook PC's processor cache level (L3) is in fact the best processor cache level across all portable PCs of this spec and age.

A L2 processor cache is the worst processor cache level across comparable types of notebook PC.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a two USB 2.0 port portable PC. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age. The average display brightness of laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 is 280 cd/m².

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Narrow

The average width of many processor core portable PCs that were released more than a year ago is 380mm. The ThinkPad W540 is one of the narrower portable PCs of this age and type (only 376 millimeters) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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4 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it. 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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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540 is 32GB and the biggest is 2.2TB. At only 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the ThinkPad W540, the ThinkPad W540 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Small Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity

With a hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity of only 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has one of the smaller hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The average hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity of many processor core portable PCs that were released more than a year ago is 870GB, and the hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacities range from 8GB to 1TB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Released Over a Year Ago

This notebook PC has been on the market for over a year.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

Laptops with a bigger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (17.3"), or the HP Zbook 17 G2 (£1,099.99) (17.3").

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Average Weight

At 2.5 kilograms, the ThinkPad W540 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W540.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire E5 (£369.99) (2.5kg).

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Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
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Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
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Intel Visual Technology
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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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