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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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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 4GB Jun 2014
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17 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many many processor cores laptops that have been available for more than two years.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Based on 4,876 owner and expert reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its notebook PCs. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically within its many processor cores laptops range compared to other manufacturers.

Fairly Fast Processor Frequency

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has one of the faster processor frequencys (2.5 gigahertz) amongst many processor cores laptops of this age. Across all the many processor cores laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 the processor frequencys range from 1GHz to 3GHz.

Alternative 2.5GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include the HP ZBook[plb_2497296_price] which has better reviews.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on many processor cores laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad W540 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops of this type and age.

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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 the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as it. This laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all many processor cores laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs of this age and type, the ThinkPad W540 has a front camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The Lenovo 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution amongst all many processor cores laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540.

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

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Quite Big Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

Across all the many processor cores laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540 the battery capacity (Watt hours)s range from 30Wh to 2,700Wh, and the average battery capacity (Watt hours) is 64Wh. When compared to other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W540 that we have checked, the ThinkPad W540's battery capacity (Watt hours) of 99.9 watt-hours is one of the biggest.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

Across all the many processor cores laptops that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 the hard drive speeds range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM. At 7,200 revolutions per minute, the ThinkPad W540 has a quite fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the portable PCs of this age and type the maximum internal memorys range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB. The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big maximum internal memory (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

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

This notebook PC's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is actually the best memory slots amongst all notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

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

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

Across all the many processor cores laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540 the maximum internal memory (64-bit)s range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 19GB. The ThinkPad W540 has a quite big maximum internal memory (64-bit) (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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Nine Number of Battery Cellss

The ThinkPad W540 is a nine number of battery cells portable PC.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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6 Reasons Against

Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has one of the smaller internal memorys amongst many processor cores laptops of this age. Across all the notebook PCs of this age and type the internal memorys range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average internal memory is 8.4GB.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Portable PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 have total storage capacitys of between 32GB and 2TB. With a total storage capacity of only 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has one of the smaller total storage capacitys amongst laptops of this age.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Asus NX500JK[plb_2898867_price] (512GB and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The ThinkPad W540 does not have a touchscreen, although keep in mind that most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec also do not have a touchscreen.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This portable PC ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Very Low Speaker Power

At only 1 Watt, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were launched more than two years ago. The speaker powers of many processor cores laptops that were released more than two years ago range from 1W to 11W.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The smallest hard drive capacity of laptops of this spec and age is 250GB and the biggest is 2TB. With a hard drive capacity of only 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this portable PC was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly average display diagonal (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W540.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.6" notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lenovo Y50 UHD[plb_2658715_price].

If this portable PC display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the HP 17 G2[plb_2985052_price] (17.3") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 6 hours, the ThinkPad W540 has a pretty average battery life (max) compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

If this many processor cores portable PC battery life (max) is too short for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo E545[plb_2857006_price] (6.2h) which also has a higher rating.

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HDD Storage Media

This notebook PC has an HDD storage media, which is the most frequently found storage media on portable PCs of this age and spec. 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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Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Form Factor
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Supported
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Installed
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Thunderbolt Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
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® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Height (front)
Depth
Height (rear)
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Formats

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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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