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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 8GB May 2015
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18 Reasons For

Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 2GB and the biggest is 64GB. At 32 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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16 Maximum Number of PCI Express Laness

The ThinkPad W540 is a 16 maximum number of PCI Express lanes laptop.

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Fairly New PCI Express Slots Version

With a PCI Express slots version of 3, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly new PCI Express slots version compared to most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540. Many processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 have PCI Express slots versions of between 2 and 3, and the average PCI Express slots version is 2.7.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 is 390MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencys range from 200MHz to 850MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 400 megahertz, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

On average Lenovo many processor cores notebook PCs have good ratings compared to other brands as do all notebook PCs built by Lenovo.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The ThinkPad W540 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard to this notebook PC and we think the HP EliteBook 755[plb_2319127_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W540 has a front camera, as do most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540.

Other portable PCs with a front camera currently available which you might also want to look at include the HP EliteBook 755[plb_2319127_price] which has better reviews.

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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 cores notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year. Most many processor cores notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 the worst memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz and the best is 1,866MHz.

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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 notebook PC, which is the most frequently found display resolution.

This portable PC's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution across all many processor cores notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This notebook PC has an 802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

Across all the many processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to 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 were released one year ago.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

Notebook PCs of this age and spec have maximum internal memorys of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB. At 32 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

Across all the many processor cores notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540 the maximum internal memory (64-bit)s range from 2GB to 32GB. The ThinkPad W540 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory (64-bit)s (32 gigabytes) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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L3 Processor Cache

The ThinkPad W540 has a L3 processor cache which is better than the L2 processor cache found on most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

A L3 processor cache is in fact the best processor cache level amongst all many processor cores notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

Amongst similar types of notebook PC the worst processor cache level is L2.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The ThinkPad W540 has more USB 2.0 ports quantitys than most of the comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the ThinkPad W540. Most of the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W540 only have one USB 2.0 ports quantity, however this Lenovo notebook PC has two USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of portable PCs of this spec and age is 58mAh and the biggest is 6,700mAh. At 5,200 milliamperes * hour, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This notebook PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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6 Reasons Against

Only 11.2/12 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This notebook PC has an 11.2/12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly found on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This portable PC has an HDD storage media, which is typical of many portable PCs that came out more than a year 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 also be worth considering include the HP EliteBook 755[plb_2319127_price] (SSD and higher rated).

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 have total storage capacitys of between 32GB and 2.2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 730GB. The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly small total storage capacity (only 500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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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 laptops that were released more than a year ago also do not have a touchscreen.

It is worth also looking at alternative laptops which also have a touchscreen including the HP Pro[plb_2883384_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This laptop ethernet LAN data rates, which is the most commonly found ethernet LAN data rates on laptops that came out more than a year ago.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The average hard drive capacity of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W540 is 820GB. At only 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Released Over a Year Ago

Lenovo released the ThinkPad W540 over a year ago.

Average Processor Frequency

At 2.5 gigahertz, the ThinkPad W540 has a relatively typical processor frequency compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

There are a number of alternative 2.5GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Samsung ATIV Book 8[plb_2778104_price].

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Average Internal Memory

The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly average internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other many processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 8GB internal memory notebook PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the HP EliteBook 755[plb_2319127_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Display Diagonal

The ThinkPad W540 has a pretty average display diagonal (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

We compared all the other 15.6" notebook PCs to this notebook PC and we think the HP EliteBook 755[plb_2319127_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

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Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 6 hours, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly typical battery life (max) 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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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

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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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