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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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18 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most frequently supported processor operating modes on notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

Across all the many processor cores laptops that came out more than a year ago the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 600MHz to 1,400MHz. The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) (1,300 megahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540.

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Lenovo Has Good Laptop Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Lenovo laptops and also specifically for Lenovo many processor cores laptops and found that in both cases Lenovo had good ratings.

Very Fast Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of 2.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has one of the faster processor frequencys amongst many processor cores laptops of this age. Across all the portable PCs of this age and spec the processor frequencys range from 1.3GHz to 3.1GHz.

If you are looking for a laptop with a faster processor frequency then you might also want to consider the DELL Precision M6800[plb_2840243_price] (2.9GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

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

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on many processor cores laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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Has a Front Camera

The ThinkPad W540 has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the ThinkPad W540.

We compared all the other laptops with a front camera to this portable PC and we think the DELL Precision M3800[plb_2953110_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops of a comparable type and age to it. Most notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The memory clock speeds supported by processor of all portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ThinkPad W540 ranges from 133MHz to 1,866MHz.

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Very Fast Processor Boost Frequency

At 3.8 gigahertz, the ThinkPad W540 has a very fast processor boost frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540. The slowest processor boost frequency of portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 is 1.8GHz and the fastest is 4GHz.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540's maximum internal memory (64-bit) is one of the biggest amongst notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the ThinkPad W540. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of portable PCs of this age and spec is 20GB, and the maximum internal memory (64-bit)s range from 2GB to 32GB.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

The biggest memory slots of the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is 4x SO-DIMM. That's over two times the memory slots of a 2x SO-DIMM notebook PC, which is the most common memory slots.

This notebook PC's memory slots (4x SO-DIMM) is in fact the best memory slots amongst all many processor cores laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The average processor cache of portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad W540 is 4.2MB, and the processor caches range from 2MB to 8MB. At 6 megabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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L3 Processor Cache

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

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many many processor cores laptops that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 32 gigabytes, the ThinkPad W540 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. Across all the many processor cores laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 the maximum internal memorys range from 2GB to 32GB.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

The ThinkPad W540 has one of the brighter display brightnesss (350 candellas per square meter) amongst portable PCs of this age. Laptops of this age and type have display brightnesss of between 200 cd/m² and 400 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 280 cd/m².

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

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

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3 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Media

This portable PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage media, which is the most frequently found storage media on comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time 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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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 does not have a touchscreen, although it is worth noting that most of the other many processor cores laptops that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W540 also do not have a touchscreen.

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Quite Small Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity

Portable PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540 have hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacitys of between 8GB and 1TB. At only 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a quite small hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad W540.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad W540

Released Over a Year Ago

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

Average Internal Memory

The ThinkPad W540 has a fairly average internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the ThinkPad W540 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad W540.

We compared all the other 15.6" notebook PCs to this notebook PC 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 Weight

With a weight of 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad W540.

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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 portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad W540.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Market Positioning
Colour of Product
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
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 Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
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
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
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
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
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® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
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)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Intel QuickPath Interconnect
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 Demand Based Switching
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 Technology
Security
Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers w540 20bg0046, lenovo 20bg001, w540 20bg0046f, w540 20bg0046fr, lenovo 20bg001b, lenovo 20bg001bu, lenovo 20bg001buk
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