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Lenovo W540 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.7GHz 8GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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25 Reasons For

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

The Lenovo W540 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) (1,300 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the W540. Across all the portable PCs that were released around the same time as the W540 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 750MHz to 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many many processor cores laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Lenovo many processor cores laptops have good ratings on average and across all notebook PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated brands.

11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This portable PC has a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly Fast Processor Frequency

At 2.7 gigahertz, the Lenovo W540 has a fairly fast processor frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The processor frequencys of comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the W540 range from 1GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor frequency is 2.2GHz.

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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 portable PCs of this type and age.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo W540 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other many processor cores laptops that are a similar age to the W540 also have a full-size keyboard.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo W540 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most many processor cores laptops that have been around for more than two years. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the W540.

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

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo W540 has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the W540.

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Quite Long Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 11.1 hours, the Lenovo W540 has a quite long battery life (max) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The shortest battery life (max) of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the W540 is 2.5h, the longest is 22h, and the average battery life (max) is 6.7h.

If this many processor cores portable PC battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the Asus EeeBook X205TA (12h) which also has a higher rating.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

The highest display resolution of the Lenovo 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 across all many processor cores laptops that have been around for a similar time to the W540.

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

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

The average hard drive speed of notebook PCs of this type and age is 5,900 RPM, and the hard drive speeds range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM. At 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo W540 has a fairly fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were released around the same time as the W540.

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4x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

The Lenovo 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 in fact the best memory slots across all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo W540 has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. The maximum internal memorys of many processor cores laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W540 range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 18GB.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The maximum internal memory (64-bit)s of notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the W540 range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 19GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo W540 has a quite big maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

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Fairly Fast Processor Boost Frequency

The Lenovo W540 has a fairly fast processor boost frequency (3.7 gigahertz) compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were released more than two years ago. The processor boost frequencys of many processor cores laptops that have been around for around the same time as the W540 range from 1.3GHz to 3.9GHz.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most commonly found wi-Fi standards on notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Eight Processor Threadss

The Lenovo W540 has more processor threadss than most of the notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the W540. This portable PC is a eight processor threads notebook PC compared to most of the portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the W540 which only have between four and seven processor threadss.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 6 megabytes, the Lenovo W540 has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the W540. Many processor cores laptops that are a comparable age to the W540 have processor caches of between 2MB and 8MB.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

The average battery capacity (Watt hours) of many processor cores laptops that have been around for around the same time as the W540 is 64Wh, and the battery capacity (Watt hours)s range from 30Wh to 2,700Wh. At 99.9 watt-hours, the Lenovo W540 has a fairly big battery capacity (Watt hours) compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 9,210 milliamperes * hour, the Lenovo W540 has one of the bigger battery capacitys amongst many processor cores laptops of this age. Across all the many processor cores laptops that have been available for around the same time as the W540 the battery capacitys range from 45mAh to 9,300mAh, and the average battery capacity is 4,300mAh.

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Nine Number of Battery Cellss

The Lenovo W540 has more number of battery cellss than most of the many processor cores laptops that have been around for a similar time to the W540. This notebook PC is a nine number of battery cells portable PC compared to most of the similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the W540 which only have between two and eight number of battery cellss.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The Lenovo W540 has a quite bright display brightness (300 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The average display brightness of similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the W540 is 260 cd/m², and the display brightnesss range from 200 cd/m² to 400 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 portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The Lenovo W540 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other portable 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 laptop ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Low Speaker Power

At only 1 Watt, the Lenovo W540 has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the W540. Similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the W540 have speaker powers of between 1W and 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.8W.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The Lenovo W540 has one of the smaller hard drive capacitys (only 500 gigabytes) amongst many processor cores laptops of this age. The smallest hard drive capacity of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the W540 is 250GB, the biggest is 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 790GB.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo W540

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Lenovo released the W540.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo W540 has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that have been around for around the same time as the W540.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Lenovo W540 has a relatively average display diagonal (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other many processor cores laptops that were launched around the same time as the W540.

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Average Weight

At 2.7 kilograms, the Lenovo W540 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the W540.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo W540 has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the W540.

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HDD Storage Media

This notebook PC has an HDD storage media, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type. 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

Design
Form Factor
Device Type
Market Positioning
Housing Material
Colour of Product
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Docking Station
Docking Station Included
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Motherboard Chipset
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
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
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)
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
3D
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
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
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Disc Types Supported
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
WWAN
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Data Rate (max)
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge Ports
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Thunderbolt Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
DisplayPorts Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
LAN/VGA Combo Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Performance
TV Tuner Integrated
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Keyboard Backlit
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Drivers Included
Bundled Software
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® 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 Clear Video Technology
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 Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
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)
Battery Capacity
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection Type
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
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
64-Bit Computing
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Formats

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Expert Reviews

(29)
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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