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Lenovo W540 8GB 256GB SSD 15.5" Laptop

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8GB 256GB SSD 15.5" May 2014
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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review: A Business Powerhouse
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9 Reasons For

Good Brand

Lenovo is one of the superior portable PC brands according to average expert and user reviews, and Lenovo also has good reviews for its portable PCs.

Has a Front Camera

Unlike most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the W540 which do not have a front camera, the Lenovo W540 has a front camera.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo W540 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the W540 do not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the W540 is 5.7GB. The Lenovo W540 has a quite big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

If this Lenovo laptop internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo Y70 (16GB and higher rated).

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SSD Storage Media

The Lenovo W540 has an SSD storage media which is better than most similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. Most portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an HDD storage media. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

An SSD storage media is in fact the best storage medium across all comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the W540.

The worst storage medium across comparable types of notebook PC is HDD.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

The Lenovo W540 has a very big maximum internal memory (64-bit) (32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the W540. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the W540 is 16GB, and the maximum internal memory (64-bit)s range from 8GB to 32GB.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

Portable PCs that were released around the same time as the W540 have maximum internal memorys of between 8GB and 32GB. When compared to other notebook PCs of this type and age that we have assessed, the Lenovo W540's maximum internal memory of 32 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

The Lenovo W540 has a better Wi-Fi standard than most portable PCs that have been around for more than two years. This notebook PC has an 802.11n wi-Fi standards, whereas most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it have an 802.11b wi-Fi standards. This portable PC also have 802.11a and 802.11ac and 802.11g wi-Fi standardss.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all portable PCs of this type and age.

The worst Wi-Fi standard across similar types of laptop is 802.11a.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

Most portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and two USB 2.0 ports quantitys, including the Lenovo W540 which has two USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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2 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacitys of comparable spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago range from 16GB to 1TB. At only 256 gigabytes, the Lenovo W540 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Most notebook PCs that are a similar age to the W540 do not have a touchscreen. The Lenovo W540 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touchscreen.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo W540

Released Over Two Years Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

The Lenovo W540 has a fairly standard display diagonal (15.5 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the W540.

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Average Weight

At 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo W540 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 6 hours, the Lenovo W540 has a relatively typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the W540.

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Specification

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Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Hard Drive Size
Display
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Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD 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
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
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 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
Security
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Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
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Packaging Data
Warranty Card
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
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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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