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Lenovo Thinkpad E540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad E540. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and keyboard. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the screen. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Thinkpad E540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad E540

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Lenovo Thinkpad E540 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad E540

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad E540 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the performance.

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50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo TP E540 I5/2.5 15.6 4GB 500GB W7P 64-W8Lenovo TP E540 I5/2.5 15.6 4GB 500GB W7P 64-W8

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Bennett Ring (cnet.com.au)

Lenovo ThinkPad E540

 

This heavyweight foregoes mobility, allowing the use of high-end hardware at a very nice price.

Blazing-fast CPU paired with GT740M GPU. Reasonable price.

Sub-HD resolution display. Some testing issues.

If you don’t mind the added weight, the E540 is a potent mixture of capable hardware with a very attractive price.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

Nice fast laptop - good clear screen, like the trackpoint button.

No external charging indicator light. This is important. The only way to tell what the state of charge is, is by switching the laptop on and checking the icon in the system tray. Mouse pad is clunky - it actually moves up and down in the same way as...

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

It's fast and easy to work .keyboard is great

Heavy and thick

Aug, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

laptop needs new parts,was only hours old

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

clear screen

problem transferring files from old laptop

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

Compared to my old computer it is extremely fast and efficient. Although I have had this laptop 3 weeks my son has been transferring all info from my old computer so I have actually only been using for two days. Like it very much and it is very fast.

Not yet.

Jun, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

Good basic laptop with a reasonable performance and battery life. The Windows 7 is a bonus for my needs over Windows 8 normally found on laptops these days.

The red button serves no real purpose and is just another cursor pointer.?

May, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

Compared to my old computer it is extremely fast and efficient. Although I have had this laptop 3 weeks my son has been transferring all info from my old computer so I have actually only been using for two days. Like it very much and it is very fast

Not yet

May, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

Good basic laptop with a reasonable performance and battery life. The Windows 7 is a bonus for my needs over Windows 8 normally found on laptops these days

The red button serves no real purpose and is just another cursor pointer

May, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C600JDUK

 

Sturdy. Reliable. Light. Keyboard.

May, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Advanced 2.0 / Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced v2 / Dolby Enhanced Audio V2 / HD
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:4400 / 48 / 6
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 62
Battery life (max):6 / 6.2 / 6.3 / 6.5 / 7.4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6
Standby time:62

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Front camera signal format:720p
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Red
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) / Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Plastic / Plastic
Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black / Red
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio: / 16:4 / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:200 / 300
Display diagonal:38.1 / 39.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD / No
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 710M / NVIDIA GeForce 840M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 710M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 840M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 400 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150 / 1250 / 850
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x416 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: No
Keyboard language: / Danish / German
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Y / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor: / SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:N / No / Y / Yes
3G standards:HSPA / HSPA+
4G:N / No / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
WWAN:No / Y / Yes

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD
DVD-RW write speed:8
LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Advanced 2.0 / Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced v2 / Dolby Enhanced Audio V2 / HD
Chassis Type:
Display:
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / Y
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

GPS (satellite): Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:N / No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No / Yes
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y / Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):22
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
L3 Cache:3 / 6
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM86 / Intel HM87 / Intel® HM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x4, 2x4 / 2x4,4x1 / 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.6 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:2950M / 3550M / 3560M / 3560Y / I3-4000M / I3-4100M / I5-4200M / I5-4200U / I5-4210M / I5-4300M / I7-3632QM / I7-4702MQ / I7-4712MQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-4100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 3000 series for Mobile / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA1168 / PGA946 / Socket 1224
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Scenario Design Power (SDP):6
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 15 / 35 / 37
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States:Y / Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:N / No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:3550M / 3560M / 71458 / 75104 / 75119 / 75459 / 76346 / 76347 / 76348 / 76622 / 77403 / 77404 / 78933 / 81012 / 81013 / I3-4000M / I3-4100M / I5-4200M / I5-4210M / I7-4702MQ
Processor code:SR15J / SR170 / SR1H9 / SR1HA / SR1HB / SR1HC / SR1HF / SR1L4 / SR1PS
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5 x 4.7 / 40 / 40 x 24 x 1.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART:Y

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:No / Y / Yes
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, Power on
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Software

Drivers included:No / Yes
Operating System Architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Linux / No / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional Preload / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:
Recovery operating system:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:Microsoft Office, Norton Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDXC / MMC, SDHC, SDXC / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC / SD / SD, SDHC, MMC, SDXC / SD, SDIO
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 516
Hard Drive Interface: / SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:16 / 8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000 / 500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1 / 500
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / mSATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 128 / 16 / 320 / 500 / 508 / 516

Technical Details

Display Technology:
Hot-swap:
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video / Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.5 / 25 / 250
Height :2.49 / 2.56 / 2.63 / 2.66 / 26.6
Height (front):2.66 / 2.84
Height (rear):2.96 / 3.4
Weight:2.43 / 2.44 / 2.45 / 2.46
Width:37.7 / 37.8 / 377