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Lenovo Thinkpad W540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad W540. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the battery and reliability. The keyboard and portability are also mentioned favorably. The sound and size get negative comments, while reviews about the price and design are different.

performance, portability, keyboard, reliability, battery

usability, image quality, touchpad, size, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Thinkpad W540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 review

 

A top-notch 3K workstation with a top-shelf price tag

Immaculate 3K screen ; Perfect keyboard and trackpad ; Great performance for any task

Too expensive for company-wide use ; Inconsistent build quality ; High-res screen hogs battery life

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a workstation powerhouse, but it's too expensive for general office use.

Oct, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a 15-inch mobile workstation with a self-calibrating In-Plane Switching (IPS) display and class-leading performance.

Bright, self-calibrating 3K screen. Incredible detail and color on display. Removable battery with 6 hours of life. Thunderbolt port. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 4G LTE WWAN connectivity. Biometric security. ISV certification.

No touch-screen option. Quirky trackpad. Could use more storage and memory.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has both beauty in its self-color-calibrating screen and brawn in its top-notch benchmark performance. Its battery life and performance exceed the expectations of most mobile workstation users, and aside from a quirky trackpad,...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540

 

Industry-leading keyboard; Accurate TrackPoint and Touchpad; Strong performance; Clear low-light webcam ; Mediocre viewing angles; Heavy ; The 15-inch Lenovo ThinkPad W540 boasts workstation-level performance, an excellent keyboard, and a QHD display...

Mediocre viewing angles; Heavy ; The 15-inch Lenovo ThinkPad W540 boasts workstation-level performance, an excellent keyboard, and a QHD display with built-in color calibrator.

The 15-inch Lenovo ThinkPad W540 boasts workstation-level performance, an excellent keyboard, and a QHD display with built-in color calibrator.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Brittany A. Roston (slashgear.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

 

The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side dish of sleekness that make them stand out from...

The ThinkPad W540 is definitely for the business workers among us who need a machine more robust than the average ultrabook. Those who will find this offering appealing are of a certain sort: people who prefer having all the ports and functions they...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Charles P Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation Review

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a decent mobile workstation whose benefits manage to outweigh its annoying flaws.

Excellent quality 3K IPS display ; Built-in display calibrator ; Very good performance ; Good value

Poor clickpad ; Pointing stick lacks dedicated buttons ; Minor keyboard layout issues ; Gets warmer than expected

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Workstation

 

Transformation. Lenovo completely redesigns its mobile workstations from the ThinkPad W-series and introduces some fundamental changes in this category. Does the device really meet the high expectations of the loyal customers?

Performance, Display, Weight, Configurability, Warranty, System noise, Good performance, low weight, acceptable battery runtimes , great display and fair prices

Problems with the build quality, Upgradeability of the storage, M.2 expansion cards only with 42 mm, Port layout on the left side, Clickpad buttons, Better build quality in detail, easy upgrading of the storage and better trackpad buttons

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Digit Laptops Jayesh Shinde (digit.in)

Lenovo W540 Review

 

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 better-than-average loud and clear speakers for a pleasant...

Built like a tank ; Loud and clear speakers ; Best-in-class performance

Mediocre viewing angles

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Art Liddle (cadalyst.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is reviewed as part of the Cadalyst Labs Report, "Mobile CAD Workstations Priced Under $2,500."

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 fact, it's more than $200 cheaper than the next closest...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540-20BG001

 

The clickpad!

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540-20BG001

 

Have been buying IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads for past 15 years - consistently brilliant products. Keyboards are excellent. Fingerprint sensor very useful. Performance always good - you get what you pay for. Each Thinkpad I've had has lasted 5 years each.

New keyboard layout with additional numerical keypad takes getting used. Overlaying volume/microphone buttons onto Fn keys is a step backwards - I used to use Fn F2 button regularly to put into sleep mode but that is no longer possible. I would have...

Mar, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3232
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater 4 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD Audio, Realtek ALC3232, Dolby Home Theater v4
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
Speaker power:1

Battery

Battery Capacity:5200 / 9120 / 9210
Battery capacity (Watt hours):56 / 57 / 69.9 / 94 / 99.9
Battery life (max):10.7 / 11.1 / 6 / 6.2 / 8.1 / 9
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 9

Camera

Front Camera:No / 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
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Graphite
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Glass fiber / Glass fiber, Plastic / Plastic
Intel segment tagging:Professional
Market positioning:Business / High Performance
Product colour:Black / Black, Graphite
Product Type:Mobile workstation / Notebook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio: / 16:10 / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1 / 500:1
Display brightness:220 / 300 / 330 / 350
Display diagonal:38.1 / 39.4 / 39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2880 x 1620
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Docking station

Docking station included: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Nvidia Quadro K1000M / NVIDIA Quadro K1100M / Nvidia Quadro K2000M / NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1 / 2
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:400
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1250 / 1300 / 1350
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):2560 x 1600 / 3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):1920 x 1200 / 2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:No / Y / Yes
Keyboard language: / Danish / English
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:83
Numeric keypad:No / Y / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Trackpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor: / SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 2 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:N / No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA
4G:N / No / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ad / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11ad, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,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: Yes

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:-15.4 - 3048 / 0 - 2438 / 0 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):8 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD / CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater 4 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD Audio, Realtek ALC3232, Dolby Home Theater v4
Display:
Ethernet interface type:
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-d,VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC / Y
Handheld remote control:Y
Manual:Y
Mouse included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:N / No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 10
ExpressCard slot:No / Y / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Y / Yes
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity: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:135 / 170

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
L3 Cache:6
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes: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 QM87 / Intel® QM87
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 3.9 / 4
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx Extreme
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9 / 3 / 3.1
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4200M / I5-4210M / I5-4330M / I7-4600M / I7-4700MQ / I7-4710MQ / I7-4800MQ / I7-4810MQ / I7-4900MQ / I7-4910MQ / I7-4930MX / I7-4940MX
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4800 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile Extreme Edition series / Intel Core i7-4900 Mobile series
Processor Socket:PGA946
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37 / 47 / 57
Tjunction:100

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
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel QuickPath Interconnect:Y / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:N / No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):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):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:N / No
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:75117 / 75128 / 75131 / 75133 / 76348 / 76349 / 76750 / 78931 / 78937 / 78939 / 78940 / 81012 / I7-4600M / I7-4700MQ / I7-4800MQ / I7-4900MQ
Processor code:SR15H / SR15K / SR15L / SR15M / SR1H7 / SR1HA / SR1L4 / SR1PQ
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5 x 4.7
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:53.5 x 22 x 11.2 / AccuWeather\nAmazon Kindle\nEvernote\nIntel AppUp\nIntel Education Software Suite\nLenovo Companion\nLenovo Cloud Storage\nLenovo Settings\nLenovo Solutions Center\nLenovo Support\nRara-Music
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Language:
Recovery operating system:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:Norton Internet Security, Microsoft Office

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDIO, SDXC / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface: / SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
HDD Capacity:500
HDD interface:Serial ATA III
HDD Size:2.5
HDD Speed:7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:16 / 8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1 / 2
Number of HDDs installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16 / 180 / 240 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:180 / 240 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:2.5" / M.2
SSD interface:Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 1024 / 1128 / 1256 / 128 / 1512 / 180 / 2000 / 240 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 756

Technical Details

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.8 / 24.9 / 248.1 / 249 / 27.3
Height :2.79 / 2.8 / 28
Height (front):2.79 / 2.8
Height (rear):2.95 / 3.5
Weight:2.47 / 2.49 / 2.5 / 2.53 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.81
Width:37.6 / 37.7 / 37.9 / 376 / 376.6