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Lenovo Thinkpad E540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and keyboard are overall positive. The price and usability also get good reviews, whereas the portability and resolution get negative comments.

performance, usability, price, keyboard, battery

screen, size, touchpad, resolution, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad E540 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 45 reviews)

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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 lugging this 2.44kg brute around with you, the E540 delivers a powerful package at a very competitive price. Unfortunately it's pipped at the post by the more affordable Gigabyte U24Ti5, although the E540 is the quicker of the two...

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Update on review


This is an update to my previous review. Although it took a bit to hear back from the seller on fixing the broken key, once they reached out it was pretty fast. They sent a return box for me to mail the laptop, and I got it back within 2 days! Laptops...

Fast processor, good overall design


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ThinkPad E540 (20C6008SUS)


This is an update to my previous review. Although it took a bit to hear back from the seller on fixing the broken key, once they reached out it was pretty fast. They sent a return box for me to mail the laptop, and I got it back within 2 days! Laptops...

Fast processor, good overall design



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Good Laptop


I went with my gut on this; was happy with my previous Lenovo - it lasted 6-7 years and died due to an accident, not because of any problems. This model had the basic things I wanted at the right price point. It feels much more durable than similar...

My old Thinkpad T61 died, and I needed to replace it. I didn't have a lot of money; didn't want to spend more than $600. I looked at Toshiba and HP laptops in stores locally in this price range, but they seemed really cheap and plasticky. I reviewed...

The touchpad thing is a little weird. I used to be able to use mouse gestures in my browser to go back - hold down right mouse button, click left. You can't do that with this. It's basically one large button. It takes a little getting used to, and I'm...

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Broken key


Just received two of these in the mail. All looks good except one has a detached key on the number pad. Upon closer examination, the little latches in the key are broken. Not happy with this, as we need this laptops right away, now I probably will have...

Good looks

Key came detached

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Not Windows 8


Newegg has offered free return

Great Price, Specs, and Service

Windows 7 SP1 installed. Win 8 sticker on back with no product key. Windows 8 recovery media included but will not install onto computer

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Lenovo Customer Support Is Horrid


Every single time I deal with Lenovo support it takes multiple weeks for an issue to be resolved and anywhere from 5-15 phone calls.

Great hardware specs, Lenovo normally uses high quality parts

Tired of dealing with Lenovo customer support over multiple issues. Some background on myself: I have a degree in Computer Engineering, work in sales/repair/service in a small rural town, and have been building computers for over 25 years. I try to...

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Tis laptop is fast, and it runs very smoothly

upgrading to windows 8 was a hassle

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Decent Computer


I bought this computer to be a complement to my desktop. I didn't need a machine that could replace my desktop. This computer does what I need it to do. I can type letters, e-mail, check the internet, etc. etc. When I need a computer to do video and...

This computer came with a fairly decent setup. Even though it mentions Windows 8, it comes with Windows 7 Pro installed. If you want Windows 8, you have to change some settings and use the installation disks that come with the computer. The hard drive...

I had a real problem with getting the webcam working. It didn't work out of the box. I updated with the Lenovo utility that comes on the computer and it still didn't work. What I had to do was locate a folder called "swtools" on the hard drive and find...

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Great laptop - but not as advertised


It's really sad to see that NewEgg is slipping with their QA and customer service. I ordered another product last week to find out that it was shipped from overseas. There was no way to track the order and the seller did not respond to my queries. It...

Amazing laptop. Built like a tank ; I've been using IBM/Lenovo Laptops/ThinkPads for over 12 years and I'm very impressed

Product came with Windows 7 installed, Windows 7 COA and Windows 8 recovery disks. When I called NewEgg, they basically told me that I had to send it back if I wanted Windows 8 installed - or I could call Lenovo since it was "their fault". When I...


Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen:1-Point Touch / Multi Touch / No
True Resolution:Full HD / WXGA

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / NO OS / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8 Pro Downgradable


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GT710M / GEF GT740M / Geforce 710M / GeForce GT 740M / GeForce GT730M / HD GPU / HD GRAPHICS 4600 / Intel ® HD GPU


Chipset Brand:Intel® / ULi / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM76 / HM77 / HM87 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7 / Pentium / Pentium ®
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:3550M PENTIUM / I3-4000M / I3-4100M / I5-4200M / I5-4210M / I7-4702MQ