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Lenovo Thinkpad E540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 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 Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and keyboard. The price and usability also get good reviews, whereas there are some negative comments about the energy efficiency and image quality. There are some mixed comments about the screen.

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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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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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 Laptops on Amazon.com.

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

Nov, 2017

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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 Laptops on Amazon.ca. People really like 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

Nov, 2017

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 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...

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: Ken W. (newegg.com)

Lenovo Lemon

 

We have several Lenovo laptops, this one may be our last.

Good Specs for a Laptop plagued with problems

Shortly after setting up the laptop for our salesman, the wifi became intermittent. After warranty replacement of the wifi card, we go from dropped signal, to very low signal strength. Salesman ignores this until last week when unit will not turn on....

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: WinCrazy (newegg.com)

Three severe hardware problems

 

All in all, I really like this laptop. I can put up with problems 1) and 2), but the WiFi disconnects are driving me out of my mind ! I still need to try out Intel's latest WiFi driver version 17.16.0 .

Great screen, keyboard, touchpad (yes, the touchpad, despite what some others say about it), fast and cool processor, sleek looks, fast HDD. Good battery life (~4 hours)

1) The audio from the output jack really sucks. While loud enough it is very muddled. However, the audio from the speakers is moderately good ; 2) The HDMI output has failed to the point of constantly and reconnecting/reconnecting as if there is an...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: jophus (newegg.com)

ThinkPad Edge E540 Notebook i7 Processor

 

Great computer for an old guy like me who likes speed, accuracy, and a great computing experience. Probably not for those of you younger gamers, but a decent pc nonetheless

Probably not for gamers

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: Tommy T (newegg.com)

Fast, upgradeable, linux-compatible, though not perfect laptop

 

This is a reasonably-priced, linux-compatible, fast, upgradeable laptop. It's also weakly-supported, Chinese-made, and probably only somewhat above average in build quality. SO if you buy one, plan to run it hard for the first week or two and exercise...

I ordered this system because it has a Core i7 processor, upgradeable RAM, and was listed as "Ubuntu Certified" and "Red Hat Certified" (though that doesn't necessarily say much; see Cons below) ; The laptop comes pre-installed with Windows 7...

There's an annoying BIOS bug that keeps the machine from suspending under any linux operating system. I have an open ticket with Lenovo about that. The workaround is to TURN OFF USB3.0 in the BIOS. (The USB ports still work, but only as USB2.0.) ; The...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Laptop

 

Previous reviewers were not happy it had WIN-7. WOW, who wants WIN-8????? It is absolutely the worst OS since WIN-ME.

Has Windows 7 not the dreaded Windows 8

None

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Warning about Finger Print Scanner!!!

 

Warning about Finger Print Scanner ; If you buying this notebook and you want to use the finger print scanner to login; Don't buy it, it does not work on windows 7. It may work on windows 8, but I did not tested on win8 ; Every thing else is good, but...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Don (newegg.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 Intel Core i5 4200M 2.5GHz 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6

 

Even though it is Wireless N, it does run at 300 Mbps rather than the standard 150. My wife and kids have Lenovo E530's, this E540, is a bit thinner and lighter, easy to carry around. Lenovo quality is the best. My wifes screen cracked after the laptop...

Excellent Value and quality for the Money ; Hard Disk is 6Gbs 7200 RPM single platter and 32MB cache at a thin 7mm so you are getting a very nice drive in a well priced system ; 4GB Mem, while that may not sound great, systems sold with 6MB seem like a...

Would have been better with a wireless AC board rather than the wireless N. It has a N7260 Wireless N board and my system has lately been randomly dropping the connection speed down to 5 Mbs until I disable then re-enable the adapter. This has occurred...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Jeff City (newegg.com)

Business Notebook

 

Came in double packaging.

Well designed, nice exterior finish, stable construction, good keyboard, good touchpad and pointing device everything as advertized. Comes with Office 2013 pre-installed. Good deal

Sound input/output combined in 1 connector. Lots of Lenovo bloatware

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: PW (newegg.com)

ThinkPad E540 (20C6008SUS)

 

Get a USB mouse.

Good Laptop, Good Price

Touch pad for mouse is not efficient, one of the worst I have experienced

Nov, 2014

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: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5

Battery

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

Camera

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

Certificates

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

Design

Color 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 type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio: / 16:4 / 16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:200 / 300
Display Diagonal:15 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory: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:1.74 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:, / 1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: 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 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

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:N
Keyboard language: / Danish / German
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: 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:1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
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
3G:N / No / Yes
3G standards:HSPA+
4G:N / No / Y
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Wi-Fi: 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 / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 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
WWAN:No / Yes

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD
DVD-RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:
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 Data

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

Performance

GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: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:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: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:Y / Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM86 / Intel HM87
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 number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel H87 / Intel HM86 / 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:2950M / 3550M / 3560M / 3560Y / i3-4000M / i3-4100M / i5-4200M / i5-4200U / i5-4210M / i5-4300M / I7-3632QM / i7-4702MQ / i7-4712MQ
Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.6 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 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 i7-4xxx / 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 data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 15 / 35 / 37
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

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
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Y / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:N / 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:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Insider:No / Y / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: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
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 / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:71458 / 75104 / 75119 / 75459 / 76346 / 76347 / 76348 / 76622 / 77403 / 77404 / 78933 / 81012 / 81013
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: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:BIOS / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, Power on / Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, Power on
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Drivers included:No / Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Professional Preload / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated: 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 disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 516
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface: / SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
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:M.2 / mSATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 128 / 16 / 320 / 500 / 508 / 516

Technical Details

64-bit computing: Yes
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:9.65 / 9.84
Height:0.98 / 1.01 / 1.04 / 1.05
Height (front):1.05 / 1.12
Height (rear):1.17 / 1.34
Weight:5.36 / 5.38 / 5.4 / 5.42
Width:14.8 / 14.9