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Lenovo Thinkpad E540

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 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. Reviews about the keyboard and reliability are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and sound. Reviews about the image quality and screen are mixed.

performance, usability, price, reliability, keyboard

portability, sound, energy

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (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 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

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

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: (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 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca. People really like the performance.

performance

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

Feb, 2016

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

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1

Display

Display Surface:Matt

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:, / 1
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x416

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
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
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-4100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):37

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Processor package size:37.5

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Software

Operating System Language:
Recovery operating system:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro