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Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)

You Pay: $569.00
Product Highlights
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-4200M (Haswell)
  • 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 500GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • 15.6" HD Antiglare LED-Backlit Display
  • 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-in Webcam, Mic, & Speakers
  • Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

The black ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer from Lenovo delivers both in terms of performance and mobility. The ThinkPad E540 provides a 6-cell lithium ion battery for up to 6.2 hours per charge (battery life may vary). The ThinkPad E540 features an ABS plastic lid for a portable yet durable design.

The 15.6" widescreen display is backlit with LED lamps, which brighten faster, use less power, and last longer than their CCFL counterparts. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is also the standard for HDTVs. The HD 1366 x 768 native resolution is supported by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600. The native resolution allows you to play back 720p HD content without upscaling or letterboxing.

The system is powered by a 4th generation Haswell dual-core 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-4200M processor. It also has 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM, a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a 4-in-1 media card reader, a fingerprint reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam, and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology.

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) is the installed operating system. This version of Windows 7 Professional is preinstalled through the downgrade rights in Windows 8 Pro (64-bit).

4th-Gen Haswell Intel Core Performance
The Lenovo ThinkPad E540 houses a 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i5-4200M processor. Its dual cores can reach a stock speed of 2.5 GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.1 GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The 4th generation Haswell processor uses low voltage to extend battery life without sacrificing performance. With a dedicated 3MB L3 cache, 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM, and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to push the dual cores up to four virtual cores for quick and efficient multitasking.
15.6" Antiglare LED-Backlit Display
The 15.6" display features a 16:9 aspect ratio and has a 1366 x 768 native resolution, powered by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600. The native resolution allows you to play back 720p HD content natively without upscaling or letterboxing. The screen also has a matte, antiglare finish, which allows you to use the ThinkPad E540 in brightly-lit environments with ease. You can also output video to an external display via the HDMI port.
Wireless Connectivity
The Lenovo ThinkPad E540 supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, which provides a high-speed connection to your home or office wireless network. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 technology for connecting to Bluetooth-compatible devices, such as a wireless mouse.
USB 3.0 - 10x Faster than USB 2.0
USB 3.0 can reach data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, which is up to ten times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices so you don't have to worry about losing access to your older peripherals. Also, one of the USB ports is powered so you can charge your portable device for added convenience.
4-in-1 Media Card Reader
The Lenovo ThinkPad E540 has a 4-in-1 media card slot that can read Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC), and MultiMediaCard (MMC).
SuperMulti DVD Burner
The Lenovo ThinkPad E540 houses a SuperMulti DVD burner, which allows you to read and write both CDs and DVDs.
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
This version of Windows 7 Professional is preinstalled through the downgrade rights in Windows 8 Pro (64-bit).
Performance
Processor 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-4200M Dual-Core 4th-Gen Haswell
Cache L3: 3MB
Memory Slots: 2x SO-DIMM 204-Pin
Type: PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
Installed: 4 GB  
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics Card Type: Integrated
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 4600 Shared
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 15.6"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Antiglare
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Brightness 200cd/m2
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 500GB 7200rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive Tray-Load SuperMulti DVD Burner
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x USB 3.0 (A)
1x USB 2.0 (A) (powered)
1x Docking Connector (OneLink)
Display 1x HDMI
1x VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Flash Media Slot 1x MMC
1x SD
1x SDHC
1x SDXC
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Security HDD User Password Protection, Power-On Password, Infineon TPM Software Professional Package, Kensington Lock Slot, Fingerprint Reader
Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Features: Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device TouchPad & TrackPoint with Multi-Touch Control
Battery 6-Cell Lithium-Ion  Providing up to 6.2 Hours per Charge (48Wh)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.8 x 1.1 x 9.8" / 37.6 x 2.8 x 24.9 cm
Weight 5.4 lb / 2.45 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    LenovoThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (5)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade (3)
      • Web browsing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (4), Tech savvy (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5), Personal (4)

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      4.0

      Nice, mid-range i5 Business ThinkPad

      By Kendrick

      from Palo Alto, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • I5-4200m
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

        Good: This hit the sweet spot for an affordable business i5 2.5 GHz Dual Core i5-4200M (with hyper-threading) with Intel Intel 4600 HD Graphics.Good: With a VGA port, a CD/DVD-R drive and a RJ45 Gigabit LAN Port...This laptop is compatible with classic IT infrastructure.Good: Easy expandability to 2x8GB=16GB and to a Dual-Band 802.11ac, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth* adapter later on.Good: Fingerprint scanner instead of typing login is very convenient!Good: Numberpad and the calculator/screen lock/computer quick keys are convenient!Good/Bad: People complain about the sensitivity and long-throw of the gestures on the TouchPad. I don't like it either. I prefer to disable the gestures and just use the classic ThinkPad TrackPoint with the TouchPad used as left/right mouse buttons.Attention: This is a business laptop, not a multimedia laptop. The screen nor external speakers are not well suited for playing back HD movies.Attention: The soft-touch textured plastic, particularly on the back of the LCD, is susceptible to scratches and friction wear. A firm-fitting neoprene case is necessary to keep it looking new.Attention: 4GB is installed. I suggest installing another 4GB stick in the second memory slot because it enables faster interleaved memory...It's much more usable then since the Intel integrated 4600 graphics shares system memory. Conclusion: For the price, features and expandability options, I am very happy with my purchase.

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        • Business

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        4.0

        ThinkPad E540: Solid Budget Business

        By BigglesFliesUndone

        from Palo Alto, CA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • E540
        • Lenovo E540
        • Lenovo Thinkpad E540
        • Thinkpad E540

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use

          Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

          Pros:- 4th Gen i5 4200M (2.50GHz) dual core processor.- Intel 4600 integrated graphics.- Easy to upgrade with accessible panels.- 7200 RPM HDD.- 16GB Max RAM.- CD-R/DVD-R- VGA port for older monitors.Cons:- Screen has limited viewing angles. (This is not unexpected...This is a budget business lappie.)- Touch/Trackpad is awkward...I gave up after a week and bought a wireless mouse. (Shame on you, Lenovo!)- Built-in speakers are awful. (This is not unexpected...This is a budget business lappie.)- Built-in wireless is a relatively slow single-band N 2.4Ghz card with Blu-Tooth. (However, it's an easy DIY upgrade to a dual-band 5Ghz card with Blu-Tooth for about $ bucks)- The plastics are touchable, but attract skin grease and are also susceptible to friction wear...So buy a neoprene case. The E540 is not something that one wants knocking around in a backpack or messenger bag if you want to keep it looking new. Conclusion:I needed a budget, solid business-class laptop for around ~$USD with easy upgrade options later as well as all of the PROs mentioned above, and the ThinkPad E540 fit the bill very well.The fast fingerprint login is a bonus item that I didn't expect. Overall...I'm happy with it!

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          • Business

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          5.0

          ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook

          By Steve

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Experienced user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Bloated Lenovo Software

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Personal use
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

          This laptop performs outstanding. Boots up very fast. Some of the Lenovo software are duplications of apps already in Win 7 pro, so I deleted them. I also streamlined the services and disabled services I do not need from starting. I reduced the start up programs to a minimum being careful to not disable essential Lenovo functions. The machine runs even faster then out of the box. I expanded the memory to 8 GB. The keypad is great! I just disabled the tapping function to avoid errors, otherwise just great! My wife just loves the machine. Prefer windows 7 versus 8 so the setup was great.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          3.0

          get what you pay for

          By the rose

          from NYC

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poorly Designed Keyboard
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

            Bought this for my husband, He did the research - and I think he likes it.
            I think it feels like a cheap version of the old Lenovo laptops.
            Very plastic and flimsy

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            ThinkPad with Windows 7 is fast.

            By Barb

            from New Jersey

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Upgrade

              Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

              It's easy to navigate, has a fast start-up and great resolution.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Terrific with a sleek clean look

              By Blondie

              from New York City

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

                Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                I am an editor who requires a high speed laptop. The Lenovo is superior to most other laptops I have tried. The only negative is the number key pad on the right side which I do not use.

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                • Business

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                5.0

                Well boxed and shipped!!!

                By sambha

                from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • What You Order What You G

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Replacement

                Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                The Package was very well cushoined and packed (box within a box). Received the package on time.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Laptop with Windows 7

                By samnut

                from Brooklyn, NY

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                  Laptop used for Business Applications
                  Great Laptop with Windows 7 still available at reasonable price

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                  • Business

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                  1.0

                  You get what you pay for!

                  By The chef

                  from Crescent City, California

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Hard To Set Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Don't Bother

                    Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad E540 20C6008SUS 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

                    While the price was right, things went south from there. At first I could not get on line. When I managed that, a window would pop up telling me it was necessary to download files, e.g., Java. While doing so an Accept/Decline box appeared to complete the download. Then 3 more accept/decline boxes appeared in concession(looking just like the Java), but to accept meant you were down loading other software! After declining each one I was able to complete the download. I suspected that my computer may possibly be infected with malware. When I called for support with the number provided, the supposed support person tried to sell me antivirus products. When I informed him that I called for support and not to be sold anything, he hung up. The computer came with antivirus software. I have been using computers for about 30 years. I bought an IMac and am quite happy. The people at BH were very responsive and helpful.

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                    • Personal

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