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

You Pay: $584.00
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)
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (8)
    • Good power output (7)
    • Comfortable keyboard (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business use (5)
      • Web browsing (4)
      • Upgrade (3)
      • Word processing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (4), Tech savvy (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice, mid-range i5 Business ThinkPad

      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...Read complete review

      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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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      get what you pay for

      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

      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

      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      5.0

      LOVE THIS PRODUCT WOULD BUY IT AGAIN

      By EDUCATOR

      from YAKIMA,WA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics
        • Video
        • Web Browsing
        • Word Processing

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

        LIGHT WEIGHT
        LONG LASTING BATTERY
        gREAT SOUND SYSTEM
        QUIET
        EASY TO SET UP
        EXCELLENT PRODUCT

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great Service and product

        By consumer

        from Idaho

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use

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

          This was my first purchase from B&H. I was very impressed. Shipping was fast. Service was excellent.

          Product is high quality. Hard drive was 7200 RPM vs. 5400. Upgradable to a high amount of RAM and came with license for Windows 8 professional, which is essential for networking, and which saved a $100 upgrade fee. Keyboard is awesome, with great feel.

          Price was outstanding for the hardware installed on this machine.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          As good as advertised, very pleased!

          By Oral Surgeon

          from Bolingbrook, IL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Great Windows 7 Pro Machi
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Reset Warranty Date

          Best Uses

          • Business Use

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

          We purchased two for our small surgical office. The shipment arrived quickly and well packaged. The laptops were super easy to set up and were online in a matter of minutes. The ThinkPad is an ideal business laptop without the annoying bloatware, the trackpad is better than most out there, and the keyboard is excellent. I took off one star for 2 reasons: 1. The B&H website was undergoing maintenance while I was ordering. Why do site maintenance on a Friday afternoon? And, when I had to make a minor change on my order it was delayed. AND, 2. When I checked the warranty on the machines (includes a 1 year manufacturer warranty) it showed the expiration date for the warranties at less than a year. I called Lenovo and it turns out they started the warranty when B&H ran a diagnostic check upon receipt of the machines. So, I had to get a case # for each laptop and email a scanned copy of POF from B&H so Lenovo could reset the warranty date.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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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.

            • Primary use:
            • 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!

              • Primary use:
              • 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.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Well boxed and shipped!!!

                    By sambha

                    from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                    About Me Value Oriented

                    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.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Laptop with Windows 7

                    By samnut

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    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):

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

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      (0 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      You get what you pay for!

                      By The chef

                      from Crescent City, California

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      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.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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