Lenovo ThinkPad W540 20BG001BGE
Average of 8 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 20BG001BGE
Enhanced transformation. We reviewed a Lenovo ThinkPad W540 model with rather weak hardware a few weeks ago. The second test model delivers many things we wished for. The impact of these differences will be illustrated in this review.
Source: PC Perspective
In spite of its fairly-palatable price point of $1,499, the W540 is ultimately a few steps forward, a few steps backward. There’s still plenty to like, from a solid build that’s lighter than expected to a fantastic keyboard and sharp 3K screen. The performance is also perfectly suited for its intended audience; it handled everything we threw at it with relative ease across the spectrum of CPU, GPU, and storage benchmarks. It’s essentially a business-grade gaming PC in many respects, and its focus on power over portability accentuates that philosophy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/09/2015
Source: Digital Trends
Looking at the machine’s hardware capability, its performance blows past all business laptops we’ve tested till December 2014. What’s particularly surprising and noteworthy is the laptop’s better-than-average loud and clear speakers for a pleasant audio experience.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Computer Shopper
Lenovo's ThinkPad W540 is an excellent laptop that most buyers should not consider—and that's what Lenovo intended. The ThinkPad W540 isn't for everyone, but graphics pros, architects, engineers, and others in the market for a portable workstation will be thrilled with its performance and features.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Hot Hardware
You're going to want to cancel your gym membership once you've spent a few weeks lugging the Lenovo Thinkpad W520 around. However, you're getting a lot of performance for your sacrifice. While this laptop might be overkill for a person who just needs a general Windows device to carry around and surf the Web on, this is a great laptop for those looking for a real mobile workstation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2015
The machine has the hardware needed for tasks ranging from video work to animation, graphic design, and other activities beyond typing data sheets and compiling reports. The battery life is quite commendable given the specs, able to put out a few hours of run time even when demanding use is taking place, and even longer when one is simply browsing or reading. Despite all it has to offer, the machine is still light in comparison to competing models, ensuring you won't strain your shoulder lugging it around. For these reasons the W540 is definitely a laptop to consider if you're in the market for a business machine.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/30/2014
Source: PC Mag
The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 has both beauty in its self-color-calibrating screen and brawn in its top-notch benchmark performance. Its battery life and performance exceed the expectations of most mobile workstation users, and aside from a quirky trackpad, the system looks and feels like a traditional Lenovo ThinkPad laptop. All of those traits, plus a slightly less-expensive price tag, are enough to help the ThinkPad W540 leapfrog over the HP ZBook 14 as our Editors' Choice for mobile workstations.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lenovo’s ThinkPad W540 is a worthwhile addition to the mobile workstation market. We appreciated its good construction, the excellent picture quality of its optional 3K IPS display, powerful performance for professional applications, strong battery life, and good keyboard feel. The W540 is the first notebook we’ve tested with a built-in display calibrator, a notable advantage over competitors. Lastly it’s a good value at around $2,000, as configured; it’s a lot of performance for the money.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 79%
At $2,573 (about £1,606, AU$2,946) the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a costly business investment whether you're buying just one or multiple units for your employees. For this reason there are a lot of other machines to consider, especially if your line of work does not require a 2880 x 1620 display. There are also direct competitors such as the MacBook Pro 15 that offer a slightly higher fidelity Retina display for less money. The Dell Precision M4800 also offers up the same configuration with an even higher-resolution 3200 x 1800 display, all for a smaller equipment bill. If it were not for the enormous price tag we would wholeheartedly recommend the Lenovo ThinkPad W540, just be sure to check out the competition before you decide to foot the big bill.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 100% features: 60% workmanship: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
Demanding users who work in engineering, science or other professions that require tons of raw processing power can get similar performance levels from Dell, HP or Lenovo workstations, depending on which processor, graphics card and SSD they choose. However, the ThinkPad W540 stands out from this pricey crowd because of its durable design, industry-leading keyboard, bright screen and excellent low-light webcam.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
About the only complaint we have is the price. Yes, the W540 has a premium price tag attached to it, but if you want quality and performance, you have to pay for it. You do have some other choices; these amount to gaming laptops. These can cost a bundle also, generate far more heat, have extremely limited battery life, and weigh far more than the W540. It may be nitpicking a little bit here, but for the price of the W540, it would be nice if it came with the earbuds and perhaps the carrying case. The ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation is an excellent laptop that stands above the others in quality and performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 99% price: 98% performance: 100% features: 100% workmanship: 100%
The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a work computer powered by an Intel Core i7 and Nvidia's professional Quadro K 2100M graphics. It comes with a 15.5 inch display with a resolution of 2880 x 1620 pixel, which did not disappoint with its vivid colors and crisp details, and a color sensor. The display also features viewing from all angles without losing quality.
The laptop is encased in a dark grey exterior that is made of carbon fiber-plastic material that does not leave greasy fingerprints. The sleek design leaves much to be desired in terms of connectivity. The smooth front part of the laptop is kept clean of ports, while the left side of the case is crowded enough to have to worry about not having enough room. The laptop has 4 USB ports, a card reader, an analog VGA port and a modern Thunderbolt port.
The keyboard is standard and user friendly. The keyboard backlight can be adjusted to two levels of brightness. Like most Lenovo Thinkpads, there is a trackpoint included, which operates smoothly and is a welcomed addition for veteran ThinkPad users.
The W540 is quiet when idle. The noise level only increases when heavier workloads are applied. The 9 cell battery ensures a long battery life. Up to 7 hours on web surfing and up to 4 and a half hours of video watching are possible.
NVIDIA Quadro K2100M:
Workstation graphics card based on the GK106 Kepler architecture with 576 shaders and a 128-Bit wide memory bus.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
4800MQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer, owned the majority of the company. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
84.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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