Lenovo ThinkPad W540-20BG001 reviews and prices: 15.6" Laptop computer

46 customer reviews

+ This laptop has no outstanding positive points. - It scores very poorly on design.

£420 – £1581 at 3 retailers out of 422 retailers checked

6.8 out of 10 based on 46 reviews.
Lenovo ThinkPad W540-20BG001 with Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Core Processor, 4GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows 8 Pro. DVD See full product description

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Richard, Ramsgate Keen photographer often on

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Screen quality, colour accuracy and resolution
Keyboard feel
Battery life
Build quality
Bad points:
Touchpad which I use only for three TrackPoint buttons. Whilst I am used to it now, after about six weeks of use, it is not as good as the three separate buttons on previous ThinkPads. I manage OK but it feels less ergonomic and the middle button for scrolling can be a frustrating as you need to be very accurate in where you apply pressure.

Nothing to do with Lenovo but too many applications handle the high resolution screen badly and very small text is the result which is unusable for me. I use the W540 for photo editing and Adobe Photoshop CC is unusable at 2880 x 1620. The temporary solution until the apps improve is to use at 1920 x 1080. The screen clarity is excellent even at this lower resolution and the colour accuracy makes it worth taking the IPS 2880 x 1620 display. I look forward to getting the full benefit when apps are improve. Don't be put off by this as 2880 x 1620 is more about clarity and resolution on a 15inch screen than squeezing more on and is very good down at 1920 x 1080.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2014

Mo, London Music, gaming or video fan

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Runs heavy-duty applications smoothly - amazing performance.

Doesn't overheat and has well build-in cooling system.

Screen resolution can potentially make certain viewing incredibly detailed and high res.
Bad points:
Just a bit too heavy to be practical.

Several programs do not run this screen resolution and end up somewhat blurry (stretched).

Design is somewhat too simple and blocky; it could be worse but could be better.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2015

Jayash, London Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Have been buying IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads for past 15 years - consistently brilliant products. Keyboards are excellent.
Fingerprint sensor very useful. Performance always good - you get what you pay for.
Each Thinkpad I've had has lasted 5 years each.
Bad points:
New keyboard layout with additional numerical keypad takes getting used. Overlaying volume/microphone buttons onto Fn keys is a step backwards - I used to use Fn F2 button regularly to put into sleep mode but that is no longer possible.
I would have liked a separate microphone socket alongside headphone socket.
Integrated buttons on trackpad are quite difficult to get used to.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Feb 2015

John, Ipswich Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Powerful, well built, rugged, not too heavy given it's a powerful workstation. Out of the box it's easy to use and great being able to customise they keyboard, such as swapping Fn and Ctrl keys round, and locking the Fx keys to their proper function, not the multimedia setting functions!
Bad points:
Touch pad takes getting used to as there are no separate left/right mouse buttons, the whole touch pad is a button which you click in different places to get left/right mouse buttons.
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Dec 2014

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 15.6
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Operating system Windows 8 Pro
RAM (Gigabytes) 4
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Number of cores Quad-Core
Processor brand Intel Core
Processor series i7-4700MQ
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.4
Number of USB ports 4
Connections USB 2.0
Connections Wi-Fi
Connections VGA
Connections Ethernet
Connections Thunderbolt
Connections Kensington Lock
Connections USB 3.0
Built-in disc drive DVD
Weight (kg) 2.5
Type of hard drive HDD
Width in cm 37.7
Depth in cm 24.8

Also known as: Lenovo ThinkPad W540, Lenovo ThinkPad W540 20BG0046UK, Lenovo ThinkPad W540 20BG

Laptop Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

This portable 15.6" workstation is incredibly thin and light, sacrifices nothing in terms of speed, power, and durability. Graphics-intensive, ISV-certified applications with blazing-fast processing and advanced graphics technology, plus ThinkPad’s known reliability, mean you can handle any heavy-computational task from anywhere you want to be.

4th-generation Intel Core processors deliver the performance to increase productivity for your business. Devices turn on in an instant and are always up-to-date. You can multitask quickly, move effortlessly between applications, and collaborate wirelessly in a high quality videoconference – all with the convenience of longer battery life. Plus, you can guard against identity theft and ensure safe access to your network with built-in security features. In fact, the only thing more amazing than an Intel Core processor-based PC is what your users will do with it.

Thunderbolt is a revolutionary connection technology that simultaneously supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. Simply connect the W540 to multiple displays and devices with one cable, then sync and backup at up to 10Gbps (twice the speed of USB 3.0), capture and edit multiple uncompressed video streams in real time, and daisy-chain your devices to simplify your workflow.

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