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Lenovo E540 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2.6GHz 4GB May 2015
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Lenovo e540 Overview and review

19 Reasons For

Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The oldest PCI Express slot version of laptops of a similar spec and age to the E540 is 2 and the newest is 3. With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Lenovo E540 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the E540.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo E540 has a very big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the E540. Across all the comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as the E540 the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 8GB to 32GB.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Lenovo E540 has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the portable PCs of this age and spec. Most of the medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the E540 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this Lenovo notebook PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago range from 100MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 290MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 400 megahertz, the Lenovo E540's on-board graphics adapter base frequency is one of the fastest amongst medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the E540.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago range from 750MHz to 1,300MHz. At 1,150 megahertz, the Lenovo E540 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the E540.

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Lenovo Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings on average and across all notebook PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated manufacturers.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo E540 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the E540. The processor clock speeds of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the E540 range from 0.8GHz to 3.3GHz.

If this medium processor core notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the DELL Precision M2800 (2.7GHz and higher rated), or the Toshiba A50 (2.7GHz and higher rated).

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo E540 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to it. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Across all comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the E540 the memory clock speeds supported by processor ranges from 133MHz (worst) to 1,866MHz (best).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

The Lenovo E540 has an Intel Core i5 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family found on most portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it. The best processor family of all portable PCs of this age and spec is Intel Core i7-4xxx and the worst is AMD E.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the E540, the Lenovo E540 has a full-size keyboard.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the E540, the Lenovo E540 has a front camera.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

At 3.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo E540 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the E540. The maximum turbo frequencies of portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the E540 range from 1.8GHz to 3.7GHz.

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Fairly Fast Hard Drive Speed

Laptops of this spec and age have hard drive speeds of between 5,400 RPM and 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,800 RPM. With a hard drive speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo E540 has one of the faster hard drive speeds amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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L3 Processor Cache

This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most commonly found processor cache on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops of a similar age and spec to it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago that we have assessed, the Lenovo E540's maximum internal memory of 32,768 megabytes is one of the biggest. The maximum internal memories of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the E540 range from 8.1GB to 33GB.

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Six Battery Cells

The Lenovo E540 is a six battery cell count portable PC.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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10 Reasons Against

Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of portable PCs of this spec and age range from 1.7GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 11GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of only 1.74 gigabytes, the Lenovo E540 has one of the smaller maximum on-board graphics adapter memories amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the E540 have internal memory of between 2GB and 16GB. With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo E540 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

Laptops with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the Toshiba L75 (6GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

At 2.4 kilograms, the Lenovo E540 is quite heavy compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a similar age to the E540. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the E540 have weights of between 940g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2kg.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the E540, the Lenovo E540 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Lenovo E540 is a one USB 2.0 port laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec have between one and three USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year have hard drive capacity of between 5GB and 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 690GB. At only 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo E540 has a fairly small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the E540.

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Thick

With a height of 26.6 millimeters, the Lenovo E540 is quite thick compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the E540 the heights range from 11mm to 2,400mm, and the average height is 27mm.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo E540

Released Over a Year Ago

This medium processor core notebook PC was released over a year ago.

Average Screen Size

The Lenovo E540 has a relatively average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the E540.

Notebook PCs with a bigger screen size that might also be worth considering include the MSI GP72 2QD (17.3"), or the Lenovo Z70-80 (17.3").

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo E540 has a relatively standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the E540.

Notebook PCs with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the T450s (512GB), or the X1 Carbon (512GB) both from Lenovo.

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Housing Material
Colour of Product
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
FSB Parity
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
USB Sleep-and-Charge Ports
USB Sleep-and-Charge
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel TSX-NI
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Security
Password Protection
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Formats

Expert Reviews

(21)
30 March 2014

The ThinkPad Edge E540 The advantages of the E540 with cheap configuration remained and we also liked the solid build quality , the quiet system noise and the good input devices of the reviewed...

12 February 2014

This heavyweight foregoes mobility, allowing the use of high-end hardware at a very nice price...

1 April 2014

Un bourreau de travail. Lenovo n'a fait que mettre à jour les composants internes de son ThinkPad Edge, l'esprit du concept abordable de la gamme prime toujours en son sein. Le constructeur offre... Read more…

20 February 2014

NB : la note est d'un peu moins de 3,5 / 5, mais suite un un problème d'affichage les demis ne s'affichent pas correctement. Nous travaillons actuellement à la résolution de ce bug. *******... Read more…

2 March 2015

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Long battery life during office tasks, high CPU performance, good input devices, good and sturdy build quality, bright, matte display, efficient cooling and quiet system noise
Windows 7 or 8, easy to maintain, big storage capacity
Blazingfast CPU paired with G 740M GPU
Reasonable price
Solid chassis and good build quality
12 months warranty, bluish, lowcontrast display, small RAM capacity, slightly unhandy due to weight and size
SubHD resolution display
Some testing issues
Display is just OK
Too dark
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User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 14 August 2014 by KinDee D.
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this computer to be a complement to my desktop. I didn't need a machine that could replace my desktop. This computer does what I need it to do. I can type letters, e-mail, check the... Read more…

Reviewed 22 May 2014 by Russell J.

I buy about 10 laptops a year for clients, friends and family. Lenovo is my "go to" brand. This Lenovo is with an insurance salesman (neighbor) and he loves it as do I. This is a new model... Read more…

Reviewed 29 September 2014 by Ken M.
(Verified Purchase)

I do NOT like being forced to take this Intel Software. I will just throw it away. Problem is, it breaks the order into 2 orders. Could be a HUGE problem if laptop needed to be returned. At least... Read more…

Reviewed 14 May 2015 by Raymond P.

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... Read more…

Reviewed 27 October 2014 by Nathalia B.
(Verified Purchase)

This is an update to my previous review. Although it took a bit to hear back from the seller on fixing the broken key, once they reached out it was pretty fast. They sent a return box for me to... Read more…

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