Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation Review: Two steps forward...?
9 March 2015
Excerpt: Although the target market and design emphasis may be different, there is one thing consumer and business-grade laptops have in common: a drift away from processing power and toward portability and efficiency.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Built like a tank, Loud and clear speakers, Best-in-class performance
Conclusion: The ThinkPad W540 is likely too bulky and pricey for the vast majority of laptop buyers. But professionals who need workstation-class performance and creature comforts in a portable package will love it.
Pros: Excellent performance, Ultra-high-resolution display and top-level GPU available, Full port contingent, including Thunderbolt, Roomy multifunction touch pad, Built-in display calibrator
Cons: Large and heavy, Price with upgrades can get steep, No internal Blu-ray option
Summary: Lenovo's Thinkpad 540 is a beast, but you didn't need us to tell you that. This professional-caliber laptop is probably more powerful than your average PC. And if its price doesn't tip you off to the fact that this laptop is sporting some serious hardware—$1,600 for Lenovo's "ready to ship"...
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 mobile workstation, as configured for this review, costs $2,215 through cdw.com (including ground shipping). That's the lowest price for the systems reviewed here; in fact, it's more than $200 cheaper than the next closest competitor.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 is a 15-inch mobile workstation with a self-calibrating In-Plane Switching (IPS) display and class-leading performance.
Pros: Bright, self-calibrating 3K screen. Incredible detail and color on display. Removable battery with 6 hours of life. Thunderbolt port. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 4G LTE WWAN connectivity. Biometric security. ISV certification.
Cons: No touch-screen option. Quirky trackpad. Could use more storage and memory.
Summary: Graphic designers, video editors and other likely Mac mavens will prefer the MacBook Pro 15-inch with its gorgeous Retina display, long battery life and speedy SSD. However, If you're looking for high-end Windows workstation performance and even better usability, the Lenovo ThinkPad W540 should be...
Summary: Users who work in engineering, science or other professions that requires tons of raw processing power can get similar performance levels from Dell, HP or Lenovo wokrstations, depending on which processor, graphics card and SSD they choose.
Summary: 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.
Pros: performance, weight, configuration options, warranty, system noise, battery life, slim , light, long battery life, and comfortable emissions. The keyboard is very good and the connectivity very suitable for practical applications. The price is attractive, too. It is almost cheap compared to works...
Cons: upgradeability of mass storage, M.2 expansion cards with max. 42 mm can be used, interface layout on the left, buttons of the Clickpad, throttling of CPU performance in the stress test and on battery mode, dedicated touchpad / TrackPoint buttons, a preciser color sensor and constant CPU performance.