ThinkPad E540


Optimized for Windows 8, this 15.6" small business laptop features improved graphics support, enhanced multimedia, and robust security. Plus, Lenovo OneLink technology simplifies connectivity and expands power through a single cable. Available in Midnight Black and Heatwave Red.

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  • Features

    Lenovo OneLink Technology

    Get more from your power cable! OneLink technology is a unique interface that simplifies connectivity through a single cable to the ThinkPad OneLink Dock. The OneLink dock provides dedicated video, USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio—all while charging your notebook.

    Lenovo Solutions for Small Business

    Built on the Intel® Small Business Advantage platform and includes unique security and productivity features to keep your small-to-mid-sized business up and running: after-hours maintenance, software monitoring, USB blocker, energy savings, and the ability to backup and restore applications.

    Award-Winning Keyboard Further Enhanced for Windows 8

    Full-sized and spill-resistant, the legendary ThinkPad ergonomic keyboard is renowned for its full array of keys, excellent feel, and TrackPoint® pointing device. And now it's optimized for Windows 8 with convenient multimedia buttons, function-lock capability, and immediate access to view apps. Plus, a larger, smooth TrackPad with 5-point click integration can be configured multiple ways through Settings.

    Long Battery Life

    Nearly all-day computing with **up to 6 hours unplugged lets you get a full day of work in on a single charge.

    HDD Performance Booster

    The performance booster doubles system speed, especially when opening and saving so you spend less time waiting and more time doing.

    Fast Data Transfer

    Move data quickly between the E540 and other devices with SuperSpeed USB 3.0, which enables up to 10 times faster file transfer, allowing for lightning-fast copying of large media files, as well as seamless connections between audio- and video-related peripherals.

    Drop-Down Hinges & Active Protection System

    Enjoy a laptop that lasts, thanks to the durability of drop-down hinges and Active Protection System (APS), which detects when the system is dropped and reacts by stopping the hard drive and protecting your data.

    Integrated 720p HD Webcam & Dual Noise-Cancelling Microphones

    Enjoy superior web conferencing on your E540, which includes a low-light sensitive 720p HD webcam with wide-angle viewing and face-tracking, dual noise-cancelling microphones with configurations for crystal-clear private and conference mode VOIP meetings, plus, convenient multimedia keys for quick and easy access to microphone, speaker, and camera controls.

    Dolby® Speakers With Advanced Audio™

    This suite of audio technologies enables your ThinkPad to deliver a crisp, clear surround sound experience over its built-in stereo speakers. The technology increases audio clarity for VOIP applications, maximizes volume output without distortion, and improves dialogue clarity when watching videos.

    Integrated Fingerprint Reader (Optional)

    Get quick, convenient access and secure login with one swipe.

    Lenovo Cloud Storage

    Protect your critical data, while also making access to information and file-sharing quick and convenient. Automatically back-up and synchronize data across the organization, while enabling access from multiple devices. Data is encrypted on transfer for an extra level of security.

    Lenovo laptop ThinkPad E540 award-winning keyboard
    Full-Sized, Spill-Resistant Keyboard Optimized for Windows 8
    Superior web-conferencing on the ThinkPad E540 with integrated 720p webcam & noise-cancelling mic
    Superior Web Conferencing With Integrated 720p HD Webcam & Noise-Cancelling Mic
  • Reviews

    ThinkPad E540Reviews

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    Scores 7.8 out of 10 based on 553 reviews
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    4 out of 10


    London GB General home user
    Great screen and good battery life.
    The casing is not strong. Bits of plastic have snapped off after a year of use. The keyboard needed to be replaced after 13 months (some keys started to not work) and the trackpad has become temperamental and is no longer usable.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 27 May 2014
    Published on: 09 October 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    Hi Kris,

    Please call the support team for help with your Touchpad, if required they will organise for a repair.

    Tel: 03705-500-900 Mon-Fri 09:00-18:00

    Thank you for your Reevoo review.

    Best wishes


    3 out of 10


    London GB Business user
    Performance was good for the price point
    Hard drive started giving problems after 6 months. Whole laptop completely died 1 year and 3 months after purchase. Not what I've come to expect after being a repeat Thinkpad customer for the last 15 years
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 31 March 2014
    Published on: 03 August 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for your recent feedback, I'm sorry to hear of the problems you have had with the laptop's hard drive. I will be in touch via email to provide details of Lenovo service centres, where you can find assistance with repairs.

    Best wishes


    10 out of 10


    Manchester GB General home user
    Excellent design, Fantastic specification, excellent battery life, would recommend and definitely buy again from Lenovo
    Liked everything, nothing wrong with the product.
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 06 January 2015
    Published on: 26 March 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    1 out of 10


    Skelmorlie GB General home user
    Product did not function from outset
    TrackPoint/Touchpad did not function.
    Service dept did not know I had purchased on-site service.
    Refund still outstanding
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 26 January 2015
    Published on: 21 March 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    Hi Mary,

    Sorry for the problems you have had with your laptop. We appreciate your feedback and I'd like to make contact via email to help, I'll be in touch soon.

    Best wishes


    8 out of 10


    Saint Leonards-on-Sea GB General Home Use with
    Seems a nice compact unit with plenty of power should last me years
    The Touch/mouse pad seems a little cheap and flimsy but i generally use a wireless mouse and keyboard so not an issue
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 30 January 2015
    Published on: 21 February 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    8 out of 10


    London, England GB Business user
    Build quality looks very good but I have only had the product for 10 days so durability has not been tested.
    The docking station power button does not activate the ThinkPad as promised.
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 26 January 2015
    Published on: 17 February 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    9 out of 10


    GB General home user
    Reviewer left no comment
    Overheats at times, and have to turn off until cools down
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 24 December 2014
    Published on: 28 January 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    1 out of 10


    Windsor GB General home user
    it came with a trojan and adware preinstalled on it
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 22 December 2014
    Published on: 16 January 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    Hi David,

    I'd like to help with any software problems you may be having. I will send an email across to assist.

    Thank you for your Reevoo review,

    Best wishes


    4 out of 10


    GB Business user
    the weight of the laptop is ok.
    it costs almost £ 700 but has no backlit keyboard;

    Quality of the screen is low (low angles of view, bad readability);

    Only 3 usb ports is not enough ;

    Short charger cable;

    It was delivered with out of date software - more than a year;

    Your own software does not work on the device - Lenovo Setting crashes after update;

    About HDD: it has only one partition for the users (the Windows partition) and this is very unprofessional because there is a risk of data lose and it also affects performance. This is forcing the users to buy other devices so they can make backups all the time.
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 13 December 2014
    Published on: 03 January 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    Hi Lustin,

    Thanks for your thoughts on the ThinkPad E540 Touch. The ThinkPad E540 does feature a rescue and recovery system, I'd like to help you with this, I'll be in touch via email shortly with details.

    Thanks again,

    Best wishes


  • Ask an Owner

    Here's a list of the questions other shoppers have asked owners of the E540

    1. John asked on
      Is Lenovo E540 32-bit?
      1. Kamran replied on
        no it is 64bit, I have it for about 2.5 years and is the best laptop I had, fast and never get stuck I recomend Lenovo ThinkPad, Solid laptops!!!
      2. Kamran replied on
        no it is 64bit, I have it for about 2.5 years and is the best laptop I had, fast and never get stuck I recomend Lenovo ThinkPad, Solid laptops!!!
    2. mahdi asked on
      I have problem.I want to lock touchpad by keyboard . but I don't know how I can lock it.please help me.
      thank you for your attention.
      1. Diana replied on
        In your search bar type 'Mouse Properties', which should bring up the 'Mouse Properties' window. The last tab on this is 'Thinkpad' and there you can set the options for the Touchpad and Trackpoint. (using Windows 10, but I'm sure there'll be similar for another OS)

        Hope this helps!
    3. Farzeen asked on
      Does lenovo gave any fixes for the power isssue of E540 models ?
      as the power issue pulls me back not to buy this.
      1. Mirek replied on
        I haven't experienced any power issues with E540.
    4. Muhammed asked on
      i would like to buy this lap, But when i google E540 problems i got some weird replays that many have Power issues with this lap that cant be solved. So i would like to know about it.
      1. Zoe replied on
        That's not been my experience at all - certainly no issues to date (I bought it in November 2014) and I've been very pleased with it overall.
    5. Wael asked on
      is it durable & hard working ?
      1. Richard replied on
        Great machine and hard working, but it has just been replaced by Lenovo due to several faults with the WWAN card and software issues that they could not resolve. Received a full credit after 12 months use. Bought another, so not a deal breaker.
      2. Andrew replied on
        It's quick and there have been no issues after about 6 months regular use.
    6. A shopper asked on
      I am looking to purchase a laptop for my14yr old, mainly for use for high school work, as exams coming up next year. Is this spec of laptop worth considering? Is it enough GB memory etc. (not a serious gamer)
      1. Mohammed replied on
        The specs are great however my experience was poor. The specs were to high and this burnt out with 12hrs of delivery

      2. Timothy replied on
        Yes it works very well as a home laptop but depends how you spec the machine as I did through the website. Suits multi tasking for work, is tough and video performance is fine for general needs. I'm happy with it to date.
      3. Adrian replied on
        We use the laptop for internet and photos and it works really well. The touch screen is brilliant and speed it works at is very fast especially when scrolling through film clips made on Samsung phone. We like it a lot cant fault it. But cant comment re gaming. It is well built and buying a business grade machine will mean its robust and will stand the test of time. Good luck
    7. A shopper asked on
      The tech specs state 1366x768 res. but on the customisation only lists a full HD res. Can you confirm that it does actually come with full HD?

      1. David replied on
        Yes this laptop is of very good quality and a high specification no gale from screen good to work with all day.
  • Tech Specs

    PDFThinkpad E440-E540 Datasheet

    DescriptionThinkpad E440-E540
    4th generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7 processors
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 8 Pro
    • Windows 8 Pro Downgrade
    • Free DOS
    • 14.0 HD Vibrant View and Antiglare Display (1366 x 768) 200 nit
    • 14.0 HD+ Antiglare Display
    • Optional touch screen on HD
    • E440- 2.14 kg (4.71 lbs)
    • E540- 2.44 kg (5.37 lbs)
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® 710 M + 1GB VRAM
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT740 M + 2GB VRAM
    Up to 16GB Max DDR3 (2 DIMM Slots)
    • (1) VGA
    • (1) HDMI
    • (2) USB 3.0
    • (1) Always on USB 2.0
    • (1) RJ45
    • (1) 4-in-1 SD Card Reader
    • (1) Lenovo® OneLink
    720p HD
    8x DVD Rewritable
    Dolby® Advanced Audio™ v2,Built-in dual array microphone (combo jack)
    • 48 WHr 6 Cell Cylindrical Li-Ion
    • 62 WHr 6 Cell Cylindrical Li-Ion
    • 1 x 1 11 bgn + BT 4.0,Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 (2 x 2) BGN + BT
    • 2 x 2 11 abgn + BT 4.0
    TrackPoint® with trackpad

    Specifications may vary

    Software Offerings

    • LSSB powered with Intel® SBA (On Intel® Models)
    • Lenovo® Cloud Storage powered by SugarSync (ROW)
    • Lenovo® Cloud (China)
    • Fortemedia
  • Accessories & Services
    • ThinkPad One Link Dock - Midnight Black<c:if test="true">(4X10A06092)</c:if> <c:if test="false">(4X10A06092)</c:if>  <c:if test="false">(4X10A06083)</c:if> <c:if test="false">(4X10A06083)</c:if>

      ThinkPad One Link Dock - Midnight Black(4X10A06092)

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      Ships in 7 business days

      Enables a clutter-free desktop with single cable management, plus OneLink Dock lets you get more from your power cable! Docking provides dedicated video, USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio — all while charging your notebook.

    • ThinkPad Battery 75+ (6 cell) (0A36311)

      ThinkPad Battery 75+ (6 cell) (0A36311)

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      Ships in 15 business days

      Stay unplugged longer with the ThinkPad Battery 75+. This rechargeable six-cell battery uses Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) technology and can be used as a replacement for aging system batteries or as a convenient spare battery.

    • Lenovo 65W DC Travel Adapter (0B47481)

      Lenovo 65W DC Travel Adapter (0B47481)

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      Ships in 7 business days

      Get power when and where you need it with a Lenovo 65W DC Travel adapter. Ideal for mobile users and travelers. With CLA and Empower adapter for auto and air use, this versatile solution can meet almost all of your mobile power needs. Equipped with a fixed “slim tip” specifically for ThinkPad systems. Lenovo power adapters are compact, energy efficient, and backed by a 1-year warranty.

    • Lenovo Security Cable Lock (57Y4303)

      Lenovo Security Cable Lock (57Y4303)

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      Ships in 7 business days

      The Lenovo Security Cable Lock allows you to help reduce theft and manage physical security access wherever you need it. One piece design for easy use. Lightweight ( 130 g / 0.29 lbs ) design is ideal to carry in a carrying case for extra security when traveling.

    Protect Your ThinkPad Laptop With Lenovo Services
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    Why Lenovo Services?

    • Comprehensive portfolio of award-winning services to support your PC throughout its lifecycle.
    • Services performed by Lenovo-certified technicians using Lenovo-qualified parts. No one knows our machines like we do!
    • Global delivery network and infrastructure delivering expertise where you need it most.

    24/7 Access to Advanced Technicians

    • Priority Technical Support makes your priority, our priority. 24x7 priority call routing to Lenovo’s advanced-level technicians, electronic incident tracking, and escalation management.

    On-Site Convenience and Extended Protection

    • Extended Warranties (up to 5 years) offer fixed term, fixed cost protection to help you accurately budget for PC expenses.
    • Warranty Upgrades/On-Site Service can maximize uptime and productivity with convenient, fast repair service at your place of business.

    Drops or Spills? No Problem With Accidental Damage Protection

    • Accidents happen, but it’s still possible to protect yourself from expensive, unexpected repairs. Lenovo provides coverage for damage incurred outside of warrantee under normal operating conditions, such as minor spills, drops, electrical surges, or damage to the integrated display.

    Ultimate Data Security

    • Keep Your Drive allows you to retain possession of your drive and data for maximum security and protection. (Not available in all regions.)
Standard on the E540:
Battery Life
**Up to 6 hours with standard 6-cell 48Wh battery
Starting at 2.44 kg / 5.4 lbs
Stereo with Dolby® Advanced Audio™
Dual-array with VOIP enhancement
2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 powered, VGA, HDMI, RJ45, 4-in-1 card reader, audio/headphone combo jack, Lenovo OneLink technology


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