ThinkPad L540


Optimized for Windows 8, this 15.6" laptop delivers on performance and price, with 4th gen Intel® processors, robust security features, great multimedia features, and legendary ThinkPad reliability.

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  • Features

    ThinkPad L540Features

    Improved Design Changes

    The new 2013 - 2014 ThinkPads feature quality design changes that focus on real-life experiences with input from over 900 people in 9 different countries. Improvements in LCD design and smaller internal antenna result in a reduced bezel size—actually 20% smaller than previous generations—yet our ThinkPads deliver legendary reliability and meet or exceed rigorous military-specification standards. Plus these notebooks lie flat, at a 180-degree angle, adding enhanced flexibility for use and sharing.

    Security & Manageability Features

    Intel® vPro, Computrace, encrypted hard disk drive, BIOS port locking, Trusted Platform Module, and more, ensure your business-critical data is secure and easily managed.

    MIL-SPEC / Military-Specification Testing

    Validates the ruggedness, durability, and quality of ThinkPad products by testing against eight parameters: high pressure, humidity, vibration, high temperature, temperature shock, low pressure (15,000 ft), low temperature, and dust.

    Award-Winning Keyboard Further Enhanced for Windows 10

    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 10 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. Plus, the L540 also includes a numeric keypad.

    Long Battery Life

    Enjoy all-day computing with **up to 11 hours unplugged on the standard 6-cell 56 Wh battery—whether you're working on-the-go or simply enjoying downtime, you get more than a full day on a single charge.

    High Resolution Display

    Enjoy visuals on a dazzling high resolution display, with HD being our standard offering. The L540 offers a 15.6-inch antiglare HD (1366 x 768) or FHD (1920 x 1080) display.

    Hinge-Based Latching & Active Protection System

    Thinner and stronger, new ThinkPad laptops include hinge-based latching, which features a cleaner, modern easy-open design. Tension in the hinges keeps the cover closed during unexpected drops. Plus, Active Protection System (APS), which works with traditional magnetic HDDs, detects when the system is dropped and reacts by stopping the hard drive to protect your data.

    Integrated 720p HD Webcam & Dual Noise-Cancelling Microphones

    Enjoy superior web conferencing on your L540, 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.

    Fast Data Transfer

    Move data quickly between the L540 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.

    WWAN (3G/4G) (Optional)

    Add wireless WAN connectivity and go online virtually anywhere without a WiFi connection.

    Greenest ThinkPad Available

    ThinkPad L Series continues the legacy of saving energy to lower power consumption costs. With numerous environmental certifications like EPEAT® Gold, ENERGY STAR, ULE Gold Sustainable Product Certification, up to 10% post-consumer content, and low halogen, the L540 is good for the planet and your bottom line.

    Budget Protection

    Ensure cost-effective, worry-free enjoyment of your L540 with accidental damage protection, which keeps you covered in the event of accidental damage caused by drops or spills that occur under normal working conditions.

    Lenovo laptop ThinkPad L540 award-winning keyboard
    Full-Sized, Spill-Resistant Keyboard Optimized for Windows 10
    Superior web-conferencing on the ThinkPad L540 with integrated 720p webcam & noise-cancelling mic
    Superior Web Conferencing With Integrated 720p HD Webcam & Noise-Cancelling Mic
  • Reviews

    ThinkPad L540Reviews

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    7 out of 10


    GB General home user
    It is generally a good laptop with a good number of usb ports to plug stuff in. So far so good, the performance is okay and once you get used to the new keyboard and trackpad design (for older Thinkpad users), they are not bad at all and comfortable to use.
    The DVD drive is quite noisy when a disc is in it.

    The keyboard has lost some of the good features of previous Thinkpad keyboards e.g. the back/forward buttons - the new backspace as a back button has not quite been well thought through based on UX.

    Also seems you need to wait a while to get drivers for some of the components if you do upgrade to Windows 10.

    Not sure I like the new case much either - doesn't look as sturdy as previous thinkpad cases used.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 21 July 2015
    Published on: 01 September 2015

    Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002Y

    8 out of 10


    Central Scotland GB Business user
    The keyboard layout is very well designed and the keys have a great feel in use. The trackpoint is also a great selling point.

    The overall design, while not aesthetically fantastic, is wonderfully robust, utilitarian and businesslike, which is exactly what I needed.

    Battery life seems very good for the class of device.
    UPS performed very poorly as a delivery company.

    Add-on slot is completely open: I would have expected some sort of blanking plate or card.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 07 April 2015
    Published on: 29 April 2015

    Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002Y

    3 out of 10


    Shrewsbury GB Business user
    Bad custom build from Lenovo website. CD drive button recessed so far you can't depress it. Very slow machine from the box. Several hanging problems and two blue screens in first six months. Clunky, unattractive design. Never again.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Confirmed purchase: 20 March 2014
    Published on: 23 October 2014

    Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002Y

    Hi Dan,

    I would like to apologise for the problems you have experienced. You may have spoken with support already, I will also be in contact via email to offer my assistance and to ensure all is well.

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it.

    Best wishes


    1 out of 10


    Ware, Herts, UK GB General home user
    Battery Life
    Extremely poor quality case (corner broke off after 3 months)
    Terrible mousepad, clunky and unresponsive
    Disc drawer release button is very very fiddly, can take 3 or 4 attempts
    Just don't trust it!
    Confirmed purchase: 06 May 2014
    Published on: 12 September 2014

    Lenovo ThinkPad L540 20AV002Y

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your Reevoo review. Sorry you have had a few problems with your computer, I'll be making contact shortly via email to offer my assistance.

    Best wishes


  • Ask an Owner

    ThinkPad L540Ask an Owner

    Here's a list of the questions other shoppers have asked owners of the L540

    1. Admin asked on
      hi i have l540 comes with internal ssd, can i change to hdd? is there any modification or extension needed or just plug and play, thank you in advance.
      1. Chris replied on
        If your hdd is 2.5" then it is more or less plug and play.
    2. Carl asked on
      It says optimised for windows 8, how well does it work when upgraded to windows 10?
      1. Robert replied on
        Upgrade was very easy. Everything works EXCEPT the printer (Lexmark x4550). Friend who also upgraded had problems with his printer too -- not Lexmark. Appears to be a general problem with printers/print drivers. So far, I have found no fix. Like interface better than W8.
    3. Carl asked on
      How does the L540 do with gaming (2D and 3D)? What storage option is best (all seem similar just leaping in price)? Also is the screen bright and clear enough for photo editing?
      1. Robert replied on
        I don't do any gaming on my L540. Don't edit pictures, but screen is very clear/sharp and seems bright enough for it to work well for photo editing.
  • Tech Specs

    ThinkPad L540Tech Specs

    Thinkpad L440/L540 Laptop Specs

    PDFThinkpad L440/L540 Datasheet

    DescriptionThinkpad L440/L540 Laptop
    • Intel® Core™ i7-4600M (Up to 2.9 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Core™ i7-4702MQ (Up to 2.2 GHz, 6MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Core™ i5-4330M (Up to 2.8 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Core™ i5-4300M (Up to 2.6 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Core™ i5-4200M (Up to 2.5 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Core™ i3-4100M (Up to 2.5 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Core™ i3-4000M (Up to 2.4 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Pentium 3550M (Up to 2.3 GHz, 2MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    • Intel® Celeron 2950M (Up to 2.0 GHz, 2MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
    Operating System
    Windows 8 64-bit
    • L440: 14.0" HD (1366 x 768), 14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900)
    • L540: 15.6" HD (1366 x 768), 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
    • L440: 2.26 kg (5.0 lbs)
    • L540: 2.49 kg (5.5 lbs)
    • L440: Integrated, NVIDIA® N14M-GE GeForce® GT 720M
    • L540: Integrated
    2GB / 4GB / 8GB / 12GB / 16GB
    I/O (Input/Output) Ports
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x USB 3.0
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x Express Card (Smart Card)
    • 1 x Mic/headphone combo
    • 1 x RJ45
    • 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
    720p face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
    • HDD: 320GB / 500GB / 1TB 5400 RPM
    • HDD: 320GB / 500GB 7200 RPM
    • SSD: 128GB SSD SATA3
    • SSD: Intel® 180GB SSD SATA3
    • SSD: 240GB FDE SSD (Qual only)
    • SSD: 256GB SSD (OPAL 2.0)
    • mSATA: 16GB*
    Optical Drive
    9.5 mm MultiBurner (Rambo)
    Dolby® Advanced Audio™
    ThinkPad® Precision Keyboard
    • 6 cell Li-ion Battery - (47 Wh)
    • 6 cell Li-ion Battery - 57+ (56 Wh)
    • 9 cell Li-ion Battery - 57++ (99 Wh)
    Battery Life
    • L440: **13+ hours
    • L540: **12+ hours
    Intel® 10/1000 Gigabyte Ethernet
    WiFi and Bluetooth®
    • Intel® Centrino® 7260 (Wilkins Peak 2) 2 x 2 AC+ BT 4.0
    • Intel® Centrino® 7260BGN (Wilkins Peak 2) 2 x 2 BGN + BT 4.0
    • ThinkPad Wireless 2 x 2 BGN+BT 4.0
    • Intel® Centrino® Advanced N6235 (Jackson Peak 2) 2 x 2 AGN+ BT 4.0
    • Intel® 82577LM Gigabit (Hanksville) Digital Office
    Wireless WWAN
    • Gobi 5000 – LTE/EVDO/HSPA+ 42Mbps NGFF M.2
    • Ericsson HSPA+ 21Mbps (N5321)
    Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • L440: 344 mm x 239 mm x 29 mm (13.54" x 9.40" x 1.04")
    • L540 Wedge panel: 377 mm x 247 mm x 31 mm (14.84" x 9.72" x 1.22")
    • L540 Silm panel: 377 mm x 247 mm x 28.8 mm (14.84" x 9.72" x 1.13")
    Fingerprint Reader
    • TrackPoint®
    • TrackPad
    • NumPad

    Specifications may vary

    Software Offering

    Preloaded Applications
    • Lenovo® Companion
    • Lenovo® Support
    • Lenovo® Cloud Storage
    • Lenovo® Settings
    • Intel® AppUp
    • AccuWeather
    Preloaded Applications
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Evernote®
    • Security
    • Rara-Music
    • Lenovo® Solutions Center
    • Intel® Education Software Suite
  • Accessories & Services

    ThinkPad L540Accessories & Services

    • ThinkPad Pro Dock - 90W<c:if test="true">(40A10090UK)</c:if>  <c:if test="false">(40A10090UK)</c:if>   <c:if test="false">(40A10090EU)</c:if>

      ThinkPad Pro Dock - 90W(40A10090UK)

      Web price:
      Ships in 7 business days

      The new ThinkPad Pro Dock provides a two-step security system shared across ThinkPad models for simple IT management.* Connect a security cable to the dock to prevent physical theft, easily align your ThinkPad model with the left rear corner, and then simply turn the key to lock into the docking station. In addition to a smaller footprint (10% reduction in size from previous version docking stations), you'll also benefit from enhanced connectivity with six additional USB ports (3 3.0 & 3 2.0), RJ45 port which supports enterprise management, headphone/mic combo port, DisplayPort connector, DVI-D connector, VGA monitor port, and a Kensington security lock slot. *ThinkPad Pro Dock works with the 2013 classic ThinkPad models, including L Series, W Series, X240, T440p, T540p, and T440 without NVIDIA® Optimus™ technology.

    • ThinkPad Noise-Cancelling Earbuds (0B47313)

      ThinkPad Noise-Cancelling Earbuds (0B47313)

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      Ships in 7 business days

      The ThinkPad Noise Cancelling Earbuds eliminate 92% of ambient background noise through the use of active noise-cancelling circuitry contained in a battery operated compartment. Specifically optimized for office environments, autos, trains, and aircrafts, these ergonomically designed earbuds provide a secure fit that further isolates noise for a quality listening experience.

    • ThinkPad Ultra Backpack (4X40E77330)

      ThinkPad Ultra Backpack (4X40E77330)

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      Ships within 1-2 weeks

      The ThinkPad Ultra backpack and is strong inside and out with military-grade materials such as Carbon Fiber Rods and Kevlar Blend for extreme durability without the added weight. It features a built-in compartment to protect both a system and a tablet, plus added storage for whatever is needed to get through your work day. Front Panels: Kevlar blended with polyester. Side Panels: Ripstop on side resistant to tearing and ripping. Back: EVA Foam for protection and comfort. Workstation to hold pens/cards/phones and other small accessories.

    • Lenovo Security Cable Lock (57Y4303)

      Lenovo Security Cable Lock (57Y4303)

      Web price:
      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 L540:
Battery Life
**Up to 11 hours with standard removable 6-cell 56Wh battery
Wedge panel starts at 5.68 lbs /2.58 kg / Slim LCD panel starts at 5.54 lbs / 2.52 kg
Stereo with Dolby® Advanced Audio™
Dual-array with VOIP enhancement
1 USB 3.0 powered, 3 USB 2.0, VGA, mini DisplayPort, RJ45, 4-in-1 card reader, audio/headphone combo jack, ExpressCard and/or SmartCard slots


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