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

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    6 out of 10


    Dublin IE General home user
    The touch screen is excellent and bright. Keyboard and touchpad are both responsive. Overall, the design works quite well.
    The i3 CPU maxs out at 100% when only a few apps are loaded (browser, word and mail) and this has a knock-on effect on the performance of Windows 8.1. Consequently, the base of the laptop on the left hand side where the processor is situated becomes very hot. In hindsight, it would have been wiser to go for the i5 or i7 processor.
    Confirmed purchase: 15 January 2015
    Published on: 01 March 2015

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    9 out of 10


    IE Music, gaming or video fan
    great computer as fast as youll ever need havent had a problem so far with it i went for these extras, icore 5 and nividia 740m 1tb hardrive with the 16 gb ssd. never glitched and i use a lot of demanding programs like solid works and ableton 9 and boot time is brilliantly quick.
    Confirmed purchase: 06 November 2014
    Published on: 16 December 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    7 out of 10


    Dublin IE Business user
    Reviewer left no comment
    Finding the touch pad without a left and right button a challenge
    Confirmed purchase: 17 November 2014
    Published on: 12 December 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    5 out of 10


    Kildare, Ireland IE Business user
    Screen size and overall weight of device is fine.
    Graphics are very poor. Quality feel is not there - keyboard cheap / fragile. Sound from hard drive varies depending on how device is held. Can't use two USB ports on LHS simultaneously since one stick obstructs another.
    Confirmed purchase: 11 August 2014
    Published on: 27 October 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    10 out of 10


    Carlow Ireland IE Business user
    Its very fast
    I find that the Mouse/ Touchpad is very sensitive
    Confirmed purchase: 22 September 2014
    Published on: 13 October 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    8 out of 10


    IE General home user
    Relatively quick startup
    Very quiet
    Doesn't get too hot
    Excellent keyboard
    Excellent overall build quality
    Well-thought-out design features
    Battery life could be better
    Stock 4GB RAM is low
    Screen quality is average
    Confirmed purchase: 14 August 2014
    Published on: 05 September 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    8 out of 10


    Limerick Ireland IE Business user
    the design , key board and screen
    Touch pad is very sensitive and I have sent mails by brushing off it!
    Confirmed purchase: 04 August 2014
    Published on: 01 September 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    8 out of 10


    Dublin IE Education
    After I got used to the new controls I have liked it.
    I found myself going back to my old pc unexpectedly as I gained competence with the different controls.
    Confirmed purchase: 14 February 2014
    Published on: 20 August 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    7 out of 10


    Limerick IE Often on the move
    Design, keyboard, battery life, connectivity.
    Microphone not working on skype, a bit slow on internet, tendency to overheat and crash. The pad should be more to the right. Fingerprint reader moody. Cover gets very dirty fast, fingerprints all over it.
    Confirmed purchase: 28 March 2014
    Published on: 04 August 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

    8 out of 10


    Dublin IE General home user
    Good battery life, nice display, fast boot
    I bought this primarily for the trackpoint. Unfortunately the mouse buttons for the trackpoint are build into the mousepad and are unusable. However the mousepad is well implemented and an excellent substitute.
    Confirmed purchase: 30 March 2014
    Published on: 04 August 2014

    ThinkPad E540 (3G)

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  • 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="false">(4X10A06092)</c:if> <c:if test="true">(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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      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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      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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      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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      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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