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Customer reviews for Lenovo ThinkPad E540

Average customer rating:
3.182 out of 5
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6 of 11(55%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad E540
Review 1 for ThinkPad E540
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Dcornel6

Difficult setting up web browser settings

Date:July 28, 2014
"At first liked the new thinkpad. Sleek but the touch pad has hiccups and the web browser set up and defaults do not work on many sites I use and it has been almost impossible to locate why they are not working. Very unimpressed with the firewall and software that accompanied. I have reset twice in order to try to get to my actual work settings. Most difficult computer I have ever set up. Never had an issue until this one. Sadly disappointed with software. Product seems ok, shame they missed the boat on set up so badly."
Review 2 for ThinkPad E540
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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sambha

Lenovo (IBM) E540 i5 ThinkPad

Date:July 28, 2014
"I bought this computer online ($616.67 tax and delivered) from B&H Photo, NY. Had it delivered to a US address (Niagara Falls) $5.00 & drove back to Toronto. Declared all goods and the officer let us go, No duty, nothing.
Good so far. 2 weeks old. Use it daily.
Problems with the Wireless. Called Lenovo Support (Basically IBM). Remote controlled into my machine. Not fixed. Escalated to Level 1 support. Next day, IBM delivered a new Wireless Card (AC 7260) to my door. (Although I already tried it myself but it didn't fix). I'm a techie myself!!! Didn't tell IBM rep for warranty purposes. Next morning, an IBM rep came and installed the card. I knew it needed a driver pgm.
The IBM rep told me he was h/w guy and download the driver, and left my house.I went to Lenovo site and downloaded the driver. Looked for AC 7260 and downloaded the driver. Installed and all is working good.
Keypad button no good, there's only one like apple's. I like it 2; left and right buttons - better control.
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Review 3 for ThinkPad E540
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int3366

Best Laptop I've Bought So Far

Date:July 26, 2014
"My wife's last laptop the sound went out and some of the keys on the keyboard quit working. I did lots of research and pricing. Lenovo was rated one of the top laptop brands overall. I found a great deal on a Thinkpad E540. It had everything I wanted plus more. It did only came with 4 GB or RAM which I quickly replaced with the maximum 16 GB. The extra RAM made a fast laptop even faster. So far no problems. Did remove some of the bloatware, which wasn't too bad, I've seen lots worse on new computers. I like that it came installed with Windows 7 Pro and a disc to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if desired. The only complaint so far is the top shows finger smudges. Neither my wife or I play games so don't know about gaming performance. For surfing the web, using office applications and general computer stuff the E540 is fast and should be able to handle anything thrown it's way."
Review 4 for ThinkPad E540
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5 out of 5
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jehii

light weight, but solidly built E540

Date:July 26, 2014
"ease of use and setup, well put together."
Review 5 for ThinkPad E540
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2 out of 5
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2 out of 5
2 out of 5
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2 out of 5
2 out of 5
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3 out of 5
Sasha

Poor design, slow

Date:May 25, 2014
"The speakers are located underneath the computer which negatively effects acoustics on a frequent basis. Furthermore, the speakers can not achieve a high volume, so in busy environments without headphones you must hold your computer in the air and press your air against the bottom of the bottom the computer to hear anything. Not ideal to say the least.
The trackpad is placed off-centre left for no understandable reason, which negatively affects typing. Furthermore, clicking with the trackpad causes the pointer to move erratically, and as such is nearly impossible to use. This does not improve with careful practiced effort.
The lid of the laptop is difficult to open because of stiff joints, so it requires two hands to open.
The inbuilt microphone on this model requires shouting."
Review 6 for ThinkPad E540
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5 out of 5
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acw18

Solid machine

Date:May 21, 2014
"I got this machine because I need a big touchscreen laptop, and there is no such thing as a T540s (yet). It took me a while to get the touchpad adjusted properly (I use it only for left, right and middle clicks, in conjunction with the trackpoint button). Once set up it works fine and is predictable. Turning off "gestures" is key to this kind of setup.
The hi-res version of the touchscreen is beautiful and bright. Other than that, the machine is a bit big and clunky, but works great and for the price can't be beat."
Review 7 for ThinkPad E540
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gene

great machine but keyb. design is not busn. friend

Date:April 16, 2014
"I've been using e520 for 5 yr. already. Overall I am very happy. You need to be ready that your machine,drive or motherboard will die within first 3 yr. My did, 3yr. warranty is a must.
Keyboard is great as far as it's construction - responsive, only slightly bending at upper left part.
However my biggest issue with button positions.
1. Alt-F4/F3, Ctrl-End / Home, Ctrl-Sh-End /
Lenovo always specialized in busn. laptops and keyboards were always a specialty- managed to fail them ALL.
Pressing of F3 or 4 requires extra button 'Red'. for Alt-F4 one need 2 hands to press 3 buttons.
When I need to use Home or End, I have to reach somewhere on top and those are small buttons.
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