"I could lived with the new touchpad that I find better and the old granular one. The problem is the FHD 1920x1080 low quality screen. It looks so washed, it is like 10 times worse than the FHD on the T530 (wich was good). How can you work on that? I use both linux and windows, and I don't want the super high resolution because it looks too small in most applications, and if you scale, it looks blurry. If you can't make an IPS FHD panel, or a FHD TN panel that looks at least normal, Ill never buy lenovo again."
"Lenovo used to have great keyboards. This one is not good. The backlighting is worthless requiring you to prop up the machine to stop it from irritating you. There are no lights for Numlock or wireless. I still can not figure out how to adjust contrast after extended effort as the screen is very washed out. The speakers sound very cheap. despite getting top of the line equipment it is slower than my previous machine. Not sure why. I used to like Lenovo laptops."
"The 540P build quality does seem a notch below that of my old T61 and I miss the LEDs that kept me informed of system status. Then there's that measly one year warranty. The T61 was covered for three years. I have a sinking feeling about the 540p's durability and the consumer level warranty doesn't help.
I think that the real problem is the pairing of the trackwhatever technology with Windows 8. It's a deadly combination. The annoyingly giant clock pops up whenever your finger strays too far on the trackpad.
To be honest I use a laser mouse except when on a plane so I don't rely heavily on the trackgizmo.
If Microsoft would get beyond the concept that the OS has to be a cross between Apple OS X and an ATM, I think that trackpad satisfaction would not be so abysmally low."
"This is a great machine, BUT if you are a speed typist, THIS MACHINE IS NOT FOR YOU. Read the reviews. The Clunk-Pad has a huge travel, and requires a heavy touch to Clunk. I grew to hate it. We dedicated Lenovo customers have to vote with our dollars and not tolerate Lenovo degrading the Lenovo experience.Customer service - as usual - was great. Lenovo should offer assurances to us that it is going back to the drawing board - yesterday - to address our concerns. DO NOT FALL FOR A STEEPLY DISCOUNTED PRICE ON ONE OF THE MANY RETURNS OF THE T540 THAT ARE POURING INTO LENOVO UNLESS TYPING AND THE TOUCHPAD ARE OF LITTLE CONCERN TO YOU (you'll use a peripheral keyboard and mouse)."
"After owning a T520, T500, and two previous Thinkpads, I naturally looked to add another one for my business. It came last month and I STILL haven't figured out how to control the touchpad. Other features (e.g., Print Screen) took me some time to figure out how to find them. I also find the non-centered keyboard disconcerting.
I've always been very happy with Lenovo/IBM Service and did not consider going with another vendor, but now I'm certainly rethinking things!"
"I've been using ThinkPads for years. This purchase was to be an upgrade from a ThinkPad T510. However once I started using it I found I hated the new Trackpad that eliminates the three buttons, its awful. I ended up giving the T540 to another staff member and purchased a new T530 instead. It seems Lenovo is trying to cut corners on their premium laptops in order to shave a few dollars from the selling price. Hopefully the next generation of the T series will put the premium back in the ThinkPad line."
"I moved to this from a T510. Like other reviewers I have to agree that the touchpad is awful. The basic problem with the PC is that instead of making a premium PC Lenovo tried to cut corners everywhere on the laptop to reduce the Lenovo cost and then pass it off as a premium PC. Its unfortunate."
"I own a T510, which has been a great machine. I purchased a T540P in late November. It would boot up about one time in five or ten tries. After ten or fifteen minutes, it would produce the blue screen of death. The left-click area of the trackpad worked about one time in five or ten.
I returned that machine with no problem and Lenovo quickly sent a replacement. That machine booted fine, but the left-click area worked about one time in ten, so I returned that machine, again with no problem.
Service has been great, as always. I will probably just wait a few months and buy another T540P or W540 because their keyboards are so much better than the competition and because the service is great."
"The modern design of laptops' keyboards is just unprofessional meaning that it prevents a person from being productive. I need to blind-type with a good speed. How can it be possible with this "chiclet" keyboard and, what makes it even worst, with appended numpad? I'd have to shift my hands leftwards to type---that's just ridiculous.
As previous reviewers noted, T-series used to be for solid products. Choose another one---ideapad, whatever---for experiments and get your hands off thinkpads."
"My coworker showed me his new T540. He is a desktop guy and uses a mouse. He doesn't even touch the clickpad and trackpoint. I own a few Thinkpads and will not buy any other laptop the past 12 years because Thinkpad has the best keyboard, the best trackpoint, and the best trackpad. I tried the T540 for almost 30 minutes and was glad I DID NOT buy it. Trackpoint users don't take their eyes off when navigating the screen. We just know where the left, middle and right keys are. But the new trackpoint is poorly designed. I can't feel the keys anymore. I need to take my eyes off the screen and see where the red line that separates the each navigation key. I am glad I did not buy the T540 and go through the process of returning the laptop."
"I have been a long time user of the Thinkpad range and it pains me to say that the changes to the touchpad and keyboard layout make this just unusable for me, and many others. It's not just a case of, not liking change or an unwillingness to try new things. This new trackpad layout is just awful to use, full stop ! (If you can find it ) No matter how much I try to get used to it, It's just no good. Please change the design ! I really can't see me purchasing another Thinkpad until (if ever ) they can at least offer an option to have a "classic" Thinkpad keyboard/trackpoint system. Sorry Lenovo , but you have dropped the ball on this one, for myself, and I'm sure many others who use and loved these machines."
"I've ordered T540p as a replacement for my 4-year old laptop. Specs looked great, but no SSD option was available - 3 stars for performance and 3 for features, otherwise it would be 5.
Build quality and the feeling of machine is nice, however the screen disappointed me. I was expecting IPS screen and Lenovo technical support confirmed that I'll get IPS. But laptop appeared to have low quality TN, with limited viewing angles and poor contrast. This was one reason to return the system and touchpad was the second one. Touchpad is very hard to use. Keyboard is good, but numpad is useless for me and I don't like it's taking space.
I had to return the machine. Speaking to Lenovo personnel was a very pleasant experience and I've got my refund in full after machine has been delivered to them."
"had this laptop before after Thanksgiving. The touch pad was too soft and felt bad, not as good built as Mac. The screen (FHD) was awful and not clear at all! After install some Windows updates, the laptop went black screen and could not start ever again!"
"This machine was a large disappointment to me. The Thinkpad line has often been a solid line and then this machine comes along and really ruins a lot of great things that the line has worked to build up. First and foremost the new trackpad is what I consider completely unusable and the fact that you cannot op for all 3.0 USB and no blu-ray is just frustrating. Also I am never a fan of bloatware and lenovo continues to install it. I have returned my unit and plan to buy an older one with a lot more of the features that stay true to the Thinkpad name."
"Wow... have had a T410 for years now. Thought it was time to upgrade for latest tech (USB 3, SATA3 with SSD, etc). Opened the box and instantly hated what they've done with the trackpad. BRING BACK THE REAL BUTTONS! Also, ditch the num pad on the right and center the keyboard. Hope the next-gen T450 or T550 fix this cause I'll pawn this one off on lower level staff next year."
"My computer suffers from one glaring problem that is impossible to overlook: the wireless card has not worked. Tech support wasn't that helpful. At one point, they flippantly suggested that the issue was that I had typed my router password wrong, which was insulting and infuriating. Eventually, I figured out that my RealTek bluetooth driver conflicts with the Realtek wireless card driver. I uninstalled the bluetooth driver, and now my wireless works. Do NOT configure this computer with a ThinkPad Wireless 2x2 BGN card with Bluetooth."
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, always get an ssd boot drive
"I wrote a long review but Lenovo won't let me post. T540p-great screen, keyboard sort of sucks, awkward and sticky, trackpad is weird with total depress thing. Try Power Management options for wake up problem, get rid of Sleep options. Other weird bugs. Screen is perfect. 3 1/2 stars from owner of T400, T500 and Y580. My T540p has almost all the bells and whistles, still more solid build than consumer grade laptops."