"I was a little concerned because people complained about the offset keyboard. That turned out to be a non-issue for me.
However, the complaints about the lack of a hard drive access light are legitimate. When your computer is busy and not responding as quickly as you expect, it is very useful to glance at the hard drive to figure out why.
Of lesser importance but still a miss is the lack of an led indicating the caps lock and num lock are on. They managed to create such status lights on the keyboard for the function lock but skipped these other two common indicators.
But keeping things in perspective, if this is all there is to complain about then the machine is pretty darn good!"
Cons: Wireless card, Input/Output compatibility, Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, Build Quality
"Sadly I held onto this too long to return and am now stuck with it. It is quite clear Lenovo is focusing on a 'new' user base which by definition is the Windows 8 crowd. The W and T series have been my staples for years and My Thinkpad days go back to a 380. The Thinkpad was the go-to productivity laptop due to reasons like a solid keyboard, solid mouse buttons, and the Trackpoint. For those that don't understand the Trackpoint, its benefit is that one can accurately mouse without moving fingers from the keyboard-- excellent if you type+mouse a lot, for instance work as a developer or engineer. With the silly new keyboard layout and no track buttons, the new Thinkpad design sadly just became a significant usability downgrade."
"These are great. I've purchased 4 W series for my place of work. The last two are W540's and there's one BIG flaw that I have with them. Lenovo seems to think that status lights aren't necessary which is totally incorrect for a business environment.
"wow, so many haters. I agree that this is a change from previous Ws, but honestly it's not that bad, takes a few days to get used to it. I don't find the off-center keyboard as annoying as people have commented on. the machine runs very quiet and smooth, screen is very nice. However I find the left palmrest getting hot even under light loads. I have received that laptop for over a week now, I'll give it a few more days and if I can't get used to the hot palm rest, I might return it :( but that's the only neg point I've seen so far."
"I'm using Thinkpad series for last 10+ years.. (since first Thinkpad) and this is one of the worst Think pad I have ever seen. I have updated my laptop every 2 to three year but this time it might be just few weeks. What Lenovo is thinking about this?
Feels like, Lenovo is not interested in keeping up this prduct line!!!"
"I don't know why Lenovo change the trackpad, the new trackpad is the worst one I have ever use, it is not thinkpad anymore, the anyother things I don't understand is why these are no any directive light of hard drive and wifi. How ever I will return it, I will not buy thinkpad until lenovo fixed it."
"After living with my new W540 (upgrade from a W520, been a Thinkpad user for 12 years) I've grown to like it more and more. Don't get me wrong, the build quality is suffering with every new iteration, the lack of status lights of any type is really a mystery, and many new aspects of the hardware don't seem to be an improvement rather keeping up with the Jones. But it's a solid machine with great performance and unless you want to lug around an enormous portable workstation from HP or Dell, Lenovo really does have the only game in town. Lenovo also has a 30 day return guarantee. There as a few days when I first got my laptop where I thought I'd test that benefit, but I've decided to keep my new Thankpad and it's been growing on me since."
"As a long Thinkpad user I was surprised by the poor quality of this machine. Screen was flimsy, and there was light leakage. Off axis keyboard is very bad ergonomics. There was CPU throttling. m.2 slot is 2242 size and of limited use. RAM/M.2/HDD back cover is very hard to remove and very easy to break. Cheap plastic design."
"Lenovo product has changed big time with Model W530 (and W540). One of the distinct change is the keyboard. New keyboard is very different and does not have SAME click as W520 and prior model. Lenovo has reduced the number of keys and their location. If you are used to with previous keys and keyboard layout, good luck. You will make lots of mistake and will NOT like this keyboard and that is major sticky point for me. Many of you may not feel that way as it depends on your liking. One of my friend's W530 died on 4th week. Luckily this was a work PC and company took care of. Performance is very good, no doubt about it, however everyone uses keyboard and may not feel comfortable with NEW keyboard and layout."
"Fantastic 3K display with good color sensor. Fast performance (i7 32Gb RAM) and good graphics (K2100M). Lighter and thinner than the previous W series (portable); build quality appears similar. Numeric keypad is a welcome addition. Keyboard is good but still have a slight preference for the classic KB. Unexpectedly, have not missed the dedicated buttons. The setup with the function keys works well. Similarly have not missed the indicator lights as windows notification is sufficient. The trackpad is good for navigating Windows 8 but I mostly use a mouse/Wacom. I would have preferred physical track pad buttons for clicking; little cumbersome with whole trackpad. Installed a Samsung Evo 1TB in the ultrabay and a MyDigitalSSD 128Gb in the M2 slot (main drive 512 SSD). All are working well."
"Pros: Battery, Processor, Display, Keyboard with numeric keypad, computability, human design Cons: Weight, No space for extra SSD drive, No indicator lights (HDD Led etc.), Sleep Keyboard short cut, automatic touchpad shutoff After updating the BIOS runs very well Good battery life Grate display, very happy this is not a touch screen Comfortable keyboard with numeric keypad Touchpad need some adjustments, but works well Missing the indicator lights and auto touchpads shutoff when working with an external mouse"
"W540 is powerful machine, 4th gen Core i7, Nvidia GPU with Optimus, up to 32GB or ram is all You need to do serious work. Very good battery life. Stunning display perfect for multitasking with very good colors. Two major design flaws. First off center keyboard with numpad, unbelievable mistake on this kind of machine every professional working on this laptop is using keyboard for hours every day so Your hands are in unnatural position and Your wrists start to hurt quickly. Second is big clickable touchpad placed off center to the left so writing on keyboard You will touch touchpad and move around cursor on top of that making accidental clicks. W540 is a powerful machine for professionals but because of the keyboard and touchpad it's impossible to use it in any serious work."
Pros: Battery, Processor, Security Features, Included software, Memory, Video card, Keyboard/peripherals, Screen size, Build Quality, Display resolution, Display performance
Cons: Warranty, Weight
"The computer really accomplish my perspective about it. It still feeling heavy but at the same time i think that it feels resistant too. I know that people complains about the keyboard but if you need to use the numpad to process large data it is easier with this kind of keypad. The software to manage the battery use is amazing and Personally think that is maybe the best laptop workstation that I have ever had."
"Whose idea was to add a number pad to the laptop? Are you marketing this towards accountants or business professionals?
Off center keyboard is annoying, not to mention the cheap quality of it. The island style keyboard is pretty terrible. The trackpad is incredibly loud, and to boot, they got rid of the physical buttons... really? If feels like slowly they're taking away all the things that made the thinkpad great.
Awful...just awful. I will return it as soon as possible. Will no longer be a Lenovo customer."
"1. Keyboard. Adding the number pad makes people move further left and work off-the-center.
2. Wireless card is not really an improvement.
3. Touchpad offers worse user experience than its predecessors.
4. For overall build quality: it feels cheap and not solid built. The screen can be easily bent.
5. I am pretty sure some reviews are deleted on this review page. At the beginning its rating score was fairly low (2 to 3 starts overall). I see some early birds did offer some technical concerns, and their languages are not offensive, no personal info leaked, no price discussion, etc. so there should not be any reason why their valuable comments are deleted, except for the reason that Lenovo wants to higher the ratings of this product. Just be frank!"
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, Build Quality, Durability, keyboard, trackpad, no thinklight, no hdd indicator light, flexible screen, weak construction
"I wrote a review on this W540 previously and it's been removed, just like the other negative reviews I saw!!!!
Wow, this piece of junk is so bad Lenovo is actually removing reviews!
Unusable keyboard (off-center), get's too hot, screen flexes, poor construction vs. older models, no indicator lights for anything (hard drive, wireless, et cetera), no lid locks (like older models), unusable trackpad (older ones had physical buttons - this one doesn't).
Get the point? This machine sucks big time. You are better off getting the older W530 which is more like the original IBM Thinkpad designs versus this cheap garbage Lenovo re-design."