Up Close With the Lenovo Thinkpad e540
The Lenovo Thinkpad e540 is designed for business users who are looking for a reasonably priced and individually configurable 15.6 inch notebook.
It comes in a gray plastic case, and square-ish, business like exterior which is very suitable for the target audience. The back of the lid and bezel feature soft-touch finish, which feels great but is a bit susceptible to finger-prints.
The laptop weighs 5.3 pounds, so yes, it is heavy – but for good reason.
The Thinkpad gives you all the connections you need with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, both a VGA and an HDMI port, and an ethernet and headphone jack.
The Thinkpad features a fingerprint reader, so in addition to password you can have on more essential security measure to keep your files secure.
Although the screen is a bit mediocre, at a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 100 ppi, visual flare is not the point of the ThinkPad, it’s business functionality. The laptop runs smoothly using an Intel Core i3-4000M processor ( 2 x 2.4, Hyperthreading) paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. This allows the ThinkPad to weave through every day tasks.
The standout features are definitely the keyboard and ClickPad. The keyboard is claimed to satisfy even the most pro users with its design – excellent key travel, minimal noise, and the inclusion of the standard ThinkPad TrackPoint, which allows for easier scrolling and magnifying, all make the keyboard a pleasure to use.
The ClickPad (touchpad) features a slightly rough surface which can recognize up to 4 fingers, and it is highly configurable. Accuracy and sensitivity of the large surface are close to perfect, and you won’t find many of clicks being unrecognized.
A gaming laptop this is not by any means, although it will run a decent amount of games on low settings, and speakers are pleasantly well made. The battery will give about 4.5 hours of unplugged medium use.
All in all, the ThinkPad is made for business functionality – those who often sit in front of Microsoft Office or the web will find the keyboard, touchpad, and TrackPoint to be a great pleasure to use in their everyday grind.
– IT Consulting Denver –