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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 Intel Core i5 4200M 2.5GHz 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Notebook Windows 7 Professional/Windows 8 Pro 64-bit - 20C6008SUS

  • Intel Core i5 4200M (2.50GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional/Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Paul W.
  • 11/9/2014 6:04:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good Laptop, Good Price

Cons: Touch pad for mouse is not efficient, one of the worst I have experienced.

Other Thoughts: Get a USB mouse.

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  • Nathalia B.
  • 10/27/2014 5:46:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate on review

Pros: Fast processor, good overall design

Cons: Bloatware

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous review. Although it took a bit to hear back from the seller on fixing the broken key, once they reached out it was pretty fast. They sent a return box for me to mail the laptop, and I got it back within 2 days!
Laptops are a great buy for the money. Fast processor - our IT guy was quite impressed with it. Mouse pad takes a little getting used to, but nothing terrible. Overall, great buy.

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  • Robert B.
  • 10/10/2014 8:36:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Laptop

Pros: My old Thinkpad T61 died, and I needed to replace it. I didn't have a lot of money; didn't want to spend more than $600. I looked at Toshiba and HP laptops in stores locally in this price range, but they seemed really cheap and plasticky. I reviewed the various Thinkpad models online and found this one, which matched the main things I was looking for - Price between 500-600 USD, Windows7 PRO 64 bit, Optical Drive, i5 processor, 7200 RPM HD. This was the best match for what I needed. I've taken it on one trip so far; battery seems to last well. Display is nice. I disabled the camera in the bios. It has plenty of USB slots. No un-necessary docking slots on bottom, no modem. It's got the n wireless, an ethernet jack, and a headphone jack. There's a memory-stick reader too but I probably won't ever use it. Not a lot of fluff I don't care about, just a basic, sturdy feeling laptop.

Cons: The touchpad thing is a little weird. I used to be able to use mouse gestures in my browser to go back - hold down right mouse button, click left. You can't do that with this. It's basically one large button. It takes a little getting used to, and I'm sure there are ways to use the touchpad instead for the mouse gestures, but I haven't figured that out yet.. The fingerprint reader is a bit of a hassle to use; usually it's just faster and easier to type in a password.

Other Thoughts: I went with my gut on this; was happy with my previous Lenovo - it lasted 6-7 years and died due to an accident, not because of any problems. This model had the basic things I wanted at the right price point. It feels much more durable than similar priced laptops from other companies. So far I have no real complaints.

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  • Nathalia B.
  • 10/3/2014 7:55:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken key

Pros: Good looks

Cons: Key came detached

Other Thoughts: Just received two of these in the mail. All looks good except one has a detached key on the number pad. Upon closer examination, the little latches in the key are broken. Not happy with this, as we need this laptops right away, now I probably will have to deal with customer service and who knows what the wait on that will be...

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  • Kenneth M.
  • 9/29/2014 6:17:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop

Pros: Great specs, Windows 7, 4 gig of ram, Windows 7, and a fast i5 CPU.

Cons: Intel Software Starter Pack

Other Thoughts: I do NOT like being forced to take this Intel Software. I will just throw it away. Problem is, it breaks the order into 2 orders. Could be a HUGE problem if laptop needed to be returned. At least give us the option to opt out and just take the laptop. OR don't create a separate order for $200 for software that is SUPPOSED to be "free".

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  • Debra K.
  • 9/13/2014 10:23:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsmousepad is miserable

Pros: The keyboard itself is spaced nicely and is easy to type on. The only reason I am giving this model a low rating is because the mouse pad is so poorly designed and not user friendly.

Cons: The mouse pad is terrible. Unless you touch the exact left or right corner (which is not differentiated from the entirety of the mouse pad itself) , not only will the Left Click or Right Click command not register, but the curser will jump all over the screen. It feels like I'm on a bouncy trampoline with the curser jumping all over the screen. Instead of successfully right or left clicking I am now clicking several times, trying to redirect the curser back to where it is supposed to be. I'm a touch typist court reporting and it's extremely annoying to need to look up at the screen to correct and backtrack. I've owned many laptops in my lifetime and have never experienced this level of frustration with a mouse pad before now. I have no idea why Lenovo set it up this way. The mouse pad is also noisier than I'm used to.

Other Thoughts: I use the standard F1-F12 keys daily in my work life. When the Lenovo arrived it was in a different mode This is the first time I've ever had a laptop in a different F Command mode. I searched the Internet to see if anyone else was experiencing this same problem and discovered there were other postings. And while the answer was there ( re-set the F commands back to Standard Mode) there was no clear instruction on exactly how to accomplish that. I then called Lenovo and finally spoke with a Lenovo tech who had to put me on hold to Google exactly how to change it back to Standard Mode.

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  • Raymond P.
  • 9/10/2014 6:08:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS i5-4200M

Pros: Very fast; Nice "Chiclet" style keyboard; Good Lenovo utilities and drivers; Anti-glare screen !!! ; Matte surface finish; 7200 rpm HDD; Top-of-the-line i5 CPU (4200M 2.60 GHz); Fingerprint reader useful (?) for a Windows quick log-in;

Cons: Lousy trackpad - Must use a wireless mouse or you will go insane !; No drive or WiFi status indicators (shame on Lenovo); Only 4GB of RAM installed when max possible is 16GB (Shame, again, on Lenovo); Fn button state is reversed from the human-being-normal convention - I know this can permanently corrected, but it may take forever to find out how; No 1/8 inch (2.5mm) microphone input jack - can't make voice recordings or take line-input audio;

Other Thoughts: This is a beautiful, fast and slick PC. <rant> It's a real shame Lenovo didn't include in the design what other manufacturers think is absolute standard hardware features: Indicator lights and an audio input jack. And, what's the deal with shipping this model with only 4GB of memory ?! It's very inexpensive these days. I mean, they put extra bucks into this machine with a 7200 rpm hard drive, Blutooth, 2 USB 3.0 jacks and this new wireless controller function, but they couldn't afford a lousy 2 more indicator lights ? HUH ??? <end rant>

I know that it's hardly a standard to have a slide switch on the bottom front edge of the case to en/disable the WiFi adapter, but my cheaper Lenovo B560 has one, and it's *very* handy.

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  • KinDee D.
  • 8/14/2014 10:06:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Computer

Pros: This computer came with a fairly decent setup. Even though it mentions Windows 8, it comes with Windows 7 Pro installed. If you want Windows 8, you have to change some settings and use the installation disks that come with the computer. The hard drive is higher than average RPM and isn't too sluggish. It has a Multi-Burner DVD drive and a media card reader. The computer runs fairly cool temperature wise. I haven't gotten used to this keyboard as I use Cherry MX Blue switches on my desktop. It's quite the change going to this chicklet style keyboard. I'm glad it has the 10-key as I prefer that over hen pecking the number from up above, especially when using the calculator. This laptop also has a dedicated calculator key which pulls up Windows Calculator, which I use a lot. My desktop has a blazing fast i7 with an SSD and so this computer is a bit slower, but not as slow as my daughter's Mac Book which she uses at school. I'm content with the speed of this i5. All in all, not too shabby.

Cons: I had a real problem with getting the webcam working. It didn't work out of the box. I updated with the Lenovo utility that comes on the computer and it still didn't work. What I had to do was locate a folder called "swtools" on the hard drive and find the folder labeled "camera". There you will find the correct drivers to install in order to get the camera to work. One reviewer mentioned bloat-ware. It does come with programs that don't natively come with Windows 7. It also comes with an Anti-virus from Norton and a Nitro program which runs your .pdf files. I uninstalled both and downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials and Adobe Reader. A user who isn't very saavy would have had to call customer service. The resolution on this laptop isn't stellar, but adequate for average use. The sound isn't tinny, but isn't that great either. Lenovo has a program that overlaps many of the Windows functions. Lenovo wants to monitor the batteries and wireless connections while Windows does a fine job. Again, it's not enough to stray away from this computer if you have any technical aptitude at all. If you're a beginning user, it may not be the machine for you as there are some bugs that you may need to fix. If you want to upgrade to Windows 8, it sounds like you have to go into the BIOS and make some changes, which isn't for beginning users.

Other Thoughts: I bought this computer to be a complement to my desktop. I didn't need a machine that could replace my desktop. This computer does what I need it to do. I can type letters, e-mail, check the internet, etc. etc. When I need a computer to do video and photo editing, I go to the desktop which I specifically built for that purpose. All in all, a good machine. I got it when this was on sale for under $600. I feel like I got a good deal and that's really all that matters.

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  • Keith N.
  • 6/27/2014 8:08:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo E540

Pros: Solid constructed laptop.
I upgraded the ram to 16GB 1866 crucial and the HDD to a Samsung 840 Pro SSD and now she boots in seconds. super fast
The I5 and Intel HD 4600 GFX combined with my other upgrades, I am able to play most games on HIGH settings. Not ultra. But this is more then expectable for a laptop under $1,000.
Cool red dots on the i in the Thinkpad logo

Cons: NONE

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  • Russell J.
  • 5/22/2014 11:23:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop for business or home

Pros: Great Processor, fast boot to Windows 7, easy access to add memory and minimal bloatware. It comes with Win 7 Pro preinstalled. If you want Windows 8, the DVDs (4 of them) are in the box. You may also need a BIOS update and make changes in the BIOS for UEFI boot for Windows 8. You can't have both installed. It's either one or the other.

Cons: No backup media for Windows 7. I used a 16 GIG USB stick to create the Win 7 Pro in case of a hard disk failure.

Minor bloatware. Norton AV (30 day). Nitro PDF which is a great program but expensive and some Lenovo cloud based backup items.

Other Thoughts: I buy about 10 laptops a year for clients, friends and family. Lenovo is my "go to" brand. This Lenovo is with an insurance salesman (neighbor) and he loves it as do I.

This is a new model (4/2014) and came with Windows 7 Pro Service Pack 1. It needed considerable updates but with a Comcast 50MBS service this was done in about 3 hours. It starts, runs and shuts down fine. It's secure for a business (Pro version).

At time of purchase (local retailer) I also picked up one stick of 4 GIG DDR3 to put in the 2nd slot that I knew would be empty. Install of memory required undoing 3 screws and using a credit card to pry the cover off. Start to finish was 5 minutes.

The battery is good for anywhere from 3 - 5 hours depending on what you are doing. Please don't lose the charger. For about a year now Lenovo has been using a unique rectangular plug which may be hard to replace. Finally, from a quick look at there may be a better battery available if you really need it.

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