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Lenovo ThinkPad T540p 15.6" Laptop Intel i7-4800MQ 2.70GHz Processor 8GB RAM 500GB HDD DVD Webcam Nvidia 4GB Graphics Windows 10 Professional

Lenovo ThinkPad T540p 15.6
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[£333.29 ex VAT]
[£399.95 inc VAT]
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item # 432956W1
Condition: Refurbished / Grade A1
Warranty: 12 Months warranty
  • What It Does
  • Specifications
  • Our Specialist View

Sturdy and dependable is what springs to mind when we look at the T540p. But rather pleasingly Lenovo give you more than just a dependable laptop.
 
Key Features
  • 15.6" Full HD Backlit Display
  • Intel Core i7 4th Gen Quad Core 2.70GHz Processor
  • 8GB RAM & 500GB Hard Drive
  • WiFi & Bluetooth
  • 4GB Discrete Graphics & HD Webcam
  • DVD Optical Drive
  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
 
Manufacturer Description
 
4th Generation Intel® Core i7 Processor
 
4th generation Intel® Core i7 processor delivers the performance to increase productivity for your business.
 
Devices turn on in an instant and are always up-to-date. You can multitask quickly and move effortlessly between applications, collaborate wirelessly in a high quality video conference,  all with the convenience of longer battery life (from new, actual performance will be less). 
 
Precision Keyboard Enhanced for Windows 10
 
Full-sized and spill-resistant, the ergonomic ThinkPad keyboard is renowned for its array of keys, excellent feel and TrackPoint® pointing.
 
Optimised for Windows 10 with convenient multimedia buttons and immediate access to view apps, it has LED status indicators and function-lock capability.
 
With a larger, smooth trackpad and 5-point click integration, indicated by subtle bumps and stripes, the keyboard can be configured multiple ways, while the optional backlight makes working in the dark effortless.
 
15.6” Full HD Display
 
The powerful HD display delivers bright, crisp visuals and a wide viewing range.
 
Anti-glare technology makes the screen comfortable to look at even over the long haul.
 
NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
 
With the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 730M 4GB graphics processor, you are assured of a richer visual and faster gaming experience.
 
You can also preview/create HD video up to 4x faster and perfect/share photos in less than half the time.
 
Ultradurable and MIL-SPEC Tested
 
The T540p laptop meets eight US military-spec tests for ruggedness, durability, and quality: high pressure, humidity, vibration, high temperature, temperature shock, low pressure (15,000 ft), low temperature, and dust.
 
In addition, innovative roll-cage technology, a carbon fiber top and a light-weight magnesium bottom add extra strength and rigidity.
 
500GB Storage and USB 3.0
 
Store up to 500GB of data locally and transfer data ten times faster with a choice of four USB 3.0 ports
 
Dolby Advanced Audio v2
 
A suite of audio technology from Dolby delivers a crisp, clear cinematic surround sound for music, movies, games, and more. Hear every detail clearly and experience the full impact of your entertainment anywhere.
 
VGA Port
 
A VGA port for projector connections in conference rooms is still a business must-have, and a native VGA means no dongles to buy/lose/replace.

Processor Intel Core i7-4800MQ 2.70GHz Dual Core (Up to 3.70GHz Max Turbo Frequency, 6MB Smart Cache)
 
Operating System Windows 10 Professional 64Bit
 
Display 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
 
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GT 730M
 
Webcam Yes, HD 720p
 
Memory 8GB DDR3L (Max 16GB)
 
Audio Dolby Home Theater v4
 
WiFi Yes, Dual Band AC 7260
 
Wireless WWAN No
 
Fingerprint Reader Yes
 
I/O Ports VGA x 1, Mini DisplayPort x 1, Mic/Headphone Combo x 1, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2 (1 x Powered), RJ-45 x 1
 
Card Reader 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC slot)
 
Hard Drive 500GB SATAIII
 
Ethernet Intel® 10/1000 Gigabyte
 
Bluetooth Yes, 4.0
 
Optical Drive Yes, DVD-ROM
 
Keyboard UK Language with Numeric Keypad
 
Dimensions 37.66 x 24.81 x 2.79 cm (W x D x H)
 
Weight 2.49 kg (approx)

Our Specialist view of the Lenovo ThinkPad T540p laptop

The Spec:

The Lenovo ThinkPad T540p specs are as follows: a 15.6”, yes a whole 15.6 inch Full High Definition screen with a 4th generation Intel Core i7 dual core processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM with a maximum accepted of 16GB. All the usual bells and whistles including a webcam, DVD-ROM optical drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a card reader and USB 3.0 plus a large 500GB hard drive for your data and Windows 10 Pro. No onboard graphics on this Lenovo though, you get treated to an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M discrete card for extra performance.

The Good Bits:

Sturdy and dependable is what springs to mind when we look at the T540p. But rather pleasingly Lenovo give you more than just a dependable laptop. For starters it’s packed full of spec. Something you don’t see very often in a business spec laptop is a discrete graphics card. Not essential but a nice touch by Lenovo. It’s also so nice to use a keyboard with a separate number pad, especially if you are used to using one or you have upgraded from a smaller laptop. Finally, the ThinkPad T540p has a plethora of connectivity options; so many that we honestly couldn’t think what it might be missing that we use quite often.

The Not So Good Bits:

Well built, yes. Reliable, yes. Military spec tested, yes. Those things are big ticks in the pros column for the T540p but at what cost? Unfortunately it’s made the laptop a little on the weighty proportionally large side. This is the sacrifice made for a laptop we still think is awesome but is a few years old now.

The Design:

We have covered this in several places above. The Lenovo T540p is a compromise of performance over portability. A powerful laptop that probably wouldn’t win any awards for aesthetics but that leads to the question, what do you value more as the end user? If that answer is portability and aesthetics then we would suggest looking at a laptop with a smaller screen.

Suitability:

Lenovo designed and produced the T540p as per of their ‘Professional’ range, which is still something we would wholeheartedly agree with.

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