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lenovo thinkpad w540

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by hockey.9174, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. hockey.9174

    hockey.9174 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Any idea when the w540 will be released? There is something now up on the American lenovo website. Just wondering when it will be out and how thick and heavy it will be.
     
  2. Thors.Hammer

    Thors.Hammer Notebook Enthusiast

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    Probably October or early November was my prediction long ago. Still holding to it.
     
  3. ibmthink

    ibmthink ThinkPad Deity

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    Thors.Hammer is right, it will be shipping in October (announcement in September).

    Here is a picture of the T540p, which will be basically a lower-end version (spec wise) of the W540:
    View attachment 101275
    The W540 will use the same chassis.

    I would guess it will be around the same weight as the W530 and maybe a bit thinner.
     
  4. Kaso

    Kaso Notebook Virtuoso

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    Hmm, I particularly don't want the numpad. I want the keyboard/trackpoint/trackpad center-aligned, as in T/W530.


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  5. ibmthink

    ibmthink ThinkPad Deity

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    I am afraid that not an option anymore: All new 15" ThinkPads will come with a Numpad.

    If you don´t want a Numpad, your only option is either stay with the older models or buy an T440p instead.
     
  6. Jobine

    Jobine Notebook Prophet

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    Yea, ive stopped buying 15 inchers for that exclusive reason. Almost every manufacturer is now placing numpads on their 15 inchers, the Dell 15R SE being an exception among a handful of others. Try getting a T440p with FHD, or just get a W530, Haswell has very few advantages over Ivy Bridge in the Performance department.
     
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    Maybe a stupid question but price-wise, will the W540 be comparable to the W530 now?
     
  8. Jobine

    Jobine Notebook Prophet

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    Yeah, i think so. But you can always configure your W series with additional options.
     
  9. jedisurfer1

    jedisurfer1 Notebook Evangelist

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    I hate the chiclet keyboards, and now it's not even a centered trackpad. Guess my t61p and w520 will be staying with me for some time
     
  10. Jobine

    Jobine Notebook Prophet

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    the new alienwares/some clevos use conventional keyboards, so those are an option (i guess). I personally adopted to chiclet-style.
     
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    cotolay Notebook Evangelist

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    does anyone know if W540 is under 0.9 inch? if its the same chassis with the T540 it seems like there's still a CD drive? i'm sure that it can be used as an ultrabay for more battery and storage right?

    also, i'm considering between a Dell m3800 or this, both are advertised as thin and light workstations. the dell will definitely be more expensive due to that QHD display. but if it's with in 500 USD more than the W540 i might just go with it.
     
  13. huberth

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    All we know is:
    Our most powerful ThinkPad, yet still under 6 lbs! Plow through graphics-intensive applications with lightning-fast processors, advanced graphics, cutting-edge technology, and the rock-solid reliability you'd expect from Lenovo and the industry's fastest and lightest mobile workstation.

    THE MOST MOBILE WORKSTATION EVER.
    This portable 15.6" workstation is the thinnest and lightest in its class, yet sacrifices nothing in terms of speed, power, and durability. Graphics-intensive, ISV-certified applications with blazing-fast processing and advanced graphics technology, plus ThinkPad's known reliability, mean you can handle any heavy-computational task from anywhere you want to be.

    Battery Life
    Up to 6 hours with standard 6-cell removable battery
    Weight
    Starting at 5.45 lbs
    Speakers
    Stereo with Dolby® Home Theater® v4
    Microphone
    Dual noise-cancelling HD microphones
    Ports
    Thunderbolt, 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, VGA, RJ-45, 4-in-1 card reader, express card, smart card, headphone/mic combo

    and the photo here:

    ThinkPad W540 | Mobile Workstation | | Lenovo (US)
     
  14. Macpod

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    well. we know the dell is lighter so lenovo is definitely not considering it int he same class as the M3800
     
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    Cincinnatux Notebook Guru

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    Curious that there are significant differences between the T540p and the W540 that make the W540 the *lighter* of the two (the T540p is listed at 5.5 lbs).
    ThinkPad T540p | Lenovo | (US)

    Less surprising is the difference in battery consumption; the T540p is rated at "up to 7 hours" with a 3-cell battery and the W540 is "up to 6 hours" with a 6-cell battery.

    It seems a little odd that the T540p sports 4 USB 3.0 ports, but the W540 splits its 4 USB ports between 2.0 and 3.0. In real use, I doubt it makes much difference to 99% of users, but I would have thought it would be one of those things that would be the same across the line of '540 laptops. Then again, the W540 as currently listed doesn't have any HD video out options and the T540p has no Ethernet port, so I suppose we'll see some changes to these specs in the next week or three as they edit things up for formal announcements. Surely there are a few unmentioned (or mis-identified?) ports on these early previews.

    I look forward to the day when VGA simply dies. That is one bulky port to have to keep including on business laptops all for legacy projectors and monitors. I'd rather have a HD-capable port that simply needs an adapter to connect to VGA.
     
  16. ibmthink

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    Well, Thunderbolt also functions as a digital video output, so it has one.
     
  17. Macpod

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    I have my fingers crossed for dual heatsinks. It seems like it is since there are no vents on the side. It could be just one blowing out the back but that doesnt seem to be lenovo's style.

    I would be disspointed if the W540 doesnt have USB charging on the go feature. The T540p states that but the W540 doesnt. Probably early gliches.

    Thunderbolt would be awsome if it isnt a mistake. Maybe they are making the new docking hub thunderbolt compatible.


    EDIT: Oops. i think i just saw a very thin cooling vent on the left side..........bummer. that thing doesnt look very powerful.
     
  18. ibmthink

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    Its because of the angle of this picture, which makes it look thinner than it is.

    Look at these pictures:
    View attachment 101661 View attachment 101662
    They are really thick enough to be powerful. :D The cooling-vent should go-on under this edge.
     
  19. Macpod

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    I see. Cool.

    It's unfortunate the thickness of laptops these days are dictated by legacy(almost) hardware like DVD drive and HDD. The razer 14 really gave us a glimpse of what we can have without having to worry about those things.
     
  20. w_km

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    The W540 will have a 2880x1800 display option and Thunderbolt port...not sure on the dock though :cool:

    Lenovo is directly completing with Apple's 15" rMBP here. They want to undercut Apple in this market. The CEO said it (Lenovo splits Think brand into separate group to better compete with Apple | The Verge), and this video says it: (the S430 was a test-run with Intel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvIU6oMnuEw. 4K workflow is Apple's world thus far.

    Thunderbolt on the ThinkPad sounds great, but it begs the question: where are lenovo's Thunderbolt accessories?

    Quite honestly, I'd pony up more dough than I should for a Thunderbolt-capable PC and well-thought out accessories (external HDDs, displays, GPU dock :D)
     

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