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msalmank
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Registered: ‎09-21-2014
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Lenovo Y50 vs. Thinkpad T540p

Hi All,

 

I'm kind of new to the Lenovo world. I've used HP in the past and moved onto the Dell XPS 15 (core i7, first gen) in 2010. I'm now in the market for a laptop and have decided to get a Lenovo after having done much research.

 

I currently am torn between the Lenovo Ideapad Y50 and the Thinkpad T540p. I know that the Thinkpad is essentially a business series and the Ideapad a consumer series, but how much is the major difference between the premium Y series and the Thinkpad T series?

 

Based off of comments from existing Lenovo users that I know, they recommend the Thinkpad for its durability and reliability and stated the Ideapad to be not as durable a machine as a Thinkpad. Is that the case?

 

I am a software engineer by profession - thus working with SQL, Visual Studio, virtual machines, etc. is a given. Apart form that, I love to have my laptops be a multimedia powerhouse as well. I rarely ever play games but occassionall do try out one or two now and then. I have to admit that the better display on the Y50 as well as design of the laptop and the backlit keyboard are really attractive!

 

I got a quotation for both laptops from a local shop here, and the T40p and the Y5070 are both coming around to pretty much the same price with similar specs (i7-4710MQ/HQ + 16GB Ram, 1TB HDD, etc). The T540p however has a 1GB NVidia N14M-GS graphics card whereas the Y50 has a 4GB nVidia GTX-860M chip.

 

Also (sorry for so many questions in a single post!), the Thinkpad apparently has a secure chip and ultranav - what are these and when/why would I need them?

 

I basically need a realiable/durable laptop that may last me for a long time! And this may be a stupid question, but since the T540p has different processor variants, if in the future I want it upgraded to i7-4900MQ, can that be done? or is the processor not ugpradable as is traditionally the case with laptops.

 

Looking for any guidance that you can provide.

 

Best Regards,

Salman Khalid

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Re: Lenovo Y50 vs. Thinkpad T540p

The T540p should be built better on average than the Y50, but if you're not exposing it to much wear and tear, the Y50 might be better.

The CPU is replaceable on the T540p, but it doesn't look like it is on the Y50.

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