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W540 - About to buy one - tips and guidance welcome.

2014-09-19, 8:26 AM

I am brand new to the Lenova E-Site and Lenovo Community.  I have owned HP and Dell notebooks in the past.  Both had issues.  My desktop and notebook are ready to be replaced.  I own a Samsung Galaxy tablet and it works fine for my lightweight connectivity requirements.  When I invest in technology, I usually buy the best possible configuration I can afford and live with it for many years.   I am now seriously looking at the W540.  I was very impressed with the amount of detail information that Lenova makes available to potential buyers like me.  The Tabook is superb.  The E-site is nicely done.  My only complaint is that I had to go searching for extra batteries.  It would be nice if these (9 and 6 cell) and the docking station that people are talking about ( I could not find it) were listed in the accessories section of the W540 page. 


For someone looking for something between a home desktop workstation and a powerful notebook, this might be the ticket.  I will not buy HP or Dell again.  I have never owned a Lenovo.  


My interests;

- Work related, presentations, proposals, Google apps, MS apps, nothing out of the ordinary.

- Digital Music (Finale, Band In A Box, etc.) 

- Digital Video Post Production (Pinnacle)

- Digital Photography (I do not own any Adobe products yet)


My W540 Wishlist:

  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.40GHz)
  • Windows 7 Professional 64 ----------> I am not ready for 8, 7 may be more stable
  • 15.5” 3K (2880 x 1620), IPS LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
  • W540 NVIDIA Quadro K1100M 2G
  • 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3L (2 DIMM)
  • 256GB Solid State Drive Serial ATA3 OPAL2.0
  • DVD Recordable
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260AC with Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1 Year Depot or Carry-in


Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) technology 9 cell system battery


I can upgrade memory to 32Gb in the future with 2X16GB DIMMs.  I have read very positive reviews on the IPS screen upgrade throughout the forum.  My pick for the SSD is purely random.  Any suggestions or advice here would be welcome.  I do have a D-Link 343 with 4X2TB (RAID) drives on my home network so bulk storage is not an issue. 


I see that can purchase Adobe software also.  I am not sure if the there is pricing advantages buying it here or straight from Adobe.



Pickering Ontario Canada 


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Re: W540 - About to buy one - tips and guidance welcome.

2014-09-26, 1:18 AM

The SSD is extremely overpriced from Lenovo. Just order the computer with the base HDD, and with the $320 you save you can get a 512 GB Samsung 840 EVO for ~$240 or a 512 GB Samsung 840 Pro for $340.


The RAM upgrade isn't too bad - most 2x8 kits by themselves will cost more than $150 for the good ones.


The GPU should be fine for your needs.


If you have the money, upgrading the CPU to i7-4800MQ is a very good price/performance ratio, and it will definitely speed up Pinnacle and Adobe products.

W540: i7-4700mq, K2100m, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO
T510: i7-620m, NVS 3100m, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO
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