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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad W541 specifications page.
|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad W541|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4710MQ Processor
Intel Core i7-4810MQ Processor
Intel Core i7-4910MQ Processor
Intel Core i7-4940MX Processor Extreme Edition
|Screen||FHD 1920 x 1080 TN 300 nits
3k 2880 x 1620 IPS 350 nits
Up to 1TB HDD with Bay Adapter
Up to 512GB SSD with Bay Adapter
|Graphics||NVIDIA Quadro K1100M 2G
NVIDIA Quadro K2100M 2G
|Network||RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
Intel 7260 2×2 AC + Bluetooth 4.0
Intel 7260 2×2 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
|Processor||fully working||need: intel-ucode.img installing and kernel option: nomodeset|
|Screen||fully working||need: blacklist nouveau|
|Graphics Chip||see Screen|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|Display Port||Not Tested|
|Optical Drive||fully working|
|2nd HDD Drive Bay||fully working|
|Headphone Port||fully working|
|Express Card||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||fully working|
|Docking Station||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
|SmartCard Interface||Not Tested|
|Suspend/Resume||broken in this kernel 4.4|
My ThinkPad is running Arch Linux. I am an IT contractor and thie laptop is my workhorse.
I have upgraded the memory to 32GB and installed a second SSD running now RAID-1.
You can enter a summary of how well the Lenovo ThinkPad W541 works with Linux here.