ThinkPad compatibility with 4K LCD (ThinkVision Pro2840m)

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I just recently received my first 4K LCD (ThinkVision Pro2840m) from Lenovo Australia, and i have to say this is one of the coolest monitor that i have ever played with in the recent years. But i will defer the actual detailed review of the ThinKVision Pro2840m to another day, this post is merely a short summary list of all the ThinkPad laptops (with Displayport/HDMI) that i have tested with the new ThinkVision 2840m. I have omitted some models from the compatibility list, as i do not own these models and i could not test their compatibility with the new 4K LCD. Following is the list of machines that i have tested, which shows support for the 4K resolution of the new ThinkVision Pro2840m (@30hz):

  • ThinkPad W701ds and W701 with Nvidia Quadro 3800m GPU
  • ThinkPad X201 with Intel HD GPU (must set the 4k LCD to DP 1.1 mode)
  • ThinkPad X201s with Intel HD GPU (must set the 4k LCD to DP 1.1 mode)
  • ThinkPad X201t with Intel HD GPU (must set the 4K LCD to DP 1.1 mode)
  • ThinkPad X220 with Intel HD 3000 GPU
  • ThinkPad X220t with Intel HD 3000 GPU
  • ThinkPad X230 with Intel HD 4000 GPU
  • ThinkPad X230t with Intel HD 4000 GPU
  • ThinkPad X240 with Intel HD 4400 GPU
  • ThinkPad T410s with Intel HD GPU (must set the 4K LCD to DP 1.1 mode)
  • ThinkPad T420s with Intel HD 3000 GPU
  • ThinkPad T430s with Intel HD 4000 GPU
  • ThinkPad T430u with Intel HD or Nvidia 620m GPU (DP only)
  • ThinkPad T440 with Intel HD 4400 GPU
  • ThinkPad T440s with Intel HD 4400 GPU
  • ThinkPad T440p with Intel HD 4400 GPU
  • ThinkPad T510 with Intel HD GPU
  • ThinkPad T520 with Intel HD 3000 GPU
  • ThinkPad T530 with Intel HD 4000 GPU
  • ThinkPad T540p with Intel HD 4000 GPU
  • ThinkPad W510 with Nvidia Quadro 880m GPU
  • ThinkPad W520 with Nvidia Quadro 1000/2000 GPU
  • ThinkPad W530 with Nvidia Quadro 1000m/2000m GPU
  • ThinkPad W540 with Nviddia Quadro K1100m/K2100m GPU
  • ThinkPad X1 with Intel HD (only Displayport)
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Intel HD 4000 GPU
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014) with Intel HD4400 GPU (HDMI + DP)
  • ThinkPad Yoga Intel HD 4400 GPU (miniHDMI + Displayport)
  • IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro Intel HD 4400 GPU (microHDMI)

  Also, to note that there are a couple of ThinkPads that are capable of supporting 4K at 60 hz refresh rate. These machine models are:

  • ThinkPad W530 and W540 using Displayport
  • ThinkPad or IdeaPad with Intel HD5000 GPU

There also some older models of ThinkPad that i have tested, which does not support the ThinkVision Pro2840m LCD’s 4K resolution, and won’t work with the monitor when it is in DP 1.2 mode (so you have to switch the LCD to DP 1.1 mode).

  • ThinkPad X200, X200s, X200s
  • ThinkPad X301
  • ThinkPad T500 with Intel 4500MHD GPU
  • ThinkPad R500 with Intel 4500MHD GPU

These ThinkPads would only work with the ThinkVision Pro2840m when the Displayport is switched to the DP 1.1 mode, and they would only support the LCD at 2560×1600 resolution.

Jin Li (lead_org)

I'm the Chief Editor of ThinkScopes.com, working from Melbourne Australia. I am currently a Microsoft MVP and a Lenovo Brand Evangelist/Advocate. My main interests are in technology, bioscience, marketing and obviously Lenovo products.

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8 comments

  • I have the first gen X1 carbon touch. Good to see that you tested it as Lenovo Ireland couldn’t tell me it could drive the ThinkVision Pro2840m. I’m ready pull the trigger on this monitor so could you give me an idea if it is a practical combination for everyday use? Does the monitor respond OK or is the graphics card unable to cope? I’m not a gamer but I do watch video. Many thanks.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Glad you find the article useful. Since the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 1 uses Intel HD4000, and it only supports the LCD @30 hz, there is certain degree of choppiness associated with that. However, as far as video is concerned, there is no perceivable choppiness involved for FHD movies playback. i can stream about 3 FHD movies on the 4K monitor at its native resolution and it is still okay.

      Regards,

      Jin Li

    • That’s great feedback, thank you. I think I’ll go for the monitor. To go from the X1 to the monitor should I get a Mini Display Port to Display Port cable, or a MDP to MDP? Lenovo couldn’t confirm the monitor connection ports for me. Cheers.

    • Hi Daniel,

      The ThinkVision Pro2840m has two types of Displayport, one is a full size dp, and another one is miniDP. Also, the monitor comes with full size dp to full size dp cable. For video input, there are four ports on the monitors, displayport, mini Displayport, full sized HDMI 1.4, full sized hdmi with MHL feature.

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/lead_org/14701372587/

      Regards,

      Jin Li

  • Hi Jin

    Thanks for the advice which I surf through yours. Very helpful to solve my compatibility of the DP interface with my new think vision pro28 4Kmonitor., I just received it yesterday.
    One thing I am so miserable why only one HDMI workable while the other fails since it is a brand new one. Anything in between there is differences between the 2 HDMI INPUTS?

    Eric
    Brisbane

    • Hi Eric,

      Before i answer your question, let me ask you which machine do you have? A ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 2?

      The answer to your question is that even though ThinkVision Pro2840m has two HDMI port, only one of them is HDMI 1.4, which supports the 4K resolution. The other HDMI port on the ThinkVision Pro2840m is a MHL port, and it is a HDMI 1.3 port, which doesn’t support 4K.

      Regards,

      Jin Li

  • Hi,

    Nice information, thanks!

    What about the T440s with Nvidia GT730M, it should support 4K @60Hz?

    /Johan

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