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Lenovo T520 2 Core Intel Core I5-2xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 250GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-2xxx 2.5GHz 4GB Mar 2013
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WITH ENHANCED FEATURES FOR BETTER, ROUND-THE-CLOCK PERFORMANCE.The ThinkPad T420 and T520 notebooks offer the best combination of thin and light mobility and top performance features a business... More
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10 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the T520 is 1,100MHz. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Lenovo T520 of 1,300 megahertz is one of the fastest amongst medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the T520.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz, the Lenovo T520 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Good Brand

On average Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings compared to other brands as do all portable PCs produced by Lenovo.

Quite Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo T520 has a quite big screen size compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The screen sizes of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 15".

There are a number of alternative 15.6" portable PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M (£314.97).

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1,066MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo T520 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,066MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most portable PCs of a similar age and spec to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this Lenovo laptop supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. The worst memory clock speeds supported by processor of all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the T520 is 133MHz and the best is 1,600MHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on laptops of this spec and age.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The Lenovo T520 is a three USB 2.0 port laptop. Most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the T520 have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports.

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Six Battery Cells

The Lenovo T520 is a six battery cell count notebook PC. Most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the T520 have between one and eight battery cells.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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14 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the T520 have maximum processor memory bandwidths of between 17GB/s and 32GB/s. With a maximum processor memory bandwidth of only 21.3 gigabytes per second, the Lenovo T520 has one of the slowest maximum processor memory bandwidths amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Only Two Displays Supported by On-Board Grap

The Lenovo T520 is a portable PC that uses two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most laptops of a similar age and type to the T520 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Lenovo T520 which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo T520 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the T520 which have a front camera.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo T520 has one of the smaller total storage capacity (only 250 gigabytes) amongst laptops of this age. The total storage capacity of laptops of a comparable age and type to the T520 range from 1GB to 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the HP EliteBook 840 (£861.00) (256GB), or the DELL Inspiron 14 7000 (£533.99) (256GB).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo T520 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the T520 which have a full-size keyboard.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

If the storage medium of this medium processor core notebook PC is too bad for you then you might want to consider the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The smallest hard drive capacity of portable PCs of this age and spec is 180GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 590GB. When compared to other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the hard drive capacity of the Lenovo T520 of only 250 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

Across all the laptops that have been available for more than two years the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 1,800MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz. The Lenovo T520 has one of the slower memory clock speeds (only 1,333 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years, the Lenovo T520 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Heavy

Across all the laptops of this spec and age the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg. The Lenovo T520 is quite heavy (2.6 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Slow Processor Front Side Bus

The slowest processor front side bus of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the T520 is 1.3MHz and the fastest is 1,600MHz. The Lenovo T520 has one of the slower processor front side bus (only 1,333 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T520

Released Over Three Years Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over three years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.5 gigahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a relatively typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520.

If this Lenovo portable PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the Lenovo T410 (£263.99) (2.53GHz).

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Intel Core I5-2xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo T520 has an Intel Core i5-2xxx processor family which is better than most laptops of this age and spec. Most portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T520.

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Specification

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Processor Series
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Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
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Total Storage Capacity
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Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
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Audio
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Camera
Networking
Cabling
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Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
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Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
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USB 2.0 Port
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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
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CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Expert Reviews

(12)
5 March 2012

The 15.6-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T520 is a business workhorse, offering solid performance and graphics, excellent battery life, and a great keyboard...

15 April 2011

Lenovo Thinkpad T520 As could be seen in the T420 , many things have remained untouched, apart from the performance increase that was to be awaited with the new processor generation. This is just...

11 April 2011

The Lenovo ThinkPad T520 proved itself to be worthy notebook for business-users and enthusiasts alike. Featuring the latest Sandy Bridge components, the T-series offered excellent battery life...

8 September 2010

Choosing a notebook has always been a tricky decision, and with new options arriving on an almost daily basis, the decision-making process isn't getting any easier. And it isn't just the notebooks... Read more…

Excellent performance
Good screen
Robust build quality
Portability
Great keyboard
Limited graphics power
Uninspiring design
Big and heavy
Its slower processor and less than average RAM leave it lagging behind the rest
Poor battery life
3 February 2015

Un aspirant-Yoga qui vous veut du bien. Le Lenovo Edge 15 est un ordinateur portable exclusif à la chaîne Best Buy aux États-Unis. Aluminium robuste, finition solide, quelques propriétés... Read more…

Full HD display comes standard
Loud stereo speakers
Nice aluminum exterior
Comfy keyboard will 10key numpad
300-degree hinge
Short battery life
Flat, tinny audio
Performance and battery life lag slightly behind the competition
Merely passable performance
Stand mode leaves keys exposed on the underside
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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 27 May 2015 by Adrshen
(Verified Purchase)

If you keep using it you will start seeing smudges all over the top and front of the keyboard. Except this thing it has issued with wifi.But it is prett solid build and cool laptop to have...

Easy To Use
Fast
Powerful
Easy To Set Up
Gorgeous Screen
Slow
Downloading Right Drivers
Warranty
Awful Mcafee Bloatware
Muted Color

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