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Lenovo T520 2 Core Intel Core I5-2xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 320GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-2xxx 2.6GHz 4GB Dec 2012
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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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19 Reasons For

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the T520 only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however the Lenovo T520 has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Across all the portable PCs of a similar type and age to the T520 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz. 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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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

When compared to other notebook PCs of this spec and age, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Lenovo T520 of 1,300 megahertz is one of the fastest. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

We calculated the average reviews for all Lenovo portable PCs and also specifically for Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs and found that in both cases Lenovo had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the T520. The processor clock speeds of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the T520 range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

If this Lenovo notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the HP 2570p (£268.99) (2.7GHz).

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Quite Long Battery Life

At 14 hours, the Lenovo T520 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the T520. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the T520 have battery lifes of between 2h and 4,400h, and the average battery life is 24h.

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Quite Big Screen Size

The smallest screen size of similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the T520 is 10" and the biggest is 18". With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo T520 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst portable PCs of this age.

We compared all the other 15.6" notebook PCs to this notebook PC and we think the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1,066MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo T520 supports a 1,066MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520 processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 1,600MHz.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The Lenovo T520 is a three USB 2.0 port notebook PC. Most of the other portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T520 have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Fairly Fast Hard Drive Speed

At 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo T520 has a quite fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years. The hard drive speeds of portable PCs of this age and type range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.3 gigahertz, the Lenovo T520 has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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Nine Battery Cells

The Lenovo T520 is a nine battery cell count notebook PC.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 23Wh, the biggest is 100Wh, and the average battery capacity is 50Wh. With a battery capacity of 94 watt-hours, the Lenovo T520 has a very big battery capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 800MHz, the fastest is 3,100MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,200MHz. With a processor clock speed of 2,600 megahertz, the Lenovo T520 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst portable PCs of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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13 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

The Lenovo T520 has a very slow maximum processor memory bandwidth (only 21.3 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other laptops that came out more than two years ago. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago the maximum processor memory bandwidths range from 17GB/s to 32GB/s, and the average maximum processor memory bandwidth is 25GB/s.

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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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Does Not Have a Front Camera

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

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have a full-size keyboard, however the Lenovo T520 does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of only 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the T520. The average total storage capacity of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 520GB, and the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the HP Probook 650 (£445.00) (500GB).

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops of this spec and age. 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 notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of only 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a quite small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the T520. The smallest hard drive capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 180GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 590GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the T520 is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the T520.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age, the Lenovo T520 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Slow Processor Front Side Bus

The average processor front side bus of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the T520 is 1,400MHz. At only 1,333 megahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a fairly slow processor front side bus compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Heavy

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T520 have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg. With a weight of 2.7 kilograms, the Lenovo T520 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the T520.

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Only 3 Bluetooth Version

The Lenovo T520 supports a better bluetooth version than most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it. This notebook PC supports a 3 Bluetooth version, whereas most notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it support a 4 Bluetooth version. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the T520 the best bluetooth version is 4.0 EDR and the worst is 2.1.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T520

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Lenovo released the T520.

Intel Core I5-2xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo T520 has an Intel Core i5-2xxx processor family which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the T520.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Intel Segment Tagging
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Cabling
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
DisplayPort
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
LAN/VGA Combo Port
Performance
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
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
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
Security
Fingerprint Reader
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

Expert Reviews

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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...

6 October 2012

Deze laptop is, mits voor zakelijk gebruik, zeker een aanrader. Mocht je echt meer behoefte hebben aan mobiliteit en accuduur ga dan voor de W of nog beter de X series van de thinkpad. Dit is echt... Read more…

Fast boot time
Great keyboard
High-resolution display
Extra-long battery life
Good application performance
No USB 3.0
Small touchpad
Bulky design
Vertical viewing angles
Lage schermresolutie

Zoals we al zagen bij de T420 zijn er veel dingen onveranderd gebleven, afgezien van de verbeterde prestaties door de nieuwe generatie processoren. Dit geld net zo goed voor het ontwerp en de...

21 February 2012

HDMI yuvas? ve USB 3.0 gibi yeni nesil ba?lant?lara üzerinde yer veren cihaz, di?er donan?msal özellikleri ile kullan?c?lar için iyi bir seçenek gibi görünüyor...

26 May 2012

Powoli zmierzamy do ko?ca tego wielkiego testu dwunastu laptopów przeznaczonych dla pracoholików. Ka?dego notebooka szczegó?owo opisali?my, przetestowali?my, a wi?c przyszed? czas na ostateczne...

6 February 2012

Das Lenovo ThinkPad T520 ist der große Bruder des T420 und bringt neben einer höheren Leistung nur wenige Neuigkeiten mit - doch das muss auch nicht sein, denn auch gegen die starke Konkurrenz... Read more…

26 January 2012

Lenovos aktuelles Vorzeige-Business-Notebook ThinkPad T520 (NW95JGE) gleicht seinem Vorgänger T510 äußerlich wie ein Ei dem anderen. Dennoch hat Lenovo ein paar Verbessrungen eingeführt, die... Read more…

Business-User mit prallem Portemonnaie waren ursprünglich die Zielgruppe der IBM ThinkPads. In den letzten Jahren haben sich die Preise auf dem Notebookmarkt aber stark nach unten korrigiert und...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo win7, lenovo win7p, lenovo i52520, lenovo win7pr, lenovo i52520m, lenovo win7pro
Barcodes 00885976571750

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Lenovo ThinkPad T540 vs Lenovo T520

Lenovo ThinkPad T540 vs Lenovo T520
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2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
Lenovo T520
2 core Intel Core i5-2xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 320GB HDD 15.6"
£ 1,048.87
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50% Bigger Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
8GB Bigger Maximum Internal Memory
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2 core Intel Core i5-4xxx 2.7GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 14"
Lenovo T520
2 core Intel Core i5-2xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 320GB HDD 15.6"
£ 364.00
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Bigger Maximum Internal Memory
A Lot Bigger Hard Drive Capacity
36% Bigger Total Storage Capacity
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85% Smaller Battery Capacity

Lenovo S510 vs Lenovo T520

Lenovo S510 vs Lenovo T520
Lenovo S510
2 core Intel Core i3-4xxx 1.7GHz 4GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 15.6"
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