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Lenovo T520 2 Core Intel Core I7-2xxx 2.7GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I7-2xxx 2.7GHz 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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26 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this notebook PC is 83% based on eight expert reviews from sites including Laptopmag.com, notebookcheck.net, Chip.de and notebookjournal.de. If all the laptops of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this portable PC is in the top 11%.

Good Battery Life

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Expert review site Storagereview.com said “The T-series offered excellent battery life while still knocking our socks off in system performance”.

Robust

One Lenovo T520 owner who purchased it wrote that it was well made. Expert review site Laptopmag.com mentioned “The 15.6-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T520 is a business workhorse, offering solid performance and graphics, excellent battery life” in their review.

Nice Design

One person who purchased it considered that it was a good design. Expert review site Notebookcheck.net wrote “This is just as true for the case's design as for the pre-installed, co” in their review of this laptop and gave the Lenovo T520 a rating of 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who bought this laptop considered that it was good value for money. Expert website Storagereview.com mentioned “The Lenovo ThinkPad-series has been one of those families that has grown for almost 20 years, while still retaining the namesake of being one of the best business notebooks money c” in their review of this laptop.

Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Portable PCs that have been available for more than two years have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 660MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. When compared to other laptops of this age and spec that we have assessed, the Lenovo T520's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,300 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the T520 range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. The Lenovo T520 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (650 megahertz) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Medium processor core notebook PCs produced by Lenovo have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just medium processor core notebook PCs) and found that Lenovo also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.7 gigahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. The processor clock speeds of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the T520 range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz.

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Intel Core I7-2xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo T520 has an Intel Core i7-2xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most notebook PCs of this age and spec. Across all portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the T520 the best processor family is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is AMD C.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the T520, the Lenovo T520 has a front camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including the Acer TravelMate TMP6 which has better reviews.

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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 have been on the market for more than two years. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds. Similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 1,600MHz.

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Fairly Fast Hard Drive Speed

The Lenovo T520 has one of the faster hard drive speeds (7,200 revolutions per minute) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the T520 have hard drive speeds of between 4,200 RPM and 7,200 RPM.

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Very High Speaker Power

At 11 Watts, the Lenovo T520 has a very high speaker power compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. The lowest speaker power of portable PCs that are a comparable age to the T520 is 1W, the highest is 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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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 comparable type and age to the T520 have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports.

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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 laptops of a similar age and spec to it.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T520 range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz. At 3.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

Portable PCs of this type and age have processor clock speeds of between 800MHz and 3,100MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,200MHz. The Lenovo T520 has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2,700 megahertz) amongst laptops of this age.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 100Wh. The Lenovo T520 has a very big battery capacity (94 watt-hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Cache Memory

At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a very big cache memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. Portable PCs that are a similar age to the T520 have cache memories of between 1MB and 4MB, and the average cache memory is 3MB.

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Quite Big L3 Cache

The average L3 cache of portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 3MB, and the L3 caches range from 2MB to 6MB. When compared to other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the L3 cache of the Lenovo T520 of 4 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

At 4 megabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. Medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the T520 have processor caches of between 0.51MB and 4MB, and the average processor cache is 2.9MB.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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10 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 notebook PCs of this type and age. The maximum processor memory bandwidths of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the T520 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 notebook PC that uses two displays supported by on-board grap. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type use two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Lenovo T520 is a one PCI Express lane (max) portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T520 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the T520 have a full-size keyboard, however the Lenovo T520 does not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the DELL Latitude 15 3540, or the HP EliteBook Folio 9480m is also worth considering.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of a similar type and age 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.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media and we think because of it's better review score, the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M (£314.97), and the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a better storage medium then you might also want to look at the Toshiba Tecra Z50 (SSD), or the DELL XPS 13 (SSD) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

At only 1,333 megahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. The average memory clock speed of portable PCs that came out around the same time as the T520 is 1,600MHz.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the T520 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Lenovo T520 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the Asus VivoBook S200, or the Samsung NP540U3C which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Heavy

The weights of portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the T520 range from 300g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg. With a weight of 2.6 kilograms, the Lenovo T520 is quite heavy compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.6kg heavy laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M (£314.97).

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

The Lenovo T520 has a fairly small maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. The maximum internal memory of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T520

Released Over Three Years Ago

Lenovo released the T520 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo T520 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other 15.6" portable PCs to this laptop and we think the Travelmate TMP253-M (£314.97), and the Aspire V5-572G both from Acer which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Inspiron 17 (£437.58) (17.3"), or the Inspiron 17R (17.3") both from DELL or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B (17.3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the T520.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 500GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available including the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M (£314.97) which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Toshiba Tecra Z50 (512GB), or the DELL XPS 13 (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Battery Life

At 7.7 hours, the Lenovo T520 has a fairly typical battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a longer battery life then you might want to look at the Toshiba Tecra Z50 (8h), or the Acer TravelMate TMP6 (8h) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

The Lenovo T520 has a pretty standard internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the T520.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4GB internal memory laptops currently available including the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M (£314.97), or the Asus VivoBook S200 which has better reviews.

If this portable PC internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Vostro 3560 (£329.00) (6GB).

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Specification

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Intel My WiFi Technology
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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo nw93, lenovo nw93z, lenovo i72620, lenovo nw93zu, lenovo i72620m, lenovo nw93zuk
Barcodes 00645743450295, 00885976979495

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