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Lenovo T520 2 Core Intel Core I5-2xxx 2.4GHz 4GB 320GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-2xxx 2.4GHz 4GB Jun 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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15 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

Eight experts from sites including Laptopmag.com, notebookcheck.net, Chip.de and notebookjournal.de have rated this portable PC on average 83%. If all the laptops of this age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this notebook PC is in the top 12%.

Good Battery Life

Two Lenovo T520 reviewers thought it had a good battery life. Six years ago 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 reviewed it mentioned that it was well made. Five years ago expert website Laptopmag.com said “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 Lenovo T520 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was a good design. Notebookcheck.net mentioned “This is just as true for the case's design as for the pre-installed, co”.

Reasonably Priced

One Lenovo T520 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was good value for money. Storagereview.com wrote in their Lenovo T520 review “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”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. Across all the medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencys range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 360MHz.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of portable PCs that came out more than two years ago is 660MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz. The Lenovo T520 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s (1,200 megahertz) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age.

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Lenovo Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

Lenovo medium processor cores notebook PCs have good reviews on average and across all portable PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated brands.

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Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

The Lenovo T520 has a fairly long battery life (max) (11 hours) compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the T520. Across all the portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the T520 the battery life (max)s range from 2h to 5,200h.

If you would prefer a portable PC with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the LifeBook E754[pl_2988448_price] (13h), or the LifeBook E744[pl_2479370_price] (25h) both from Fujitsu which also has a higher rating.

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Very Fast Hard Drive Speed

The hard drive speeds of medium processor cores notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM. The Lenovo T520 has a quite fast hard drive speed (7,200 revolutions per minute) compared to most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most commonly found wi-Fi standards on laptops of this spec and age.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Lenovo T520 is a three USB 2.0 ports quantity laptop.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slots

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slots, which is typical of many medium processor cores notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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12 Reasons Against

Only Two Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)s

The Lenovo T520 is a notebook PC that uses two number of displays supported (on-board graphics)s. Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age use two number of displays supported (on-board graphics)s.

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Only One Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes

The Lenovo T520 is a one maximum number of PCI Express lanes laptop. Most of the other medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T520 have between 1 and 15 maximum number of PCI Express laness.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo T520 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520.

There are a number of alternative laptops which also have a front camera that you might also want to look at including the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price], or the DELL Latitude 13 3340[plb_2699016_price].

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the T520 do not have a full-size keyboard. The Lenovo T520 is no exception to this as it too does not have a full-size keyboard.

There are a number of other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to look at including the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price], the DELL Inspiron 17R[plb_2548954_price], or the Acer Aspire VN7[plb_2799483_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This laptop has an HDD storage media, which is the most frequently found storage media on similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price], or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B[plb_2471097_price].

If the storage medium of this laptop is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Latitude 12 E7240[pl_1619979_price] (SSD and higher rated), or the 13[pl_2215401_price] (SSD and higher rated) both from DELL.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The Lenovo T520 has a quite small hard drive capacity (only 320 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the T520. The average hard drive capacity of medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T520 is 590GB, and the hard drive capacitys range from 250GB to 1.5TB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

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

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This portable PC ethernet LAN data rates, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data rates on notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The Lenovo T520 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the T520 also do not have a touchscreen.

We compared all the other portable PCs which also have a touchscreen to this laptop and we think the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price], or the DELL 13[plb_2215401_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Heavy

The lightest comparable spec notebook PC that was launched around the same time as the T520 is 300g heavy and the heaviest is 3.8kg. The Lenovo T520 is one of the heavier comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years (2.6 kilograms) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

We compared all the other 2.6kg heavy notebook PCs to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Low Speaker Power

Similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the T520 have speaker powers of between 1W and 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W. The Lenovo T520 has one of the lower speaker powers (only 1 Watt) amongst medium processor cores notebook PCs of this age.

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Only 3 Bluetooth Version

The Lenovo T520 supports a 3 bluetooth version which is better than the 4 bluetooth version supported by most medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. Across all laptops of a comparable spec and age to the T520 the bluetooth version ranges from 2.1 to 4.0 EDR.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T520

Released Over Three Years Ago

This laptop has been on the market for over three years.

Average Processor Frequency

At 2.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo T520 has a pretty average processor frequency compared to most of the other laptops that have been around for around the same time as the T520.

If this medium processor cores notebook PC processor frequency is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo T420[plb_1562255_price] (2.5GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo T520 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

Alternative 15.6" notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price].

Notebook PCs with a bigger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Inspiron 17R[pl_2548954_price] (17.3"), or the Inspiron 17 7737[pl_2579406_price] (17.3") both from DELL or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B[plb_2471097_price] (17.3") which is also higher rated.

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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 medium processor cores notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Internal Memory

The Lenovo T520 has a pretty typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price], or the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price].

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo T520 has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 320GB total storage capacity laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the HP 8460p[plb_1458088_price].

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the Asus S200E[plb_1537972_price] (500GB), the Fujitsu LifeBook U554[plb_2356556_price] (500GB), or the Lenovo ThinkPad X240[plb_2778550_price] (500GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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Integrated 4G WiMAX
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Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
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PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
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CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
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Storage
Total Storage Capacity
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Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Speed
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Display
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LED Backlight
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Graphics
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Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
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On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
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Optical Drive
LightScribe
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Subwoofer
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4G WiMAX
Cabling Technology
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Bluetooth Version
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Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
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Bluetooth
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Line-in
Modem (RJ-11) Ports
TV Out Port
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ExpressCard Slot
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Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
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Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
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TV Tuner Integrated
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
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Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Drivers Included
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Execute Disable Bit
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Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
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Battery Life (max)
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Fingerprint Reader
Weight & Dimensions
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Packaging Data
Handheld Remote Control
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Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
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Certificates
Energy Star Certified
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Internal Modem
Hot Keys
TV in Port
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Infrared Data Port
HDD User Password
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Expert Reviews

(10)
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 00886605671827

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