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Dell Dimension E520

Dell Dimension E520
alaScore 81

75 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews of Dell Dimension E520. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The usability also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the size.

price, usability, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Dimension E520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Dell Dimension E520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Dell Dimension E520 Desktop (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6320 4MB Cache/1.86GHz/1066FSB, 2GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Windows Vista Home Premium)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Dell Dimension E520


The Dimension E520 may look like its cousin the E521 on the outside, but inside it's a different beast. It has a faster processor, more memory, a bigger hard drive, and a dedicated graphics card that makes it a more desirable proposition for a wider...

Equipped with large hard drive ; Has dual optical drives

Only one vacant drive bay

Midpriced Windows Media Center PC has strong performance and solid features for the price.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: (

Dell Review


The Dell Dimension E512 is an exceptional home computer package at an affordable price and is the "TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award" home PC. This desktop comes standard with a gigabyte of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive-this is more than enough memory to...

Overall, the Dell Dimension is a budget-friendly computer that includes everything a family, businessperson or college student needs at a low price.


Consumer review by: jonnycolfax (

Dell Dimension E520


Bottom line, this is a nearly 4 year old machine that still performs in every way I need it to and I can easily see using it for the next 2-3 years at least before I consider swapping it out. Even then, I may retain it for some other purpose. This is...

Great value, fast, quiet, rich graphics with 20" monitor, highly dependable, great sound quality from integrated sound board. As a musician, I love the additional front panel mic, headphone, and USB ports (these are in addition to the ones on the back...

Mine didn't come with a DVD writable (though it has DVD read and CD-RW). Mine came with only 1 GB RAM and I highly suggest going ahead and maxing it out to 4GB if you can. If not, every time the memory usage is close to max the large fan, which is...

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: dcontarino (

Dell Dimension E520


I purchased this system in November 06 during one of Dell's great sales. The E520 came from the factory with a Core 2 Duo E6400 processor, ATI X1300 Pro video card, 2GB of 533MHz RAM, a TV tuner, a 20" UltraSharp widescreen monitor, all running on...

Great value (including inexpensive upgrade to 20" digital widescreen monitor), reliable, stable operating system, no quirks, somewhat upgradeable but limited by chipset and motherboard

Required a good deal of upgrading to make it a capable gaming rig, Dell tech support for this model is overseas and leaves much to be desired

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: Soynoyce (

Awesome computer ”


The Dell Dimension E520 is perfect for a home office PC. It's an affordable PC that offeres a lot of features for it's price. It's equipped with a dual-layer DVD burner you will find useful.

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Foxfier (

Easy to Upgrade ”


My husband got this as a mid-level gaming computer several years ago.

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: Manchis (

Dell Dimension E520 is a good, reliable, and durable PC ”


When my old computer broke, I went computer shopping for a new one from another brand; I was not satisfied with the last one of course. So I went to Dell and looked at some PC's they had. I thought this one looked good so I purchased it, and I was...

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: childoftheki... (

It does the Job of what it's for ”


We ordered our dell dimesion e520 over the phone and talked with customer service to make sure we got what we wanted. They were very nice and helpful. The computer is nice and comes with a nice flat screen monitor which I love. It has a cd...

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: BeckyBohman (

The dimension E520 is the best Dell I've ever purchased! ”


When I purchase a new computer, It's always a Dell.  I currently have 2 Dell desktops and 1 laptop and so far I like the dimension E520 the best.  It's about 2 years old now and I've used it for programming, web design, logo design, photo editing,...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: gramar (

Dell Dimension E520 is for basic computer skills ”


I am sorry to say but this computer is not what I had expected. I realize that you get what you pay for, I wish I had researched a little more before I bought it.  The performance for real basic things is very good but as you learn and do more mine...

May, 2010

Product Specifications

Perform everyday PC tasks with a PC that's far from ordinary. E-mail, Web surfing, documents, spreadsheets, multimedia and more, the Dimension E520 series offers a range of options and upgrades and can be built to meet your specific PC needs.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 1024
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Dimension


Chipset Type:Intel G965 Express
Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:32x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:48x

OS Provided

Type:Ubuntu 7.04 Desktop Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:E4300
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB
Platform Technology:Intel VIIV Technology
Type:Media center

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950