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Dell Dimension E520

Dell Dimension E520
alaScore 81

72 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 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. People are impressed by the reliability and usability, but many are less positive 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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Consumer review ( review summary for Dell Dimension E520


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 4.1/5 for other Desktops on

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

This summary is based on the products: 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)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)

Jun, 2018

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 (toptenreviews.com_old)

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.

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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

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Easy to Upgrade ”


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

Jan, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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

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the best for my


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 range of activities. Still, the E520 is not for gamers. Its nVidia...

Mar, 2010

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i love my dell! ”


I bought a new computer 3 years ago and now i know i bought the best.I have never had a problem and it is fast! thanks dell!

Mar, 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