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Lenovo Essential H520E

Lenovo Essential H520E
alaScore 88

60 reviews

Jan, 2015

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Lenovo Essential H520E. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the design and price are overall positive, but there are some mixed comments about the size and reliability.

usability, price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo Essential H520E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Lenovo Essential H520E from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and reliability. The price and usability also get good views, but many are less positive about the size.

usability, price, reliability, design


81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo IdeaCentre H520 Desktop (Black)Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s Desktop (Black)Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s Desktop (Black)

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Works fine initially but not reliable in my experience


It was working as expected. Lot of storage space, good connectivity with the included wireless, etc. I mean there is nothing really much to say here. It's not blazing fast or anything, you can tell from the specs. Windows 8 was a little annoying but...

After about... 8 months of usage the computer would freeze and often I would boot to a screen saying no OS found. I would notice before freezing the hard drive activity led would cease blinking and I figured it was a hard drive failure. It took like 4...

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Card reader does not work


The card reader does not recognize any hcsd card. I have tried several brands and no luck. I have re installed the drivers but no luck. The lenovo web site every time want to call my computer a thinkpad. I enter in the model number H520S slim desk top...

Slim and fairly attractive

Built in card reader does not work. Lenovo web site is difficult to navigate. You enter in your computer model but the next page dumps it. Poor on line support


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Nice for HTPC


This is about as small as a PC can get and still have a reasonable amount of room in the case for a few minor upgrades. Nice size for the HTPC, if you add a wireless keyboard.

Small size, much smaller than a mid tower, enough power with an i5 processor, Windows 7 and 4GB RAM for a HTPC. Great price for an i5, on sale

None for me. If you want to play serious games, you will need a video card

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:6 in 1 Card Reader / 7 in 1 Card Reader / No
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / Not Applicable
True Resolution:Full HD / Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / FreeDOS / MS-DOS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Product Type:AIO / Tower


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEFORCE 605 / GEFORCE GT620 / GEFORCE GT630 / HD GPU / HD GRAPH. 2500 / HD Graphics 2500 / Intel ® HD GPU / Intel ® HD Graphics 2000
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard / OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:H61 / Unknown
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Celeron ® / Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:G1620T CELERON / G2020 / G2030 / G2030T / i3-2120 / I3-3220 / I3-3240 / I3-3240T / I5-2320 / I5-3330 / I5-3350P / I7-3770