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Acer Aspire 5520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 295 reviews of Acer Aspire 5520. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the design and screen. The usability and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the energy efficiency and touchpad. There are mixed opinions on the sound and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Acer Aspire 5520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Acer Aspire 5520 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the price.


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire 5520-503G16Mi Grey UK Replacement Laptop KeyboardAcer Aspire 5520-503G16Mi Grey UK Replacement Laptop Keyboard

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Acer Aspire 5520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Acer Aspire 5520 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the image quality and screen. The sound and price also get good comments, whereas the touchpad and size get negative reviews.

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59% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire AS5520-5908 15.4" Laptop (1.8 GHz Amd Athlon 64 X 2 Dual Core TK-55 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)Acer Aspire AS5520-5908 15.4" Laptop (1.8 GHz Amd Athlon 64 X 2 Dual Core TK-55 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Geoff Gasior (

DOOM 3 mid-range, low-end, and vintage gfx comparo


WE'VE ALREADY examined DOOM 3's performance on the newest generation of high-end...

DOOM 3 will no doubt drive a wave of hardware upgrades among hard-core gamers who want to enjoy the game at the highest resolutions and detail levels, but it's comforting to know the game is playable on lesser graphics cards. Medium Quality doesn't...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Scott Wasson (

DOOM 3 high-end graphics comparo


DOOM 3 HAS ARRIVED, and it's already turning the PC hardware world on...

Well, we've seen some striking performance differences and practically no substantial variances in image quality between the various cards we've tested in DOOM 3. In HQ mode, DOOM 3 looks spectacular on any of these cards.

Aug, 2004

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Acer Aspire 2930 review


Acer's Aspire impressed us with its specifications and performance. It all comes at a price, though. If you don't need portability, HP's similarly specified 6735s costs almost £100 less.

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I won't really use this laptop for gaming (thats what desktop PCs are for), so I can't really say how well it runs games. It runs simple games like cards and popcap games (peggle, zuma, stuff like that). There is a lot of great hardware in this for the...

An extremely high quality product, as I have come to expect from Acer. Everything runs fast and smooth right out of the box. Has the look and feel of a laptop from a much higher price bracket. I don't usually care for integrated speakers, but the one...

It only comes with trial Microsoft Office so I had to buy a copy. That is to be expected with almost all new laptops and desktops

Jul, 2008

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Pretty good


Gets pretty hot after gaming for a few hours, but with a few lego bricks under the back feet it gets more air. :)

Widescreen, built in webcam, graphics card and the other things mentioned. Pretty good for running Call of duty 4, almost no lag on medium settings

The USB ports on the right side are very annoying (mousing) when all the ones on the left are used up. Of course the HDD had two partitions, but what really grinds my gears is the wireless, I'm dropped quite frequently. With my tower I almost never get...

Apr, 2008

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Excellent! As expected and more!!!


I was also throughly pleased to find out, I also like other users who purchased this laptop, Received a unit with a 512mb 8400m graphics card. This unit also comes pre-overclocked by 8%. the GPU clock default is 400Mhz. And my unit came pre-clocked at...

Has everything I need! Card reader, 160gb hard drive, DL DVD writer, Dual core cpu, dedicated graphics card (instead of the prefab integrated style they usually put in laptops), Plays UT2003 flawlessly, 2gb of memory, XP drivers are available so I...

Bluetooth button but no bluetooth hardware. Not really a con, just very odd to reuse a shell for a particular series and miss a detail like that. usually the manufacturer would relabel the key and give it a new function of some sort ; Thats just weird

Mar, 2008

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Excellent, for the price


The specs are awesome, read them and you'll see what a great deal this machine is. If you don't like vista, get rid of it and install the OS of your choice (OSX86 won't work on this machine, darn shame). Battery life is so, so. I'm very happy with this...

This laptop has awesome specs, it works great but just like any laptop you have to tweak it to get it up to your liking. The display is really sharp, it looks way better than more expensive laptops I've seen. Performance is very good, not great but...

I'm still trying to get used to vista and it's quirks, I know this machine would kill with XP but I already invested too much time adding software, I'm kinda lazy like that. The touchpad as everyone has stated, is extremely sensitive and you can't...

Mar, 2008

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Great laptop


Newegg 3 day standard shipping - I had it in two days.

This laptop has a lot of great features, especially for the price. If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive laptop, definitely consider this model. It's cheap, powerful, and efficient

There were a few issues with this laptop ; Keyboard lag - if you're a fast typer, you may notice some short hang ups before everything is printed to the screen ; Sensitive mouse pad - You can use the Touchpad icon in the system to disable tapping on...

Mar, 2008

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Excellent price, Excellent laptop


A comment I saw very often before buying this was that the keyboard lagged and that the mouse pad was too sensitive especially during typing. Personally I am a programmer and I type at a moderate to fast speed, and I haven't noticed any real problem....

Outstanding hardware specs for the price, unbeatable considering the price range. Excellent set of features included, very very functional laptop. Works perfectly out of the box

I personally dont like all the software that comes installed with a consumer brand computer, but thats a personal preference and i plan on reformatting to linux/vista dual boot anyways

Mar, 2008

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Great Laptop


Newegg is awesome with their low prices and super fast shipping. I ordered this on tuesday and got it thursday!!!

This laptop is blazing fast with the dual core AMD processor and 2GB or RAM. The dedicated VRAM is a nice touch too. The is the nicest laptop I've ever owned, and by far the cheapest I've ever purchased too! Buy this laptop, you can't beat the features...

The touch pas as indicated in other reviews is a bit sensitive. It can get a little jumpy when your finger gets close to the bottom or right side since that is where the scroll is on the pad. It is not a major issue, it just takes some getting used to

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications

Boasting powerful yet affordable AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology, the Aspire 5520 series is ideally suited to any home computing or entertainment environment. Impressive NVIDIA graphics, a 15.4" Acer CrystalBrite widescreen, and ultra-realistic Dolby Surround sound provide alluring audio/video playback, gaming and more. Plus, the Aspire 5520 series presents Acer video conference, an exciting communication solution for face-to-face video chatting from anywhere in the world.


Audio system:Dolby / HD / HD Audio / High Definition Audio / MS-Sound
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery Capacity:4400
Battery life (max):3 / 3.5
Battery performance:4400
Battery recharge time:2.5
Number of battery cells:6 / 8
Run Time (Up To):2.5hour(s)/3hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/512KB


Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display brightness:200 / 220 / 250
Display Diagonal:12.1 / 15.4 / 16
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display response rise/fall:8
Display Surface:Matt
LED backlight: Yes

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:48.8 / 65 / 90
Battery performance:48.8


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.0625 / 0.125 / 0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT / AMD Mobility Radeon HD X2400 XT / AMD Radeon X1250 / Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / NVIDIA GeForce 7000 / NVIDIA GeForce 7000M / NVIDIA GeForce 8400M / NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G / NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS / NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS / NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT / NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS / NVIDIA GeForce Go 7000
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.128 / 0.256 / 0.5 / 0.64 / 0.896 / 1.28 / 1.695 / 1.759


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acer Aspire

Input Device

Type:4-way scroll button / Keyboard / Touchpad


Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard Special Features:12
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal memory:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2 / 4
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout:1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational Conditions

Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 50
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 50

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD
Rewrite Speed:16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Premium
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby / HD / HD Audio / High Definition Audio / MS-Sound
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.4 x 10.8 x 1.69
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:ITU V.92 / V.92
Power Requirements:100 - 240V
Power supply type:100 - 240 V / AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wake-on-Ring ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/b/g/n / 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / IEEE 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N / Y
TV out port:No / S-Video
TV-out:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:48.8 / 65 / 90
Battery performance:48.8


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM965 Express
Clock Speed:1.7GHz/1.8GHz/1.9GHz/2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 12.5 / 13
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GL40 Express / Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM965 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 143
Processor:T3400 / T4200 / T5750 / T5800 / T6400 / T9300 / TK-57 / TL-56 / TL-58 / TL-60 / TL-64
Processor cache:0.512 / 1 / 2 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.062 - 1.150
Processor cores:2
Processor family:AMD Athlon / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel Pentium Mobile / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.16 / 2.2 / 2.56
Processor front side bus:1600 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:T3400 / T4200 / T5750 / T5800 / T6400 / T9300 / TK-57 / TL-56 / TL-58 / TL-60 / TL-64
Processor Number:TK-53/TK-55/TK-57/TL-56/TL-58/TL-60
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T9000 series / Intel Pentium T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium T4000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:mPGA4 / Socket 478 / Socket P
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / M0 / R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 85
Type:Athlon 64 X2/Turion 64 X2 mobile technology

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / N
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:33915 / 33917 / 35581 / 35583 / 37251 / 40479
Processor code:SLA4D / SLAYY / SLB3P / SLB6E / SLGJ4 / SLGJN
Processor package size:35 / 35 x 35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS
Password protection type:BIOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Operating system installed:Linux / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Basic / Windows Vista Home Premium / Windows Vista Ultimate / Windows XP Professional
Trial software:-McAfee Internet Security Suite,\n-Microsoft Works 8.5 + Office Home & Student 2007,\n-CyberLink PowerDirector.


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 160 / 250 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/250GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 7000M

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.5 / 10.8 / 14.4 / 9.02 / 9.06
Height:1.32 / 1.65 / 1.69
Height (front):1.19 / 1.32 / 1.41 / 1.55 / 1.6
Height (rear):1.4 / 1.66 / 1.68 / 1.69 / 1.7 / 1.72
Weight:4.56 / 4.61 / 4.63 / 6.06 / 6.35 / 6.66 / 7.28 / 7.72 / 8.07
Width:10.5 / 10.8 / 12 / 14.2 / 14.4 / 15.2