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Dell Inspiron 1520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 583 reviews of Dell Inspiron 1520. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and price. The usability and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews about the energy efficiency and battery are mixed. Some have doubts about the touchpad and portability.

performance, screen, usability, price, design

portability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Inspiron 1520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 1520 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 Reviewers are impressed by the usability and keyboard. The performance and reliability are also appreciated.

reliability, performance, keyboard, usability

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

This summary is based on the products: Dell Vostro 1200 White UK Replacement Laptop KeyboardDell Vostro 1200 White UK Replacement Laptop Keyboard

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Dell Inspiron 1520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Dell Inspiron 1520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the performance and price, whereas reviews are divided on the size.

screen, price, performance

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

This summary is based on the products: Dell Vostro 1520 15.4-Inch Widescreen LaptopDell Vostro 1520 15.4-Inch Widescreen Laptop

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Martina Osztovits (

Review Dell Vostro 1520 Notebook


Reasonably priced and customizable. If you?re searching for a rea ...

Classic timeless design ; Matt screen ; Good keyboard and touchpad ; Pleasant matt finish on the base unit ; Very customizable ; Recovery media included ; Good performance for the price ; Access panels allow maintenance and upgrades

Some useful ports have been omitted ; Customizing quickly drives up the price ; Tendency to overheat (touchpad gets quite warm)

Almost all major laptop manufacturers have a range of reasonably priced business models, for instance HP's Probook range, Lenovo's Thinkpad SL range or Acer's Extensa range

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell Vostro 1400 Notebook


Vostro mobile edition. The small brother of the Vostro 1500 tries

Simple and discreet design; Very robust and stable aluminum chassis; Comfortable handling; Dim surface display with good brightness capable of outdoor usage; Higher resolution display available (WXGA+); Low noise level; Long battery life even with the...

The color and viewing angle of the WXGA display failes to impress; No HDMI and docking port

Nov, 2007

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook


Topseller? Late, but, finally we got the new 15 inch Inspiron 152

Decent pleasing design ; Very stable and fexural rigid aluminum case ; User-friendly input devices ; Variety of display versions available ; Reasonable office or powerful mutlimedia equipment available ; Low noise emissions ; Low surface temperatures ;...

Smaller weaknesses regarding gaps ; Display hinges allow see-saw, display wobbles, if closed ; No DVI-D/HDMI port ; Mostly glossy displays available

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: hazel_motes (

Dell Inspiron 1520 Review


These prices reflect no special discounts or coupons, just today's standard upgrades and reductions, which are plainly available to anyone who orders a 1520 today. In any case, at the high end particularly, these prices strike me as very competitive,...

Excellent performance with the right configuration ; Solid, inexpensive multimedia notebook with more basic hardware ; Good screen ; Wide variety of LCD resolutions, configurable by user ; Well built ; Nice appearance, with user-selectable colors ;...

Dual LCD latch does not hold as firmly as it should ; Window XP is not an option (though it is with the Vostro 1500)

There are so many positives, including the overall build quality, and so much flexibility in terms of configuration, the 1520 would seem to make a lot of sense for a wide range of notebook users, and a little bit of latch looseness should not be a...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

Dell Inspiron 1520 Review


Featuring a fresh new design, solid performance, and free online backup, Dell's latest mainstream notebook is a winner.

Modern design with multiple color options, Useful DataSafe backup utility, Mobile broadband option, Good endurance with nine-cell battery

A bit heavy, Speakers lack high volume, No HDMI port for optional Blu-ray drive

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: Stella (

Dell Inspiron 1520 User Review


My final cost was $1,640.55. I chose not to include internal Bluetooth or Bluray, but they are offered as options in most markets. I placed the order over the phone as I have found that is the best way to ensure a quick confirmation. Of course, the...

Gorgeous design ; Great specs ; Low cost ; Solid build

Confusing and complicated to order at the best possible price ; Larger and heavier than some other laptops in its class ; Flimsy latch ; Unattractive media buttons detract from overall appearance ; Silver interior may show wear more quickly

Effective battery life under heavy processor load with high performance settings appears to be about three hours with the 9-cell battery. You could probably extend that to four hours or more by disabling wireless, turning down screen brightness, and...

Jul, 2007

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Dell Inspiron 1520


With a bevy of component options and colour choices -- plus a low starting price -- the Dell Inspiron 1520 series looks poised to be a favourite among home users.

Jun, 2007

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Dell Vostro 1520 Review


The Dell Vostro 1520 is sold by Dell as a small business targeted laptop. It has a 15.4″ widescreen display, relatively thin design, and has a black glossy finish.  The Vostro 1520 is an update to the Vostro 1510 laptop released last year by Dell.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Laptop Views (

Expert Review


The Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop is powered by 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5250 and it features 2MB Cache, 667 MHz FSB, Intel 965GM Chipset motherboard, 1024-MB DDR2 SDRAM (upgrdable to 2-GB maximum in 2 slots), 80-GB SATA 5400rpm hard drive and...

May, 2009

Expert review by: (

Dell Inspiron 1520 Review


The Dell Inspiron 1520 is a 15.4″ screen mainstream multimedia notebook that competes head-on with the likes of the HP dv6500t and Sony VAIO FZ. Dell has always been known for its direct to order model and ability to configure to your hearts delight,...

Jul, 2007

Product Specifications

Designed specifically to meet the unique needs and requirements of small businesses, Vostro laptops give you the freedom to buy exactly what you need in a small business laptop. The Vostro 1520 15.4" laptop is packed with some of the latest technologies, connectivity options all at a great price - so you can achieve more while spending less. With Vostro laptops, you can get the big business technologies without the big business price. Customize to your heart's content. The Vostro 1520 gives you load of choices - pick features that mean the most to you, whether a premium panel, mobile broadband or a solid state drive.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB


Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1 / 1.3

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Matt
HD type: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800/1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Bronze


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x1616 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3200 x 2000 / 3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):2560 x 1600 / 3200 x 2000
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub) / Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Inspiron/Dell Vostro

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:533MHz/667MHz/800MHz


Color:Alpine white/Black/Jet black/Midnight blue


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem/None


4G: No
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Home Basic
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.46GHz/1.73GHz/2.1GHz/2.2GHz/2GHz
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 10 / 12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Penryn / Sandy Bridge
Processor Number:T2310/T2370/T5750/T6570/T6670
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17 / 35
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:1007U / 42109 / 52220 / 53434 / 53438 / 53452 / 71469 / 74259 / 75105 / 75191 / 85212 / 85214
Processor package size:31 / 35 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023) / 40


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Operating System Language:POR


Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD/Intel GMA X3100/Intel GMA X4500MHD