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Dell Inspiron 1520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1124 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the keyboard and design. The performance and value for money are also appreciated. The touchpad and portability get less positive comments. There are mixed reviews on the energy efficiency and battery.

screen, value for money, performance, design, keyboard

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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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

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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

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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


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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...

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Dell Inspiron 1520


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

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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...

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Amazon review summary for Dell Inspiron 1520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 1520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

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62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

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Great system for a very good price!


I am very, very happy with this system. I wanted a knock-about 15" system with good battery life. The Vostro 1520 is built well enough to last for years. NewEgg strikes again with a superb system for a very good price!!

Very good build quality with a strong base and lid. Battery life of 3+ hours. Bright and evenly-lit LED LCD. Comes with XP SP3 and Vista Business 32 + driver and apps CD. Qualifies for Windows 7 Pro upgrade. Keyboard has no flex and is not a...

I knew this in advance - but it does not have a webcam or built-in microphone. Not a big deal - but Dell Quickset is not available for this system - so no on-screen brightness meter, etc

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DELL Vostro 1520 (464-2008 - 58976P) Intel Core 2 Duo T6670(2.20GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 3GB Memory 250GB HDD Dual layer DVD Burner ... - Retail


Pre-loaded with XP Pro SP3

It's a Dell

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Qaulity check, does DELL do this?


Received delivery today after waiting for around 8 working days for the laptop to arrive. Today on the first day, I find out that on the second startup itself I get a consistent screen flickering. This problem can easily be detected at the time of QC...

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

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.46GHz/1.73GHz/2.1GHz/2.2GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T2310/T2370/T5750/T6570/T6670
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

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