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Dell Latitude D520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Dell Latitude D520. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the battery and portability. The usability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the keyboard and screen.

performance, price, usability, portability, battery

sound, screen, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Dell Latitude D520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Dell Latitude D520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the reliability and battery. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the performance.

usability, price, battery, reliability


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Latitude D520 1.66Ghz/1GB/60GB/Win XP Pro/15" NotebookDell Latitude D520 1.66Ghz/1GB/60GB/Win XP Pro/15" Notebook

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Stephanie Bruzzese (

Dell Latitude D520 review


Dell Latitude D520 The D520 is the latest member of Dell's corporate-focused Latitude line to get a tune-up. Following in the footsteps of the thin-and-light D620 and the midsize D820 , the D520 now features Intel Core Duo processors and a slightly...

Reasonable price; solid mobile performance and battery life; reinforced frame; lots of component choices, including Intel Core Duo processors; onsite service comes standard.

No discrete graphics option; lacks a fingerprint sensor; no built-in WWAN capability.

While the Latitude D520 won't wow you in any one respect, its satisfying combination of speed, battery life, features, and price will serve basic business users well.

May, 2006

Expert review by : ma401 (

Dell Latitude D520 Review (pics, specs)


The Dell Latitude D520 is a standard aspect ratio road-ready business notebook following in the footsteps of Dell's Latitude D510 but sporting an updated processor and sleek new looks. Dell's small business web site states that the Latitude D520 offers...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Laptop Views (

Expert Review


The Dell Latitude D520 laptop PC is powered by 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 with 2-MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB featuring Mobile Intel 965GM Express Chipset, 1024-MB (1-GB) DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM (upto 4 GB max in 2 slots), 120-GB 5400 rpm SATA...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (

Dell Latitude D520


If you're in the market for a well-built, functional and versatile business laptop, you could do worse than the D520. The beauty of the Latitude is in its simplicity – and its low price tag.

Provided you don't want it to double up as an entertainment tool, the Latitude has everything that a good business laptop should have: a good turn of speed, long battery life and high build quality. The price tag should please, too.

Aug, 2006

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laptop is good . but after using it after 2 yrs it has become very slow


When i bought this laptop i thought it would be fast but actually it is very slow. it does not have enough storage and it has not enough RAM. it has 1.5 gb ram

it has good specs and a good operating system

it is very very very slow and the RAM AND ROM are not enough.

Nov, 2016

Consumer review (

Dell D520


Purchased for a friend. Easy set-up and excellent performance. Thanks

All is good

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (

Great for Legacy Purposes


I wanted a cheap laptop for running old software and just playing around with. I put another 2GB of RAM in it and it took 1GB for a total of 3GB. It is worth putting that other cheap GB in it. It had an old xP license on it which dates it pretty well....

Has old goodies like S-Video, VGA, PCMCIA, serial port, 1394, even a phone modem! Runs Windows 7 perfectly. Luckily uses SATA and has USB. Wi-fi G reception is great. Good solid brick of a laptop

It is older technology. I read that it was released over 6 years ago. Trackpad is not tappable. Buttons below it took getting used to but rarely use it anyway

Jun, 2015

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Spare battery with free computer


I bought a tricked out dual core D520 circa 2006, just before Vista came out for about $2600 , it came with a Vista upgrade. I've since upgraded it to Windows 7. It's been a real workhorse of a machine.

Got this for $159, not much more then the price of a spare D series battery ; Windows 7/Vista 64 bit drivers are available from Dell ; The model has only been out of production for about 4 years ; Max 4GB DDR2 memory upgradable and SATA 150 Disk Drive

The one I got had a severe abrasion mark across the upper center of the LCD, once I powered it up, there was also a 1/4 inch around screen imperfection. Lots of dings, scratches and chips. There's no refund on this item and no guarantee a replacement...

Sep, 2012

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Great budget laptop


i got this computer for school. i dont need it to do all the things that i listed as cons. yes it would be nice to have all of those, but so would be getting solid gold toilet. if you want a quick system for the cheap for word processing and a bit...

if you intend to do some upgrades to help with some of the bottleneck issues of this current setup, this laptop is a great steal. Even without the upgrades that i did to it, upon booting up windows xp home, the laptop performed well beyond my...

as i said, if you plan to get this, make sure you are ready to do some upgrades. and these upgrades are a pain. the 2nd dimm slot is located underneath the keyboard. who designed that? the hdd was simple enough, but i noticed as i was disassembling...

Nov, 2011

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Good cheap laptop, but not the most network-friendly


Good price, handles most computing needs admirably.

Has some networking bugs. Support is sketchy.

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

The Latitude D520 was designed and built with the rigors of the road in mind. Every Latitude notebook is stress-tested in extreme conditions to be sure that it can withstand the physical challenges it will meet in the normal course of a business day. These shock and fatigue tests, along with the D520's magnesium-alloy internal frame, steel hinges and patented Dell Strike Zone technology, mean that you get a notebook that is designed to last, no matter how bumpy the road gets. Dual-core processors allow your D520 to split tasks between two separate processor cores so that they can share the load and get more done in less time. The processors do more work per second, allowing you to run multiple applications with noticeably quicker results.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:15in
Diagonal Size (metric):38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Dell Latitude

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


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


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Optical Storage

Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T5500
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950