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Lenovo ThinkPad E520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality and keyboard. The screen and performance are also appreciated. Comments about the reliability and resolution are different, while there are some less positive comments about the sound.

value for money, performance, screen, keyboard, build quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad E520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 247 reviews)

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Review Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520 Notebook


The Golden Balance? The Chinese notebook manufacturer, Lenovo, ai

Acceptable connectivity; Well-sized chiclet keyboard; Separate numeric pad; Matt 15.6 inch screen; Amazing Office performance; Quiet when idle; Good battery life and low power consumption

No USB 3.0 or Docking-Port; Battery sits loosly; Standard warranty lasts 12 months; Average display values; DVD drive is loud when in use; High temperature emissions under load; Average stereo speakers

From Lenovo: the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15 and L520. Laptops from other manufacturers include: HP ProBook 6560b, Samsung 200B5B, Toshiba Tecra R850 and Dell Vostro 3550 Notebook.

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A good laptop for work


For the price (under $600) this is a great laptop for work. The cpu is plenty fast for the business programs I use (PPT, Word, spreadsheets). The screen is not super high res, but it's got a matte finish that I love and it seems very clear and crisp...

i3 CPU is plenty fast for most programs ; beautiful keyboard, with no flex and good side number pad ; nice matte screen ; includes single 4 gb ram chip; easy to upgrade to 8 gigs ; nice faux rubber finish ; seems well built, esp. hinges ; light enough...

strange placement of Ctrl and Delete keys ; IBM red nipple doesn't work well ; average battery

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Amazon review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad E520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad E520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

performance, value for money, usability, keyboard, build quality

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 1143 - Core i3 2.1 GHz - 15.6 - 4 GB Ram - 320 GB HDD


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We use Lenovo for a lot of our laptops and they perform very well, This laptop was no exception. We purchased this, took out the slow HDD and dropped in a SSD and this thing FLYS! Can't go wrong with this one!

Reliability, speed, price


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Not so good


Buy something else.

Worked for four months

Died after four months, won't power on. Looking around the web I read stories about bad configuration memory. Wife not happy. Not worth the hassle to get "fixed", trash canned it after removing the hd and memory - no more Lenovo for me

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Good product


I like the weight and quality of the product. Runs great.

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Durable, Fast, Sleek


In a way, this is a lesser version of the Thinkpad T series, but it still offers all of the features and qualities that Thinkpads are known for.

After a solid month of tedious laptop searching (online and in stores), I came to the conclusion that this laptop is one of the best you can find right now in its price category. It has a large anti-glare screen, incredibly comfortable keyboard, well...

The delete key, for some reason or another, is the same size as the keys surrounding it. Basically, this means you'll have to look for it every time you want to press it ; The battery feels loose. It isn't lose, and I've had no connection problems, but...

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Happy with the overall performance


Bought this computer 2 months ago, the first few days was acting weird and slow and was going to return it. Once I erase the anti virus it came with, it started working flawlessly. It has been a great experience so far and don't have any complains. It...

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Well designed Durable


This is no laptop for the average consumer, this is a Bussines class model, no frills no extended features, it's plain, simple and durable it's a laptop for grown ups. Also I suggest to order an additional 4gb DDR 1333 module for Dual channel 8GB RAM....

Quite a nifty contraption I must say. Durable components, well designed, all internals are accessible via bottom cover, eraser type mouse, HD webcam, non glossy strong plastic with a metal frame, well designed cooling, Intel HD 3000 graphics light...

Ad ware, Google crome, Utilities ; Just Format, re-install, and update

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Laptop w\/ great features for your buck.


Laptop has great features but lacks one standard feature on similar laptops, Status LED lights.

Comfortable Keyboard","Fast","Powerful","Quality Display","Quiet

No status LED lights

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader / 7 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader / Single Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Professional


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD GPU / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 2000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Radeon HD6630M


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM55 / HM65 / QM65 / Unknown
Processor:Celeron / CORE I3 / CORE I5 / Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:B800 / B810 / B940 / B960 / I3-2310M / I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M