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Lenovo ThinkPad E520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 264 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad E520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the durability and portability are overall positive. The usability and price are also appreciated. There are some less positive opinions about the sound, and there are some mixed views about the energy efficiency.

performance, price, usability, portability, durability


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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad E520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad E520 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 really like the performance and portability. The durability and price also get good comments, but there are some mixed comments about the energy efficiency.

usability, price, durability, portability, performance

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

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E520 1143K9G Intel ® 2300 MHz 320 GB Intel ® HD Graphics 3000Lenovo Thinkpad EDGE E520 1143K9G Intel ® 2300 MHz 320 GB Intel ® HD Graphics 3000

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad E520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad E520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the screen and portability are generally positive. The price and usability are also appreciated, but the touchpad and image quality get mixed opinions. Many are less positive about the reliability.

performance, usability, price, portability, screen


85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: (

Review Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E520 Notebook


The Golden Balance? The Chinese notebook manufacturer, Lenovo, aims its new Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 at "Small-and-Medium-sized-Businesses" (SMB) as well as areas like "Small Office and Home Office" (SOHO). The new model entices buyers with its...

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, The well-sized keyboard with numeric pad and the offered...

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, A longer guarantee period, more accessories in...

Sep, 2011

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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 Review


The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 is a 15” screen business laptop that offers the latest range of Intel Core i3 to Core i7 processors and starts at $549 on  The E520 is targeted at budget buyers such as small businesses or students, the...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 review


A portable powerhouse that's as good for work as it is for play

Good office and graphics performance ; Battery life ; Usability ; Features

Ctrl and Fn keys swapped

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (

Lenovo ThinkPad E520 review


The E520's relatively low weight and long battery life make it ideal for travellers, but its dull screen and lack of 3D power means that the E520's all work and no play

Feb, 2012


Expert review by: (

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 review


Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge range of mid-range laptops might mainly target business customers, but that's no reason to write them off – the good-value E520 combines the power of Intel's Core i5 processor and a discrete 3D graphics chipset.

A great all-round laptop that works for both home and business – if you can look beyond the average screen, there’s plenty here for your money

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Tom Morgan (

Lenovo ThinkPad E520 review


Dedicated graphics cards are the exception, rather than the rule, for most business laptops. Tom Morgan goes hands on with Lenovo's latest ThinkPad Edge, to see if its AMD Radeon GPU is a perfect accompaniment, or more of a third wheel.

The dedicated graphics card adds to its price and won’t be necessary for a lot of people, but the ThinkPad Edge E520 is still a very well-rounded laptop that costs less than you might think for its specification.

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (



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


Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (

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

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: (

Good product


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

May, 2012

Consumer review by: MCA (

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...

May, 2012

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1 / 1.3


Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business


Display Surface:Matt
HD type:HD / No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / L3, L2 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:52220 / 52224 / 52229 / 53434 / 53438 / 53450 / 53452 / 53464 / 55626 / 55627 / 59570 / 59836 / B960
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023)


Password protection: Yes