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Lenovo ThinkPad W520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and design. The keyboard and performance also get good reviews, but the sound and touchpad get negative views. Reviews are divided on the battery.

screen, performance, keyboard, design, build quality

portability, value for money, energy, touchpad, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad W520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review Lenovo ThinkPad W520 Notebook


Takin' Care of Business. Lenovo ThinkPads of the W series are pu

Case; Keyboard; CPU Performance; Graphics Rendering; Video Decoding; ISV Certification; High-Contrast Display with Large Color Space; Variety of Features; Performance of Ports; Long Battery Life under Light Use; Accessories and Upgrade Options; Variety...

Battery Life under Heavy Use; Access to Hardware Inside; Reduced Performance on Battery Power; High Price; System Noise; Relatively Heavy; Large, Heavy Power Supply

The few alternatives that exist would include the Fujitsu Workstation Celsius H710 with updated hardware and the upcoming new line of Dell Precisions (mid May) and HP EliteBooks (mid June). A less expensive option would be the previous generation of...

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Lenovo ThinkPad W520 Review


The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 is Lenovo's upgrade to the W510 mobile workstation notebook. This 15.6-inch notebook is powered by up to an Intel Core i7-2920XM processor and equipped with up to a discrete NVIDIA Quadro 2000M GPU, switchable to Intel HD...

Excellent all-around performance ; Beautiful 95% color gamut FHD display ; Solid build quality ; Comfortable keyboard with great tactile feedback

Collects dust and grease easily ; Below par audio quality ; Expensive for some configurations and options

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Lenovo ThinkPad W520


The ThinkPad W520 is an ultra-powerful mobile workstation with a full HD screen and more than 9 hours of battery life.

The ThinkPad W520 provides really strong workstation-level performance in a portable 6.2-pound package with amazing battery life, a gorgeous screen, and the industry's best keyboard. However, the $2,969 configuration we reviewed is pretty pricey for a...


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Review: The Lenovo ThinkPad W520


The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 came to the CRN Test Center lab as the highest-performing notebook we've ever reviewed.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W520 Review: First Thoughts


What do you turn to when a standard notebook just won't cut it in the performance department? Well you could try lug a desktop around with you... or you could turn to a business-class workstation notebook. Today we take a quick look at the new Lenovo...

To thoroughly test the workstation-class Lenovo ThinkPad W520, we expect the full reviewing process will probably take another week or two until our tests are finished and verified. As we mentioned above, the review will be including workstation-spec...

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The POWER ADAPTER IS LIKE A BRICK... Website says 170W Slim AC Adapter... Its not not not slim.... They say you don't have any other option. You need to have another bag for charger only. Plz. make sure to buy otherwise 15% restocking fee will apply.

Nice laptop

Power Adapter is very UGLY and if it fell at your feet you will be hospitalized. Plus its wire is too short then regular laptops

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Really nice laptop


Overall a great laptop and definitely recommended.

Large HD, great screen (mine is the 1920X1080), good battery life

Scroll does not work well on touchpad, a single touch on the edge does not result in scrolling (using the test program shows that it works, but not in programs) and the double touch scrolling does not consistently work

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Amazon review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad W520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad W520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

performance, screen, keyboard, battery, design

56% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Lenovo ThinkPad W520 427623U 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i7 Extreme i7-2920XM 2.5GHz (427623U)

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Lenovo Does Not Support Customers


Do not purchase from Lenovo unless you have strong internal hardware support staff and a dedicated person to manage communications with Lenovo. If you have issues with CS, press to speak with supervisors and express concern with their process....

This particular model has some good functioning features great for those working with legacy software and hardware. Nice to get Win7Pro as an option

Lenovo Customer Support, particularly on the sales side, is grossly inefficient. None of the people you talk to when calling them with issues has real authority to help you. This can be very frustrating if you are an individual or a small business....

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Awesome W520


This is quite possibly THE standard in laptop workstations. Similar or better performance than the best MacBook Pros, and much more flexible platform.

Excellent build quality ; Extremely powerful for a laptop ; Many add-in options and ports for connectivity ; Ease of service and assembly ; Great battery life ; Outstanding LCD screen

crickets ; Ok, the power brick is a bit large


Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader / 5 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:Full HD / WSXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino vPro / No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Quadro 1000M / QUADRO 2000M


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:QM67 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7 / Core™ i7 Extreme
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2520M / I5-2540M / I7-2620M / I7-2630QM / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / I7-2720QM / I7-2760QM / I7-2820QM / I7-2860QM / I7-2920XM