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Lenovo ThinkPad W520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad W520. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the durability and usability. The reliability and screen also get good feedback. The touchpad and sound get negative comments.

performance, screen, reliability, usability, durability

portability, size, energy, sound, touchpad

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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad W520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the durability and screen. The usability and reliability also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the touchpad and size.

performance, reliability, usability, screen, durability

portability, size, touchpad

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

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkPad W520 427637U 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i7 i7-2720QM 2.2GHzLenovo ThinkPad W520 427639U 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i7 i7-2820QM 2.3GHzLenovo ThinkPad W520 427638U 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i7 i7-2720QM 2.2GHz

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: (

Review Lenovo ThinkPad W520 Notebook


Takin' Care of Business. Lenovo ThinkPads of the W series are pure-bred professional laptops that have earned a reputation for powerful performance, above all in the area of graphics and computation-intensive office tasks. The ThinkPad W520 is the most...

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 same level of performance when on battery power, (at least) the option of a...

May, 2011

Expert review by: Amber Riippa (

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

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 Review


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...

Very strong performance, Bright, full HD screen, Fantastic battery life, Responsive keyboard

Expensive, Muffled sound, Touchpad gestures not smooth, Big power brick

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Edward F. Moltzen (

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.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Kevin OBrien (

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...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (428426M) mobile workstation


The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (428426M) is a 15.6in workstation laptop that's designed for users who want fast performance for graphics, video, design or p...

Excellent screen quality ; Chassis is very sturdy ; Good performance

Touchpad could be better ; Lid could be more rugged ; Only 1-year warranty as standard

The ThinkPad W520 isn't a typical laptop. It should only be considered if you're a professional in need of a strongly-built and well-performing laptop that can help you get your work done efficiently. It's not perfect, but it has stacks of features and...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (428426M) review: A semi-rugged laptop that's designed for professionals


The ThinkPad W520 isn't a typical laptop. It should only be considered if you're a professional in need of a strongly-built and well-performing laptop that can help you get your work done efficiently. It's not perfect, but it has stacks of features and...

Excellent screen quality, Chassis is very sturdy, Good performance

Touchpad could be better, Lid could be more rugged, Only 1-year warranty as standard

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (

Received with bad battery


looks ok, so far working fine

Received with worn out battery. Ran power config, only charges to 32%. I did not expect this to be an issue

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: vmw (

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....

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: RickB (

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

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
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
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD / WSXGA

General Features

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


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 ® / 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