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Lenovo ThinkPad W520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad W520. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the durability and usability are generally positive. The reliability and screen are also appreciated, but the touchpad and sound get critical comments. There are some mixed opinions about the price.

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad W520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad W520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Views about the durability and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and reliability also get good comments, whereas many are less positive about the touchpad and size.

performance, reliability, usability, screen, durability

portability, size, touchpad

50% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

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: Joe Osborne (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W520

 

A 15.6-inch laptop for business users, the Lenovo ThinkPad W520 offers a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-2620M processor, dedicated Nvidia graphics and a 720p HD webcam.

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Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Amber Riippa (NotebookReview.com)

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 (laptopmag.com)

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 (crn.com)

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 (storagereview.com)

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 (goodgearguide.com.au)

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 (428426M) mobile workstation

 

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

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...

May, 2011

Expert review by: What Laptop (techradar.com)

Lenovo W520 review

 

A powerful, feature-rich business machine with a Full-HD screen

Great performance ; Bright Full HD screen ; Excellent keyboard ; Good features

Battery life ; Mobility

May, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

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 (newegg.com)

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
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio:Mute Button, Speakers (integrated)
Audio included:Mute Button, Speakers (integrated)
Audio system:Conexant 20672 / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Audio system direct 3D sound: No
Audio system full duplex:No / Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: / Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers: / 2
Speaker Power:1 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:94
Battery capacity (Watt hours):94
Battery life (max):10.7 / 10.8 / 5.2 / 6 / 7.2 / 8.9 / 9
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:10.8
Number of battery cells:4 / 6 / 9

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Certification:CE, FCC / EPEAT Gold / ISV
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor: / Clamshell
Housing material:Plastic
Intel segment tagging:Professional
Product type:Mobile workstation / Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:500GB SATA/ 7200

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1 / 500:1
Display brightness:220 / 250 / 270 / 350
Display Diagonal:13.3 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080
Display surface:Matt
Full HD:No / Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:170 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / NVIDIA Quadro 1000M / NVIDIA Quadro 2000M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.002 / 2.048
Maximum Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1200 / 2560 x 1600
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:500GB SATA/ 7200

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / German
Keyboard Layout:Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:89
Keyboard type:7-row with Trackpoint / Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Touchpad + Pointing Stick
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 4 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 4 x 2
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available): / 1 / 2 / 3

Networking

3G:No / Yes
4G:N / Y
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, WWAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n
WWAN: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85 / 8 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 85 / 8 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:CD-RW/DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Other Features

Access Time:150
Audio system:Conexant 20672 / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Battery Type:9 Cell Lithium-Ion
Compatible operating systems:Ovi Suite\nOvi Sync\nOvi Store\nConverter\nSize converter\nWeb Search\nCountdown timer\nStopwatch\nWorld clock\nMy Nokia\nNokia OSS internet browser / Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Display:LCD / TFT
Drive bays:Ultrabay Enhanced / x
Energy saving functions:Battery Power Status Display, EasyEject Utility, Hibernation mode, Power management mode, Presentation Director, Standby mode, Suspend mode
Energy saving functions::Battery Power Status Display, EasyEject Utility, Hibernation mode, Power management mode, Presentation Director, Standby mode, Suspend mode
Ethernet interface type:Fast, Gigabit / Gigabit
External display:N / x / Y
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Indication light: / Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Internal modem:No / Yes
LAN controller:Intel 82579LM
Manageability features:Client Security Solution, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Active Protection System, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery
Memory description:4 GB / 16 GB / 8 GB / 16 GB
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:56K V.92 designed modem / V.92 / x
Number of products included:1
Number of Speakers:2
NVIDIA Optimus technology: Yes
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Plug and Play: / Yes
Power Requirements:100/240 V
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Security chip:TPM 1.2 Compliant Security Chip
Security Features:Client Security Solution, Hard disk drive password, Power-on password, Security lock slot, Supervisor password\nFingerprint Reader
Total (available) slots & bays:5(2) x 1(1) / 5(3) x 1(1)
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Volume Control: / Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Warranty:Three year / Three year, Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year) / Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year), Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year)
Warranty note:Three year / Three year, Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year) / Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year), Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year)
Weight:3.11-3.11 / 5.95 / 6.08 / 6.48 / 6.5 / 6.86
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/g/n / Wi-Fi

Other features

Worldwide AC compatibility:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N / No
Line-in:No / Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N / No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB port:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:170 / 90
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express / Intel QM67 Express / Intel QS57 Express
Compatible processor series:Core i7
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
L2 cache:1 / 6 / 8
L3 cache:6 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express / Intel QM67 Express / Intel QS57 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2520M / I5-2540M / i7-2620M / i7-2620QM / I7-2630QM / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / i7-2720QM / i7-2760QM / I7-2820QM / i7-2860QM / i7-2920XM / i7-2960XM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.30 / 3.4 / 3.40 / 3.5 / 3.50 / 3.6 / 3.60 / 3.7
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8
Processor front side bus:1333 / 1600
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer: / Intel
Processor model:I5-2520M / I5-2540M / i7-2620M / i7-2620QM / I7-2630QM / I7-2640M / I7-2670QM / i7-2720QM / i7-2760QM / I7-2820QM / i7-2860QM / i7-2920XM / i7-2960XM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2800 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2900 Mobile Extreme Edition series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1224 / PGA988 / Socket 1224 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45 / 55
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2,0 / 2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:50067 / 50072 / 52219 / 52227 / 52229 / 52231 / 52237 / 53464 / 53470 / 53474 / 53476 / 53478
Processor code:SR00U / SR00W / SR02E / SR02Q / SR02R / SR02S / SR02Y / SR03R / SR041 / SR046 / SR048
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, User / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, User / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security / Norton Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / ms pro, sd, sdhc, sdxc
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 160
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 160 / 250 / 320 / 50 / 500

Technical Details

BIOS type:
Cover material:
Floppy drive installed:
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Supported hard disk drive interfaces:

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:27.2
Depth:10.6 / 9.09 / 9.65
Depth (imperial):9.65
Height:1.4
Height (front):0.65 / 1.24 / 1.25 / 1.29 / 1.3
Height (front) (imperial):1.25 / 1.26 / 1.29
Height (imperial):1.41
Height (rear):0.839 / 1.01 / 1.4 / 1.41 / 1.44 / 1.46
Height (rear) (imperial):1.4 / 1.41 / 1.44
Weight:3.73 / 5.4 / 5.75 / 5.95 / 6.08 / 6.28 / 6.48 / 6.5 / 6.86
Width:10.7 / 13.3 / 14.7
Width (imperial):14.7