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Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s

Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s
alaScore 85

103 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 reviews of Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the design and size are generally positive. The price and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of Lenovo IdeaCentre H520s from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on People are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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This summary is based on the products: Lenovo H520s DesktopLenovo H520s Desktop

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Ahmer Kazi (

Lenovo H520s


The Lenovo H520s desktop PC combines decent performance and value into a compact chassis.

Slim, space-saving chassis. Affordable. Minimal bloatware. Integrated Wi-Fi.

No USB 3.0. Older "Sandy Bridge" processor.

More desktop reviews:• Acer Aspire Z3 (AZ3-715-UR15)• Origin Neuron• Dell OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One• Microsoft Surface Studio• Corsair One Pro• more

Oct, 2012


Expert review by : Brad Chacos (

Lenovo H520s


Few manufacturers bring as much business-focused clout to the table as Lenovo and its legendary black boxes, but the company's no-frills Essentials series doesn't receive nearly as much attention as Lenovo's marquee ThinkCentre desktops or ThinkPad...

Strong performance for the price ; Small form factor ; Attractive, unobtrusive design ; Little bloatware

Previous-generation processor and USB ports ; Basic warranty ; Uncomfortable keyboard ; Limited expansion options

It might not sport the most cutting-edge technology, but the H520s offers a lot of power for small businesses on a small budget.

Oct, 2012

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Works fine initially but not reliable in my experience


It was working as expected. Lot of storage space, good connectivity with the included wireless, etc. I mean there is nothing really much to say here. It's not blazing fast or anything, you can tell from the specs. Windows 8 was a little annoying but...

After about... 8 months of usage the computer would freeze and often I would boot to a screen saying no OS found. I would notice before freezing the hard drive activity led would cease blinking and I figured it was a hard drive failure. It took like 4...

Oct, 2014

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Card reader does not work


The card reader does not recognize any hcsd card. I have tried several brands and no luck. I have re installed the drivers but no luck. The lenovo web site every time want to call my computer a thinkpad. I enter in the model number H520S slim desk top...

Slim and fairly attractive

Built in card reader does not work. Lenovo web site is difficult to navigate. You enter in your computer model but the next page dumps it. Poor on line support

Oct, 2013

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Small foot print allowed me to install it off the desk top and still conveniently handy. Very fast setup without much bloat-ware. VERY fast performance and most importantly - VERY quiet. I second the use of the Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. The...

Jun, 2013

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Excellent for $399


Great powerful quad core machine for this price. nice slick keyboard and mouse. All in one system, great portable desktop

none yet

Jun, 2013

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Great Price, Decent Machine


I purchased this for my sister who uses it to work from home. She has been very happy with it.

Apr, 2013

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Apr, 2013

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Great for a HTPC!


I purchased this to be used as the mainframe for our home theater pc, windows 8 took a bit to get used to but we really like it overall. The startup is super quick, almost like an apple device and coupled with the logitech wireless keyboard and mouse,...

Apr, 2013

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Nice for HTPC


This is about as small as a PC can get and still have a reasonable amount of room in the case for a few minor upgrades. Nice size for the HTPC, if you add a wireless keyboard.

Small size, much smaller than a mid tower, enough power with an i5 processor, Windows 7 and 4GB RAM for a HTPC. Great price for an i5, on sale

None for me. If you want to play serious games, you will need a video card

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes


Chassis type:Desktop / SFF
Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Metallic / Black, Silver / Black, Stainless Steel / Silver / Stainless Steel
Number of 3.5" bays:1 / 2
Number of 5.25" bays:1
Placement supported:Horizontal/Vertical / Vertical
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:180 / 240 / 280
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x1 slots:1
PCI Express x16 slots:1


Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 2048
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7450 / AMD Radeon HD 8570 / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650 / 850
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102 / 0x152 / 0x162
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 2000 / Intel HD Graphics 2500 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / No


Internal memory:2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x DIMM


Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM / DVD-RW / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Cooling type:Active
Copper ethernet cabling technology:1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-TX, 100BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.13 x 14.2 x 12
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Mac compatibility: No
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Processor Manufacturer:Intel

Packaging Content

Display Diagonal:18.5
Display included:No / Yes
Display Type:LCD / LED
Drivers included: Yes
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included:N / Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Audio output channels:5.1
Audio system:HD / HDA
Chipset:Intel H61 / Intel H61 Express
Motherboard chipset:Intel H61 / Intel H61 Express
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power supply:180 / 240 / 280
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):24 / 25 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 33 / 34
ECC supported by processor:N / Y
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17 / 21 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066 / 1066,1333 / 1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM,DDR3L-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:2020M / G2020 / G2030 / G540 / G630 / G640 / G645 / i3-2120 / i3-2130 / i3-3220 / i3-3240 / i5-2320 / i5-3330 / i5-3350P / i5-3550P / i7-3770
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.3 / 3.9
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Pentium G / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.5 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.4
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor model:2020M / G2020 / G2030 / G540 / G630 / G640 / G645 / i3-2120 / i3-2130 / i3-3220 / i3-3240 / i5-2320 / i5-3330 / i5-3350P / i5-3550P / i7-3770
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i3-2100 Desktop series / Intel Core i3-3200 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-3300 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3700 Desktop series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium G2000 series for Desktop / Intel Pentium G600 series for Desktop
Processor socket:PGA988 / Socket H2 (LGA 1155)
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / E1 / L1 / P0 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Tcase:65.3 / 67.4 / 69.1 / 72.6
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 55 / 65 / 69 / 77 / 95
Tjunction:105 / 90

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:N
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:53416 / 53426 / 53428 / 53446 / 53483 / 53486 / 65509 / 65690 / 65693 / 65719 / 69114 / 69116 / 71070 / 71142 / 74749
Processor code:SR02L / SR059 / SR05J / SR05S / SR05W / SR0RS / SR0U1 / SR10H / SR163
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
Thermal solution specification:2011C / 2011D / PCG 2011С


Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MicroDrive, MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 500

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions