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Lenovo IdeaCentre 520

Lenovo IdeaCentre 520
alaScore 94

34 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Lenovo IdeaCentre 520. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the price and usability.

reliability, usability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Lenovo IdeaCentre 520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Elliott (

Lenovo IdeaCentre 520 AIO (27-Inch)


The 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre 520 AIO boasts an attractive design and many modern amenities, but the nonstop whoosh of its cooling fan dampens our enthusiasm.

Sleek design. Sharp and responsive 1440p touch display. Strong Core i7 performance.

Constantly whirring cooling fan. Hard-to-reach ports and slots. Next to impossible to access interior.

Bottom Line: The 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre 520 AIO boasts an attractive design and many modern amenities, but the nonstop whoosh of its cooling fan dampens our enthusiasm.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Kyle Funk (

Lenovo ideacentre 520 AIO 27" review: An updated AIO with good specs


The Lenovo ideacentre 520 27" is a nice update in the AIO form factor. A small update from last year and a slight feature improvement. Keep reading to check out how it performed during our time with the AIO.

Nice sleek color ; Simple design ; Pop-up webcam ; Display

Pricing is a little too high ; Speakers are slightly lacking

If the price isn’t an issue and you’re in need of a new PC and don’t want to buy a tower and a monitor, then you should definitely get this guy. The color itself is nice and will handle just about anything you throw at it, especially if you’re going to...

Mar, 2018

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Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520 24 (AMD) review

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This AIO has many of the hallmarks of a premium computer without the premium price, but features a more unfamiliar AMD processor. Is buying this PC a shrewd decision or a risk not work taking? Our in-depth tests reveal all, so read our full review to...

Feb, 2018

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Lenovo PC


"This is my third Lenovo PC.Excellent product as always, very easy straight forward set up. Crystal clear screen on all subjects. Well worth the money."

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (

lenova all in one


"I love the lenova because of the 27in screen I did have the smaller touch screen one but upgraded to this and gave the small one to my grandson as he is disabled and loves the touch screen that I never used I am realy pleased with it as far as I am...

Aug, 2018

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Its a computer


This is a medium fast all in one computer. It has a small footprint & for privacy the camera & mic can be hidden within the body. The DVD player is quite flimsy so extra care needed when inserting a disc.. But the real problem is the noise generated...

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (

Its a computer


This is a medium fast all in one computer. It has a small footprint & for privacy the camera & mic can be hidden within the body. The DVD player is quite flimsy so extra care needed when inserting a disc.. But the real problem is the noise generated...

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (

Problems, only three months in.


Bought for a Christmas present, we are now in March - only three months later - and the computer is constantly switching itself off. Conveniently outside the 28 day return period

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (

Pile of rubbish


If you like a continuous whine from a fan then this is the computer for you. Stay clear as sounds like a helicopter coming in to land.

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (

Very good great features and good quality plus thin bezels


Brought a week ago fast and easy to use touch screen pc

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Built-in Microphone:Y
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:3 / 6


Energy Star certified:Y
RoHS compliance:Y


Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Color of product:Black / Silver
Product color:Black / Silver


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Detachable display:N
Display brightness:250 / 350
Display Diagonal:21.5 / 23.8 / 27
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
HD type:Full HD / QHD / Quad HD
LED backlight:Y
Panel type:IPS / LCD
Screen shape:Flat
Tilt angle range:-5 - 25
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 530 / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32 / 64
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon R5
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5906 / 0x5912 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon R3 / AMD Radeon R5 / Intel HD Graphics 610 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:12 / 16 / 8
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:DIMM/SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2
Memory slots type:DIMM / SO-DIMM


Built-in camera:Y
TV tuner integrated:N


Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Keyboard language:German
Keyboard supplied:Y
Mouse included:N / Y


Pen included:N


Placement supported:Vertical
Product type:All-in-One PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / Y
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:150 / 90
Autonomy mode:N


64-bit computing:Y
Bus type:DMI3 / Opi
Configurable TDP-down frequency:1200
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual / Single
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,2133,2400 / 1600,1866,2133 / 2133
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.5 / 3 / 3.4 / 3.6
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SSSR2UW / SSSR332
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / AMD A / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.6 / 2.00 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 3
Processor lithography:14 / 28
Processor model:4415U / A4-9120 / A9-9420 / i3-6006U / i5-7400T / i5-8250U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i3-6000 Mobile Processor Series / Intel Core i5-7400 Desktop Series
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / LGA 1151 (Socket H4)
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:B0 / D1
System bus rate:4 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 80

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready:Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:91157 / 96508 / 97184
Processor package size:37.5 x 37.5 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AES / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015A


Bundled software:Microsoft Office 2016\nLenovo ID\nLenovo Settings\nLenovo Application Explorer \nUser Guide\nLenovo Family Cloud
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 10 Home
Operating system language:Italian
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe


Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 1128 / 1256 / 2000 / 2128 / 2256 / 256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:15.3 / 16.4 / 18.7 / 2.52 / 8.35
Depth (without stand):2.26
Height:16.4 / 18.7 / 2.24 / 2.26 / 2.52
Height (without stand):13.6
Weight:12.5 / 13.6 / 19.5
Width:19.3 / 21.3 / 24.2
Width (without stand):21.3