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Dell Inspiron 1520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 583 reviews of Dell Inspiron 1520. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and price. The usability and screen also get good opinions. There are some critical reviews about the touchpad and portability, while views about the energy efficiency and battery are different.

performance, screen, usability, price, design

portability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Dell Inspiron 1520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Dell Inspiron 1520 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the usability and keyboard. The performance and reliability are also mentioned favorably.

reliability, performance, keyboard, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: DELL Inspiron 1520 Blue Core 2 Duo T7250 2 GHz, 2048 Gb, 250 Gb 15.4 ", DVD±RW Qwerty, Vista Home Premium EnglishDELL Inspiron 1520 Blue Core 2 Duo T7250 2 GHz, 2048 Gb, 250 Gb 15.4 ", DVD±RW Qwerty, Vista Home Premium English

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Dell Inspiron 1520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Dell Inspiron 1520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the performance. The screen also gets good feedback. There are some mixed views about the size.

screen, performance

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Vostro 1520 15.4-Inch Widescreen LaptopDell Vostro 1520 15.4-Inch Widescreen Laptop

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Dell Inspiron 1520


Dell has updated its Inspiron range of consumer notebooks, but has it done enough to stamp its authority on the marketplace?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : staff (

Dell Inspiron 1520 review


Decent value for a well built consumer laptop

Improved build ; Powerful


A solid and reliable machine with a choice of coloured lids, all at a great price

Aug, 2007


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Dell Inspiron 1520 review


The Inspiron is the heaviest notebook in this group at just over 3kg, so it's not difficult to transport.

Dell's Inspiron 1520 produced the best 3D performance of any notebook in this group, but it's quite heavy. If you want a notebook that's powerful enough to play the latest games, the Inspiron 1520 is the one to get. We wish it wasn't so heavy and that...

Sep, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The new Dell Inspiron is a very nice choice if you're after a powerful and stylish notebook. We were impressed by just about every aspect of its performance and the new look gives it a touch of flare to boot.

Draft-N Wi-Fi, Battery Performance, Dell Media Direct, Powerful components

Light leakage from screen, No gigabit Ethernet

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Dell Vostro 1520 notebook


This 15.4in Dell laptop has built-in 3G connectivity

Built-in 3G modem, good performance, relatively light, good battery life

Doesn't have a digital video output port, we couldn't connect to the 3G network in our area

Dell's Vostro 1520 is a 15.4in notebook with a 9-cell battery, yet it weighs a reasonable 2.7kg. With a built-in 3G modem and a powerful CPU, it's a great workhorse for the business user who wants a mid-sized notebook that's comfortable to work on.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Michelle Thatcher (

Dell Inspiron 1520 series


Dell Inspiron 1520

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : Martina Osztovits (

Review Dell Vostro 1520 Notebook


Reasonably priced and customizable. If you?re searching for a rea ...

Classic timeless design ; Matt screen ; Good keyboard and touchpad ; Pleasant matt finish on the base unit ; Very customizable ; Recovery media included ; Good performance for the price ; Access panels allow maintenance and upgrades

Some useful ports have been omitted ; Customizing quickly drives up the price ; Tendency to overheat (touchpad gets quite warm)

Almost all major laptop manufacturers have a range of reasonably priced business models, for instance HP's Probook range, Lenovo's Thinkpad SL range or Acer's Extensa range

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Dell Vostro 1520 notebook


This 15.4in Dell laptop has built-in 3G connectivity

Built-in 3G modem, good performance, relatively light, good battery life

Doesn't have a digital video output port, we couldn't connect to the 3G network in our area

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell Vostro 1400 Notebook


Vostro mobile edition. The small brother of the Vostro 1500 tries

Simple and discreet design; Very robust and stable aluminum chassis; Comfortable handling; Dim surface display with good brightness capable of outdoor usage; Higher resolution display available (WXGA+); Low noise level; Long battery life even with the...

The color and viewing angle of the WXGA display failes to impress; No HDMI and docking port

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook


Topseller? Late, but, finally we got the new 15 inch Inspiron 152

Decent pleasing design ; Very stable and fexural rigid aluminum case ; User-friendly input devices ; Variety of display versions available ; Reasonable office or powerful mutlimedia equipment available ; Low noise emissions ; Low surface temperatures ;...

Smaller weaknesses regarding gaps ; Display hinges allow see-saw, display wobbles, if closed ; No DVI-D/HDMI port ; Mostly glossy displays available

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications


Audio Connections:Line In /Line Out /Mic In
Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Sound Card:Integrated
Speaker power:1.5 / 2
Speakers manufacturer:Waves


Battery Capacity:2200
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48 / 51
Battery life (max):10.5
Battery recharge time:3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:11.4
Number of battery cells:3 / 6


Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1 / 1.3


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver


Bluetooth: No
Built-in 3G: No
FireWire: Yes
HDMI Outputs: None
Memory Card Reader:8-in-1
Network Card: Yes
PC Card Slot: Yes
USB Ports:4
VGA (D-sub):1
WLAN Standard:802.11b/g


Fingerprint Reader: No
Mouse/Click Device:Touchpad


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Charcoal, Silver / Graphite, Red / Graphite, Silver / Red / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black, Graphite, Grey / Black, Silver / Charcoal, Silver / Graphite, Red / Graphite, Silver / Red / Silver
Product Type:Netbook / Notebook


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display brightness:200
Display diagonal:35.6 / 38.1 / 39.1 / 39.6
Display number of colours:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768
Display Surface:N/A
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: No
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Pixel pitch:0.227 x 0.227
Screen Resolution:1280x800
Screen Size:15.4 in
Screen Type:TFT
Touch Screen: No
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:No / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Optical Drive:DVD-RW/CD-RW


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6470M / AMD Radeon HD 7450M / AMD Radeon HD 7670M / Intel GMA X4500MHD / No / NVIDIA GeForce 830M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphic Card Memory Size:N/A
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Graphics Card:Intel GMA X4500HD
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16 / 2
Multiple GPU: No
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300 / 350 / 650
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150 / 1300 / 900 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x1616 / 0x166 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3200 x 2000 / 3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):2560 x 1600 / 3200 x 2000
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5500
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub) / Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


CPU Number:T6670
CPU Speed:2.2 GHz
CPU Type:Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive Size:320 GB
Hard Drive Type:HDD
Internal Memory:3072 MB
Memory Type:DDR2 SDRAM
Platform Technology:N/A


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard language:English / Portuguese
Keyboard number of keys:80
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Dimensions (HxWxD):38.0x357.0x258.0 mm
Weight:2.4 kg
Weight (lb):5.38 lb.


Internal Memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 3.0+HS / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15.2 - 10668
Operating altitude:-15.2 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):20 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW / No

Other features

Audio system:HD / MaxxAudio
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Dimensions (WxDxH):357 x 258 x 26.2
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD, Intel / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Internal modem: No
Minimum RAM:3072
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:802.11a/g/n / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
Number of SATA III connectors:2
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:2
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:3
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 90 - 264
AC adapter output current:3.34
AC adapter output voltage:19.5
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion


Bus type:DMI / DMI2 / FSB
Configurable TDP-down:7.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):11 / 15 / 18 / 19 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 10 / 12 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM67 Express / Intel HM77 Express / Intel HM87
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 2x4, 4x1 / 4x1, 1x4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:107
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Penryn / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.5 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:14 / 22 / 32 / 45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:1007U / 2117U / 2127U / I3-2310M / I3-2330M / I3-2350M / I3-2375M / I3-3227U / I3-4005U / I5-2450M / I5-3337U / I5-5200U / I7-5500U / T6670
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron 1000 series for Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series / Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168 / PGA988 / Socket 478 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:F0 / J1 / L1 / P0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 85 / 85C ; 100C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: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 Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:2117U / 52220 / 53434 / 53438 / 53452 / 72055 / 72057 / 72061 / 74259 / 75105 / 75191 / 85212 / 85214 / I3-2310M
Processor code:SR04J / SR04S / SR04Z / SR0DN / SR0U4 / SR0VQ / SR0XF / SR0XL / SR105 / SR109 / SR23W / SR23Y
Processor package size:31 / 35 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B); 31 x 24 (BGA1023) / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes


Integrated Webcam: Yes
Miscellaneous:One year warranty


Cable lock slot:N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Password protection: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Bundled software:McAfee Security Center 15 month
Drivers included: Yes
Extra Software:Norton Internet Security™ 2009
Operating System:Windows Vista Business
Operating System Architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Linux / Linux Ubuntu / WINDOWS 10 HOME / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8.1
Operating System Language:POR
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:McAfee Security Center / Microsoft Office


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage Media:HDD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 320 / 500 / 750



Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.4 / 23.6 / 24.4 / 25.8 / 25.9
Depth (imperial):24.4
Height :1.83 / 1.94 / 2.54 / 2.62
Height (front):3.15
Height (front) (imperial):3.15
Height (rear):3.47
Height (rear) (imperial):3.48
Weight:1.53 / 1.62 / 2.19 / 2.4
Width:33.8 / 34.2 / 35.7 / 37.6
Width (imperial):34.3