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Lenovo IdeaPad 520S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 reviews of Lenovo IdeaPad 520S. 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. Opinions about the battery and design are overall positive. The portability and screen also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and size. There are some mixed comments about the reliability and usability.

performance, screen, portability, design, battery

size, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo IdeaPad 520S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Lenovo Ideapad 520S-14IKB review

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A mid-priced laptop in Lenovo's Ideapad range, we'd expect this model to be relatively nippy, thanks to its i5 processor and solid state drive. We've had plenty of Ideapad's through the doors of our test lab over the years, so how will this one do?...

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Anirudh Regidi (

Lenovo Ideapad 520S review: A good buy at its price, but it could do with some tweaks


The Ideapad 520S is tastefully designed and nicely built. The unit we received came in a matte grey finish and features a small Lenovo logo on the lid.

The Lenovo Ideapad 520S is a nice laptop at a reasonable price of Rs 48,300. The screen quality could have been improved and the laptop could do with an SSD (or at least a hybrid drive), but these issues aren’t deal breakers.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Benjamin Herzig (

Lenovo IdeaPad 520s-14IKB (Core i5-7200U, 940MX) Laptop Review


Successful all-rounder. An affordable Ultrabook with Full HD IPS display, GeForce 940MX, and Core i5-7200U - Lenovo intends this interesting package mainly for students. You can find out in our detailed review whether the IdeaPad 520s can convince us.

good quality case ; comfortable keyboard ; pleasant touchpad ; quiet fan ; much improved battery life ; matte IPS display

CPU cannot keep up the performance level ; warm case during load ; USB C without DisplayPort and power delivery ; 1x1 WLAN

The IdeaPad 520s-14IKB is a good overall package which does many things right, but has weaknesses in some details. However, those weaknesses can be excused to a large extent by the price. First the positive: Compared to the predecessor, the design is...

Sep, 2017

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LENOVO IdeaPad 520s 14" Laptop - Mineral Grey


It's lovely. It runs perfect and very good value for money.

The brightness. When I use it on maximum it doesn't really look like it's maximum. It could be better than that. Overall it's ok.

Mar, 2018

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Great spec at a great price


I chose this laptop as a replacement for a well-known make of high spec laptop. In addition to a sturdy but stylish construction the specification of this laptop outclassed all others.

Mar, 2018

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Maybe I bought the wrong product


This machine is good in many respects, but the screen is neither as bright nor as sharp, nor the colours so vibrant as I expected they would be on a machine of this price. Perhaps I was expecting too much or was gullible enough to believe the product...

Feb, 2018

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Good Spec Bitter / Sweet Laptop


A well made product , generally OK but let down by a major problem. The advertisement for this laptop stated up to 7 hours battery life !! With using all available settings ...battery saver etc it manages to last form 2-3 hours working time and maybe 4...

Feb, 2018

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Exactly as ordered


Very pleased with the laptop and was delivered as agreed

Feb, 2018

Consumer review (

Great product, fantastically quick delivery


Great product, fantastically quick delivery. Setup simple

Jan, 2018

Consumer review (

Light and quick


I appreciated the light weight and quick start up of this laptop, The only minor inconvenience I have found is that it does not have 2 USB ports on the same side as I have an external DVD drive which needs two adjacent ports!

Jan, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio system:Beats Audio / Dolby Audio
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:1
Speaker power:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon


Battery Capacity:2800
Battery capacity (Watt hours):30 / 52.5
Battery life (max):12 / 7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:2 / 3


Auto Focus:N
Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1
Front camera signal format:720p


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance:Y


Colour name:Mineral Grey
Colour of product:Bronze / Gold / Grey / Pink
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Aluminium / Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Aluminium, Polycarbonate / Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS),Aluminium / Aluminium
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Bronze / Gold / Grey / Pink
Product Type:Netbook / Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display diagonal:35.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 940MX / NVIDIA GeForce MX130
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32 / 64
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1080
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
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 / 1050 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel UHD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 0x5917 / 0x591B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel UHD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y


Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32 / 8
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


Antenna type:1x1 / 2X2
Bluetooth version:4.1
Ethernet LAN:N
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 / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW / N

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y
Package depth:307
Package height:68
Package weight:1.69
Package width:469
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / Y
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45 / 65


Bus type:DMI3 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):1
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.10 / 3.40 / 3.50 / 3.8
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.60 / 2.4 / 2.40 / 2.5 / 2.50 / 2.7 / 2.70 / 2.8
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i3-7100U / i3-7130U / i5-7200U / i5-8250U / i7-7500U / i7-7700HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-7700 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA 1440
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0 / Y0
System bus rate:4 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 45

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
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
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):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:124967 / 124977 / 95442 / 95443 / 95451 / 97185
Processor code:SR2ZU / SR2ZV / SR2ZW / SR3LA
Processor package size:42 x 24 / 42 x 28 / 42 x 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y


Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:N / Y
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:BIOS,User / HDD, Power on / HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):N


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / N / WINDOWS 10 HOME


Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
HDD Capacity:1000
HDD interface:SATA III
HDD Size:2.5
HDD Speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1 / 2
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:128 / 256
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total HDDs capacity:1000
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 128 / 256 / 512

Technical Details

USB connector type:USB Type-A,USB Type-C

Weight & Dimensions

Height :19.3
Weight:1.69 / 1.7
Width:327 / 327.4