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Lenovo Thinkpad T520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T520. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the usability and durability. The portability and price also get good reviews, whereas many are less positive about the energy efficiency. There are some mixed views about the image quality and battery.

performance, price, portability, durability, usability

energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Thinkpad T520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad T520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the reliability and screen are overall positive. There are some critical views about the durability, while there are mixed comments on the portability and performance.

keyboard, screen, reliability

durability

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

Jun, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad T520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the usability. The image quality is also mentioned favorably.

image quality, usability

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

Jun, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad T520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T520 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. Opinions about the performance and price are overall positive.

price, performance

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

Jun, 2020

Expert review by (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo Thinkpad T520 Notebook

 

Timeless. As we've already noticed in the smaller T420, the tested and tried Thinkpad design has practically been left untouched on the outside. However, the new Sandy Bridge hardware will now do its job inside. Moreover, we discover a pro graphics...

Good application performance, Optimus technology, Extensive communication configuration, Pleasant input devices, Keyboard light, Battery options, Display port, sRGB coverage and very good contrast, Known and proven Thinkpad quality

Vertical viewing angles, No USB 3.0, New, well dosed design ideas

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Kevin OBrien (storagereview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T520 Review

 

Certain notebooks gain a reputation over the years, be it good or bad. The Lenovo ThinkPad-series has been one of those families that has grown for almost 20 years, while still retaining the namesake of being one of the best business notebooks money...

mSATA SSD Compatible and SATA 6.0Gbps speeds; Comfortable keyboard and excellent touchpad; Very good battery life

No eSATA or USB 3.0 connections (eSATA included on T520 with discrete graphics)

The Lenovo ThinkPad T520 has plenty to offer for a wide range buyers. If shopping on a tight budget, a base configuration with integrated graphics and a WXGA resolution screen starts at only $819. For enthusiast buyers with performance in mind, NVIDIA...

Apr, 2011

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Lenovo Thinkpad T520 NW93ZUK

 

Comfortable to use, good keyboard, fast, good matte screen.

Nothing in particular

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (newegg.com)

The noble ThinkPad T520 brought low by Joy Systems (refurbisher)

 

When I eventually contacted Joy System for hard ware support (power / battery issues below) they asked for their own Joy System serial number, which was printed on a simple paper label affixed to the bottom of the T520. After some time of very light...

The T520, as designed and manufactured by Lenovo, is a great laptop, even a several years old.

1) I did not notice until too late to return or claim that the network cable LAN port was broken, incapable of a network cable locking into place 2) The "refurbished" T520 was shipped withcheap, off brand (non-Lenovo) battery (not fully compatible) and...

Mar, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Useless

 

Decent size and comfort and speed at the pricepoint

Batter dies in 30 minute. Makes it a pretty useless device.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

It's a reasonable machine, and decent mix of components for the money, but a missing hard drive caddy meant extra parts before it could be considered

 

The missing part is small and inexpensive enough that it is not a big deal, but I would have preferred not to have had to go through the trouble of finding another one to make the machine usable.

Decent performance for the price point, including RAM and HDD.

HDD was installed without hard drive caddy, which meant it would come lose when the laptop was moved.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

T530 Thinkpad

 

Looked brand new. Not like a refurbished unit/

For a refurbished unit it is excellent. Would highly recommend. Have installed windows 10 and it runs great.

Had 2 different memory modules installed. One was 1066 and one was 1600. This caused the system to revert to the slower speed. Was 8 gb as advertised just different speeds. Changed out the 1066 to 1600 and now it is good to go. The average user...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

A sweet deal

 

You seriously can't get a better laptop for this price.

6GB of RAM, an SSD, a 15.6" screen, and an i5 for ONLY $313?! That is an unbelievable steal for this Thinkpad. The keyboard is great, and so is the touchpad. This thing literally boots into Windows 10 in two seconds.

The only con I can think of is that it gets a bit hot near the cpu fan, which is to be expected. It's nothing too bad though. There's not much in the way of a warranty, so I guess that's worth considering if you're scared of refurbs.

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Use one for work, just fantastic

 

Light, durable, fast, slick. What more do you want in a laptop?

Decent screen, incredible battery life, decent amount of USB ports. I use this for work, as my main machine. I'm a network admin and have to run between datacenters, and it seems to have no issues whatsoever with being mobile and shunted into a cheap...

Runs a bit hot, doesn't have a mic jack (fine if you use a USB headset)

Jul, 2012

Consumer review (flipkart.com)

WOW is the word!

 

I have been using this laptop from a year now.. It's super fast, does not heat up, has a pretty good battery life and is totally AMAZING! Not sure how it is going to be for gamers.. Mine is more of personal/work use and I use a lot of huge Excel sheets...

Sep, 2012

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