Lenovo ThinkPad W520

Basic Specs

Laptop type Desktop replacement
Thickness 1.4 inches
Weight 5.95 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Discrete
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Optical drive type Tray-loading

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Desktop replacement
Width 14.68 inches
Depth 9.65 inches
Thickness 1.4 inches
Weight 5.95 pounds
Color Black

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Display surface Matte
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px

Display (max)

Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px

Keyboard

Type Standard
Backlit No
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad, Pointing stick

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2520M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.5 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.2 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2920XM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.5 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.5 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Discrete
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model Quadro 1000M
Dedicated VRAM size 2 GB

GPU (max)

Discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model Quadro 2000M
Dedicated VRAM size 2 GB

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB
Max. config RAM size 32 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1333 MHz
RAM slots 4

Storage

Options HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), HDD (Unspecified RPM), Flash Memory (SSD), Hybrid Drive, RAID 0 (HDD), RAID 1 (HDD)
Max. config HDD 1000 GB
Max. config SSD 160 GB
Max. config Hybrid 1080 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support MMC

Optical Drive

Optical drive type Tray-loading
Compatible media DVD Super Multi

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 1
USB 3.0 2
Combo eSATA / USB 1
FireWire 400 1
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
VGA 1
DisplayPort 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1
Card slot(s) ExpressCard/34, Smart Card
Docking connector Yes

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth version 3.0
3G Optional
WiMAX Optional
WWAN data standards supported EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSDPA

Battery

Size 9 cell
Removable Yes
Quoted time 8.9 hr

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9.0

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  • Touchpad 6
  • Display 10
  • Performance 10
  • Heat / noise 10
  • Battery life 10
  • Software 7

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    Reviewed by frickandfrak (Currently owns)

    In my eyes, the Thinkpad design language is beautiful. The device is a dream to use, with a great keyboard, great feel, great speakers (no Beats required!), and amazing battery life considering the power of the machine. Mine has a core i7-2760QM , Nvidia Quadro 2000M, FHD screen and a 9-cell battery. This laptop has two problems: It's power brick is MASSIVE, and the drivers that accompany the trackpad are the worst. By switching off the default trackpad multitouch gestures and using twofingerscroll.exe, I have a great multitouch trackpad; shame that the drivers out of the box are so bad. Other than those two quibbles, I have had an amazing experience with this laptop, and would highly suggest that for any college student/young professional who wants a laptop that can do "everything," look no further than the W520.

    I absolutely love the W520.

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    Reviewed by thamian (Currently owns)

    The W520 that I use consists of Intel i7 2720QM, Nvidia Quadro 1000M, 1920x1080 matte screen (non-glossy), 128GB SSD and 9-cell battery.
    This laptop is totally high-end, both the specs and build quality. Although it's a typical plastic Thinkpad case, laptop feels very solid, every part fits perfectly and it also doesn't overheat.
    The most suprising thing about this laptop is the battery life. My w510 worked 2 hours at most, and for W520 5 hours of work (browser + IDE + a virtual machine with SQL Server and IIS) is something really easy.
    Second most impressive feature is it's beautiful Full HD screen. The resolution doesn't feel any bit too big, it's just perfect for writing. browsing and simultaneous work on many windows. It's also non-glossy and although it hasn't the most stunning viewing angles it performs very good in outdoor conditions.
    The processor feels very snappy, with 8-threads and hardware virtualization it's really a powerful workstation. For gaming the graphic card could be better, but it's a workstation, so it isn't it's main purpose. I don't process any data with GPU so I shoudn't be complaining about it.
    The least satisfying is performance of SSD drive. Of course Windows boots down even 4x faster than on W510, but in my software development work I didn't see almost any improvments in performance. I don't know who manufactured this SSD, but it for sure isn't the top of the line drive.
    W520 is a powerful workstation, ideal for working with dock and multiple screen but also "on the run" (however it's weight could be a problem for longer trips). Of course it's price is even more shocking then it's performance and this will be a good choice only for the most demanding users, those who use it in their work.

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    • Software 7
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