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ThinkPad T Series T520 (423946U) Notebook Intel Core i5 2520M (2.50GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 15.6" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

  • Intel Core i5 2520M (2.50GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • DVD±R/RW
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Hannah W.
  • 11/3/2012 11:53:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: It kinda looks like my older Thinkpad, but cheaper. :(

Cons: Bad keyboard
Not sturdy at all
Lack of headphone jack

Other Thoughts: My old Lenovo lasted 4 years and multiple trips overseas with hardly a scratch, so I wanted to replace it with the same thing. I wish I could just go back in time and re-buy my R-Series.

This computer isn't sturdy at all, the screen cracked just after I bought it!! The keyboard is super effed up, which sucks 'cause I went out of my way to get the good OLD Thinkpad keyboard. The volume buttons don't even work. The red dot doesn't respond the way it should at all. And the computer runs as slow as my old one, even though that one was lower end and completely full after years of use.

I'm so sad to see the direction IBM/Lenovo is taking with the Thinkpad series. I've recommended the R series to anyone who asked, but I probably won't buy a Thinkpad ever again. :(

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  • John R.
  • 9/22/2012 5:44:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo T Series never disappoint

Pros: This is my 4th T notebook from Lenovo. My first was an IBM and I was worried when they became Lenovo but my fears were unfounded. This T520 is a great unit and is consistent with all ThinkPad devices.

Cons: none

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  • Mary C.
  • 8/19/2012 5:03:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsDefective HD, screw-you policy

Pros: Business machine allows multitasking without straining resources: word processing with several multi-tabbed browsers, video, and folders. Sturdy machine (no ill effects from being dropped). Tech support has been reliable--always a short wait and knowledgeable solution to whatever the problem.

Cons: After a few months' use, a blue screen attributed a crash to a defect in the hard drive (320 GB Hitachi). To give it credit, the company promptly sent a replacement (refurbished, though, with settings from previous owner) and then for some reason a second. There were some serious problems with transferring contents from old to new drives: lost data probs and lack of technical professionals in small rural area. Mfr. did NOT say anything about returning the defective drive or provide a deadline for this. Two invoices totaling $350.00 arrived, predictably, but the accounting dept. would not consider the circumstance or flex. Their "system will not allow it." So if something breaks and you can't respond quickly enough for the Lenovo system, you may wish you had bought another brand. You may wish that anyway if you pay from $1500. to $900. for a machine that is advertised to be ultra-reliable and isn't.

Other Thoughts: Lost time and money for the owner, to say nothing of associated stress, are entirely the fault of the company that built this machine with a defective HD, so blaming the customer and issuing veiled threats--pay up, return the drives, or spend the next year fixing your credit rating as well as the computer--is not good. This is a reason to choose another brand.

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  • Mary C.
  • 8/18/2012 3:48:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Supports multitasking without straining resources, which is very nice for word processing with several multi-tabbed browsers and a video. It is a sturdy machine (no ill effects from being dropped) and has several practical add-ons that I do not use so cannot review. Tech support has been reliable--always a short wait and knowledgeable solution to whatever the problem.

Cons: After a few months' use, a blue screen attributed a crash to a defect in the hard drive (320 GB Hitachi). To give it credit, the company promptly sent a replacement (refurbished, though, with settings from previous owner) and then for some reason a second. There were some serious problems with transferring contents from old to new drives: lost data probs and lack of technical professionals in small agricultural area. Mfr. did NOT say anything about returning the defective drive or provide a deadline for this. Two invoices totaling $350.00 arrived, predictably, but the accounting dept. would not consider the circumstance or flex. Their "system will not allow it." So if something breaks and you can't respond quickly enough for the Lenovo system, you may wish you had bought another brand. You may wish that anyway if you pay from $1500. to $900. for a machine that is advertised to be ultra-reliable and isn't.

Other Thoughts: Choose another brand if this might be an issue. The lost time and money for the owner, to say nothing of associated stress, are entirely the fault of the company that built this machine with a defective HD, so blaming the customer and issuing veiled threats--pay up, return the drives, or spend the next year fixing your credit rating as well as the computer--is not good.

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  • Mary C.
  • 8/17/2012 5:36:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsCut-throat attitude toward customer trying to deal with faulty machine

Pros: The machine works well and supports multitasking--word processing, several browsers, and a movie can run simultaneously. Tech support on the whole has been reliable.

Cons: Soon after purchase a crash and blue screen revealed that the hard drive was faulty. The company promptly sent a replacement hard drive that seems to be refurbished because it already had a Europe setting. The major problem in this that shows this company's negative character--contrary to the face it puts on--is that it refused to allow an adequate grace period for a problem with transferring contents from one drive to another. Local professional tech help is limited in town where computer is located and time to send the machine somewhere could not be spared. The company sent an invoice for $174. for the old drive. When owner phoned to explain problems with safe transfer of contents from old to new drive, the attitude of the accounting office was mainly a veiled threat. Foreign accent, inflexible, mean.

Other Thoughts: Buyers should weigh the importance of a product's popular reputation (this one was defective) along with the mfr's attitude toward its customers. The nature of bottom-line departments such as accounting are as important to ownership as the quality of the machine. This company has a mean attitude. When customers suffer loss of time and money, not to mention stress, because of a defect in the product, a company should accommodate any difficulty the customer has in dealing with it. The company's refusal to flex with the circumstance is a reason to choose another brand.

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  • Daniel K.
  • 2/21/2012 7:02:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGrade A aside from few minor flaws

Pros: I don't have the model they sell here, instead I got me a W520 4270-CTO with i7 2960xm 16gb ram FHD screen quadro 1000m and a 128 Samsung Solid State, not to mention other whistles and bells. Pretty much their top top model. And this thing is SOLID and very fast. Battery life is great ofr that kind of monster. Visuals are solid. And i'm yet to find anything to sweat it while attached to a power supply. Almost flawless...Oh well can't complain much since i got all that for 700 bucks or 825 after upgrading to a 3 year accidental protection.

Cons: Laptop is considerably slowed while on battery. Yes you can use throttlestop to get ur cpu working on full, but I don't rly care bout the CPU, what i need working on full is the GPU and the option of getting good performance out of it on battery doesn't exist yet. Apperently even the 2nd gen Sandy's suffer from the squeeling buzzing sound. Not realy a big deal but srsly intel a cpu that goes for 1k and it makes a sound ?

Other Thoughts: I still use my desktop since GPU's on laptops aren't even close to desktop ones in performance, but if my desktop dies or I'm on the road this baby performs to the expectations. In regards to the user review above me I see you placed MBP being better in terms of build quality. I'd love to see you say that again when you spill anything on it or accidently drop it. MBP's are garbage that overheats like hell and the only good thing about is looks and OS that works well (not like W7 is much behind it). People who buy MBPS pay premium for braging rights and hardware that you can get elsewhere much much cheaper. Btw i don't see you complain about the placement of usb on the MBP oh yeh they have no usb on the back only on the left side you so much complain about. Anyways THIS IS A Great Desktop replacement and it's a solid build. IF you get a deal on it go for it !

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  • Tim C.
  • 10/23/2011 1:57:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo wouldn't publlsh this

Pros: Everything! Lenovo even put a little keyboard light on the top of the screen which you can tun on and off. Also, when the caps lock key is pressed it has a little light on it and a pop-up comes up on the lower right side of the screen telling you it's locked. This cap locked pop-up feature alone is worth the entire price of the laptop. This machine has everything right out of the box. It took less then 10 minute after unpacking it to get everything working perfectly. It arrived in half the time Lenovo predicted. I've never had such a computer so easy to use. Everything always works and fast. I even found a little program where you choose the gender of the partner you want to interact with and, well need i say more it was "good for me."

Cons: As is with most extended warranty's Lenovo's is a scam too. What happens is when you go to collect on the warranty Lenovo's service department tells you that you caused problems that aren't covered by the warranty which are required to be repaired before the warranted repairs will be completed. Of course, the cost of repairing "the problems you caused" is more then the laptop is worth. Maybe I will get burned again but this time I bought a 3 YR Depot + 3 YR ThinkPad Protection which is supposed to cover everything including accidental damage but not damage not involving a system's battery or any third-party devices. I just don't think the service department would claim damage involving a system's battery or some other third-party devices to get out of repairing something.

The keyboard has forward and back keys for browsers which causes me many problems. I wish I could somehow deactivate them.

Other Thoughts: Lenovo wouldn't publish this on their website.

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  • Arne J.
  • 8/15/2011 12:43:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Laptop

Pros: * Nice build Quality
* Sleek looking without being overly flashy
* Interesting nubby trackpad texture
* Reasonable price for the quality

Cons: * Relatively low-resolution screen
* Only one USB port on the rear despite lots of room, and the two side ones are both on the left
* Not as solidly built as my MBP, but then almost nothing is and it costs about half as much

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with this laptop for what I needed it for--the control system for a scientific piece of hardware being sold as a package. It's sleek, attractive, professional looking, and well-equipped for the price. It's not a 4-core i7 monster, and only has Intel graphics, but it's a solid machine at a <$1K price point.

I'm just cheesed about the location of the USB ports--I really wanted ones in the back, but there's only one there and the other two are over on the left side instead of the right. Given how much room there is on the back (it's a big, flat, smooth surface due to the hinge design), it would have been nice to have at least one more port back there somewhere.

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