Product details of LENOVO THINKPAD T520 (CORE I5 VPRO) 15.6 INCH SUPERDUTY
100% ORIGINAL LENOVO THINKPAD
- 4 MONTH WARRANTY
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- ORIGINAL REMANUFACTURED
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Click to EnlargeAs with other ThinkPads, the T520 is as buttoned-down as they come. Its black matte rubberized lid is highly resistant to fingerprints and smudges, and is only accented by a chrome Lenovo emblem and a THINKPAD logo. Following the ThinkPad aesthetic, the deck features the traditional all-black interior with the keyboard nestled between two speakers. The telltale blue Enter key and the bright red TrackPoint located between the G and H keys are also on board. A raised panel above the function keys houses buttons for mute, volume, microphone mute, the ThinkVantage toolbox and Power.
A black latch along the right front lip of the notebook releases the lid, which is held up by two rock-solid metal hinges. An internal magnesium alloy frame, backed up by strong ABS plastic on the outside, means this notebook should stand up to a fair amount of abuse and resist flexing. The extended battery felt slightly loose, though.
Click to EnlargeThe T520's classic, spill-resistant keyboard has large keys with firm, springy feedback. Similar to other ThinkPads, the T520's keyboard features oversized ESC and Delete keys. We scored 55 words per minute with a 1 percent error rate on the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, higher than our usual 50 wpm/1 percent error rate.
Lenovo's comfortable, textured TrackPoint pointing stick continues to be the gold standard, delivering accurate navigation. There's also a 2.8-by-1.6-inch touchpad for users accustomed to using the pointing stick. Rubbing our fingers against the textured surface felt good. However, the limited surface area made activating some multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom tricky.
Click to EnlargeBoth sets of discrete mouse buttons offered strong feedback, as did the center trackpoint scroll button.
After streaming a full-screen video on Hulu on 15 minutes, the touchpad, space between the G and H keys and the notebook's underside measured 82, 85 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. The middle of the notebook's bottom measured 98 degrees, which is 3 degrees above what we consider to be comfortable, but then this is not a machine that will see a lot of time on your lap.
Click to EnlargeAn ExpressCard/34 reader, a 4-in-1 card reader, a combination headphone/microphone, Gigabit Ethernet, and a tray-loading DVD burner sit on the right side of the T520. Two USB 2.0 ports, a USB/eSATA port, DisplayPort, VGA, Firewire 400 and a wireless switch sit along the left side. A single USB 2.0 port can be found on the notebook's rear right corner. At this point, we wish the notebook came with USB 3.0, too.
The 720p camera delivered sharp clear images, even in low light settings. During our Skype call, our caller reported a clear image with distinct detail. However, the color appeared to be slightly washed out. Audio came through loud and clear. We experienced some problems with lag on our end, but for the most part, saw a clear image with vivid color and loud audio.
Click to EnlargeThe T520's matte 15.6-inch display provided sharp and vivid images thanks to its 1600 x 900p resolution. While watching the 1080p YouTube trailer of "The Hunger Games," we marveled at how the display rendered Katniss' brilliant red dress as well as her piercing blue eyes. However, at 155 lux, the T520 isn't quite as bright as the Series 7 Chronos (167 lux).
Despite the two wide speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard, the T520 doesn't offer the greatest sound. At full volume, the notebook barely filled a small room, even after tweaking settings in the Smart Audio control panel. Still, Robin Thicke's soulful tenor were nicely balanced on "Love After War" as were the strings, piano, and crisp snare drums.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T520 comes equipped with a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i5-2540M processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB 7,200-rpm hard drive and switchable graphics (Intel HD Graphics 3000, Nvidia NVS 4200M GPU with 1GB of VRAM). The machine took just about everything we threw at it, including playing video, performing productivity tasks and some light gaming.
On the PCMark07 benchmark, which measures overall performance, the T520 scored 2,177, slightly less than the 2,278 mainstream category average. The HP Envy 15 and its 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-2450M and 6GB of RAM notched 2,385 while the Samsung Series 7 Chronos' 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-2675QM CPU and 8GB of RAM delivered 2,447.
Specifications of LENOVO THINKPAD T520 (CORE I5 VPRO) 15.6 INCH SUPERDUTY
- LAPTOP/ CHARGER/ CABLES/ INVOICE
|Battery Life||6-10 Hour|
|Camera Front||1-2 MP|
|Processor Type||Intel Core i5|
|Hard Drive Capacity||320GB|
|Software Offerings||Microsoft office|
|Warranty period||4 Months|
|Warranty type||Local Supplier Warranty|
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