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Customer reviews for Lenovo ThinkPad T520 Top Rated

Top performer with more room to work in the office or on-the-go.

Average customer rating:
4.667 out of 5
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63 of 69(91%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
Review 1 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Longtimefan

Not up to Thinkpad reputation

Date:March 9, 2012
"Not as good as my previous Thinkpads. Too much plastic and flimsy feel. It was a little better priced than usual so I guess that counts. But I expected a rugged and high quality Thinkpad business class laptop and it's feels closer to the consumer version Ideapad."
2 People found this review helpful.
Review 2 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Mike

More consumer, not business quality, than expected

Date:March 9, 2012
"Have had many Thinkpads and expected this one to have same 'feel' but was dissapointed. Its an OK laptop but 1) has more of a plasticy feel than I was expecting 2) the perfomance with the i5 processor and Windows7 was ok, but does not appreciably better than my 3 yo R61i Thinkpad and 3) I also use a Dell Lattitude E6410 and a Mac Air and both feel significantly higher quality.
Again, the T520 is ok, just not up to my expectations for a business Thinkpad."
2 People found this review helpful.
Review 3 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
PhilMiller84

Outstanding Machine

Date:March 7, 2012
"I've been using computers for almost 20 years, and I'm always looking for a computer that's
1) Powerful
2) Well-built
3) Easy to use
4) Helpful
The ThinkPad series is all of these. I'm very impressed.
The Lenovo ThinkVantage suite is by far the most helpful pre-installed software package I've seen. I've used other brands and usually end up removing the pre-installed software, however this one looks like it's staying. The options for battery usage, cooling, sleep, and screen settings are way more in depth than what comes standard with the OS.
On top of that, the ability to use the TrackPoint or the touchpad separately or together is a nice touch. I actually prefer the trackpoint, and to be able to quickly disable the touchpad makes it a lot easier to avoid mistakes when moving files.
I expect this laptop to last for at least 5 years, maybe longer, as it seems to be built solid.
Overall, the T520 is an outstanding machine and I would highly recommend it, especially when considering the value added with the Lenovo software and build quality."
2 People found this review helpful.
Review 4 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Gramme
Location:Smoky Mountains, NC
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more

Easy for "newbie" to get up to speed!

Date:December 16, 2011
Pros: Warranty, Video card, Screen size, Build Quality, Display performance, Display resolution, Battery, Input/Output compatibility, Processor, Support, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: Weight, it's a little heavy for these arthritic fingers.
"From the moment of my first look at Lenovo, to my several phone calls and emails with their representatives, to the reading of their reviews, and to my final choice of my ThinkPad T520, my first laptop purchase, I have been delighted. But that was only the first part of my fun! Initially, I understood that it would take several weeks, yet within only several days, my custom outfitted ThinkPad was on the way. It was exciting to track its’ journey from China, to Japan, to Alaska, then make its’ way eastward to my door where it was delivered quicker than promised. After unpacking this beauty, I was impressed with the heft, ease of opening, keyboard setup and basic information that was enclosed. Old school training made me panic a bit when there was no extensive paper instruction manual, but because Matt, my Lenovo sales person told me about it, I knew it would be easy for this “elder newbie” to locate the convenient, preloaded User Guide to help me with all my questions. As excited as I was, I didn’t have time to insert the battery and start getting familiar with my ThinkPad until around 8:30 pm and the new battery rapidly got up to full charge once plugged in. While working on other laptops, I’ve had several major problems that I quickly found my ThinkPad had overcome. In the past, it seemed I could never find the cursor, but by tapping the “ctrl” button, my little cursor’s hiding place was exposed and retrieved. Initially, I chose my ThinkPad because of the large screen to make it easier on my eyes, but even with the size of my ThinkPad display, I had to get close to the screen to see my work. Then I became aware of the magic “fn” + “space” button – wow, in a matter of seconds, my screen was magnified. Then I found this handy “magnifier” function that let me have a magnifier available if I wanted to look more closely at a specific group of words rather than a whole page. On other laptops, I could never get comfortable with the keyboards, but on my T520, my fingers fit exactly right, and with the slight “braille-type” raised edge on the J and F key, it was easy to find home. And the keyboard sound was similar to the comfortable clack that my old IBM typewriter and keyboard made. I had read that a few reviewers were not happy with the placement of the fn button, but I had no problem finding the ctrl button so that did not hamper me. Once I got settled in with the basics, the first thing I did was set up a file in Word so I could record the excitement of my ThinkPad purchase. Then I roamed around, finding the music and watching videos and just getting familiar with the functions and abilities of the laptop. Before I knew it, it was 2:30am and I still had 2 hours-worth of battery time left. When I put my head on my pillow, my mind was already designing the fabric skin and cushioned carry bag that I will sew. It will have pockets for the plug and other accessories which will make it easy to transport this new important part of my life. Perhaps I spent a little more than I might have if I’d purchased through an online auction site, or through other resellers, but I think it will be worth it because I know I will get Great Support from this Great Company. Thank you, Lenovo!"
2 People found this review helpful.
Review 5 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
DMGDEV
Location:Orlando, FL
Owned Product:1-6 months
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more

Best laptop out there!

Date:October 4, 2011
Pros: Security Features, Durability, Bluetooth, Video card, Wireless card, Screen size, Build Quality, Display resolution, Battery, Processor, Included software, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: Weight, bulky, price of lenovo memory, price of lenovo storage
"Everything about this machine is incredible. As an application's developer, this laptop fits all my needs perfectly.
The only way Lenovo could improve is in their offerings of memory and storage. I definitely recommend building your laptop with the minimum amount of memory and a cheap disk drive.
Go to NewEgg and purchase 8GB Crucial Memory and an Intel SSD and this laptop will fly. The cost ends up being nearly twice as cheap than would cost going through Lenovo. Definitely some room for improvement here.
The build quality, processor, integrated software, battery is unmatched however. This laptop ROCKS!"
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 6 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
motorcyclemama

EXCELLENT choice!

Date:June 21, 2012
"my last laptop was dual core, this is a quad.
This is thinner than my last, and best of all "lighter" It is possible to get bigger and better, and still be less weight!
best of all is the little red, scroll throttle in the middle, makes all uses more simple, I still have to remind myself to use it sometimes.
"
Review 7 for ThinkPad T520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Racc

Awesome work Laptop