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15.6" workstation-performance with laptop-mobility, ISV-certified for flawless operation of graphically intensive apps.

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59 of 69(86%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
Review 1 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Student

Wise Purchase

Date:March 11, 2012
"This is by far one of the best purchases I have made. I chose Lenovo after I read many reviews complimenting this company for durable and powerful laptops. As a student who spends a lot of time researching and traveling, I needed a sturdy and durable laptop which was powerful enough to handle the amounts of research I was doing and also be able to handle constant travel via airplane, bus and you name it. I bought the W520 with an i7 processor 8 GB RAM and a 500 GB harddrive. When I placed my order, I was going to start traveling soon after and customer service was able to help me get my customized laptop from Shanghai to the States within 2 weeks. Excellent service! Now, after using this laptop for 8 months I can provide the following with confidence:
Pros: Durable, powerful, travel-friendly, keyboard is the perfect size, battery life is 7-11 hours depending on settings, easy to use, pre-installed programs and features are excellent and useful unlike laptops from other companies, color display on screen is vivid, anti-glare screen so it's easy to use outside and in different lighting, it's a very very quiet machine, time between pressing the power button and opening a browser is less than 30 seconds.
Cons: Black design is prone to fingerprints and sometimes difficult to wipe down, and no number key pad.
This is not a shiny, glittering laptop for showing-off. It's a quality built machine made to be used extensively and it can sure handle anything. I watch my colleagues struggle with their laptops when it comes to extensive use and traveling, and though theirs look silver and sleek, it's obvious that my Lenovo W520 out-performs them all."
3 People found this review helpful.
Review 2 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
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1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Performance 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Mobility 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Design 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Features 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Reliability 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Heat
Location:taiwan
Owned Product:7-12 months
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more

Not at all what I had expected

Date:July 9, 2012
Cons: Weight, Build Quality, Durability, Included Software, overheats, power adapter is a super brick
"Well totally dissapointed by this notebook. Had purchased it for playing games and also coding. Will point out what i dont like:
1. It OVERHEATS: It has a monster grapphic card and a CPU but the intelligent designers forgot to use 2 fans(unlike in many similar counterparts). So whenever i want to play a game on it. The thing overheats.
2. BULKY Poweradapter: Its also referred to as BRICK on many forums. Its around 1-2 kg.
3. Speakers are pretty bad: are not at all loud for the price tag it has
4. Tooooo BULKY: But thats all right if it didnt over heat...
Finally i wont suggest this notebook at all because it cannot handle heavy graphics etc due to overheating. So there is no point of buying such an expensive and heavy notebook if u are using it only for emails."
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 3 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
BigDave

Powerhouse W520

Date:May 26, 2012
"Recently ordered the W520 as a replacement for my T61p which I had for 5 years. I have not been disappointed! Keyboard is as great as ever! Ordered mine with the FHD screen which is fantastic. System is a solid workhorse with 2.4 quad core, 8 gig RAM, bluetooth, WiMAx, and built-in GOBI broadband card. Laptop is solid and powerful. I highly recommend the W520!"
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 4 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Shane87

More Than What I Hoped For

Date:May 8, 2012
"Let me preface this review by saying I have been purchasing all sorts of products (including a few laptops and desktops) for years, and this is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write a review.
I'll start by saying the W520 is just a powerhouse, if you've never owned a Workstation Laptop then prepare yourself to be amazed, this thing will rock your socks.
I appreciate the complete professional attitude engineered into the machine, there is relatively little flash to the whole package, but it all has purpose. The included software is ACTUALLY helpful and far from bloat-worhty (sans Norton, which was easily replaced). - To keep the review to a reader-friendly length as I myself appreciated, I'll flip this to a Pros VS Cons.
PROS:
- Incredible Power (If doing video, do yourself a favor and bump up the 2000m, you'll grin ear-to-ear later)
- Battery length is just amazing. I never expected a laptop this powerful ever lasting this long. If just browsing the web or typing a document I could expect 5-8 hours depending on screen brightness. Heavy-loads would be a different story, though still exceeding industry standards IMO.
- ThinkLight, at first I thought a non-backlit keyboard to be a bust - however, the included ThinkLight illuminates the keyboard perfectly and also allows for enough ambient light to read any paper documents you may have beside the laptop. This is a much better option for people who are actually working.
- Keyboard is the best I've ever used!
- Matte screen is superb.
CONS:
- Speakers are sub-par to be kind, they just don't sound that great nor do they get loud enough for any large presentations. - Use headphones or get external speakers
- Memory Upgrade, I installed some additional RAM shortly after purchase for that extra kick (and I found a good deal on it) to bring my RAM up to 16GB. Installing the RAM wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done. Installing it on the underside of the machine was fine, but under the keyboard was a tad more tricky and left me feeling I may break the keyboard before getting it removed.
- Styling. It won't win a beauty contest in my book, though I also don't find it repulsive by any means. - Its true beauty lies in its functionality, which it holds in spades.
Final Thoughts: If you've got the dough, treat yourself with the W520, you won't regret it. Productivity on this machine is incredible. - Customer support on the Lenovo site is great (haven't needed any via phone), latest drivers and all sorts of handy documents at the ready."
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 5 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Falconi1026

my w520 and me

Date:April 15, 2012
"I spent about 3 months of solid and frustrating months looking for my new computer. Let me first tell you that very few devices can last in my hands. not that i am careless but my spirit for hacking and testing the device to its limits is my legendary skill.
I was hesitant to buy this laptop mostly because i am a web site and graphic designer, and everyone just told me to buy a mac.
And i am so glad i did not. i would of pent maybe twice as much for a less powerful computer.
ok here we go
Pros:
extremely powerful - i upgraded to the 17-2860 there is no real need to go for the -2960xm its only a tenth of fractions faster. I have not had any problem with performance matter of fact i never expected this laptop to perform the way it did. at times i run Dreamweaver, Gimp a movie window in the back ground and a couple of taps on the browser.
RUGGED- YES this compute will last the test of time. the carbon fiber finish is Solid as a rock and the framing of the computer itself is just amazing. It has airbag protections. spill prove keyboard. The design it self is made to be just rugged and outlasting.
professional - while as a working man most people in my field will pull out the macbook this baby looks sweet and professional and makes you look like a boss..trust me in the business world this matters. Also all the great features it comes with business is a key to success for example the mic has sound cancellation technology that works like a charm even for conferences.
Graphics: i am overwhelming at the quality of the screen and the performance of the graphics with the secondary nvidia quatro graphics card i am in a beautiful place where i can run all my graphics and CAD programs with no problem. I always have the Optimus tech running but anytime i am doing hardcore graphics i switch to strictly discrete graphics. i have played the assassins creed games with spectacular graphics...
Cons:
Size -he size of this computer is definitely not to small but its not to big either. the big battery running optimus will fetch about 5 - 6 hours of battery and it will cut that to about 3 if running the nvidia card. this computer is made for people who don't mind to travel with a lethal weapon. So its depends on you if this a Con
Battery charger. - my gosh this battery charger is huge but the beauty of it is that its powerful you will be amazed at the speed that your w520 will charge. but its tough to carry that thing around.
Carbon fiber Finish - It collects dust and prints easy you can get yourself a cover for it but if your a neat person trust me its work taking care of your laptop. trust me this computer attracts immediate attention when you pull it out. so it depends on you.
Mouse pad - im not sure if this is because of me but the mouse pad has small dotted groves on the surface a part of it has now smoothed over im not sure if its because of the design or because of how much i use it.
*** i would also like to mention that the Color calibrator is worth the money if you are in any kind of graphics or design field.
overall this computer is outstanding i took a risk buying this computer because i never owned a lenovo product before. So far i am just impressed with this laptop and now i don't think i would ever change it for the world. i spent less that a high end mac book pro and got a nvidia graphics card, super juiced processor and the choice to upgrade my ram to 32 gb( that right!! you read correctly 32!!) this computer is not for the sole gamer and it definitely not for the everyday user( unless you really want it) but i Recommend this computer highly"
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 6 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
NCPhotoBug

Big, Powerful & Fast

Date:March 23, 2012
"I wanted a machine that was powerful and fast to process photography software and be portable but not a carry all the time. This one fit the needs.
I went with extra memory and the best graphics, and the screen is fantastic.
Top notch machine. No issues whatsoever. Lenovo config base and tools are easy to understand and manage the HW and SW.
Great decision on my part. Would do it again!!!"
1 People found this review helpful.
Review 7 for ThinkPad W520 Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
RedGreenGeek

W520 lacking reknown toughness.

Date:February 22, 2012
"I bought my w520 to replace my T61p. The step up in power is of course great, but that was expected.
Pro's:
Keyboard is slightly softer than previous TP's which I like, but still far from the flappy key's from other brands.
Screen looks great.
Onboard mic works really well, and no echo has been experienced using onboard speakers.
Con's
Build in speakers is far from good and even a bit behind mid range. Lenovo please spend another dollar on the speakers.
Headphones jack and LAN cable moved to other side, which I find annoying. Most headphones from good brands has cord on the left side.
mSATA is only SATA 2, should have been 3. Imagine Raid 0 on three SSD's in a laptop. :-)
Build quality:
This would usually be a pro for me, but I have to write a separate note on it. The whole laptop seems to flex a bit more and the plastic seems slightly more elastic. I do not know if I like this or not. I have never had a TP fail on me due to build quality, and I travel a lot. I really hope this will not be my first. The latch to open the screen does not work as well as on previous models, the new system is simply worse. The battery is also more loose than previously.
All in all, I love my W520, but I fear that Lenovo has lowered their standards on build quality too much. It may be the death of it."