Lenovo IdeaPad 520(-15IKB) 15 Mainstream 15.6″ Laptop with Intel Core i5/i7 CPUs, Optional Nvidia GPU

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 520 15 is a traditional mainstream 15.6″ Windows-based laptop. The IdeaPad 520 is one level above the cheaper 320 series. The former has IPS wide viewing angle display technology and a dedicated video card option as the main advantages.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad 520 15, also known as the 520-15IKB, has a Full HD (1920×1080-pixel) IPS non-touch display. The laptop has a full-size keyboard with a numeric pad, but any info on key backlight is missing on the manufacturer’s website. The machine ships with the 7th Generation Intel Core dual-core processors. At the time of this writing, it’s available wih the Core i5-7200U with basic Intel HD 620 integrated graphics and Core i7-7500U coupled with the Nvidia GeForce 940MX 4GB dedicated video card. Both choices enable completely smooth work on the routine computing tasks. They are helped by capacious 8GB and 12GB system memory options for comfortable multi-tasking. Choosing the i7 + 940MX configuration is a good move if you plan to use the IdeaPad 520 for gaming and some demanding tasks like making 3D animations or video production. Currently, the only data storage option is a common 1-Terabyte mechanical hard drive.

Here’s a specs comparison of the available IdeaPad 520 15 configurations – the 80YL00P7US and 80YL00P8US.

Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB CPU RAM Graphics Price*
80YL00P7US i5-7200U 8GB Intel HD 620 $649
80YL00P8US i7-7500U 12GB Nvidia 940MX $899

*Prices as of 08/11/2017 on Lenovo Store.

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The rest of the Lenovo IdeaPad 520 feature set includes a built-in DVD optical drive, stereo speakers, a 720p web camera, 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless, Ethernet LAN port, Bluetooth, two standard-size USB 3.0 ports and a smaller USB-C port, HDMI video out connector, a combined audio jack for microphone / headphones, and a multi-format media card reader.

The official battery life estimation is up to 5 hours.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 520 15 weighs in at 4.8 pounds.

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Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB

Here's the specs sheet of the Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.



Laptop Type

Standard laptop

Screen Size


Screen Resolution

1920×1080 pixels (Full HD)



Other Display Specs

Anti-glare coating
IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen dual-core 2.5-3.1GHz 3MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 48)
Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen dual-core 2.7-3.5GHz 4MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 52)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD 620 integrated graphics (User Benchmark GPU score: 7)
Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX 4GB dedicated video card (User Benchmark GPU score: 11)

System Memory (RAM)



1000GB (1TB) HDD

DVD Optical Drive

DVD writer


Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack





Ethernet LAN


Mobile Broadband (3G, 4G LTE)





1 x USB-C
2 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)


"Up to 5 hours" of battery life
35 WHr
30 Whr


4.8 pounds







Windows Version

Windows 10 Home



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Written by Dan Z on August 22, 2017

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB

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  1. Seyram Kwame Attah

    In addition to the 1TB mechanical hard disk, can I add an additional 520Gb SSD drive to this laptop.

    Thank you

    • Danijel Z

      Hi, you should check in the specifications of your particular IdeaPad 520 model whether the notebook has an M.2 SSD slot in which you can insert an M.2 SSD drive. According to this specs sheet of the laptop, only “some” IdeaPad 520 models do have M.2 slot:

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