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


Lenovo IdeaPad 520(-15IKB) 80YL00P7US 80YL00P8US

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 specs comparison against other devices click on the "Compare Specs" button below.

Brand

Lenovo

Laptop Type

Traditional laptop

Screen Size

15.6-inch

Screen Resolution

1920×1080 pixels (Full HD)

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

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

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” Dual-Core 2.5-3.1GHz 3MB Cache (~4,700 PassMark benchmark points)
Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” dual-core 2.7-3.5GHz 4MB cache (~5,250 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD 620 Integrated Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX 4GB Dedicated Video Card

System Memory (RAM)

8GB
12GB

Storage

1000GB (1TB) HDD

DVD Optical Drive

DVD writer

Input

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

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

1 x USB-C
2 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)

Battery

“Up to 5 hours” of battery life
35 WHr
30 Whr

Weight

4.8 pounds

Height

0.9″

Width

14.9″

Depth

10.2″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year


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

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  1. Seyram Kwame Attah – April 23, 2018:

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

    Thank you


    • Danijel Z – April 24, 2018:

      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:
      http://psref.lenovo.com/Product/Lenovo_Laptops/ideapad_520_15


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