Dell Vostro 1520


Dell Vostro 1520Notebook: Dell Vostro 1520 (Vostro 1520 Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9550
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 500 euro
price: 75%, performance: 70%, features: 70%, display: 80% mobility: - %, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: 40%

Reviews for the Dell Vostro 1520

Dell Vostro 1520 Review
Source: Student Buying Guide English
There’s nothing particularly fancy about the Vostro 1520, but the price and features are in line with what many people look for when purchasing a laptop computer. It might indeed be an exactly middle of the road offering – not too big and not too small in size, not to powerful but not to weak with performance, not too flashy yet not too dull, and not too cheap yet not too expensive. For a student on a budget the Vostro 1520 is a great choice as it shoud last you 3 – 4 years yet not break the bank. There’s not too much to complain about with the Vostro 1520, the heat issue on the palm rest and slightly warm temperatures in that same area is the most I can think of as being a problem. The features, performance and price make the Vostro 1520 easy to recommend.
Preis 70, Leistung 70, Ausstattung 70, Emissionen 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/07/2009
Rating: price: 70% performance: 70% features: 70% emissions: 40%

Foreign Reviews

Kurztest Dell Vostro 1520 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: price: 80% display: 80%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


The T9550 is a middle class dual-core CPU of the Core 2 Duo line and similar to the P9600 (except for the higher TDP of the T9550 - 35 vs 25 W). The performance of the T9550 should be sufficient for most applications and games of 2009.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.4 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Gigabyte Q1580M
Core 2 Duo T6500
» HP Compaq 6730b
Core 2 Duo T9600
» Zoostorm 3389-2410
Core 2 Duo T6600
» Sony VGN Vaio-BZ26M
Core 2 Duo T7250
» Fujitsu Esprimo V6535
Pentium Dual Core T4200
» Toshiba Tecra A10-137
Core 2 Duo T9400
» Toshiba Tecra A10-16E
Core 2 Duo T6570
» Systemax Pursuit 4170
Pentium Dual Core T3400
» LG S510-G.CBCBG Saladi
Core 2 Duo P7350
» Dell Studio 1537
Core 2 Duo T6400
» HP Pavilion dv5-1235dx
Core 2 Duo T6400
» Lenovo 3000 N500
Core 2 Duo T5800
» HP Pavilion dv5-1140us
Core 2 Duo T5800
» Toshiba Satellite L305-S5902
Pentium Dual Core T3200
» Asus B50A
Core 2 Duo T5750
» Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11MN
Core 2 Duo P8400
» HP Compaq 6730b
Core 2 Duo P8400
» Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11XN
Core 2 Duo P8400
» Sony Vaio VGN-BZ11VN
Core 2 Duo P8600

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Lenovo ThinkPad R500
Celeron Dual-Core T3000, 3 kg
» Acer Extensa 5230E-901G16
Celeron M 900, 2.9 kg
» Asus M51a
Core 2 Duo T6400, 2.9 kg
» Novatech X70GTX
Core 2 Duo P8700, 3.1 kg
» Gateway NO50
Core 2 Duo T9550, 3 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-NS235J/S
Pentium Dual Core T3400, 2.9 kg
» Acer Extensa 5630Z
Pentium Dual Core T3200, 2.9 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-NS240E/W
Core 2 Duo T6400, 2.9 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-05-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)