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Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB-81BF00CXHV


Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB-81BF00CXHV
Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB-81BF00CXHV (Ideapad 520 Series)
Intel Core i5-8250U 4 x 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, Kaby Lake Refresh
Graphics adapter
4 GB 
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, glossy: no
500 GB HDD
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Card Reader: undefined
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 378 x 260 ( = 0.91 x 14.88 x 10.24 in)
Operating System
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB-81BF00CXHV

Lenovo IdeaPad 520-IKB 81BF Teszt
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN version
Positive: Powerful hardware; nice design; great built quality; nice display; good cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2018


Model: The Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB-81BF00CXHV is a laptop for office or multimedia use. Featuring top-of-the-line processing and advanced graphics options, this 15-inch laptop is designed to impress. Finished in premium metal and offering Harman speakers optimized with Dolby Audio, the Ideapad 520 is a blend of style and substance. The Lenovo Ideapad 520 has virtually no change compared to its predecessor. The machine still has a weight of 2.2 kg, so it is very portable. The house is made of aluminum, with some plastic. The design is clean and light. Its line is graceful, and this sparkling color is a pretty feminine, realistic elegance. The hinge is stable, well-maintained, and the way in which it can be realized makes the screen fold out 180 degrees. The laptop is available in three sophisticated tone-on-tone options with a soft-touch finish: Iron Grey, Champagne Gold, or Bronze. The Lenovo Ideapad 520 has a 15.6-inch IPS display. Of course, the manufacturer does not feature the most expensive solutions here, but the display has some great features: 1920 x 1080 resolution, and great viewing angles from the IPS panel, as well as realistic color rendering. It could be a bit better in brightness, but it would not be a big problem with outdoor work.

As for hardware specifications, the Lenovo IdeaPad 520 is powered by an Intel Core i5-8250U processor with 4 cores and HyperThreading support for 8 threads simultaneously. The processor is supported by 4 GB 2,400 Mhz DDR4 RAM. 4 GB can often be few, but it is expandable as there are two slots on the motherboard that can hold up to 16 GB of RAM. The CPU has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 video controller. Furthermore, the IdeaPad520 is also equipped with a dedicated Nvidia Geforce MX150 with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The speakers' openings remain unchanged below the keyboard. On the left side, there is a Harman speaker with Dolby Audio, where quality expectations can be justified. User will experience crystal-clear audio with minimal distortion at any volume. The same Intel Wireless 3165 built-in WLAN card is located in the machine. Of course, the laptops also comes with Bluetooth 4.1 and a webcam. As for connectivity, on the left side of the laptop, user can see all the connectors and the LED feedback are here. Here's the power connector, an Ethernet port, HDMI, two type-A and one C-type USB, 3.5 mm jacks and a card reader. The right side of Ideapad 520 is almost completely empty. There is only a Kensington lock there.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce MX150: Pascal GP108 based laptop graphics card and mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. Offers 384 shader cores and usually 2 GB GDDR5 with a 64 Bit memory bus. Manufactured in 14nm.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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

i5-8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.

In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.

In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-06-18 (Update: 2018-06-18)