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Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB-80YL005BMH


Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB-80YL005BMH
Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB-80YL005BMH (Ideapad 520 Series)
Intel Core i5-7200U 2 x 2.5 - 3.1 GHz, Kaby Lake
Graphics adapter
8 GB 
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
128 GB SSD
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI
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): 22 x 378 x 260 ( = 0.87 x 14.88 x 10.24 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 100% - very good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB-80YL005BMH

100% Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB (80YL005BMH) Grijs Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 520-15IKB teszt
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN version
Positive: Great built quality; nice display; good cooling system; long battery life; decent performance. Negative: Overheats while using; uncomfortable keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2017


Model: Let’s say you are on budget and looking for a new digital companion for your daily usage. It could be that you are a student or someone that deals with too much of writing. You need a large screen and since you are not too mobile, the device's weight does not affect you much. Well, you might be in luck, because this is what Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB-80YL005BMH is.

The device comes with a Intel Core i5-7200U processor and an integrated Intel Graphics 620 graphics card; nothing too powerful. It is equipped with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 128 SSD as well as a conventional 1 TB HDD. As you can see, this laptop is purposely aimed at people who need a laptop for writing, editing, internet surfing. This idea is supported with a good, illuminated keyboard, which has a nice and easy layout to get used to. Also keyboard comes with a full sized numpad.

Even if the specs are fine, we also need to talk about the screen. The matte 15.6-inch screen uses the IPS technology. Its contrast and brightness levels are just fine. It is still better not to work under direct sunlight.

Considering multimedia usage, you only get 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB Type-C connection as well as a simple HDMI out. In view of the price point, we might consider this is fair. But is it future proof? One Thunderbolt output would have been nice, but as said, we can’t complain. 35 Wh battery provides around 5 to 6 hours of usage. Overtime you should expect it to get shorter and the battery is not removable. But it definitely won’t happen pretty soon.

The speakers are fine for daily usage, but lack bass. So, if you are into streaming, you are covered. But if you are a vivid music listeners who wants to hear even the smaller notes, well you better get an external sound card. This is not what this laptop is for.

For its price you get a nice looking laptop with plenty of power inside. Processor and RAM take care of all the power you will need. But you might not be able to do graphical tasks like Corel Draw or video editing etc. since it lacks a dedicated graphic card.

If you are a developer or a student in software engineering, you can also consider this device as online editor. All you need is a device that can connect to internet these days.

For others, with a 128 GB of SSD and the other components you should go for Lenovo Ideapad 520-15IKB-80YL005BMH unless there is a competitor with better specs at this price range.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series).

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.

i5-7200U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm 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.

100%: This model is obviously considered exceptional by the testers. There are almost no laptops that are rated this well. If the reviews or the sources that give these ratings are to be taken seriously, then it is a very clear buy recommendation. Unfortunately, sometimes top scores are also squandered.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2017-08-18 (Update: 2017-08-18)