Summary: Great workhorse laptop. Big screen, advantage of having a touch pad and the trackpoint for mouse. I prefer the trackpoint in most cases, but sometimes the touchpad is just better. I did immediately swap out the drive for a solid state drive and this laptop flies, as do most devices with SSD. I've been using Thinkpads for work for years, and now enjoy using this as my own device.
Summary: Great machine for a really good price. This machine was touted as being very Linux friendly (ie. stuff just worked with little fuss). It did not disappoint! I put an SSD in it as soon as it arrived, runs super fast!
Unbelievable - People need to know how bad this one is
A J, Amazon
13 November 2013
Summary: I have owned 3 Lenovo's/Thinkpads over the last 8 years. The T43, T510 and finally the T520. I must say, the quality of Lenovo products (especially the T series) has deteriorated over the years to such an extent that the product starts malfunctioning even before the 1 year warranty expires. I used to defend Thinkpads at every opportunity I got ... until my T520 gave up on me within 13 months of purchasing it. Yes 1 month after the warranty expired.
The consumer electronics equivalent of a military tank
fawdown "fawdown", Amazon
1 April 2013
Summary: I have been using this laptop in my work for 7 months now. If I were to sum up my experiences in one sentence, it would be this: The Lenovo ThinkPad T520 is the consumer electronics equivalent of a military tank. It is very sturdy and well built. If you shop for laptops you probably look at specifications, and brand names. You will also notice how flashy and sleek most of the new models have gotten in the last few years.
Summary: This is a good unit, it has become my second office computer. It is used for printing documents, labels, and Power Point speech notes. I like the keyboard on the Lenovo G570 much better with the wider spaced keys. The performance is very good. It is quick enough without changing to a solid state drive. The layout of the 3 USB ports is ok but not great. The tracking ball and second set of right and left mouse buttons are a waste to me.
Summary: This is a sturdy laptop and solid construction. Windows 7 runs smooth and solid. I like it, used other systems and moved back to Windows. Installed Ubuntu Linux also and it also runs great! Not disappointed. Screen, wifi, battery life is all good. Installed BatteryBar Pro and it gives accurate measurements. I have used IBM and now Lenovo for past 8 years and has been very satisfied as a rugged systems for highly mobile uses.
Summary: Since I received this machine on August 2011, it was sent to repair to a Lenovo authorized dealer 3 times already, on Nov 28th. 2011 they replaced the mother board; on Dec 29th. 2011 they replaced the hard disk; on June 6th 2012 they replaced the motherboard again. The Lenovo warranty expired on Aug. 22th 2012. On Aug. 28th, it had a problem with the hard disk again and I paid to replace it because Lenovo refuses to extend the warranty.
Summary: I did a ton of research and finally decided to purchase the Lenovo T520. For the first month all was well, then suddenly the computer crashed and blue screened. Lenovo support sent recovery disks which did not work. Then sent a new hard drive that did not work. Two weeks without a computer and I sent it into the depot for repair. The depot had the machine for another week and returned it "repaired".
If you plan to listen to music, watch video's, play games....quickly turn and walk away from whatever this thing is...
Shawn Ray Johnson, Amazon
24 January 2012
Summary: This is, by a magnitude impossible to convey with mere words, the absolute worst piece of s*** I've ever seen. First of all, the sound card that is in this thing is a joke. I honestly don't know what the problem is. When it first boots up, it sounds great but in no time it begins to glitch or hang, dragging out whatever sound it is playing when the glitch hits.