Summary: Higher performance than same priced new models, many interfaces, excellent chassis (durable, though light), easy to add/replace parts. Last model (T520, W520...) with the old-style Lenovo keyboard, which has much better layout than following T530 models. The keyboard light is almost useless on this model but this is of no concern to me. This model supports m-SATA SSD, which is great for use as a system drive.
An expensive heavy labtop with great specs on paper but in reality it functions really ...
Amazon Customer, Amazon
11 July 2014
Summary: An expensive heavy labtop with great specs on paper but in reality it functions really poorly. - I bought this machine two years ago and just 6 months after the battery died. Good that it came with one year warranty so they sent me a new battery. - the mic didn't work well and I could never fix it and I always had problems on Skype and other application as nobody could hear me very well.
Summary: Bought a high end Lenovo W520 directly from Lenovo. It is the best performing computer I've ever had. The graphics and power are great. One reason for purchase was the famous reputation for build quality and the delightful to use "solid" keypad on Thinkpads. The keypad was NOT solidly supported and had flex at one end. Had hopes that maybe "some" of that famous IBM Thinkpad build quality might have been inherited.
Summary: I bought this laptop 1.5 years back and it was in top of the line back then...it shuts down with no reason..even if you carry it from one place to other.. I called in the technician for help (as I shelled out close to 2 grand buying warranties..)..and he could not figure out.. I hated this laptop every day..I installed a bunch of software on it.. and now I am thinking to throw it in dumpster after taking the backup..what a waste of money..
Summary: There is a reason the Lenovo people call this w520 thinkpad "The Beast" and is because it is a Beast it can handle anything , the performance is extraordinary and you can go all the way to 32GB of RAM beside all other things and is also a work station so I can go every were and the performance and speed are still extraordinary .
Summary: This laptop is an absolute disaster. It shuts down intermittently during both normal operation and sleep mode. Search for "lenovo w520 shutdown" Search for "lenovo w520 lawsuit" I have returned it to the depot 4 times with no resolution. Every time I call, I point out that this is a known issue with 140 *pages* of postings on the Lenovo support website thread (search for "lenovo w520 shutdown", it will be the first result).
Summary: I have had several Lenovo computers over the years and they have always performed well and this one is no exception. It's fast, battery life is very good, and the screen looks great. The power supply is a brick, but I got a nice backpack for the computer and there is plenty of room for it. I have used 2 of these W520's with no problems at all. Get one with a warranty and you should be fine.
Summary: I've been a Thinkpad guy since the T20 days and was torn when Lenovo acquired them. Could a foreign company really maintain the same quality control and engineering standards that set IBM apart? I was skeptical but cautiously optimistic. I decided to upgrade my (IBM) T60 to a (Lenovo) W520. In short, it's a decent laptop but no IBM. First, some history. 1. The IBM executive who built the Thinkpad brand is Stephen Ward.