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Lenovo-thinkpad-w520.33420322
7.3 out of 10

Lenovo ThinkPad W520

Lenovo ThinkPad W520 The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 is a 15.6-in Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Lenovo ThinkPad W520

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Overall 2
2.0

Overpriced, totally unreliable machine. The worst computer I've ever owned

Clayton B Thomas III "Techie, Photographer, P..., Amazon
1 September 2014
  • Summary: On paper, this looks like a good computer. The hardware specs make it out to be a solid workhorse, which is probably why my company provides them for its entire consulting team. But in practice, this thing is a piece of junk. In two years of use, I've had to replace the hard drive (bad clusters), the DVD drive (it simply stopped recognizing any discs, most of the time), and I've just gotten off the phone with tech support staff who say that my SD card reader’s failure...
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Overall 2
2.0

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.
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Overall 2
2.0

Do not buy this laptop .. this is a piece of crap

HighlyUnsatisfiedCustomer, Amazon
11 October 2013
  • 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..
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Overall 2
2.0

DO NOT BUY LENOVO W520

ihnorton, Amazon
11 July 2013
  • 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).
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Overall 2
2.0

If I could give it negative stars I SURE WOULD !

Olga Keselman, Amazon
8 January 2013
  • Summary: I recently bought a Thinkpad w520 from Amazon for over $1,200 Unfortunately, it looked good on paper - not in real life. The machine does not work as it simply does not shutdown; it needs to be unplugged and the battery needs to be removed for it to start working. I have contacted the technical support department 3 times, to no avail. I have done system restores - yet again to no avail. I finally decided to return but unfortunately, it is past the return date to Amazon.
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Overall 2
2.0

do not buy this product

grandez, Amazon
10 November 2012
  • Summary: do not buy this machine, for a small but sizable number of owners - like myself - it has been a total lemon as it occasionally crashes when under low load/idling - as if the battery was pulled.. most likely a hardware error, but they still have not figured it out and after having sent in the laptop multiple times, the problem remains unsolved (or reduces than comes back more frequently..). See also [...] - it's a 140 page thread...
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Overall 2
2.0

Lenovo doesn't update drivers

AnarchyJim, Amazon
28 March 2012
  • Summary: I highly recommend against getting any Lenovo machine. They don't update their drivers, so if you're going to upgrade to Windows 8 when it comes out be prepared to buy a new machine. This is my take away from my Thinkpad which I bought about a year before Win 7 came out. There are no new drivers making the Win 7 upgrade problematic. Some of the Vista 64-bit drivers work fine and some don't including the ATI video card driver.
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Overall 2
2.0

Motherboard had a short

Arthur, Amazon
29 February 2012
  • Summary: I got this in Novemver and barely used it. And one day it just does not boot. I took it to service center and it appeared that motherboard had a short and that it affected other components as well. also the technician told me that the battery also had low voltage. Such defects are unacceptable for a machine costing over 1500. I wish I could return this back. will never buy Lenovo again. I wish I had bought Sony instead. Very disappointed...
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Overall 2
2.0

2 failures in first 22 days

desert gnome, Amazon
19 December 2011
  • Summary: I researched my options for fast reliable workstations long and hard. I work overseas and need a reliable and powerful machine. On paper the W520 seems like the best bet, and I have had great success with Thinkpad's in the past, however this is not the case with the w520. The first week it performed flawlessly, on day 8 it would not turn on. I had powered it down for the night and in the morning it was just dead. I checked all usual suspects and contacted Lenovo.
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Overall 2
2.0

Best on paper.. but 2 deaths already!

desert gnome, Amazon
19 December 2011
  • Summary: I researched my options for fast reliable workstations long and hard. I work overseas and need a reliable and powerful machine. On paper the W520 seems like the best bet, and I have had great success with Thinkpad's in the past, however this is not the case with the w520. The first week it performed flawlessly, on day 8 it would not turn on. I had powered it down for the night and in the morning it was just dead. I checked all usual suspects and contacted Lenovo.
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