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Lenovo ThinkPad L520 Details, Specs and Photos

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The Lenovo ThinkPad L520 is a larger version of the entry level ThinkPad L420, both of which are aimed at mainstream users within large organizations. The L250 is a new model announced today as part of the ThinkPad 2011 refresh which adds new processor options and many usability enhancements to the ThinkPad line of notebooks.

ThinkPad L520 Quick Specs:

The L520 is available with 2nd Generation Intel Core i processor options starting at Core i3 and going up to a 2.70GHz Core i7 and can be configured with up to 8GB DDR3 RAM. For storage there are options of up to a 128GB SSD and up to a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive. The new processors can be run longer in TurboBoost mode thanks to TurboBoost+, a Lenovo enhancement that taps into the ThinkPad design which allows for longer operation at the higher thermal  level.

The L520 is available with a 15.6″ anti-glare 1366×768 resolution display by default, but can be upgraded to an HD+ version which supports 1600×900. Likewise, the L520 ships standard with integrated Intel graphics but can be paired with a discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v GPU with 1GB VRAM for users that need more graphical power.

ThinkPad L520 Video Overview:

ThinkPad L520 Features:

Companies will appreciate the inclusion of fingerprint readers, optional smart card readers and other security enhancements as well as the face that the ThinkPad L Series uses the same docks and batteries as the T series and W Series so that it is easy to manage deployments to large groups.

Users will love the ability to shut the notebook lid and go to another office or meeting room without losing their WiFi connection and the ability to switch between private chat mode and conference mode depending on who the user want’s the microphone to listen to. Everyone will appreciate the noise suppression which keeps the keyboard licking and clacking from carrying over during video chats.

ThinkPad L520 Battery Life:

The L520 comes with the option for a 3-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell battery depending on how much time the user needs away from the desk.  Lenovo claims a 40% battery life improvement, but does not list the life of the L520 battery options.

Lenovo ThinkPad L520 Pricing and Availability:

The Lenovo ThinkPad L520 will be available on March 29th with a starting price of $719 along with the rest of the ThinkPad T, ThinkPad L and ThinkPad W lines.

ThinkPad L520 Gallery:

ThinkPad L520 Specs:

Brand Lenovo
Model ThinkPad L420
Processor
Intel® Core™ i7-2620M (2.70GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i5-2540M (2.60GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i5-2520M (2.50GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M (2.30GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel® Core™ i3-2310M (2.10GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic 32-bit

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit

Hard Disk 160GB (7200rpm SATA)1

250GB/320GB (5400rpm SATA)

320GB/500GB (7200rpm) SATA

250GB (7200rpm SATA FDE)

80GB mSATA SSD 128GB SSD

Memory / RAM Choice: Up to 8GB
RAM speed 1333MHz
Memory Type DDR3
Optical Drive DVD ROM Read-Only or Multi Burner/DVD CD Multi Rec
Keyboard Improved ergonomic design, ThinkPad UltraNav multipointing system, including TrackPoint pointing device and larger multitouch touchpad with flush design, larger Esc and Delete keys, separate microphone and speaker mute buttons with LEDs, VoIP Fn+F6 hotkey combination, LEDs added to CapsLk key, power-on button and fingerprint reader
Graphics Card Intel® Integrated HD Graphics Intel® + ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 565v Discrete Graphics (1GB VRAM)
Available Integrated Communication WWAN ,Bluetooth 2.1, WiMAX, WLAN
Supported WLAN Card Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 2×2 AGN

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 2×2 AGN (performance) Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 10001 1×2 BGN (value)

ThinkPad GN (Realtek®) 1×1 GN (value)

Supported WWAN Card Gobi™ 3000 Sierra Wireless EV-DO/HSPA WWAN Minicard

Ericsson HSPA+ WWAN Minicard (F5521gw)

LeadCore TD-SCDMA WWAN Minicard (LC5730D)

Huawei EV-DO WWAN Minicard (EM660)

WebCam HP 720P
Microphone dual digital microphones
Dimensions 14.96in x 9.72in x 1.26in – 1.42in

(379.9mm x 246.8mm x 32.0mm-36.0mm

Weights Starting at 5.75 lbs (2.6kg) with 6-cell battery
Display HD anti-glare 16:9 LED

15.6″ HD (1366 x 768)

15.6″ HD+ (1600 x 900)

USB Ports 4 USB ports (1 powered)
eSata Port 1 eSATA port
Other ports and slots 54/34mm ExpressCard and Smart Card option

1 MultiMedia Card Reader

1 Display port with audio

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

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