Lenovo Ideapad 520S - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 256GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 PCIe NVMe M.2 slot
Intel Optane
Intel Optane support
RAM
up to 16GB
OS
Windows 10 Home, Linux
Battery
30Wh, 2-cell, 52.5Wh, 52.5Wh, 3-cell
Dimensions
327 x 237 x 19.3 mm (12.87" x 9.33" x 0.76")
Weight
1.70 kg (3.7 lbs)
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum (Aluminum lid, plastic base)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0, Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD 720p
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Dual-Array Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W Harman Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

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Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

$4.97
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Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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$9.99
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CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the Lenovo Ideapad 520S series.

Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the Lenovo Ideapad 520S series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the 3DMark: Sky Diver (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

Lenovo Ideapad 520S in-depth review

Before the Ideapad 720s comes out, Lenovo has prepared a more affordable version of the notebook with little trade-offs called Ideapad 520s - the latter is bulkier, slightly heavier, misses on some of the features like Thunderbolt support and isn't made of aluminum all around. However, the slim bezels - although not as slim as the Ideapad 720s - and the basic hardware specs of the machine are familiar - Intel Core i5-7200U paired with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX discrete GPU, 8GB of DDR4-2133 memor[...]

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Pros

  • Sturdy and fairly portable
  • Good input devices
  • The display doesn't use PWM above 68% brightness (65 cd/m2)
  • 14-inch form factor with M.2 SSD slot, 2.5-inch HDD/SSD bay and upgradable RAM
  • Outstanding battery life

Cons

  • Display with narrow sRGB coverage and low maximum brightness

 

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