• CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • RAM: 8GB (2x 4096MB) - DDR4, 2133MHz
  • Weight: 2.20 kg (4.9 lbs)

Pros

  • Decent build
  • Good input devices
  • IPS panel with high contrast
  • The screen doesn't use PWM for regulating screen brightness

Cons

  • The M.2 SSD slot is unusuable unless you remove the optical drive
  • The screen has limited sRGB coverage and relatively low maximum brightness
  • Poor battery life

Lenovo IdeaPad 520 - Specs

CPU Performance #82
  • Intel Core i7-8650U 3.2%
  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • Intel Core i5-8250U 3.8%
GPU Performance #101
  • NVIDIA Quadro P520 (2GB GDDR5) 0.5%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (4GB GDDR5) 0.1%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA Quadro M620 (2GB GDDR5) 1%
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200 (4GB GDDR5) 1.2%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (10W) 1.4%
Display
15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
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LG LP156WF6-SPK6 (Lenovo Ideapad 520)
Color accuracy 5.8 -> 3.5
HDD/SSD
512GB SSD
RAM
8GB (2x 4096MB) - DDR4, 2133MHz
OS
No OS
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum (Aluminum lid, plastic base)
Dimensions
378 x 260 x 22 mm (14.88" x 10.24" x 0.87")
Weight
2.20 kg (4.9 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • Card reader MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Audio jack audio combo jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD 720p (1.0MP), fixed focus
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Dual array microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

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DISPLAY: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS

Name LG LP156WF6-SPK6 (Lenovo Ideapad 520)
Diagonal 15.6"
Pixel density 141.21 ppi
Brightness 288 cd/m2
sRGB 53%
PWM frequency No PWM (Flicker-Free)
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 24 inches (62 cm)
Contrast 1230:1
dE Color Checker 5.8 3.5
PWM Rating 10.0: (safe)
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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).

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Office Work and Web Design

The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

It’s important to note that not all displays are suited for Web design – our profiles can not compensate for insufficient sRGB coverage (most TN panels have this problem), so you you might want to check our detailed color tests in the respective product reviews we’ve done if you want to use the machine for professional work.

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

Gaming and Movie Nights

Gaming is among the main driving forces for the fast clip of hardware development. Gamers are well-aware of the fact that a poor image can ruin the entire experience.

The same goes for watching movies. Imagine sitting down for a nice movie after a long day, and barely making out what’s on the screen. The ‘Gaming and movie night’ profile can make a huge difference. We strongly recommend you use it, since it’s gamma curve is specifically tuned to reveal details in the dark sections of the image.

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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.

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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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Lenovo IdeaPad 520 in-depth review

When Lenovo first launched the Ideapad 510, we were pretty impressed by the performance and features it has for the asking price. Luckily, the new Ideapad 520 hasn't steered away from this concept and in fact, we see a handful of improvements over the last generation without the price bump. The new generation offers better build quality, a good choice of materials making it feel more premium, updated hardware and keeps the IPS panel, which was one of the key selling points of its predecessor[...]

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i7-8550U

Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
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Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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performance
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)

Some games you can play on this laptop

DOTA 2
quality
average
94 fps
77 fps
54 fps
44 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
CS:GO
quality
average
117 fps
96 fps
74 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
GTA V
quality
average
82 fps
33 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Six Siege
quality
average
50 fps
44 fps
40 fps
32 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
quality
average
39 fps
29 fps
X
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
quality
average
31 fps
29 fps
22 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 19
quality
average
104 fps
98 fps
66 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Fortnite
quality
average
144+ fps
90 fps
26 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
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