Lenovo Ideapad 520 Review i5 7th Gen 940MX Graphics, Pros, Cons and Price

Here are my opinions, review, and experience on the new Lenovo Ideapad 520 in India.

Lenovo Ideapad 520 – First time bought a Lenovo laptop

Lenovo Ideapad 520, I bought this Laptop from a local retailer at $850 approx, Indian Rupees (INR) 54k. It took a lot of time researching about the laptops in this price range and asked questions on Quora as well as contacted companies like HP, Dell, Asus or Lenovo on Facebook.

I got a positive reply from the companies and still, I continued my search for a laptop. People suggested laptops like HP, Lenovo, Asus and Dell, so I got confused a lot. But I went to a local retailer and saw some big differences in the laptops in this price range.

My questions on Quora : Question1, Question2.

To which laptops I compared

First of all, let me tell you that I compared this laptop to Lenovo Ideapad 510 (i5 model), Dell Vostro 3000 and many other Dell laptops, HP Pavilion 15 AU620TX/AU623TX, Asus R558UQ, and the list goes on. Actually, I saw many laptops in the market which were the competitors of this laptop, still, I got some good specs on this laptop which some laptops were missing.

For example, I wanted a minimum 7th generation i5 Processor in this price range, but some laptops had 6th generation or the 5th generation i5 processor. Well, all that depends on the choice and usage of the person. I needed a laptop for a completely different purpose. I needed a powerful laptop which can work like a PC (PC’s are far better than Laptops with similar specifications) and should be cheaper than the ASUS ROG or Apple MacBook Pro laptops.

Honestly, I had a budget of 45k INR ($703) as I am just an engineering student and my mom said that she wouldn’t give me more money for just a laptop. I searched for a laptop in that range and found laptops with a 4th/5th/6th/7th generation i3 processor and integrated/dedicated graphics.

Inside my mind

I wanted a laptop with i5 7th generation processor with a dedicated graphics card (minimum 2GB). I have worked with many computers and laptops since my childhood as my maternal uncle has a private computer training and repairing Institute and I love to surf the internet and look for the latest laptops and processors. So I always wanted to buy a laptop with a minimum i5 processor and dedicated graphics card. Another thing is, I wanted a laptop with Full HD Display (1920×1080) and not just an HD Display.

Full HD Display is far better than the HD display in terms of quality, smoothness, sharpness and other such factors. But all these specifications were not available in the price range of 45k ($703) after a lot of research I found this result. I forgot to mention that I needed a laptop with LEGAL WINDOWS and not DOS BASED or LINUX/UBUNTU Laptop. So I asked my mom to increase the budget as Laptop is a device, which is never bought again (unless you are a millionaire). Thus the budget changed from 45k ($703) to 54k ($850).

Purpose to buy a Laptop

As I am an engineering student, I needed a laptop for mostly programming in C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, etc. Other than this, I needed it for important PDF’s, notes of chapters and such study needs. Apart from studies, I needed a great laptop for Video Editing, Music Production (Mixing and Mastering) and sometimes gaming. As, for such work, a good laptop with good graphics and processor would be great and I found Lenovo Ideapad 520. This laptop is not even available on online shopping sites (except the Lenovo store) and in India, very few people knew about it. I searched for a laptop retailer in my city and went there. The retailer had laptops of different companies like HP, DELL, and ASUS.

So, I inquired about Lenovo Ideapad 510 other similar laptops like HP, DELL, etc. He had real laptops showing so he brought them in front of me and compared all of them, there was no hint of Lenovo Ideapad 520. Suddenly, the senior of the salesman came and suggested to buy Lenovo Ideapad 520. When I compared the specifications of this laptop to other laptops in a similar price range, I found many great specifications in this laptop apart from others.

What made me purchase this Laptop

I was searching for a laptop with the specs like,

  1. Processor – 7th generation Intel i5 processor (Clock speed up to 3.1 GHz)
  2. RAM – Minimum 4 GB
  3. Full HD screen with anti-glare IPS display
  4. Graphics – Minimum 2 GB nVidia 940MX graphics card
  5. Good body, color, and sound
  6. Most important – A LEGAL COPY OF WINDOWS 10 OS rather than a DOS-BASED system

Apart from Lenovo Ideapad 520, laptops like HP, Dell or ASUS have similar specs perhaps there was something missing in each of those laptops. Even, the prices of the laptops are higher and still there something was missing in those laptops (according to me – varies with a person’s thinking and knowledge).

For example, an HP laptop had similar specs and was costing almost 57.5k ($898). But there was a disadvantage of that laptop, it was DOS-BASED and didn’t have Full HD Display. It just had an HD Display. As Full HD Display panel is way better than the HD display, I ignored that laptop. One thought was going in my mind, “HP is HP and Lenovo is Lenovo”. This made me totally confused, whether I should buy a Lenovo laptop or not.

Then I went through Quora and other sites to read the user reviews on Lenovo laptops and found that no one complained about the Lenovo laptops after purchasing. This made me very clear.

What’s in this Lenovo Ideapad 520

The most important question is, what specifications this Lenovo Ideapad 520 laptop has. I am telling you what I got. For booking this laptop, I didn’t have much money so I asked him if I can book the laptop by giving Rs. 300 (approx. $5) and the shopkeeper agreed. The next day I purchased. The following list shows the specs of Lenovo Ideapad 520 :

  1. 7th generation Intel i5 processor (Clock speed up to – 3.1 GHz).
  2. 8 GB DDR4 RAM (While purchasing it was 4GB but upgraded to 8GB as they mentioned in specs) 2133 MHz, (4GB+4GB).
  3. 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX Graphics + Intel Integrated graphics.
  4. 15.6 inch FULL HD (1920 x 1080 Anti Glare IPS) Display, foldable to 180 degrees.
  5. 1 TB HDD. Can upgrade to SSD anytime.
  6. Legal Windows 10 Home 64-bit installed.
  7. Sound by Harman (Owner of JBL) with Dolby Audio.
  8. Lightweight – 2.2 kg.
  9. 2 x USB 3.0.
  10. 1 x USB-Type C.
  11. HDMI.
  12. Card reader (4 in 1).
  13. RJ-45 for Ethernet connection through LAN.
  14. Surprisingly it has Backlit Keyboard
  15. 2-Cell Li-Polymer Battery
  16. Metal Body with unique design and color. I took the Bronze color which looks great in different light conditions.

Accessories I got with Lenovo Ideapad 520 from the shop

After looking at these specs, I finally decided to purchase a Lenovo Ideapad 520 laptop. If I had bought this laptop from an online shopping site, I wouldn’t have to get the accessories and bag which I got with this laptop. Accessories I got for free :

  1. Lenovo Original Bag
  2. 2 x USB Mouse (Cheap Quality)
  3. Zebronics Headphones (Cheap)
  4. Local small headphones
  5. USB LED
  6. RJ-45 Cable
  7. Keyboard Guard
  8. 1 x Micro SD card reader (Which broke after using for the first time – very cheap quality)

Apart from all this, I got an assurance from the shop owner that if anything happens to this Laptop in the warranty period or 1 or 2 months prior to the warranty period, they will take the laptop for free repairing.

Also, I asked the shopkeeper about differences in the after-sales service of both the companies (Lenovo and HP) and he said that there is no such difference in their services, But the people who purchase laptops online have problems if their laptop is from the seller away from their city.

My experience after using it for 3 days

After using Lenovo Ideapad 520 for three days, I got no issues with it. Perhaps, for people who need a laptop with a battery lasting up to 6-8 hours, this is not the right choice for them. The battery lasts 5 hours with normal usage and 3-4 hours with gaming or video/music editing. Well, that’s not a problem because all the laptops in this price range have similar battery life as the Lenovo Ideapad 520.

I’ve used FL Studio 12, Wondershare Filmora, Google Chrome and MS-OFFICE 2013 on this laptop, and till now, everything works smooth. There is nothing to worry about this laptop. So if you are planning to get this laptop, you can get it at a local store as well as on the Lenovo official store easily. Have a good day and sorry for bad image qualities.

Update: I’ve updated the images of Lenovo Ideapad 520 151KB laptop. Now all these are the real images of the Laptop

Update (April 2018): After using the Laptop on a Regular Basis, I can list the following details.

The laptop heats up while doing video editing. I mean, heats up a lot! So a cooling pad is necessary to avoid the excess of heat.

Also, while playing games, the same issue happens. But, for normal usage like blogging, PDF, Programming, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. The laptop works great!

Date: 18th June 2018, Update:

Hey. We can see that you are looking for a good laptop at good price. This laptop was bought in the Month of July in the year 2017.

After November 2017, the Laptop Manufacturers started releasing the 8th Generation processors, which are far better than these 7th Generation processors in terms of performance. So we urge you to check the 8th Gen processor versions of these laptops as well.

You will find i5 8th Gen and i7 8th Gen Processors in most of the laptops.

33 thoughts on “Lenovo Ideapad 520 Review i5 7th Gen 940MX Graphics, Pros, Cons and Price”

  1. Hey Tarun,
    Well it depends on how you use your laptop. Do you use it on the bed, or on a table. If you use laptop on bed, it will cause problems in your laptop. About the temperature, yes, sometimes the laptop heats up but it is pretty usual. That’s not a big problem but that heat should come by using high graphics games or using the much of processor. WiFi should not cause heating. Even I use WiFI daily.
    You can ask a service centre near you!

  2. thnx for replying
    but could you tell me specifically
    that at what temp laptop may heat and would it be unbearable
    since im planning to buy this laptop

  3. Welcome again,
    The temp. at my surroundings is too warm nowadays, so I think the laptop is heating too.
    I checked the temperature and found it to be 45 – 58 degree in normal usage and above 60 degree while gaming.
    You can surely purchase this laptop. I found no other issues with this laptop.
    Message me “HI” on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/informerfox
    I will tell you if I find any problem with this laptop.
    NOTE: After using Laptop Cooling Pads, the temperature is normal and sometimes even less.
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  4. Hey Tarun,
    Well it depends on how you use your laptop. Do you use it on the bed, or on a table. If you use laptop on bed, it will cause problems in your laptop. About the temperature, yes, sometimes the laptop heats up but it is pretty usual. That’s not a big problem but that heat should come by using high graphics games or using the much of processor. WiFi should not cause heating. Even I use WiFI daily.
    You can ask a service centre near you!

  5. Bro I am thinking of taking legion y520 model no. 80WK0103IN configuration are 16gb ram 1 TB HDD, 4gb Nvidia 1050ti graphics card is it good for graphic designing and coding…

  6. actually this question was asked before .but u dint get the meaning of it .. so my problem is also the same . i feel like the display is a bit dull ,i mean the white background is not compltly white . i feel like there is a yellow tint . i can differentiate pretty easily with my other laptop screen.

    • Hey, check my reply on facebook. I did not find any yellow tint. The screen is awesome at max. brightness. And it is obvious that it becomes dull at low brightness
      Have a question again?
      Have a great day!

  7. Thanks for sharing, it was informative. Did you bought from Lenovo store ? Can you share name of store? Seems a good deal.

  8. does it get really hot when plying games? Because i realize there is no ventilation system to remove the heat from the laptop.

    • Yeah, it gets really hot when playing games on this laptop.
      That’s not too much heat. But, you can still use a laptop cooling pad and enjoy gaming.
      There are a lot of cooling pads available on Amazon and other online shopping sites.

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