Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 PC Reviews: Windows 7 Home Premium Computer

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This desktop computer is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.
Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 with Intel Core i5 , 8GB of Memory and 500GB Storage on Windows 7 Home Premium. See full product description

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Most helpful reviews

Rob, Business user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Nice screen, I like the all-in-one unit, it makes a good working from home machine, in that it can handle the work but in a fairly attractive way. We have it in the corner of the room with the family snaps in a slideshow
Bad points:
The keyboard bluetooth was a little shaky to start with but appears to have settled down, the keyboard doesn't have the build quality or the feel of the base unit.
As usual it comes with the usual OEM bloatware and unwanted antivirus trials. However nothing that revouninstaller can't handle!
Overall rating 8.0
How easy to set-up 9.0
Software bundle 3.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2012

John, Southampton General user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Hardware was easy to set up and the appearance of the unit is good. I have dropped the software rating because the software listed as installed is not evident and needed hunting for in the program files. The Bluetooth mouse was better than expected, I have had a BT mouse before and gave it away because of the poor response and time lag for the Bluetooth signal to lock in. This mouse had none of these faults and is a pleasure to use. The screen is bright and has excellent definition. The sound from the speakers which are along the bottom of the screen is very good.
Bad points:
The keyboard appears to have Ben stolen from a laptop. For a computer of this size, 23" screen there should be no need to restrict the user to a small keyboard where the keys are cramped together. The computer does have a PS2 port so it is no problem to plug in the keyboard of your choice.
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 7.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2012

Sheila, Middlesex General user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very quick and easy to set up. Just read the on-screen messages and click on your choices.

The all-in-one design is good.

I like the wireless keyboard and mouse.
The desk will be less cluttered.
Bad points:
Arrived without Flash, Acrobat, Shockwave, Office etc. like most PCs
It would be good if those things were at least available on the PC, so they didn't have to be downloaded.

I didn't like being almost forced to accept a particular antivirus program.
I installed my own though and the bundled one was easily uninstalled.

The keyboard and mouse seem to be a bit slow to respond. I expect I'll get used to them.

I'm surprised PC power cords are so short. Not everyone has a socket right by their desk. I've plugged it into a surge protector extension lead though, so that was solved.
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 6.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jul 2012

Ray, York Business user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
A dream to use
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 10.0
Software bundle 9.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2012

Chris, Dumfries General user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This machine does not look like an ugly PC sat in the corner of the room. It has a little more elegance about than some of the others I have looked at. There is a general neatness to the PC and it is reasonabley powerful. I have had it for a week and am still getting used to the overall interface, bearing in mind my outgoing main PC has been with for six years!
Bad points:
The screen produces glare unlike my old machine, which had a matt finish, but I am sure that I will find a solution to this. I bought a swivel base to enable me to move the screen to help eliminate the glare.
I would have like better outputs, since I will have difficulty using my old second VGA monitor and 5.1 sound system. Maybe I will have to obtain some more up to date kit?
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 8.0
Software bundle 6.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Feb 2012

Gaynor, General user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great size screen, good keyboard and mouse - easy to connect. I'm very satisfied with my PC. One of the great benefits is that we can use it as a TV and move from room to room.
Bad points:
can't think of any!
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 9.0
Software bundle 7.0
How easy to connect to internet 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Jan 2012

Stewart, ng21 General user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
good value easy to opperate and keep tidy
Bad points:
not convinced on wifi mouse and key board for desk tops
Overall rating 9.0
How easy to set-up 9.0
Software bundle 8.0
How easy to connect to internet 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jan 2012

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 23
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 8
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core i5
Graphics card brand nVidia
Graphics card model number GeForce GT 555M
Number of USB ports 8
 

Manufacturer's Description

Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 – The Worlds 1st Frameless Multi-touch All-in-one

The IdeaCentre® B520 combines the worlds 1st frameless 23” Full HD display with state-of-the-art features like; multi-touch and high-definition graphics to bring movies and games alive with true-to-life audio thanks to the integrated 5.0 channel speakers supporting SRS® Premium Sound. With the 3-in-1 Mouse that doubles up as a motion-drive games controller, plus the combination of powerful graphics and the 2nd generation Intel® Core ™ processor, the B520 is perhaps the ultimate all-in-one entertainment PC. Plus, Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows® 7, lets you boot Windows® 7 in as little as 20.5 seconds, and start your favourite applications 2x quicker.

Powerful Processor & Graphics Performance for all Your Multimedia Needs

This Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 all-in-one comes equipped with the latest cutting edge technology. Powered by the latest 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor technology with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and AMD Radeon graphics you can enjoy a richer, more seamless, visual experience for gaming, watching movies, viewing photos and do more without hesitations or interruptions. What’s more, you get all this in a Sleek and slim design that saves space in the home or office.


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