Dell Latitude E5520 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i5 i5-2520M 2.50 GHz - 4690243 Reviews
Click to see larger image

Dell Latitude E5520 15.6" LED Notebook - Core i5 i5-2520M 2.50 GHz - 4690243

2 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Lean&Mean DELL LATITUDE E5520 - ALL WORK AND NO PLAY

Feb 20, 2012 (Updated Feb 20, 2012)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Very Good

  • Ease of Use:

Pros:Great build quality and screen for a WORK laptop.

Cons:No gaming abilities. No Webcam. No fun!!!

The Bottom Line: All work and no play makes the Latitude E5520 an overly expensive choice in a sea of steadily cheapening prices of gamer-ready, 15"-screened laptops.


FEATURES


My business purchased 10 DELL E5520’s.  I’m typing this review on one right now in fact.

   
The LATITUDE E5520 comes packed with an Intel Core i3 processor (2.20Ghz), 4GB of RAM,  a 250GB Hard Disk Drive (220GB useable)  and a DVD-RW drive.


This laptop offers an HDMI-output, VGA-output,   Expresscard slot, an SD card slot  and a 1394 input.


It offers 3 USB ports, but, there is no pair on the same side – which means if you have an external device which requires 2 USB cables for power, you’re out of luck.   What’s odd is that Dell could have put at least two USB ports together, but, they instead put one USB next to an eSATA port.



There is no webcamera available on this model.  


BUILD QUALITY


The E5520’s build quality is pretty good. In fact, I’d say it’s the best Dell laptop I’ve ever used.   The exterior has a nice anodized metal upper casing, while the lower casing is hardened plastic that feels high enough in quality to last a long time. 

  
The E5520 has a nice, full QWERTY keyboard with a full numpad. The keys are soft-depress and are pretty quiet.  Although I don’t like touchpads which are off-centered, the E5520 is comfortable to type on and navigate with my right thumb – even though my left hand is falling off the side.


Perhaps the most note-worthy part of the E5520 is the screen which is a 15.6” WLED panel. Color reproduction is sharp, vivid and clear. Thanks to the LED’s the screen offers excellent brightness and the anti-glare tech kept the fluorescent bulbs directly above from reflecting more than 90% of the light they normally would.  This is a great laptop for work.


Unfortunately, the E5520 has absolutely no gaming abilities whatsoever.  Even though the Core I3 is recognized at 2.20 GHz  and there’s 1.7GB of Video RAM,  the  E5520 big problem is the lack of a 3D video accelerator onboard. It comes with a standard Intel 3000 HD -  which only allows you to run basic business apps (such as Office 2010). You’d get far more use out of the last, less expensive, HP laptop we purchased which is currently available for less than $488 at Best Buy.  



BATTERY LIFE

A 4-cell battery is standard.  $25 6-cell  or $78 9-cell battery is optional during customization.


This laptop included a 9-cell Lithium battery  which is good for roughly 5-hours after a full charge. You can extend power up to 30 minutes more by using a laptop energy saver profile, but, considering the size of the screen, 5 hours is acceptable.


OVERALL


If your business is planning to buy E5520 laptops for work purposes only, I recommend them without reservation. However, this laptop sucks if you are a college student or want a computer good for multitasking.  E5520’s start at $500 while HP offers fully featured laptops for less than that price.




~485  WORDS


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 500
Operating System: Windows and Macintosh


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Dell - 529V1 - Dell Latitude E6540 15.6 LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-4310M 2.70 GHz - Anodized Aluminum - 4 GB RAM -

Dell - 529V1 - Dell Latitude E6540 15.6 LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-4310M 2.70 GHz - Anodized Aluminum - 4 GB R...

Stay productive and protected The most secure laptop is also the most powerful Latitude. Count on the durable Latitude E6540 for strong performance, p...
Sears
Dell Latitude 15 5000 E5540 15.6 LED Notebook - Intel Core i7

Dell Latitude 15 5000 E5540 15.6 LED Notebook - Intel Core i7

Optical Drive Type DVDR/RW Webcam Yes Battery 9-cell lithium ion CPU L2 Cache 4MB HDMI 1 x HDMI Parts 3 Year
Newegg.com

$1167.99

+$15.37 shipping
Dell Latitude E6430 Laptop - Windows 7

Dell Latitude E6430 Laptop - Windows 7

Dell Latitude E6430 Fully customizable to your needs and budget. 320GB 7200rpm Hard Drive 2.0GB, DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM, 1 DIMM Windows 7 Professional, No...
Dell Small Office

$1185.72

FREE Shipping
Dell Latitude E6440 14in. LED Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 i5-4300M 2.60 GHz

Dell Latitude E6440 14in. LED Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 i5-4300M 2.60 GHz

Amazingly secure and powerful. Windows 7 ProfessionalThe most secure 14in. laptop is also incredibly powerful. Count on the durable Latitude E6440 for...
Office Depot

$1155.99

FREE Shipping
Dell - TX3Y5 - Dell Latitude E6440 14 LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-4310M 2.70 GHz - Anodized Aluminum - 8 GB RAM -

Dell - TX3Y5 - Dell Latitude E6440 14 LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-4310M 2.70 GHz - Anodized Aluminum - 8 GB RAM...

Amazingly secure and powerful. Windows 7 Professional The most secure 14 laptop is also incredibly powerful. Count on the durable Latitude E6440 for p...
Sears
Dell Latitude E7440 BTX Laptop

Dell Latitude E7440 BTX Laptop

Dell Latitude E7440 BTX TOUCH: Combine Windows 8.1 Pro with touch for a more versatile business travel companion. Includes WiGig wireless docking abil...
Dell Small Office

$2677.92

FREE Shipping
DELL Latitude 15.6 Windows 7 Professional Notebook

DELL Latitude 15.6 Windows 7 Professional Notebook

Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4400 Optical Drive Type DVDR/RW Resolution 1366 x 768 Memory Speed DDR3L 1600 WLAN 802.11ac Wireless LAN Bluetooth Blu...
Newegg.com

$858.38

FREE Shipping
Dell - X87Y3 - Dell Latitude E6440 14 LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-4310M 2.70 GHz - Anodized Aluminum - 8 GB RAM -

Dell - X87Y3 - Dell Latitude E6440 14 LED Notebook - Intel Core i5 i5-4310M 2.70 GHz - Anodized Aluminum - 8 GB RAM...

Amazingly secure and powerful. Windows 7 Professional The most secure 14 laptop is also incredibly powerful. Count on the durable Latitude E6440 for p...
Sears
Dell E6400 refurbished laptop PC C2D 2.53/2048/160/DVD/14/W7HP64 Multi color

Dell E6400 refurbished laptop PC C2D 2.53/2048/160/DVD/14/W7HP64 Multi color

Core 2 Dual - 2.53 GHz, 2GB, 160GB hard drive, DVD, 14 inch, Windows 7 Home Premium, One Year Warranty
Sears

$246.99

FREE Shipping
Dell Latitude E7240 BTX Laptop

Dell Latitude E7240 BTX Laptop

Dell Latitude E7240 BTX TOUCH: A Full HD screen and touch let you get the most out of your programs. 128GB Mobility Solid State Drive 8GB (1x8GB) 1600...
Dell Small Office

$2393.20

FREE Shipping