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.
Recommend this product?
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.
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.
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.
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.