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Lenovo Y520-15IKBN Y-Series Gaming Notebook Review

  1. About the Lenovo YN520 and rest of the legion
  2. External Overview
  3. External Overview
  4. Internal Overview
  5. Utility Impressions and Keyboard Testing
  6. How it’s tested??
  7. Power and Noise Level Testing
  8. Futuremark Benchmarks
  9. Game Benchmarks
  10. Unigine Benchmark
  11. Storage Benchmarks
  12. System Boot Test
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links
  15. View All

Initial Impressions

The Lenovo Y520 is an all-black matte-finish design but with a carbon fibre finish on both side of the surface (top and underside). Since Lenovo is following the red-and-black colour scheme it could have incorporated that on the notebook but on the bright side it is a clean design. The previous gaming notebook that I reviewed was the Lenovo Y700. Just like it, The Lenovo Y520 has a clean casing design with no wings or backlit for its logo anywhere over it, typically found in older notebook design of few brands. The I/O options are towards the left and the right side, with the air inlet at its underside and exhaust towards the rear.

Vent Access

As you can see, the Lenovo Y520 has dual lateral fans for cooling and uses a copper heatsink and fin array. As you can see there is a reasonably sized mesh vent for the fan and the for the section of the heatsink underneath. You can easily clean any possible dust built-up on your own, provided the underside casing is easy enough to remove. You would also observe that the heatsink array covered internally is painted black while the exposed section is bare copper. Maybe Lenovo did this to show that it is not compromising on cooling? But copper oxidises and becomes dull. Galvanising it prevents that, typically done for desktop CPU coolers.


The part of the speakers can be seen on either side of the hinge support even when closed and the rest when opened. Lenovo emphasised on the speakers as this uses 2x 2watt Harman speakers Dolby audio certification. Internally, the Lenovo Y520 uses a Realtek ALC235 audio controller.

I/O Options

On the left side, Lenovo provides a Kensington lock port, a charging port, an Ethernet port, a USB 2.0, a headset and a reset pinhole. The right side provides two USB 3.0 a standard HDMI-out port a memory card reader for an SD card and a USB Type-C port. The power indicator is next to it.

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