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Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S

Introduction, Design Features

Same neat framework is a good news. The same cooling fan inside is a bad news.

The Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S brings a 7th Generation “Kaby Lake” Intel processor to a party, yet unfortunately a constantly whirring cooling fan from a prior indication also tags along. If a complement was an all-in-one gaming monster, we could see giving a small space to some fan noise. But this complement is a mainstream all-in-one (AIO) that places an importance on sleekness and character over tender power. It facilities a rapid yet low-voltage Core i7-7500U, a dual-core chip clocked during 2.7GHz with a TDP of usually 15 watts. This CPU should not need a fan constantly spinning so noisily to stay cool.

The processor refurbish is a large change that a Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S ushers in from final year’s Ideacentre AIO 510S, that featured a 6th Generation Core i5-6200U processor that also had a cooling fan spinning on and on. The integrated Intel graphics also get a boost with a pierce to a Kaby Lake part, and we did see an uptick in graphics performance.

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Front)

Lenovo also done a change to a tough drive, yet alas not for a better. The prior Ideacentre AIO 510S we tested was given with a hybrid expostulate that total 1TB of spinning-platter storage with 8GB of rapid solid-state memory as a cache. The Ideacentre AIO 520S drops a cache and reserve usually a plain-vanilla 1TB tough drive. While a Ideacentre AIO 520S outpaced a prototype in labs testing, we can’t assistance yet consider a margins would have been incomparable if tools of a OS and a apps were installed on an 8GB solid-state cache.

Pricing stays roughly a same. You can find a comparison Ideacentre AIO 510S during a high bonus today, yet when we reviewed it scarcely a year ago, it was a Best Buy disdainful that sole for $899.99. The Ideacentre AIO 520S-23IKU indication we are reviewing here lists for $949.99 during Best Buy, yet it’s now on sale for $849.99. For that reasonable sum, a Ideacentre AIO 520S provides clever mainstream opening and a 23-inch 1080p hold arrangement in a neat chassis. Just make certain we take a listen to a building indication before walking out of a store with it.


The Ideacentre AIO 520S looks neat from all angles. From a front, a many nonexistent arrangement bezel lends an atmosphere of oppulance to a complement and creates a 23-inch arrangement seem incomparable than it is. From a side, a complement cuts a trim profile. The tip half of a arrangement measures usually 0.28 in. thick, while a bottom half houses a system’s internals and bulges out a bit, to 1.25 inches.

While weight isn’t scarcely as critical with an all-in-one as it is with a laptop we receptacle around with you regularly, a Ideacentre AIO 520S deserves points for being one of a some-more simply luggable all-in-ones we’ve encountered. It weighs usually 9.7 pounds, yet it’s not flimsy. The V-shaped mount is both stout and elegant…

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Left Profile)

The arrangement bezel is so skinny on tip that it leaves no room for a Webcam. So, it gets changed to a bottom of a display, in a dark pop-out row that also reserve a USB 3.0 pier on possibly side when it’s down…

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Webcam)

Being means to censor a Webcam when it is not in use allows for a cleaner look, and a combined remoteness cause is appreciated. However, sharpened video of your face from next a screen, rather than above, might not outcome in a many graceful coming on your finish when video conferencing or chatting. (Ask a photographer about a advantages of “shooting from above.”)


The Ideacentre AIO 520S facilities a same 23-inch, touch-enabled arrangement with a 1,920×1,080 full-HD (FHD) fortitude as a predecessor. We would have favourite a strike adult in pixels for a finer picture, yet a 1080p arrangement looks copiousness frail on a compact, 23-inch display. It also uses a same LCD technology, Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT), as a Ideacentre AIO 510S. AIT integrates a hold component of a row into a LCD itself, instead of regulating a apart hold covering over a tip of a arrangement panel. The outcome is a shade that’s thinner and lighter than prior hold panels and doesn’t need a potion overlay, that means that glisten and reflections are most reduced. If we wish a hold arrangement yet disgust silken shade coatings, a Ideacentre AIO 520S lets we have your cake and eat it too.

Below a arrangement sits a slight orator bar that hides dual 3-watt speakers, that evacuate endurable audio. They sufficient for examination YouTube during your table yet destroy to clap a windows for song playback with their diseased drum response.

The Ideacentre AIO 520S covers a basis with a extraneous expansion. You’ll find usually 4 USB 3.0 ports and a singular HDMI port. Given a trim design, we were astounded to see no USB-Type C ports. The HDMI port, though, can duty both as both HDMI-in and HDMI-out, that lets we use it to block in, say, a wire box or diversion console to use a complement as a TV/monitor, or block in a second guard so we have some-more room for multitasking.

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Back Ports)

As we mentioned earlier, dual of a USB ports censor in a pop-out camera procedure underneath a display. A pier sits on possibly side of it…

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Webcam Right Port)

On a back, you’ll find a other dual USB 3.0 ports, a combo HDMI connector, an Ethernet jack, and a headphone/mic jack, as good as a connector for a energy supply. The energy symbol sits conveniently out of a way, stealing behind a complement in a lower-right corner. Above a energy symbol is an unmarked button; it’s used to switch video sources.

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Power Button)

Internal enlargement is nil, yet that is no good warn on such a compress system. To get inside, we need to mislay dual screws from a bottom dilemma of a complement before meddling adult a behind row from a lower-right dilemma on a behind of a display. For your labors, we get easy entrance usually to a tough drive, like so…

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Open Back)

Getting to a other components, including a memory, requires stealing a mount and a arm, and another cover that’s hold in place by 3 screws.

The complement bundles a wireless keyboard and mouse, yet they need we to scapegoat one of a system’s 4 USB ports for a one receiver. The keyboard facilities flat, comfortable, and still keys, along with a dedicated series pad. The ambidextrous rodent has a stylish bend that supposing an ergonomic fit with a palm of a hand. Also enclosed in a box is an outmost DVD burner; a system’s parsimonious measure leave no room for an inner visual drive.

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520S (Keyboard and Mouse)

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