Samsung X520 review

Alan Lu
12 Jan 2010
Samsung X520
Our Rating 
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Samsung's X520 is a bit heavier than we'd like, but its great battery life, comfortable keyboard and large hard disk make it a great choice if you want a comparatively light laptop with a large screen.



15.6 in 1,366x768 display, 2.2kg, 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7300, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

At 2.2kg, Samsung's X520 isn't really an ultraportable laptop. However, considering it has a 15.6in screen and a built-in DVD writer, it's a good 0.5kg lighter than most laptops of this size. If you can put up with its extra weight you'll be rewarded with surprisingly long battery life – it lasted seven hours in our light-use test. It doesn't feel as sturdy as previous Samsung laptops we've seen though. The black, grey and chrome casing feels lower quality - even cheap.

The keyboard has a number pad for convenient data entry in spreadsheets. Unlike many other laptops with numeric keypads, it doesn't have any undersized keys and the pad shares the same standard layout as a desktop keyboard's. The small touchpad and see-saw button doesn't make use of the ample available space on the wrist rest. This is especially surprising considering it supports multitouch gestures which are easier to perform on a large pad, but at least it's responsive.

Although the display isn't as bright as others we've seen, it's by no means dim. Colours look accurate as long as you stay within a fairly narrow viewing range and the 1,366x768-pixel resolution is high enough for most tasks.

The X520 is generously equipped with 4GB of RAM, although only comes with a 32-bit version of Windows 7. The large 500GB hard disk is welcome, though. The 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo U7300 processor isn't substantially more powerful in our benchmarks than the Pentium Dual Core SU4100 processors in other CULV ultraportables. The Intel GMA 4500M HD graphics chip isn't powerful enough for 3D gaming, but it can play 1080p video.

Samsung's X520 may be a bit too big and heavy for carrying everywhere, but it's a great choice if you want a reasonably light laptop with long battery life and a large screen. It has a comfortable keyboard, an integrated DVD writer and a large hard disk, all of which make it a great choice.

Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo U7300
Processor clock speed1.3GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption idle17W
Power consumption active30W


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 4500M
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory32MB


Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive modelLiteOn DU8A2S
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slotsnone
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC
Other portsnone


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includednone
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return