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Dell Vostro 2520 15.6-inch Laptop (Core i3 /4GB/500GB 5520 3542 laptop(used)

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Dell Vostro 2520 15.6-inch Laptop Information

Technical Details
Brand Dell
Series Vostro
Colour Gray
Item Height 26 Centimeters
Item Width 35 Millimeters
Screen Size 15.6 Inches
Notebook Display Technology LED Backlit Display with HD
Maximum Display Resolution 1366x768
Item Weight 2.4 Kg
Product Dimensions 37.6 x 3.5 x 26 cm
Item model number 2520
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Type Core i3
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
RAM Size 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR3
Maximum Memory Supported 4 GB
Hard Drive Size 500 GB
Hard Disk Technology Serial ATA
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Card Description Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Number of HDMI Ports 1
Number of VGA Ports 1
Optical Drive Type DVD RW Drive
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System DOS
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3 Hours
Included Components

Dell Vostro 2520 Ci5 DOS Laptop and

 

 

 

 

Review Dell Vostro 2520 Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stiegitz), 12/02/2012

Low cost by Dell. Dell presents an affordable business and office laptop called Vostro 2520. Our test report reveals whether a matte screen, Core i3 processor and long battery life make the Vostro 2520 a recommendable office laptop.

 

Dell provides the Vostro 2520 range for frugal business customers. The models of this range cost less than the Vostro 3560 series laptops. The least expensive model of the 2520 range was available for 309 Euros (~$400) at the time of this review. However, it did not include a Windows operating system. Dell sells a pre-configured version over the known internet shops or it can be customized in Dell's online shop. We tested a pre-configured model. The device we were provided with sports Intel's dual Core i3-2328M processor and its integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 takes care of the graphics output. The system can fall back on 4 GB of working memory. Data is stored on a 500 GB hard drive. A DVD burner is also installed.

We used HP's 650 (Intel Pentium B970Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)) and Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X (Intel Core i3-2330MIntel HD Graphics 3000) to classify the laptop.

Case

The Vostro 2520's casing is mainly made of plastic. Only the base unit's top is metal and gives the laptop a much higher quality look. HP's 650 and Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X do not sport any metal parts. The Vostro 2520's casing features a dark, matte gray color, which Dell has dubbed "London Slate". The silver-gray plastic bezel that surrounds the base unit supplies a color contrast. Regrettably, Dell has decided to not completely rely on matte surfaces. The keyboard's bezel and the gaps between the keys are glossy and downright attract fingerprints.

The base unit makes a robust impression. It only dents marginally under pressure. It yields more intensely when the casing is pressed in the keyboard's lower left area. The casing's stiffness is also acceptable in view of the price. It can only be warped slightly when held at its two front corners and produces a noise in that case. The Vostro 2520 does not have to fear a comparison with the Vostro 3560's casing. Nevertheless, the latter exhibits an overall more stable build.

The lid's back is coated with a ribbed, rubber layer that protects the back from bumps and scratches. The lid is quite easily warped and its back can be dented without much effort. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position. It's not possible to open the lid with only one hand because the hinges are pulled too tight.

The Vostro 2520 features restrained looks
The Vostro 2520 features restrained looks
The rubber coat protects the lid
The rubber coat protects the lid
There is no maintenance cover
There is no maintenance cover

Connectivity

Dell's Vostro 2520 cannot stick out from HP's 650 and Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X in terms of connectivity. None of the laptops sport a USB 3.0 port. If you value an ExpressCard slot and also need USB 3.0, you should look closer at the "bigger" Vostro 3560 model.

Left: Gigabit Ethernet, VGA out, HDMI, USB 2.0, microphone in, headphone out
Left: Gigabit Ethernet, VGA out, HDMI, USB 2.0, microphone in, headphone out
Right: DVD burner, 2x USB 2.0
Right: DVD burner, 2x USB 2.0
The memory card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick) is on the front.
The memory card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick) is on the front.
 

Communication

The Vostro 2520 harbors Dell's own Wi-Fi module, Dell 1704. A Broadcom chip operates on the module. It supports the 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi standards and also supplies the laptop with Bluetooth 4.0. An old acquaintance known from many laptops provides cabled network connections: a gigabit Ethernet chip from Realtek's RTL8168/8111 family. A webcam is installed in the display bezel.

Accessories

Dell does not include any accessories apart from a few manuals and quick start posters.

Operating System

Our test device is delivered with Ubuntu Linux 11.10 preinstalled. If you buy the Vostro 2520 directly from Dell, you can configure it with either Windows 7 or Windows 8. We installed Windows 7 for our tests. The necessary drivers can be downloaded from Dell's website. We could install Microsoft's latest Windows 8 version on the laptop without problems; it detected almost all hardware immediately. Windows 8 did not provide drivers for the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module - but Windows 7 did not either. If you are planning to install Windows 7/8 on the laptop and are connected to the DSL router via Wi-Fi, you should first download the corresponding drivers from Dell's website.

Maintenance

The Vostro 2520 does not prove to be particularly maintenance-friendly. All components in the laptop are basically accessible. However, accessing them is quite tedious and very inconvenient. There is no maintenance cover. The keyboard has to be removed by pressing four snap-fit hooks toward the display in order to access the working memory and Wi-Fi module. The procedure is not easy because the hooks always recoil. The hooks can be pressed with a flathead screwdriver. However, there is always a risk of scratching the case. The laptop sports two working memory banks. Our test device sports a 4 GB module. Contrary to the specs on Dell's website, the laptop supports a maximum of 8 GB RAM and not only 4 GB. We tried it out.

The base unit's entire top has to be disassembled if the laptop's hard drive is to be replaced. Replacing the hard drive is easy. However, Dell installs hard drives with a height of 7 mm in the Vostro 2520. Conventional hard drives have a height of 9.5 mm. If you want to exchange the hard drive, you should download the Vostro 2520's manual with exact instructions on replacing the hard drive.

Warranty

24 month collect and return warranty is included with our test device. The laptop is picked up from and returned to the customer in a warranty case. In contrast, HP's 650 only includes a 12 month warranty. Note: when the Vostro 2520 is bought directly from Dell, it standardly only includes a 12 month warranty. The warranty on Dell's laptops can be upgraded. For example, a three year on-site warranty including ProSupport costs 120 Euros (~$155).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Dell installs a chiclet keyboard in the Vostro 2520 which we already know from other laptops, such as the Vostro 3560. The main keys feature a size of approx. 14 x 14 mm. The keys could have been one millimeter wider and deeper; enough room would have been available since Dell did not install a number pad. The keys exhibit a sufficient drop and a clear pressure point. The keyboard recoils a bit while typing. This effect is more intense in the keyboard's center than at the sides. The Vostro 2520's keyboard is defeated by the one in Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X.

Touchpad

The touchpad presents a size of 9.1 x 4.9 cm. The sleek surface allows the finger to glide pleasantly. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures and functions like pinch-to-zoom are available. All gestures can be enabled or disabled in the touchpad's configuration menu. Two mouse buttons are positioned below the pad and feature a medium drop as well as a clear pressure point.

The keyboard does not sport a number pad
The keyboard does not sport a number pad
The touchpad supports multi-touch
The touchpad supports multi-touch

Display

As is common for low-cost 15.6-inch laptops, an LED backlit screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels is installed in the Vostro 2520. The matte surfacereinforces the laptop's business claim. Both HP's 650 and Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X also sport such a screen. Other screen models are not available for either Dell's laptop or the two contending models. The average brightness of 237.8 cd/m² is within a good range. HP's 650 (167.7 cd/m²) and Asus' Pro P53-SO102X (165.2 cd/m²) lag far behind the Vostro 2520.

 
  200
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
 
  212
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
255
cd/m²
 
  216
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
 
 
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 255 cd/m² Average: 232.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 257 cd/m²
Contrast: 304:1 (Black: 0.84 cd/m²)
Dell Vostro 2520 vs. sRGB
Dell Vostro 2520 vs. sRGB
Dell Vostro 2520 vs. AdobeRGB
Dell Vostro 2520 vs. AdobeRGB

The screen's black value of 0.84 cd/m² is in the upper midfield and its contrast ratio of 304:1 is decent. The screen does not cover either the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spectrum.

Attentive readers will notice that the Vostro 2520's black value and contrast ratio are superior to that of HP's 650, although both laptops likely sport the same screen according to the label. We measured the screen in Dell's laptop with another meter than used on HP's 650. Beyond that, possible manufacturing tolerances of identical screens also have to be considered.

The screen's brightness is easily enough for outdoor use. Its matte surface also makes things easier.

The viewing angle of the Vostro 2520 correlates to the price range and is on a par with HP's 650 and Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X. Changing the vertical viewing angle quickly leads to image distortions. In return, the horizontal viewing angles are more generous.

The Vostro 2520 outdoors
The Vostro 2520 outdoors
Viewing angles: Dell Vostro 2520
Viewing angles: Dell Vostro 2520
 

Performance

Dell supplies a range of affordable office devices for business customers and private users with the Vostro 2520 series. Our test device provides more than enough power for routine computer use, i.e. word processing, internet communication, video rendering.

At the time of this review, our test device was listed at 399 Euros (~$517). The low-end device was price-tagged with 309 Euros (~$400) and was powered by Intel's Celeron B820 processor, featured 2 GB of working memory and a 320 GB hard drive. If you buy the laptop in Dell's online shop, you can also opt for Windows 7 or 8 and Intel's Core i5-3210M processor.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Mainboard
System info CPUZ RAM
System info CPUZ RAM SPD
System info GPUZ
System info HWInfo
System information: Dell Vostro 2520

Processor

Our test device is powered by Intel's Core i3-2328M processor. It is a new CPU that comes from Intel's previous Sandy Bridge processor generation. The CPU clocks with 2.2 GHz. The Core i3 does not feature Turbo. The Core i3-2328M is identical to the Core i3-2330M with one difference: the Core i3-2328M does not support Intel's Small Business Advantage Tools. That is a collection of utilities from Intel for the business field and, for example, enables locking the computer's USB ports.

The CPU finished our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run simultaneously) at full speed (2.2 GHz) in AC mode. The GPU mostly clocked at its maximum of 1100 MHz. It was sometimes downclocked to 1050 MHz. The CPU also clocks at full speed on battery power, but the GPU's clock is reduced to 650 MHz.

The Cinebench tests were also completed at full speed. The test scores are on the expected level. The Pentium B970 in HP's 650 is clearly surpassed. Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X (Intel Core i3-2330MIntel HD Graphics 3000) is the clear winner of Cinebench 10's GL tests. Surprisingly, it is clearly defeated by the Vostro 2520 in Cinebench R11.5's GL test. We presume that it is due to the newer driver of Dell's laptop.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2892
 
 
 
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6475
 
 
 
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3053
 
 
 
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3590 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7778 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3011 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.1 Points
 
 
 
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.24 fps
 
 
 
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Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 2520
2.1 Points ∼9%
HP 650-B0Y92EA
1.78 Points ∼7%-15%
Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
2.12 Points ∼9%+1%
HP ProBook 4530 (XX964EA)
1.25 Points ∼5%-40%
OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 2520
9.24 fps ∼8%
HP 650-B0Y92EA
7.35 fps ∼6%-20%
Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
7.3 fps ∼6%-21%
HP ProBook 4530 (XX964EA)
4.85 fps ∼4%-48%

Legend

 
Dell Vostro 2520Intel Core i3-2328M, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
 
HP 650-B0Y92EAIntel Pentium B970, Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
 
Asus Pro P53E-SO102XIntel Core i3-2330M, Intel HD Graphics 3000, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0
 
HP ProBook 4530 (XX964EA)Intel Celeron B810, Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), Hitachi Travelstar Z7K320 HTS723232A7A364
 
 

System Performance

The laptop runs quickly and smoothly on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Ubuntu Linux. The PCMark test results are on the expected level. Both HP's 650 (Intel Pentium B970Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)) and Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X(Intel Core i3-2330Intel HD Graphics 3000) are defeated. We believe this is due to the Vostro 2520's swifter hard drive.

4.7
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
5.8
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.8
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.1
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PCMark Vantage Result   5283 points
PCMark 7 Score   2071 points
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PCMark Vantage - 1024x768 Result (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 2520
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
5283 Points ∼17%
HP 650-B0Y92EA
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B970, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
4317 Points ∼14%-18%
Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
HD Graphics 3000, 2330M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0
4810 Points ∼15%-9%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Dell Vostro 2520
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2071 Points ∼26%
HP 650-B0Y92EA
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B970, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
1742 Points ∼22%-16%
Asus Pro P53E-SO102X
HD Graphics 3000, 2330M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80ZEST0
1768 Points ∼22%-15%
 
 

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDisk Mark

Dell equips our test device with a hard drive from Seagate's Momentus Thin series. The drive features a memory capacity of 500 GB and spins with a speed of 5400 rpm. The measurements of the hard drive surprised us pleasantly because we did not expect such rates from a laptop of this price range. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read time of 100.5 MB/s. HDTune ascertained an average transfer rate of 82.2 MB/s. Both rates are good for a 5400 rpm drive. We usually determine rates between 60 and 70 MB/s in low-end laptops.

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 49.5 MB/s
 
 
 
Transfer Rate Maximum: 102 MB/s
 
 
 
Transfer Rate Average: 82.2 MB/s
 
 
 
Access Time: 19 ms
 
 
 
Burst Rate: 84.9 MB/s
 
 
 

Graphics Card

The graphics solution in the Vostro also comes from Intel. It is the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, which clocks from 650 to 1100 MHz and supports DirectX 10.1

The results of the 3DMark benchmarks are on the expected level. HP's 650 (Intel Pentium B970Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)) is clearly surpassed. Dell's laptop again has the lead on Asus' Pro P53E-SO102X (Intel Core i3-2330MIntel HD Graphics 3000). Again, we believe the newer graphics drivers of Dell's laptops are responsible for this.

3DMark 03 Standard   7665 points
3DMark 05 Standard   5976 points
3DMark 06 Standard   3140 points
3DMark Vantage P Result   1559 points
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Gaming Performance

The Vostro 2520 is not designed for professional computer gamers. The hardware is at most enough for low resolutions and low quality settings. However undemanding games, such as the FIFA series, still run smoothly even in higher quality levels on Dell's laptop.

  low med. high ultra  
StarCraft 2 (2010) 77.2 17.8 10.2   fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 80

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