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Samsung X520

Tested Samsung X520-JA02IT under Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala


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A new laptop (as of Nov. 2009), mounting the low voltage Intel processors, claiming over 8 hours of battery life. Comes with Win7. Very light and slim. LCD lit by LED. Has HDMI, VGA and 3 USBs. Plus 3 in 1 card reader. Can boot from USB. Uses Phoenix BIOS. DOES NOT have an optical drive 1). Includes numeric keypad. Italian version tested (hence the IT at the end of the model number).

Tried under Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala

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For full specifications see the Samsung X520 specifications page.

NameSamsung X520-JA02IT
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo SU7300
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 16:9
HDD320 GB 5400rpm SATA
Optical DriveNONE
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500MHD
NetworkEthernet: 10/100, Wireless: 802.11 bgn, Bluetooth: NONE

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesBrightness cannot be adjusted with Fn keys
Optical DriveNOT PRESENT
GraphicsYes3D Compiz effects work out of the box
SoundYesVolume can be adjusted with Fn keys. Mic started off muted, used Volume control to activate it. Headphones in alsamixer are actually the main speakers.
WirelessNot TestedCannot be switched off with Fn keys
Card ReaderYesAutodetected/automounted SD card upon insertion
CameraYesWorks in Skype out-of-the-box


Very nice machine, mind the absence of the optical unit. Tested for a few days only.


Altogether highly satisfactory. Only not all Fn keys work. Also advanced touchpad gestures don't work (scroll using the edges works, but no zooming nor rotating).

1) This is true for the Italian models. UK versions HAVE DVDRW


Tom, 2009/12/26 13:55

it is possible to change Brightness using Fn keys disabling KMS or,
with KMS enabled,
it is possible to change Brightness by the command

setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=XX

XX=0 dark
XX=FF max Bright

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