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Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch

Introduction

The Lenovo U530 Touch is fully functional with Linux.
The test below have been made with Elementary OS (Ubuntu Bionic LTS with custom Window Manager Pantheon) and should therefore work with most Debian/Ubuntu-based Distros “out of the box”.
The used laptop has the all optional Options and the 250GB SSD only.

Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch
Processor4th Gen Intel Core i7-4500U (1.8 GHz 200 MHz 4MB)
4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6 GHz 200 MHz 3MB)
Screen15.6“ Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with 10-point multitouch, 16:9 widescreen
15.6” HD (1366 x 768) display with 10-point multitouch, 16:9 widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB 5400RPM HDD + 16GB SSD
500GB 5400RPM + 8GB SSHD hybrid drive
250 GB SSD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400
Optional NVIDIA GeForce GT730M N14M-GS
NetworkIntel 7260 b/g/n Wireless (2×2 BGN)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorksRecognized as Dualcore Intel Core i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80Ghz
ScreenWorksIncluding 10-point multitouch screen
HDDWorksOnly tested with 250GB SSD option
Graphics ChipBoth WorkBoth recognized (Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev09) and NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M (reva1)
HDMI OutWorks
SoundWorks
MicrophoneWorksHas by default poor quality
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
USBWorksUSB hub, USB mouse, USB keyboard, USB headphones tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorksQuality seems even to be better than with Windows
KeyboardWorksIncluding FN keys and lightning keys
TouchPadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

Test has been performed with Elementary OS 5.0 and full install via USB drive.
To install it you need to shutdown the system and press the button next to the ethernet port. Then with the next boot BIOS is opening and asking what boot device you want to use. For me it was called USB-HDD.

Summary

Expected issues (e.g. Bluetooth) - but had none. Test duration was 2 days of medium use. Seems to work with Linux “out of the box” for Ubuntu/Debian-based distros. I installed the properitary NVIDIA 390.77 drivers additionally.


Discussion

Viktor, 2019/04/16 20:14

I documented my results.
And yes multitouch seems to work.

Viktor

Aaron, 2014/07/24 08:26

Everything works great out of the box with the exception of bluetooth which I've always had problems with.

Steffen, 2014/07/25 19:50

Hi Aaron,

I've been looking into buying this model – you say everything works great with Ubuntu? Could you confirm that the multi-touch screen is working?

Even better, if you have the opportunity, would you mind testing if 'mtview' works: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Multitouch/Testing/UsingMtview ?!

Thanks a lot!

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