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Tested Samsung X520-JA02IT under Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala
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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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300|
|Screen||15.6” 1366×768 16:9|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|HDD||320 GB 5400rpm SATA|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 4500MHD|
|Network||Ethernet: 10/100, Wireless: 802.11 bgn, Bluetooth: NONE|
|Screen||Yes||Brightness cannot be adjusted with Fn keys|
|Optical Drive||NOT PRESENT|
|Graphics||Yes||3D Compiz effects work out of the box|
|Sound||Yes||Volume can be adjusted with Fn keys. Mic started off muted, used Volume control to activate it. Headphones in alsamixer are actually the main speakers.|
|Wireless||Not Tested||Cannot be switched off with Fn keys|
|Card Reader||Yes||Autodetected/automounted SD card upon insertion|
|Camera||Yes||Works 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).