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Sony VAIO S Series SVS13A12FXB 13.3-Inch Laptop (Black)

by Sony
3.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5 GHz
  • 6 GB DDR3
  • 640 GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE (1GB + Internal)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

The VAIO® S Series 13 laptop offers stepped up performance, all day mobility in a sleek, full-flat design with carbon fiber elements. Features like slot-loading optical drive, large clickable touchpad and backlit keyboard are standard. Get even longer battery life with the optional extended sheet battery.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution 1600 pixels
Processor 2.5 GHz Core i5-3210M
RAM 6 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 640 GB
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Chipset Brand Intel, NVIDIA
Graphics Card Ram Size 1024 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5 hours
Brand Name Sony
Series VAIO S Series
Item model number SVS13A12FXB
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 8 x 13 x 0.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8 x 13 x 0.9 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

ASIN B00889O48O
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #41,862 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#8,723 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 6.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available June 4, 2012

Warranty & Support

Warranty, Parts:Replacement parts provided free for 90 days from the date of purchase.Warranty, Labor:All labor costs covered for 90 days from the date of purchase.Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Color: Gun Metal Verified Purchase
Pros:

-GREAT portability, it is the main reason why I love this laptop! If the font was set to medium then the small screen size wouldn't strain your eyes. If you are always on the go, this laptop is for you!

-It is not the best performing laptop in the market, but considering the weight and size, battery life, screen resolution and graphic card and price it is just the best package.

-I believe it is built to be durable considering that the case is made of carbon fiber and it locks the hard drive disk if it fell or was moved accidentally.

-Mouse pad is just spacious and very comfortable. Keyboard very quiet.

-Great sound system for a laptop.

-Low heat, low fan noise *not completely silent tho*

-Good customer service over the internet.

-Has good features and pre-installed programs by vaio. A Full list is found on the products page in the attached link.

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Cons:

-Fingerprint reader is just in the WRONG place. I can't swipe my finger because where it is at is just too narrow.

-It could be faster, maybe an i7 processor would make this laptop much better!

-There is some flex in the keyboard, but I doubt it is problematic.

-Colour saturation of the screen isn't very brilliant.

-An hour and a half to two hours, for me, is just too much for recharging.

-Doesn't come with a recovery disk.

Note if your purchasing it:

According to the specs. on pro.sony.com, battery is supposed to last up-to 7 hours. Well at first it was showing that at 94% energy level I had 2:53 hours left. I had to chat with tech support. They told me to update the BIOS.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this computer because I wanted something portable and aesthetically appealing that could also handle moderate gaming.

Portability
This computer is just slightly thinner and lighter than my 2008 aluminum-body MacBook. It's very easy to travel with. The only downside is I don't know how durable carbon fiber is. From what I've read it's supposed to be very durable. But with my Mac I would often stack a textbook or other 2-5 lb item on top and not worry about it. Not sure I'd do that with this device. Also, the VGA, three USB (2x USB 3) ports and card readers are a huge plus for connectivity. With my Mac I had to always remember my VGA adapter. No more worries, it's built in! Battery life does leave a little to be desired, especially when in performance mode, but 5-6 hours in stamina mode is respectable and works when I'm doing email/internet/office docs on the go. There is an extended battery that pretty much doubles whatever you would have without it, but it adds bulk, so I have mixed feelings about it.

Aesthetics
It's sleek and cleans as easily (if not easier) than my Mac. The ports, vents, keyboard and mousepad aren't obtrusive, but they complement the design. The one downside is the screen. I wish it had a more solid, glossy screen like my old Mac did. The high res (1600x900) screen is great for the price and much nicer than the 1280x800 my Mac had, but it's not quite as pretty or easy to clean.

Gaming
For the price and portability, this thing is a true powerhouse. To be fair, I swapped the HD for a Corsair 240 GT SATA-3/6GBs SSD and also maxed out the RAM by the third day I owned it. Wasn't too difficult, just need a really tiny Phillips head screwdriver and if you don't know what you're doing, find a tutorial online.
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Color: Gun Metal Verified Purchase
I love this, it's thin and light enough to be nearly ultraportable but as powerful as mainstream 'thick' laptops.

CPU is standard mobile type which is alot faster than the ULV (U) cpus of the ultraportables, and the main attraction is the discrete Nvidia GT640M LE (Kepler) GPU which can handle modern games at medium settings. A simple bios mod can turn the GPU into a GT640M class performer which will double the performance vs. the standard bios (a HUGE bonus to mobile gamers). The gaming performance of this is light years ahead of the ultraportables.

I removed one star due to the standard LCD, although resolution is great at 1600x900, the viewing angles and quality of the screen is just average. Sony should have slapped in an IPS panel similar to the Vaio S15. There are also visible LCD backlight bleeding on certain angles at the bottom of the screen.

For the price i got this ($799, black friday sale), it is a STEAL!
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Received this computer on Dec. 11, 2012. So far it's everything I was hoping it would be and more. It's gorgeous, light weight, made extremely well and has the feel of a very expensive computer. I have put this computer through several tests and it has come through with very high marks. The only exception is a strange conflict with my Norton Anti Virus and the Vaio Care Program. It seems all Vaios have this problem with Norton. Maybe that's why Sony uses Kaspersky Anti Virus. The conflict is no big deal. What happens is when you update "Run Live Updates" in Norton, a patch is generated and is unable to be installed until you re-boot. As I said, it's a strange conflict, but no big deal. Norton works great and Sony's Vaio Care is terrific as well. The Windows Experience Index numbers are very high, except for the Graphics Desktop Performance for Windows Aero. That number is 5.8, but I need to update the drivers and tweak the system. (see below). The number should be a minimum of 6.8 when I'm through. Remember, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE that comes installed on this system is not being scored for Aero. The entire Windows Experience Index Numbers are as follows:

Processor Intel i5-3210M CPU @2,50GHz 7.1
Memory (RAM) 6GB 7.4
Graphics Intel HD 4000 5.8
Gaming Graphics 1696 MB Total Available Graphics Memory 6.8
Primary Hard Disk 532GB Free (576GB Total) 5.9

Keep in mind that the Index is scoring the Intel HD 4000 GPU. The 5.8 number is not the true index number of the
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE that comes with the system. I need to figure out if it's possible to score the NVDIA without scoring the Intel HD 4000. Movies and videos are awesome. Every program opens and closes fast.
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