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

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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.

At just 3.8 pounds., the VAIO S Series 13 laptop offers stepped-up performance and all-day mobility in a sleek, full-flat design with carbon fiber elements. This S Series laptop in black (model SVS13A12FXB) features up to 7 hours of battery life and a 13.3-inch high-def LED-backlit display. Developed by the same people you trust to engineer amazing flat-panel HDTVs, the 13.3-inch widescreen display includes a glossy, anti-reflective finish that provides better color intensity without any glare.

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The 13.3-inch VAIO S Series laptop in black (view larger).


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Full-flat design eliminates bulky batteries of the past (view larger).

Simple yet bold, with a lightweight, highly durable magnesium alloy lid, the S Series features a full-flat design concept that abandons traditional bulky batteries, unnecessary seams and protruding ports and trays with a slot-loading optical drive.

It's powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor ("Ivy Bridge"), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. Enjoy the thrill of an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology for a boost in your performance that you can truly see and feel.

This VAIO S Series laptop comes pre-installed with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and it includes Microsoft Office Starter 2010 with limited-functionality versions of Word and Excel.

Hybrid Graphics

Graphics are powered by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE chip with 1 GB of dedicated video RAM, delivering the perfect balance of graphics performance with long battery life. Behind the scenes, NVIDIA Optimus technology seamlessly determines how to best optimize your notebook computing experience so there's no interference to what you're doing on your laptop.

Rapid Wake

With Sony's own Rapid Wake technology, you never have to shut down your computer again. Whether you are done working for the day or just heading out to get some coffee, simply close the lid to put your PC into sleep mode. Then, when you're ready to start again, resume in 2 seconds with your data safe and secure. If you are unplugged, don't worry about draining your battery. Your PC can stay in sleep mode for days.

PlayMemories Home Software

Uniquely smart and easy-to-use, PlayMemories Home software makes organizing, editing and sharing your photos and videos a cinch. Instantly import and sort your content by event or date. Then transform your favorites from ordinary to extraordinary with intuitive adjustments and stunning filters.

You can even create heartwarming slideshows complete with transitions and soundtracks in three simple steps. Finally, share your picks privately with family and friends or on popular social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. PlayMemories Online service can even securely store your content in the cloud allowing virtually all of your devices to access it anytime, anyplace.

Create Something Worth Sharing

Sony Imagination Studio VAIO Edition includes four powerful Sony applications: Vegas, ACID, Sound Forge, and DVD Architect software so you can create music and movies like never before.


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Spec Highlights
  • 13.3-inch LED backlit display (native HD 720p)

  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor

  • 640 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

  • 6 GB installed RAM

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE (1 GB VRAM)

  • CD/DVD player/burner

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0

  • HDMI output

  • Up to 7 hours of use

  • See full specs below
Chiclet-style keyboard with backlighting for use in dim environments (view larger).

Night Shift

Practical innovation is a cornerstone of Sony's vision, and our keyboards are no exception. The keyboard features precisely engineered keys to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience. When typing in dim light, an LED backlight creates a pleasant glow, framing the individual keys and illuminating the lettering to make it even easier to find the right keys.

Simple Multi-Gesture Touchpad

The multi-gesture touchpad is the most intuitive way to interact with your laptop. Scroll with two fingers, pinch to zoom in and out of images, swipe to flip through pages or photos, and you can even rotate an image, and much more. And rather than clicking on a button, just click on the left or right mouse areas in order to activate those functions.

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Multi-gesture touchpad.


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Includes two super-fast USB 3.0 ports (view larger).

The Handiest Port Around

Forgot to charge your phone or mp3 player? Just plug your device via USB cord into the USB sleep charge port and start charging. Even if the PC is shut down and not plugged in you can still use it. And don't forget that the USB 3.0 port is perfect for connecting a compatible external hard drive and allowing you to wait less and transfer data up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.

Take It to the Big Screen

Now enjoy all of your personal and online content on your big screen-by wirelessly connecting your laptop to your TV. Stop crowding around a laptop screen, with Intel Wireless Display, you can sit back and experience your favorite videos, photos, movies, online TV shows, and more, all with great image clarity up to 1080p.

Simply connect an optional adapter for Intel Wireless Display (such as the Netgear Push2TV PTV2000 and Belkin ScreenCast adapters) to your TV, follow a few simple steps, and you're off and running. Set it up once, and sharing your screen is as easy as pushing a button.

This VAIO PC also comes with an HDMI output, delivering both your video and audio via a single HDMI cable (sold separately) and providing the optimal digital connection to your HDMI-enabled HDTV.

HDD G-Sensor Shock Protection Technology

Sony's G-Sensor Shock Protection technology counteracts sudden movements by locking up the spinning hard drive to help prevent potential damage, such as scratching, which could lead to data loss.

Control Your Power Settings

The VAIO S Series puts you in control by offering a stamina/speed switch that allows you to easily manage your performance to deliver power when you need it and energy savings when you don't. You can even set your performance level on the fly without needing to reboot.

Not Just for Video Chatting

A built-in HD web camera offers superb video conferencing quality. Powered by an Exmor sensor, this HD web camera offers amazing low-light performance and includes face-tracking technology that allows the camera to automatically adjust and keep you in focus as you move about. And with certain programs, you make hand gestures in front of your camera to skip songs, turn pages, or turn the volume up.

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Sleek, stylish portability (view larger).

Sensational Sound

Experience full-impact surround sound anywhere with Dolby Home Theater v4 technology on your PC. Whether you listen through headphones, the speakers in your laptop, or a connected home theater, a more captivating entertainment experience can be yours anytime. Dolby Home Theater technology offers total control over audio settings, so you can customize the sound for the maximum impact. It makes audio levels more consistent: set the volume once, and that's where it stays.

Security Measures

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) provides secure information management and enhanced business protection. TPM is built into a computer to store cryptographic information, such as encryption keys. Because TPM uses its own internal firmware and logic circuits for processing instructions, it does not rely upon the operating system and is not exposed to external software vulnerabilities. As a result, information stored on TPM is more secure from external software attacks and physical theft.

Optional Docking Station

With the optional docking station, you can quickly and easily connect to your external monitor, AC adapter and multiple peripherals without needing to plug and unplug each one every time you arrive at your desk or workstation. Featuring four USB ports, HDMI out, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet port and DC in, you have the connectivity that you need. The built-in hard drive provides expanded storage for your files and a simple backup solution.

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Service and Support

There's nothing standard about the standard Sony limited warranty on VAIO computers. To give you the ultimate in speedy and convenient service, we come to you to repair PC issues whenever possible. Not many other PC manufacturers can match our expertise or comprehensive level of in-home support. And we have extensive on-line support where you can chat with an associate and access drivers, software updates, FAQs, user forums and more.

PC Tune-ups and Maintenance Made Easy

With the newest version of VAIO Care software you get an easy-to-use tool that lets you tune up, update and troubleshoot your VAIO PC. Effortlessly install and uninstall new software and drivers, use the visual interface to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, create restore and recovery media, and connect with Sony phone, chat or online support when you need to talk with a Sony expert.

Key Specifications

13.3-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing

2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)

640 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

6 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; 4 GB fixed onboard plus 2 GB removable; 12 GB maximum)

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video RAM and Optimus technology for an excellent balance battery life and performance

8x multi-format CD/DVD drive

Built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater technology (v4)

Up to 7 hours of battery life at default brightness with standard 4000 mAh battery

Dimensions and Weight: 13.04 x 8.85 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH); 3.8 pounds

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Intel Wireless Display capabilities enables you to wirelessly stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network, or the internet straight to your HDTV.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 + HS connectivity with wireless stereo music streaming (embedded A2DP profile).
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 2 ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals).
  • 1 standard USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable.
  • VGA video output (analog, RGB)
  • Memory Stick Duo slot
  • Secure Digital memory card slot (compatible with MMC cards)
  • Microphone and headphone jacks


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What's in the Box

Sony VAIO S Series 13.3-inch laptop (model SVS13A12FXB); standard lithium-ion battery (4000 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; operating instructions

Included Software

Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel; Sony Imagination Studio VAIO Edition; Media Gallery; VAIO Care; PlayMemories Home; Kaspersky Internet Security (30-day trial offer)


1-year limited hardware warranty, and 1-year of toll-free telephone technical assistance (onsite/in-home service and international service availability).

Environmental Specifications

  • Energy Star 5.0
  • Gold EPEAT for reducing environmental impact.
  • RoHS compliant restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances.

Product Information

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Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution1600 pixels
Processor2.5 GHz Core i5-3210M
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive640 GB
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
Chipset BrandIntel, NVIDIA
Graphics Card Ram Size1024 MB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5 hours
Brand NameSony
SeriesVAIO S Series
Item model numberSVS13A12FXB
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H8 x 13 x 0.90 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super Multi
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium Polymer (LiPo)
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #37,463 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableJune 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. Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. 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 misrepresentsRead more 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. 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BA on October 19, 2012
Color: Gun Metal Verified Purchase

-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.



-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, 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By timn03 on October 17, 2012
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this computer because I wanted something portable and aesthetically appealing that could also handle moderate gaming.

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.

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.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Dy on December 27, 2012
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Russ Adams on December 15, 2012
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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