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  • Intel Pentium_B960 Processor 2.2GHz
  • 640GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • 14-Inch Screen, Intel HD graphics
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
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Product Information

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Screen Size14 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1366 x 768 pixels
Processor2.2 GHz Pentium B960
Hard Drive640 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD graphics
Card Descriptionintegrated graphics
Wireless Type802.11A
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Brand NameSony
SeriesVPCEG3PFX/W Sony EG3 Series Laptop
Item model numberVPCEG3PFX/W
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Item Weight5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.40 x 13.60 x 1.30 inches
Color Glacier White
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDIMM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeCD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #15,631 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableApril 20, 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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Product Description

Product Description

The E Series laptop is built with the features and performance you need every day to stay connected and be entertained. You get smart performance and amazing picture quality all in a sleek, up-market design.

Built with the features and performance you need every day to stay connected and be entertained, the Sony VAIO EG3 series laptop (model VPCEG3PFX/W) in white sports a travel-friendly 14-inch display with a native 720p HD resolution that provides deeper blacks, brighter whites, and true-to-life color. The isolated keyboard gives you the experience of using a larger computer in a much smaller footprint. And with a pleasant feeling textured touch pad that is integrated into the palmrest, your hands and fingers will be happy to compute.

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The 14-inch VAIO EG3 series laptop in white
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At a Glance
At a Glance:
  • 14-inch LED backlit display (native HD 720p)

  • 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium B960 dual-core processor

  • 640 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

  • 4 GB installed RAM

  • Intel HD graphics

  • CD/DVD player/burner

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • HDMI output

  • Up to 7.5 hours of use

  • See full specs below
At a Glance

It's powered by an Intel Pentium processor--the classic and reliable choice for basic computing tasks. You can connect this VAIO to a compatible HDTV via the HDMI port to display your creations to a larger audience via a single cable. It also includes Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11n), which offers ultra-fast speeds, wider range, and compatibility with 802.11b/g networks as well. And the integrated camera with face-tracking technology and microphone makes it easy to video chat with family, friends, and co-workers.

It 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 (learn more below).

Leave No Fingerprint

Whether open or closed, you will find yourself wanting to feel this VAIO EG3 Series laptop. With a textured, diamond-shaped pattern embossed on the lid and palm rest, this PC is artfully crafted to be pleasing to the eyes and to the touch without leaving any fingerprint smudges.

Bold and Bright

Developed by the same people you trust to engineer amazing flat-panel HDTVs, this laptop features exceptional picture quality. The 14-inch (1366 x 768) widescreen display includes an LED backlight that helps ensure a bright display with lower power consumption for improved battery life.

Take It to the Big Screen

Whether you're watching stunning high definition content or enjoying video captured from your compatible camcorder, you can play back HD content on your compatible big screen HDTV with a high level of resolution. An HDMI output delivers both your video and audio via a single HDMI cable (sold separately), providing the optimal digital connection to your HDMI-enabled HDTV so you can enjoy HD entertainment on the big screen without a myriad of extra cables and wires.

Video Chat

A built-in web camera offers you the opportunity to be seen clearly in video chats with your friends. This web camera also offers a includes face tracking technology that allows the camera to automatically adjust and keep you in focus as you move about.

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Special hardware buttons.

One Button Bliss

Discover special hardware buttons: VAIO, ASSIST and WEB that get you where you want to go with a touch of a button.

  • One touch access to the web without full boot up into Windows with WEB button.
  • Press the VAIO button to launch either PMB (Picture Motion Browser) or Media Gallery software and create movies, and enjoy photos and music in a whole new way.
  • ASSIST button links directly to VAIO Care software that helps maintain and troubleshoot PC issues for optimal performance.
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Media Gallery.

Life at Your Fingertips

Find a new appreciation for your music and photos with Media Gallery software. Not only can it automatically create unique song playlists on beat, tone and rhythm, it can also help you rediscover forgotten favorites with recommendations based on your specific taste. Playback can be controlled by hand gestures using the built-in web camera, simply wave your hand and Media Gallery software will advance to the next track or photo. Media Gallery software also makes it easy to create slideshows with high-quality transitions and soundtracks from your personal music library.

Picture Motion Browser (PMB).

PMB VAIO Edition

The Picture Motion Browser (PMB) makes managing your photos and home videos as easy as taking them. Conditions aren't always ideal for capturing the perfect video or snapshot but with one-click effects, like video stabilization and red-eye removal, PMB VAIO Edition makes it easy to transform so-so shots into memorable masterpieces. Using the magic of Sony's intelligent analysis technologies, PMB eliminates the clutter and automatically organizes content by person, place and date. Intuitive navigation features like face detection make it simple to do just that.

  • Fully integrated onto your desktop for quick access with large icons
  • Simple and easy to use--click on an icon to go straight to a program
  • Personalize VAIO Gate by moving icons within the browser or adding and removing them completely by simple drag and drop
  • RSS feed enables web recommendations and links

PC Tune-Ups and Maintenance Made Easy

Sony's designed an easy-to-use tool that lets you tune up, update and troubleshoot your VAIO PC with just a few clicks. With just a few clicks, VAIO Care software lets you:

  • Tune-up your VAIO PC to help keep it running its best for the long haul
  • Check for and install recent updates from Sony and Microsoft to keep your VAIO PC up to date
  • Identify and troubleshoot issues on your own
  • Create recovery discs (media sold separately) to back up your system software and settings
  • Connect with Sony phone, chat or online support when you need to talk with a Sony expert

A Better Computer Deserves Better Support

Sony backs its computers with industry-leading support that is distinguished by such features as:

  • In-home service--that's right, when possible we'll come out to your house to resolve your issue
  • International service available in over 40 countries
  • 24/7 phone and chat support
  • Parts and labor are covered as part of the standard limited warranty on covered repairs
  • Online support website with access to drivers, software updates, FAQs, user forums and more
  • Optional Sony extended service plans that keep you covered up to 4 years from the date of your PC purchase

Key Specifications

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

2.2 GHz Intel Pentium B960 dual-core processor (2 MB cache)

640 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; 8 GB maximum)

Intel HD Graphics integrated solution for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 10 games

8x multi-format CD/DVD drive

Built-in stereo speakers

Up to 7.5 hours of battery life at default brightness with standard 5300 mAh battery (5.5 hours of DVD playback)

Dimensions and Weight: 13.62 x 9.4 x 1.36 inches (WxDxH); 3.65 pounds

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 4 standard USB 2.0 ports
  • 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 EG3 laptop (model VPCEG3PFX/W); standard lithium-ion battery (4400 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; operating instructions

Included Software

Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel; VAIO Care; Media Gallery; PMB VAIO Edition; Norton Internet Security 2012 (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.

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Windows 7 Home Premium

The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
  • Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.*

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  • Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter.
  • Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.

Create, Connect, and Share with Windows Live

Windows 7 and Windows Live bring it all together for free. Get the free set of programs that make it simple to create and share amazing photos and movies, organize mail, and stay connected with your closest friends.

  • Get free online storage with Windows Live SkyDrive.
  • Sync files on your PCs automatically with Windows Live Mesh.
  • Share photos during video chats with Windows Live Messenger.**
  • Easily edit photos. Combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

You can download Windows Live for FREE at

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Complete Your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010

  • Includes reduced functionality versions of Microsoft Word and Excel with advertising. (Note that PowerPoint or Outlook are not included.)
  • Purchase Office 2010 today and get the most out of your new PC.


* Additional hardware may be required. Not available in all countries. (See for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Other times is just shuts down randomly.
This laptop is lightweight, fashionable, and overall very durable.
K. Vanharen
In my experience, Sony/Vaio is a quality manufacturer.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Brian_ChargersFan on June 3, 2012
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Purchased this laptop as a gift for a niece that's graduating high school. Figured a 14" laptop would offer a great balance of portability and size to get the job done in college. I was originally looking to get a laptop that has an Intel i3 processor minimum. But the only decent one I found was at least $100+ than this one. Anyway, I determined a college student wouldn't need much processing power to tackle the normal tasks that a student in college should be doing anyway (i.e. emails, internet surfing, word processing, etc.). Don't be fooled, I was surprised at how fast and snappy the Pentium dual core processor is in this system. I was able to start this machine up pretty fast and the setup was a breeze. To my surprise, there was very little bloatware too. My only comparison I have really is my Sony Vaio 14" laptop (VPCCW13FX) that I got several years ago. It has the same RAM but is using the older Intel® Core(tm) 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz) processor. The only other difference is my older laptop has a dedicated graphics card by NVIDIA (256MB VRAM). I'll tell you what... I checked out a benchmark comparison and the newer Pentium outpaces my older laptop. So to sum it up, this new 'budget' EG3 Vaio laptop still kicks pretty decent butt for the price. I could definitely see the speed difference and it was still able to handle normal tasks as well as run Adobe CS3 (i.e. Photoshop) without problems. I also like how the EG3 laptop has an HDMI out. I enjoy connecting my HDMI cable to my LCD flat panel TV to watch some of my shows streaming over the net (i.e. Hulu, Netflix, etc.).

If you have the extra money to spend, I'd still recommend getting a laptop with an i3, i5, or i7 processor (more RAM the better too).
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A.A. on June 6, 2012
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I bought this for my retired parents who mainly wanted a medium sized laptop for internet, email and occasional movies. I was not expecting much for $430 but the laptop was a pleasant surprise in its performance and responsiveness. And I added another 2GB of ram for a few bucks which made it super fast.
- Medium weight, not super heavy
- Nice wide screen for 16:9 movie watching
- Display is nice and bright with crisp colors
- Works well with our wireless n network
- Unlike other laptops that fill out all the ram slots, this one uses only one slot for the 4GB RAM so adding more doesn't mean replacing
- Has an optical drive (my parents still use dvds/cds)
- Runs cool, I had it on my lap for several hours with no discomfort
- Didn't time the battery life, but lasted at least 3 hours
- Not super stylish, with a weird plasticy shell
- Feels kind of clunky (maybe I am used to my macbook air)
- Lots of bloatware that's a pain to uninstall

Other options
Before buying this I considered chromebooks briefly since they were in similar price range and form factor, but I decided against it for two reasons: First, my parents print a lot of stuff - (its crazy-webpages/emails etc) and chromebooks support a limited set of printers. Second, I saw mixed reviews on chromebook usability when not online, and it felt like it'd not be the right fit for my not so tech savvy parents.

I also looked at the acers/asus' etc in the 400-550 price range. I think some of them had bigger screens / more powerful processors, but the one gating factor with all of those was the weight/size - they were all massive and didn't seem good for travel.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Vanharen on July 1, 2012
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I just bought this laptop, and I absolutely LOVE it. I've had an HP and an Acer, but this laptop tops them both. The Acer was a good laptop, but it was time for me to get a new one. This laptop is lightweight, fashionable, and overall very durable. It has a sleek look to it, and it's basically an Apple Mac without the ridiculous price tag. With 640gb, and being built for media, it's a great laptop for anyone, from a gamer from someone who just needs a lot of space for their music. Even someone who just simply needs a laptop for sending mail to others, the keys are easy to see and are individually spaced so there is a lower chance for typing the wrong thing.
Two things that I absolutely love about this laptop are that the part of the charger that plugs into the laptop is L-shaped, so even if it moves around the cord inside won't break. I had that problem with my HP and I have completely sworn off HP computers. I have also had a few other problems with HP, but it's just not worth buying an HP.
Also, the part of the charger that goes into the wall only has two prongs, not three, so it can be plugged into any outlet. I live in a very old house, so the majority of my wall outlets are only two pronged. This is nice because now no matter where I go I can plug in my laptop. It also has a very long battery life.
Overall, this is a great laptop, and if I could give it ten stars I would.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danyelle on July 10, 2012
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After researching carefully and owning a few other types of computers all with problems, I finally found the perfect match. Ideal size for transporting and it has everything I wanted for features. Arrived very shortly after ordering and was easy to register, set up and start using. The price was fantastic for such a quality product. Light weight and solid. I would recommend to a friend.
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