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Sony VAIO F2 Series VPCF232FX/B 16.4-Inch Laptop (Matte Black)

by Sony
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  • Intel Core i7 Processor 2.2GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • 16.4-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, 4.5 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

Product Description

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64-bit. Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.20GHz with Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10GHz Quad Corep Processor. 6MB Processor Cache. 4GB (4GB x 1). 500GB (7200rpm). Blu-ray Disc Player. 512MB dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M. Full HD 16.4" (1920 x 1080). Intel High Definition Audio with S-FORCE Front Surround 3D and Dolby Home Theater Technology v4. Built-in HD web camera powered by Exmor sensor and microphone. Bluetooth Integrated Stereo A2DP (2.1 + EDR). USB 2.0: 1.USB 3.0: .2.HDMI Output: 1.

Locked and loaded for all-out performance, the Sony VAIO F23 series laptop in black (model VPCF232FX/B) is forged for gaming and built for quickness. You'll enjoy maximum multimedia thanks to the high-definition 16.4-inch screen, quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics with dedicated video memory, and a read-only Blu-ray Disc drive (with CD and DVD burning capabilities).

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Intel Core i7


Full HD 1080p

It's powered by a second-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor with updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing.

The extra-wide, theater inspired 16.4-inch display with a native Full HD 1080p resolution provides deeper blacks, brighter whites, true-to-life color and razor-sharp detail from almost any angle. Experience full-impact surround sound with Dolby Home Theater technology combined with Bass-Reflex speakers built-in seamlessly into a forward facing speaker bar. And gamers will appreciate a pre-programmed Function F1 key that allows you to turn off the touch pad while gaming.

Sony's Imagination Studio Multimedia Edition is included with three powerful Sony applications--Vegas, ACID, and Sound Forge--so you can create music and movies like never before. This F series laptop features speedy USB 3.0 ports--the latest development in USB data transfer technology. Perfect for transferring and retrieving large files between your PC and an external hard drive or digital camera, USB 3.0 offers the speediest, most efficient way get what you need from external devices.

This VAIO 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 (learn more below).

Second Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Power

Tackle everything multimedia with warp speed and nimble responsiveness with the top-of-the-line second generation second generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 maximizes speed for demanding applications, dynamically accelerating performance to match your workload--providing more performance when you need it the most. And Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology enables each core of your processor to work on two tasks at the same time, delivering the performance you need for smart multitasking. It also comes equipped with Intel Quick Sync Video, which provides accelerated encoding, decoding, and transcoding features (for converting video for portable players or online sharing).

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Imagine What You Can Do

Sony's Imagination Studio Multimedia Edition includes three powerful applications--Vegas, ACID, and Sound Forge--for maximum multimedia creation capabilities.

Edit HD Video

Award-winning Vegas Movie Studio software has the power, features, and advanced tools needed to edit video. It includes hundreds of built-in video and audio effects as well as integrated tools for text animation, video stabilization, and color correction.

Record and Edit Audio

Sound Forge Audio Studio is the easiest way to record, edit, and sweeten audio on your home computer. Capture live performances--simply plug in a microphone or instrument and click Record. Give your audio tracks presence and sparkle with built-in effects. You can even create your own karaoke tracks with the Vocal Eraser tool.

Make Original Music

ACID Music Studio transforms your PC into the ultimate home recording studio. After you've achieved the perfect mix, burn CDs and make MP3s to share online and load into your favorite portable players.

Remote Play with PS3 Systems

Access all your content that won't fit on your PC by connecting to your PlayStation-from virtually anywhere in the world. With Sony's exclusive Remote Play functionality, you can connect to your PlayStation almost anywhere you go. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and you can access all of your photos, downloaded videos, music, and more.

Comfortable Backlit Keyboard

The spacing between the keys is precisely engineered to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience with a user-friendly touch and feel. Plus you have an integrated numeric key pad ideal for fast and accurate entry of numeric data with just one hand. And to make it even easier for your fingers to find the right keys--whether typing day or night, in the dark or light--the backlight creates a pleasant glow framing the individual keys and letters. The Ambient Light Sensor automatically controls the backlit keyboard and the LCD brightness.

Key Specifications

16.4-inch LED-backlit display with 1920 x 1080 resolution for Full HD 1080p viewing

2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-2670QM quad-core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 6 MB L3 cache).

500 GB SATA hard drive (7200 RPM)

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

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics with 512 MB of dedicated video memory

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Blu-ray Disc drive (read-only; also includes integrated multi-format CD/DVD drive)

Built-in stereo speakers with fourth-generation Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement technologies

Up to 4.5 hours of battery life at default brightness with standard battery (3.5 hours at maximum brightness; 2.8 hours of DVD playback)

Dimensions and Weight: 15.69 x 10.69 x 1.7 inches (WxDxH); 6.85 pounds

Wireless & Networking

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 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 F23 laptop (model VPCF232FX/B); standard lithium-ion battery (5000 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)

Sony Creative Software: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.0, ACID Music Studio 8.0, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10.0


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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Microsoft 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
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Windows 7: Your PC Simplified

Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.

  • Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
  • Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
  • 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*.


Windows Live

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 25 GB of 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**
  • Easily edit photos and combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.

Windows Live is available for free at

Complete your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 2010

  • Microsoft Office Starter 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.

Product Information

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Screen Size16.4 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.2 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionGeForce GT 520M
Graphics Card Ram Size512 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 4.5 hours
Brand NameSony
SeriesVAIO F2 series
Item model numberVPCF232FX/B
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight6.8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.69 x 10.69 x 1.31 inches
Color Matte Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #25,512 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11 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 AvailableOctober 3, 2011
Warranty & Support 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 misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more 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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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mrfixit on December 10, 2011
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Sony VAIO F2 Series VPCF232FX/B 16.4-Inch Laptop is not just another computer. It delivers on all advertised features but the best is the speed of the processor, I7 intel and the quality of the picture (full 1080P resolution). My unit came with only 4 gigs of ram upgradable to 8 gigs and a 500 gig hard drive but was just under a grand. For games you might need more ram.

This is supposed to be a gamer laptop but I have been editing video and working on my website and once you take a break and watch a blue-ray movie it is mesmerizing and gratifying to see every detail in animated action films. This is a tool for the professional so it is priced in the pro bracket but worth every penny. I have only had it for a couple of months but I cant find a fault
in this package. Even the battery holds up for about 5 hours. There is a higher capacity battery if you need one. It comes with plenty of software, even Sony editing software. I saved big with no tax and free shipping through Amazon. If you have a need for speed, quality, and portability this will fill the bill.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Yoshiko Akashi on February 9, 2012
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I purchased this notebook for home use to replace my old 17" Vaio, WinXP, Pentium4, 60GB HD notebook which I used almost 8 years absolutely free of trouble. My old Vaio was still working but after installing so many applications and Windows updates (these accumulate) C drive(10GB) was suffocating. I decided to look for a new one before something bad would happen. As I have used Vaios since the time it first came out as desktop model 18 years ago and those I used were all reliable and long-lasting I had no reason to look for other brands. I selected this model because this has full HD screen, Blue-ray player, the fast i7 processor, with all of which I can do many things for several years from now. The size 16.4" was just right to replace my old one, and the price was also reasonable and came with $50 Amazon gift card. I could use the card for purchasing a fitness bike I wanted too.

I have used this notebook for two months and two weeks so far. While installing some applications in the first week I noticed something was preventing full installation. So I uninstalled pre-loaded anti-virus software and replaced it with another one which came free with RoadRunner cable. Since then all applications installed smoothly. When purchasing this laptop I didn't pay much attention to pre-loaded software, but exploring the notebook I noticed it came with video-editing and music-editing applications. Therefore I didn't have to look for Windows7 upgrade of my old video-editing software. Also, as I'm interested in playing around with Miku-like vocaloid, I can use the pre-loaded music-editing software to compose background music to go with vocaloid. I already downloaded many free loops available at the applications websites but I need to learn more about composing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By peter on January 3, 2012
I saw many laptops include Apple and Dell. They are all more than $2000. But the picture of Sony F laptop is sooo sharp and make me shock! My model is SOVPCF23JFXB which is different with this one. But basic hardware and software are the same. I NEVER had such experience to use this kind of computer. My sony computer was designed for game. I found that it is not good for game. It very good for home theater.

The shortcoming is that sony default setting using intel graphic card to save energy. I turned it on and updated the software by clicking "Sony update". Guess what, the result is amazing!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By snowboard7200 on April 10, 2012
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I never owned a Sony laptop before I bought this one. All the research I did on this laptop before I bought it said that it's a great computer. Even the feedback here on Amazon shows that people are happy with their purchase.

Here's the problem I had with mine. It would lockup and windows would give me a blue screen error saying that it was shutting down to prevent damage to my computer. This would happen at random times when I was using software programs; and it would also happen when the laptop was sitting idle with no software running. I spent 2 days researching what could be causing this problem. Some of my research showed that it could be a hardware problem and other research showed it could be software related. So the big question was: Is this something my software caused or did it come with this problem from the factory.

I deleted all my programs and files and reinstalled windows (Using a copy of Windows that I purchased from Staples). That didn't fix the problem. So I chatted with Amazon customer service and without hesitation they agreed to send me another laptop (same model) and pay for the original laptop to be sent back to them. That's great! Amazon definitely knows how to take care of customers. I'm very happy with how Amazon helped me.

So the new laptop arrived a few days later. To make a long story short; I had the same problems again. Again I hopped on chat with Amazon customer service and they said since I am having the same problem with both laptops that it would be best to refund my money and they will take a look at their entire batch of this model of Sony laptops to see if they all have the same problem.

Again, I'm very happy with how Amazon helped me with this problem. They even refunded my original shipping costs.
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