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Sony VAIO SE1 Series VPCSE16FX/B 15.5-Inch Laptop (Jet Black)

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  • Box Contents - Sony VPCSE16FX/B Notebook, Internal Lithium Polymer Battery, AC power adapter, Power Cord; Pre-installed Software - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Norton Internet Security 2012 30-Day Trial Offer, 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Intel Core i5-2430M 2.40GHz Processor with Turbo(R) Boost Technology up to 3.00GHz
  • 3MB Smart Cache
  • 6GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM (8GB max.)
  • 640GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
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Product Information

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Screen Size15.5 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive640 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6630M
Chipset BrandAMD
Card DescriptionRadeon HD 6630M
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6 hours
Brand NameSony
Item model numberVPCSE16FX/B
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight4.4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H14.97 x 10.08 x 0.97 inches
Color Jet Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #30,403 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2011
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Product Description

Step up to the power and portability of the Sony VAIO SE1 Series with its bold design, 15.5-inch LED-backlit display with Full HD 1080p resolution, second-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processing, switchable hybrid graphics, and an innovative battery system that provides 5.75 hours of on-the-go productivity from the internal standard battery. And you can get up to 11.5 hours with an optional large-capacity sheet battery that fits underneath the laptop.

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The VAIO SE1 laptop in black (view larger).


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The SE1 Series features a fully flat design concept that abandons traditional bulky batteries, unnecessary seams and protruding ports. A seamless piece of brushed aluminum milled to precise specifications creates the core, chassis offering firm structural integrity while creating bold clean contours.

Intel Core i5


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Full HD 1080p

It's powered by a second-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor with updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which increases speed automatically for whatever you're doing. Additionally, this VAIO laptop includes award-winning Intel Wireless Display functionality.

This SE1 series laptop (model VPCSE16FX/B) in black includes a read-only Blu-ray Disc drive for viewing movies in crystal-clear HD resolution, and the Blu-ray drive includes an integrated dual-layer DVD±RW drive for creating your own DVDs and CDs.

It also features a speedy USB 3.0 port--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).

Free Yourself From the Cord

Leveraging the latest innovations in lithium polymer technology, the battery of the SE1 Series is integrated into the PC and conforms to the contours of the chassis offering a thinner battery profile while still supplying up to 5.75 hours of battery life.

This concept even extends to the optional large capacity sheet battery and leaves behind the traditional bulky and protruding long-life batteries of the past. Attaching directly to the standard capacity battery and by working in tandem with it, you can enjoy up to 11.5 hours of total combined battery life--helping to keep you unplugged longer (sheet battery not included).

Second Generation Intel Core i5 Power

As the most popular family member, the second generation Intel Core i5 processor delivers visibly smart PC performance that values time as much as you do. 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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Switchable hybrid graphics view larger.


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Intel Wireless Display Capable

With integrated Intel Wireless Display technology, you'll be able to cut down on the cluttered mass of wires surrounding your work station and stop crowding around your laptop screen to enjoy vivid pictures, video and other content. You'll enjoy great image clarity and sound without sacrificing quality and without wires. 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.

Premium Hybrid Graphics

The VAIO SE1 Series puts you in control by offering a Hybrid Graphics system that allows you to easily set your system to deliver powerful AMD Radeon graphics performance when you need it and energy savings when you don’t. Plus, you can even adjust your performance level on the fly without needing to reboot. A simple hardware switch enables you to choose between two settings:

  • Select Speed for maximum power while multi-tasking or running heavier applications .
  • Select Stamina to conserve energy and extend battery life for light computing and mobile scenarios .

Convenient Backlit Keyboard

Practical innovation is a cornerstone of Sony’s vision, and our keyboards are no exception. Designed for ease of use, the SE1 Series laptop features precisely engineered keys to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience. And to make it even easier to find the right keys--whether typing day or night, in the dark or light--an LED backlight creates a pleasant glow, framing the individual keys and illuminating the lettering.

Hardware Buttons

The SE1 Series laptop also comes with three special hardware buttons: VAIO, ASSIST and WEB to help you get where you want to go with a simple touch of a button.

  • Select the WEB button for one touch access to the web without full boot up into Windows.
  • Press the VAIO button and instantly launch Media Gallery software to enjoy all your photos and music in a whole new way.
  • ASSIST button links directly to VAIO Care software that helps maintain and troubleshoot any PC issues for optimal performance.

Key Specifications

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

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M dual-core processor (3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)

640 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

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

Hybrid graphics switches between discrete AMD Radeon HD 6630M (with 1 GB of dedicated video RAM) and integrated Intel HD graphics

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 5.75 hours of battery life at default brightness (5 hours at maximum brightness; 3.67 hours of DVD playback)

Dimensions and Weight: 14.97 x 10.08 x 0.97 inches (WxDxH); 4.40 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 2.1 connectivity with wireless stereo music streaming (embedded A2DP profile).
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 1 ultra-fast USB 3.0 port with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals).
  • 2 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
  • Port replicator connector
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What's in the Box

Sony VAIO SE1 laptop (model VPCSE16FX/B); internal lithium-polymer 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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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 Description

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 64-bit. Intel Core i5-2430M 2.40GHz with Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.00GHz. 6GB (4GB Fixed Onboard + 2GB Removable). 640GB (5400rpm). Blu-ray Disc Player. 1GB dedicated Graphic Card AMD Radeon HD 6630M. Full HD 15.5" (1920 x 1080). Integrated Intel High Definition Audio with Dolby Home Theater Technology v4. Intel Wireless Display Technology Ready. Bluetooth Integrated Stereo A2DP (2.1 + EDR). USB 2.0: 2. USB 3.0: 1. HDMI Output: 1.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By thor3 on November 19, 2011
Color Name: Platinum Silver Verified Purchase
This laptop is awesome, and especially in this configuration. When I set out looking for a long-overdue new laptop, my hopes were low that, after years of lugging around a 7.5 lb behemoth, I'd find a laptop that had a 15" or larger screen, was thin, less than 5 lb, and looked good to boot, especially as I wanted a Windows machine. And, as I've found that at 16:9 even 15" screens can be too short for me vertically, I also hoped to get one that was 1080p, to make everything a bit smaller.

I did find a number of different options, but they all included some significant sacrifice on my requirements, e.g. heavier than I liked, adding a 1080p screen was prohibitively expensive, onboard graphics only, wireless that couldn't connect at 300Mbps, thick and ugly. The closest I had come to finding what I wanted was the Dell XPS 15z, which I ultimately thought looked too much like a MacBook wanna-be.

Enter the new Sony VAIO VPCSE. I happened to have seen an early review by CNET, and was amazed that here was a machine that appeared to meet pretty much all of my requirements; I was most impressed that it had a 15.5" display and was only 4.4 lbs! The 1080p, thinness, dual graphics cards, and good looks sealed the deal for me and I decided to wait until it came out. Suffice to say that every day I am impressed by this laptop. The screen looks amazing, and I like the extras like the dedicated number pad, Blu-ray, backlit keyboard, TPM chip, large touch pad, and USB 3.0. I also like having the option of buying the extended "sheet" battery, which adds just minimal weight and thickness. I like this configuration because it's a good mix of features vs. nice price, in that I've read that the performance difference with the i7 isn't worth the extra cost, plus you get 6GB RAM and the Blu-ray drive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lukas on December 3, 2011
Color Name: Platinum Silver Verified Purchase
Notebook is very fast and silent. Construction is robust, battery lasts long. Display is amazing and I like the back-light keyboard. Simply the hardware is perfect.

I was surprised that I can control my Sony Television via some pre-installed software. But this is the only thing that I don't like -- there is a lot software pre-installed. But you can easily remove it, of course.

I would recommend this laptop to my friends, because I am fully satisfied.

Thanks Sony!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jeremie on November 15, 2011
Color Name: Platinum Silver
I have owned several VAIOs and were always happy with Sony's products... until now.

I bought the VAIO SE about a month ago for its slick design and lightweight, but immediately noticed the very loud ventilation fan. It kicks as soon as you launch a heavy application (such as Photoshop, or any modern game) and makes pretty much the same noise as a small vacuum cleaner.

This makes it really uncomfortable after a few minutes. It becomes actually painful after one hour. the CPU temp raises to around 90-92 degrees Celsius, which makes the laptop too hot to stay on your lap, but Sony's tech support says it is normal (is it really?)

The battery life is also not that great. Without the sheet battery, it lasts about 2h30min. Less if you're using graphic intensive appliations.

The keyboard feels good and precise, and they finally managed to make a screen that you can open with one hand, without holding the keyboard and rest of the laptop down with the other hand(!), but I feel it is kind of irrelevant with such discomfort coming from the ventilation fan.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this laptop and wish I could return it.
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Color Name: Platinum Silver Verified Purchase
My Sony laptop had keyboard issues and Sony sent out a Service Tech to fix the problem. After working on my computer for about two hours not only did the Tech not fix the problem it now had the addition issue of not powering up. Was told I needed to send the laptop in for service, and guess what, the comedy of errors continued. My Sony laptop had keyboard issues and Sony sent out a Service Tech to fix the problem. After working on my computer for about two hours not only did the Tech not fix the problem it now had the addition issue of not powering up. Was told I needed to send the laptop in for service, and guess what, the comedy of errors continued. The service center received my laptop on 11/2/2012 and did not look at it until 11/12/2012. They called me and said the found the problem, but the parts they needed for the repair were on back order (factory service center out of parts???) and would not be in until 11/20/2012. I heard nothing from them so I called on 11/26/2012 to check on status and was told the parts had come in, but they had not started the work. When I questioned this I was told they would expedite the repair and get it to me by Friday. Again heard nothing so I called on 12/3/2012 to again check on status and was told the laptop was in quality assurance (more on this to come). I finally received the computer on 12/5/2012. When I fired it up, not only had they not fixed the original issue, it now had the additional problem of not recognizing the battery. Called support and after going through numerous steps with the technician the computer went dead again. I was told that I needed to send the computer back in and that they would get me a box in 1-3 days for shipping. I asked if the repair could be expedited and was told there was no way to do that.Read more ›
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