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Sony VAIO SE1 Series VPCSE17FX/B 15.5-Inch Laptop (Jet Black)

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  • Box Contents - Sony VPCSE17FX/B Notebook, Internal Lithium Polymer Battery + Sheet 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
  • 4GB 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) 12 hours
Brand NameSony
SeriesSE1 series
Item model numberVPCSE17FX/B
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight5.8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H12.70 x 17.20 x 4.50 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 #36,630 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.6 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2011
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts provided free for 90 days from the date of purchase.

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Product Description

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. 4GB (4GB x 1 Fixed Onboard). 640GB (5400rpm). Blu-ray Disc Player. 1GB dedicated Graphic Card AMD Radeon HD 6630M. 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.

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 the included large-capacity sheet battery that fits underneath the laptop.

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The VAIO SE1 laptop in black (view larger).


SE1 series in black - cover

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 VPCSE17FX/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 included 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.

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)

4 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 11.5 hours of combined battery life at default brightness using both internal battery and external sheet battery (10.5 hours at maximum brightness; 7.67 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 VPCSE17FX/B); internal lithium-polymer battery (4400 mAh); external sheet lithium-polymer battery (4400 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; battery charger adapter; 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.
SE1 series in black - keyboard

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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stapler on December 7, 2011
My primary requirement for a laptop was for it to have a beautiful screen and long battery life. If this is what you are looking for, there are no alternatives besides a Macbook. This is why I give it 5 stars. I purchased the computer from a physical Microsoft Store and received 25% off (Nov 2011).

- Beautiful screen, 1080p, great viewing angle both vertical and horizontal. Nothing compares to this screen!
- Battery life (with extra battery attachment) is probably between 4 and 8 hours depending on use.
- Silent Performance mode. Supresses processing power but keeps the fan at minimum rpm.
- Blu-ray playback is just stunning!
- USB 3.0
- HDMI out
- VAIO control panel is neat. VAIO care is interesting too.

- Trackpad is difficult to find and mouse button is not easy to press. This is annoying, but I placed a little sticker on the easiest part to click and issue resolved.
- No dedicated volume button (need to press fn+f3/f4)
- The resolution is so high and the screen a normal 15.6 inches that I need my glasses with some applications without a zoom feature.
- Sound is not great, but works well enough.
- I prefer a centered keyboard without a numeric pad.
- The laptop does not come out of standby mode when I open the lid/screen. I need to press the power button. My HP DV-6000 starts up when I open the lid. There may be a setting for this.
- I have not found a mic input port for plug in mic. My HP has one.
- No HDTV Tuner
- Price

It's not for everyone, but I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zhan Cao on April 16, 2012
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I have owned this vpcse 17fx for over 3 months. I have to admit that this is the best laptop I'v ever had.


This is the best screen you can find in laptop industry. It has the almost 180 degrees of view angle, which you can only find on LCD TVs and Mac screens. Even Mac screen will change the white color to yellow when viewed from steep angles, this one will darken a little bit but the color unchanged.
Also ,this screen remains the same on the inferior versions of this model(VPCSE13,VPCSE16...)

Slim body

Long battery.
With out extra battery sheet, this machine only last 3.5 hours. But I highly recommend you buy a battery sheet, for extending time to 6.5 hours (middle brightness), as well as keeping the bottom cool. (The bottom is cool enough when not playing games, a batter sheet will make it even cooler)

Double graphic card.
I wanted this features for years. And now I finally got it. Also ATI 6630 is a class 2 graphics card, according to [...]. When I play COD7 , it's easy to render at high fps at high settings.


1 SONY's driver is hard to install. You must download them from Sony's website and install in sequence if you intend to reinstall your OS. If the sequence is not right, it's easy to end up with some hardware not working.

2 6630 Graphic card (or it's driver) does not support portrait mode(rotate monitor 90 degrees). Well maybe most people does not need this feature, but I do, when I view or design websites. I have a viewsonic monitor that can rotate, but the graphic card does not support.....

OVERALL, I highly recommend this machine or any of it's inferior version to my friends. The top-of-industry screen alone is a strong enough reason .
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil S. Majd on July 20, 2012
I was really excited about this laptop until it I saw it and used it.

The huge cosmetic surprise was that this laptop is essentially ALL PLASTIC. Some reviewer said it is aluminum which is totally wrong. Every major external part is made of plastic (like many laptops).

The biggest functional flaw is by far the FAN PLACEMENT. It is located on the BACK of the laptop. Normally this isn't a bad thing, except on this laptop, when you open the lid/screen, IT BLOCKS THE FAN. IT'S SO FUNNY. I can't imagine who would design something so stupid? If you open the lid/screen, it essentially blocks the fan causing the fan to run harder and harder making a lot of noise. Essentially Sony sacrificed function for style (cooling and fan placement is not something you want compromised).

-FAN PLACEMENT (See above)
-Fan runs on high and very loud even for minimal loads
-ALL PLASTIC BODY (the plastic seems sort of cheap and light, likely to reduce the weight)
-Battery is life not good (less than would be expected for a 15.6")
-Only three USBs, all placed on one side
-It just has a weird look to it. It's nothing like the more or less standard look you find on HPs or MacBook Pros. It looked amazing in the pictures, but I didn't like how it looked in person. I think the square, sharp edges and corner (instead of round ones) have a lot to do with it.
-The "Stamina" or "Speed" manual switch on the top left of the keyboard is almost unique to this laptop. It is used to switch between integrated or discrete graphs. Normally this is a plus, except this laptop CANNOT HANDLE THE HEAT from "Speed" or discrete graphs so you always leave it on "Stamina"

-Very light, among the lightest 15.
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