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Sony VAIO VPC-EB42FX/BJ 15.5-Inch Widescreen Entertainment Laptop (Black)

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  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3-380M dual-core processor
  • 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM), 8x multi-format DVD drive
  • 15.5-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution, Intel HD Graphics
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Product Information

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Screen Size15.5 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1336 x 768 pixels
Processor2.53 GHz Intel Core i3
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB Serial ATA 300
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics
Chipset BrandIntel
Card DescriptionHD Graphics
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand NameSony
Item model numberVPC-EB42FX/BJ
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H9.77 x 14.56 x 1.22 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive Typedvd_plus_minus_rw, dvd_rom, dvd_ram, cd_rom, cd_rw
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Voltage240 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #22,549 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.8 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 3, 2011
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.

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Product Description

Product Description

Performance and multimedia entertainment in a colorful 15.5"4 HD widescreen notebook with an integrated number pad. An Intel Core i3 processor and DVD drive give you smart performance and amazing picture quality all in a sleek, up-market design.

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Sony VAIO EB Series: Affordable and Stylish On-the-Go Computing Power

A perfect mix of performance and style, the slim, lightweight Sony VAIO EB laptop in black (model EB42FX/BJ) combines a contemporary design with excellent mobile computing power in one affordable package. You'll also be able to enjoy your PC's content on the big screen thanks to this EB's compatibility with Intel Wireless Display technology. And with the smart performance of the Intel Core i3 processor and Microsoft Office Starter 2010, you have everything you need within reach to power through daily tasks and enjoy your media wherever you are.

Sony VAIO EB laptop
The 15.5-inch Sony VAIO EB laptop is designed with inviting finishes and subtle patterns (see larger image).

The extra-wide, theater inspired 15.5-inch display with a native 720p HD resolution provides deeper blacks, brighter whites, true-to-life color and razor-sharp detail from almost any angle. It's great for watching movies as well as making your own using the dual-layer DVD±RW drive (with CD burning capabilities), and with the HDMI audio/video output you can connect the VAIO EB to a compatible HDTV to display your creations to a larger audience via a single cable.

Easily and quickly transfer and store data to peripheral devices utilizing the notebook's eSATA/USB combo port and three convenient USB ports. A built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam (with integrated microphone) lets you join in on video conferences as well as make long-distance VoIP calls. It also includes Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, which will connect to draft 802.11n routers and offers compatibility with 802.11b/g networks as well.

This VAIO comes pre-installed with the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium operating system (64-bit version).

The Wireless Way To Enjoy PC Content On A Big Screen

Now it's easy to wirelessly stream content to your HDTV with this Intel Wireless Display enabled EB Series laptop. Sit back and experience your favorite online TV shows and movies from the comfort of your couch. Access music and photos from your hard drive or home network and immediately send it wirelessly to the biggest screen in your home. With integrated Intel Wireless Display technology, searching for cables and stringing them across your living room is a thing of the past.

Stand-Out Style, One-Touch Ease

Designed with personalization in mind, the VAIO EB Series provides subtle patterns and inviting finishes let you choose a style that's all your own. Even the interior is striking, with clear-coat palm rests that match the lid.

Hardware buttons

The edge-to-edge isolated keyboard has a numeric keypad built in, giving you the experience of using a larger computer in a much smaller footprint. A pleasing dimpled touch pad is seamlessly integrated into the palm rest.

The EB Series notebook also comes with three unique hardware buttons--WEB, VAIO and ASSIST--that help get you to where you want to go with a touch of a button. Quickly access the Internet, without full boot up into Windows, by simply pressing the WEB button. Troubleshoot any issues or facilitate simple do-it-yourself PC maintenance procedures by pressing the ASSIST button and launching the included VAIO Care software program. Finally, launch directly into Sony's Media Gallery software by pushing the designated VAIO button to create high-quality home movies and enjoy your music in a whole new way.

Sony VAIO EB laptop
The Sony VAIO EB series in black (see larger image).


Sony VAIO EB laptop
Comfortable-to-use isolated keyboard, dimpled touch pad, and 10-key numeric pad (see larger image).

Rediscover your favorite music, photos and more with Media Gallery, which includes a stunning UI with easy-to-use features that take the work out of enjoying your media. In one-step, integrated SensMe Technology simplifies your massive music library into playlists based on the elements of your music as well as your unique listening habits. An integrated YouTube search engine automatically seeks out and suggests music videos, interviews and other content related to the song being played.

Key Specifications

  • 15.5-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native 720p HD viewing
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core i3-380M dual-core processor for a fast, responsive PC experience (3 MB L3 cache). 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.
  • 500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; 8 GB maximum)
  • Intel HD Graphics for an advanced video engine that delivers smooth, high-quality HD video playback, and excellent 3D capabilities with support for Microsoft DirectX 10 games--an ideal graphics solution for everyday computing.
  • 8x multi-format DVD drive supports reading/writing of CD-R/RW, DVD±R, DVD±RW, DVD±R DL, and DVD-RAM.
  • MOTION EYE webcam and microphone lets you quickly snap photos and video chat with friends and family.
  • Comfortable, isolated keyboard with built-in numeric key pad.
  • Built-in stereo speakers with third-generation Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement technologies. Includes Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Natural Bass, and Dolby Sound Space enhancer technologies.
  • Intel Wireless Display capabilities, enables you to easily stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network, or the internet straight to your HDTV--easily and wirelessly (read more details below).
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for ultra-fast connectivity to home and business networks.
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
  • Up to 3.5 hours of battery life at default brightness with included standard capacity battery (3 hours at maximum brightness, 2.5 hours of DVD playback)
  • Dimensions: 14.56 x 9.77 x 1.22 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 5.9 pounds
  • Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty, and 1-year of toll-free telephone technical assistance (a 1-year international service plan is also available).

Connectivity & Expansion

  • 4 total USB 2.0 ports with 1 eSATA/USB combo port that enables you to connect to compatible external hard drives for lightning fast transfers of large multimedia files--up to 5 times faster than via a standard USB port.
  • Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO slot (Standard/Duo, with MagicGate functionality)
  • Secure Digital memory card slot (compatible with MMC cards)
  • ExpressCard card slot lets you take advantage of thinner, faster, and lighter expansion cards for even more advanced wireless, networking, storage, and security features.
  • HDMI port for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theater receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable. This laptop also includes a standard analog VGA video output.

See a larger schematic image of all ports.

What's in the Box

This package contains the Sony VAIO VPC-EB42FX/BJ laptop, standard capacity rechargeable battery, AC adapter, power cord, printed user manual

Included Software
This VAIO notebook PC comes with the following software: Norton Internet Security 2011 (30-day trial); Microsoft Office 2010 Starter; VAIO Creativity Suite includes Media Gallery and Picture Motion Browser (PMB) VAIO Edition.

Additionally, VAIO Care software enables you to tune-up, maintain, update and troubleshoot your VAIO PC through a single easy-to-use program. With just a couple of clicks, VAIO Care software enables you to:

  • Tune-up your VAIO PC to keep it running smoothly
  • Check for and, if necessary, install recent updates from Sony or Microsoft
  • Identify and help fix issues that may be causing slow performance
  • Troubleshoot common problems
  • Create recovery discs (Media sold separately)
  • Connect with Sony phone, chat, or on-line support4
Windows 7 Home Premium logo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.
  • Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It's the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you'll keep your existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process.
  • Preloaded with the Microsoft Office Starter 2010 free software offering with selected functionality of Word and Excel for your text and spreadsheet tasks. Plus, if you decide you want the full suite, just purchase a product key to activate an ad-free version that also includes the latest Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher programs.

Environmental Facts

Energy Star
  • Energy Star 5.0 certified
  • Gold EPEAT designation for meeting standards to help reduce its environmental impact.
  • RoHS compliant effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances

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Sony VAIO and Intel Wireless Display
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 PTV1000 Push2TV adapter) 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.

Stream videos, photos and music from your hard drive, home network or the Internet straight to your HDTV--easily and wirelessly. You don't need to scramble for special cabling, or litter your living room, to connect your laptop to a home entertainment center and reap all the benefits.

Customer Reviews

The only thing good about this machine is the screen.
Ryan H. Trollip
If looking for a mulitpurpose laptop that does, music, games, video and internet, this is for you, I used to own a old sony vaio,and it still works. these last long.
VGA port to show screen on a larger monitor Not loaded with "bloatware": just a starter version of Norton Security and MS Office.
Trebor Mints

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sauer on April 30, 2011
This is my first VAIO, after owning a 18.4" ACER with Blu-ray (2008 model). Sony computers are always more expensive than the competition, but at $599 for a 15.6" and i3-380M, wireless connection, dual-layer drive, and HDMI, this was a good deal. The graphic card is very basic and integrated, but the laptop performs beautifully for everyday tasks (Microsoft Office 2010, DVD/CD copy) and Internet browsing, as well as for video streaming (Netflix) and DVD watching. I uninstalled some of the VAIO bloatware, like the useless program bar floating on top of the screen and a couple of other minor things in order to get the most of the modest, but very decent i3-380M chip. Performance, as shown in the Windows experience benchmarks (I checked all the laptops at Best Buy!) is on par with all other 15.6"-i3 laptops of other brands in the $499-$650 range, and even a couple of i5 laptops. When I connect my computer to a 21.5" full-HD monitor with 2 additional and separate speakers, my movie-watching experience is outstanding, especially after installing an affordable sound-quality-boosting software. Watching a DVD on the laptop itself with its limited max resolution (1366x768) is fine and smooth; picture size and quality is better through HDMI and the clever VAIO resolution interface which allows you to change the output resolution to 720p, 768p, 1080p, depending on the stream/DVD quality and external TV/monitor displaying the video (it even switches automatically to the best resolution). So you're actually not tied to 1366x768! I wish the webcam was not so weak (0.3 mp). The image is small and grainy, and clearly detracts from the high quality and performance of the rest of the hardware.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trebor Mints on April 14, 2011
UPDATE to review (below): Saw a black line across the screen for about 10 seconds, which didn't inspire confidence. Laptop failed to start on two occasions. The second time, Windows did a fix, and then Norton disappeared and I had no protection. Also, got tired of the weak and tinny speakers. Enough! Returned to the store (Costco) for a full refund.

The laptop arrived with a non-functioning keyboard. A new laptop was sent a few days later in replacement.

I did a lot of research into laptops: I read reviews in Consumers Reports, CNET, Amazon, PC Magazine, and PC World. Consumers Report rated this Sony highly, and PC Magazine gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

From reading reviews on this and many other brands, it looks like about 10% of all laptops arrive with problems of one sort or another, regardless of brand. So I wasn't fazed when the first Sony didn't work. To keep costs down, it looks like the manufacturers basically throw them together and hope for the best. (This is a good reason to find some way to double the manufacturer's warranty to two years, which you can do with some credit cards.)


Good keyboard
Lots of USB ports
Has Intel Wireless Display built in, to view laptop contents on your TV (requires a wireless adapter for the TV). Haven't tried this.
VGA port to show screen on a larger monitor
Not loaded with "bloatware": just a starter version of Norton Security and MS Office.
Fairly light to carry around
Does not seem to get hot
Fan is very quiet; you can hardly hear it.


Pathetic speakers (but there is a port for headphones, or external speakers can be used)
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Verified Purchase
Bought this for my wife for her birthday and it still running as strong as the first day i bought it. Excellent product would recommend to anyone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By x2tlo1 on June 10, 2011
4 stars now;
windows 7 awesome!
sony quality !!
fan is quiet!
touchpad not as good as compaq.
vent on left hand side-poor placement.
quality and dependable!!!!!
bought mar 2011;

update oct 2014:
still works great;
i drop computer,
so fan now makes more noise;

touchpad/scrollpad SUCKS-broke;
i have 3 vaio's &
all touchpads stopped working in 1st year!
downgrade to 4stars;
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Terwillager on May 26, 2012
Sony used to make good stuff. Now I see that the screens on the VAIO computers are prone to defects and I have one of my own. Over $400 to get it fixed by a pro. I'll go back to HP from now on. Speakers on this computer are terrible. Battery life is very low (maybe 2 hours) Don't waste your money!
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