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Sony VAIO VPC-SA21GX/BI Laptop (Black)

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  • Intel Core i5-2410M processor (2.30GHz) with Turbo Boost Technology up to (2.90GHz)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 500GB Serial ATA HDD, DVD±R/RW
  • 13.3" (1600 x 900) LED widescreen display, NVIDIA GeForce graphics with 1GB VRAM
  • Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
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Product Information

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Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution1600 x 900 pixels
Processor2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorRadeon
Chipset BrandAMD
Card DescriptionHD 6630M
Graphics Card Ram Size1000 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 6.5 hours
Brand NameSony
Item model numberVPCSA21GX/BI
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Item Weight3.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H8.84 x 13.04 x 0.92 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive Typedvd_plus_minus_rw
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_polymer
Power SourceAC
Voltage240 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #36,122 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.9 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 19, 2011
Warranty & Support
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Product Description

Product Description

At just over 3.6 lbs. the all new VAIO S Series laptop offers a step up to the performance and portability you demand. From its seamless contours to advanced technology that offers up to 15 hours of combined battery life (with optional extended battery) the S combines bold design and mobile performance in a way only Sony can.


Experience optimal performance and portability with the Sony VAIO SA2 Series 13.3-Inch Laptop. The computer weighs a mere 3.6 pounds and has a sleek 1-inch profile with seamless contours. An integrated lithium polymer battery provides up to 15 hours of life when combined with an optional extended battery. Magnesium alloy casing increases the computer's durability. The laptop includes an Intel Core i5 processor and a 13.3-inch, anti-glare widescreen LCD display.

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SA2-Series VAIO 13.3-Inch Laptop
At a Glance:
  • Sleek, fully flat body weighs 3.6 pounds for portability

  • Up to 15 hours of combined battery life

  • Intel Core i5 processor with 4 GB of memory provides smooth performance

  • 13.3-inch anti-glare widescreen LCD display with anti-glare coating

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

  • One-year limited warranty
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Sony SA2-Series VAIO 13.3-Inch Laptop Product Shot
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Sony SA2-Series VAIO 13.3-Inch Laptop Product Shot
Sleek, durable body weighs a mere 3.6 pounds for portability. View larger.
Extended Battery Life for All-Day Mobility
Taking advantage of lithium polymer technology, the battery of the Sony VAIO SA2 Series 13.3-Inch Laptop is integrated right into the PC and conforms to the contours of the chassis, offering a thinner battery profile while supplying up to 6.5 hours of battery life.

When an optional large capacity sheet battery is attached to the laptop's integrated battery, you can enjoy up to 15 hours of total combined battery life, helping you stay unplugged longer.

Seamless Design with Aluminum Casing
Made with uncompromising attention to detail, this Sony VAIO laptop features a fully flat design concept utilizing a seamless piece of brushed aluminum milled to precise specifications. This approach offers firm structural integrity while creating bold, clean contours.

Intel Core i5 Processor for Smart Performance
The laptop contains a 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor, offering smart performance and enhanced visuals for a smooth, immersive experience. The processor enables you to move effortlessly from one application to another without hesitation or interruption. In addition, Intel Turbo Boost Technology gives an automatic burst of speed when your PC needs extra performance.

Widescreen Display and HD Webcam
The Sony VAIO features a 13.3-inch (1,600-by-900-pixel resolution) LCD widescreen display with an anti-glare coating. A built-in high-definition webcam offers superb video-conference capability.

Connect to HDTV with Intel Wireless Display
Thanks to Intel Wireless Display technology, you can wirelessly connect the laptop to your HDTV and share videos, photos, websites, and more with your friends and family. Simply connect an adapter (sold separately) to the TV, follow a few simple steps, and you're off and running.

Product and Warranty Information
The Sony VAIO comes pre-installed with Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, and has a 500 GB SATA drive. Its magnesium alloy casing makes it highly durable.

The laptop measures 0.92 by 13.04 by 8.84 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 3.65 pounds including the battery.

The Sony VAIO SA2 Series 13.3-Inch Laptop is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Laptop, AC adapter, and power cord.

Customer Reviews

Though being a long-term Sony fan for many years, I seriously may NEVER buy a Sony product again.
Howard Choi
The fan is on the back and the display hinge does cover it somewhat, this could cause the fan to work a little harder to pump that hot air out.
Fionn MacCool
To be honest, I haven't used the Radeon graphics too much; Intel's integrated chip does just fine streaming HD video.
J. White

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. White on August 13, 2011
Color Name: Black
I should start by saying that I am a frequent and finicky laptop user. I often scope out good deals online, buy the computer and try it for a month or two, and then resell it on eBay---ideally for what I originally paid. That said, over the past twelve months, I have used the following laptops extensively: the 13" Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo), the Lenovo X201, the Sony Vaio Z (first generation Core i5), the HP Elitebook 2540p, the Toshiba R835, the 11.6" Core i5 Macbook Air, and now this.

After having used the R835 for a few months and enjoyed its performance and portability, I nonetheless realized that I missed two things: (1) a backlit keyboard and (2) a higher resolution display. So, when I came across a deal on this model, I decided to jump on it. Between promotions and student discounts, I was able to snag a VPCSA, with the sheet battery, for just under a grand. Now that I have used it for a few weeks, I have to say that I am really pleased.

Overall, I would say that the build quality is pretty good. I really like the magnesium chassis; it is really light-weight (I think like 3.5 pounds) and seems durable. The brushed finish also means that it's not a fingerprint magnet. While I do think that the barrel hinge on the screen is kind of strange (it's somewhat "springy"---you may have to check one out in the flesh to see what I mean), I concede that I haven't really had any problems with it. The typing experience is fantastic too, just like the Vaio Z, and the backlit keyboard is perfect for working in low lit conditions. There are also ample ports---including USB 3.0---to hook up accessories and external monitors, and memory cards fit flush in the computer's body. (A lack of ports and protruding SD cards were two of my biggest gripes with the MacBook Air.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim on August 29, 2011
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Pros: Small, light, Great resolution screen, nice back-lit keyboard, has a nice build quality feel, great performance, awesome battery life (even more amazing with the additional sheet battery!). I also really like the manual switch to go from integrated to dedicated graphics.

- Speakers NEED tweaking within the sound settings. Once you get them setup, they are much better. Although, they could be better.

- Webcam......not the best...

- Thought the fan was a little annoying/loud at first (while installing all my programs, updates exc.) But it seems to be just fine now. You can always lower the max CPU frequency settings in the Power Options to keep your temps down while loading the CPU. This will always keep the fan nice and quite.

- I have an i7-970 6-core desktop for all my photo editing. I mainly use CS5 and Lightroom 3. This is a great little laptop for doing editing with these programs while on the road. Beats carrying my big ole 17 inch laptop around! :)

Ya, I could have bought a 15-17 inch laptop with the same or better performance for the same price or even less, but I am really digging the 13 inch form factor!

Overall, I am very happy with the purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul on September 10, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I'm a grad student and a gamer. I normally use desktop replacement size laptops, but after lugging those heavy things around for a few years I was due for a change. After searching for awhile, this seemed to be one of the best deals available. It appeared to be a highly portable machine that I could take notes and write papers on, and that could play most games using mid-level graphics. The machine lived up to the hype, and I'm completely satisfied with it. I have the black version, and I get compliments on the looks all the time. It's really light for a machine with an optical drive, discrete graphics card, and upgradable ram. The battery life is pretty good too. I haven't done a precise measure of the battery life, but it suffices to say that i can go the entire school day in stamina mode without a charge. I added an SSD and upgraded the ram to 8gb. I can play WoW, SCII, Dragon Age II, and Mass Effect 2 all on high settings on a laptop that weighs roughly 3.5 pounds.

Some of the reviews on here are a bit misleading. The computer really is not that loud. At least it's not louder than any full-sized laptop that I've owned. Moreover, you can always switch to stamina mode which pretty much eliminates any irritating fan noise. One reviewer complained about the size of the power brick. I have no idea what he/she was talking about. The cord is thin and the brick is about the size of my palm. The bloatware wasn't too bad either. My only complaint is that the comp doesn't come with an SSD. There are true ultraportables close to this price range that come with a SSD, but just about none of them come with discrete graphics. If you don't care about the discrete graphics, you may do better going with another option.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By aSiriusBee on July 24, 2011
Color Name: Black
I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about, but I have this laptop (though I didn't buy it through Amazon.com). The Home, Pg Up, Pg Dn, and End keys are right below the shift key on the right hand side of the laptop, but you do have to use the FN key. The Backspace, Enter and Shift keys are a bit bigger, but it doesn't keep the laptop from functioning or anything like that.

My only 2 complaints would be the hinge that connects the screen to the rest of the laptop feels a bit flimsy. With this new series, it seems Sony is really trying to be thin & light, so maybe that's why. Sony also does a disservice to their customers by including a 5400rpm HDD!!! Are they for real!?!? In order to get a SSD, you'll have to pay another hundred or so and the price of this laptop is already way too high as is!!!

Those facts aside, I like the laptop enough to keep it for now. It's thin, light and has a built-in HD camera, VAIO, WEB and ASSIST buttons, one (1) 3.0 USB port, 4GB Fixed Onboard + 1 Open Slot (DDR3-SDRAM-1333), backlit keyboard, and a DVD drive along w/ a fingerprint reader (whew!) - so I'm pretty satisfied. Most likely I'll turn around and buy a SSD on ebay.

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