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Sony VAIO SA3 Series VPCSA3AFX/SI 13.3-Inch Laptop (Platinum Silver)

by Sony
3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i5 Processor 2.4GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6630M
  • Windows 7 Professional, 7.15 hours Battery Life
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Product Description

Color: Platinum Silver

Product Description

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Intel Core i5-2430M 2.40GHz with Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.00GHz. 500GB (5400rpm). 4GB (4GB x 1) Installed Memory. CD/DVD Player / Burner. 13.3"LCD (1600 x 900). AMD Radeon HD 6630M Graphic Video RAM). Bluetooth Integrated Stereo A2DP (2.1 + EDR). Intel Wireless Display Technology Ready. HD Web Camera, Biometric Fingerprint Sensor. Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel, VAIO Care, Media Gallery, PMB - VAIO Edition. USB 2.0: 2. USB 3.0: 1. HDMI Output: 1.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution 1608 x 900 pixels
Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 4 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 6630M
Chipset Brand AMD
Card Description Radeon HD 6630M
Graphics Card Ram Size 1024 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 7.15 hours
Brand Name Sony
Series VAIO SA3 series
Item model number VPCSA3AFX/SI
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7;
Item Weight 3.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 13 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 13.04 x 8.84 x 0.92 inches
Color Platinum Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type CD/DVD Player / Burner
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type lithium_ion

Additional Information

ASIN B005JY9GRU
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #51,926 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#11,389 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 6.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 2, 2011

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Color: Jet Black Verified Purchase
I have used my laptop for a few days now and put it through some different trials. I tried videos, no problems, the only thing I wish could of been a little better was the sound of the speakers, but that's just the style of the laptop, it's hard to concentrate on both light and slim and at the same time have insanely large speakers. Next I inserted a few CD's including a movie which played perfectly and very clear, again the speakers are loud enough, just a little high pitched. You can always plug in a set of aux speakers if you wish. I installed a couple simple action games to make sure they would load and play and again no problem. I miss the old Sony power switch on the end of hinge, now it's like most other laptops positioned directly above the number keys. One more adjustment I had to make was getting used to a dedicated dvd eject button above the number keys again. You can't just push in on the dvd play door any more. Not a big deal and once I get use to it I'll be fine. I really like the 1600 resolution option on this particular model, if your wondering about text size, my philosophy is that you can always turn up the zoom of the page to 125% and most web pages still fit on the screen. The keyboard is nicely backlit and the keys have enough space between them so you don't hit two at once. I only wish with the new hinge setup that it didn't have that plat in the rear of the laptop, it's centered and runs better than half way across and sticks out a bout an 1/8". Not a big deal, but again, I liked the old style Sony hinge better personally. The new hinge cover is finished nicely though, looks like brushed metal. All of the input/output connections, except for the dvd player are on the right side of the laptop, I prefer this because it's easier for me to remember what side it's one. There are 3 indicator lights in the front left and look nice. There is a cap key light above the numbers. The laptop feels well made to me and I have no regrets.
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Color: Platinum Silver
This machine has a solid, all metal construction, with the only plastic being the keys and the bezel surrounding the screen. It is quite fast with a 2nd gen core i CPU and an AMD 6630 GPU. Keyboard is one of the best I've ever used, and easy match for any thinkpad, and backlit to boot. The 1600x900 matte screen is bright and very clear, but lacks color depth and contrast for any kind of high quality, color accurate display.

Other reviews have referred to it as flimsy but honestly, this is a pretty solidly built machine. Pressure on the back of the lid produces no distortions in the display, the base is very very stiff, especially for such a thin machine. Overall this machine reminds me of the T4x series thinkpad I used to own, but with a much brighter screen.

The speakers are terrible, even for a small 13" machine.

Linux compatibility has some issues that will hopefully get ironed out. Nothing that makes using it unusable, but a few things like the trackpad not having any suitable drivers, and really poor battery life (under linux) that make it a questionable choice if Linux on the go is your primary reason for using this machine.
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Color: Jet Black
I looked at all similar units in the 800 to 1200 price range, and chose this one for the keyboard ease, backlight, and robust construction. It is substantially made, mostly of aluminum/magnesium alloy, and the matte display is outstanding. Other units had the gloss and the glare is quite distracting. You pay a bit more for the Sony name, but it is worth it. It has the usual bloatware, but not overly intrusive, and one can disable these pesky bits easily. It is remarkably light, yet not flimsy in the slightest. I'm using it in my surgical office for electronic records, CT scan image review and other fairly processor intense tasks and the i5 handles all quite rapidly. I did up the RAM to 8mb, and that was $14 well spent! Got mine from 42nd street photo in NYC, and all is well. I would recommend it highly.
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Color: Jet Black Verified Purchase
Purchased this laptop because its basically the only machine out there with the combination of features I wanted, and it costs less than a grand to boot.

-Backlit keyboard - very difficult to find in this size, much more effective than the little thinklight on Thinkpads
-Hi resolution 1600x900 screen - just try find this feature outside of Dell enterprise workstation models
-USB 3.0 onboard
-Fingerprint reader
-Dedicated Radeon graphics - seems like nearly every PC is using the crappy Intel HD integraded chips in their 13.3" and smaller models
-Aluminum unibody - I'm really confused by the reviews describing this laptop as "flimsy" or claims that its not actually metal

Have been using the machine for about a week now and its simply impressing me at every turn. After uninstalling the bulk of the Sony bloatware, Ive got it setup quite cleanly rather than doing a full clean windows install (as mentioned by another reviewer who was having difficulty).

Runs every game I've thrown at it in native resolution (1600x900) so far, including BF3 and MW3, which is jawdropping. Having a portable gaming system thats this svelte is going to make traveling a heck of a lot more enjoyable. It quite simply blows the doors off my last "thin and light" acer timeline.

All in all, a good purchase and a happy camper. Thanks Amazon for a great price versus the Sony website!
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