Step up to the power and portability of the Sony VAIO SA3 Series with its bold design, 13.3-inch high-def LED-backlit display, second-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processing, switchable hybrid graphics, and an innovative battery system that provides over 7 hours of on-the-go productivity from the internal standard battery. And you can get over 14 hours with an optional large-capacity sheet battery that fits underneath the laptop.
With optional sheet battery and battery charger adapter (view larger
; black model shown).
The SA3 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.
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 SA3 series laptop (model VPCSA3AFX/SI) in platinum silver 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 SA3 Series is integrated into the PC and conforms to the contours of the chassis offering a thinner battery profile while still supplying up to 7 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 14.5 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).
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 SA3 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 SA3 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.
The SA3 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.
13.3-inch LED-backlit display with 1600 x 900 resolution for native HD 720p viewing
2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430M dual-core processor (3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
500 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
8x multi-format CD/DVD drive
Built-in stereo speakers
Up to 7.25 hours of battery life at default brightness (6.5 hours at maximum brightness; 4.67 hours of DVD playback)
Dimensions and Weight: 13.04 x 8.84 x 1.27 inches (WxDxH); 3.65 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 SA3 laptop (model VPCSA3AFX/SI); internal lithium-polymer battery (4400 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; operating instructions
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).
- Energy Star 5.0
- Gold EPEAT for reducing environmental impact.
- RoHS compliant restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances.
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.
Peek behind open windows to get a quick look at your desktop (see larger image
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*.
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 download.live.com.
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 windows.microsoft.com/products/windows-7/system-requirements/ for more information.)
** Requires a compatible microphone, speakers or headset, webcam, and broadband connection.