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

by Sony
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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.

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.

SA3 series in silver - main
The VAIO SA3 Series laptop in silver (view larger).


SA3 series in black - battery
With optional sheet battery and battery charger adapter (view larger; black model shown).


SA3 series in silver - cover

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.

Intel Core i5

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).

SA3 series in silver - detail


SA3 series in silver - buttons

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.

Hardware Buttons

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.

Key Specifications

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
SA3 series in silver - left port SA3 series in silver - right port

What's in the Box

Sony VAIO SA3 laptop (model VPCSA3AFX/SI); internal lithium-polymer battery (4400 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; 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.
SA3 series in silver - 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.

Product Information

Expand all Collapse all Technical Details
Screen Size13.3 inches
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Max Screen Resolution1608 x 900 pixels
Processor2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6630M
Chipset BrandAMD
Card DescriptionRadeon HD 6630M
Graphics Card Ram Size1024 MB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 7.15 hours
Brand NameSony
SeriesVAIO SA3 series
Item model numberVPCSA3AFX/SI
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight3.6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H13.04 x 8.84 x 0.92 inches
Color Platinum Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeCD/DVD Player / Burner
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #47,586 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2011
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Tierney on December 27, 2011
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gordon S. Marlowe on November 18, 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RomansRoad on January 11, 2012
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ChrisFu on December 31, 2011
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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