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  • Intel Core i5 2450M Processor 2.5GHz
  • 6 GB DRAM
  • 640 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.5-Inch Screen
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Product Information

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Screen Size15.5 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.5 GHz Core i5-2450M
RAM6 GB DDR3
Hard Drive640 GB Serial ATA
Graphics CoprocessorAMD Radeon HD 6630M
Wireless Type802.11abg
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand NameSony
SeriesS Series
Item model numberVPCSE25FX/S
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Item Weight4.4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H10.08 x 4.40 x 0.97 inches
Color Platinum Silver
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  
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ASINB00713KF3G
Best Sellers Rank #21,439 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.5 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 5, 2012
  
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At just 4.4 pounds, the Sony VAIO S Series laptop offers a step up to the performance and portability you demand. Offering a 15.5-inch LED-backlit display with Full HD 1080p resolution, second-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processing, and switchable hybrid graphics, it also features advanced technology that offers up to 6 hours of continuous use (and up to 12 hours of combined battery life with optional sheet battery that fits underneath the laptop).

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The 15.5-inch VAIO S Series laptop in
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At a Glance
VAIO VPCSE25FX/S
At a Glance:
  • 15.5-inch LED backlit display (Full HD 1080p)

  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M dual-core processor

  • 640 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

  • 6 GB installed RAM

  • Hybrid graphics with AMD Radeon HD 6630M

  • Blu-ray Disc (read-only) + CD/DVD player/burner

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

  • HDMI output

  • Up to 6 hours of use

  • See full specs below
At a Glance

Simple yet bold, the S Series features a fully flat design concept that abandons traditional bulky batteries, unnecessary seams and protruding ports. Combining a brushed aluminum palmrest shaped to precise specifications and a magnesium alloy chassis, the S Series offers firm structural integrity while creating bold clean contours.

This S series laptop (model VPCSE25FX/S) in platinum silver is 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.

It also offers a read-only Blu-ray Disc drive, which combines the power of HD Blu-ray Disc video playback with the convenience and utility of DVD and CD read/write functionalities.

It 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).




Amazing Full HD 1080p Display

Developed by the same people you trust to engineer amazing flat-panel HDTV, this VAIO PC features exceptional picture quality. Measuring 15.5-inches and sporting a cinema-inspired 16:9 aspect ratio, the 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution widescreen display lets you view your games and movies in impeccable detail with amazing color and contrast from virtually any angle thanks to IPS (in-plane switching) technology. The LED backlight helps ensure a bright display with lower power consumption for improved battery life.

Thin and Light

With uncompromising attention to detail and a passion for design, Sony introduces the next generation in VAIO laptop design. Simple yet bold, the S Series features a fully flat design concept that abandons traditional bulky batteries, unnecessary seams and protruding ports. Combining a brushed aluminum palmrest shaped to precise specifications and a magnesium alloy chassis, the S Series offers firm structural integrity while creating bold clean contours.

HDD G-Sensor Shock Protection Technology

Sony's G-Sensor Shock Protection technology counteracts sudden movements by locking up the spinning hard drive to help prevent potential damage, such as scratching, which could lead to data loss.

AMD Radeon

Premium Hybrid Graphics

By utilizing a powerful AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card with 1 GB of video RAM, you'll experience premium visual quality and intense HD performance without placing huge demands on the CPU. Plus, the VAIO S Series puts you in control by offering a Hybrid Graphics system that allows you to easily set your graphics performance to deliver power when you need it and energy savings when you don't. You can even set 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 or select Stamina to conserve energy and extend battery life for light computing and mobile scenarios.

Night Shift

Practical innovation is a cornerstone of Sony's vision, and our keyboards are no exception. Designed for ease of use, the keyboard 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.

Security Measures

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) provides secure information management and enhanced business protection. TPM is built into a computer to store cryptographic information, such as encryption keys. Because TPM uses its own internal firmware and logic circuits for processing instructions, it does not rely upon the operating system and is not exposed to external software vulnerabilities. As a result, information stored on TPM is more secure from external software attacks and physical theft.

Enhance the Security of the Internet

Symantec VIP is a powerful layer of security that links your PC to the online account, VPN, or application that you select, decreasing the ability of thieves to access your accounts and information from another PC. Available through select member websites, VIP helps ensure that only you can access your online accounts and websites. When you log into any of the hundreds of VIP member websites, you're asked to provide a one-time password that's automatically generated by Intel Identity Protection Technology. Since the password is random, and you get a new one each time you visit, it's virtually impossible for cybercriminals to hijack your online identity.

Intel WiDi

Take It to the Big Screen

Now enjoy all of your personal and online content on your big screen-by wirelessly connecting your laptop to your TV. Stop crowding around a laptop screen, with Intel Wireless Display, you can sit back and experience your favorite videos, photos, movies, online TV shows, and more, all with great image clarity up to 1080p.

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.

This VAIO PC also comes with an HDMI output, delivering both your video and audio via a single HDMI cable (sold separately) and providing the optimal digital connection to your HDMI-enabled HDTV.

The Fastest Port Around

This VAIO PC features a super-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.

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HD webcam.

HD Video Chatting

A built-in HD web camera offers superb video conferencing quality. Powered by an Exmor sensor, this HD web camera offers amazing low-light performance and includes face tracking technology that allows the camera to automatically adjust and keep you in focus as you move about.

Sensational Sound

Experience full-impact surround sound anywhere with Dolby Home Theater technology on your PC . All the power and nuance of the cinema, all the immediacy of live performance--now from a laptop. Whether you listen through headphones, the speakers in your laptop, or a connected home theater, a more captivating entertainment experience can be yours anytime. Dolby Home Theater technology also offers total control over audio settings, so you can customize the sound for the maximum impact. It makes audio levels more consistent: set the volume once, and that's where it stays.

One Button Bliss

Discover special hardware buttons: VAIO, ASSIST and WEB that get you where you want to go with a touch of a button.

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One-button access (see larger image of full keyboard).
  • One touch access to the web without full boot up into Windows with WEB button.
  • Press the VAIO button to launch either PMB (Picture Motion Browser) or Media Gallery software and create movies, and enjoy photos and music in a whole new way.
  • ASSIST button links directly to VAIO Care software that helps maintain and troubleshoot PC issues for optimal performance.
PMB
Picture Motion Browser (PMB).

PMB VAIO Edition

The Picture Motion Browser (PMB) makes managing your photos and home videos as easy as taking them. Conditions aren't always ideal for capturing the perfect video or snapshot but with one-click effects, like video stabilization and red-eye removal, PMB VAIO Edition makes it easy to transform so-so shots into memorable masterpieces. Using the magic of Sony's intelligent analysis technologies, PMB eliminates the clutter and automatically organizes content by person, place and date. Intuitive navigation features like face detection make it simple to do just that.

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Media Gallery.

Life at Your Fingertips

Find a new appreciation for your music and photos with Media Gallery software. Not only can it automatically create unique song playlists on beat, tone and rhythm, it can also help you rediscover forgotten favorites with recommendations based on your specific taste. Playback can be controlled by hand gestures using the built-in web camera, simply wave your hand and Media Gallery software will advance to the next track or photo. Media Gallery software also makes it easy to create slideshows with high-quality transitions and soundtracks from your personal music library.

VAIO Gate

VAIO Gate offers fast and easy access to favorite multimedia programs and entertainment. This gateway is always there as a visually attractive bar at the top of your desktop and keeps track of your most popular programs and media.

  • Fully integrated onto your desktop for quick access with large icons
  • Simple and easy to use--click on an icon to go straight to a program
  • Personalize VAIO Gate by moving icons within the browser or adding and removing them completely by simple drag and drop
  • RSS feed enables web recommendations and links

PC Tune-Ups and Maintenance Made Easy

Sony's designed an easy-to-use tool that lets you tune up, update and troubleshoot your VAIO PC with just a few clicks. With just a few clicks, VAIO Care software lets you:

  • Tune-up your VAIO PC to help keep it running its best for the long haul
  • Check for and install recent updates from Sony and Microsoft to keep your VAIO PC up to date
  • Identify and troubleshoot issues on your own
  • Create recovery discs (media sold separately) to back up your system software and settings
  • Connect with Sony phone, chat or online support when you need to talk with a Sony expert

A Better Computer Deserves Better Support

Sony backs its computers with industry-leading support that is distinguished by such features as:

  • In-home service--that's right, when possible we'll come out to your house to resolve your issue
  • International service available in over 40 countries
  • 24/7 phone and chat support
  • Parts and labor are covered as part of the standard limited warranty on covered repairs
  • Online support website with access to drivers, software updates, FAQs, user forums and more
  • Optional Sony extended service plans that keep you covered up to 4 years from the date of your PC purchase



Key Specifications

15.5-inch LED-backlit IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution for Full HD 1080p viewing

2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M dual-core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)

640 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

6 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

Blu-ray Disc (BD) combo drive (reads BD and writes to DVD/CD)

Built-in stereo speakers

Up to 6 hours of battery life at default brightness with standard 4400 mAh battery (3.5 hours of DVD playback)

Dimensions and Weight: 14.97 x 10.08 x 0.97 inches (WxDxH); 4.4 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

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What's in the Box

Sony VAIO SE2 laptop (model VPCSE25FX/S); standard lithium-ion 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)

Warranty

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.



13.3-Inch Sony VAIO SA4 Series Comparison Chart

Spec VPCSA41FX VPCSA43FX VPCSA45GX
Screen 13.3 inches with LED backlighting; 1600 x 900 resolution for HD 720p viewing
Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M dual-core
Graphics Hybrid graphics with AMD Radeon HD 6630M (1 GB VRAM)
Storage 500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM) 500 GB SATA hard drive (7200 RPM) Dual 128 GB solid state drives (256 GB total)
Installed Memory 4 GB 6 GB 6 GB
Optical Drive CD/DVD player/burner Blu-ray Disc (read-only) + CD/DVD player/burner CD/DVD player/burner
Battery Life Up to 6.25 hours (3.75 hours of DVD playback)
Dimensions & Weight 13.04 x 8.84 x 0.92 inches (WxDxH); 3.65 pounds
Colors Jet Black and Platinum Silver Jet Black and Platinum Silver Jet Black

15.5-Inch Sony VAIO SE2 Series Comparison Chart

Spec VPCSE23FX VPCSE25FX VPCSE27FX
Screen 15.5 inches with LED backlighting and IPS; 1920 x 1080 resolution for Full HD 1080p viewing
Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M
(dual-core)
2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M
(dual-core)
2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-2640M
(quad-core)
Graphics Hybrid graphics with AMD Radeon HD 6470M (512 MB VRAM) Hybrid graphics with AMD Radeon HD 6630M (1 GB VRAM) Hybrid graphics with AMD Radeon HD 6630M (1 GB VRAM)
Storage 640 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
Installed Memory 4 GB 6 GB 6 GB
Optical Drive CD/DVD player/burner Blu-ray Disc (read-only) + CD/DVD player/burner Blu-ray Disc (read-only) + CD/DVD player/burner
Battery Life Up to 6 hours (3.5 hours of DVD playback)
Dimensions & Weight 14.97 x 10.08 x 0.97 inches (WxDxH); 4.4 pounds
Colors Jet Black and Platinum Silver Jet Black and Platinum Silver Jet Black


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Product Description

At just under 1" thin and 4.4 lbs., the VAIO 15.5" S Series laptop includes a Full HD 1080p display for vibrant, crisp images in a bold, thin-and-light design. From its seamless contours, integrated 10-key pad to advanced technology that offers up to 12 hours of combined battery life (with optional extended sheet battery)10 the S combines bold design and mobile performance.

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The display quality and lighted keyboard are excellent.
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I think the square, sharp edges and corner (instead of round ones) have a lot to do with it.
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Pros Nice IPS display, though not so nice as Macbook have.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. White on June 19, 2012
Color Name: Platinum Silver Verified Purchase
I found this laptop to be well thought out and comfortable to use. The i5 processor provides plenty of power for almost any task while not running so hot as to cause the fans to continually go on and off as a lot of the i7 laptops do out there today. The fans are pretty quite most of the time except during long software installs like installing multiple Windows Updates.
The display quality and lighted keyboard are excellent. The only "Con" of the unit I observed was that while running during ordinary tasks the battery life averaged only 2.5 hours. An extended life "sheet" battery is available but it has the disadvantage of adding thickness to the laptop. The laptop is very light and I wish Sony had designed it for a larger standard battery even if the weight would have been more.
All in all though this is one fine laptop and recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean on July 21, 2012
Color Name: Jet Black Verified Purchase
I've owned this computer for several months, and it has been a great computer. I saw there was a 2 star review of this model and I wanted to share my experience regarding his comments, and also some of thoughts of my own.

Fan - Yes it is located on the back and and substantially "blocked" by the screen, but the screen is so thin that I think it acts somewhat like a radiator, and like the other reviewer, (Neil) said, heat is not an issue. Also, in my experience the noise from the fan is minimal, (usually I have to put my head closer to the computer to confirm that the slight whirring noise is actually coming from the computer, and not something else nearby) This is by far the quietest computer I've used, save for some Apple laptops that don't have a fan at all.

Yes, it is mostly, if not completely plastic on the exterior, but it doesn't seem like "cheap" plastic, it has a decent texture, and it doesn't look gaudy as many laptops do.

Battery life is not very important to me, but is does have enough life to play about 1-2 BD movies, or 2-3 DVD movies.

The 1080p HD Screen is this laptops strong suit, I also really like the back-lit keyboard with auto on/off.

The touch pad is accurate and easy to use with both light or firm touch.

So far I haven't experienced any soft/hard-ware issues, the computer always starts up quickly, and has NEVER needed a restart, (other than restarts required for software installs).

I have used both the STAMINA and SPEED settings, fan speeds for mine don't differ very much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Some Reveiwer Guy on August 28, 2012
Color Name: Jet Black Verified Purchase
I've had this computer for about 2 weeks now and my impressions so far are mixed. The computer is a great balance of features and portability, especially for the price. It is thin and light weight, which is great considering it has a large hard drive and blue-ray player. I also love the LED backlit keyboard. The display is great as well. Now for the bad - I hate most Windows computers come with so much junk software. This thing seems to be relying on too much of the processor considering it's new and I haven't installed much yet. When I open performance monitor with no programs open, it hovers around 5% CPU usage. I may end up doing a clean reinstall of Windows to see if it addresses the problem because deleting programs hasn't helped. The microphone is also terrible. I don't know if it's the fan that causes interference, but the microphone is not acceptable for recording or for Skype-ing. I had to buy a USB microphone (there is no microphone jack), but now I have fantastic sound quality. I record videos so I probably would have done this anyway. And for the ugly - as I mentioned, the processor seems to be overworking for some reason. Unfortunately, the fan placement is terrible. The vent is on the bottom of the computer toward the right side. There is no way not to have it sitting on your right leg if you have it on your lap, constantly blowing warm air on your leg (and I do mean constantly - the fan has not turned off since I've owned it, except when it's in sleep mode). This thing definitely runs warmer than I would like. I'm probably going to end up buying a cooling pad for it because it's intolerable in the summer. I would actually give this computer 3.5 stars if that were an option. The only reason I bumped it up to 4 is because it's probably the most computer (without bulk) that you can get for the money.
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Color Name: Platinum Silver Verified Purchase
Pros
Nice IPS display, though not so nice as Macbook have.
Full size backlit keyboard.
Light for its display size (comparable to macbook pro).
Easy to replace hdd with ssd and add memory.

Cons
Awful touchpad position (should be exactly below space, not shifted to the right). Because of this palm often accidentally touches it, which qualifies as a click in random location.
Bad cooling solution. CPU throttles often.
Probably software bug. Display color balance becomes insane. This seems to be an issue with light sensor software.
No SATA3 (hardware supports, but bios doesn't)
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neil S. Majd on July 20, 2012
Color Name: Platinum Silver
I was really excited about this laptop until it I saw it and used it.

The huge cosmetic surprise was that this laptop is essentially ALL PLASTIC. Some reviewer said it is aluminum which is totally wrong. Every major external part is made of plastic (like many laptops).

The biggest functional flaw is by far the FAN PLACEMENT. It is located on the BACK of the laptop. Normally this isn't a bad thing, except on this laptop, when you open the lid/screen, IT BLOCKS THE FAN. IT'S SO FUNNY. I can't imagine who would design something so stupid? If you open the lid/screen, it essentially blocks the fan causing the fan to run harder and harder making a lot of noise. Essentially Sony sacrificed function for style (cooling and fan placement is not something you want compromised).

CONS:
-FAN PLACEMENT (See above)
-Fan runs on high and very loud even for minimal loads
-ALL PLASTIC BODY (the plastic seems sort of cheap and light, likely to reduce the weight)
-Battery is life not good (less than would be expected for a 15.6")
-Only three USBs, all placed on one side
-It just has a weird look to it. It's nothing like the more or less standard look you find on HPs or MacBook Pros. It looked amazing in the pictures, but I didn't like how it looked in person. I think the square, sharp edges and corner (instead of round ones) have a lot to do with it.
-The "Stamina" or "Speed" manual switch on the top left of the keyboard is almost unique to this laptop. It is used to switch between integrated or discrete graphs. Normally this is a plus, except this laptop CANNOT HANDLE THE HEAT from "Speed" or discrete graphs so you always leave it on "Stamina"

PROS:
-Very light, among the lightest 15.
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