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).
The 15.5-inch VAIO S Series laptop in
platinum silver (view larger
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 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
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
See larger image of all ports.
What's in the Box
Sony VAIO SE2 laptop (model VPCSE25FX/S); standard lithium-ion 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.
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 |
|2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2450M |
|2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-2640M |
|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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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: Your PC Simplified
- Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
- 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.*
Get a Faster, Safer Web with a New PC and Internet Explorer 9
- Helps protect against identity theft and malicious software with SmartScreen Filter.
- Movies, TV, and videos look better and run more smoothly.
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 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 Messenger.**
- Easily edit photos. Combine the best parts of multiple photos into one perfect photo with Photo Fuse.
You can download Windows Live for FREE at download.live.com.
Complete Your PC Experience with Microsoft Office 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.