Sony Vaio SA41FX/BL
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: VPCSA41FX/BI
- Bottom Line:
- The 13-inch Sony Vaio SA41FX/BL has plenty of features and optional bells and whistles for a compact laptop, but it falls a bit short on battery life and price to be a must-have product.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $999.00
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 02/28/2012
The good: The Sony Vaio SA41FX/BL has a compact size and plenty of upgrades: dedicated AMD graphics, optional Blu-ray, a fingerprint reader, HD Webcam, and higher-def 1,600x900-pixel display.
The bad: Unless you buy the sheet battery, battery life falls below that on equivalent alternatives; also, the entry price is high.
The bottom line: The 13-inch Sony Vaio SA41FX/BL has plenty of features and optional bells and whistles for a compact laptop, but it falls a bit short on battery life and price to be a must-have product.
Great machine, sleek look and design, long battery life
by alavri on February 29, 2012
Pros: good battery life " 6 - 7 hours
Cons: external monitor support is poo, had to purchase a USB monitor adaptor to get high resolution output (1900 x 1600)+
Summary: The review is wrong about the battery life, it is actually 6-7 hours , not 4. I am not sure why CNET would lie about this?. I own one and it ...
Summary: The review is wrong about the battery life, it is actually 6-7 hours , not 4. I am not sure why CNET would lie about this?. I own one and it is a great machine.
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One of the worst laptops I've ever owned
by cf42 on June 24, 2012
Pros: Bright screen - full sized keyboard -
Cons: Awful battery life - even brand new, only 1 hour of battery life - upgraded to a HUGE new battery - got a "whole" 2 hours - <sarcasm>Oooooohhhh</sarcasm>. It should be a crime to sell a laptop with battery life this low
Summary: Save your money, wait an extra month or two, and buy a real laptop. Ultimately, You Get What you Pay For - and Vaio's flat-out stink. If you love ...
Summary: Save your money, wait an extra month or two, and buy a real laptop. Ultimately, You Get What you Pay For - and Vaio's flat-out stink. If you love the screen, invest in a Mac - otherwise, get a ThinkPad
Don't waste money on VAIO! toooooo bad customer service
by MMGG2012 on June 8, 2012
Pros: nothing really
Cons: frequently break downs. poooor customer service
Summary: VAIO products are absolute Garbage. Please do not waste you money on this. What you see here is a beautiful laptop, but Sony is nothing like that good old company. ...
Summary: VAIO products are absolute Garbage. Please do not waste you money on this. What you see here is a beautiful laptop, but Sony is nothing like that good old company. I got a VAIO and it was broken on day 1 (when shipped) and they made me send it for repair 3 times and still faulty. But they don't consider a return at all. They just want you to kkep sending in for repir until you are exhausted and just forget it. They are making money for selling you touble!!!
Ok notebook with issues
by HTPC MAKER on March 22, 2012
Pros: Fast processor speed and good graphics. Screen is ok but backs are washed and hazy. It will play FPS games well and seems fast and capable. It is lightweight and has a nice feel.
Cons: I have the SI (silver) the glare from the backlit keys is horrible to the point of turning it off. Logon is almost impossible due to key stroke inputing multiple characters. Web cam is horrible in low light and not much better in good lighting.
Summary: The product does not live up to expectation. This could be a great product but due to obvious design and part issues it does not represent a 900 dollar plus ...
Summary: The product does not live up to expectation. This could be a great product but due to obvious design and part issues it does not represent a 900 dollar plus investment. Sony loaded it with the typical virus software we all know and that diminished perfromance expecially when launching the web browser. The glare from the lighted keys makes the feature a waste. Battery ife is only decent if all features are turned off and it actually changes the screen resolution as part of the power save feature. Otherwise about 3 hours is the best you can hope to get with balanced power settings. The biggest disappointment is the webcam and being useless for travel. I am returning this one before I get stuck with it.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: VPCSA41FX/BI
- Description: At just 3.65 lbs., the VAIO 13.3" S Series laptop offers a step up to the performance and portability you demand. From its seamless contours to advanced technology that offers up to 12 hours and 30 minutes of combined battery life (with optional extended sheet battery) the S combines bold design and mobile performance.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- System Type Notebook
- OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
- Notebook type 13-inch,
Processor / Chipset
- CPU 2nd Gen Core i5,
Intel 2 i5-2450M / 2.5 GHz
- Max Turbo Speed 3.1 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Cache 3 MB
- 64-bit Computing Yes
- Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
- RAM 4 GB ( Provided memory is soldered )
- Max RAM Supported 8 GB
- Technology DDR3 SDRAM
- Speed 1333 MHz
- Hard Drive 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
- Interface Serial ATA-300
- Optical Drive DVD-Writer - Fixed - Tray
- Type 13.3 in
- LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Max Resolution 1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
- Widescreen Yes
Audio & Video
- Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6630M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 - 1 GB
- Video System Features Sony Hybrid Graphic System
- Camera Yes
- Camera Features Exmor Technology
- Sound Stereo speakers , Microphone
- Compliant Standards High Definition Audio,
Dolby Home Theater v3
- Type Backlit keyboard,
- Keyboard Layout QWERTY
- Wireless 802.11n,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Wireless Controller Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230
- Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet
- Features Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g,
- Technology Lithium polymer
- Capacity 4400 mAh
Connections & Expansion
- Interfaces LAN,
2 x USB 2.0,
- Memory Card Reader Card reader ( Memory Stick Duo ),
( SD Memory Card )
- Software Included VAIO Care,
VAIO Media Gallery,
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter,
Norton Internet Security 2012 (30 days trial),
Picture Motion Browser VAIO Edition
- Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
- Color Jet black
- Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip , Fingerprint reader
- Compliant Standards RoHS
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 13 in
- Depth 8.9 in
- Height 0.9 in
- Weight 3.7 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year - On-site,
Technical support - Phone consulting,
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Gold
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 3.6
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.1
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