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At just 3.8 pounds., the VAIO S Series 13 laptop offers stepped-up performance and all-day mobility in a sleek, full-flat design with carbon fiber elements. This S Series laptop in pink (model SVS1312ACXW) features up to 5 hours of battery life and a 13.3-inch high-def LED-backlit display. Developed by the same people you trust to engineer amazing flat-panel HDTVs, the 13.3-inch widescreen display includes a glossy, anti-reflective finish that provides better color intensity without any glare.
The 13.3-inch VAIO S Series laptop in white (view larger).
Full-flat design eliminates bulky batteries of the past (view larger).
Simple yet bold, with a lightweight, highly durable magnesium alloy lid, the S Series features a full-flat design concept that abandons traditional bulky batteries, unnecessary seams and protruding ports and trays with a slot-loading optical drive.
It's powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor ("Ivy Bridge"), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. Enjoy the thrill of an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel Turbo Boost Technology for a boost in your performance that you can truly see and feel.
Windows 8. Beautiful, Fast, Fluid.
Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites, and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Windows 8 is smooth, intuitive, and designed to let you do what you want, the way you want.
With Sony's own Rapid Wake technology, you never have to shut down your computer again. Whether you are done working for the day or just heading out to get some coffee, simply close the lid to put your PC into sleep mode. Then, when you're ready to start again, resume in 2 seconds with your data safe and secure. If you are unplugged, don't worry about draining your battery. Your PC can stay in sleep mode for days.
PlayMemories Home Software
Uniquely smart and easy-to-use, PlayMemories Home software makes organizing, editing and sharing your photos and videos a cinch. Instantly import and sort your content by event or date. Then transform your favorites from ordinary to extraordinary with intuitive adjustments and stunning filters.
You can even create heartwarming slideshows complete with transitions and soundtracks in three simple steps. Finally, share your picks privately with family and friends or on popular social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. PlayMemories Online service can even securely store your content in the cloud allowing virtually all of your devices to access it anytime, anyplace.
VAIO S Series SVS1312ACXW
Spec Highlights 13.3-inch LED backlit display (native HD 720p)
2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor
500 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
4 GB installed RAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
Up to 5 hours of use
Windows 8 (64-bit)
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Chiclet-style keyboard with backlighting for use in dim environments (view larger).
Create Something Worth Sharing
Sony Imagination Studio VAIO Edition includes four powerful Sony applications: Vegas, ACID, Sound Forge, and DVD Architect software so you can create music and movies like never before.
Practical innovation is a cornerstone of Sony's vision, and our keyboards are no exception. The keyboard features precisely engineered keys to create a comfortable and intuitive typing experience. When typing in dim light, an LED backlight creates a pleasant glow, framing the individual keys and illuminating the lettering to make it even easier to find the right keys.
Simple Multi-Gesture Touchpad
The multi-gesture touchpad is the most intuitive way to interact with your laptop. Scroll with two fingers, pinch to zoom in and out of images, swipe to flip through pages or photos, and you can even rotate an image, and much more. And rather than clicking on a button, just click on the left or right mouse areas in order to activate those functions.
Includes two super-fast USB 3.0 ports (view larger).
The Handiest Port Around
Forgot to charge your phone or mp3 player? Just plug your device via USB cord into the USB sleep charge port and start charging. Even if the PC is shut down and not plugged in you can still use it. And don't forget that the USB 3.0 port is perfect for connecting a compatible external hard drive and allowing you to wait less and transfer data up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.
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.
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.
Control Your Power Settings
The VAIO S Series puts you in control by offering a stamina/speed switch that allows you to easily manage your 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.
Not Just for 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. And with certain programs, you make hand gestures in front of your camera to skip songs, turn pages, or turn the volume up.
Sleek, stylish portability (view larger).
Experience full-impact surround sound anywhere with Dolby Home Theater v4 technology on your PC. 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 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.
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 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.
Optional Docking Station
With the optional docking station, you can quickly and easily connect to your external monitor, AC adapter and multiple peripherals without needing to plug and unplug each one every time you arrive at your desk or workstation. Featuring four USB ports, HDMI out, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet port and DC in, you have the connectivity that you need. The built-in hard drive provides expanded storage for your files and a simple backup solution.
Service and Support
There's nothing standard about the standard Sony limited warranty on VAIO computers. To give you the ultimate in speedy and convenient service, we come to you to repair PC issues whenever possible. Not many other PC manufacturers can match our expertise or comprehensive level of in-home support. And we have extensive on-line support where you can chat with an associate and access drivers, software updates, FAQs, user forums and more.
PC Tune-ups and Maintenance Made Easy
With the newest version of VAIO Care software you get an easy-to-use tool that lets you tune up, update and troubleshoot your VAIO PC. Effortlessly install and uninstall new software and drivers, use the visual interface to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues, create restore and recovery media, and connect with Sony phone, chat or online support when you need to talk with a Sony expert.
13.3-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing
2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)
500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz; fixed onboard memory; 12 GB maximum)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics solution for everyday computing with support for Microsoft DirectX 11 games
8x multi-format CD/DVD drive
Built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater technology (v4)
Up to 7 hours of battery life at default brightness with standard 4000 mAh battery
Dimensions and Weight: 13.04 x 8.85 x 0.95 inches (WxDxH); 3.8 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 4.0 + HS connectivity with wireless stereo music streaming (embedded A2DP profile). Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Connectivity & Expansion 2 ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports with up to 10x the speed of USB 2.0 (and is backward compatible with your USB 2.0 peripherals). 1 standard USB 2.0 port 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 S Series 13.3-inch laptop (model SVS1312ACXW); standard lithium-ion battery (4000 mAh); AC adapter; power cord; operating instructions
Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel; Sony Imagination Studio VAIO Edition; Media Gallery; VAIO Care; PlayMemories Home; Kaspersky Internet Security (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.
I must admit that I spend half of my salary on latest gadgets though I do make sure that I don’t overpay for anything (meaning I never waste money on overpriced products from a fruit named company and the likes).
When I saw this laptop at 550 dollars at amazon, I knew i just had to buy it because the valueholic living inside me would never forgive me
I am quite happy that I did pull the trigger (till now…I will keep on updating this article). This is an extremely high end looking and feeling laptop made of magnesium alloy and for this money you won’t find a core i5 laptop, let alone one which is as light as this one (3.8 pounds), has a slot loading optical drive, made of magnesium alloy and carries an expensive brand name (sony) instead of acer or asus.
However keeping aside what a great value this laptop is, here is what I think of this laptop during my two week’s acquaintance with the product.
Excellent (I mean EXCELLENT) Keyboard and Touch Pad.
Very Fashionable (everyone thinks i bought if for at least a 1000 dollars)
Scratch Resistant Magnesium alloy Casing.
Quite Fast with Core I5.
Windows 8 is what Windows Vista should have been, an OS for the 21st century (see below as well)
Windows 8 (can be daunting at first for technically challenged people)
The Screen has quite bad Viewing Angles (and i mean QUITE bad). Come on Sony i know this is a cheap laptop but my 5 year old hp netbook has better viewing angle than this one.
Sony product have proven unreliable for me in last 2 years. Let’s see how this one holds out.
1. I updated the touchpad software (synaptics) and upon restart the touchpad reverted to default windows drivers. I had to manually go to website and download and install the synaptic touchpad driver.
1. The pc hanged and upon restart a message appeared “No Operating System installed”. I went to bios and saw that internal hard drive is not detected. Thinking that the connection may have become loose i gave laptop a slight shake and Eureka the laptop started working.
I absolutely adore the keyboard of this machine. Very Very comfortable to type on.
The screen viewing angles have really started to annoy me. Come on Sony i know this is a cheap laptop but my 5 year old hp netbook has better viewing angle than this one.
I have gotten use to the screen bad viewing angles. The colours on the screen are quite good actually. The laptop did show “No operating system found” a couple of times after the incident, but for last two weeks it is working like a charm.
Update 6: (After Three Months)
Three months on, I have changed the review to 5 stars from four. That rarely happens with me as i grow tired of tech products but this laptop absolutely deserves it. The reason for change are:
1. Amazing battery life,
2. Very light and user friendly weight and dimensions
3. Very good speakers
4. Very reliable, after initial hiccups not a single problem
5. Absolutely excellent keyboard
6. And above all, three months of rough use and not a single scratch on magnesium body
An absolute must buy for its price specially if you want an optical drive.
Thankfully my son, who’s been singing the praises of Windows 8 since his beta version, informed me that I probably needed my drivers updated. He told me to use my other laptop to access Sony’s website to get to the software/drivers needed for this model. I simply downloaded the update for the Wireless LAN, moved the file to a usb flash drive so I could install it on this laptop. After the update was installed, I restarted just to be sure everything was set, and like magic I had speedy internet service.
My husband and daughter have different models of the S Series, only with Windows 7. I knew what to expect concerning the larger mouse pad, as it takes some getting used to, and can get in the way a little while typing. I like the lighted keyboard, and how thin this laptop is. I also chose this model because I’m not ready to give up my CD/DVD drive yet. This laptop has everything I wanted, except I plan to add more memory. I think it is at a reasonable price too.
Anyway, everything is working great. Now I have only to learn my way around Windows 8.
Wanted to add: Don’t make the mistake I did an order 2×8 GB memory kit. My fault that I didn’t notice that the 4 GB was fixed. I should have ordered just the one 8 GB of notebook memory to get the maximum 12 GB.
Fantastic Keyboard and Touch Pad.
I tried to connect to my wireless internet but had to hunt a little to find where I enter the password to access the internet. But I didn’t have any connection issues. I did have to download about 12 automatic updates and 2 manual updates. This did take a while because the computer kept going into a sleep mode and I have to keep waking it up to keep downloading.
I admit that I will have to get a separate mouse to use because I was having a heck of a time trying to work the mouse pad. During downloading updates, you constantly have to select your country. This meant that I had to click and drag to the United States all the time. That was a pain but I slowly get the idea for what needed to be done.
This does have Windows 8 on it. There are a bunch of pins to the computer so you can just jump to one place or another. I have never worked with that before so I admit that I was very confused. I got the basics of it but I have to say that I would rather stick with Windows 7, at least I can understand that.
Finally, I just surf the internet or such. I don’t do gaming or watching videos so I don’t know how this performed in those areas. But I will say that it seemed to take a little bit to load some of the pages that I was browsing. Not horrible slow but more of a nuisance. Also, because the computer is smaller, there is no keypad off the side of the keyboard. I can’t seem to find the keys that I need so it will take a while for me to get used to that.
Beyond that, this is a nice little computer. You are spending $700 (as of 3/18/13). I think that if you have all ready been using Windows 8 you will get along with it easier than I have. There are some minor irritations but once I use it more I think this will be a good little computer. I wouldn’t want to get rid of my Toshiba but as a back up computer, I would have one of these.
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I like the touchpad particularly the way it lets you click on the left or right side similar to a mouse – it has a really nice feel to it.
The magnesium alloy feels good to the touch. I like that.
I like the positioning of the ports, slot-loading optical drive, etc. I like that the USB charge port works even while sleeping. Easy assist, web, and customizable button.
The Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 dual-core processor is blazing fast.
Rapid Wake is very responsive.
While the keyboard has nice easy to read buttons/keys, each one wobbles a little under your fingers making it feel cheap and wonder about durability.
Although the manufacturer claims “the 13.3-inch widescreen display includes a glossy, anti-reflective finish that provides better color intensity without any glare,” I think the colors look weak and faded and again, very old-fashioned retro and not cutting edge technology.
Sony says: “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.” These are not included in the box, so I was not able to try them out, this feature sounds cool but again supports the feeling of this laptop which is that it is lacking and needs something to make up for it lack-luster appearance.
It runs Windows 8 like everything else being sold now so you can’t really hold that against it.
There is a toggle button for stamina/speed and I tried both positions and couldn’t really see a difference nor could I find any information on Sony about it so I was left wondering if it was part of the original design and at some point abandoned with hardware button there like a dead switch doing nothing.
Overall, I would have to say that in my humble opinion, with the Sony VAIO S Series SVS1312ACXW 13.3-Inch Laptop (White), Sony took a couple steps forward but many steps backward leaving me with a quaint retro impression. In my cutting-edge technological search, what I look for in a laptop is sleeker, faster, sexier, more fun, more pleasure, and more cool factor, so this plain jane is left unnoticed and not one to recommend as the best choice to select.
Maybe I would like a different color better and maybe I just got a sample that Quality Control department should have weeded out. I don’t know. I’m sorry Amazin’ Amazon Vine and Sony, I wanted to like it more but I gotta give my honest opinion like you requested. Maybe if you don’t get the sales results you had hoped for with this laptop, you will consider some of my suggestions. As always, I hope my review was helpful. Thank you both for extending to me this generous opportunity.
I’m not a techie, and don’t pretend to be. The solution I spell out below probably makes no sense to someone who understands PC’s, and I probably took the long route in solving my problem, but this is what worked for me.
(*I will say that most of these tech kinks usually work themselves out rather quickly with a patch you can download)
The issue I had seems to be a fairly common problem posted by other reviewers here (as well as Yahoo answers and a couple other forums I visited searching for a solution), and that is that the VAIO would not connect wirelessly to the internet. I won’t bore you with the details, but what it boiled down to was that the VAIO saw my Network, but when I went to connect it either wouldn’t connect at all or I would get a “Limited” connection, which means I couldn’t get online.
The solution I found was 2-fold. First go online to Sony, and go to “download drivers and software”. (I forgot to say that you can either go online by connecting the VAIO with a wire, or you will have to go online on another PC and download the driver upgrade to one of those USB drives, which you can then plug into the VAIO and download). Here you will plug in the serial number of your VAIO, and Sony will list any/all drivers currently available for your model. Click on the “Wireless Lan” drivers and download the upgrade posted just last month. Once you’ve gotten the upgrade loaded shut down the VAIO. And here was the part that took me a couple of frustrating nights to figure out, reset your modem & router, or simply turn them off to reboot. Turn your the modem and router back on and then fire up the VAIO. This solved my problem, and I haven’t had trouble getting online since.
Now onto the VAIO itself. I love the design and layout! First it’s a beautiful little machine, sleek and lightweight. This is the first laptop I’ve owned with a backlit keyboard, and I can’t imagine not having one now! Makes working in a dim room or at night so easy! The screen looks great, the colors pop, and pictures jump off the screen. It’s fast, the speed at which programs open and files open is amazing! I’ve had laptops before that start to run “hot” after continuous use, and they can actually grow a little too uncomfortable to hold on your lap. The VAIO didn’t even get warm.
With the frustration I felt at the beginning of my VAIO experience, I couldn’t imagine being as happy with this product as I am now. I do highly recommend the VAIO, it’s a great little unit….once you get over those initial kinks.