Connect to the Internet wirelessly with this laptop's Intel® Centrino® 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN. The 500GB hard drive provides ample storage space for important documents and files.
Intel® Core i3-370M processor
Features a 3MB L3 cache and 2.4GHz processor speed.
Intel® Core i3 processor
Features smart 4-way processing performance for HD quality computing. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.
4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Features full read and write support for next-generation Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE). Double-layer support using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.
14" LED-backlit widescreen display
With 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies, games and other images.
Intel® Wireless Display
Wirelessly transmits streamed or downloaded movies, TV shows, music, photos and more from your laptop, network or the Internet to your TV (NETGEAR Push2TV adapter required, not included).
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
For fast read/write times.
Intel® HD graphics
For lush images and vivid detail. HDMI output for flexible connectivity options.
Dedicated control buttons
Include VAIO, ASSIST, Web and wireless on/off for convenient use.
Built-in MOTION EYE webcam with microphone and face-tracking technology
Makes it easy to video chat with and send video mail to family and friends.
Select media card slots
Include 1 Memory Stick PRO/Memory Stick PRO Duo with MagicGate functionality and 1 Secure Digital for storing additional information.
3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. One eSATA/USB combo port.
Built-in Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 wireless LAN (802.11a/b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet on the go.
Embedded 4G WiMAX mobile broadband technology
Gives you an ultrafast mobile Internet connection. (Wireless service contract required; sold separately. Check with carrier for coverage area and availability in your area.)
Bluetooth A2DP (2.1 + EDR) technology
For flexible connectivity options.
Built-in 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Fast Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
Weighs 5.2 lbs. and measures just 1.1" thin
For lightweight portability.
Long battery life
Of up to 3 hours and 30 minutes to give you more time away from an outlet.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable computing platform.
Software package included
With Sony Creativity Suite, VAIO Media Gallery. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter also included (product key card required for activation; sold separately).
ENERGY STAR qualified
Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
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When it comes to buying video games, many of us can remember making a purchase we later regretted. Video game marketing is designed to encourage people to make quick decisions based on cool graphics or a sensational trailer. But, when you get the game home you find that the game play is not all that great or that the difficulty level leaves much to be desired. With that in mind, here are some tips for buying video games that might help you avoid making bad choices.
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Video game marketers want to fool you into thinking that, not only do you need the game, but you need it the day it comes out. By centering large promotions around a particular release date, companies guarantee good numbers for initial sales. This also ensures that they will get some level of sales even if the game's reviews end up being bad. So don't fall prey to this trap. Even though it's tempting to be one of the first to have the game, it's much more prudent to wait a few weeks after release to get some feedback on the game's quality. Additionally, the price will soon go down from it's release-date sticker. If you can wait it out you'll be able to buy more wisely and economically.
2. Don't buy a game without reading some reviews of it
Good decisions are informed decisions, and you shouldn't make an investment in a game unless you already know it's of a certain quality. Game trailers can look amazing and tell you nothing about the quality of the game itself. Even screen shots don't tell you much, as companies can simply use the best graphical portions of the game to grace the back of their packages. Try to read both professional and typical user reviews to get an idea of the true quality of the game. After you feel pretty confident the game is a good one, only then should you shell out the cash for it.
3. Shop with the long-term in mind
It's easy to be drawn in by games that look new and intriguing, but you know your tastes better than anyone else. Think about what games tend to hold your interest for the long-term and try to buy mostly those types of games. It's okay to try something new every now and then, but try to keep your library stocked with your favorite type of game, as it's sure to give you the longest amount of game play.
4. Shop the bargain bins
There are also steep discounts to be had on games that are a couple years old. Although game technology progresses quickly, it doesn't move so fast as to make games of two years ago obsolete. You can get games for deep price cuts that will provide you with dozens of hours of game play, and the price is surely worth it. These discount games are a great way to keep yourself occupied while you save up for the next blockbuster.