Today we launched the AMD Center, a portal on AnandTech that aggregates all of our AMD content in one place. Thanks to AMD's sponsorship you'll get a cleaner interface on all AMD articles, as well as reduced advertising on those pages. The portal will also serve as a way for AMD to reach out to you all directly as we're pulling in AMD tweets and have a feed of AMD's own blogs on the right hand side. AMD also wants to hear from you, and we've got some opporuntities to help with that going forward. Finally, the AMD Center serves as a destination for a bunch of pretty awesome AMD giveaways we've got planned. With AMD's support we've got better prizes and more of them to give away. We're kicking off the giveaways with three ultra thin 11.6-inch notebooks: Acer's V5.

The V5 features a touch enabled 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display, 4GB of DDR3L memory (2GB on board, 2GB in a single SO-DIMM slot, expandable to 6GB total) and normally ships with a standard SATA hard drive. I asked AMD if they would be willing to swap out the hard drives for SSDs and they agreed - so if you win, your V5 will ship with a 128GB Samsung SSD 840 drive (you can thank me later ;)). 

The 2.65 pound Acer V5 features AMD's quad-core A6-1450 APU. That's four Jaguar cores running at 1GHz (1.4GHz max turbo) with a Radeon HD 8250 GPU. It's a nice little system with a very power efficient APU.

Here's the deal. To enter, simply post a comment below (US residents only, please only make a single post, contest requirements below) explaining your current PC setup and why you want, or need to win a V5. What I'm looking for here is an understanding of what you currently own in terms of computing devices (PCs, notebooks, tablets, etc...), how you use them and how winning a V5 would change/improve your current setup. Make your entries good as they may come in handy for some other stuff we've got planned in the future.

If you win, AMD wants your feedback on the machine after you get it. You'll be asked to provide a short review (a paragraph or two) talking about your experience with the system. Do a good job and your feedback may even be featured on AnandTech.

Good luck!

Entries will be accepted from 6:30 PM ET on 9/5/2013 through 6:30 PM ET on 9/9/2013. We will draw 3 winner(s) who will be selected by 9/10/2013.

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  • sumludus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    All I have for computing devices are an aging gaming laptop from 2010 (COMPAL NBLB2) and a Kindle Paperwhite. I can take the Kindle with me wherever I go, but it only functions as a reader. The Compal could do whatever I needed, but it's pretty bulky by today's standards, and the battery has long ago lost the ability to hold a decent charge for an hour or more. I don't own a smartphone, so I'm tied down to my desk if I want to do the simplest things like checking my email or looking up information online.

    What this laptop would do for me is give me the freedom to be mobile and connected. It could replace my Kindle for textbooks, since the larger screen would make reading the small print that much easier. Also, it would mean I could carry around djvu file formats which aren't supported on the Kindle, and when converted to pdfs, leads to humongous file sizes. I'd be able to roam around campus more often, moving from classroom to library to mess hall all without worrying about going back to the dorms to get work done on what has now become an immobile workstation.
  • SteelRing - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have always been a big fan of AMD and almost all my rigs have been AMD-based, except one Q6600 that I fetched at an awesome BF deal I had to get. Recently my 7-year old faithful Brisbane machine died and I couldn't revive it. I have replaced the power supply but the machine won't boot to anything after POST. It will display the list of peripherals and then reboot itself all over again. You can enter into BIOS and all devices are registering and seem fine. I switched the boot order to boot into CD and it still won't boot, so I replaced the DVD-ROM drive thinking it might be bad drive, but that's not it. I think I might just give up now.

    Any chance I can get a Temash?
  • Yogerto - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    What I've got: Phenom 2 based gamin PC at home that's used primarily for gaming and photo editing. Second a thinkpad x230 (ivy i5 something or other) that's used as my school laptop and primary coding machine. Third, I've got my trusty palm pre 2 which is my everything in the realm of communications and daily management. Finally I've got a nexus 7 that's little more than a PDF/website reading device.
    The desktop runs windows 8 and the laptop runs fedora 19.
    To be honest, I'm mostly interested in the jaguar family of chips for replacing my shitty linksys router, but I've no doubt that this thing could work as a light gaming machine for get togethers and if the keyboard is good enough it might be in the running to replace my thinkpad.
  • bigubig - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a dual core (intel) desktop with a 128 gig SSD which is quite zippy , been never a fan of AMD for one reason or another, but that laptop would surely give me mobility and the opportunity to review an AMD based lappy truthfully. Reply
  • karasaj - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Well my previous laptop kind of just busted... The battery life is about zero minutes and it barely holds a wifi signal, so a small, portable laptop would probably be perfect to get me through classes this year! Reply
  • Electron? - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current setup includes:
    1) A fast gaming/work Win7 desktop PC that I built 2 years ago - used for work, gaming, general use
    2) An aging 5-year old 13-in Macbook owned by my employer - used for work & mobility
    3) A 1st-gen Nexus 7 tablet - used generally for news/social media at breakfast and before bed
    4) A Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone - used constantly

    I've been thinking about getting a new notebook, since my work Macbook is getting pretty slow and has terrible battery life now. It would help with network maintenance around the house, personal work when traveling, and entertainment.
  • e36Jeff - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a TF201 but no notebook, I could use something with a bit more power than my tablet. Reply
  • theyranos - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm on a MacPro 1,1 and MacBookPro 6,2, which was a great setup until I started working for a windows-only shop. Now, I'm emulating Windows on VMWare Fusion, which on such old equipment barely works and is really woefully inadequate for Visual Studio. Having a native windows machine would be mighty handy. Reply
  • ClearlyWeary - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    At the moment I have an 8350 underclocked(for day to day use) to 3.6ghz on a Crosshair V board. Memory is Cosair Vengeance @1600mhz. SSD's plural, one for OS one for swapfile and temp file location(tiny drive only 16gb)and one for games. Storage is a 3TB drive. Video is a Gigabyte 7970.

    I also have my iPhone 5 an iPad 4 and a Nexus 7.

    Now, typing all that out it kinda seems ridiculous for me to be asking for a free laptop. Yet here I am. Truth of the matter is that obviously my iPad cannot ask as a desktop replacement which is where this laptop would come in. And work isn't providing me with a laptop and this would be a great little machine for what I would need at work plus any light gaming. Kinda interested to see what this little machine could handle. I'm sure Crysis 15 at max details would be fine no? Likely has a built in holodeck so the monitor would be useless.

    One last thing, I would hardly call myself an AMD fanboy but I do root for their future success. That said they certainly don't have anything that can compete with Intel for the performance crowd but maybe just maybe they do on the low end? Low power and what not?

    Here's hoping I am one of the three chosen..
  • computergeek485 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own 2 HTPC's, a media server, a tablet, and a gaming PC. This laptop would fill the gap in my lineup of computers. I've wanted a windows based laptop that's touch enabled but have not been able to afford one as of yet. Reply

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