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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  • unrulycow - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am currently using an old Acer laptop that is big and heavy and half broken due to dropping it. Having a laptop that was actually portable would be a huge upgrade for me Reply
  • miahshodan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a powerful gaming/general computing desktop (overclocked etc.), a media server, an android tablet, a windows media center pc (with a ton of storage) and a really slow and old 11.6" laptop with a terrible screen and a core solo processor. Winning this would allow me to replace the 11.6" and the android tablet (which I hate using because of the lack of keyboard and the fact that it is slow) Reply
  • Des_Eagle - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently use four different computers. I have a MSI GT70 which I use as a work/gaming laptop that is also my primary home computer. By that I mean I use it around the house to play Netflix, stream to Chromecast, browse the web, game, and occasionally run a simulation (FDTD algorithm) from time to time. It weighs a ton, though, so I never actually bring it to work.

    My second is a gaming-only desktop that is spec'd only to play games at the highest settings. It is not used for any other purpose.

    My third is a Microsoft Surface RT, which I bought during a rare bout of utter stupidity. It serves almost no purpose but it is the primary tool I use as a sort of assistant while at work (I have my own desktop at work that does most of the useful computing). I'll bring it to seminars and the like as well, but it was a mistake, plain and simple.

    The fourth is a NAS running FreeNAS, which serves as a backup, media streamer, etc.

    The V5 fits the precise hole in my setup. A portable, capable device that I can get a lot of use out of especially at work. It also generally moves about better than the GT70, and hence I can kind of use the GT70 as a second desktop for friends that want to game when they're over. The V5 might actually end up being the most heavy utilized machine in the lineup, as it seems like it would be the "jack of all trades".

  • protomech - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Computer setup:

    i5-2500k, AMD 7950 desktop
    i7-2630qm, NV GT 555M laptop
    nexus 4 phone

    I've found that I really don't need to lug around a 6 pound computer (need to sell off the m14x) - something smaller with basic gaming capability would suit me just fine for portable needs.

    Options are basically an HD5000 ultrabook or one of AMD's mobile SOC offerings. AMD is not very competitive in general compute, but their mobile SOCs are "fast enough" for general usage and offer a nice combination of price / performance.

    I'm not sold on touch interfaces on a traditional clamshell laptop, but the price is right to give it a try.
  • bormasina - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Currently i have home built PC with:\
    -Intel e8600
    -4x1GB Kingston DDR2 800
    -Gigabyte Nvidia 8600GT
    -some 7200rpm HDD
    This would be some upgrade since i no longer need desktop.
  • Venegascna - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own one Dell Dimension E310 that only allows me to general web browse and do homework for college. If I owned the Acer V5 I would have drastically more computing power than this PC and would be able to bring the notebook to school and work there. It would be much better than my current set up and would most likely be my main computer PC since its portable,smaller, and easily more powerful than my 6 year old hand me down system. Reply
  • Venegascna - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Typo. I meant to say main computer not "computer PC" Reply
  • bleh0 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently use a Sandy Bridge Celeron powered laptop as my main and only PC at the moment. While the performance is far from stellar it works for my day to day tasks. My only issue is the battery life and that is where I feel the architecture of the Temash that is in the Acer V5 could improve my daily computing needs. From what I've read on this site and others the Temash APU would be a remarkable improvement. Also, the Acer V5 would be lighter then my current laptop which is 6 lbs the V5 being half of that. Reply
  • m51893 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Gaming desktop and the new nexus 7 and am looking for something lighter to carry around and get work done Reply
  • Deelron - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 2 year old desktop/gaming rig that's holding up fine and a tablet, but I also have a relatively young (15 month) old son which makes it difficult to do serious typing/writing while turning my back towards him to look at the screen. A small laptop would allow me to work/write in a more effective manner from a seat where I would be able to keep an eye on him. Reply

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