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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  • wreichard - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have the usual jumble of mostly cheap stuff, a mix of Android, Windows, and Linux, plus one iPad Mini that is so great that is has kept me from upgrading my ancient Dell Studio, which I live in constant fear of dying any day. This nice-looking laptop would let me write without worry. Reply
  • Supernaut503 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have an older model dell laptop. Intel core 2 duo, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive. I would like to get a new laptop that has a chance of playing some games and show HD videos without staggering. Reply
  • marcustyphoon - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'd love to try an AMD Temash (or Kabini) system to compare it to my C2D T8100-based MacBook, and to see if it and other APUs are worth a shout when people ask me for inexpensive system recommendations. Well, that, and I'd enjoy having more than a couple of hours of battery life during classes. Reply
  • Full Ctrl - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a custom built desktop featuring a Core i5-2500k, 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD, and a few large capacity HDDs for media. This desktop works great for productivity and coding, but I need a more portable computer for content consumption around the house, on travel, and general everyday use. Reply
  • Drumsticks - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming desktop right now for all of my games (4670k, AMD 7850 GPU, 8GB Ram and an SSD) for running pretty much anything particularly intense that I want, and a 2013 nexus 7 + an HTC 8X.

    Desktop: Games, programming, being at home.
    NOTEBOOK USES: I would love to have one of these for going around campus and taking notes. My nexus 7 is nice for reading and browsing the internet in bed, but it is a little too small for watching movies with multiple people.

    Touchscreen and 11" are a big plus for me, and I've heard good things about the 122P. An IPS screen is awesome, and it would be absolutely what I need for classes and wandering around. I don't yet have anything to take notes on in class (touch keyboards are far too slow. I have an old laptop but it doesn't even hold a charge and it has like an Athlon X2 mobile CPU (see unusable, I haven't used it in who knows how long)... I think I'd rather use my Nexus seven :P). Since I am taking english, along with some computer science classes (discrete computing!), being able to jot things down on a small PC would be awesome.

    Tablet and phone get used for the same thing. Web browsing, music, and occasional video watching, and of course skype and the like. Would love to add a small PC to the list :D
  • nkinchev - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own quad core AMD desktop , Fujitsu laptop ,Galaxy tablet and chromebook. I need light and portable Windows laptop, easy to carry with me and with good battery life.
    I've always been AMD fan since 5x86 , price/performance is great.
  • Doublehelix23 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a laptop for work in the lab and a chromebook for home use. It would be nice to have a windows based laptop for home use so i can access remote desktop, etc.. Reply
  • ninethirty - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm a software developer; my work computer is a Macbook Pro, but my home computer is an Acer C7 chromebook. I also have a 10" Android tablet for browsing and a Xeon server for development VMs, along with an endless supply of EC2 instances.
    I'd love an Acer v5 as a home machine to replace the chromebook. I love that form factor, but would really like something that could reliably run Linux. I'd also love to see AMD score some wins in the hardware world. I've had AMD machines since the K6 days, but my last AMD was an Athlon. I'd love to see that change.
  • RedFlameOut - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I gave my Dell laptop to my nephew who is a policeman (a very deserving individual). My current system is a self-built Intel system that I am quite happy with.However, it is not portable and I need a light, power saving, well built system for use during travel and at work (who allows personal devices on the guest network). The specifications are awesome and perfectly in line with what I need. Reply
  • meshugge - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Between my day-job, my part-time business with my son and my personal life I own and use a number of Apple computers and Intel-based PCs, plus a modest home-based server on which my son and I are developing a site for our business. One thing I do not have is a light-weight laptop for use when I am traveling - which is about 1/3-1/2 of the year.

    I had bought several AMD-based laptops about six years ago for our business and integrated them with custom scanners. I was quite happy ti them - very fast and efficient for a dedicated task - bit did not have the opportunity to test them for more varied and regular use - to be honest I have always been a bit concerned about compatibility, even though everyone says I ought not worry.. Since I need a light-weight computer for travel, this could be a very interesting opportunity to see how well AMD processors work across the varied software (Office, Adobe CS, and a variety of other task-focused software).

    Also interested in a high-end video card for my PC to compare against Nvidia if the opportunities evolve to that direction..

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