Earlier this month we launched the AMD Center, a portal on AnandTech that aggregates all of our AMD content in one place. As a recap, the AMD Center features all of our independent content just as before but in an AMD sponsored wrapper. 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 kicked off our AMD Center giveaways with three Acer V5s. Today we're continuing with some more powerful notebooks for those of you looking for a little more punch. AMD is supplying three 15.6-inch HP ENVY TouchSmart Sleekbooks for this giveaway.

The ENVY Sleekbook features a touch-enabled 15.6" 1366 x 768 display, 8GB of DDR3 memory (up from 4GB on the V5s we just gave away, and expandable up to 16GB) and has an AMD A10-5745M Richland APU with Radeon HD 8610G graphics. The A10-5745 features four Piledriver cores running at a base clock of 2.1GHz and a max turbo clock of 2.9GHz. This is a 25W part, which is fairly low as far as Richland APUs go. The GPU features 384 Radeon cores (VLIW4) running at up to 626MHz with turbo (533MHz max non-turbo). Just as before, I asked AMD if they would be willing to swap out the hard drives for SSDs and they agreed - so if you win, your Sleekbook will ship with a 128GB Samsung SSD 840 drive.

The Sleekbook is 0.9" thin and weighs 5.6 lbs. 

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 Sleekbook. 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 Sleekbook 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 your entry from last time still applies, feel free to re-use it.

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!

Congrats to our three winners. Here's their feedback from using the systems for a few weeks.

Francis

The HP ENVY M6 Sleekbook certainly doesn’t feel like a bargain laptop. With a sleek metal exterior and soft touch plastic on the bottom, the Sleekbook feels solid in the hands. The build quality is quite impressive, especially compared to some of the other HP laptops I have come across in the past. The laptop is slim, and deceptively light considering its size. On the exterior, the laptop features a solid port selection highlighted by dedicated HDMI. Open the lid and one sees a well laid out backlit keyboard that is pretty nice to type on. The keyboard does have some mild flex, but the key travel is good.  The backlight is of the on/off only variety, while the wi-fi light on the f12 key is always on no matter what you do.

Turning the laptop on, one can appreciate the quickness of Windows 8 on an SSD. The laptop is snappy and responsive for your basic every day tasks and is well suited for multimedia as it handles HD video easily. I had no trouble with light gaming thanks to AMD’s A10 APU. The featured Beats Audio Speakers provide good sound quality at an impressive volume. That said, they are not anything to get too excited about. Where the Sleekbook really falls short is in its display and WI-FI performance. The 15.6 inch 1366x768 display is quite frankly, terrible. The low resolution may be forgivable at this price segment, but the screen’s brightness is just plain disappointing. Having the display at anything less than 100% brightness is not really an option. The Wi-Fi is another area of disappointment. The Sleekbook’s Wi-Fi range is limited compared to other devices I own.  With just a quick (and unscientific!) comparison to my Acer netbook, the HP might fail to recognize my router in an area where the Acer would report greater than 50% strength.

The Sleekbook has a lot going for it in terms of build quality and performance. However, it gets hung up by the two huge flaws of display quality and Wi-Fi performance. That said, the AMD platform shows promise here and I look forward to seeing it offered in more devices.

Jamy

The 15" HP Sleekbook comes in an attractive brushed metal package and is clad with a black island style keyboard. It feels higher up market than its price would suggest. AnandTech has said, AMD processors in notebooks allow OEMs to trade some of the silicon cost for higher quality components elsewhere. I can see some of that here with this Sleekbook. It has the best trackpad of any windows notebook Iíve ever used. Itís large, responsive, and handles gestures easily. Itís getting really close to a Macbook in trackpad quality. The screen is bright and looks good, but with the usual 1366x768 caveat. It came with Dragon Naturally Speaking, Box cloud drive space, and a nice temperature utility that uses sensors to keep the Sleekbook cool when it detects it is on your lap. My biggest complaint is, even beyond the wish for more pixels, it came with 600 MHz RAM. I almost couldnít believe it considering how dependent AMD chips are on being fed with fast memory. The A10 feels fast in most cases, but there are definitely times when you miss memory speed. I play quite a bit of Kerbal Space Program on this laptop, which it handles really well at native resolution. Yes, it does borrow some design, and cut some corners in some places I wouldnít have. However, this Sleekbook is aimed at people who are looking for value in a notebook form factor, and it delivers. 

Jarrod

The HP ENVY TouchSmart Sleekbook has been my first experience using Windows 8 on a touch screen device. I was able to familiarize myself with navigating the operating system using the built in help menus and minimal internet searching. I primarily use the Sleekbook for web browsing, messaging, and light gaming. I am impressed by the almost instant boot time. The touch screen was calibrated well (for touch) from the factory and accurately responds to my input. I find the track pad difficult to use since it is a one-piece surface that incorporates the left and right buttons. Trying to click on anything without moving the cursor off of what you're trying to click is difficult without a light and deliberate touch. I am satisfied primarily using the touch screen. The keyboard layout is a bit spread out and works well for my larger hands although it may be less than optimal for someone with smaller hands.The AMD APU is powerful enough to handle casual games as well as some less demanding modern PC games. The sound quality is among the best I've experienced from laptop speakers. The Wi-Fi reception is the only aspect of the laptop I find substantially disappointing. This is the only device of several I use throughout my small house that must be in the same room as the wireless router to maintain a connection. Overall I am pleased with the construction and performance of the Sleekbook and would suggest it as a viable option for anyone looking to use Windows 8 on a touch screen device.  

 

Entries will be accepted from 9:00 AM ET on 9/23/2013 through 12:01 AM ET on 9/27/2013. We will draw 3 winner(s) who will be selected by 9/30/2013.

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  • TheTom - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Thanks to AMD and Anandtech for this opportunity!
    Currently own an FX-8320 platform, Core i5 2500K PC and A10-5800K based desktops and a Surface Pro, Alienware M11x and HP TouchPad running Android. I like to try and sample something of each form factor / platform, as I commonly get asked for my perspective on "what to get" by friends and family (as I'm sure many readers here do).

    I've long felt that APUs are perfect for most user's needs, and would love to have a Richland system on hand to prove it! Coupled with some of the mobile features (facial recognition, etc.) I think Richland APUs are a great alternative to any other mobile platform. My current setup would improve with a Sleekbook as I'd finally have a system to show others that AMD is an especially viable alternative for a mobile platform.
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  • jimbo48222 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Currently I have a desktop that i built with the fx8350 cpu and 7970 gpu. I use this for mostly gaming and entertainment. I am limited to the computer room which can feel claustrophobic at times. I would use this laptop so i can still do some light gaming and internet surfing while in the living room with the family. I might even give it to my granddaughter for school. Reply
  • unhuman - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

    Got a few AMD rigs in my house (HTPC and my primary desktop). Wife has an older Macbook (2006) that is starting to fall to pieces, so she's the target. I've got a 2010 Macbook pro. Kids have an i7 quad HP DV7T laptop which is way beyond anything they'd really need.

    My wife likes a small portable machine that lets her do her work. :)
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  • Death666Angel - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I am not eligible for this contest (not a US resident), just wanted to say that I think this is a good and worthwhile thing on this website. And kudos for AMD recognizing that an SSD will go along way to making their products feel even better! :) Let's hope this helps the rest of the market to get there as well. Reply
  • StevoLincolnite - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Bummer how it's limited to only the yanks, an entire planet would like to join in thanks to the power of the internet! Reply
  • Quickdraw401 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I have several Desktop machines. An HTPC, main gaming rig and a spare setup in another room for people to use. I also have a gigantic laptop (m6600 8lbs) I have to use when traveling for work which I do pretty frequently.I would love to have a smaller laptop. I think it would make life to much easier going through TSA checks and not break my back carrying it around everywhere. Reply
  • Jebzilla - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    This is pretty much the same entry as last time. I have one desktop, one netbook, and two smartphones. I'm the primary user for the desktop and it is mainly a gaming computer. I also use it for general web surfing and home finances. It's home built with a 7870 LE GPU and an FX-6300 CPU. I prefer to use AMD products when I home build. The netbook is my wife's and she uses it for general internet stuff and also school. She's a full time college student and really needs a new laptop. The sleekbook would be perfect for her needs. Other than that I have some e-readers but mainly use my phone for reading. Reply
  • mike_ekim - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    My current setup is a system that I built 10 years ago. I have it hooked up to my TV via a DVI to HDMI adapter, but sadly the system is so dated that it can't stream HD videos from YouTube or Amazon; the sound and video go out of synch and eventually the computer overheats and shuts down. The processor is a Pentium D; those Intel Netburst CPUs put out a lot of heat, and the video card is a dinosaur too.

    I need a system that can stream HD video without effort. I also want to be able to use Chromecast (or Cheapcast) along with my Android smartphone (LG L7) and tablet (Viewsonic G tablet, still running strong!). I would really like the touch screen too, I think Windows 8 works a lot better with touch. When I use friends' touch laptops it is clear that Windows 8 was built with touch in mind.
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  • miker25 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I have a $300 lenovo B570 laptop that has done wonders for me and my family over the past few years but between kids and general wear and tear we are in need of an upgrade. Never hurts to submit a try, best of luck to everyone. Thanks! Reply
  • dark4181 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Currently my sole computer is an X58 rig that I built 4 years ago. It's been a great computer, and it's still very fast; but it is starting to show those little quirks that come with age. Randomly goes into hibernation, blue screens, etc. I could probably fix most of it with a reformat, but that's only half of my battle. What I really need a new computer for is to be able to compute on the go. With my new job I need to be able to work more than I can at my desk. I can shoot off a quick email, take notes, or schedule on the calendar of my HTC One; but for some things a large display and a keyboard is just necessary. Having a laptop to carry would be a great help.

    Thanks for the great opportunity, Anandtech.
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