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.  

 

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  • menting - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I have 3 computers at home. One desktop, one laptop, and one netbook.
    The desktop is a core i7-920 from a few years ago. It has dual monitors, and it is my go to computer when I'm at home. Reasons are the big monitors and the fast speed. I sometimes remote log in to work, but mainly it's used for browsing the web (social websites, news, etc), as well as some light gaming.
    The laptop is an old Core Solo laptop. It's currently connected to the TV and runs XBMC. The reason for that is because the battery died, and it's not worth it to buy a new one for it.
    The netbook is what I use when I am on the go. It is an Atom N280 netbook. It works fine for simple web browsing, but I've noticed that the 10 inch screen is increasing becoming stressful for my eyes. Not to mention it can't do much other than browsing simple sites.

    With a new AMD sleekbook, I'll be able to protect my eyes better, and not want to smash my computer when I'm out and suddenly want to watch a video or some family pictures. Weight was a major consideration when I chose the netbook, and I had to sarifice light gaming in order to hit that weight. With the AMD sleekbook, the weight would not increase too much, but gaming is now very doable.
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  • hyperlobic - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    This one will be for my lovely wife. She went through college and grad school with an old beat up HP notebook that is now just about dead. That thing is slow, a good bit of the screen has dead blue pixels, and yet she loves the look and the feel of that old broke laptop. When I showed here this HP she really liked it, this the entry.

    With her new job going to visit clients (marketing) the new laptop will make a world of difference for her.
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  • driscoll42 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I currently have my old desktop from 2009, which was top of the line then and has aged well enough but I can't lug it around wherever I want! My laptop died recently and I just have too many other things to pay off to buy a new one, so a new, sleek laptop would be perfect for when I go visit family, friends, club meetings and more! Reply
  • racerx_is_alive - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I've got a desktop computer that I built a few years back that has an Athlon X2 with an SSD as my primary machine. It is starting to show its age, though the SSD gave me a couple more years. We also have an ASUS laptop that is a little old, pretty slow, and serves as a computer for the other person stuck not using the desktop. Before I put the SSD in the desktop, it was the primary computer that people would try to use. Would love to win this one because the last one is due for a replacement, and I'd love to switch to windows 8 the way it was meant to be used- with a touchscreen. Reply
  • skiboysteve - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Hello! We currently have phones and a terribly old Asus laptop. Often we want to do something on a real computer because its very hard to do on our phones or just awful to use our old laptop. Would love something like this!! Reply
  • Strk - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I currently have my desktop. Which was built using a Shuttle SFF, which is making upgrades quite a pain. It has a Phenom II x3 (forget the exact model, but the fastest one that was still 95w TDP, since that is the max the system could take) with an XFX 7750 (needed to be single slot). It does have two SSDs though, which make it very fast.

    I also have an Asus Transformer TF700. It's ok, but a bit sluggish. I'm going back to school and it works ok for notes, but none of the Pearson stuff works, which stinks since there is a decent amount of info that helps with the books available online. They all force you to their Android apps, which are broken. I also have a Galaxy Nexus in serious need of replacing. It eats batteries :(
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  • justaviking - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I would love to have a notebook like this.

    My current setup is heave on desktop units. I have some laptops but they are showing their age, and one has a broken hinge and I don't dare open or close it any more, so it is no longer portable. I'd love to compare my older laptops with one that was actually manufactured in this decade.
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  • HisDivineOrder - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    When I first noticed the AMD Center, I didn't pay it much mind, but now I'm beginning to wonder if you guys are going to be capable of beating AMD down into the dirt when they screw up if you've got a section bought and paid for on your site.

    For example, where are the news releases and commentary on the current CF 4K issues that most other technical sites are talking about? Are those also in your AMD section somewhere?
    Reply
  • superunknown98 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Right now I currently own a self built desktop with an AMD FX 8320. It is currently more than fast enough for games and whatever else I might throw at it. However a new notebook would be very much appreciated as my Acer aspire one is a bit long in the tooth. Reply
  • red_dog007 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Lets see. My name is Luke. I am a Computer Science major in Information Security and Assurance. I currently have a lenovo B575. The day I got it a key popped off. I thought it would be good enough for my needs, but turns out I was mistaken. I got it for $250 new on a sale as that is I could afford anyways. It is more of a pain to work with than anything. It is pretty slow having a Brazos E450 in it.
    For my major, just to do homework I usually need a VM open (Kali or Ubuntu), a couple Word documents, a couple PowerPoints, and Internet for labs. I also have program in PHP (so have XAMPP and MySQL running as services), I use Netbeans, BlueJay and Visual Studio so I can learn Java, C++ and C#.
    It is very slow makes me want to toss it across the library every time I use it. The thing has a hard time navigating through Chrome yet a lone multitasking or running these heavy applications.

    I always envy these new laptops I see online and out in the wild wishing that I could afford something with some bunch. But as a poor married college student with two children, it can be hard to keep a decent amount of food in the fridge let a lone buying another lowend, slightly faster laptop.
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