As you might have noticed, we wrote a detailed review of Acer's Aspire One netbook a couple months ago. Behind the scenes, we relied on the kind folks at NCIX.com to obtain a review sample. Rather than send the system back after the article went up, we opted to spice things up a bit and set up a giveaway contest, and NCIX kindly agreed.
So, here we are, giving away our barely used Acer Aspire One review sample (model number AOA110-1955). This baby has an 8.9" 1024x600 display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 512MB of system memory, 8GB of flash storage, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a card reader, a three-cell battery, a webcam, and Linpus Linux Lite pre-installed. You'll find all the details, including why we singled out this netbook for an Editor's Choice award, in our review and the TR netbook guide.
Now, we should note, this particular Aspire One has a bit of an odd Frenchy/Canadian layout, so some of the secondary function key placements may seem kind of strange, with slight socialistic tendencies. Still, the basic QWERTY layout is intact, and as they'd say in Canadia, it's free, eh?
How do you enter for a chance to win? Simple: read the rules and regulations below, then check out today's podcast for answers to the three questions below. Once you've found the answers, fill out the form at the bottom of this page with your name, contact details, and answers. If you haven't listened to our podcasts yet, we strongly urge you to give this one a listen instead of madly seeking through the audio file for the answers. Our podcasts truly complement the written portion of the site, since they bring a mix of deeper commentary and informal discussions about the latest news and reviews.
Once again, we'd like to give a big kudos to NCIX (and its U.S. arm, NCIXUS) for getting us the product and letting us give it away. In case you're wondering, NCIX charges $324.09 (or $330 CAD) for this particular Aspire One model right now.
Rules and regulations
Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.
Fill out the form below, correctly answering three easy questions. We clearly reveal the answers to these questions in the October 19 episode of The Tech Report Podcast.
Only one entry allowed per person, household, or e-mail address. Multiple entries per person, household or address are not permitted. Please don't try to game the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, kids or pets. We'll probably disqualify you if you do.
We will be accepting giveaway entries between the time the podcast goes up (on October 19) and October 30 at noon CST. We'll then choose our winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries. The winner will be announced on the site and will also be notified via e-mail on October 31, 2008. The winner must claim his prize by the end of the day on Monday, November 3, 2008, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.
You must include your full name and a physical shipping address with your entry. Only the winner's name will be announced on the site. We will not share the address or other personal information with our sponsors or anyone else. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way.
The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.
We will accept entries only from residents of the United States and Canada. No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Neither TR nor NCIX.com is responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as RSI, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this comments thread.
Listen to our podcast for the answers to the questions below:
Update - 10/30/08: The deadline for the contest has passed, so we're no longer accepting further entries.
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