Acer Aspire One giveaway winner emerges

Our contest has ended. Almost two weeks ago, we said we’d be giving out the Acer Aspire One netbook we reviewed to a lucky podcast listener. To enter, participants had to answer three questions from our October 19 podcast.

The winner is Thomas Willett.

Thomas, you should have received an e-mail at the address you entered in the contest form. You have until November 3 (that’s next Monday) to get back to us and claim your prize. If you don’t get in touch before the end of the day on the 3rd, we’ll have to pick another winner.

Once again, we’d like to thank the folks at NCIX for donating the Aspire One and agreeing to let us give it away. NCIX’s U.S. arm currently charges upward of $284 for this netbook, in case you’re wondering.

The contest may have ended, but our podcasts are still around—and we have one coming up tomorrow that’ll include juicy details about the contest and how it played out, among other things. If you haven’t tuned in yet, give it a try. We work hard to keep discussions interesting and to complement our written content with deeper commentary, round-table chats about the latest news, and sneak peeks at our upcoming content. We’re on iTunes, too.

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    • Sebastacat
    • 11 years ago

    The Winner’s Review:
    I’ve received the Aspire One about a week ago and I’ve spent some time playing with it. I had been pondering the purchase of an iPod Touch, but now that I have the Aspire One that won’t be happening, and that means I am looking at it partially as an iPod Touch substitute.

    The first thing I did was hit the Aspire One message boards to figure out how to update Firefox from v2.0 to v3.0, and I accomplished that fairly easily. Next up, set it up as a mobile music player for the car. The built-in Media Master is an awful player app, so I installed Amarok. One problem with Amarok on a screen only 600 pixels high is that the configuration screens are taller than that, so there are some controls you just can’t access. I did read a message from the developers that they are aware of the problem and are planning a mobile version just for netbooks. I couldn’t get any sound out until I switched the engine selection from “Autodetect” to “oss”. I bumped up the font sizes so I could see things more easily. I hooked the headphone jack to my Mazda’s Aux port and hit play. It works fine, and I can close the lid without putting it to sleep which is more tidy while driving. You can definitely only make your music selections while stopped – two handed operation is an absolute requirement. Obviously the Aspire One isn’t as compact as an iPod, and I can’t hide it away in the center console.

    My other plan for it was to let my girls play their web flash games on it so they won’t be fighting over the PowerBook at home. However, I could not get sound out of them, so that is out. Instead I’ve been browsing tech news at breakfast with it. Its small size makes it fit on the breakfast table nicely. I had a dentist appointment recently, so I loaded up firefox with many tabs of tech articles to read in the waiting room (no wifi in the dentist office), and that was great. Browsing works pretty well, though I think the screen resolution is too high for the size – I constantly have to up the font size to be able to read comfortably. The Page Down button is my constant companion. Hooking up the 802.11 to APs at work and at home was a breeze.

    There are a few things I haven’t liked about the netbook. While I think putting the left and right “mouse” button on either side of the track pad is brilliant, the buttons themselves need to be about twice as wide – they are only half the width of my forefinger, so clicking without hitting the trackpad requires some concentration. Also the click action is too stiff which makes simple tasks feel quite cumbersome. This model has the smaller of the two available battery packs, and you pretty much have only two hours of use between charging. The sleep mode still eats some power, so even putting it to sleep between sessions probably won’t let you get a whole day out of it.

    It is definitely easy to toss into a backpack and take along like a book, and it feels a lot more rugged than a normal notebook so I don’t have to feel like I’m carrying carrying eggs. It screams for a touchscreen, and I’m watching how that mod market develops.

    • Sebastacat
    • 11 years ago

    I confess I have only just now registered for the forums, but I have been a regular Tech Report reader and podcast listener for several years. I’ll post my impressions of the Aspire once I have received it and had a few days to play with it. And for “marvelous”, who never wins anything, keep trying – this is the first piece of kit I’ve ever won. Thanks Tech Report!

      • Forge
      • 11 years ago

      Cool deal, congratulations! I confess I secretly hoped you wouldn’t show and they’d pick me, but I guess that’s a pretty common confession. Enjoy it!

      At least the official Core i7 launch is here to make me feel better. 🙂 Enjoy!

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    “Emerge” must mean something different in France. 😀

    • crazybus
    • 11 years ago

    Anyone who’s name is an anagram of lame sloth twit doesn’t deserve this prize.

    I demand a redraw. 😛

    • Hance
    • 11 years ago

    I confess Thomas is my alias please ship the laptop to me.

    It would really suck if he entered and then didn’t claim his prize in time.

      • bhtooefr
      • 11 years ago

      /me quickly changes his name to Thomas Willett

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 11 years ago

        Quickly? You must have a good lawyer 😆

    • SecretMaster
    • 11 years ago

    Does Thomas have a user forum name? Don’t be shy man!

      • Forge
      • 11 years ago

      I’m curious as well. Is Thomas someone we know, or did he just hit and run for the giveaway?

      Is he going to listen to any other podcasts? Will he even hear that he won in time?

      • marvelous
      • 11 years ago

      Probably registered just for the laptop.

    • arethil
    • 11 years ago

    I’m french-canadian, the layout would be perfect for me !

      • vince
      • 11 years ago

      Moi aussi moi aussi!!

      J’le veux tabarnak!

    • SnowboardingTobi
    • 11 years ago

    I was talking to Thomas earlier and he said he totally doesn’t want it. He wanted me to pass on this info to the Tech Report staff so that a new name can be drawn immediately. Scouts honor.

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      Not want the French keyboard layout? I think this story checks out!

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 11 years ago

      Umm, yea. He said that he want me to have it.

    • marvelous
    • 11 years ago

    I never win anything. 🙁

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    *[< D'oh !<]* Congrats, tho. Edit : Out of curiosity, how many total applicants were there after all? The blog post puts it at under 200.

      • FireGryphon
      • 11 years ago

      There weren’t 200 total applicants. According to what they said, there were ~200 applications that checked out, meaning that there was a number of applications that were rejected.

    • Obsidian
    • 11 years ago

    Agh, really wished I coulda won that one =/ TR should post how many people participated and how many people got the answers right.

    Gratz Tom

    • Jon
    • 11 years ago

    grats bro….

    just out of curiosity, how many people got the answers wrong even after having to listen to the podcast?

    • stirker_0
    • 11 years ago

    congratz thomas

      • TheBob!
      • 11 years ago

      Second that! Nothing better than winning free hardware!

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