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  • arnavvdesai - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a powerful gaming desktop and a work laptop. What I hope to get with this machine is the need for portability for moving around local areas such as a coffee shop or the local park. Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    And... typo. "Actualy" should be "actually"... oops. Reply
  • coder543 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I thought I replied to my comment, not this one. How did it get over here? Oh well. Reply
  • bigboxes - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Me! Reply
  • Quickdraw401 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    No, me! Reply
  • mhersher - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    How about me? Reply
  • casetronic - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Nooo...me! Reply
  • themaker00 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    me? Reply
  • macnw - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    me first... Reply
  • ArchAngelis - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    oooor me! Reply
  • brehidran - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    me! Reply
  • Jolian - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    hy Reply
  • Krautmaster - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    well, I'm owning a lot of different devices in linux (HTPC) as well as Windows (8.1) environment. Surface RT, Celeron 847 Biostar Board, AMD E-350 Board, Zenbook UX31A with an 17W i5 (would be my competing object in numbers and usability) and my workstation with 2x24", 24GB Mem, 4,6g OC 990X ES which im doing my LightRoom and PS work with - owing a good Sony A99 to place the testing subject in good digital images as well ;) - so far from my side, ur choice Reply
  • Krautmaster - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    seriously - US only, god damn ;) what abt. Europe or do i have to talk to my cousin who is in marriage with an US marine for him to drop it abt. my village here... well, I'm very sure Anandtech gonna pay the shipping to EU! Thanks Reply
  • Krautmaster - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    P.P.S.: Gonna gift it to my love who could need it for her study - gonna put very big sized AMD stickers on it to do marketing in her well visited classes and out in the parks! Reply
  • Krautmaster - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    P.P.PS.: shes hot, really really hot! http://www.flickr.com/photos/97000273@N03/94617779... Reply
  • prophet001 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Did you just put a picture of your GF on anandtech.com.

    You're gonna need to win the V5 to fill the void she's gonna leave. lol
    Reply
  • Cheesco - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Yeah he is! lol Reply
  • kochano - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    contest entry Reply
  • khalidh - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own the following: a big desktop for all my computing needs, a smaller desktop (matx motherboard) for the occasional LAN party, a HTPC for general media consumption and couch gaming on the big screen, a 15" Asus laptop which i mostly use around the house (eg on the bed, in the living room, etc), and my trusty LG Optimus Pro which, despite the age and weak specs, is still going strong without any plans for an upgrade. I don't have a tablet because I believe a "good enough" phone can do what a tablet does anyway

    While I already have a laptop, I don't usually go out of the house with it since it's a little unwieldy to go around with it due to its size and weight, and I'd rather not go around with a tablet for the reason I stated earlier.

    This is where a small sized lightweight laptop can come in. Sometimes, I don't need the power of my 15" laptop around and simply need something small and efficient for minor things outside the house such as browsing or some really light gaming on the go.
    Reply
  • sumludus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    All I have for computing devices are an aging gaming laptop from 2010 (COMPAL NBLB2) and a Kindle Paperwhite. I can take the Kindle with me wherever I go, but it only functions as a reader. The Compal could do whatever I needed, but it's pretty bulky by today's standards, and the battery has long ago lost the ability to hold a decent charge for an hour or more. I don't own a smartphone, so I'm tied down to my desk if I want to do the simplest things like checking my email or looking up information online.

    What this laptop would do for me is give me the freedom to be mobile and connected. It could replace my Kindle for textbooks, since the larger screen would make reading the small print that much easier. Also, it would mean I could carry around djvu file formats which aren't supported on the Kindle, and when converted to pdfs, leads to humongous file sizes. I'd be able to roam around campus more often, moving from classroom to library to mess hall all without worrying about going back to the dorms to get work done on what has now become an immobile workstation.
    Reply
  • SteelRing - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have always been a big fan of AMD and almost all my rigs have been AMD-based, except one Q6600 that I fetched at an awesome BF deal I had to get. Recently my 7-year old faithful Brisbane machine died and I couldn't revive it. I have replaced the power supply but the machine won't boot to anything after POST. It will display the list of peripherals and then reboot itself all over again. You can enter into BIOS and all devices are registering and seem fine. I switched the boot order to boot into CD and it still won't boot, so I replaced the DVD-ROM drive thinking it might be bad drive, but that's not it. I think I might just give up now.

    Any chance I can get a Temash?
    Reply
  • Yogerto - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    What I've got: Phenom 2 based gamin PC at home that's used primarily for gaming and photo editing. Second a thinkpad x230 (ivy i5 something or other) that's used as my school laptop and primary coding machine. Third, I've got my trusty palm pre 2 which is my everything in the realm of communications and daily management. Finally I've got a nexus 7 that's little more than a PDF/website reading device.
    The desktop runs windows 8 and the laptop runs fedora 19.
    To be honest, I'm mostly interested in the jaguar family of chips for replacing my shitty linksys router, but I've no doubt that this thing could work as a light gaming machine for get togethers and if the keyboard is good enough it might be in the running to replace my thinkpad.
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  • bigubig - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a dual core (intel) desktop with a 128 gig SSD which is quite zippy , been never a fan of AMD for one reason or another, but that laptop would surely give me mobility and the opportunity to review an AMD based lappy truthfully. Reply
  • karasaj - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Well my previous laptop kind of just busted... The battery life is about zero minutes and it barely holds a wifi signal, so a small, portable laptop would probably be perfect to get me through classes this year! Reply
  • Electron? - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current setup includes:
    1) A fast gaming/work Win7 desktop PC that I built 2 years ago - used for work, gaming, general use
    2) An aging 5-year old 13-in Macbook owned by my employer - used for work & mobility
    3) A 1st-gen Nexus 7 tablet - used generally for news/social media at breakfast and before bed
    4) A Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone - used constantly

    I've been thinking about getting a new notebook, since my work Macbook is getting pretty slow and has terrible battery life now. It would help with network maintenance around the house, personal work when traveling, and entertainment.
    Reply
  • e36Jeff - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a TF201 but no notebook, I could use something with a bit more power than my tablet. Reply
  • theyranos - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm on a MacPro 1,1 and MacBookPro 6,2, which was a great setup until I started working for a windows-only shop. Now, I'm emulating Windows on VMWare Fusion, which on such old equipment barely works and is really woefully inadequate for Visual Studio. Having a native windows machine would be mighty handy. Reply
  • ClearlyWeary - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    At the moment I have an 8350 underclocked(for day to day use) to 3.6ghz on a Crosshair V board. Memory is Cosair Vengeance @1600mhz. SSD's plural, one for OS one for swapfile and temp file location(tiny drive only 16gb)and one for games. Storage is a 3TB drive. Video is a Gigabyte 7970.

    I also have my iPhone 5 an iPad 4 and a Nexus 7.

    Now, typing all that out it kinda seems ridiculous for me to be asking for a free laptop. Yet here I am. Truth of the matter is that obviously my iPad cannot ask as a desktop replacement which is where this laptop would come in. And work isn't providing me with a laptop and this would be a great little machine for what I would need at work plus any light gaming. Kinda interested to see what this little machine could handle. I'm sure Crysis 15 at max details would be fine no? Likely has a built in holodeck so the monitor would be useless.

    One last thing, I would hardly call myself an AMD fanboy but I do root for their future success. That said they certainly don't have anything that can compete with Intel for the performance crowd but maybe just maybe they do on the low end? Low power and what not?

    Here's hoping I am one of the three chosen..
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  • computergeek485 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own 2 HTPC's, a media server, a tablet, and a gaming PC. This laptop would fill the gap in my lineup of computers. I've wanted a windows based laptop that's touch enabled but have not been able to afford one as of yet. Reply
  • unrulycow - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am currently using an old Acer laptop that is big and heavy and half broken due to dropping it. Having a laptop that was actually portable would be a huge upgrade for me Reply
  • miahshodan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a powerful gaming/general computing desktop (overclocked etc.), a media server, an android tablet, a windows media center pc (with a ton of storage) and a really slow and old 11.6" laptop with a terrible screen and a core solo processor. Winning this would allow me to replace the 11.6" and the android tablet (which I hate using because of the lack of keyboard and the fact that it is slow) Reply
  • Des_Eagle - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently use four different computers. I have a MSI GT70 which I use as a work/gaming laptop that is also my primary home computer. By that I mean I use it around the house to play Netflix, stream to Chromecast, browse the web, game, and occasionally run a simulation (FDTD algorithm) from time to time. It weighs a ton, though, so I never actually bring it to work.

    My second is a gaming-only desktop that is spec'd only to play games at the highest settings. It is not used for any other purpose.

    My third is a Microsoft Surface RT, which I bought during a rare bout of utter stupidity. It serves almost no purpose but it is the primary tool I use as a sort of assistant while at work (I have my own desktop at work that does most of the useful computing). I'll bring it to seminars and the like as well, but it was a mistake, plain and simple.

    The fourth is a NAS running FreeNAS, which serves as a backup, media streamer, etc.

    The V5 fits the precise hole in my setup. A portable, capable device that I can get a lot of use out of especially at work. It also generally moves about better than the GT70, and hence I can kind of use the GT70 as a second desktop for friends that want to game when they're over. The V5 might actually end up being the most heavy utilized machine in the lineup, as it seems like it would be the "jack of all trades".

    Thanks!
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  • protomech - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Computer setup:

    i5-2500k, AMD 7950 desktop
    i7-2630qm, NV GT 555M laptop
    nexus 4 phone

    I've found that I really don't need to lug around a 6 pound computer (need to sell off the m14x) - something smaller with basic gaming capability would suit me just fine for portable needs.

    Options are basically an HD5000 ultrabook or one of AMD's mobile SOC offerings. AMD is not very competitive in general compute, but their mobile SOCs are "fast enough" for general usage and offer a nice combination of price / performance.

    I'm not sold on touch interfaces on a traditional clamshell laptop, but the price is right to give it a try.
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  • bormasina - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Currently i have home built PC with:\
    -GA-P35C-DS3R
    -Intel e8600
    -4x1GB Kingston DDR2 800
    -Gigabyte Nvidia 8600GT
    -some 7200rpm HDD
    This would be some upgrade since i no longer need desktop.
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  • Venegascna - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own one Dell Dimension E310 that only allows me to general web browse and do homework for college. If I owned the Acer V5 I would have drastically more computing power than this PC and would be able to bring the notebook to school and work there. It would be much better than my current set up and would most likely be my main computer PC since its portable,smaller, and easily more powerful than my 6 year old hand me down system. Reply
  • Venegascna - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Typo. I meant to say main computer not "computer PC" Reply
  • bleh0 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently use a Sandy Bridge Celeron powered laptop as my main and only PC at the moment. While the performance is far from stellar it works for my day to day tasks. My only issue is the battery life and that is where I feel the architecture of the Temash that is in the Acer V5 could improve my daily computing needs. From what I've read on this site and others the Temash APU would be a remarkable improvement. Also, the Acer V5 would be lighter then my current laptop which is 6 lbs the V5 being half of that. Reply
  • m51893 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Gaming desktop and the new nexus 7 and am looking for something lighter to carry around and get work done Reply
  • Deelron - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 2 year old desktop/gaming rig that's holding up fine and a tablet, but I also have a relatively young (15 month) old son which makes it difficult to do serious typing/writing while turning my back towards him to look at the screen. A small laptop would allow me to work/write in a more effective manner from a seat where I would be able to keep an eye on him. Reply
  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • greenlepricon - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I could definitely use a new laptop. Mine is running on 6 years now with ubuntu on it, and it's definitely showing in age. Reply
  • benzosaurus - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My main machine is a 2.8GHz Sandy Bridge Macbook Pro 13". The original 750GB hard drive has been moved into the optical bay with an OWC data doubler, and a 120GB Vertex 3 has been put in the hard drive bay. My problem with this setup is that running all those drives makes the battery life suck, which is kind of a problem biking around campus. Also, since I'm an EE major, I could use a tiny windows laptop to run around with and run all the annoying USB oscilloscope software that my mac doesn't play nicely with. Reply
  • etamin - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a desktop I built 4 years ago (lightly OCed Bloomfield 960) as my primary device, and a 6 year old C2D Asus 13" laptop (the U3S) I've been taking to my grad classes. While the laptop has been tweaked with a used SSD and Win7 installed over a year ago, the old thing is just not very mobile. It gets about 3 hrs battery life and weighs about 6-7 lbs. I don't need much in the way of computational power for classes, but a thin and light would be ideal. If the mechanical HDD proves too slow, I can always repurpose the old SSD. It's good to see AMD reaching out to a community that cares more about hardware than gadgets. Reply
  • wonderblue - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    >my current "computing" setup
    desktop with an i5/6950 for games/browsing/work/etc
    Nexus 7 (2013) everything related to portable media consumption, and a textbook viewer.

    >why I want it/why it would help me
    while "need" really isn't the word here, a notebook like this would be good to have for college.
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  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I been really interested in Temash or Kabini laptops but I have yet to see any in the real world to physically play with. I think they would make very interesting ultra-portable platform. I would also like to see some tablet manufactures bring out some flavors with Temash in them. Reply
  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Crap hit post before I was finished. (Derp Moment)

    Why I would want this system is though I love my Surface and does everything I need for work and personal. I just have found sometimes for work having an actual laptop would have made remote management a lot easier. I have been looking for some time for a laptop sporting one of these new APU's but have yet to find one. The 5V looks close to what I would like and having the SSD is a place.

    Systems:
    Main Rig for work and gaming
    Intel i7 3770 (non-K)
    16GB 1866 DDR3
    2x AMD 7950
    1x Samsung 840 Pro 128 SSD
    1x Intel 520 240GB SSD
    2x WD 1TB Black Raid1

    HTPC
    AMD A10-5600 APU
    8GB 1866 DDR3
    1x OCZ 128GB SSD
    1x WD Blue 2.5 1TB Drive
    Ceton infiniTV4 PCI-E

    Microsoft Surface RT

    Nokia Lumia 920
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  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Just throwing this out there but an EDIT button would awesome. Reply
  • DSperlak - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently running a nearly 7 year old desktop I built and have upgraded over time (went from a Nvidia card to a Radeon 5770, that has to count for something right? :P ). I also have an HP elitebook workstation that I was given by my employer, the thing is a beast of a machine but damn is it ever heavy. I've got an old Droid X2 that I'm constantly looking to get rid of but like the desktop, if it works why ditch it.

    I would really enjoy a much more portable device like this notebook. I haven't been sold on tablets yet, I'm too attached to a keyboard and I think the power is lacking. Realistically I'd use this thing around the house as a bit of a HTPC and a web browser so I wasn't tied down by the desktop, summer nights really are a shame to waste indoors tied to a stationary machine. Got a few road trips coming up that could really test the efficiency claim as well.

    On a side note after being forced to test Windows 8 before a possible implementation at work I'd actually like to see if Windows 8 would be any good on a touch screen, for work and play. It certainly isn't any good in a business environment with no touch enabled machines around.
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  • aylak - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am using a Lenovo SFF ThinkCentre M92 desktop as my main computer. I have an aging Thinkpad T61. I would like a portable Windows laptop on the road. My Android phone is mostly fine but sometimes I need a real keyboard to type. Reply
  • allenpan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am still using Dell XPS M1530 core 2 duo laptop with vista, is time for me to take a ride on that V5 ride! ( get it? V6 engine reference) with such light weight and powerful laptop, i can finally demo any of my GPGPU application without lugging a desktop around! Reply
  • robbertbobbertson - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop running Windows 7 thats built for gaming and is about 4 years old now. It idles around 240 watts. My only mobile computing is my phone and I'm looking to replace the desktop with something much more lean, as I frequently leave it on 24 hours a day. I would like something with HDMI out so I can use my existing H243H monitor, and still have the option to unplug it and go mobile. Now that my brother has a kid that I sometimes babysit, it would be nice to be able to bring my computer with me. I think it would be a great help. Thanks, RB. Reply
  • KT32 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have an Intel based notebook running Xubuntu 12.04. I'd like to use this as an opportunity to see how far AMD has come in terms of power efficiency and Linux support since I last had an AMD based notebook 5 years ago. Reply
  • Paazel - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My work platform consists of a Intel Core i7-3770 Desktop with 27" monitor. I love working on this thing. I do all my general business & photo editing here. Things get done fast. When I'm on assignment I use a 15" Macbook Retina. It's good... fast enough; but very big & heavy.

    If I win this laptop, I would use it as a general web browsing computer and as a Rosetta Stone client, as my wife and I would be able to use it easily in the other room of our 1 bedroom apt without disturbing the other or worrying if one of us is traveling with our work laptops.
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  • Phynaz - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Let's see, this is going to be long. In the house we have 2 gaming desktops, four laptops, three tablets.
    I'd love to write a review of a APU notebook!
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  • worm - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I built my DVR using a AMD Athlon II x2, initally with a NVidia graphics card, but removed the card, and just used the AMD MB graphics. The combination was more stable, and uses less power. I look forward to the new generation of AMD APUs to lower the power figure even more. This Temash laptop would be a nice upgrade to my aging C2D both in performance, power, and will not miss the occasional BSD. Wish me luck. Reply
  • Koramchad - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a 15" rMBP. It's a PAIN to commute with it on my bike to school, so I would love to have a portable laptop that I can use on my everyday classes. The V5 fits my purpose perfectly! Reply
  • Kemock - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming computer that I just recently build. I'm going to school and have a good full time job so I don't get to spend much time playing games anymore but with a portable device I could get a lot more of my classes done on the go. Reply
  • Stimpack - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My Acer laptop died earlier this year. The GPU fried. I ended up building a desktop after that, but I dearly miss the portability and functionality of my laptop. Considering mine was 17" and used as my main computer, a smaller laptop could find even more uses in my life! Plus, I've never had an SSD! This seems to be a really fantastic giveaway. Reply
  • tiquio - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Dell E6400. This is a bulky 15'' Core Duo (Note Core 2 Duo) laptop. I also own a custom built Core 2 Duo E8400 desktop that I inherited from my cousin. I use the laptop for school. I am a medical student and I take the laptop to school every day and I take notes with Microsoft OneNote. I always have to be plugged in because my battery won't last longer than an hour. My desktop is hooked up to a projector and I use it occasionally for movies/tv shows and games. This ultra light laptop would be perfect for school. As a medical student, I lug my laptop around all day and I study all day, every day. This would be the perfect companion to my studies. I read Anandtech almost every day (I use it as a study break) and it's great reading about the latest technologies but it would be even better if I could own it. Reply
  • joshua1570 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Right now I have an AMD based pre-built desktop that is pretty powerful. I also have an old hp mini 311 that has ubuntu and windows installed, although its battery doesn't hold a charge very long and the wireless isn't the best. I also have an ipad 3 but a tablet just doesn't have the same functionality as a regular notebook. With this laptop I'll finally be able to do work while not tied to a desk. Reply
  • pauler - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own an 18.4 inch toshiba qosmio and I've had it for roughly 4 years. I'd like to win this laptop so that I have something more portable to take around with me when I'm working on a story or editing papers at school or on location. As a newspaper editor, I'd also love the opportunity to write a review on Acer V5 so I hope i win! Reply
  • cairbram - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've got a gaming/Autocad tower (for classwork and play) and a Macbook 6,1 which is a hand-me-down from my family but I've tricked it out with a OCZ vector 128GB, a second hard drive in the optical drive bay and 8 GB of ram, this laptop is used as my main computer and travels with me to school but I would like something smaller and which isn't falling apart. As for true mobility I've got a HTC ONE 64GB running Aosp which gets used mostly to check tech websites like this one, play music and communicate. Winning this laptop would allow me to retire my macbook which has various ailments such as a cracked and bulging battery, acetone melted body/keyboard (which I've sanded to a nice matte finish to hide the severity) and a breaking screen hinge, as well a give me a much more manageably proportioned laptop to tote to school for note taking, writing lab reports and doing homework. Reply
  • JTK21351 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've got a desktop set up in my dorm room, but I'd love to have a machine to bring around to classes with me for note taking and whatnot. I'd also love a shot at writing for the site ;) Reply
  • ryanjacoby2 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently the proud owner of a K53TA using the A6 APU. I use it mostly for budget gaming, and Visual Studio/Visio applications so it works well for my needs. The laptop gets very loud in class because of the integrated CPU/GPU whether gaming or just browsing the web. I'm extremely interested in the development and evolution of AMD's APU especially when compared with Intel, and would love to see how this new laptop would perform. The upgrade to an IPS display would be massive (especially considering I have no tablet to compare against) along with the general experience of testing an ultrabook.
    I'd also be exceptionally happy to write an honest (and hopefully very positive) review of this beautiful machine.
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  • Biathanatos - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've got a 2-year-old Asus gaming laptop that I use a primary machine, and my wife has an old Macbook Pro, but I'd love to get a much more portable light-usage computer, and I've wanted to try out AMDs for a while.
    I'll use it for portable web development primarily, especially while on the move. At the moment, I do some of that on a new Nexus 7 tablet, but Android is pretty limited in that area. I'd likely dual-boot Ubuntu to work more with Node.js and other Linux/Mac apps.
    I often leave thorough reviews on products I purchase, as I think it's a great service to other buyers.
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  • PerrinAybara162 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently only own one computer, an amalgamation of different parts (a 4 year old Gateway with an AMD Athelon, a GT 9400, my old 500GB Seagate laptop hard drive from when my laptop crapped out a few years back, 6GB of RAM, four of which came stock with the machine and 2 Corsair gaming sticks from 6 years ago, you get the picture). If its relevant, my wife has an HTC First and I have an old HTC Inspire. Having one of these laptops would give me something to bring with me when I start College hopefully in the fall. It would also give me something for my wife to use from bed for the days when she has trouble getting out of bed. Also, I have always wanted to be able to try out an SSD. Reply
  • HiiraTeruyo - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a near 3 year old first generation i7 laptop that generally just generates too much heat for me to really do much on, which tends to be quite a bit as a student. Additionally, it weighs in close to 6lbs with a 16" screen, so it tends to get a bit tedious to carry around all the time. To round the package off, the battery has reached the point where it'll only last about 5 or 10 minutes at a time.

    I also have an ipad 2 that I generally use for ebooks for classes that only need some light note taking, since I try to avoid lugging around my current laptop for the reasons listed.

    What winning this Acer would mean for me is a much more unified loadout for school, as I'll most likely be using it for all my classes that'll let me have my laptop, and probably mix in some gaming in my spare time. The biggest benefit I would feel is not having to have it eternally plugged in, and leaving all the heavy weights for my books, instead of my productivity unit.
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  • Schemer4 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own an ancient PowerPC Mac, which I use to SSH into a Raspberry Pi where I do Haskell programming. The fan on my PowerPC Mac is broken so it crashes all the time, but I use GNU screen to connect to the Raspberry Pi, so I just reconnect to the session and keep going. Reply
  • Schemer4 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Added: Winning would mean compiling probably 100 times as fast and no crashing, so it would be huge. I would also get to experiment with Windows development tools, which I've never gotten a chance to play with. Reply
  • Devfarce - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Would love to give feedback to AT and AMD. Need a new laptop too to replace my ca 2007 C2D system Reply
  • Devfarce - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Pressed the wrong button... real entry below...

    I am in the market for a new laptop and need an ultra-portable to carry with me. I am just starting a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering after a few years working as a research engineer and need to replace my current system which is a 2007 Fujitsu notebook with a 1.8 Ghz Core 2 Duo, a 1024x768 display and feels like a brick in my backpack. The computer has been upgraded in most ways possible to keep it usable; the 80 GB HDD gave way to a 500GB, RAM was increased to 3GB of DDR2 however even with frequent clean installs of Windows 7 it is really showing its age in usability and physical appearance. The laptop also has Intel's GMA X3100 IGPU which isn't able to smoothly play back HD video. I use a 3rd gen iPad for general browsing and day to day media consumption since my laptop is so ill suited to the task.

    My course of study will involve heavy use/coding in Matlab, Python and C as well as the usual papers, presentations and research for a technical student. I don't need a lot of compute power but having 4 cores (even if they are small cores) and a GPU with GCN architecture are definitely a plus. Also the presence of a modern GPU for some additional GPGPU coding will be quite useful. I really need a computer that will be reliable enough for me to store my thesis work on it while being flexible enough that I can write a paper and model a turbine in Matlab in the same sitting. (You'd be surprised how little CPU that requires with good code!)

    I think I have an interesting usage model and would love to provide valuable feedback to AMD and AnandTech on this device. Hopefully the good Dr. Cutress can back me up on this… (School is real work!)
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  • MrCommunistGen - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    In terms of compute devices, I have a gaming desktop, a 15" HP dv6 from a couple years ago that I barely use, and an android smartphone. Until recently I had a Galaxy Note 2, but I accidentally broke it and now I'm back to my half brain dead Galaxy S (Captivate). Since breaking the Note 2 I've started using my laptop again but have found that it really is big and bulky but doesn't have great battery life. Its fast, but most of the time I'm just using it for light web surfing so I don't need the speed.

    If I won the Acer I'd likely gift my HP to a family member and take the Acer everywhere.
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  • Vincent - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 15" Retina MacBook, home-built i7-3770-based system, and a Nook HD+. I also have a few HTPCs and a file server. I find that none of these machines combine portability, fast start-up times, and ease of use. The laptop is a bit large, the Nook has no keyboard. So a small, light laptop would be a great addition. Reply
  • jaysns - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have an gaming rig consisting of a Q9450 overclocked to 3.2 Ghz, 4 Gb of ram, 256Gb Samsung 830 drive with a couple of extra hard drives for expansion and an EVGA 670 FTW. My laptop is a core i3 Toshiba laptop. Problem with the laptop is that it is unbearably slow and horrible for anything dealing with presentations. It lags and is frustrating to embarrassing when trying to get things done and especially when showing off work. Even powerpoint seems to stutter and look choppy with it. Reply
  • AuraofVengeance - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a decently powered desktop computer that I built myself powered with an AMD FX 8120 Processor and a 6950 2GB Graphics card running windows 8 that I love to use for gaming and all sorts of activities. I love the idea of eventually owning a nice laptop to easily move to another room in the house to use quietly at odd hours of the evening. I also own a decent camera and cellphone, but I don't have a tablet or a laptop to use on a very low budget trip outside of the US later this year in December.I would absolutely love the chance to win this compact but still very capable laptop to use for editing and documenting all of the pictures and videos that I hope to take on my trip. Thanks! Reply
  • mnelsonx - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming desktop and a work laptop; but my wife's laptop died a few weeks ago. I thought a Surface RT might be a decent replacement for what she used the laptop for. That has not been the case, she's very unhappy with the Surface. This laptop would be the ideal replacement for her old PC, improve on all the things she liked about a small laptop, and also overcome the many shortcomings of the Surface RT. Reply
  • c4v3man - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    As the owner of a thin and light Core2Duo laptop from about 4 years ago, I know the value of small and efficient computers. While my computing needs are not great, I need a little more GPU horsepower than Intel can provide, when designing objects for our 3d printer. My Radeon 6850 equipped desktop at the office works fine designing objects across 3 monitors, but my laptop's wimpy integrated graphics are just not up to snuff. Having a thin and light laptop for creative design whenever inspiration strikes would be amazing! Reply
  • Subucula.Tertia - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current setup consists of a desktop (i5 Sandy Bridge, AMD 6850) for gaming, a Nexus 7 (the old one) for reading, Youtube, etc., and a Toshiba NB505 netbook, for writing, taking notes, reading, etc.

    I got the netbook when my old Macbook died, because I need something to write and read on for grad school, in class and on the road, and I find it very hard to write on the Nexus 7. It gets especially difficult when I want to read and write at the same time, something that (non-Samsung) Android tablets are not the best at. While the netbook does this better than the tablet, and weighs less than the Macbook, it's barely passable for writing. Wordprocessors, PDF-readers, and browsers take ages to start, the system slows to a crawl if I try to do to many things at once (and often even when I don't).

    As I have to travel a lot for school, I end up using my netbook for a lot of things that I would otherwise use my desktop for, and the netbook's weakness really shows on the road. Unplugged, having even two tabs open slows any browser to a crawl, making looking for journal articles, reviewing and editing papers, managing my online banking, or using any Flash-powered website almost impossible.

    An AMD APU-powered ultra-thin to replace my netbook would really help me out with being able to be productive on the go, and not have to wait with all but the simplest tasks until Im plugged in.
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  • big_anemone - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a retina macbook pro and an iPad; at work, I use a workstation-class windows laptop (a terrible one). As a web developer by day, I'd like to better understand how touch on windows matters. Having been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I'd also like to see if a touch screen makes a computer any easier for me to manage. Finally, I've got a 10 yr old who could use exposure to a wider variety of machines. Reply
  • drexnx - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Self built desktop with an I5 2500K and two 560Ti's in SLI. Dell XPS15 L501x with an i7-740QM + GT435M that runs hot, gets awful battery life, and has disappointing build quality.

    I want an AMD laptop that runs cool and gets excellent battery life, something that hearkens back to the glory days of AXPs and A64s, when AMD was dominant in both absolute and per watt performance terms.

    I also just want to see more Temash/Kabini product in the channel overall, they're exciting and you can't find too many products using them and that's unfortunate.
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  • KLD - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own an older gaming pc with a NVidia 460 and a Athlon II 630. It has recently started to randomly restart, making it very hard to use the computer at all. A good laptop would be perfect for me as I am hoping to go back to school next semester. Reply
  • hotsoup0 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've got another Acer 15.6" laptop with AMD but it's too big and clunky for school and becoming obsolete for casual gaming. It'd be nice to upgrade to a better, lighter laptop. Reply
  • rp20 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    There is a family desktop that I use sometimes but personally I pretty much own just a hp laptop from 2009 and a nexus 7. I think the laptop was one of the amd turion neo versions. It has a two hour battery life and the performance is not great but I am making do with media browsing on the nexus 7 and college paper writing in the laptop. My laptop is roughly 12 inches so i guess the acer v5 would just be a replacement. The only big change I guess I am looking forward to is better battery life and a cooler laptop. Reply
  • toms98pc - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Having 2 old laptops (2004 & 2006) with only the older one that works and a desktop with an overclocked (1600->2000) AMD Sampron from 2002 make for some very slow going. With laptop batteries will not last 10min the one working sit on the kitchen counter on a crude wood stand that my son made to provide cooling fans since the CPU fan does not work. This laptop ran for almost 7 years without reinstalling or doing a repair install of XP.

    So having a new AMD laptop would be great for both me since I like older games and my wife likes to watch unique online movies.
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  • xTAZMAN - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Here are my current computing devices
    1. PC ( i5 2500k, AMD 6950, 8gb ram, 2 x 1Tb drives raid 0, windows 7) used for gaming and pretty much everything else.
    2. Laptop ( aging MSI gx-640 15.6 ) used for when im at school or gaming on the go. Only problem with it is that the battery is completely worn out, rendering it a 15 minute crouch heater.
    3. Phone ( Verizon Galaxy S3 running Cyanogenmod 10.1.2 with 64gb sd card ) used as my phone/music player

    If I won the Acer V5, I would make it my new school laptop. My old one cant hold a charge through a whole class so I have to sit close to an outlet. When its plugged in though, it just ramps the fan to the max and makes lots or noise, distracting everybody and warming up my area... Yeah it would be nice to have a new laptop.
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  • anubis44 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Yes, Ananand, I must echo the 'US only? Goddamit!' sentiment. I'm in Canada. Maybe a future give-away could have a US machine and a non-US machine? Pretty please? Reply
  • mrdude - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My desktop/workhorse is a Deneb 955 with a Radeon 5870. I use it as a gamestation and it runs AutoCAD for work. 3D modeling is surprisingly pretty good on an old 5870 ;) I also own a first-gen Nexus 7 and an X220.

    The X220, though it has speedy processor performance, has lackluster 2D performance in AutoCAD, never mind the horrendous 3D performance. I'd likely use the Acer V5 for my 2D needs and possibly 3D if it can handle some simple drafting.
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  • collegeguypat - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a gaming desktop, Server with 2008 R1 and more than a few 2TB hdd's in it for storing content and a HP DM1 AMD E350 laptop I'm looking to replace. I mainly use my laptop when I travel, when I'm on vacation, etc. It also comes in handy on the couch when people start arguing over who was in what movie/tv show. I've just noticed it's a bit sluggish compared to what I feel is reasonable for a PC to feel, but then again my work machine has an SSD and an i7 in it, so that may be the reason why. I think this would be a good replacement for my HP E350 machine that I use semi-regularly. Reply
  • Nickelindiana - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a almost 4 year old Sony VAIO laptop that, while it in general has done what I need it to, it's starting to show it's age. I have a two year old phone that I will be upgrading soon and I'm looking at Samsung device but am unsure. I have no other forms of computing. The reason I am entering this contest is because I am a student at school who is studying IT and given some of the recent problems with laptop it isn't really feasible to take it to school so I'm looking for something small and light to put in my backpack and this Acer looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for. Reply
  • arthur449 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently maintain six computers around the house. Three are ye typical ATX desktop PCs, one is our HTPC (AMD E-350), then two home servers in the garage, one of which is AMD.

    I'm a techical writer by trade, but my hobby is computer hardware/software. Between the two, I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my main PC. I use one of the two home servers to experiment with new software releases and discuss my experiences on Google+ (yes, I'm one of the three people who uses G+) with friends and family. This also means that, yes, I am the one that gets consulted when they have a desire to purchase a phone/tablet/notebook. Having a V5 would allow me the mobility to relax and take longer lunch breaks at local restaurants, as I'd be able to take the notebook with me.

    I'd have no problems discussing my experiences with the notebook; that's essentially what I'd do with it by default.
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  • sithscout80 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current system is a desktop, here are the specs:
    Core i7-4770K
    16GB of RAM
    240GB SSD
    1TB Hard Drive
    Intel Integrated Graphics + Nvidia GeForce GT 240
    2 monitors with 1920x1200 resolution
    Main computer usage is Autodesk Revit

    The laptop would be nice to be able to use Revit while out on the job site. Quick changes to the plans could be made on the job site instead of writing them down and having to make changes back at the office. The one improvement for the laptop would be a higher resolution screen so more of the design in Revit could be seen and worked on (1366x768 is a very limiting resolution).
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  • punjabiplaya - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming desktop that's a few years old (core i5-750 and gtx 260). I bought a netbook years ago but never really used it as its too slow to really use for anything other than word processing and mild browsing. I'd love a more powerful laptop I could use in class to take notes and to use in my research lab (to run LabView and Matlab). Reply
  • Gibson12345 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a mini-ITX Windows gaming desktop, a very nice tablet that I never use, a Kindle Paperwhite, and an iPhone. There's a glaring gap there: the ability to do real work on the go. I take the train to work every day, so a lightweight notebook with good battery life would be a perfect. I've been wavering between a MacBook Air and a Chromebook for a long time.

    The desktop meets most of my home needs (although being able to type from bed would be nice). The combination of Kindle and iPhone was enough for me to stop using my tablet; aside from reading, a tablet does very few things better than a smartphone, and well, Kindles are way better for reading than tablets. Cool giveaway!
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  • angrypat1070 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have an Acer Aspire One D270-1492 Atom N2600 w/ Win7 Starter Edition, while I could live with the O/S, the Atom is woefully under powered, and the ram limit of the O/S does not help.
    The screen res could be better, but the machine seems to be built well enough, battery life is ok, and i like the size. Video performance is dreadful. A new and better equipped laptop to add to the arsenal would be great. I currently have a corei5 3570 16gbram, sapphire7870, 120samsung ssd and 2tb seagate hdd on an asrock extreme 4 mobo runs win7 pro 64, very happy with this machine for games, surfing, finance, and Jriver media center server work. An htpc cobbled together w/ some old parts with an HTOmega Claro plus soundcard and a Sapphire 4670 in an NMedia 1000b case, mostly for JRiver media center for music. One more old Q6600/DFI infinity running (currently) PCLinux OS 64 (Highly Recommend) for kicks. An A6 (which could kill my atom with one hand) based laptop would be big (Huge) improvement for on the go and added into the line up w JRiver for media duty, and sights will certainly look better with the better res. Good luck AMD, keep moving foward, and good luck everyone else.
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  • Dosobye - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a Phenom 2 555 based system with an HD4890 and an old Atom netbook. I use my PCs for watching videos, internet and some gaming on my desktop. The Atom Netbook is horribe, I am hoping this new AMD system will replace the atom netbook and it will be a game changer for me on the portability side. Reply
  • ap4lifetn - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a Windows 8 2600k gaming system, a 2013 Nexus 7, and an iPhone 5. As you can see I'm someone who prefers smaller gadgets, and my lineup is ripe for
    a 11.6" system. I'm entangled in iOS, Android, and Win8, and have been looking for something power efficient to use on airplanes since I travel a lot.
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  • marco_1347 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I borrowed a Dell 32-bit with 4GB of RAM, with Windows XP. This labtop runs on a stone age software, its slow and it lags and freezes when i have more than 5 windows open. I'm currently a college student, on my second year. It's frustrating trying to focus on my school work, since my battery only last for about 1 hour. Most of the time I just go to my school and use the computers in the computer lab, since they are faster. Having a V5 Will change my perspective of actually owning and not having a borrowed laptop. With its fast operating system ill be able to perform better presentations and with graphing maps. This could be the first time I actually come to experience a computer that is so light, and does great with performance. Reply
  • frozentundra123456 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Dell XPS desktop with an i5 2320 and an added in HD7770. My wife has an older dual core AMD laptop. I game heavily on my desktop. For mobility I have an Acer tablet, but am very unsatisfied with it, as it is very slow and wi-fi connectivity is poor.

    If I were to win this laptop though, it would be for my grandson, who is 16. He recently had to move out of state and is very sad at leaving his friends behind. He also has been diagnosed with congenital narrowing of the aorta, which has been treated somewhat successfully with a stent, but he will have to undergo another procedure this spring to expand the stent to further open the vessel. He has an older gaming laptop (Asus core 2 duo, GTX 260M), but it is very heavy, runs hot, and could fail at any moment. I would love to give him a modern portable laptop like this for use in his high school work and for taking to college in a couple of years.
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  • Torashin - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Why does the UK get no love? :( Reply
  • shellls - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current system is an overclocked FM1 Athlon x4, AMD 6670, and a vertex 4. A laptop would be really useful for me to do my schoolwork on the go. Reply
  • SAMSAMHA - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have got a
    laptop:asus ux31e,
    desktop: intel core i5 2500k cpu, 250gb ssd, and various other hds. gtx 580, 27'' display.
    mobile: note 2

    I have yet to have one small and portable device that I want to use for like a replacement system and possibly as a tablet use. While I do like the Asus UX31e as a laptop, I do not like the keyboard and trackpad of the unit. The big chunky desktop is for work purpose where I enjoy the large screen. Note 2 is more like a in between of a phone and the tablet where it gets me by while on the go to browse web, check email.

    I like the 11'' form factor of the system as I feel that it would be a great like tablet replacement where it will let me use on the go. I hope the keyboard and trackpad on the device is good enough as that is one of the biggest issue I have with the asus model that would make it othewise a perfect device.
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  • jt122333221 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a powerful gaming desktop and a laptop that serves as a desktop replacement (it is not very portable). With this, I would have a device I could use to carry around with me (for more portability) to do some work on the go. Reply
  • sdadolf - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am using a tablet to manage the operations of a walking club...the local branch of a national walking association. I find that the lack of a physical keyboard has made it difficult to be productive. I would like to move my club software activities to a full service laptop. Reply
  • dbostan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have an old Core2 Dell, but I'd like something more powerful to do schematic captures for my HW designs.
    Also I'd like to write a book, I know it is just a dream.
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  • Westfields - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    The 128GB Samsung SSD 840 drive is awesome....I have one on my gaming computer and use it exclusively for that....I get the highest FPS on maxed graphic games using it as a primary drive..an average of 5.5 FPS faster when compared to 3 other brands!! Reply
  • jasvinder100 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a macbook air which is primarily used by my wife, a Asus Transformer tablet which is primarily used by my 4 year old son.

    I have a work laptop that is what i use mostly. I am a windows 8 fan, would love to have a touch enabled laptop. I saw this Acer V5 at costco and loved its portability. I would love to have this device as this can improve my workflow so much, i hate to carry my work laptop to meeting it is heavy. Acer V5 would be perfect for that.
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  • sambaba - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Pick me as I have not got a laptop. Reply
  • fundudes2010 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own intel core2duo 17inch laptop. I am looking for a ultrabook to replace my laptop.

    Thank you.
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  • NegitiveSinX - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I only have an msi wind netbook right now as I'm too pour to have anything more expensive. I'm a long time amd/ati fan. I would be honored to win this notebook Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a Surface RT, a Sandy Bridge i3 laptop is the family machine, and an i3 HTPC does the job for the TV recoding duties. A nice little ultraportable notebook like this would be a great addition, as the home laptop is pretty chunky for my pregnant wife, and I'm sure one of these days it's going to die by toddler, so this machine could come in very useful. Oh and it would be a great birthday gift for me! Reply
  • Wolvie13 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own an old AMD 9950 based desktop. In desperate need of a new machine. The laptop would free me of my tether and not force me to use my phone for emails etc. Reply
  • ciwell - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have an aging HP dv5 Pavilion laptop. This is unfortunately my only computer, so winning this would provide me with a wonderful sorely-needed upgrade, as well as the opportunity to write about the experience. Reply
  • Nanophys - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a ~3 year old W510 that I've used as a portable desktop for the last couple years. It's been a great computer, does everything I've needed, but recently I've had very strong desires to get an ultraportable. Since I started to walk to work everyday I've left my computer at work, as the system starting becoming too bothersome to really justify taking it back home. When I recently hurt my back, and ran into a situation where I did need to take my computer home, I came to acutely realize how important it was to cut down on the weight of my computer. My next computer will certainly be an ultraportable, and I'd feel very lucky to win this one! Reply
  • Ris8 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Count me in?
    Gaming desktop, htpc, linux server. 2 ipads (2 kids). Office pc (macbook). Need something in between that is not my office pci
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  • dharmesh.b.jani - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Mac Mini that I used to process pictures from my camera. However, being a 2010 model, it has only 2GB RAM and running Photoshop/GIMP on the system has become increasingly difficult. I would like to do all my photo post-processing (running Lightroom, GIMP etc.) on this new system if I win it. Reply
  • Kraky - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a powerful gaming desktop and a work laptop. I have an old personal laptop that I lug around for non-work stuff, if I get the machine I'll be using it for lightweight stuff. Reply
  • dolphumous - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Early xmas gift! Reply
  • joshschw - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Currently just own a desktop, which houses an AMD A10-6800K APU. A slight downgrade from last system which had an AMD FX-8320 - which had a lot of complicated reasons why I had to swap. That CPU is still in use by a sibling in their system though! The APU is working wonderfully and for 99% of my usage I can see no difference between it and the FX-8320.

    Have been waiting for some great Windows 8 touch laptops/tablets with AMD chips in them!
    I have built probably half a dozen computers for various offices around these parts, and I always go AMD. Better pricing, and I have always had far few hassles regarding the graphics portions as well. Complaints are at ZERO from these machines.
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  • coder543 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently double majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Right now, I use a Nexus 10 tablet and a Mac mini desktop as my only 'full' computers, depending on the task. In addition to my classes, I read news from over two dozen tech websites through Feedly. Programming has been my hobby since 8th grade. I don't play video games -- I just do programming and read tech news when I have free time and I'm not socializing. For the last two years, I've been intensely studying hardware to understand it better (which is actualy a large reason for the two majors I'm studying to graduate with), and Anandtech's in-depth explanations of hardware have helped tremendously. I personally believe you cannot develop good software without an understanding of the hardware that software runs on.

    I've been constantly revisiting the Acer V5-122P's Amazon listing for weeks now, reading every single new review posted on Amazon. I'm actually the one who pointed out its existence to Jarred Walton in this article: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7270/asus-announces-... but I love AMD's jaguar cores from a design perspective. When AnandTech reviewed jaguar, it was all I talked about for days.

    I've become something of an architecture nerd over the last few years, and Jaguar is the first x86 architecture to catch my attention in a long time. I've been all for ARM until that was announced. My biggest disappointment with the Acer V5-122P was the hard drive. An SSD in it would be amazing!

    Practically speaking, I need it because one of the classes I'm taking this semester strongly recommends having a Windows laptop for the lab component, but I can't justify buying a laptop, so I'm having to make do (due?). Getting this laptop would not only be an excellent solution to the problem, but it would give me hands on experience with Jaguar. As a developer, I wouldn't be worried about being able to play games on it, though I could certainly provide uniquely objective feedback in that regard if AMD would like. I'll also be testing how it performs from a Linux perspective, something that I've seen no feedback about yet. Windows is what I will actually be using for class though. I don't want to beg for this laptop, but I would be extremely grateful to have one, and I would provide in-depth feedback.
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  • ricercata - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a Compaq Presario C502US Notebook PC and it is showing its age. I have to keep it plugged in all the time and it is big and bulky, so I can't really carry it around anywhere. With only 0.5GB of DDR2 RAM, I have to be careful not to open too many tabs or run too many flash applications when browsing the web. Even then, the CPU fan is running full tilt constantly, so gaming or anything else heavy duty is ruled out completely.

    Getting a V5 would change a lot of things. I would be able to use it anywhere I want. Having 10 tabs open would be no problem. I would get some games and also try my hand at Folding@Home. And who knows? Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to enjoy it without being annoyed to death by a fan running all of the time.
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  • Fujikoma - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Core i7 920, amd 7850, 16 GB mem, 512 GB SSD boot drive, 3X 2TB secondary drives, BR burner, DVD burner (for normal wear and tear) and a 24" IPS monitor. Use for rendering, photo editing and my music. Planning on upgrading the mobo and proc. with an lga 2011.
    Dell i5 laptop with a 17.3" screen. Upgraded mem. to 8 GB, and HDD to a 256 GB SSD. Store drivers and stuff for repairing family/friends/co-workers computers, playing civ 2 excessively, web browsing and for long distance travel because I don't want to pack my main desktop.
    Would like the Acer to see how new AMD stuff performs. I build AMD as generic computers for family, as they don't tax the systems and I need the most bang for the buck. My wife and I bought AMD E series labtops for our parents and they love them. Also want to use this when I go to the in-laws and my wife and her mom are busy talking.
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  • gr0w1er - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My wife has an older, pre-ultrabook 13" Dell. It's heavy and has a weaker battery life, which makes her grumpy, which makes her yell at me about getting a new laptop. I don't want to pay for a MacBook Air (her desire) or listen to her complain about OS X after decades of using Windows; and in general, slim and light laptops are expensive. This new, free, light, free, efficient and free laptop would fix all these problems (which is good, because her touchscreen-inspired gorilla arm could do some damage to my little nerd physique.) Reply
  • Ratman6161 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have:

    Desktop: i7-2600K used for general office use, system admin, and running vmware workstation VM's for testng.
    Server: AMD 8320 and 32 gb ram, LSI megaraid running vmware ESXi and windows server VM's in a development environment.
    Tablet: Asus TF201 Transformer prime (Android)
    TV/HTPC: Gigabyte Brix with i3
    What I need is a very portable laptop for giving presentations and software demos.
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  • y2chris - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a bulky Lenovo E430 running Win 7. I can't easily take it to school and would love some experience with Windows 8 before Windows 9 comes out! I have almost none trying the new interface out. So mobility + new OS would be an upgrade! Reply
  • b0bj0e - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm a computer Science major in my junior year, and have been in the market for a new laptop for quite some time. Unfortunately I don't have the funds, nor do I foresee being able to afford a new machine any time soon. I’d love to provide an in-depth review of the Acer V5, from the view of a student, programmer, and technology enthusiast.

    My current laptop is an AMD based HP from 2008. It wasn't included in the infamous class action lawsuit brought upon by overheating internal components, though my machine is afflicted. Essentially the system can overheat to the point that solder reflows and causes the system to be non-functional. Lucky for me, when I first experienced the issue, I was able to resurrect my machine by putting it in the oven for an hour, at just below the boiling point of water. This served to reflow the solder enough to allow the machine to boot. What I didn’t know is that if I ever powered down the machine afterwards, I would have “reflow” it to get to boot again.

    Since this first occurred over two years ago, my battery soon after degraded to the point that it would only last for five minutes. As a result of accidental power losses, I’ve had to “reflow” my laptop four times since the first occurrence of the problem. My laptop has lived plugged into the wall, either on or suspended, ever since. I’m simply not interested in spending money on a replacement battery for a dying machine.

    I’ve custom built numerous machines over the years, and my current desktop rig is fairly high end. It is my goto machine for all my computing tasks (gaming, coding, schoolwork, etc.). Since my laptop lives on its charger, I only use it to drive my old standard definition TV. I use my old desktop as a home server; it serves up my personal SVN repository, stores backups of all my data, and streams my media collection to all my other machines, including my cellphone over the cell network. Currently it’s shoved in a closet with only a power cord and Ethernet cable, and relies on remote desktop for administration.

    Though I love my desktop, I do wish I had a means to do more mobile computing. At school, I’d love to type my notes, read digital textbooks, or even pass some time browsing the web or coding. Owning the Acer V5 would allow me to carry less weight in my backpack, and save me time digitizing class notes. It would be good for the environment as well; many classes provide lecture slides which I often print and takes notes on, but having a portable laptop would allow me to digitally annotate slides without printing them.

    The only touchscreen device I own is my Android phone, and I would love to own a touch-enabled computer, especially to experiment with developing touch-enabled programs. I would write an app that detects user-definable gestures and performs some task. For example, a gesture would create a specifically named file in a specific directory and then open it, and subtle variations of the gesture would change the name and location. This way I could have different gestures for all the notes I take in class, and not need to name and organize files manually.

    All in all, having a portable machine would completely change my school life for the better. I foresee less time spent organizing course work, which would leave more time for actual studies and getting things done.
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  • fusoyaii - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have an Asus Eee 1215B sporting the AMD E-350 that has served me well for the past 2 years in school and at work. It's size has been perfect for backpacking around and traveling cross-country. It's no workstation, but it definitely gets my work done. I've been looking to upgrade since summer, either a Temash/Kabini system or low-voltage Haswell. The Acer V5 would be a worthy upgrade, I think. I'm going to be graduating soon and working full-time, what better way to enter a new phase than with a new laptop. Reply
  • siddharthshekar - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm a student and currently own a 17" HP dv7 series laptop powered by AMD's A8 series chips and a Nexus 7. As with most laptops of that screen size, I find it a major pain to lug it around to my university while my tablet just wasn't built to handle the kind of heavy-duty design work I do. I'm hoping that this laptop would fill the gap and be a nice tradeoff between portability and performance. Needless to say, my past experience with AMD processors has been most satisfactory and I'd be glad to give this one a shot. Reply
  • chrisprcr - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Desktop is a Phenom IIx4 965/4 GB RAM/GTX 660/128 GB SSD/320 GB HDD/550 W PSU.

    Laptop is a Acer AS5733Z-4445 w/Pentium P6100/3 GB RAM/Intel HD Graphics/ 320GB HDD.

    The laptop is fine around the house for light gaming and web surfing but battery life is poor when used away from home. I would love to have a new Acer V5 to use when on the go.
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  • RevalenceAN - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a primary desktop that can run most things, but I'm always on the lookout for a portable machine to type up essays on the go for school. I also own the Nexus 4, but that about rounds up my electronic family. Thanks for hosting this, btw. :) Reply
  • thdanh90 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Thinkpad T60p laptop (C2D T7200 2.00 Ghz, 3 GB RAM, 64Gb SSD, and 80 Gb SATA1). This machine has been working like a champ for the past 2 years except for battery life, screen quality, fan, and noise level. Being a rather ancient laptop, the battery is nearly nonexistent, meaning that it won't be a road warrior even if I buy a new battery (estimated 1.5 hours of operating on new batteries).
    The Acer V5 fits the bill of being a computer on the road. The quad-core and 4GB of RAM will be able to handle most applications I might throw at them while the IPS panel will assist in the usage of Adobe products. With the V5, I'll be more productive when I am at the office and don't have to wait to get home and do them on my laptop. (I'm a student and a researcher by trade and a hobbyist photographer/digital artist)
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  • youshotwhointhewhatnow - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have one desktop and one laptop. Both run Linux as the OS.

    The "desktop" really does triple duty as a Desktop, an HTPC, and a NAS. It is a custom build with an AMD Athlon X2 with 4GB of ECC RAM plus a AMD Radeon 6770. For storage it uses a small SSD for the OS plus a RAID10 array of 3TB disks for bulk storage.

    The laptop is a Gateway P-7915u FX. This is a 17" laptop that I originally purchased as a "Desktop Replacement". It is way too heavy and power hungry to be practical for mobile use. I have been considering purchasing a smaller, lighter, longer lasting laptop for a while now.

    The Acer V5 would give me a real mobile computing option. I believe it will have more than enough power for my needs (primarily writing code and remotely accessing servers). It would also be far more comfortable to use for casual web surfing on the couch at home (a task I am considering purchasing the new Nexus 7 for).
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  • Pyrath - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am a student neck-deep in biomedical research. My computing devices consist of a home-bound desktop and an android tablet that I use to access the desktop remotely. Having a real, mobile, standalone PC will free me from the drudgery that is depending on finicky wireless to RD into my home computer and allow me to be more productive in my research, hopefully benefiting everyone in the long run. Consider it an investment in your future. :D Reply
  • typicalGeek - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm actually writing this on a computer I built in late 2004 -
    It first had a AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (1.8 GHz) and 512M of RAM, and a 40G WD hard drive, Windows XP ran it all.
    Currently it's maxed out (mother board only has 2 RAM slots) with 2G of RAM, I've upgraded the processor to a dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (2.0 GHz). And I'm still rocking a 80G WD hard drive that I upgraded to in something like 2006, along with the soon to be unsupported XP.

    In other words, the NEWEST components in my system are at least 6 years old. (On the other hand, hand-building a system with decent components has really paid off in terms of reliability.)

    My other computer is a 15.4" laptop we got in 2009 I think. That one is a single core AMD Athlon 2650e @ 1.6 GHz, and 4G of RAM. That computer is painfully slow (held back by a slow 160G hard drive and Windows Vista), so it's pretty much only used for web browsing. The thing takes a good minute and a half to cold boot.

    So PLEASE enter me into your contest. Getting a laptop with an SSD would be a HUGE improvement over either of these systems.
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  • tom_yellowblue - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My main computing devices are a 15" MacBook Pro, Nexus 7 (2012) and Samsung S3. The MacBook Pro is portable but heavy and not small. The Nexus 7 and S3 are very portable but not great for typing (I do use a bluetooth keyboard when I travel). Yes, I know, first world problems. I would find the V5 useful because it is a small and light computer that has a built-in normal keyboard. Great for traveling or using on the back porch. Reply
  • spidey81 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Could certainly make use of a nice little notebook like this! Come on Anandtech, hook me up! Reply
  • Amoro - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a holdover PC. I'm just running an A8-6600K without a dedicated videocard. I'm waiting to see if there will be another Steamroller FX series or not. If not I will go with Kaveri early next year. I don't own any tablets or notebooks right now as I haven't found the right one for the right price.

    I have never owned a laptop but it would be convenient when I travel for light gaming, browsing, email or movies. In addition to that, if I won I could use it for streaming to my TV in the living room. I don't need anything powerful for any of this so a V5 makes sense with its great power efficiency. I'm mainly holding out for Steamroller before I jump on laptops.

    As an added bonus I could use it to read gamefaqs while I play games on my console and my wife can use it to watch TV in bed.
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  • geosnipes - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    well, i currently own a hp mini 1000 series laptop. not much of a performance laptop but it can handle the basics. What i wish to do with this laptop is ore than what i can do now. A little gaming now and then to pass some time and most of all a faster way of doing stuff. Trust me.... Im tired of waiting for windows explorer to update the nearly 3 gbs of music on the screen Reply
  • gravios - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current desktop I built around a AMD Phenom X II 965 BE due to its price/performance ration compared to Intel products. I mostly use this computer for development work and some gaming.

    My GF would probably love this to browse Pinterest over her oversize and bulky 15" 7 lb HP laptop. We tried an Ipad 2 but the scrolling made her dizzy(images lose focus when scrolling).
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  • BlueRaider - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Currently have a 15" Retina MacBook Pro for use with work and school. I desperately need something more portable to carry back and forth to class to take notes on. I tried an iPad and it just wasn't up to the task! Reply
  • pouncedashfly - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I feel that I don't need the V5, but I know my mom does. She has a Dell Pentium D desktop that I have resurrected a few times and a Motorola Atrix 2. She recently started a real estate business and tells me how useful having a laptop would be. We often joke on the time her desktop dies would be when we can get a laptop for her. My mom is a super mom, had always supported me from the beginning and now I'm in college as electrical engineering major. I think it would be a nice little present for her. Reply
  • dexterkarthik - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Why I need this? Because I can gift this to my brother instead of buying a new one on Black Friday.

    What do I won currently? My custom SKYNET
    CoolerMaster HAF X
    Corsair TX950
    Thermaltake FRIO OCK
    NVidia 8800GT 512MB stock
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 at stock speed
    MSI P43-C51
    2*4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz
    320GB WD Craviar Blue OS drive
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB data drive
    19inch Dell 1440*900 16:10 :D
    Logitech G400 mouse
    Razer Goliathus alpha speed edition mouse mat
    Dell 2.1Ch speakers and Dell Multimedia keyboard

    Future Plan: SSD upgrade on Black Friday and Dell Precision M4700 at huge discount after M4800 releases :D
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  • S Rider - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Hello, I currently own an Acer Aspire 5534, and that's it. Wouldn’t you like to help an aspiring web writer? I currently I use this solid, economical, difference engine to write:

    Tech-oriented blog-type commentary posts for Bubblews. (No one buys commentary. Stop laughing.) Content articles. I haven't sold my first article yet, but it's up.

    I also use this computer for graphic and web design, and website management. I download lots of new open source software to try, as well as open source operating systems. This venerable notebook computer currently boots Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Linux Mint 13, and Slackware 14. (Soon to be replaced by Kali Linux.) Under VirtualBox, I currently run Backtrack 5RC3 and Trisquel 6.0 LTS.

    For running virtual OSes alone, this would be a night and day improvement for me. I currently have to keep this computer on a dual-fan cooler so it doesn't shutdown from over-heating.

    For everyday purposes, again, this would be a night and day improvement. Surfing under Tor is murder on load times, especially script laden websites that won't function correctly without temporary permission to run scripts. I typically have a dozen apps going at any given time, if I need to bring up Gimp for a quick task it takes quite a while to load-up the plugins -- if it doesn't simply hang. I’m also an Emacs user; it would be great to be able to keep a virtual Linux OS running under Windows and have my regular dozen apps running as well.

    My Acer Aspire 5534 was a good economic purchase at the time, but I can smell this processor cooking on a daily basis now.

    Please, Mercy!
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  • Tchamber - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a Gulftown i7 desktop for photos and gaming, my tablet is for browsing and photos. Would like a small laptop with good battery life. Reply
  • kojenku - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My have three laptop computers: one is the grandpa Intel atom N-270 netbook, a huge Intel core2 duo (compaq cq60) laptop dumped by my sister, and a laptop featuring an AMD Turion X2. I actually like the AMD Turion X2 a lot but the laptop has a flawed Nvidia chipset that keeps overheating. Other than that, I use N270 netbook surf internet, the Compaq doing some Java works about the interprocess messaging architecture but need to let the Turion X2 sit idle because of the overheating. AMD Turion X2 itself is very efficient at its time, but I guess this Temesh quad-core can help to my work in testing my idea in additon to other things. I want to dump the intel stuff because I am an AMD APU fan. Reply
  • melloncollie - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a custom-built desktop PC as well as a Dell Precision M6700 workstation laptop that primarily stays where it's at. I'm currently a student studying architecture. The Laptop stays in my studio space and I typically work from it. The desktop resides in my apartment and I use that as a render slave when crunch time comes as well as some gaming when I find the time to relax. The V5 would be an ideal companion laptop for me because I cannot haul that beast of a laptop with me around campus (~8lbs not including the massive charging cable and brick). It would be an ideal note taker and general doer of things. Reply
  • KidVizious - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a run of the mill Quad Core P4 desktop, a Kindle Fire (1st gen) tablet, and an Android smartphone. My desktop gets used for mundane daily computing tasks, such as homework, minecraft, word processing, minecraft, paying bills, minecraft...you get the idea. My Kindle Fire is used mostly for social media and a few games here and there. The phone get the standard uses, web browsing, texting, twitter...

    As a poor engineering student, the V5 would be great to help me with my studies when I'm on the go. I wouldn't need to be tied to my desktop to do homework, and could be more efficient since I could do homework in my spare time when I am away from home.
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  • minigig - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    This laptop would be perfect for my cross country bike tour I am doing with my Wife. We have older HP 15" Laptops and it would be nice to have this on the trail with it being lighter and have a longer battery life. Reply
  • jedimike64 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 1st gen i7 desktop. i'd love to have a mobile system to use at work and other places Reply
  • MadMan007 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current PC is solely a custom built desktop. I've thought about getting a notebook but have been hesitant because I would be spending money on something I don't currently have a 'need' for - but it's a catch-22 because if I did have one I would find uses for it. I also own a Nexus 4 smartphone, my first smartphone which I've only had for about 7 months, so I've begun to realize the usefulness of mobile computing but I know it doesn't compare to a notebook in many ways. Since I don't currently have a notebook this would obviously improve my setup so that I could do real (non-smartphone/tablet) mobile computing. Reply
  • Big Lug - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    AMD me! Reply
  • xTRICKYxx - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I would love to own something like this; AMD is reviving the netbook! I've been following Kabini for some time and have been hoping for notebooks to arrive sooner than later. The 9W, 15-25W APU's fill in a gap that Intel isn't addressing and that don't necessarily skimp out on graphics power.

    11.6" is a great ultra-portable size. I would use it to take notes in class; quickly being able to put the notebook in my backpack. I would definitely hook this up to the TV when watching movies, as this is way more portable than the Athlon X2 system downstairs.

    This little system is a rebirth of the netbook generation. I hope Acer did a good job with the touchpad and it has at least one USB 3.0 port. Bobcat made a lot of money for AMD. If Kabini is backed by enough OEM's, it should too.
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  • Jeb Schiefer - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm a computer science major. One of the classes I am taking is about GUI programming. We're doing some stuff in OpenGL 3.1/3.2. Unfortunately my laptop (Toshiba Portege M780) has a first gen i5-520M from 2010 and only supports up to OpenGL 2.1. Because of this I have been having to use my desktop which has an AMD Radeon HD 7850 graphics card. I would really appreciate having a capable laptop to bring with me to class. A laptop this size would be perfect for my needs. Reply
  • wpm - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Right now my only computer hardware includes a 2005 Powerbook G4 which I use as a backup machine, and a 2009 Macbook Pro. The MBP is drawn thin. I have three OS X installs on only about a 576 GB total system, most of which is taken up by my documents, movies, and other flotsam I've collected over the years. Its nearly five years old now and its starting to show, despite the SSD I put in it.

    What I'm looking for here is related to my current system set up. I need a Windows machine. I need it for work. I need it for play. I need it for all the reasons one might need Windows over OS X. I work in IT and currently am stuck Boot Camping on my work machine, and I have no room left on my personal one for a hack job Windows 8 install.
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  • chiza - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    who wouldn't want a free laptop? :) Reply
  • sjsajj - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    i have a desktop workstation and a 17" laptop i would like this laptop since it is much smaller and would be good on the road Reply
  • uditrana - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am currently building a Haswell Desktop (Corsair 500r, i5-4670, 8gb RAM, etc.) for college and am also looking for a light touch laptop to take to class for notes and such. This seems almost perfect since I really so not need a powerful laptop since I have my desktop at home. Just a light laptop with great battery life. Reply
  • someyoungguy9 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Before I bought my Mac Book Pro 2012, I had an an aging Acer laptop. I really liked that computer and would like to get another Acer laptop to have a windows box again, especially a really portable one like the V5. I miss using apps running natively on windows and would love to do it again on a real windows laptop. Reply
  • コトダマ - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently writing this on my main, which is a Phenom II X4 955 on a Crosshair Formula V with crossfired Radeon HD7970s. I use this system for gaming, photo editing, web surfing, and everything else. I also have an old HP HDX Dragon laptop which has become a dedicated HTPC for my TV for Netflix and XBMC type stuff since it's battery died and since it weighs a ton. Also got an old Nexus 7 tab to play around with Android, but really I don't do anything with it, but light web surfing.

    If I won that Acer V5, I'd probably chuck the Nexus 7 and use the V5 as my portable rig as it'll run the "real" web and full PC apps. It would be the system I take to work and use when I'm away from my main, which is half of the week. Currently I've been borrowing laptops from work, but they are all old underpowered systems that are big bulky and Core Duo and older. Systems that make Firefox with too many tabs shutter.
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  • Boogaloo - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    sure i'll give it a go! i don't even own a laptop atm :0 Reply
  • phroureo - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own an average gaming desktop (i5-3570K, 8 GB memory, 1 TB HDD, nvidia 650 Ti 2GB) that I built this summer. I was previously using a rather old (3+ years) laptop that was on its last leg (it had a hard time loading web pages sometimes.) I still have it around, because sometimes I need to use a web cam.

    I also have a Microsoft Surface (that I love), but sometimes, you just need the power of a laptop, and the portability of not a desktop. That's why I hope to win it. I'm also an early adopter of tech--I used Chrome before it was cool, preordered a Surface, got a Motorola Droid on opening day, Blackberry Storm its first week on the market, etc. I'm a tech geek and proud of it, and would LOVE to have another useful tool in my arsenal.
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  • prime2515103 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I don't want to win this at all. Reply
  • dadbeh - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm physics student. I have a Dell core i5 laptop quite heavy and bulky. I also have a nexus 7 tablet and a motorola atrix 4g cellphone. living in a dorm it's not practical for me to have a desktop althouogh I really miss my rig back home. i could really use a lightweight lappy like this with all the textbooks that i have to carry around everyday. right now my 5.6 punds latitude is really bothering my back. my back would be so thankful for this :) Reply
  • Malfeas - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a 2600k desktop, which I rarely use anymore. Mostly I use my laptop, an old core2duo, for work and movie watching. Reply
  • Impulse411 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current setup is a 3-year old desktop that I built myself, a 1-year old HP laptop, and a school provided iPad. The laptop in question would go toward getting my 12 year old daughter a system to utilize for school work. The machine would improve our ability to have 2 adults and 2 children utilize resources effectively. Thanks for the chance to win. Reply
  • Naris17 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a custom built PC with an AMD Piledriver CPU at its heart. I've always been a fan of AMD's processors, and would love to see their new Jaguar design for myself. I also own an Android and Windows smartphone, and would love to see it complement my day to day use as a portable computing device. In addition, I would greatly appreciate the chance to give AMD written feedback about their designs, and make good use of my mechanical keyboard for something other than gaming. I do miss writing so much since leaving college. Reply
  • armodons - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Winning the Acer V5 would tremendously improve my mobility. Currently I use an aging Core 2 desktop in my room for most of my productivity, a Lumia 1020 for getting work updates, and a HTPC for TV recording/playback. Ever since my home was burglarized and my laptop stolen, I have not had a mobile computing solution. A smartphone is simply insufficient for even typing out basic Word documents. Thus, I am locked to my desk for all "real" tasks. A laptop would allow me to work around the house (WiFi already deployed), outside of the house (phone can tether), or even when traveling (like on a plane). It would be great to win the laptop. Reply
  • skytoastar - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My 2006 Gateway laptop is running a Turion Mobile TL-52. It's DC jack has been resurrected four times over its life thanks to my soldering iron. It's my main laptop and does most things I need it to. But not everything. My wife has a 2007 Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop with a Core 2 Duo T5250. It does most things she needs it to. But not everything. Our baby girl was born in May and is our first child. Of course we needed to buy a camcorder. We bought a Panasonic HCV700M, which is great, but neither computer is capable enough to even play back the 60p files it produces. We'd like to be able to play and edit these files. Right now they just get backed up to hard drives waiting for a better computer. A V5 would help tremendously to be able to do that as well as travel lighter when visiting family with all the extra stuff that comes with having a baby. Reply
  • maluterp - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I current have a nexus 7 FHD, Dell Latitude 6500 work laptop, Dell Desktop(Personal Use), Winning this laptop will allow me to have a personal light weight machine that I can do real work on with having to carry my huge laptop around. The Nexus 7 is good for a portable media / internet device but not much more. Reply
  • brandonicus - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My main computer is a moderately powerful desktop (mostly for entertainment with a 7970). I have an older single core linux server (mostly for network services) and a newer Frankenstein test computer that goes through a lot of OSes. I have a few revived laptops that were given to me by people who didn't have the time to fix them...they are all very old.

    I could use a new laptop at work and home. One powerful enough to run VMs but small enough to carry around would be awesome. Also, with decent graphic capabilities the laptop would be a great entertainment device when at home.

    Great giveaway AMD!
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  • snide23 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My home computer is a low-end socket 1155 Intel celeron system with an old Radeon X850XT GPU that I use for general computing and old PC gaming. My home office PC is an old 1st gen intel core system that I have XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Linux Mint 15 on. I use an old Acer Netbook (1st gen) that I have running Win7 that I take with for house calls. I'd probably use the Acer laptop to replace the Netbook for my business or give it to my wife for general computing. Reply
  • dlcreger - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a powerful full size laptop, Nexus 7, and smartphone, but I need a smaller, more portable full service solution. Reply
  • ruili - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current arsenal of computers includes a budget build A8 desktop, a hand-me-down laptop with no battery and a Nook HD+ recently gifted to me. I visit China on occasion and I would like to begin using the Internet while traveling abroad. I have tried using the Nook but, that does not cut it for serious use. Despite the lack of a battery I took the laptop on my last trip and found it invaluable when i was able to use it. As long as i can find a wifi and an electric outlet it has gotten me by. Just having something with a battery would be a major leap forward for me. Reply
  • JMC2000 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I would like one to see for myself just how different Jaguar is from Bobcat, because the direction of the low-power APUs is really interesting.

    Currently, I use a machine powered by a Phenom II 555, unlocked to quad core, running at 3.6GHz, with 16GB of DDR3-1333 and a Radeon 7750 all connected to a Foxconn AD7A-S 790GX board.
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  • mauler1973 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have my main machine as a hackintosh/windows 7 dual boot and have a nexus 4 and nexus 7 as my portable devices. I also have a PS3 and Google Chromecast as media players. I think the V5 would be a great addition to my current machines as a light and very portable work computer as I do need something with a keyboard and a little more capabilities(MS Office and Flash to name two) than the nexus 7 to bring along with me. Reply
  • CuriousMike - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have to share my desktop with my son. While he likes to do light gaming and web surfing, he's also using it more for school work. That means I'm frequently relegated to either a) watching TV or b) surfing using my phone. This laptop would make an excellent second machine in our household. Reply
  • Hammi - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently using a core2duo Lenovo T400 as a "desktop" due to it's size and (lack of) battery life, Asus UX31A for 3d design, coding, and photo/video editing, iPhone 5 for general web browsing, and a Asus 1005HA which doesn't get very much use because while it is small, it is too under-powered to do anything. There is also a Raspberry Pi setup as a makeshift NAS and experimental toy.

    I've been looking at AMDs low powered 11" solutions for a couple of years now after seeing my engineering classmates use the e350 systems for matlab and solidworks design work. With 4gb of ddr3 and the A6-1450APU I'm sure the V5 would have plenty of power for light design work when the 13" system is too big.

    The V5 could take over my computing life. It seems small enough to carry around without worrying about the weight. It should have a long enough battery life to not require the charger at all times, and the new APU should have plenty of power for light design work and coding. Especially with the SSD (thanks Anand!) and an IPS screen!
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  • genghisquan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    AWESOME! Reply
  • TheExplorer - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I just need a laptop that is small and portable and that isn't too bulky, this seems just right! Reply
  • NaturalLog - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am currently studying computer science at a university. Since I commute via public transit my backpack is always more than a little full.

    I own two computers. The primary machine is a home built desktop based on the FX platform. My portable computer is a 2010 atom based netbook. I would welcome replacement of the netbook. It runs surprisingly hot, often hitting temperatures above 90c. Additionally its battery life has become relatively mediocre at three hours.
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  • spiked_mistborn - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently neck-deep in schoolwork, and something like this would be perfect to use while on campus to study in a quiet environment. My desktop computer that I use at home, with my kids jumping around and screaming in the background, is not particularly conducive to studying. I could probably use it for some light gaming too if I ever get some free time. Reply
  • bloinkXP - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have one PC (while it's nicer with two monitors) is shared with my wife and three boys. It would be great for the older one to be able to use the desktop for papers (he is in 6th grade and the monitors are easier to supervise) and my wife or I could use the laptop. Reply
  • teiglin - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    The V5 would be an ideal computer for my son, who could use his own proper computer for school use--he has use of my old Galaxy Tab 7.7, but that is inadequate for ... most things. My primary-use machine is an ultrabook (Vaio Pro 13) alongside an older-but-still-game-capable desktop (Lynnfield+Radeon 6950)--this is what my son uses when he needs to do anything to which Android is unsuited. My wife uses a pre-"ultrabook" laptop (first-gen Samsung Series 9), and my daughter is less than a year old and doesn't use any computing devices.

    I admit I'd play with it for a while just to get a feel of how well four 1.4GHz Jaguar cores can perform paired with an SSD--thanks for getting them to do that! It'd be fun to see how it compares to ULV Haswell and Sandy Bridge.
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  • robertjekeller - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have only a netbook and this would be a huge step up for me. The netbook is old and doesn't function well so I have been looking for something new and functional for a long time now. Reply
  • abrowne1993 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm a college student and I'm currently getting by with a heavy, four year old laptop. I have a desktop that I can work on in my room, but it would be great to have a new lightweight machine for carrying around campus. Reply
  • austonia - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    PC1 basement ancient AMD Tbird. PC2 bedroom CoreDuo mini unit using repurposed laptop parts. PC3 living room HTPC Phenom II / HD5850. PC4 office gaming rig i5-2500k / HD7950. PC5 laptop i5-520m / HD5830M (HP Envy 15T-1100) for gaming/travel. All on SSD's except PC1. Tablet Nexus 7 2013. I could use a lightweight laptop to take with me to work for personal tasks, Android tablet really isn't versatile enough. Thanks Anand! Reply
  • sasquatch45 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a work/gaming desktop at home with an overclocked Phenom II that I use for games of course, but also for video editing and live video mixing as a hobby on the side. It's hooked up to a projector, and I mix visuals and various animations while my roommate DJs, it's a lot of fun.

    I also have an HP netbook and an Ipad 2, but I take the netbook with me to my real work job and back on my bike everyday. I work in an academic lab where we're doing experiments on mummified animals, which requires a bit of excel work and word processing. I also travel quite a bit, and I'll need something to take with me to Antarctica where we're going to be collecting more samples (and more data entry). Unfortunately the HP is falling apart (the right hinge got smashed) so a new light netbook like the one in this giveaway would be awesome!
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  • eanazag - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've got a family of six, going on 7. We have two Intel desktops and an Core i5 Nehalem laptop. I used to be all AMD. The laptop was not a choice as that's what the school provided. Both desktops were from the first gen Core series also. I also have a laptop and two tablets through work.
    We game on the devices and then the typical we stuff everyone does.

    I'll be honest and say I don't need the laptop. I am curious in how it stacks up versus the 1st gen Core i5 laptop in gaming firsthand. I was disappointed in what OEMs put out over the last few years. I think we should have seen less Atom based tablets because the video card was garbage. AMD had a better set of products on the market in that segment. I really believe that the Intel Iris products with eDRAM should have been AMD first innovations, but in reality the AMD CPU is hampered by its single threaded performance. OEMs just miss the boat. I think there are cases when a well done AMD laptop could be put out and they constantly pigeon hole it into value.

    As far as this product, way to go Anand for asking for an SSD. I think there is a place for spindles, but it isn't my C: drive. That should really make this AMD based Acer worth owning. Truth be told if I won I would have pulled the HDD and swapped in a SSD. For this model I really wish it took an mSATA and then I could throw another drive in for extra capacity or two mSATAs in RAID. That's where the OEMs suck, they take no chances to deliver something exciting.

    Anand and team, thanks for the great reading and voice for us techies and customers who are tired of substandard efforts in products. And of course we all love the giveaways.
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  • Leyawiin - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have two middle-aged desktops in my home (both Phenom II X4 varieties). They're fine and I use the X4 980 BE with a GTX 670 2GB for my PC gaming. My 86 year old mom also lives with us. She uses one of them to browse the internet, mainly reading news stories and watching videos. She's very crippled with arthritis and oftentimes isn't comfortable enough to sit in her desk chair for more than ten or fifteen minutes before heading back to bed. I'd like to gift her with this laptop just so she can be more comfortable in her bed or recliner while reading up on current events and watching cat videos. :D Reply
  • p1esk - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently use Sony AW-VGN290 18" laptop, which I bought in 2009. Its weight and size make it a pretty much stationary desktop. Also, the 4 year old battery is almost dead, I can barely get 30 min out of it, so it has to be plugged in all the time.

    I'm looking for a thin and light, highly portable machine, with a good battery life.
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  • 267267123 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a mid-range gaming desktop, and a Nexus 7 2012. I really think Jaguar is what AMD needs to turn the situation around, and with Silvermont a no-show, it's the best anyone can get for a budget ultraportable. I hear the graphics on these chips really kick Intel's arse as well, and I look forward to exposing heterogeneous computing options. I'd love to write a short review for a cutting edge system. Reply
  • kmmatney - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 17" laptop, and a Core i% desktop system. So I don't need a Acer V5. However my 15 year old son would love to have one (he only has a desktop computer). Reply
  • Crono - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Currently I have a AMD A4-5300 (Trinity) desktop with a AMD Radeon 7870 (MSI) card.
    My only other devices are mobile phones (mainly HTC One).
    I just started a website for news and reviews on Firefox phones, and I'm working on a sci-fi/fantasy novel (it's nearly equal parts both) on the side. I love my desktop and phone, but I don't have a laptop right now, and I could really use one to do editing and writing on the go. My current budget doesn't allow me to buy a laptop just yet, so winning a Temash-based notebook would be perfect. I've been on AMD 100% of the time since my first desktop build, and 70% of my video cards have been AMDs since my first video card purchase, a Radeon 9700 (non-pro).
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  • SpeedyTheTurtle - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    This looks like the perfect thing to replace my curent net book. Reply
  • GeoBoy(SU - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a self-built i5-760 powered machine running a Radeon 6970 used for working from home, and a bit of gaming (hence the 6970). Other than that, my only other machine is a Samsung Slate 7 (i5) that I purchased with a grant to use in my classroom. That machine is primarily used to control my Smartboard from across the room, allow students to interact with the board from their seats, and provide roaming computer access to both myself and students in the classroom.

    If I were to win the V5, I would likely use it to have a mobile computer that I could do work on during meetings, the coffee shop, or while away from home over a holiday weekend. It would give me a lot more flexibility in my working environment, and since we have three kids at home under the age of five, productive time at home is limited!

    Thanks AMD and Anand!
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  • valvalis - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Haven't used AMD in forever, interested in giving them a shot again. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've got a older AMD-based desktop that is in need of replacement, and a Surface (RT) tablet. The Surface is great for around the house, but it doesn't run legacy x86 software, so when traveling it's no better than any other ARM tablet (in that regard). I recently gave away my only x86 laptop to my niece - admittedly, it was not a powerhouse (older Brazos), and it was a bulky 15.6". It was annoying to lug around anyway, and it was a low-end Toshiba - good for the rock-bottom price, but very flimsy.

    An Acer V5 would be a nice replacement for the old laptop, and would be a better option to take on the road than either the tablet or old Toshiba. Plus I wouldn't feel the need to spend any money on a replacement laptop, freeing up coin for my budget desktop build. I haven't decided on AM3+ or FM2+ yet for my desktop. I think there's a good possibility that they'll release FM2+ Steamroller chips without a functional GPU, and there's potential for 3+ module options. So FM2+ could very well have better longevity than AM3+.
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  • sjankis630 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 4 year old I7-920 showing its age and a broken 5 year old Macbook pro laptop which has no working battery and shuts off randomly.
    I have been trying to learn web development for the last year but my current full time job takes up a majority of my time and keeps me away from home.
    I could use the new Acer to carry with me and keep up my studies and eventually - with a little luck - earn enough doing web development to quit my fulltime job.
    Or at least cut back on hours.
    Thank you.
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  • Oldschool75 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current computer is a 15.6 inch hp laptop with a AMD a8 4500m APU and is my only computer right now. As a recent college grad I'm working on saving up for a gaming/htpc set up. My new job requires me to travel quite a bit and the 15.6 inch laptop does not travel well. I would use the V5 as my travel laptop for productivity, entertainment as well as maybe some light gaming. Reply
  • cubanresourceful - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a mid range custom built desktop (for doing hw and the occasional Portal/Minecraft/Cube World), a Nexus 4, and a Samsung Chromebook. I would use this laptop first and foremost for classes. While my Chromebook is awesome, sometimes (actually most of the time) the wireless networks are sub par at best, so sometimes my Chromebook just isn't useful. This would supplement my Chromebook on days I need to program for class, it may even replace my Chromebook seeing how light it is.

    If it does replace my Chromebook, someone else will benefit from me winning this, namely my mom lol. She has yet to get herself any computer/laptop so I think a Chromebook would suit her nicely (she has an Android phone and is familiar with the Google ecosystem).

    So, in FOR THE WIN! :D
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  • PatrickFromSC - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own an IT firm, so along with server and workstation recommendations, I’m often sought out for solutions involving mobile devices. My setup and what I explain to clients is that you have 3 tiers of usability – consumption, light tasks, and work horse. My devices for consumption are iPhone 5/iPad; for light tasks it’s an XPS 13 Ultrabook (Win 7 non-touch), and for the work horse it’s a dual-monitor workstation (Core i5, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD). So to check an Amazon order or find a Netflix title, I grab the iPad. To log onto a remote system and do a few tasks, I sit in the recliner and grab the Ultrabook. And when it comes time to research or quote something, it’s at the desk with dual monitors.

    It would be great to have a touch-enabled Ultrabook-competitor for Win 8.1, especially one that’s up for a few gaming titles. At this moment, all mainstream Ultrabooks still feature 3rd generation Core iX processors, leaving a lot to be desired in the GPU and power consumption department. I’ve recommended a number clients purchase A6 and A8 powered notebooks, and getting my hands on this one would help me find even more niches where it’s a good fit for client needs.
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  • m1nila - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a 3rd gen 3220 rig with a 560Ti and a Samsung 830 256gb with 8gb ram to do the heavy lifting from multimedia to gaming.
    I have an x120e for basic web browsing and working on documents, although i wish it had more processing power.
    To top it all off, I have a new Lumia 928 to access and edit documents on the fly.
    The V5 would be a complete replacement for my x120e as well as a new multimedia mobile laptop with processing power to bridge the gap i always experienced with my x120e.
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  • Shubbeh - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a powerful gaming PC and a MacBook Air. While I like my MBA, I'm a bit jealous of my wife's Lenovo Yoga 13 with its IPS touchscreen and have been looking for a replacement computer. Additionally, while Mac OS X is nice, ultimately I am a gamer, and the selection of games on Mac is lacking. I use Boot Camp, but then my hard drive space is limited as I can't bring myself to delete the Mac OS X partition entirely (because if I did, owning a Mac would be pointless). Despite my interest in gaming, I prefer my laptop to be small and light and I'll take any gaming performance I can get out of it, which is why I've stuck with a MacBook Air since the Sandy Bridge days. I would be excited to have a Windows-based PC with a better screen and would hope to get slightly better gaming performance out of it, too! Reply
  • bloblorbbloo - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a gaming desktop, and a dying macbook. I need a PC notebook to easily sync my work (Onenote and other programs) with my PC. Reply
  • cohetedor - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a home theater pc running a triple core A6 apu, and desktop running a now ancient Athlon 64 3200+(single core) and a geforce 6600gt. I don't have a laptop at all and would be really nice for computing on the go. Reply
  • Duraz0rz - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    While I have a powerful gaming desktop and an awesome work laptop, I don't have something I can take with me to, say, a library or a coffee shop and just putz around. Reply
  • RamsesII - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Light Gaming/Media Rig: Bitfenix Prodigy - Asrock FM2A85x mitx - A10-5800k w/corsair h60 cooler -Seasonic X650 Gold PSU - Samsung 830 128GB SSD - 2TB HDD Storage
    Laptop: Asus K55N - upgraded RAM 8GB - Upgraded to Crucial M4 256GB - Upgraded Wifi Adapter
    HTPC: Lian Li PC Q11b - Asrock A75M ITX - A8 3870k - 80GB Intel X25-m G2 - 1.5TB HDD Storage

    Would love to have the V5 to see what the next generation of APU's looks like. All the PC's i've made have used AMD CPUs and the last three used their APU's. I'm a fan of their price to performance and the APU video is great.
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  • JumpingJack - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current setup is not actually setup, I am on a Mac at the moment. But when I do setup, it will be an Asus Maximus V Extreme, i7-4770K. I use it for all types of computing activities, gaming, video transcoding, etc. etc. I would be interested in the V5 just in taking a look at it, it also provides some portability. Reply
  • sherazch - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    May be an excellent travelling laptop! Thanks Anand!!! Reply
  • nutgirdle - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 16" Asus notebook with an i7-720QM and a Radeon 5730. Thus, I have a big, powerful laptop with an eye-insulting 1366x768 16" screen that plays games well. has a UPS (<30 min battery life). I am approaching the stage in my Ph.D. where I am travelling more and more often, so sequestering the wife's MacBook is becoming bothersome. I'd love a small, light machine that works well enough to edit my presentations and documents on the go. Reply
  • jonthezombie - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I .........would love to win something someday. Reply
  • crispbp04 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I NEED to win this V5 so that I can write some sweet apps on an AMD machine. I think the APU design is great. I have a Phenom II X3 with a Radeon 6950 powering my home computer and the V5 is a perfect companion for it. Reply
  • dangorn - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own an Althon Dual Core X2 2.6 Ghz desktop. I brought it early in 2009, so I’ve had this system for over four years. I’ve upgraded the memory (2GB to 4GB, max supported on my motherboard) and the graphics adapter (original one failed), but it’s still getting quite long in the tooth.
    I also own a Thinkpad T60 (Intel Core Duo T2300 processor, 1.66 Ghz) with 2.5GB of RAM. I bought this used (~$150) about 1.5 years ago because I started on my M.S. in Computer Science and desired to have a computer I owned that I could use outside of work/home.
    Some of my research has been in concurrent programming and scaling computational geometry algorithms to efficiently support GPU cores (and Hadoop clusters with nodes that contain GPU cores). I’ve finished working on that, and now I’m presently working on network simulations related to my thesis. Each simulation trial may eventually take a significantly amount of time to complete, so already I have considered parallelizing some of the code. However, about the best I can hope for (assuming my program is compute-bound) is a linear speed up with the number of cores, and at this time I’m still on the fence as to whether that would be worth the investment in time required to implement the concurrency, especially since I only have a dual core systems at my disposal.
    If I won Acer’s V5, I would choose to implement a concurrent design to try to speed up my simulation times. Right now, given the limited scale of my simulation, simulation times are tolerable, but soon I will be scaling it up to a more realistic size, e.g., millions of simulated computer nodes. At that point, I may be waiting days before I get any useful results from my simulation, so halving or, better yet, quartering, the runtime would be quite welcome.
    Moreover, I’ll be starting my PhD program at a different University in a little less than a year, and so this notebook would undoubtedly serve me quite well in that capacity, also.
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  • dangorn - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Sorry about the lack of spaces between paragraphs. Reply
  • engrpiman - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current setup is packed with devices. I have two mac mini's (2010,2011) The 2010 is not in use and the 2011 is my dedicated banking computer. I have a Sandy bridge Gaming desktop as my primary setup and a new Mini ITX Intel Haswell media center PC. for mobile I have a Ivy Bridge Lenovo T430 notebook and S4 phone and a Nexis 7.

    If I won I would Review the PC. I work in IT so I have handled many brands of notebooks, Intel and AMD over the last year. When finished I would install a fresh copy of windows 8 and give it to my girl friend she is in desperate need of a computer. Her Atom netbook is on its last leg.
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  • Avenger30 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    What I use: A Sony Vaio Tap 20 (W8, i5-3317U, our family PC), a Thinkpad 2 tablet Atom (W8, Z2760, that's mine), a headless Mini-ITX (W8-Pro, AMD E1-350, LMS/Squeezebox, Plex server), an old Dell Inspiron 530 (W8-Pro, Core 2 Quad, used for... well, nothing, it's just there, I guess just in case...), an Acer Aspire One (W7-Starter, Atom N450, that's the basement PC).
    See the error? ...W8? ...Nope, love it actually. But this single-core Atom W7-Starter... it sooo slooowww... and no touchscreen! A new Acer V5? Great replacement!!!
    I don't believe in the universal-do-it-all PC, but I am more and more convinced with the W8 consistent experience from screen to screen.
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  • IceClaec - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I've tinkered around in the laptop market for a while. I started with an Asus G73, then decided to go a bit smaller and bought a run-of-the-mill 14" Asus laptop. I decided it was still too bulky, and switched over to the Asus Vivobook x202e. After that, I tried out an Asus ME400 tablet and finally ended up on my current machine, a 15.6" Asus s56ca. Common Theme: All Asus, all Intel. I'm ready for something new. I've tried to avoid both Acer and AMD in the mobile space, but both companies have really stepped up their game. I've been wanting to go back to the 11.6" form factor for a while; especially one with a touchscreen as I have neither a tablet or smartphone. The Acer V5 would be a great way for me to branch out and hopefully rebuild the faith I used to have in Acer and AMD. The fact that this model has an IPS display is a huge plus for me, and really makes me excited about the direction that Acer is taking with their products. Additionally, I cover tech products for my college newspaper, and I'm always looking for new things to try out!

    As a student, a good 50% of my laptop tasks are student oriented (word processing, etc.). The other 50% are divided pretty evenly between light gaming and internet browsing. The Combination of a ULV i3 and HD4000 has served me well, and I'm hoping AMD's jaguar can come close to the performance of that combo. The i3/HD4000 doesn't provide incredibly good battery life, so I'd like a machine that can make my tech more portable for a longer period of time.

    All in all, the Acer V5 sounds like it would be a good fit for my tech line-up.
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  • Glory2God - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Lenovo Z575 that has horrible battery life. If I won this laptop I could actually write my sermons and bible studies on the go without having to worry where I am going to plug this thing in at. Reply
  • cwt001 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I would replace my wife's rotten Apple MacBook Pro with this lovely piece of technology. Reply
  • spe1491 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My main pc is an I7 920 based desktop tucked away in my "office" in the basement. We have a 4 week old baby so I'm not getting much time on it right now. I also have a old core 2 duo based laptop but the battery is shot, so it's not very mobile unless I bring the power cord. Needless to say it's not getting used much either. Most of my computing is happening on my phone lately, an HTC One. If I were to win one of these laptops it would allow me to be mobile around the house and not need to duck off to my office near as often to use the desktop. Reply
  • anonymous_user - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own two old desktops with AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors and a LG Optimus L9 smartphone. My desktops are used for playing older games and doing my homework. The smartphone is used for reading news and mobile gaming (time killing). Winning a laptop would give me the perfect blend of mobility and power. Having an Acer V5 would perfect to take to school for note-taking and do homework. Then when I have some downtime I can use it to play games. Reply
  • peterywong - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Cool Reply
  • mrEvil - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Got my gaming laptop, which is aging and I am thinking will need to be put to pasture in the near future. I have a streaming server for all of my sons videos - about 120 hours of recordings. Then there is the iPad, which gets confiscated by my son for Plants vs Zombies 2 (or Bad Piggies, Angry Birds, etc...take your pick).

    What this would do is help me immensely in bills, investing, and being a ton more mobile than my gaming laptop. I can only imagine this would be far more valuable for that and to allow my wife to have light, mobile environment to do some of her work as well.
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  • OzzieGT - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently have a pretty old desktop (Phenom X4), an old 15" laptop (Dell E6420 Core i5) both running Win8 and a Nokia Lumia 920. The desktop serves my needs well for what I do on it (lightroom, gaming, etc) but the laptop is this 15" heavy beast that I just am finding cumbersome nowadays. Sitting in bed or even having it my lap is a pain. I want a small and light notebook which would be good for casual use when I'm not at the desktop. I am a developer and I would like something that I can "tinker" on as well, so something moderately powerful has it's uses. Reply
  • softkannan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Would like to check the GPU power. Reply
  • Homeles - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a somewhat dated although still relevant Nehalem-based desktop PC, and an Ivy Bridge ultrabook. I'm looking to take my hardware hobby to the next level, and I would love to get my hands on an AMD notebook to aid my interests in tech journalism.

    Also, good work on the SSD! I eagerly await the day where all boot drives are SSDs.
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  • DARBYOTHRULL - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a PC gaming desktop, an iPhone, and an iPad. I currently work in an IT environment where personal use of computers is against the rules, and I have a great deal of time as I work the night shift. I use this time to study for certifications, and I need an actual Windows computer to study for IT certifications. I would use this laptop for studying, as well as other IT related uses, as my iPad and iPhone are simply not enough for what I need to do. Reply
  • IntoxicatedPuma - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Lenovo Twist powered by an i5, and three quad core ivy bridge desktops (gaming computer, HTPC, and a workstation). I'm moving to China in a few months for an MBA program (and hopefully getting a job with a tech company after that) and need something with alot better battery life than I currently get out of my Twist. While the i5 isn't crazy powerful, it's still fairly good for a laptop and I'm wanting something that won't downgrade my performance while giving me the better battery life. I've been eyeing the Temash's as a good replacement for the i5, and it'd benefit me a lot as I will be a lot more mobile and travelling often in the near future. Reply
  • toooskies - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My wife needs a portable laptop, we have an iPad and an older 17" laptop. 11.6" should be great for her. Computing speed isn't as big of a priority for her, just an Office/Internet machine. Reply
  • toooskies - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    That's in addition to MY computers-- HTPC and gaming desktop. Reply
  • GreenOrbs - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I have a 2 year old HP Dv6t laptop which is probably more powerful than the Acer in the giveaway but it is quite heavy and the battery life is abysmal (>1hr now). I also have a 2012 Nexus 7 that I recently bought. The Acer would be lightweight portable option with decent battery life that I could actually carry and use on the go. My N7 is nice and all but there are still some things a lappy can do that a tablet can't. Reply
  • Argy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My current main machine is a ThinkPad W530 mobile workstation. It is powerful enough to do all my work related stuff (some image analysis, bioinformatics) and still somewhat mobile. But smaller and lighter system for note taking on the go, on the conferences and so on would be really useful. As I prefer to use Emac/Org mode for both my lab book and personal notes, tablet is not a good option for me. I had Aspire One netbook filling this role before and would really appreciate some replacement (would probably install archlinux on the machine). Reply
  • LDW - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Lenovo E420s (i5, sandybridge) laptop with 14" display, 4 gigs of memory and about 300 gigs of disk. It has been my main system for the last two years and has performed well though its fan is starting to make funny noises. :( It came with Windows 7 and I bought and installed Windows 8 when it became available. And I am looking forward to Windows 8.1 when it becomes available in October. I also own a second laptop, used occasionally by my wife, a Lenovo SL510 (15" display). It is working well except for the battery which has the problems of all laptops of its age. Her primary 'system' has become an IPad 2. She uses it for surfing the web and games. I have a new Nexus 7 (yes the new one) and am enjoying exploring and and learning about Android - and honesty, am very impressed with what Google is doing. My wife and I both have Windows 7.5 phones, Nokia 710s which are about 2 years old now. I am currently getting close to pulling the trigger on new phones and I've decided to go with Android but have not made a decision on which to buy yet.

    One thing I have learned with putting Windows 8 on my non-touch laptop is that Windows 8 really, really, really needs a touch screen. I have also learned from my experience with Android and Google that Google Docs provides a good, albeit basic, word-processor and spread sheet that is quite sufficient for home or simple business use. A third important thing I have learned from my experience in the industry is the importance of Solid State Disks to the future of computing... Spinning disks are so 20th century. *smiles and winks*

    So my plan for my wife and I is to replace our two laptops with one that we will share (each with our own IDs). And forgo MS Office on this new laptop in favor of Google Docs (and Google Drive, of course). The new laptop will need, at a minimum... 1) Touch screen, 2) Long battery life. Long battery life to me is something approaching 8 hours in normal use. I think it requires SoC style processors, with on-board graphics and SSD. Many systems I have seen which do this are very expensive. In the Acer V5 I see a low end system that meets these specifications with an attractive price. The question mark for it is its performance, only experience will tell if it is sufficient or not.

    To round out the picture, in addition to new Android phones later this year or early next, I plan to replace my wife's iPad 2 with an Android 10" tablet. That's probably a long way off though and it may change. We connect to the internet though a wireless in-home network which connects to Cable. I have regularly clocked the speed of the cable between 25 and 33 mbits/sec. I also have a Wii and PS3 in the basement that I use irregularly. :)
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  • Torched - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hi AMD and Anand,

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this laptop. My wife has been patiently using a broken laptop for a year now after my son broke the weak hinge on the old AMD based laptop. This old rig has an AMD Turion II P540 with AMD Radeon Mobility HD5470 graphics. I was able to afford a replacement desktop that I built for myself, but I now use it exclusively for work. The desktop uses the A8-3870 APU and I love it. I would love to win this laptop and gift it to my wife after providing you with a honest and thorough review as a daily driver for a few weeks. This would make my life easier because I would no longer have her give me long looks for being on the computer with a face full of code when she just wants to check her facebook. It would certainly put smile on her face and in reciprocation, one on mine. Thanks for your consideration.
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  • beggerking@yahoo.com - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm currently writing this on my Surface Pro. I would love to win this laptop so I can do a comparision between V5 vs The Surface Pro, as per user experience. Also, i'll be able to do a review comparion i5 vs the new gen of AMD CPU, as well as Intel HD4000 vs Radeon HD8250. It'd be interesting to see how much more advanced the new AMD APU is comparing to the decent Intel HD4000.

    Perhaps, if the APU comes out to be on the top, it'd be a valid candidate for the next version of surface pro ??
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  • ichbinexpert - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am a grad student and own a 3 year old Asus laptop. It was a cheap laptop when I bought it, and its usefulness has deteriorated pretty fast. Not only is the battery dead, but the power socket is giving way and has to be wiggled in a certain way to get working, much like Biff's car in BTTF. I need a small, light notebook that I can carry with me to school as my current laptop is heavier than 2 kg and is breaking my feeble back, much like old Biff. The Acer V5 would be perfect for me, as it is fast and portable, and the APU would allow me to play games whilst retaining good battery life. Reply
  • scionic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    As a developer with a keen interest in mobility, I own a number of devices and laptops; but with one gap which this Temash notebook will fill nicely ! I currently use a HP dv6 Laptop (15.6" 1080p, 8GB RAM, Corei7 2.4 Ghz Quad Sandy Bridge, 802.11n, Blu-Ray) as my main development machine - it multiboots Windows 7 as my .Net development environment, and Ubuntu as my JEE and Android development environments. I also own several older thin-and-light laptops that server as servers of different kind (e.g. LAMP, repo). I own a Mac Mini that I use occasionally for dabbling in Cocoa and iOS; and a hackintosh Dell D430. Among the mobile devices, Nexus 4 as the workhorse phone, Nexus 7 as the go-to tablet; Playbook that can never sell as an efficiency nut The key thing missing is a touchscreen laptop - as at the time of my purchase, there were none available with 1080p as well as a full-voltage I7 Quad processor that I needed for my workhorse PC. This AMD notebook will fill that void, and will probably become my goto travel laptop. Reply
  • scionic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Forgot to mention my Atom-based HTPC and my IPhone 5 (mainly work phone) Reply
  • DanS - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a core2duo 3ghz desktop that is used for gaming and general computing, a 2ghz amd dual core system that is broken thanks the the kids spilling a can of soda in it while I was swapping out the vid card. If I was to win the Acer V5 it would be a gift for my loving wife and mother-in-law to give them a portable system to use for general computing that is portable so that they can do their thing in the kitchen when cooking/baking and facebook with out having to argue with the children to use the desktop. Reply
  • tattedmex - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 24 inch dual core imac from 2007' that I passed on to my wife after building my PC 2 years ago. My personal rig is custom with an AMD Phenom ll X4 955 CPU, Asus M4A88T-V EVO/usb3 board, 12gigs of G Skill RAM, Asus Radeon 6850 video card and a couple of WD HDDs. We also own an ipad, which the Mrs has to share with my youngest son to avoid pouting and the "Puss in boots eyes." Winning this laptop would mean that there's a device for each person in the house to use and I'd have a computer to use when I have to travel out of town for work. Keeping my fingers crossed! Reply
  • lookingforward - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I had been using an HP dv6700t Special Edition (remember when HP made Special Editions?). Last month, without warning, it would no longer boot up. Instead, it shuts down after less than 5 seconds of being turned on (even when plugged in). I'm not sure if it is a power supply or motherboard issue. It would be great to win this contest to have a working laptop again. Reply
  • AcAuroRa - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    As a photographer, currently I own a Dell Optiplex 9010 for my home needs. Using a V5 would be a good way to gauge the performance of the quad core APU for multi-core intensive tasks, such as rendering previews for thousands of images in a RAW format. Reply
  • Phan4tom - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My technology set up at the moment: an aging 2007 MacBook used for taking to class and research in my office, 17" Asus running windows 8 for gaming and graphic design, and a very old Samsung Fascinate to keep on top of email.

    The battery in my MacBook died, so it is only useful if there is a power outlet close by. A V5 would be a nice size and weight to take to class, and allow me to phase out my MacBook.
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  • skiboysteve - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hello! We currently have a desktop at home and phones and an old heavy thick Asus laptop. Often we go to a coffee shop to book travel or work and its very hard to do on our phones or just awful to tote around a giant laptop with its power adapter. Would love something like this!! Reply
  • Novulux - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently run a midrange gaming PC with a Radeon HD 7850 and an i7-3770k (which is mostly needed for heavier workloads such as encoding, rendering, various crypto mining). I do not have a laptop or tablet, but have actually been considering these Temash notebooks as tempting since I am a student who requires great mobility. I will be traveling later this month, and frankly, this will allow for productive word processing in otherwise time wasting flights. Reply
  • sk_forum - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a HP-DM1Z based and was pleasantly surprised how well it served me. I would love to have an upgrade to see how far AMD has come in the past 3 years with the Temash lines of apus Reply
  • ac1dra1n - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My main set up is a 7 year old computer running an old Core 2 Duo. Barely makes it through even a lightweight Linux Distro. I use this for learning Assembly. My other is a Raspberry Pi Model B. This is used for other programming languages. This computer can give me the best of both worlds. While I am traveling, I can learn all programming languages that are limited by the Raspberry Pi and my aging desktop. All of that with major portability. This would also allow me to do a small bit of gaming, which I am pretty much unable to do now. This computer would become my gate way into the amazing world of computers. Reply
  • LKO - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My aged laptop could definitely use an upgrade! Reply
  • jeezycreazy - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    {MAIN RIG} phenom II x4 965 OC'd @ 3.74ghz, 8gb 1333 RAM, radeon HD6870, x25m 80gb ssd; for games/work/video encoding/F@H in idle time. {HTPC} Athlon II x2 240, 4gb 1066 RAM, radeon HD6450; for obvious work duties, F@H in its idle time. {LAPTOP} asus u32u, e450, 8gb 1333 RAM, 120gb kingston v300; for schoolwork duties/farting about on the tubes. {OLD RIG (project)} emachine t6524, Ubuntu Linux, upgraded Athlon 3500+ to Athlon x2 3800+, 3gb pc3200, 8600GT.

    How would an acer V5 make my setup better? Well, other than I am looking for something a little bit more portable for school (even though the u32u is plenty portable), I'm just itching to get ahold of a newer apu! The e450 surprises me sometimes in what it'll do, and I want to see the new tech. And of course I'm just a plain AMD supporter. I've always gone with AMD and probably always will.
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  • ThortonBe - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Desktop PC (Intel 4670k, an ASRock Z87M Extreme4, nVidia GTX760, 16GB RAM, and a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro) and a Cr-48. I assembled a desktop because I was tired of my old laptop (hp dv-3) getting less than 14fps in old games. While my desktop gets pretty good frame-rates in games, I do miss the portability of having a laptop. My Cr-48 could mostly fulfill the portable role (I actually think ChromeOS is excellent), but its battery died recently leaving me without a truly portable system. As a student, needing to walk home from campus if I want to access my computer is a pain (I don't own a smart phone). Acer's V5 would remedy this quite nicely. Reply
  • Grebuloner - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I presently have several systems, including my SNB-E gaming rig/workstation, a somewhat overkill desktop that I use in my classroom where I teach, a Trinity-based HTPC at home, an old dual Opteron 248 storage server, and a Surface RT tablet that I use both at work and on the go. I do have several older laptops, but they all have some major problem that prevents me from using them as portables: bad screens, worn out cooling systems/batteries, etc.

    What I would love from the V5 is to use it in place of the tablet as my on the go computer. Writing lesson plans and preparing tests/quizzes can be difficult on the tablet while I am commuting (bus/ferry), and a nice ultraportable would help with my posture and speed up my workflow.
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  • beomagi - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have several devices, which knowing that I understand probably makes me a poor choice to give a laptop.

    <blabber>

    I have 2 desktops at my "PC desk" - An intel i5 2400 and AMD 6300. The i5 is used for my photo editing, file storage, and gaming. It's also shared with the

    family. The 6300 is for me to work,learn and backup the files of the first.

    After moving to SSDs, I honestly don't see a difference between them. However having 2 desktops linked with shared drives in a "send to" shortcut greatly

    enhances my usability. I use a single keyboard and mouse on a KVM (double tap scroll lock) to pass what I want back and forth as needed. Synctoy easily

    handles sync duties.I don't like raid for this. Too much hassle, and the sync lets me undo a mistake if needed.

    I started using a virtual machine for mint for linux duties. Cygwin is a nice extention to the shell, but not enough. One of the primary functions of the

    linux VM ended up being sharing files of it's host - yes that sounds bizzare, but I've found several devices didn't play well with windows file sharing no

    matter the time wasted researching it.

    I skipped out on getting cable. I figure I'd spend less for netflix and setup a cheap i3 HTPC for TV duties. Wireless N streams HD video from my file server,

    and the local machine handles netflix, gaming, and other apps fit for a tv.

    We have a couple laptops. I tend to cheap out here really, being of the mind that a desktop is where my heavy processing normally takes place. My baby girl

    smashed the screen of one laptop, so we're down to an IBM x120e the wife uses (that screen also broke, but I was able to replace it - yay fleabay). My laptop

    is a used Fujitsu 1630p - a 9 inch convertible core 2 duo 1.2GHz. I paid $200 at the time. Very long in the tooth, but the main deterant to portability is

    battery life. The old cpu also does not do well with hardware acceleration for movies, and utterly destroys the battery while struggling to play an old game.

    Normally, I'd work on my laptop, writing scripts and test them remotely on the 6-core work machine at my "PC-desk". I spend 2 hours a day commuting and

    that's where most of my personal computing time goes now. On the bus I'd play through a variety of GOG.com and humble bundle games. Nothing fancy, just

    charming - however my laptop isn't keeping up anymre really. Battery dies too quickly, and even aged games like Neverwinter Nights are a struggle. Sticking

    to DVD resolutin video for smooth playback, and a relativily dim screen also ruin the experience a bit on the bus. I've got a Nexus 7, but it just feels sluggish browsing the web, and android gaming is annoying. Either games are too casual, or there's IAP/ads and it gets annoying. It's great for playing video though, and comics are OK too (though I far prever Sumatra PDF even on a weak laptop).

    It's here on my commute where I can put a new laptop to use. The V5-122p is on my list of possibilites atm. A6-Temash seems fine by me - I don't need a lot

    of single core power, and battery life is fair. I'd upgrade the drive to an SSD in an instant though. Other possibilities are the asus s200e, but the

    difficulty upgrading the HD, and wide bezels are a bit of a turn off. Backlit keyboard is nice too. I can continue my python doodles in the dark. The quad

    core multitasks well, and should handle a light Virtual Box VM for working on some monitoring apps i wrote.

    Essentially, I'd be getting a couple hours a day of use in just the commute on the laptop. Don't get me wrong, I love my 9" convertible. It's the perfect

    size to me - I'd slay a dragon with fiddlesticks and soap to get an up to date version with haswell over core, capacitive or resistive touch, IPS over TN,

    >HD4000 or just a better GPU core - but that's not happening anytime soon - noone else seems to like this size for a laptop. The acer is as large as I'd go,

    and perfect in many ways.

    </blabber>
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  • scott4952 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 17" Dell E1705 laptop. Its old, slow, and to large to be very portable. I mostly use it for web browsing, creating documents and spreadsheets, and casual gaming. This small laptop would be perfect upgrade to my outdated system. Reply
  • jmnewton - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i have a Win8 IVB desktop, an iPad 4, and a beast of a work laptop. We just got my wife an Ultrabook and she loves it. It's a sweet touch-enabled machine and I love the portability of it. I would love to have my own to be a beefier iPad replacement. I'm getting a little tired of the single-app-running limitation of the iPad. Even w/ iOS7 and multi-tasking, I'd really love a nice Win8 touch-enabled laptop. Reply
  • icyslayer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Nice. Hopefully I get it so I can replace this again Toshiba (that stuggles to even do simple tasks, Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Duo). Reply
  • alm45 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My mobile device is currently a Sony Vaio 11.6 inch netbook with an E-350 cpu. Not a bad little machine; when it first came out. However, HD netflix is a no go ( this is apparently not the laptops fault but silverlight doesn't play well with it for some reason), The hard drive is painfully slow and the screen quality is that of a typical bad TN panel. I just starting nursing school and while I would love a gaming notebook, all I <i>need</i> is a laptop that can access the internet, play video smoothly (for training videos), be portable, last a long while and honestly the screen is mostly for when I use lightroom because I shoot photo recreationally. Thanks for the opportunity! Reply
  • stratoknight - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a HTPC setup and a work notebook (2010 MBP), first gen Kindle Fire, and a Lumia 900. It would be fantastic to have a lightweight notebook that I can utilize to control my home theater experience without having to leverage my work PC. Reply
  • Kibbles - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have 2 desktops, 2 laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone. One main desktop is where I do most of my true computing: Email, surfing, word processing, and gaming. I use the other desktop to play games and watch videos on my living room TV. A laptop is for videos on other TV. The tablet I rarely use now, most of the use it used to get is now cannibalized by my smartphone. The second laptop is a Chromebook. I wanted to use for mostly surfing, however it's really slow, and makes the experience terrible.
    I need a second laptop that I can carry around and surf on and occasionally watch a video. It needs to be light, quiet, and doesn't need to be fast, just fast enough.
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  • britjh22 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently running a gaming desktop (3570k + 6870), simple HTPC (unlocked AMD Rana and onboard HD4250), 32Gb touchpad (which will get some android at some point), Galaxy Nexus, and an old Asus netbook running Ubuntu which is fairly neglected. I really could use a light windows machine for using as a road machine and for some VAGCOM tuning on me and my GF's cars. Reply
  • Cerolobo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    As a software engineer, I tend to explore random topics that peek my interest. For the past two years, I've been working on a variety of multi-threaded systems to increase the potential utility of my code. As a test bed, I build a desktop with:
    - AMD FX-8150
    - ASUS Sabertooth 990FX motherboard
    - 16 GB of DDR3 1866 RAM
    - AMD Radeon HD 6800
    - 2x 120GB Kingston HyperX SSDs
    - 3TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K300 HDD
    - 2x 21 inch monitor panels @ 1080p

    While I do most of my coding on my desktop, I have a tendency to frequent a coffee shop. Unfortunately, my mobile solution isn't nearly as nice as my desktop. I currently have an ASUS Eee PC 1215N netbook. While the battery life is acceptable, the processor isn't nearly as powerful as I'd like.

    While the spec boost to the V5 would be a massive upgrade, I'm more interested in exploring OpenCL. To date, I still haven't touched framework, but I intend to change that in the near future. As such, the main selling point for the V5 is the actual CPU. As time has passed, CPUs are slowly becoming more and more integrated with other systems, such as the math co-processors, memory controllers, and more recently GPUs. APUs are becoming more and more common, which makes the A-Series a great testbed for exploration of GPU based processing.

    Additionally, I have a Nexus 7 and a Nexus 4. My Nexus 4 used strictly as a phone and a audio player, while I occasionally use the Nexus 7 as a testbed for running my code against a ARM device. And yes, I do have GCC running on it, along with my own build system.
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  • amd4life - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'd love a more mobile pc for work Reply
  • jgrnt1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a bunch of stuff -- Personal PC for productivity and gaming, 2 PCs in the kitchen for wife and children, home theater PC, Lenovo nettop, iPad 3, and a 17" HP laptop for recording music.

    I've always had a company laptop. I am currently between jobs. I've traveled for several interviews and found that the iPad isn't enough and the 17" laptop isn't close to portable (and is barely usable on most planes). I've been considering an 11-13" laptop, which would make my preparation and travel for job interviews much more manageable.
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  • samgt13 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use a HP pavillion dv2000 2007 model. It has a 1.5 gb ram and a core 2 duo. I have overclocked the processor. I am attending college and need better processing speed to compile everything I do. I think an upgrade to quadcore processor with a SSD is on cards. This is a perfect next laptop, portable and lighter compared to the one I use. Reply
  • anger999 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently run a i7 3820 with no laptop... I have needed to replace my old emachine lappy, but I have resoldered the power jack too many times and the pcb now wont take another replacement jack... also... I have no windows 8 machine so this would be a chance to move to a current operating system Reply
  • stephenjjlee - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently my daily driver is a 2 year-old ASUS U36sd. It's been through a lot but it's getting to be a bit of an embarrassment. It's been dropped stepped on and thrown to the ground and that's just by my 5 year-old daughter. Since purchasing it I've added memory and an SSD and it has met my every computing need. My needs are not that demanding. This thin and light has been great in that it's very portable and has great battery life since I work out in the field. The abuse, though has tken its toll and i fear it's time for her to retire. Reply
  • GalaxyWide - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a lot of different stuff, but primarily a gaming ITX (sandybridge i5, 6850) desktop and a laptop. This would be awesome to take to class! So much easier than lugging around a 17" desktop replacement, and it'd actually fit on a desk :) Reply
  • osho741 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I like free stuff! Reply
  • unclepeet - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a PC I built using a quad second generation sandy bridge i5. That's my main work computer. I also have a OG Nexus 7. I am an ethnographic field researcher and could a light laptop to bring into the field. It doesn't have to be tremendously powerful but it needs to have good battery life. I was thinking about an iPad/keyboard combo but its expensive, lacks storage, and involves a number of software compromises. The V5 might be what the doctor ordered. Thanks for reading! Reply
  • christovski - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hello,
    I currently own an HP DM3. I got the PC because it was a great deal below the prices of the similarly Intel version, offered many more features than anything in its price range, was stylish, was the size I was looking for, and had great Linux support.
    Now, though, the machine is old. Showing it's age, it's had the hard drive fail, been turned over to a Ubuntu only machine, and has effectively been reduced to a HTPC for my downloads and streaming and a desktop for my programming and design work. Luckily, I do most of my browsing on my tablet (3rd gen iPad), most of my messaging on my phone (iPhone5), and am looking for a Windows 8 PC in the meantime because I miss a lot of the old programs . I want a device I can take with me to work and not have it weigh down my bag (I bike to work), a device that gives me decent battery life if I have to take a train and want to work the day away from home, and a device that doesn't choke when I run it through some openCL and openGL shaders.

    Thanks!
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  • Phiro69 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an older phenom desktop sitting on a desk in my basement. My wife has a windows tablet for school and we have a nexus 7 for light tablet duties for the kids; they can stay on our main level and stay connected to the internet, and I'd like to join them. I am a content creator, not just a consumer, so a tablet isn't what I want - a thin, light weight content creation device is what the doctor has ordered. Reply
  • danielmawhirter - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 4-year-old dell studio 15 running windows 8 on a core 2 duo and an ssd. I also run a simple storage server based on windows server 2012. This would be a fantastic replacement for my current near-end-of-life laptop because of the battery life and light weight. Right now, for going to college classes, I have to bring my nexus 10 and type up notes on that, since my laptop now has sub-2 hour battery life. I really hope I have a chance of winning this. Reply
  • Sb87 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current laptop is 7 years old and showing its age. It still works but it's slow and the battery life is laughable. And one of the keys fell off and got lost. The Acer V5 would be a 100% improvement. Reply
  • danact - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Winner! Reply
  • pugster - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This notebook is not for me, but it is for my wife. My wife is self employed and is currently using an Acer as1410 dual core celeron 1.2 ghz which worked great for almost 4 years but it started showing its age. She would like an ultraportable notebook and this would be the perfect for her. Reply
  • lmcd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Family of five has numerous desktops (3 capable, 1 junk for legacy), a Chromebook, and two larger, capable laptops.

    Out of all of these, the Chromebook is most in demand. Both girls refuse to use the laptops because they're too bulky. So the Chromebook is almost always in use. But the younger two always ask "why there isn't office" and "why is it so hard to print?" This machine would be absolutely perfect for their student needs and light legacy games, and leave the Chromebook open for the matriarch.
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  • AMDJunkie - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Simply, my Dell Inspiron is getting a bit long in the tooth; nearly 6 years is a fine run. My Phenom II X4 965 home-built gaming system is a fine desktop, but still a desktop. I have an iPhone (from which this post is being made!), but there's still a longing cor a "real" computer. Creature comforts like "keyboards" and "legacy app support" are hard to give up. And finally, although Apple computers are all over my workplace, they're still a bit rich for my blood.

    Getting to compare the change between my "Ol' Faithful" and this new, affordable ultra-portable should give an excellent perspective to what has changed over the years, and to appreciate the value of the performance one can get from "value" systems.

    Also, my handle was from far before this or any promotion on this site.
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  • euskalzabe - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use an aging Dell Inspiron 14 that I bought years ago in the Vista era when I started my Masters program in graduate school, updated to Windows 8 Pro last year. As I'm now starting my last year of my PhD program with hopes of graduating by May 2014, I could certainly use a new laptop before I enter the job market. As any graduate student knows, we work crazy hours and are basically paid in peanuts... Not that I'm complaining, it's better than being unemployed, but the long hours to get my so far 190 page long thesis done on-the-go around Chicago would certainly be much easier if I didn't have to carry around this big and heavy outdated machine. Earlier this year I "splurged" and spent my "savings" on a Lumia 620 because my Samsung Focus WP7 had started to get crazy, so I figured it would make sense to get a WP8 since I also use Windows 8 on my laptop. I have used Windows 8 on a touchscreen at BestBuy and I'm amazed at how well it works - I could certainly see myself teaching my classes with a touch laptop, not having to search for keys on the keyboard and just swiping pictures on my PPTX presentations. So, in short, my academic and professional would certainly improve with a machine like this that I sadly can't afford with the lowly grad-student salaries and paying rent in a big city like Chicago, since being a much lighter machine than my Inspiron 14 and enjoying the commodity of a touchscreen seem like they would make my work-habits much more fluid (or should I say, fast & fluid :D). Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story, may the luckiest user win this awesome little machine! Reply
  • trailblazerz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Have a bulky and heavy nearing 2 year old laptop with terrible batteryI hate lugging around for classes, but its i7 still holds its weight. Would like the portability ultra book but don't like the cost and lesser performance. Thinking of replacing the laptop with a desktop I put together myself for more intensive tasks then getting a V5 to bring to class, remote desktop if needed. Reply
  • Lunyone - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Well I have 2 computers (1 desktop and 1 laptop).

    The desktop is for bills and is setup as a current basic gaming machine, but since it's upstairs, it doesn't get much use.
    The laptop gets used 99% of the time, but is getting quite dated, so getting the Acer V5 Notebook would come in real handy for college and also for when I take trips away from the house. If I'm one of the lucky ones to get the laptop, then I would do quite an extensive review (if I have the time) of the system for others to learn from. I build computers on my spare time for friends/family and would love to show the Acer V5 off to them and others at work!
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  • savagemike - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    LOL... well, OK. My current notebook is actually an HPtc4200 tablet computer. Though to be honest I have not charged it and used it in about a year because the battery no longer holds a charge well enough to use it as a portable and I have a desktop. It held up well enough to see me through my last life chapter where I needed a lot of mobile computing but that ended several years ago now.
    I'm not a gamer so I have avoided buying a new desktop as well. I am typing this on an old dell. It has a Pentium E2140 @1.6Ghz with 2Gigs ram. I've been thinking of upgrading this for a while but have not pulled the trigger on it yet. It needs to happen though because the graphics are so weak that even though I don't game with it every day usage on the web is sometimes impacted by it.
    Since I don't need mobile computing for work or school particularly I can't justify shelling out too much on a laptop. But I do consume a lot of online content - both media and news. So I'd very much like a laptop to use primarily around the house but also to allow me to hit the occasional coffee shop, etc...
    I'd especially like to have something to get online content to the living room flat screen readily. I recently picked up a Google Chromecast dongle which is great with Netflix and Youtube via a tablet (Nexus N7v2) but I have nothing powerful enough to power the Chrome tab mirroring. I can't justify the cost of a decent laptop for those activities though and being less than enamored with Windows 8 and 8.1 previews I've kind of been thinking of a Chromebook. I decided to wait on that front to see if they released something a bit better than the current popular Samsung/Acer models (which also aren't up to the Chrome tab mirroring from what I understand) but a lot cheaper than the Pixel.
    I have admittedly not used an AMD based machine since my old K6.
    I would use the V5 both as a mobile platform for me needs as already described but also probably replace my regular desktop use utilizing an external monitor (gotta have my big desktop monitor day-to-day) and keyboard setup. I'd be more than happy to write a review of my usage and experiences with the machine.
    Thanks for your consideration.
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  • Shinde - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    A V5 would fit very well between my two most-used computing platforms: a custom-built desktop (with a Radeon HD 6950 GPU) and a Nexus 7 tablet. I use the tablet mostly for web browsing and media consumption, and the desktop handles work and gaming.

    There are times, however, when neither is ideal. For anything more than short emails, a physical keyboard is almost required. However, I do most of my job in spurts of activity, and having to come back to a single physical location to continue from where I left off can make the desktop feel like the proverbial ball-and-chain. A light notebook seems like a wonderful amalgamation of a physical keyboard and portability.
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  • tarheel91 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I originally bought a well-spec'd laptop 4 years ago as a 3DCAD/Matlab machine that I could take to college and game on as well. The problem was that, 1) It's heavy enough to cause shoulder pain after lugging it around all day, 2)battery life is <3 hours on the most conservative settings, and 3) it no longer provided acceptable performance playing games after a few years. I recently built a desktop PC for my gaming needs, but I still don't have something that's easy to take somewhere to write reports, browse the internet, etc. Plus, it'd be nice to have a laptop that could last past noon. This laptop would be my general purpose device that I could take anywhere and not have to worry about finding a power outlet or how long I was going to have to carry it around. Reply
  • megalodon1992 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I use a Dell Latitude E5400 with an almost dead HDD (SMART errors, blue screens) and Lumia 920. My laptop is only used to type papers and take notes during a lecture (I am a college student). Lumia 920 is used for texting, calling and e-mail. Acer V5 would allow me to have a machine with good battery life that is easy to carry to class and will save me from worrying about HDD completely dying on me. Basically, it will become my new everyday laptop that is used for internet, writing papers, taking notes, listening to music, and other things college students do. Reply
  • abbeytim - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    well I own a 17 inch gaming laptop with amd graphics but I need a smaller portable laptop for the road or when im moving around the house so this would be great for that Reply
  • Androidium - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an i7-920 based desktop PC (the "Desktop"), a Nexus 7 (1st gen) (the "N7"), and an AMD C-60 based Acer AO722 notebook (the "Laptop"). As a law student, I primarily use the N7 and the Laptop since they are portable and I need something that I can take to class. Most of my work gets done on the Laptop while I use the N7 for surfing the web and checking email. I almost never use the Desktop anymore due to its lack of portability. While the Laptop can keep up with word processing duties, the Laptop struggles when I use Sketchup for patent figures, play higher quality content from Youtube, and try to play some light free-to-play games. Winning an Acer V5 notebook would alleviate the struggles I have with the Laptop and make my computing experience more pleasurable for both work and play. Reply
  • cowzzwoc - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Yes Please! Reply
  • VangSoft - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an MSI GT60 laptop. This thing is not portable enough for me to take it to school and the battery don't last long at all. I hope to win this and use it for school. Reply
  • collinearskies - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop, a laptop, and an iPad Mini.

    The desktop is a custom build from a few years ago. It has a Phenom II x2 550 (I tried to unlock the extra cores, but failed) and 4GB RAM. I upgraded it to a 120GB SSD last fall and it still serves me well for mild CAD work and typing papers for class. I have been unwilling to give up my desktop because I have adapted to working with the extra space of multiple monitors.

    That being said, I acquired a Thinkpad T410 from Ebay, to give myself a mobile computer. I find myself wanting to be able to work from places away from my desk, especially when the weather is nice or when I need to work with a group. Gone are the days where I found myself staring out the window, wishing I could work from the warmth of the glowing sunlight and the coolness of a gentle breeze. Except, not really. The battery only lasts about 2 hours, and that makes it hard to use as a truly mobile computer; I find myself forced back indoors in the hunt for available power outlets quite often. Bummer.

    This is where the Acer V5 would fit in perfectly. It has much better battery life than my T410, and would supplement my desktop very well. I can throw it in my backpack and be ready to work from anywhere. I don’t mind the screen size, since it reduces the weight of the machine and it has the same 1366 x 768 resolution as most mid-range laptops of a larger class. When I need more real-estate can use my desktop. I am curious as to the performance of this little machine, especially with the 3D CAD (Inventor and Solidworks, for those that care) that I do occasionally. Does the AMD apu have enough power to run them reliably?

    I use my iPad Mini for light web browsing and watching podcasts. It is great to have in my backpack, since it weighs almost nothing, and offers a quick distraction when I need to kill a chunk of time or look up some piece of information.
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  • SioulNayr - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use a Phenom II X6, 8 gigs RAM, 6870 as my main Desktop for gaming. My fiance recently moved to alaska to complete her degree in Geological Engineer and I would use this device to send to her so we can communicate better and maybe even game a little together. Reply
  • hkai1015 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm currently using a 15'' Thinkpad T61P as my only computer, bringing it to and from school every day. Since carrying around a 6-7 pound (with AC adapter) laptop gets pretty tiring pretty quickly, I've been looking for a nice ultrabook to use. The Acer would definitely meet my needs, with its sub 3lb weight to save my back, and its battery life so I won't have to carry around a charger. Reply
  • Antihistamine - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a handful of computers and a single tablet (the 2013 Nexus 7). My main computer is my gaming desktop with an overclocked Core i7-2600k, 16 GB RAM, and an ATI Radeon 5870 video card. My other machines include an outdated Averatec 6200 15.6” notebook with a Pentium 4 @ 3.0 Ghz and 512 MB of RAM, various old computers with Pentium 4s and one with a Pentium 3 (strictly for hobby stuff, not regular use devices), an Asus 900HA Netbook with an Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6 Ghz and 2 GB of RAM, and finally my more recent notebook, a 13.3 inch Asus UL30VT with an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 @ 1.3 Ghz (though with Asus’ software it gets oc’d to a modest 1.73 Ghz), 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB HDD, and switchable to dedicated graphics with the Nvidia Geforce 520M I believe (I don’t think it’s the 530, but I may have forgotten). I use this laptop regularly, but its age is beginning to show: The cooling fan is going and system performance has become laggy. The machine isn’t unusable by any means, but it is heading in that direction.

    With my semester of school having just started, winning the Acer V5 would assist with my productivity in classes compared to my UL30VT (random crashes and reboots and general slow performance). Being able to use a newer, updated notebook would increase my mobile productivity (I don’t take the UL30VT away from a plug anymore, but mostly because it gets too hot under moderate use) while at school as I’m away from home nearly 4 days a week this semester.

    Would the V5 become my main computing device at home? No, probably not. However, during this school year (Fall + Spring), it would certainly become my device of choice while I’m away from home.
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  • CSbeer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    To be fair, I do not need the V5, but I sure do want it ;) I do have a HP AMD Llano laptop that is 15.6" and a Gateway LT4004u netbook, and the latter is what the V5 will replace (I'd give the netbook to a family member). The a6 APU would be far more capable then the Atom and it would be nice to have a graphics component that has w8 support. I'd use it for school and work, from accounting to office suite to CAD plus some light gaming and of course Youtube and Xfinity OnDemand ;) Reply
  • Nogib - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Right now I still primarily use my full blown Core i7 920 desktop system for the vast majority of things. And while my Galaxy S III and Nexus 10 make for great portable devices to surf the web and watch video on the go they are by no means a "work" device for me to do things like Office on and believe me I've tried. So with the V5 I'd probably use it for some productivity and even light gaming given AMD's good GPU in there. Far more portable to take to LANs and I'm perfectly fine with "good enough" when it comes to graphics for the sake of portability. :) Reply
  • prickly - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an i5 desktop with 8 Gb of RAM for general use and some gaming - an i3 laptop for content viewing and browsing etc. The issue that I have with my laptop is that it is quite heavy and bulky and so it rarely moves from the living room. A V5 would allow me to be much more mobile - and maybe even do some light gaming away from my desktop. Heck it might end up replacing my current laptop completely, it would be great to have something lighter that I could tote around with me, especially as it has an SSD and Windows 8 :) Reply
  • Jonahkirk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I do have a number of devices (we are a large household). We have a couple of hp touchpads with ICS. I have a big tank of a gaming box (AMD). I've got a core I-7 2720 17" desktop replacement that cant even play a full dvd unplugged; an HTPC (AMD) E4850. My wife has an A6-llano g-series HP laptop and my boys have an aging AMD dual core 3800 for gaming. My son has a tank of a laptop like me. My daughter has an ooooold AMD dual core Compaq laptop that is tethered to a monitor as the screen cracked. A WHS 2011 administrates all these devices. Honestly, just something new, with decent battery-life and mobility would be refreshing, and maybe Windows 8 would mesh well with my Nokia Lumia. Reply
  • ccntx7 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a dell xps system its two yrs old and since i turned it on from the get go ive had a few glicthes they replaced the motherboard free of charge under warrenty or id have been without one all together i use it to do research on the internet to find my family and i let my kids use it for games and the oldest one for her homework in school. I have windows 7 on it. This would greatly improve our life here we would be able to have one to go and relax where ever we wanted to and a new one with out no glitches i mean this is nice laptop. Reply
  • Taenon - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a low power linux server (an old MSI Wind), a moderately powerful linux/windows gaming desktop (homebuilt, Phenom II 1055t), Macbook Pro retina 15", SGS3 w/CM10.1, Nexus 7 etc. Honestly it is too many and not enough at the same time. I want an incredibly low power consumption at idle, super fast mini ITX server/gaming rig running linux as a server/nas with linux or windows VM guests for gaming (but if that worked well) and a super powerful, small cell phone I can slot into different laptop, tablet or monitor bodies as needed. I don't need tons of processing power on the road, as I'm SSH'd into servers/clusters all the time. I want this device as a testbed for hUMA so I can explore the new compute features especially in a mobile context. Also a thin and light would be fun. And when obsolete it would replace the MSI Wind perfectly. Reply
  • GrayArea2467 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming desktop and a nexus 7. While I love my Nexus 7, it would be nice to have a laptop again. Reply
  • Bolas - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I like AMD. Good gear. Reply
  • mapi - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I mostly use my tower for all of my computing needs at home. For on the go and at school, I have an 11.6" HP dm1 that's 2 1/2 years old. It's a bit sluggish at times, but the form factor is perfect for my use case. It fits nicely in my bike bag and on the tiny student desks that are common at my university. I plan on replacing the laptop soon, since it's battery has started to go bad for the second time. I need something small that can take notes, keep a few Chrome tabs open and play an occasional round of Civ V between classes. I think the Acer V5 would suit me nicely. Reply
  • Turnkey1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a video game oriented PC, tablet, and smartphone. A laptop style device is interesting in terms of being a more useful machine for taking notes/traveling. I've found that the tablet has been a poor substitute for things that are not trivial media consumption. Reply
  • Bebsman - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an outdated desktop built 7+ years ago. I would like to win this notebook to replace an HP TouchSmart TX2 that is frequently used on work trips for light gaming, music, videos, etc... The TX2 has an AMD Turion X2 dual core ZM-82 @ 2.20 GHz, 4 GB of ram, a 128 GB SSD, and a 12.1 inch touchscreen running Windows 7. If by chance I did win, I would rather have the mechanical hard drive rather than the SSD. SSD's are nice, but storage space is nicer. Reply
  • mikeomatic9000 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This would be cool. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a high end desktop and a netbook for when I'm away. I'd like an in between device with more performance than the atom but which maintains the lightness and battery life. Reply
  • digitalrefuse - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My family of four (myself, my wife, and our two children, both under the age of four) currently houses six PCs. For general family use, we have a media center that runs an AMD A4 CPU and Windows 8 with Media Center, a storage/general purpose server running an AMD FX 4100 and Windows Server 2012, a very old small form factor Dell desktop with a P4 (Northwood!) running PFSense (that I keep meaning to replace with a VM running on the general purpose server).

    I have a desktop computer that I just upgraded to an i7 4770k after running nearly exclusively AMD CPUs since the late 90's. That runs Windows 8.1 Preview Release (Waiting for RTM to become available through MSDN), and an ASUS Bobcat based 12.1 inch netbook that I've souped up with 8 GB of RAM and a fairly quick SSD (128 GB Vertex 4).

    My wife also owns a late 2011 model MacBook Pro, which I begrudgingly provide support for (Macintosh OSes have always felt like they're designed to be used by people who use a different set of senses than I'm equipped with).

    My current netbook is growing quite long in the tooth. Batter life is quite adequate for my current usage model, but if I had a more efficient/powerful computer, I feel like I could accomplish more fun things with it... Currently, it's almost exclusively used as a dev environment for either C#, PHP, or Autoit.. I did dual-boot and was working on some GNU/Linux stuff, but I've become a little disenchanted with Linux lately... If I had a snappier machine with more storage, I'd love to use my laptop for more fun stuff - photo editing on the go (I never really get around to doing it when I get home with my memory card filled with thousands of pictures of the kids), basic games (something my current netbook has serious trouble doing), and maybe even some educational apps for the kids, who are just starting to get curious about games.
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  • Pandaz3 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Really like the new AMD section Reply
  • Pandaz3 - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    While I really do like the new AMD section, I would like a "Edit Button" too. I live in "Intel Territory" in Oregon.
    I have seven desktops operational in the house. 1.The lessor of these is a Epox 7NPA Ultra+ with a Opteron 148 CPU, 4 x 512 Ram, AMD 6450 Video, running on Win 7 Ultimate (Korean Default). 2. I have another with a mATX ASUS MB, FX 4170 CPU, 2 x 4 gig RAM, XT1950XTX Vid and running XP64 (Eng). 3. MSI 690FX MB, X2 6400 CPU, 2 x 2 Gig Ram, HD3800 Video and running Win 8.1 (Eng). 4. Gigabyte 890 MB, X6 1090T CPU, 2 x 4 Gig Ram, 5770 Video and Win 7 Ult (Kr). 5. MSI 990FX G-80 R2 MB, FX 8350 CPU, 2 x 8 Gig Ram, ASUS 7870 Video, Win 7 Ult (Kr). 6. Gigabyte 990FX UD7 MB, FX 8350 CPU, 2 x 8 Gig Ram, Sapphire 7970 Video, Win 7 Ult (Kr). 7. ASRock 990FX Professional MB, FX 8350 CPU, 4 x 8 Gig Ram, XFX 7970 Video, Win 8.1 Pro (Eng) I have other complete AMD systems that are not in use, Socket A, 939 and AM2 boards.
    I intend to move number 3 to replace number 1's slot and make a new ASUS MB, 9370 and 7990 machine for me, this time with Win 7 Ult (Eng). I have been struggling with Win 8 and while 8.1 is a smidge better, I am going with tried and true. That is the Desktop situation.

    Laptops the 1. is a "Less expensive" Leveno with a AMD CPU of around 2.0 and a 13.1 screen it has Win 7 Ult (Kr) and the Warden says "don't touch" when I eyeball it. She also has my old HP 17" and it has a AMD Turion II 2.2, 8 gig Ram and Win 8.1 (now in Kr) This is a four year old machine and I have made minor upgrades like a 512 SSD to it. I was satisfied with it and had no "Need" to get another, but the Warden wanted to try Win 8...... And MSI had this snazzy new GX-70 Laptop with a cool brushed aluminum case and a LED back-lit keyboard... So I have one, it has a A10-5750 CPU, 8 Gig Ram, 8970M Video, 17 inch screen, and Win 8.1 (Eng) I love the hardware, but the kindest thing I can say about Win 8 is I'm normally Luke Cool toward it. At other times I have a festering hatred of Win 8 and anyone associated with it.

    Again I like the NEW AMD section
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  • FelixDraconis - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I built a little custom ITX non gaming Core I5 which I use for my main system at home. And a Dell gaming laptop that ended up going to the kid. Can't tell you how many times it overheated and fried the motherboard so far. Yay warranty. An older gaming laptop sits around for guests - some Asus core duo model.

    Mainly I use an iPad, but I started a new job and it just doesn't work to do real work on. I've tried just about everything short of a clam case but nothing is stable enough on the bus. I need a laptop that's small like this one to commute with. Had a Toshiba 305 netbook, but gave that away. Writer friend needed it way more than I did to find work of his own. So it's back to looking around.
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  • plee3 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a 4 year old Lenovo IdeaPad Y430 notebook which is running very slowly these days. I am looking to upgrade to a faster notebook in order to improve my home computing and software code development tasks. Reply
  • tcmbuff - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    It would awesome to have the power in a small package for on the go. Reply
  • halo37253 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a Gaming Rig with a i7 920 and gtx470 sli. All Overclocked and watercooled. Getting old though, waiting on new AMD video cards next month to come.

    Also have a older G60VX laptop that I use, though thing is a power hog and only really good for gaming. Has a HDMI slot but no native sound so you gotta switch manually and get stuck to 2 channel.

    If I got that notebook it would replace everything I use my current laptop for other then gaming, what is rarely done anyways. Also I will be going to school for network management, so having something small and lightweight that stick packs a decent amount of processing power would be nice.
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  • san~man - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I recently built my desktop around a liquid cooled, quad core CPU with 16G of RAM and a Samsung 840 128G SSD drive. The speed and computing muscle are nothing short of amazing compared to a computer I built roughly 5 years ago. But, being a desktop, it "stays where it is."

    I'd love to have the ability to take the same amount of computing muscle and power with me when I leave the house, and honestly, who wouldn't love being able to do work by poolside or the ocean? This Acer laptop would fit the bill nicely, and the combination of its AMD processor, portability, features and light weight make it perfect in my eyes!
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  • hirschma - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Why I want it: I'd really love a thin, light machine for giving presentations and demos. The Acer V5 really fits the bill - looks like it'd be easy to toss into a bag, along with all of the other stuff I need to carry for such things. It has the video ports that I encounter the most - HDMI and VGA - and the resolution and speakers also would be ideal for coffee-shop/desktop demos that I often do.

    What I have: home-brew desktop, two home-brew servers, a tablet, and an aging Thinkpad notebook computer. The Thinkpad is overkill for most of what I need it for, both in terms of size, weight, and the heat that it produces! The Acer would be just so much nicer, lighter and cooler!
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  • ZakuFOB - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Would love a more mobile AMD laptop. Love AMD! Reply
  • relaxed - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This would be great for me because my current laptop is too slow to play HD content and x264 encoding is painfully slow. If I were lucky enough to win this I'd install Debian Sid on it, as that's my OS of choice, and enjoy watching movies, compiling software MUCH faster, and encoding at more than 1 fps with x264. Come on lady luck!! Reply
  • jepsr - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I presently use a variety of home built devices including the AMD Athlon II 250 I'm currently using. This Acer V5 would certainly re-kindle my portable options as my early Netbook, clunker Tablet and Thinkpad collection are all aging fast! Reply
  • ammiano - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a cannibalized from craigslist desktop. It's got an nvidia 780sli motherboard, an intel core 2 duo 8400 CPU, and a six year old hard drive. I just re-entered college at 34 years old, starting over for a math degree specializing in operations research. First problem, I'm terrible at math, but working hard to fix that. Second problem, I need a laptop for school, especially since I'm trying to learn SQL and Excel. Third problem is I've not been a fan of nvidia's string arm tactics in games like Metro Last Light so I'm throwing my support towards AMD. Reply
  • burwij - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm currently rocking a gaming desktop (built in 2011), a Nexus 10, and an ancient IBM Thinkpad T42 (circa 2004). I had hopes of completely replacing my Thinkpad with the Nexus 10; I love having an Android tablet from a content-consumption standpoint. Despite that, I still hang onto my laptop for on-the-go content creation and other x86 computing.

    I recently picked up a Cisco CCNA certification and used the Thinkpad to connect to my mini routing and switching lab during the study process. As much as I love waiting for Windows XP to boot on the T42 (Pentium M 1.7 GHz, 1 GB DDR, PATA 160GB 5400rpm), it would be nice to have something a little more modern. The Thinkpad (and its extended battery) isn't exactly lightweight by any stretch of the imagination, either.

    On a side note, the ability to do a little light gaming on the go couldn't hurt - that Steam backlog isn't playing itself!
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  • FwFred - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a macbook air, Ivy Bridge desktop, and a Sandy Bridge HTPC. What would I do with this Kabini notebook? Honestly? Hello Craigslist. Reply
  • derper1233 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm a high school student. I share a desktop computer with my brother and I have a nexus 7 that I take to school with me. With this machine I could type notes at school as well as view textbooks on a larger, more readable screen, and work on my papers. Reply
  • Factory Factory - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a small-form-factor gaming desktop, a Lenovo ThinkPad T-series for classes and work, a small server for NAS, a smartphone, and a tablet. The ThinkPad and the tablet are odd spots for me - I love both, but the ThinkPad is too big and chunky for me to carry both along with my textbooks (which I need every day, unfortunately). An ultrathin touch-enabled laptop would allow me more weight off my shoulder and more of what I like about the separate laptop and tablet in one device - namely the keyboard for class and the touch screen for fun. Plus that would free up a little more space in my electronic life for my smartphone - when my tablet is nearby, I barely use the phone's more advanced features because they both run the same OS and do roughly the same things.

    The V5 would also make it easier to do non-class work away from my desk - it's a lot easier to carry around and doesn't need the same large bag my ThinkPad does.
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  • Papaspud - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My mom needs this Reply
  • colsanders - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a custom self built rig. ArcMini(first gen), i5-2500k OC'd to 4.2Ghz w/ Noctura D14 cooler, GTX680(recent upgrade from MSI-HD6950-2gb), 90GB corsair SSD, x2(4GB) mushkin. Not complaining because it's my gaming and production PC.

    Laptop wise I've been looking to upgrade my Acer Aspire 1410-2920 (Intel SU2300, GMA 4500MHD, 4GB ram, 48Wh battery). I love this little Acer and it was everything a laptop should be. Small light weight and power efficient for late 2009 when it was made. Even pulled 6-7 hours(light workload) battery life for it's first couple years.

    This will become my primary on the go laptop for school and travel. These little Temash 8 watt tdp cores seem to be just what is needed in this market. Then the old Aspire 1410-2920 will retire. Maybe a little home media laptop. I would love to give this thing a review, light gaming, 1080p/bluray video playback, plus your everyday basics along with battery life.

    Thanks!
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  • donkeyhotay - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current pc setup is a Dell Studio XPS 13 dating back to 2009ish. Not only is it hot, loud, and heavy, but the bottom-mounted fan just about precludes using it in bed. Some flawed BIOS setting or another has troubled it since purchase meaning if the laptop is plugged in the CPU screams up to 100% utilization and pegs there until I unplug it. Every time. For four years and multiple OS reinstallations. Since I don't game any more I just need/want a lightweight machine with decent build quality and battery life that can handle web browsing, hd video playback, and some light word processing. The ultrabook and late-model netbook categories were effectively invented entirely for my usage envelope. Reply
  • Ikeisawesome - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 2006 MacBook with a Core Duo processor that someone was going to throw out. I have a desktop but this is what gets the most use nowadays. It's slow, it's hot, and the power brick sparks. Please save me from burning down my house. Reply
  • BarbieQFreak - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Second year college student here, with only a smart phone modest desktop to my name. At the moment, the desktop is my everything in terms of computing power: a work station for programming, eBook reader, gaming rig, and entertainment system all in one; the smartphone is relegated to watching Youtube videos while in another room. I have tried my best to stretch what I have, the lines between work and play are often blurred. Having a laptop for any sort of portability as well as a distinct, work-centered device would be amazing for the convenience and utility, especially as I head into more difficult subjects. Smartphones are becoming the norm nowadays, but they lack the screen estate of even the smallest netbooks, and lack the efficiency of word processing that a keyboard offers. All in all, I am seriously lacking in any sort of portable computing, which would be immensely valuable for my education, as well as providing a great deal of utility. Reply
  • aedgy - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    From miscellaneous components collected through many custom builds/upgrades for friends and relatives over the years, I was able to populate HTPCs for each of my 4 bedrooms and 1 living room. The CPUs used range from Phenom 2s all the way down to 4200 X2 CPUs.

    The V5 would be invaluable in filling the void left behind due to untimely demise of the sole laptop in the home based on Turion CPU which served as the primary family machine for media consumption, internet usage, casual gaming, and productivity.
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  • Nesrie - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a self-built desktop Window 7 i5/AMD combo tower with primary purpose is gaming, writing and e-mail. Occasionally i remote into work as well. It has bluetooth functionality I have not used as it's a little cumbersome and requires two antennas that seem to attract the cat.

    I alsoI own a 7 year old desktop that is 99% of the time used for voice chat, currently Skype. It's too heavy to take with me, and too slow for working or gaming. It does not have a webcam for Skype.

    I also own a smartphone, android, for e-mail, messaging and light gaming.
    Reply
  • ragenalien - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently running a gaming desktop setup as my performance machine for coding and gaming. Laptop is an older alienware m15x that is pretty close to ten pounds so it's pretty much a no go for gaming on the go. I'd love this machine as an ultra portable to get a little bit of gaming in and maybe so coding work on the go. Reply
  • monstercameron - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I bought my acer ao 522 when it launched, it was one of the first mobile devices with AMD brazos. I use my netbook every day because sitting on place on my 965BE desktop kinda gets tiring, so the v5-122p would be a welcome upgrade. I have also documented the performance and capabilities of the C-50 apu and would like to continue this with the a4/6 temash chips. Reply
  • DanielRwz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I would use the Asus V5 for continuing education in Real Estate, future Business Presentations, mobile office tool, and on-the-go gaming in my downtime. My current system specs are listed below.

    Current System Specs (Assembled & Tested by me):
    AMD A8 3870 APU (@3GHz Default Clock),
    500GB HD SATA2,
    4GiB RAM,
    ASUS 802.11b/g/n PCIE Card,
    MSi A55M-P33 Mainboard mATX,
    Antec 650watt True-Power PSU,
    Whitebox Mid-Tower Case
    (end of Specs)
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  • mhuerta25 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've always been a fan of AMD CPUs, and was excited with the launch of their APUs. I feel that AMD is the working mans processor given the value of every one of their products. I have tried Intel in the past but it underwhelmed on meeting my everyday computing needs. AMD's vision is trailblazing the way for mainstream consumers. I'm someone who enjoys making architectural CAD layouts, floor plans, and solid 3d modeling. I'm looking forward to Temash with it's new Jaguar architecture, GCN, and utilization of heterogenous computing. This would meet my expectations in all kinds of ways. I would have the freedom of taking my projects and work where ever I go. Five years ago I was not even able to acquire that kind of power and mobility. I gave Intel atom a shot for my most basic college needs, but the trade off for energy efficiency was not worth it. At full load I it would stutter on any film above 480p. l I had a great ATX case with A6-5400k 8gb of ram 420gb hdd, and never did I ever experience any issues in regards to graphical or computer workload. Unfortunately I had given the computer to my brother because he had needed it for college. So unfortunately I never truly ran it through it's paces. I also would hope to start setting up a floor plan to to renovate one of my rooms and this would make for a tiny titan of system. Portable, powerful, and efficient would make a big difference in my life. Currently I own an $80 Avatar tablet that I use to read work books and work literature. I work as a police dispatcher so it keeps me familiar with work material and laws. My other system is an HP 6515B with 2gb of ram. It's mainly for typing, messaging, and school/work related stuff. With something like this it would connect me back to my passions(and some gaming). Reply
  • mgl888 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    gimme Reply
  • gloinsir - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My wife painfully types long emails on her iPhone driving me completely banana's with inefficiency. This looks svelte and light enough to perhaps convince her to use an actual keyboard when typing multi page missives. And with an SSD, it'll even feel nice and speedy. :) Reply
  • danony1a - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I honestly need this for my mom. She has an acer laptop that is no longer able to boot up . She only uses email and watches videos on it so this would be perfect for her . Reply
  • strahd13 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 2 year old self-built PC and my daughters have a 5 year old self-built desktop. Both of my kids have tablets to increase their electronic habit portably but I do not have a tablet or laptop. I would need a laptop to add productivity as I attend college and it would be nice to take along to my friends where we game together (not graphically intensive bleeding edge games but still). Also there have been times when a laptop capable of office software would help out my kids with their schoolwork in ways their tablets cannot. Reply
  • OrangePL - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This is on behalf of my dad, who currently runs an early 2000s, custom, basic/entry-level desktop PC with outdated components that don't allow him to put to good use his engineering and video/photo computer skills. I mean the computer takes over 10 minutes to load all the way and converting/editing captured videos on cassette from the 1990s to digital format can take nights and days. My dad is somewhat technologically savy as his home phone consists of using an Iphone through wifi, and he does use my mom's mid 2000's laptop for web-searching, emailing, and skype convenience. In the past, he has used PDAs/Palm-Pilots, Commodore 64, Win3.1 up to Windows 7 OS, 66Mhz desktop with large floppy disks to 3.5” floppy disks, architect computer software to design several homes, design several metal/plastic parts, and increase his knowledge of other similar software. He even uses an android smartphone but prefers to keep things efficient and bloat-free.
    I know a long-term goal of my dad is to try and convert all the family videos he's captured from cassette into digital. These memories have been stored unedited for decades because of his outdated computer. He also would like to use engineering software such as AutoCad and photo-shop like programs to compliment his engineering career and hobby as a photographer.
    Winning a V5 would help upgrade my dad to modern equipment that can help make my dad’s goal a reality as well as help him succeed in his career as an engineer. The graphics and speed of the V5 would allow him mobility to work on these and other projects on the go, away from the home, independent of my mom’s limited-capable laptop and at higher efficiency.

    I know my dad is a long time goal of my dad to try and convert all the family videos he's captured from cassette into digital. He also would like to use engineering software such as AutoCad and photo-shop like programs to compliment his engineering career and hobby as a photographer.
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  • rubenhd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    It's a pitty that non - EU readers of anandtech (I hope that lots, and from years ago) can not chance for the computer. Reply
  • rubenhd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Sorry non - US Reply
  • neolefty - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My children currently use two used Thinkpad T61's (Core 2 duo) that we bought used and refurbished with SSDs and RAM, plus an AMD Zacate-powered Thinkpad X120e. For games, though, the former are weak on GPU, and the latter weak on disk and CPU, although its GPU is decent. It would be great to have a more balanced system that is also nicely portable. Reply
  • theadder - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hi. Reply
  • a440_hz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    An ultraportable like this would be really nice for college. Reply
  • vamana - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a custom built AMD Phenom II X6 on ASRock 890 GX board. My other device is a Dell corporate laptop which is not for laps :-), its such a huge I see myself running to my desktop for everything. Acer V5 seems like a nice fit for my portable use. Reply
  • nubie - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an AM3 Athlon II x2 2.8ghz desktop, and a Galaxy SII (CM10.1), the desktop is great, but I find myself doing 90%+ of my computing on the cellphone. It is great, but RAM is limited at 1GB and the screen res and size are small.

    A V5 would let me get my work done when not at the desk, and play my Humble Bundle/Trackmania² Stadium. I would be comparing the IPS to my current Samsung 19" 1280x1024 desktop, and the AMOLED in my GS2, as well as the horrid standard 15.6" displays in regular notebooks.

    Building an ITX system in a Casetronic Travla c137 with an A4 3300 and am curious about the graphics suitability for casual gaming compared with my integrated 880G desktop graphics and the V5
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  • sungisgo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    ME please! Reply
  • rusBruin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    So, I own a gaming rig with 7950 which is absolutely awesome, an iPad 3 to browse internet on the go and on the couch, and an older notebook with i5 which is not fast enough for modern applications due to lack of graphics power; and it doesn't look so modern either. I still use it to run Microsoft Office and R when I travel. Winning this AMD powered quad core notebook will allow me to do all this with much better efficiency and speed. It also looks cool and will most likely run most of my favorite games. Reply
  • Nonniebols - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have three computing devices.

    The first is a 5600k equipped desktop paired with 8gigs of 1866mhz ram. I bought this primarily to be my go-to-device for heavy computing loads such as photoshop, video editing, and mid-tier games. I also use the desktop when I'm in a hurry to finish tasks which require intensive multi-tasking.

    The second is a laptop, a 14 inch non-touch Windows 8 dell with an i3-3217u and a discrete gt 625m. I use this for work and light gaming: light to medium loads of multi-tasking with Office applications (excel predominantly) while browsing/doing research. When I have to travel, I carry this with me to pass time while I wait for flights or when I'm on the plane.

    My last device is my Huawei Ascend W1 wp8 smartphone. It packs a Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon which is basically a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait and a Adreno 305 for its GPU. Aside from calls and texts, I use the device to view my emails, cloud files when i need to do quick viewing and editing with its Office app. I use it to read news on the go, as a wifi-hotspot, and to use social media with its wonderful apps.

    Now why would I want this laptop? Well a few things.

    1.) I realized that I've been under-utilizing my dell. For what I use it for (office, browsing, light gaming (PoE, LoL)), it seems that I wasted my money for power I wouldn't really fully use (I haven't tried photoshop or video editing on this thing. I don't see why when I have a desktop). I thought it would've been better to buy a lower spec'd laptop and put an SSD in it (which is what this article aims give away).

    2.) Power consumption, size, weight and portability. My laptop's a 2013 model but I feel that it's a bit heavier than what I need it to be. I need a more portable laptop that's lighter, thinner and sexier. Also, since mine packs a discrete card I barely use, it's better off not there. Waste of power and space.

    3.) Touch with keyboard. Windows 8 shines with touch. Unfortunately, my current laptop does NOT have this feature and I feel that I'm missing out on a lot. I believe the future of the laptop is touch and it sucks not being part of it. It is important to note that they keyboard is essential as I predominantly use this for office applications. I don't see the point of a tablet with a dock or a windows tablet alone when I have a smartphone when I want to view something with utmost portability.

    4.) AMD. I want to show my support for AMD by reviewing this laptop (if I win) the best that I can. It's not so much because I like underdogs, but I genuinely believe that AMD's design philosophy and market strategy are worth more than what most people would take them to be (that includes their stock). One has to remember the performance of their APUs, GPUs, and CPUs vis-a-vis their price. Best in class. It saddens me that there aren't that much products out with their name on it and I think the little that I can do to pitch in is to share how much I appreciate what AMD contributes not just to the individual, but to the world as a whole. Just think about it. :)
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  • SteelCity1981 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    me Reply
  • Satellite - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Yoga 13 spec'd out, primary development tool has no bad habits, love it. Disappointed with refreshed model just announced, would have preferred PCIe SSD, Intel WiFi, and 16GB RAM possible.
    Foxconn A3500 net top as a media player, optical out to top of line Marantz, B&W speakers.
    The old "new" iPad, for reading and browsing, amusing children.
    New Nexus 7 for on-the-go browsing, video streaming, amusing children.
    Homebrew early Intel quad-core 16GB tower for development, semi-retired.
    Homebrew i5 mITX, nvidia card for the wife.
    HP net book for the 14 year old, and this system, if won, will replace it for school, and the 9 year old will inherit the net book.
    2 firesale HP touchpads side-loaded with Android, to amuse the children. Lasted longer than they looked like they would ;)
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  • bebimbap - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I was just about to shop for one! Reply
  • Samus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    unfortunately i could never live with this machine. that keyboard, especially the return key, ruins it. if you give it to me, i'll sell it and buy an HP or Lenovo... Reply
  • nombrecinq - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I run a web agency called Black Antelope where I manage much of the business side of things, as well as lead the design department. My main work computer is currently a desktop (which is also in need up updating), and I've had a bit of a struggle finding the perfect laptop for work. So when I go to in-person client meetings, I basically have to borrow my girlfriend's HP Elitebook 8640p notebook! She thinks I'm ready for my own notebook :P

    Last year I bought a 17” Samsung Series 7, but I didn't like the build quality or the screen so I returned it. This year I went through 2 HP 9470s before I gave up, there are some nice things about it but in the end I couldn't handle the high pitch fan noise. My desktop pumps out way more air, so it was definitely a frequency thing.

    I never owned anything Acer, until I bought the a510 Android 5-core tablet. It has been abused by our toddler for over a year and looks and works as if it were brand new. I would actually buy a couple more of those for myself and son if they were still available, but it's discontinued. Acer had most of their high-end tablets in the MS camp recently, but there are some newly announced Android ones which I'm excited about. I was kind of a brand snob, only buying HP business class, etc, until the a510 which has been as solid a machine as you can ask for. I'm definitely an Acer fan now... and in fact I think the R7 is the coolest and weirdly most-usable portable out there.

    As a web designer, I’m picky about the panel. There aren’t too many MVA or IPS screens available on notebooks, there’s really only a handful. So the V5 being a thin-and-light with IPS (and the 840 SSD), it might actually be the perfect on-the-go machine for me!
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  • MSFTnerd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My personal device list: 1. a Samsung Ativ 500T Clover Trail tablet that I bought for $700 in December, which already has a non-functioning touchpad & wonky keyboard in the dock. 2. An iPad 2 which I won in a Twitter giveaway, which is dented now after my friend dropped it a couple of times. 3. An old BlackBerry 8900 and Samsung Fascinate, neither of which hold a charge more than a few hours anymore. However, I did buy 3 Acer Aspire One AO722s with AMD C-50s for <$300 each for 3 family members 2 years ago that all work perfectly well even today. Now I just need a similar reliable laptop of my own. This one seems to be the closest to those Acers and would mean a lot if I don't have to spend twice in a year for a decent computer. Reply
  • billybonus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hi,

    I do not have pc or mac. Still using pen and paper.
    Reply
  • e6600 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    ive got 3 computers and 2 ipads.
    my sisters comp is a s478 p4 2.4 with 2gb ram and a x800 pro. they use it mostly for music since they spilt water on the gpu lol
    my dads comp is a 790gx with a athlon x2 240 4gb ram and 8800gt. he just plays poker on it 24/7
    my comp is a 790gx setup with a 1040t, 4gb ram, gtx470, xonar st. i use it for gaming and streaming and listening to music

    the reason why id like to win the v5 is to replace my sisters s478 comp, which is extremely dated and has a dying x800 that theyre unable to play games with
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  • fx3d - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an old i7 Nehalem cpu with 12gb of ram, but now one of my slots died and so I'm down to 8gb. Using Samsung SSD 840, FusionIO Fx 420gb, dual 500gb for back up drives, and Nvidia Quadro FX 580. I use my system mainly for 3D Effects such as hair/fur, cloth, and fluid dynamics.

    Winning a V5 would allow me to do 3D on the go and a lighter laptop always help a lot. Also winning the V5 would help me to use it as another computer for renderfarm. The more computers I have, the more I can connect them and do distributed rendering without having to wait hours and hours just to render on one computer.
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  • cmnapolitano - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Macbook Air (Haswell), a Nexus 4, and a Nook HD+. Owning the V5 would provide me with the ability to dabble back into Linux, which is especially useful for some of my statistical software. I am interested in seeing the performance of the AMD hardware for statistical computation. Reply
  • bobbozzo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current home office workstation is running on an Athlon 64 x2... it has served me well, but is getting long in the tooth. I use it for sysadmin work, web development (PHP, Perl, MySQL), and some design work and photography. It's running Windows and VMWare Workstation.

    My laptop is a 15" Dell e6xxx with a dual-core CPU... it's really too heavy to travel with, especially after my recent back injury, and I am looking for something much lighter. I use it when I'm not at my desk, and often keep it with me as I am frequently on call. I use it for sysadmin work, and development & testing my web apps. I also use it for light photography work when traveling. It's running Fedora 19 and VMWare Workstation.

    A lighter laptop would enable me to keep it with me 24/7, and I'd be more likely to take it with me when traveling, so I'd be able to get more done on the road. An SSD would really improve my boot speed and app load times. Longer battery life would be a big plus as well.
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  • Seattle51 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a home built gaming rig that is an absolute beast (size wise). It would be ideal to have a smaller laptop to be able to use at work, and when I go on vacation and what not to keep in the know. I would also like to be able to experiment with Windows 8, I am running Windows 7 Pro on my gaming rig.

    I have owned Acer products in the past and have been very pleased with their products. I also look forward to the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to make your product better.
    Reply
  • shan_316 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Phenom II 550BE desktop PC, with cores unlocked :), with MSI 760G motherboard with onboard Radeon HD 3000 graphics. My tablet is Nook Color with Android 4.3, booted via SD card.
    I use my PC currently just for day to day tasks of email, surfing and watching multimedia content, with sprinkles of gaming. Hence, the Acer v5 will help me game better and do the daily tasks more smoothly...
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  • ucisilentbob - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Home Theater System:
    HP Pavilion p6510f with a Radeon 6570 Silent running out into my receiver.

    Main Computer:
    Intel Core i7 3930K @ 4.5
    16GB RAM
    14.5 TB total Storage + Intel 520 180GB
    AMD 5850

    Tablets:
    iPad 3 16GB Wifi
    Nexus 10

    Phone:
    LG Optimus G Pro

    What I've been looking for quite some time is a laptop that would fit my on the go lifestyle. Everything out there that have power+battery life+portability are well outside of a reasonable price range. This would allow me to properly compute when I'm on the go.
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  • ET - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    US only... Well, I'll tell what I have anyway. If I win I know people in the US where I can have it sent.

    My most used device is my wife's Inspiron 1720. It's at a good spot near the living room where I can browse the web while keeping an eye on the kids.

    My desktop: Phenom II x6, Radeon 5850. I use it for occasional gaming, dabbling with game development and just toying around.
    My HTPC: Phenom II x3, Radeon 5550. Mostly used for playing movies to the kids, but a couple of Lego games are installed.
    Laptop: Lenovo x120e (AMD E-350). Doesn't see much use and the power supply is borked.
    Tablets: Nexus 7 2012, one of my most used devices, used for reading and gaming. Onda v712 (for backup), not used much.

    A V5 would replace the Lenovo, and might actually be usable. The x120e is pretty sluggish, though I'm not sure how much faster the V5 would be (but it does have an SSD, and it also has an IPS screen, which is nice). All in all, I'm not sure how much I'll use it, because I don't currently have a real use for a mobile PC, since the Nexus 7 is a lot more portable and fulfills most of my needs for mobile computing.
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  • noahcollins - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm a web developer, and there are quite a few features of Temash and the A5 that sound promising for my line of work. An efficient APU is very useful for my mixed workloads. Having four Jaguar cores to work with would be great for future web dev applications like webRTC. The low TDP (and therefore quiet operation) is a key feature since I have regular client meetings. The IPS panel makes it useful for quick proofing of designers' work. The touch panel is an added bonus since I'd be able to test my projects for tablet-style interaction without the need for an actual tablet on hand all the time. I'd definitely upgrade 6GB memory since I routinely work with virtual machines.

    My current setup: a work desktop with two 24" IPS displays, a rack-mounted test server, and a 5.5 lb work laptop that stays docked a lot, mostly since I'm tired of lugging it around. Adding the Acer A5 to the mix would improve my portability, and it still packs enough power and versatility to keep me productive. I hope I get a chance to see what Temash can do! Looking forward to writing up my review :)

    P.S. - Thanks, Anand, for making those SSDs happen :)
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  • Cbastion - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I would like this for my girlfriend. I have a powerful desktop, and a mighty useful refurbished laptop for myself and I am a huge technology enthusiast. However, my girlfriend is an aspiring artist in college is barely making it with the 2006 macbook. She loves that machine but it's falling to pieces lately. I'd love for her to have a machine that she could use, to take to school and actually take notes with, to be able to use the wacom tablet I bought her for her birthday, and to be able to play the occasional game of league of legends with me on the days we can't be together in person. Reply
  • theNiZer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Anand: I don't like this mixup of corporate interests and editorial professionalism - I mean, you are blurring the lines between what you say and what Amd posts on twitter etc - what will be next? AMD reviews of their own units next to your own?

    And this giveaway is a Great way of trashing a critical comments thread with 'I want a computer' posts...

    I hope you get rich.
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  • BoneAT - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My PC setup is an AMD X3 720BE, 4GB DDR2, Radeon 5770 1GB plus a Nexus 4. I've long been looking for an appropriate mid-device, either a small laptop or good tablet I'd add a BT keyboard to. Personally I still see more sense in the laptop as it's productivity and processing power is far greater, and tabs are a bit of large screen smartphones (minus being a phone), but they have excellent portability as well as battery life. With the laptop I'd do my regular PhotoShopping, typing, browsing on the move, near WiFi spots, and connect it to the large screen TV at home for some quality gaming. :) Reply
  • Kevin G - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have several computing devices at home.

    I have an Opteron 6128 with 128 GB of RAM used as a graphic artist workstation. It has a Radeon 6970 video card with three monitors in Eyefinity.

    I also have a Core i7 2600k running at 4.2 Ghz, 16 GB of memory and a Radeon 7970. It is primarily used for gaming and entertainment.

    My NAS device is a Core i7 3930k running at 4 Ghz with 32 GB of RAM and a Gigabyte X79-UP5 motherboard for the extra SAS ports. It currently houses 16 TB of unformated storage (12 TB faster RAIDZ2). It also hosts several virtual machines I tinker with. It currently has a passively cooled Radeon 6450 video card for the rare case I need to plug in a monitor.

    These three systems have something in common: they're not portable. Oddly enough, I'm in need of portable device since work is starting to send me traveling. I do have a laptop through them but I'd prefer to keep business and personal usage on separate devices.
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  • komodo rogue - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an ASUS G75VW-BBK5 (the "best buy" model). It's a nice laptop, although the laptop moniker is a bit of a misnomer and it fully deserves the "desktop replacement" designation. I bought it on a bit of a whim when I found a used model in mid 2012 for a really fair price. Although I have no intention to stop using it, it has been nearly useless for me at work, because it literally doesn't fit into any of my bags and hauling it to and from work turned out to be more effort than previously anticipated. As a PreK teacher, I often have oodles of crafts/supplies, books, and so on that I need to bring to work, so adding a huge laptop into the mix just isn't practical. I have been looking at ultrabooks like the 11" MBA, ASUS Zenbook, and, after the critical acclaim, the new Acer V5 to use as a work computer.

    It would be incredibly helpful it would be to have a modern computer to use at work (my designated work computer is an antiquated pentium machine that I share with coworkers). If I do not win, then I will likely buy one anyway (which one exactly boils down to price, so the V5 is a front runner), but the money I would save by winning this contest means more money for the classroom, more supplies, more field trips (who do you think foots the bill when families cannot afford a field trip?), birthday presents (as a title 1 school, buying birthday presents is necessary to ensure that every child receives something on their birthday), and more.

    If I win, then the V5 would be put to good use and it would improve the quality of my classroom. There's probably someone on here whose needs outweigh mine, but if not, I would be truly grateful!

    ----------

    As an aside, on the subject of schools: I would love to see a review roundup of durable "kid-centric" tablets on Anandtech for the readers who are parents and teachers. There are a lot of options, but most of them seem rather poor and focus on the custom software, which I would likely erase anyway and just run a clean version of android with apps for e-readers/audio books, video calling for talking to people on field trips and/or speaking with people who live far away as a sort of virtual field trip, maybe some games, etc. Thanks!
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  • Splotto - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop for the majority of gaming and a work laptop for working at home. I am looking for personal laptop to free me from my desk at home. Reply
  • melted829 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an old AMD based 2007/08 Toshiba 17" laptop ...way too big..and it is very very slow..would love to have a brand new amd based portable. I use my laptop for most things..email / web / work VPN / thank u for the opportunity! Reply
  • djc208 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop machine for gaming and serious work, and a tablet (rooted HP Touchpad running CM 10.1) for the usual e-mail/reading/FB stuff, but find that for more serious web surfing, or typing out anything longer than a paragraph I end up wanting to go back to a full system. A laptop like this provides a nice in-between for mobil computing where I need more than a tablet but don't want to or can't be tethered to a desktop. Reply
  • Jebzilla - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming desktop with an FX-6300 and a 7850 LE (Tahiti core, pretty good stuff). My wife and I also own an E-350 powered netbook. I'd love this as a replacement for the netbook. My wife is a student and soon to be teacher and could really use a new laptop. Reply
  • Jebzilla - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    7870 LE not a 7850, I really need to wake up before I type anything in the morning. Reply
  • celestialgrave - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently have a Lenovo laptop using a Sandybridge based Pentium processor for my mobility use but the battery life isn't as long as I would like for plane trips and at 15.6" it's also too big to really angle properly to view movies in coach. I have a desktop for my heavy duty gaming so something smaller and longer battery life would probably suit me better. Reply
  • StealthGhost - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Gaming desktop, iPad 3, HTC One. I need a laptop for school so this may, or may not be, after my review, perfect for that! =). Either way something is better than nothing for sure! I'd love to review it, giving it my best in true anandtech style and trustworthiness! Reply
  • tech-user - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This laptop would relieve my family of five fighting over only one aging laptop in the house, no other gadgets whatsoever except non-smart tv with over-the-air antenna. Reply
  • AnastasiaB - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My husband and I have two desktop computers (he assembled himself from components we needed) that we use for work and most of my income comes from using them. The Acer notebook would be perfect for travel though and for when we need a portable way to keep up with running our three small businesses on a tight budget! Reply
  • GTK - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hello, I'm currently using an old Macbook Pro from 2008. In its day it was a top of the line laptop, but that day has long past. By todays standards it is a brick. I'm a teacher who cycles 9.5km to school everyday and the weight and abysmal battery life preclude me from taking it with me. I also use bootcamp, but Geforce 8600M isn't up to modern games. I'd really love to have a modern, lightweight laptop with improved gaming performance! Reply
  • roxz72 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Have an old aging Dell Inspiron -- Core2Duo vintage. Would be nice upgrade and allow me to be more productive and play better games/watch movies on the go. Reply
  • iquan0006 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm using an older Dell Studio 14z. I'm itching to use something else. Reply
  • dan.linux - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    To preface, most every computer, monitor, etc has been given to me for free. I've got a Phenom based PC as my primary desktop, an athlon x2 system for my wife, an old Toshiba dual core laptop, and several other machines I use for random purposes. My latest devices are a first generation nexus 7 and an HTC droid DNA.

    Having a new computer that isn't 7+ years old would allow me to better enjoy my chromecast, enhances my software development capabilities and finally make me portable with something that isn't a brick.
    Reply
  • Scootiep7 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Yo! Right here. Reply
  • NesuD - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I have as my primary workstation a Homebuilt mid tower with a Fractal Design Define R4 Case, i7-3770k cpu, 8 gigs ram 2 Tb raid 5 storage array, 250 Gig Samsung 840 SSD, and a Radeon HD 6850 running Windows 7. Homebuilt Windows Homeserver 2011 homeserver with a Fractal Design define R4, i7-3770 cpu 8 gigs of ram 6 Tb Storage array. Homebuilt HTPC with a Silverstone Grandia Series GD05B HTPC case, AMD A8-3870 APU, 8Gb ram, 64 Gb Samsung 830 SSD, and a 2 Tb Storage Drive running Windows 8 pro w/ Windows media center. Lenovo Twist Convertible Ultrabook running an intel i5-3317u cpu, 4 gig Ram, 24 gig mSATA SSD using ExpressCache, and a 500Gb HDD System Drive running Windows 8 Pro. I would really like to see how Acer's AMD based notebook compares to my Lenovo as an Ultrabook. I do like my Twist but at times wish it were a bit smaller and had a better battery life. I don't really fine my twist all that useful in a tablet configuration so I never use it like that. The 11.5" screen size sounds very appealing to me for a ultra light laptop as long as it has good battery life. Reply
  • Hulk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop computer and an older, heavy laptop. A thin and light laptop with a touch screen would be great for me and my family. Reply
  • Uritziel - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Want. Reply
  • willis936 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've built a desktop with a 4770k (core 4.6, cache 4.3), 2x8GB 2133 9-9-9-11-31 2N, and a 560Ti (950/2150). My laptop is a five year old lenovo y550p which is a 9lb behemoth. I leave it at home and mostly rely on my nexus 7 (2012) for on the road browsing but it's not enough most of the time. I'm a junior in electrical engineering and MATLAB (or freemat as I prefer [-: ) and spice tools are rapidly becoming a large part of the curriculum. I commute so I either have to go home to have access to my computers or use a cluster in one room on campus. Reply
  • bznotins - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have 8 PCs in my home (for two people, maybe I have a problem):

    LGA2011 SB-E Gaming Rig
    miniITX Haswell Lan Party box
    Sandy Bridge HTPC
    Trinity HTPC
    Sandy Bridge Win8-based Server (and "junk-drawer") PC
    Sandy Bridge backup server (air gapped from the rest of the network)
    2011 MacBook Air
    Ivy Bridge X220 Ultraportable

    How could the V5 fit? It's all about having the right tool for the job. I'm not a "one size fits all" kind of person when it comes to computing. Most solutions end-up being a "jack of all trades, master of none" approach and that doesn't cut it for me. When I want to pound-in a nail, I want a really good hammer. When I want to drive a screw, give me a great screwdriver. The hammer/screwdriver combo always seems to have compromises and does neither job well.

    I see the V5 as a potentially great mobile / airborne asset. My X220 is a touch big right now for travel and I would love something that's a bit smaller, lighter, and with a touchscreen.

    Day-to-day use will be the final judge of its utility, as I have a closet littered with items that seemed to be good tools at purchase but turned-out to be littered with compromises.
    Reply
  • Anonononomous - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a decent desktop and a Nexus 10. I'm a student who commutes to school and having something with a real keyboard, and the ability to properly interface with SkyDrive, would make working when not at home a hell of a lot easier. Reply
  • nand - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    it's not enough to have only a 5 year old machine in a house full of people. V5 would help to split casual gaming, office and photo editing and web stuff from the current desktop Core 2 Duo E7200 and 2GB of RAM with Radeon HD 3650 Reply
  • JPForums - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I like to keep a mix of technologies so I have first hand experience with what is out there when I build systems or recommend components.
    My engineering/gaming rig is an i7 system with 2xGTX670.
    My (wife's) productivity/gaming rig is an FX8320 with 2xHD7870 (situation is improving with the new drivers).
    My test system pulls double duty as a component tester and loaner/dedicated server for LAN parties. It has a Phenom II 955BE with an HD7850.
    My Media PC is based on a Trinity APU.
    My Asus G75VW is an i7/GTX670M gaming laptop currently used for gaming with buddies and for any mobile business I have (like meetings, troubleshooting, passing time on planes). I'd like to redefine its role to simply be a more portable gaming system.
    My file server is based on an old Athlon 64 X2. (My whole house is networked for LAN parties so why not make use of it)

    I host LAN parties periodically, hence the gaming capable requirement for many of my systems.
    I've been in the market for a portable system for a while now, but haven't really found anything at a price I'm willing to pull the trigger on. If I had the Acer V5, it would be used as a truly mobile system that my Asus G75VW is currently ill suited for. It would also give me a feel for AMD processors in mobile that I'm sorely lacking at the moment. In LAN parties (its got to have a gaming use), I would sit it right next to my rig and use it to remote control the dedicated server.
    Reply
  • ski - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Would love to replace my aging 2005 E machine AMD laptop. Reply
  • Nibras - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've a Dell i3 with HD6470m which I use for college and leisure. The HD6470m is getting outdated for newer games and I could actually use some more portability V5's smaller size will offer as opposed to my present laptop.

    I additionally have a Blackberry Tablet that I use for multimeda(videos, movies and music) as well as mobile gaming. I also do some reading on my tablet. I have a LG GT540 as my primary mobile phone which I use for chatting on the go and gaming when bored while travelling.
    Reply
  • Terberculosis - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am a public high school teacher. I teach AP Computer Science and AP Calculus. I have been looking for a new machine lately, as my school issued machine is almost a decade old (it is an HP with a Pentium 4 HT) and its responsiveness leaves something to be desired.

    Currently I own a six year old home assembled desktop which I use mostly as an HTPC, but also for some work in the evenings and on weekends. I also have an iPad 2 which I use almost exclusively as an ebook reader.

    My wish list was something very portable with decent power (Grid World is a monster :) ) so I can carry it back and forth to work, and avoid the dinosaur on my desk.

    My work flow usually looks like: Chrome with 3-5 tabs open for research, IE with one tab open for school email (too buggy to keep in chrome), several word and excel documents, and eclipse with a few small java programs open.

    Currently, working on my work issued computer is a great way to test my patience, but not necessarily a great way to quickly produce assignments and lessons.

    Thanks for the chance!
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  • Tibbz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Yes Please! This will be a great portable partner to my wife's MSI GT70 Reply
  • Muldoonite - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My desktop is a Phenom II X6 system that I built in 2010 and has been nothing short of stellar ever since. As far as portable computing goes, I'm currently rocking a Galaxy S4 which I got in July of this year (my first ever smartphone), a stand, and I plan to get a USB OTG cable so I can use a keyboard with my phone. A dedicated laptop would obviously be more ideal than this, but since both of my old laptops are broken, this is what I'm going to be trying out for the semester. I imagine that with the right compact keyboard, using a GS4 for basic portable computing tasks won't be so bad so I'm excited to be trying it out. The addition of an Acer V5 would change this GS4 exercise from one of necessity to merely one of curiosity. Thanks for doing the giveaway! Reply
  • Vepsa - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a custom built desktop & Acer S3. However, I need this laptop for my wife. She has a custom built desktop & an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. But she is constantly wanting to steal my Ultrabook.... Reply
  • Shukla - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I only own AMD products. My desktop machine is custom phenom x4. My old ancient HP DV laptop is AMD. I want and need AMD to stay strong and competitive- so I put my money there. I would like to win this because my laptop is overdue for upgrade. I'm loyal AMD and would love to take this laptop for a spin!! Reply
  • onionjuice - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    MEEEMEME! Reply
  • christaylor960 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup is a little old. I have an AMD Athlon II 635 quad core with 8gb of DDR3 ram, two 80gb SSD running in RAID 0, a 1TB hard-drive, and an AMD 7870 graphics card. This is an okay setup for gaming at 1080p on most non resource hogging games. I could really use the Acer V5 because I could use it for college, enabling me to take it to classes and study in more relaxed places other than in my uncomfortable office chair all night. I am a computer programming major and I don't need extreme CPU power when learning programming languages, I actually need portability more than anything. So I think AMD should give me one of the Acer V5's because when I graduate I want to work for them, so think of it as an investment more than a giveaway. Reply
  • stormcrow216 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm a college professor and I teach at three different campuses in the LA area. My commutes are long, and it's often inconvenient for me to return home in between classes (actually, it's often impossible). I currently have a decent desktop PC (core i3) at home and a modest Samsung smart phone (Galaxy S Blaze), but it's really not adequate for creating and managing online content for my students. A highly mobile, yet still functional device like the V5 would make a huge difference in my life. Instead of spending two hours driving home and back to get 45 minutes of work done, I could simply find a seat at Starbucks in between classes and get all of my work done there. Reply
  • BeardedLurker - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a HP Pavilion that is about 7 years old and on its last leg. It is a 15" model and weighs about 10 lbs, the battery life lasts about 4 min so it is time for a new one. This newer, faster, and lighter laptop would allow me to take a computer to school and not have to hunt down an outlet. I also own a home-built desktop that I use for running my school software and the occasional game. Reply
  • VisionX302 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Wow! This is great. Thanks! Reply
  • Thestrider - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a collection of devices - fitted to what I need to do - Ive got a business class laptop for work. When I travel for fun, a Nexus 7 comes with to serve as a guide and to while away the time on the place. If its a business trip I bringing the full size laptop as well. At home I have a full size desktop - its hooked to my home theater to play movies and games on the big screen. Lastly I have a 14" personal laptop for those times when someone else is using the home theater and I just want to relax. Reply
  • zbertalan - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am a big AMD fan, and own 2 AMD Phenom desktops, and an outdated laptop with one of the first AMD64 processors. I would love to get a new notebook that has AMD inside. I need a new laptop for the computing intensive work I do. Reply
  • ddahlin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Dell Precision that I have replaced just about everything except for the motherboard and the processor (came with a somewhat long-in-the-tooth now Core 2 Extreme QX6700). My wife has an HP AMD laptop that is a couple years old, as well as an original kindle fire. I would enjoy having a touch laptop that is small enough to use while watching TV or playing some games while away from my main computer. Reply
  • jefeweiss - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently do most of my work on an older Asus laptop, which is a 15 inch multimedia model. I think its the NV53? It is fine for sitting on my desk hooked up to an additional monitor, but it's not really a great laptop to use on the road. It is pretty heavy, kind of large and doesn't get very good battery life. If I won the Acer V5, I would more than likely leave my work laptop on my desk and use the new laptop when I am traveling.

    I have some older computers lying around, a few old desktops from back in the day when people bought desktops, a few older laptops with things that work intermittently, I have an older tablet that I don't use much because the battery has lost a lot of its life.

    I also purchase computers for my company, usually with an emphasis on cheaper, capable desktops and higher end business laptops.
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  • hellstrider - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link


    1. I currently own HP Envy4 "ultrabook" ( 4lbs / 32gb cache drive + 500GB, and the screen is a TN panel at 1366x768, it's horrible :)

    2. I would love this little sleekbook primarily for its IPS display (higher ppi + Touch), weight and ALL-solid state storage! Laptops need more IPS displays these days, so props to ACER for including one on the budget offering, which goes along with Anandtech's recommendation (kabini review) for OEMs to take advantage of lower CPU prices to squeeze in nicer components (IPS screens + SSD) while keeping the price low, for overall better user experience!

    3. Support the underdog, I love what AMD is trying to do with APUs!
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  • WalkingDead - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I need two! Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an i5-750 desktop and an Acer CULV notebook. The fan in the notebook is dying and the desktop puts out too much heat. A V5 would be faster than the old CULV notebook I have, maybe even fast enough to let me keep the desktop in hibernation more often. Reply
  • pugsly - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop PC for gaming, and a work laptop. I would use this machine for vacations, road machine. Since I can't do very many personal things on the work laptop it would be nice to have something I can use a full email client on as well as maybe a few games. Reply
  • snappyq - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    desktop, ipad. ipad can't cut it when need do something when mobile. Reply
  • Moden - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a watercooled SLI equipped desktop for work and gaming, a mid tower HTPC for living room entertainment, two other windows PCs in other rooms for convenience and guests and a windows home server. These are all home built machines. I am looking for an ultra-light notebook to carry in my DSLR camera bag to use for picture processing when out or traveling. I currently have a 7 " tablet for this but it really isn't sufficient due to screen size and available software. Reply
  • joetekubi - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an 1st gen Intel i7 desktop that I'm pretty happy with, and a 2nd gen Intel i5 HP laptop that I desparately need to replace. The laptop runs hot, and I get maybe 1.5 hours battery life on it. I really need to get a decent (small) laptop with good performance and great battery life. A smallish display and very light weight are desired.
    Linux (Xubuntu) compatibilty essential.
    Reply
  • byron60 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I work from home as a linux developer using an AMD desktop and have a 14" Dell laptop for the six weeks I spend each year in SF. (1) 14" is too big to work in coach seating and I often wish I had a smaller laptop (2) my wife and I started a program to sponsor teenagers from rural villages in Sierra Leone to go to High School and travelling to Africa requires something light, exceptionally portable and with good battery life since recharging is often difficult. Wy wife also travels to Kenya every year working on a rural telemedicine project and would value a lighter machine wiht good battery life for the same reason. We could both put thjis to great use. Reply
  • Dr0id - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have 5 personal computing devices in my household: my 2011 MBP 15" [hires display, 16GB RAM, 480 SSD] for my main computing (coding, presentations, gaming), Win7 custom PC Q6600 (my old gaming PC, wife now uses for Excel, digital scrapbooking), Dell 14" laptop (wife for PTO notes), and 2 iPhone 4S for on the go computing. Reply
  • claussendb - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am running on a Soyo - KT600 Dragon mobo. All components are of that age too. I did get an LCD monitor though, so it is not all bad news. I would LOVE to win this new PC. I have VHS and Hi8 tapes that I would like to convert over to DVD and my present PC just can't do it. Thank you for even giving all of us the option to win this nice PC. Reply
  • slackhouse - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i'm currently using a Macbook Pro (non retina display) for my work and home PC. I did replace it with a 500GB SSD, so the change in the Acer is a nice touch. I mainly use my laptop to work from home when I telecommute and streaming content to my television. I also have the original ASUS Transformer Tablet that I only use for web browsing and watching movies.

    The Acer would be a welcome change to my work/home computer. Currently, I struggle with productivity as Apple sucks at multi-monitor support when using remote desktop into a Windows machine (my at work pc). So, my productivity at home suffers when I have to RDP into Windows servers or my at work pc.

    I am a VMware administrator and would love to slam this quadcore while running multiple virtual machines from it. Please let me win. I would be using it primary as a work replacement device connected to a wireless keyboard/mouse combo and with an additional monitor.
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  • furfoot - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm using a Lenovo 4yr. old 14" T400 with an upgraded 240G SSD 8 MB ram and W7 64; still pretty usable! but need a reliable road warrior and better screen resolution. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got a Dell Netbook (2110) and the experience is abysmal. I'm looking for a replacement me and my wife could use at home for general tasks. This little guy might fit the bill. I'd love to try it out and write a review. Reply
  • CU - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an old eeepc atom netbook that I use in the kitchen/den area to quickly check email, weather, and other webpages. While a smartphone is nice it doesn't have a large enough screen or keyboard to make me want to ditch the old netbook. But, this would be so much better. Hope I win. Reply
  • Forcepath - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have two computers, a self built mid-range gaming desktop running an i5 with 8GB of RAM, a 660 TI, and running a 1TB 7200 RPM storage drive with two 128GB SSDs (Intel 520 and Samsung 840 Pro). My second computer is an early 2010 Macbook Pro 13" that is primarily my wife's computer now.

    My hope is that I can win this laptop to increase my portability. I have tried using tablets before, but they do not fit my use pattern (I really enjoy multitasking, multiple windows, etc), and I would love to be more portable so I can spend more time in the living room with my wife doing my thing (some work applications, internet browsing, and recently, low cpu usage online tcgs). It would be great to have a lightweight portable solution that would allow me to spend less time in my computer chair and more time on the couch/bed/in-the-world without feeling the loss of my Windows platform and connectivity. Plus, I've always been an AMD fanboy at heart (showing my young age somewhat, but my first self-built computer was an AMD Athlon 64 (Windchester). Good times!!
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  • gldnduck - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current stable:
    Win8 HTPC on an Athlon w/ 46" TV, Win8 Desktop on an Athlon w/ Dual 23" Dells, HP Touchpad w/ Cyanogenmod 10, Surface Pro 128, Win2012 Hyper-V on an i7 (VMs: Domain Controller, Fileserver, MythTV Backend, MythTV Web Server), Semi-Decomissioned Dell XPS 14z

    Getting the V5 would get my wife a good mobile platform since she isn't too keen on the Surface (and the Touchpad is kinda buggy now). The V5 would take the place left by the old 14z (whose battery will no only hold it up for 15 minutes). The usage profile of the V5 would be mostly internet, productivity work, and media consumption; we don't do much gaming. It would get desktop replacement duties during travel and vacations. I would love to get a full laptop with a touch screen to see how it differs from the Surface Pro's usability.
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  • ShumOSU - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a gaming desktop that also doubles as media storage center, and I have an HTPC in the living room that streams media wirelessly from my desktop. Neither of these is mobile at all. The only mobile electronics I have right now is my smart phone and that has obvious use limitations. Something light and powerful could go anywhere in the house with me and could easily be taken out and about as well: to a friend's place, on mass-transit, waiting in lines or at airports. Reply
  • Myrandex - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have been a long time supporter and in fact have been using AMD for my desktop systems and most of my laptop systems since the original K6 model (which was such an upgrade from a 486, my last Intel desktop I have built for myself). My current laptop is getting rather dated and only lasts maybe 20 minutes on its battery, so winning a new laptop that is nice and power efficient would help out quite a bit. This would let me get work done on the go. So I would love to win and would write an excellent review of the model at a later point in time. Reply
  • whyso - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I live in Canada. *cry* Reply
  • nhilyna - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have built a few desktops using Asus motherboards and love them. However, I have not own any notebook, and would love to get my hands on one, especially this size for ease of carrying around. This one seems to have more than enough muscles to handle everyday tasks, especially configured with a Samsung SSD. Reply
  • mcorb1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Core 2 Quad desktop, a 2011 11" MacBook Air, and a Nexus 7 tablet (1st gen), and an HTPC (Athlon II x3). The desktop is primarily for gaming. The MBA is the default sitting in front of the tv surfing/e-mail appliance. The Nexus 7 is used for bedtime surfing (and as a travel device). Having a portable Win 8 machine would be helpful because I could do some light gaming, work (VPN), and have a surfing/email computer that my girlfriend won't take from me. Reply
  • fuzz00713 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Really cool to have a one stop collection point for all things AMD on anandtech. Reply
  • fuzz00713 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Since Im a bit of an AMD junkie and have a 6 core Phenom 2 desktop, and a quad core Phenom media center at home. Ive been shopping for something AMD that I can take on field assignments and this sort of machine is exactly what I need. Reply
  • plext0r - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own two mini-towers outfitted with EVGA LGA1366 motherboards and a single Xeon X5600-series CPU. I need something light and portable to take with me on the road, on vacation, on the plane, etc. Reply
  • KillerBee2 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current Acer 4720 Pentium laptop is showing it's age
    The battery is worn down to getting about 1/2 hour of use before needing recharge.
    Still rocking Vista though :)
    Upgrading to a touchscreen with Windows 8 would be great
    and hopefully will be able to run a bit longer on battery power.
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  • honourbound68 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own an MSI laptop with ivy bridge i7 and gt650 that I use for gaming and work. i also own an hp sandy bridge i7 with amd 6670 that my kids use for minecraft. both these notebooks are over 5 lbs with the power packs. i really want a lighter notebook/ultrabook for travel purposes that can handle light gaming. the acer v5 really fits this bill. Reply
  • AnandFan2013 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I so need to replace my 5 year old dell, *Waves hand* come on fate! Reply
  • Rictorhell - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I have a HP dv7 laptop and an Acer w700 tablet. The laptop weighs a ton, in part because it has 3 hard drives, so traveling with it is not the most convenient thing in the world.

    The Acer V5 is much lighter and it would be much easier to travel with.

    My current laptop also only has usb 2.0 ports, so a computer with usb 3.0 would make my routine and file transfers faster and easier.
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  • mpdugas - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm trying my best to stay with AMD, hence my FX8350 build, which is working very well in my desktop. I'd like to have some portability, which I lack as of now, so an AMD based notebook would be a perfect match! Reply
  • BeeBubbaBella - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Right now I own 1 non working HP desktop, 1 non working Dell laptop and an HP desktop that shuts off on you if it is on for more than an houre. I even had my computer friend put a new Motherboard in last year and it still is acting up. I need a V5 so I can work on the computer and not have it shut off in the middle of me typing. The desktop also has no sound so each time my hubby is TDY or overseas we can see him through skype but can't hear him. It would also be great to let the kids do some of their school work on a reliable computer. Reply
  • blrg891 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an original I7 nahalem 920-based desktop. For mobile I have a 5-6 year old HP DV7 which has an AMD Turion x2 in it. My laptop is severly lacking on CPU cache and runs slow because of it. Not to mention it has built-in Radeon HD3200. That and it is starting to make this sound. The sound of a fan approaching the end of its life.

    As for the mobile space I have a Motorola Droid2 global. I am awaiting a new Motorola phone which has a physical keyboard and LTE capabilities. I have an Asus Transformer (original).

    Currently I need a better travel computer. Something which is not unbearably slow and has decent computational power. I am a programmer in both profession and hobbies. I create android apps and working my way into both the windows and ios app markets.
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  • max40watt - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a nice modern desktop that is used for work and gaming, as well as an older 14" Thinkpad that I received upon entering grad school. What I need is a portable laptop that is still capable of large image editing in photoshop as well as pleasant to type and read papers on. Hopefully this 11" Acer would fit the bill. Reply
  • digitalsolo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an Intel i7 powered notebook (a Lenovo to be specific). I use this for Photoshop and video ripping/rendering/encoding. At the moment it's also my general use device. I have been considering a tablet as an addition to my laptop for consumption purposes, but my normal use scenario involves a lot of web research and forum posting. This makes the touch screen interface of a tablet sub-optimal.

    I believe a device like the V5 would slot nicely into my needed position of a lightweight device for content consumption while still being a true laptop with sufficient power for content creation. Having this all in a power efficient package like AMD's APU provides seems to really be the best of both worlds. I also have some experience in reviewing equipment and I would greatly enjoy a chance to delve into some modern AMD hardware and share my thoughts.
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  • antonyt - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My desktop is a Wolfdale core 2 duo box I put together in 2009. My laptop is the 2009 aluminum body Macbook (not Pro).

    I use my desktop primarily for gaming and some Windows development hobby projects--got a few half-baked, unfinished experiments with XNA, Silverlight, and the WP8 SDK. My laptop is sort of useless for either of those tasks. It struggles mightily to run all but the simplest games. And though I have bootcamp set up, trying to do any Windows dev on it is a trying experience.

    Additionally, my Macbook has seen much better days. I've got a fuzzy flickering line running down one area of the display, the battery life is all of 2 whole hours, and as of last week, the charger stopped charging.

    With the V5, I wouldn't be forced to use my desktop to do the computing tasks I'm primarily focused on. Travelling would become much more pleasant if I could fire up Dota2 or Visual Studio, depending on how productive I'm feeling!
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  • welcha - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I work for a charity - wonderfully rewarding work, just not financially. While I do have a Dell laptop for my work as the 'IT' guy, and a , I do not have my own. I purchased a Lenovo U410 2 years ago for my wife as she pursued her Masters in Health Administration. Not a real workhorse, but easily fulfilled her computing needs. I also have configured on our home network a HP wireless printer as well as a WD 1.5 TB drive hanging off the Netgear 3700 router. No more wires! How would it change how I work? It would allow me more flexibility in monitoring our systems, allow me to experiment with BYOD and its impact on corporate networks, and other topics, and thus increase my knowledge base, as well as give me the opportunity to start doing some consulting work on my own. This would dramatically change my options and opportunities going forward. Thank you. Reply
  • douglar1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got my left4dead cluster:
    1) I5-3550 with Radeon 5850 (OC)
    2) E8400 with Radeon 6870
    3) I3-3220 with Radeon 7770
    4) Opteron 275 with Radeon 7770

    And I've got a home theater box:
    5) A-10 5700

    But my laptop is 9 year old Best Buy HP Semperon 2700+ that was max upgraded to an Athlon 3700+ with 1GB ram. The mouse pad doesn't work in Windows 7 and the money for the laptop upgrade, like so many others out there, went to an 64GB Ipad2 instead.

    I've been waiting for a compelling upgrade, but I just have not found it.
    Reply
  • Judhajit - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Have a 5 year old laptop. Need to update. Would like to see IPS in action. Reply
  • L1FE - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My primary work laptop is a Dell equipped with Sandy Bridge i7-3730qm, 16GB (running multiple VMs) of RAM and 256GB SSD. My wife uses an older ULV Asus. I also have a Mac Mini for running a few virtualized Linux servers, and a Dell HTPC connected to a bedroom TV. Reply
  • tammlam - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I teach biology and chemistry so I use PowerPoint quite often in the classroom. These PowerPoints are created on my state-of-the-art Dell GX620 running a Pentium 4 and Windows 8. My do-everything computer (except gaming) is an HP dm1 with the E-350 APU. My HTPC is a Dell Zino HD with an Athlon II, HD 5450, and Blu-ray. I have played Dead Space 2, Deus Ex Human Revolution, and StarCraft II on the Zino. I was looking at th V5 as a PowerPoint presentation computer at school so that I can mark up my presentations with a stylus. Reply
  • stoenram - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently have the following hardware:
    1. Dell Precision M6500 "Laptop" (1st gen Core i7 mobile chip) for work
    2. ASUS Pink Laptop (basic web surfer for my wife)
    3. ASUS Nettop (atom 2550 + win8)
    4. 1st gen iPad (for the kids)
    5. Nook Color (w/ Cyanogen mod installed)
    6. iPhone 5 (wife's phone)
    7. Nokia Lumia 521 (my phone)

    Used mostly for entertainment & education purposes. My devices are also used for work (SharePoint development).

    I would use this laptop as my personal computer, for general web surfing and some light gaming. Would also possible consider some basic development (non-SharePoint) on it.

    Thanks!
    Reply
  • HenriKraken - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an iPad for watching Netflix. A custom pc with an i7 920 clocked to 4 ghz with a gtx 560 for gaming and an Alienware m11r1 that I got as a hand me down for work.

    I would use this new laptop to develop software at my work, writing software for small satellites.
    Reply
  • droorda - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a old home server, media center and a large desktop. I need to replace my home server with my desktop rig, but need a replacement for my desktop. Something with enough power to allow me to still get things done and not tie me down to a desk. Reply
  • danjw - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Thank you for the new laptop. ;-) Reply
  • stym - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I would definitely need this as I currently lug around a 15.6" laptop that is getting old and is not that powerful. I carry it everywhere. My back hurts. Reply
  • jardows2 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an adequate Pentium 850 desktop that serves to play older games, and a couple of old laptops for when I need to be mobile. The main laptop I have is an old Compaq that gets very toasty, and has a flaky screen, and the battery is no good. It is currently in my new office, where I will be preparing lessons (I am a pastor) and other office type work, such as publisher documents, spreadsheets, typing letters, etc.

    A light-weight, cool temperature, and fully functional device like this would allow me to expand to remote presentations, and free my computing to beyond the office. I have been skeptical of the low-end, low-power devices for general computing, but if I were to win this laptop, perhaps my mind could be swayed!
    Reply
  • Aganazer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Right now I have a Clovertrail tablet, but my wife is taking it in the divorce along with any money I might have had to buy a new one.

    She is also taking the gaming PC (i7 with Nvidia GTX760) I *just* got done building for her. That leaves me with a 5 year old PC (core 2 duo with Nvidia GTX275) and no money. :(
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  • WeaselITB - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got several machines -- my main gaming machine (Sandy Bridge i5 / GTX 670), the wife's gaming machine (i7-920 / GTX 570), a couple other gaming machines for when friends come over (various combinations of couple-generation old graphics and processors; basically hand-me-downs), the main file server, the Hyper-V server, the HTPC upstairs in the theatre, the HTPC in the workout room, my Surface Pro mainly used for work, and the wife's ancient Acer AMD netbook.

    Winning this laptop would allow me to replace the netbook, so that the wife would stop ragging on me for being able to modestly play games on my Surface Pro while she can't do even Minecraft on her netbook.

    Thanks!
    -Weasel
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  • allenwr1505 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming desktop built two years ago that has been incrementally upgraded. 2500k, Z68 motherboard, 16GB DDr 1600, 240GB SSD, Radeon 7970. The desktop is great, but I move around a lot now, so I've been on the market to get a laptop so that I can work away from home. I've tried tablets, but I need to do more than they permit. I will be doing clinical rotations in various hospitals soon and need a portable computer. Would love to win this Ultrabook. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a new haswell gaming desktop with a gtx 780 and a Maximus VI Extreme motherboard. I also have a ipad and a iphone. My Maximus VI Extreme has a great feature i've been wanting to tryout called ROG Connect.

    It allows you to hook a usb cable to the motherboard, and the other end to a laptop which allows you to monitor temps, overclock, and look at system codes. I would use this Acer Laptop for the ROG connect during my overclocking sessions, as well as using it for my free lance tech work i do on several platforms.

    As long as it will run windows and has a traditional windows command prompt, it will be perfect for what i do in life. Currently i have jobs that require a laptop due to needing to remote into routers and do wireshark analysis on wifi deployments, so i'm having to borrow my moms laptop on every job that requires them. My ipad works on very little stuff, because it has no usb port, or other i/o ports that i need.

    Thanks and i would love to review and own it!
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  • nyonya - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an aging Dell XPS Studio 16 with a first-gen Core i3 for my main machine and an Athlon BE-2400 based desktop as my media center. This would obviously be a much more recent machine than what I currently use, and significantly more portable - I basically treat my XPS Studio 16 as a desktop, the farthest it moves is from my desk to my couch - and even then, it's much too large and puts out way too much heat to comfortably use on a lap. The V5 looks like the perfect compliment to my current setup as a road warrior laptop - heck, it could probably replace my Dell! Reply
  • BigLan - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm currently using some ancient PCs at home - s939 Opteron, AM2 Athlon (not even AM2+) and a core2duo laptop. They're still adequate enough for home use, but the Opteron's really showing it's age for gaming (coupled with a 6870, I'm definately CPU bound.) The AM2 Athlon's fine for HTPC duties, though doesn't handle LAV filters well.

    The laptop's a Dell Latitude and has been a workhorse - 2 years of college followed by 4 years of general household use - but the screen bezel recently cracked and the 5400rpm drive is awful (an ssd would likely make a huge difference.) It's also pretty heavy so mostly stays in the docking station while we use tablets for email/facebook/streaming video.

    Tablet wise, we've got a nook tablet running CM10 and a new Nexus 7 as her-and-his devices, with a 3rd gen ipod touch used for kids games when they're not using one of the bigger tablets. We've also got a nook simple touch with is a perfect ereader.

    Getting an ultrabook would push me back towards the windows world from Android, and also help cut down on my family's "the laptop's not working" cries. It'd be interesting to see how the V5 compares to the Nexus 7 for web surfing, a bigger screen would be nice, but I think I'm spoiled by the high res Nexus. I'd also use it for chromecasting using the extension to stream from my NAS.
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  • douglaswilliams - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current Dell D630 just doesn't cut it any more. It's loud, slow, button response is fading, it sucks down power and it's pretty heavy to carry around. The Acer V5 answers every complaint I could think up for my current system. It's small, sleek, powerful yet power efficient, and I would actually want to use it - instead of dread having to attempt to be productive on the D630. I used to attempt to edit small home videos, yeah, that was cumbersome, so I stopped even trying. I don't even try anymore to plug it into the HDTV to stream Netflix, it can't handle the resolution or keep a smooth video playback. The small music collection is a waste since my phone wont synch. I have tried to update my iPhone 4 with it - after errors and hours it's just not going to happen. Yeah, I'm still on iOS 4.3.1. The Acer V5 would pretty much revolutionized my whole computing experience.

    Stepping back an looking at my current system like this, as a computer engineer I am ashamed of my current setup. But I could actually be proud of the Acer V5.
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  • dwatterworth - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This would be a great machine for in-field measurements and showing clients presentations and ideas for the architecture firm I work at! Battery life and strong GPU option are terrific for an actual MOBILE system. Reply
  • warrenk81 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've been bouncing between whichever 2-4 generations old laptop i can get for $100 on ebay for awhile now. I have an iphone, but i need something that i can run a VM or two on while on the move, and still have battery life. Older laptops(my price range at the moment) are hard to find good batteries for. Reply
  • superxero044 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently just own a gaming desktop, no laptop. Reply
  • tkolloch - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Would love to own this ultra portable. Reply
  • Infodude - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have several home-made AMD / XP boxes based on ASRock and ASUS boards, one belonging to the kids. They are rapidly becoming vintage (>5 years old.) My children are starting to hound me about getting a laptop. Because they need food, clothing, and other things, it's kinda out of the budget. Additionally, I really would like to examine the Win 8 platform. Reply
  • brndnzlda - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I only have a desktop and tablet, so a portable machine that could do more productive tasks would be great! Reply
  • Mbonus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    We currently own two Thinkpads (t61p - primarily kid duty) and HP Elitebook 8460.

    The thinkpads do mostly web surfing and media housing. The Elitebook is a strictly work machine. As you can see we have been operating with the heavy/durable paradigm and for the most part it has served us well as long as we are near a power receptacle; thus mostly at home. I have been looking for a while at adding a ultra-portable to the mix that is light and power efficient enough to bring out and about. I have been closely watching the development of touch enabled displays in the pc space, but have not jumped on board yet.

    Winning a V5 would add portability and touch capability to our current setup. I looks like it would fit nicely as a light gaming, capable machine and I would use it as such.
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  • MerlinRML - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    1) I have a desktop that I use for the occasional work-from-home duties, well as light web surfing and the far too uncommon gaming session.
    2) My wife has a laptop.
    3) We have a tablet that floats around the house for light web, email, and casual gaming duties.
    4) My wife and I both have smartphones that provide the on-the-go communication needs.

    My daughter is almost 1 and loves the smartphones and tablets, but whose coordination is not quite good enough to operate such a small device. I'd give the laptop to her to play with, since it would be our first touch-enabled device that is big enough for her to operate.
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  • raybob - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Using a quadcore AMD Linux box to develop robotics software. Unfortunately, am using an aging Atom netbook for a remote controller (camera, sensor display, drive selection) and it has trouble keeping up. A spiffy new AMD multi-core laptop would really help (or a quadcore tablet or quadcore smartphone or or or). Reply
  • クリスチャン - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm rolling pretty simple, I've got an older Phenom II X4 gaming PC and a really old Core 2 Duo laptop from 2007 with a horrible 2 hour battery life. I would definitely use one of these bad boys for travelling as it would replace my current laptop and do a much better job. Being 18 on a budget isn't easy! Reply
  • trasymachos - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently work on a Thinkstation D30 in my office (running Ubuntu) - a very nice and powerful machine. For home use and travelling I used a Macbook Air (13') until very recently, but it broke down and right now I'm back to a 5 year old Toshiba Satellite notebook (dualbooting Ubuntu and Windows), a machine that is seriously showing it's age and is quite bulky. Having something light and portable as a replacement for the laptop would be fantastic. I also have an Ipad mini and smartphone (Galaxy S4). Reply
  • slyder0244 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got a big 15.6" heavy laptop, which is a pain to move around. I need something light and small to carry around, as well as powerful. Reply
  • jase.s - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My computing setup consists of a Lenovo Thinkpad X200. It is a bit outdated, but I primarily use it for school (neurobio BS) and work (engineering research lab), so it does alright. Other than that, I just have an iPhone to quickly check email or look something up without having to start up my laptop.

    Winning a V5 would probably change my computing experience quite a bit; I'd be jumping up two or three generations on my main computing device which is a big step. I previously chose the Thinkpad because it had great battery life--especially with the extended battery though at an added weight cost--and the V5 seems fulfill that requirement in a lighter package. I'd also be moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8, so everything would be a bit more current and up-to-date.
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  • lbswartz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I have a Dell Inspiron 14 (I think?) laptop. It's only about 3 years old but DAYUM is it slow. Like, switching-tabs-in-Chrome-crashes-it slow. Sad face. I mostly use it to watch Netflix, since it is surprisingly heavy as well as crash-inclined. What I want is a computer that will let me start doing more graphic design -- using Gimp on my existing is pathetically slow, as is the Pixlr site. Reply
  • DataPath - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    At work, all the computers are Dell, even the laptops. The exception is that managers can opt for Apple laptops.

    I don't want an Apple laptop, and I don't want a Dell. A little Acer notebook with an AMD processor would be fantastic.
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  • MmmmmBeef - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a old i5-750 desktop with a 27" monitor that I use the most. My laptop is an old chunky Gateway 15.6" Athlon X2. I also have a nook HD+ tablet. The Acer V5 would allow me to have a portable computer with decent battery life. Reply
  • jtallen123 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got a Phenom II 3 core processor desktop computer that I built for games 4.5 years ago and it's getting a bit long in the tooth. The Radeon 4870 video card is showing it's age and starting to go on fritz. I still play a few games on it but I'm really needing an upgrade here soon.

    My wife has a 9 year old Dell laptop that we don't really use anymore since it's so out dated and terribly slow to load and use, and a surface RT tablet that she loves.

    With the kids starting to need the computer more for school work I'd love to use the V5 as both a portable gaming machine for some basic games and for the kids to have more of an opportunity to take care of their schoolwork.
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  • Flipper34 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    We have a few desktops (one for each member of the family) we don't have any gaming capable laptops. One is a Toshiba Satellite from the 90s and another entry level Toshiba that my wife uses that was given to her used. This would be great for the kids to do homework while we are visiting family and still give them a platform for PvZ games and such. Reply
  • dlambert - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've currently got a fairly new, self-build Haswell i7 desktop used for VM hosting & photo editing (complete specs & photos here: http://lambertpix.com/2013/07/a-pc-for-photo-editi... I've also got a Lenovo W510 laptop, which works fairly well for browsing, light photo editing, and the occasional web development, but it sucks power like there's no tomorrow. I've got a Nexus 4 phone, and nothing at present between the phone & the laptop. I've considered picking up a tablet of some sort, but I honestly think I'd prefer an ultrabook-type machine that's easy to carry and is more efficient than, say, a Hummer. I'd be evaluating the AMD to replace the Lenovo. Biggest challenge: I'm a trackpoint junkie, so I'd love to see if the trackpad on the Acer would be an effective substitute. Reply
  • amrav - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have 2 year old Samsung I5 laptop. The battery died a couple of times so far. Now a days I am down to using the tablet for web around the house and the laptop for photo editing and stuff like that. The v5 should help me use only one device for all the stuff and at the same time keep me from not having to keep so many devices. Reply
  • portgrey - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i have a nice desktop computer but my life with family requires me to travel often. a laptop with this portability and power would be great and help me to edit the family photos and movies. Reply
  • derekburton - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Have a gaming desktop and an older dual core laptop as well as an Acer A500 tablet. My daughter is using the tablet and the old laptop in her last year of college (soon to be an English teacher) since her MacBook was fried by some water spilled on the keyboard. My plan would be to gift this to her so she would have a very capable device to use both in class and her student teaching time. The small form size is perfect for her needs and the CPU/GPU combination would serve her for some time to come in her new career. While my old laptop can do simple word processing and research, it's not nearly as portable (or powerful) as she'd like. The tablet is handy but lacks the functionality of her old MacBook. Reply
  • orphius_ou - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Current Desktop: customized core 2 duo/ 8MB ram/ 512MB Nvdia (forgot the model) - 5 years old. I mostly used it for my PhD work (some environmental model simulation, thesis etc.), photo editing (photoshop) some video editing.

    Current Laptop: 15" 2009 Mac book pro - not any more. Something Fell on it and it stopped working. Needs to replace it ASAP. It was my goto laptop.

    Current Tablet: 10.1" Motorolla Xoom. Mostly used it for email/ browsing on the go. Now my 5 and 3 year old kids use it for Netflix and skype with their grandmom and grandpa.

    Looking at my current set up it is obvious, if I win, this one will be my main computing device. Besides normal use like email/browsing I will use it for photo and vedio editing. It will also be a nioce companion for mt travel (no more stupid tablet). As photography is mt hobby, I can use it on the go as well to view my photos (no more waiting till coming back home).
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  • Colin1497 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop with a Phenom II X2 555 Black (3rd core unlocked, moderately overclocked) that's been holding down the fort for a long time with a Radeon HD6770. I don't game much these days, so it's perfectly adequate for day to day work, though I'm probably going to pass this setup down to my 6 year old (replacing his ancient socket 939 hand-me-down setup) and grab a Kaveri setup when they come out. Aside from other computing devices (iPad, Kindle Fire's, iPhones), that are mostly consumption and casual gaming devices, I have a Toshiba Portege R500 that's pretty long in the tooth and that I carry when I travel. This would replace it. I travel a pretty good amount, so this notebook would live in my briefcase and rack up some miles. Reply
  • kjknight - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a mid-range gaming desktop that I have not been using in a while since I have been busy with work. Specs are a 3570k, 16GB RAM, 2GB Radeon 7850, 256GB Vector SSD. I also have a Note 2. I do most of my browsing at night in bed since I do dialysis at night and I'm stuck to my bed.

    Winning the Acer V5 would add another portability factor for me as I would be able to expand my personal computing options at night by being able to do productivity work (note 2 is limited in that area) and some mild gaming (rts mostly). Lastly, when I do personal travel it would be a small portable option to have with me.
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  • originalnetadmin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've always preferred AMD processors just because they've always provided better value for money. I previously had an Athlon XP 2500+ desktop which I've recently upgraded to an A8-5500 running Linux. I primarily use that for sharing disk to my laptops and for getting to know Linux a bit better. In addition I have a Toshiba 15.4" AMD Turion 64 x2 laptop, which is getting a bit long in the tooth, that I use for general browsing/picture editing etc (for those times when a tablet just won't cut it).
    Winning a 11.6" machine would be great from a portability perspective while traveling. It would probably also be a bit more powerful than my existing laptop and would probably replace my laptop for most general use.
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  • jcbenten - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently Own:
    Alienware Aurora R1 (I think) with i7-980 and its primary use is photo editing and music file backup.
    Dell Precision M4600 I bought for work as the provided laptop is too slow and as a music server
    Dell Latitude D610 not currently used - purchased for graduate school a few years ago
    iPad 2 used for controlling squeezebox, Kindle reading, solitaire and general surfing
    Kindle HD my wife won at a conference - she uses it as an ebook

    Looking for a lightweight laptop to use as a music server as keeping the Alienware uses way too much power for such a use (DSOTM on right now) and would be lighter to carry on trips than the Precision.

    chris
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  • nyc_tech9 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a 2011 21.5-inch iMac which I use for photography, video editing, Starcraft II. I also have an aging Lenovo T60 laptop that is my only mobile setup and is really only suited for light work anymore. Lately though, I've been needing to do a lot more away from my desktop since I am away more and I badly need an update on the mobile side to help me take my photography and gaming with me. I hate hauling the iMac over to a friends house. Additionally, they implemented BYOD at the office so this would be incredibly useful for remote work too.

    I would be happy to provide feedback if I'm selected.
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  • Haipapa - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Wife currently uses a single core atom netbook while on the road, this would be a tremendous upgrade for her. Otherwise I own a range of systems from an athlon xp thru PH2 along with a bunch of idevices. Reply
  • BPB - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This would be the perfect gift for me daughter who is now in college with a heavy older notebook. Reply
  • cobhc829 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming rig with a 3570k and a hd 7950 boost running Windows 7, a Galaxy Note 8.0 for note taking (S-pen is fantastic) and e-reading, and a Lenovo P400 touch running Arch. Would be nice to have a nice portable laptop for my brother to use at college to replace his aging Vaio. Reply
  • artkane - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current main system is an AMD fx-quad with SSD. I have been looking for a replacement for my older laptop, which I use for clients as a SW consultant and classes
    that I take. I have been using AMD systems since the K-5 days and like them for their
    price/performance value.
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  • jimmarako - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an older Acer AMD C50 based netbook and a nice quad core 3GHz desktop. I seem to spend ~2/3 of my home computer time on the netbook just because the form factor and ease of use is nice. I'm not a big tablet fan, I like the keyboard and larger 11.6" screen. The C50 served me well over the years but its quickly running out of steam. A new quad core Temash would certainly be a big kick in the pants. Reply
  • Phantom9309 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    It's almost my birthday so please hook me up with one! Reply
  • TheTick077 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I have PC 2 systems (no tablets but both my wife and I have Android smartphones). One is my HTPC/Media server/(light)Gaming Rig (Intel Pentium G860 w/ Radeon 7770 GPU) that I have hooked into my main tv downstairs, and the other is a 15" Lenovo laptop (Intel i5). Both systems are currently running Windows 7 and I have a couple of Linux distros installed via VM on the laptop for some light development work I do on the side.

    If I were to win this laptop it would enable me to work on my existing laptop while my wife and kids use the new laptop. In addition, we home school our two oldest kids (2nd grade and kindergarten) and have been thinking of incorporating some light computer instruction and having the latest OS with a touchscreen would be a HUGE benefit for us. It would enable us to cross the gap they currently have when they go from using our phone to trying to use the Laptop - they always reach up and try to touch and manipulate the screen (especially the 2.5 year old). In addition, I have always been an AMD fan (first PC I built was a 1GHz AMD machine), but went with Intel on my lastest HTPC build and laptop and would love the opportunity to go back to AMD and see how it stacks up with the Intel chipset.
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  • halbhh2 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a good desktop system, with a PhenomII x6 and 16GB ram, but need a laptop computer, as my wife has taken over our 2 yr old 14" laptop. I will carry my new laptop in a backpack and use it often in an average day with 10-30 pages open doing research for a book I'm writing. Reply
  • arbiterofworlds - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current set up is a FX-6300 powered desktop, and an old lenovo x61 thinkpad. As a student, I carry my laptop all day, and need a light, small form factor solution. I do heavy work (video editing) on my desktop, but take some online classes on my laptop, in addition to notes and general browsing. Also, mainly for comp-sci purposes, I dual boot fedora 19. Really, having a lighter, quad core machine with a touch screen for windows 8 (ips no less) would improve my workflow and daily life, and just fit a role that desperately needs filling. I haven't really found another solution to my current 2008 setup, and I'd love to bring it up to date. Reply
  • Shinobisan - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm a bit of a tech geek... I enjoy tinkering with my "main" machine.
    Each bit of technology has it's own use, and I think the Acer V5 would fit in wonderfully.

    PC: A home built (might even say 'frankenbox') machine.
    Built in a Corsair White 600T, with a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 MB, and an Intel i5-3570K.
    I have 8 GB of memory (PC 12800), Three SSD drives (a Win8 system drive, a Game drive, and the old Win7 system drive), and a 1 TB HD for pics and backup.
    Graphics are driven hard by a GeForce GTX 670.
    I use two monitors, a newish 1080P and an older one beside it.
    Now, for what it's used for? Well, mostly my kids use it for 'Minecraft' and 'Cubeworld'.
    I have several games myself, but haven't found a recent one I really enjoy.
    The last game I let take over my life was the 'Mass Effect' series.
    I also use the machine for Blu-Ray movies, Netflix, PowerPoint (for work), and research.
    (Yes, my poor overpowered GTX 670 runs Minecraft rather well... lol)

    iPad Gen 3. I also have an iPad 3 (that was the first one with the retina display)
    This is used for sitting in my big comfy chair (while my kids play Cubeworld) and watching Netflix or Amazon instant.
    (I get my Dr Who fix wherever I can!)
    This is also my main unit for email and facebook.

    For all that I don't have a smartphone yet. I get by with a dumbphone and an ipod touch.
    Some day those two devices will be replaced with a smart phone... but not yet.

    Then, gathering a bit of dust we have an old WinXP notebook.
    My wife and I both teach classes outside the home, and we use that to show Powerpoint slides on a wall with our projector. It works well enough, but is rather slow and hard to use anymore. We also use it for my kid's Lego League team. They program the Lego robot with it, and take it to competition.

    I've been wanting to replace that old piece of WinXP machine for a while now. It's so cumbersome, and difficult to get started up and useful in any real length of time. The V5 would replace it, and become a much more productive member of my little Tech family.
    It would be used for the Lego League team, programming and portability.
    It would be used not just to show PowerPoint slides, but to create them and research for classes.
    It would be USEFUL! and fill it's rightful place at my side. :)

    ... I could do all the main computing... while the kids are still playing Cubeworld. :)

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  • scottmchsd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Let’s see current computer setups: My game machine is a AMD Phenom II X4 965BE, 4GB DDR3, Seagate XT hybrid 500GB drive/Seagate 1TB drive, Radeon 7770 running Win7 Pro. My work laptop is a older HP EliteBook running Win7 Pro that barely runs games when I travel. I built my kids 3 budget game desktops based on your recommendations: Intel Pentium G2020, 4GB DDR3 1600 and Radeon 6670 cards Win7 Premium which replaced 3 AMD Anthon 64 3200 with Radeon 9600 XT. My Media PC is an old HP Slimline Desktop with AMD Athlon 64 3500 Integrated Graphics and 2 TB Seagate Drive. My wife’s laptop is an old MacBook Pro running Win7 Pro. My Daughter’s Laptop is an old IBM ThinkPad running Win7 Pro for College. We have no tablets but we have several Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphones.
    I would use the V5 to replace my wife’s Laptop to get on a more current Laptop, that is lighter, better battery capacity, more powerful and has more multimedia capabilities. She refuses to take the laptop mobile because of the weight,size and small battery capacity.
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  • Megatomic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup consists of one Acer Aspire One netbook (Intel Atom N270) and one Dell Latitude D420 notebook (Intel Core Duo U2400) . My wife owns an Apple iPad. I really could use one of these new AMD/Acer laptops so that I could work from home reducing my time in the office and away from my family. Both of my current machines are woefully inadequate for the tasks I need to perform (huge Excel spreadsheets, OSISoft PI software, tons of RDP sessions, etc...). The increase in processing power and a much better screen would make this possible for me. The laptop would get a serious workout right from the get-go. Reply
  • trnqk7 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a moderately powered desktop (i5-750, 8gb ram, 250gb samsung 840, gtx 670), a home server, ipad, and a recently defunct laptop. My wife, as a school teacher, needs a machine to do school work on-lesson planning, collaborating with her team, entering grades, and creating homework and exercises for her math students. I feel like a laptop that would replace the defunct one we currently own would greatly improve her life at home by allowing her more freedom and flexibility to accomplish these things. Reply
  • dannoddd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got a desktop and an iPad. My desktop is an FX8350 with a Samsung 840 and liquid cooled 6970. It's a great machine and I love using it. I've always used AMD in my builds. I haven't had a laptop in quite a few years. I work at a church in Idaho and we've been recording our worship team in preparation towards releasing an album, but one thing we're lacking is a decent rig to record/mix/rta on. I've been looking for something just like this, but didn't want to drop the cash on a MacBook Air or have to use OSX. This laptop would fit perfectly into our plans and would get good, meaningful use at least twice a week. Unfortunately the iPad can't run the Presonus programs that are necessary to accomplish our goals, it needs to be a PC. Reply
  • kmob - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My "main machine" is a 2013 Macbook Pro Retina. I travel with an iPad 3.

    The Macbook Pro is a fantastic notebook, but genuinely unsuited for my travel schedule (regular long-haul plane time). I need this performance at my desk, but do NOT need it while I travel.

    Traveling with my iPad 3, I have found it unfortunately unsuitable for heavy typing - what I really need is a portable machine that will allow me to power thru email and office documents more effectively than an iPad. The bonus of a a real light-duty laptop that will also allow for some casual gaming in my hotel room? That would be outstanding.
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  • nmatto - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a 17 inch HP Pavilion DV6000 with an Intel core 2 duo cpu and an smartphone. I use these devices for school and work. I’m currently attending DePaul University where I’m pursuing a degree in network technologies and I use my devices to configure switches, routers, access points, etc... I’m also working as an intern in my companies IT department doing much of the same kind of work that I do in my classes. Winning the V5 would make life a lot easier since lugging the current machine I own around campus and on public transit is a bit of a pain. Furthermore, it would be great to have a laptop that lasts more than 30 minutes on a charge. Reply
  • RamarC - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My self-employed wife needs a new laptop for her work and finally AMD has a platform that can get her through the day. Reply
  • Hrel - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My entry:

    I currently have an older desktop I built, based on Nvidia's 650SLI chipset. At the time it was the only platform that officially supported DDR2-800Mhz. Currently the CPU is an E8400 and it has 4GB of DDR2-800 at 4-4-4-12. I have one GTX460 768MB GPU and a Hauppage TV Tuner/Capture card. I'm using a Thermaltake 550W PSU in an old Atrix case with a build in handle. It has one front Scythe 120mm fan, 2 side 80mm Antec Cool n Quiet fans with one rear 90mm Antec fan.

    Though I started with one 500GB hard drive ($160 at the time) it now has two in RAID 0 and the OS is on a 256GB SSD. I ordered a Crucial SSD, but they gave me $80 back since they sent me a VisionTek; it works well so I'm happy with the deal. Finally it has a USB 3.0 expansion card in the spare PCI-E x16 port; it's a x1 card though.

    My main laptop is a Clevo P151HM with Core i7 2630 and GTX560M GPU. 8GB DDR-3 1333 RAM with a Seagate MomentusXT 500GB hdd.

    My work laptop is a cheap HP with Core i5 and integrated graphics on a 1360x768 screen.

    I'd use V5 for travel mostly. Good enough GPU to game on low settings. Should offer considerably better battery life than my current laptop and will obviously be much lighter. I'd really like something I could keep in a backpack for traveling around central America; I like to travel light with just one bag and my main laptop is so big/heavy that it makes that more cumbersome that it should be.
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  • Gooberoo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Sounds like a great replacement for any of the various aging laptops I have! Though how long will laptops hold out against tablets, at least for personal use? Reply
  • tbone311 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I would use it in my classes to take notes, type reports and watch entertaining videos with family - I do not currently have a working laptop that I can take with me. It would be very helpful! Reply
  • rulo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Great! Thanks Anand, I currently have a desktop with AMD Athlon II on a 785g chipset. Would love this laptop! Go AMD! Reply
  • justaviking - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I sure could use a nice laptop.
    I'd look forward to testing the battery life, keyboard, and display, and enjoying the light weight compared to my old laptops, one of which has a broken hinge on the display.
    But can it play Crysis? ;)
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  • koftebot - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hi, I currently use a very old Gateway desktop, which most mornings seems to spend time deciding if it's worth starting up at all, or just shuffle off this mortal coil. A new laptop would be great, as I've just moved to a new town and would love to connect with other humans outside my apartment. Help me AMD, you're my only hope. Reply
  • tjeerdijk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Actually the system would be for my wife who still uses a 2007 Acer AMD powered Windows XP desktop. The system just keeps on running and I put in an extra HD for her videos but it is getting old. So, the asus maybe combined with a NAS for storage of large video files would be ideal. Reply
  • franklyc - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop PC running Windows 7 which consists of an Intel i5 2500k CPU, AMD 6950 GPU, 8 GB of RAM, various HDD's, etc. I use this mainly for gaming, photo / video editing and recording / editing music. I also own a Lenovo IdeaPad Y550 (15.6 Screen, Intel T6500, 4 GB RAM, GT 130M) which I use for web browsing, Word / Excel, PDF creation / editing, streaming video / music and for a mobile computer while traveling. I'm planning on giving this to my father so I'm in the market for a new laptop / notebook. The V5 would be perfect since I'm looking for a more mobile solution than the 15.6" Lenovo. I was also looking for something with a better screen than the Lenovo's TN panel which the V5 has with its 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display.

    Not only would the V5 be a welcome and much needed addition to my current device stable, it would also be providing a much needed computer to my father as well. Thanks!
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  • wooksquatch - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    The only computer I own is the pc just finished my first intel desktop build after using a sony vaio desktop from 1996 until Friday of last week. The 1996 pc is still running. I own no notebooks and no tablets. I would love to have the portability of the laptop as I am planning on heading back to school to finish my degree. The laptop would give me the flexibilty of working where I wanted on schoolwork as my house is a madhouse with 3 kids and 3 dogs. Moving to a quiet place to work would be super beneficial. This laptop would also see use and abuse from the three kids I can run this laptop through the ringer of boys and see how it works when they are finished. I would also love to have an AMD that is comparable to the new desktop so for future builds I can make an informed decision about which chip i want to build with. Reply
  • tjeerdijk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Oops, make that an acer (surely I am not the only one confusing these two similarly named brands). Anyway, she does own an AMD powered Acer right now. Other than the battery crapping out no issues in the past 6 years. Reply
  • Angrychair - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently the computer I mainly use is a two year old Dell XPS 17", I use it mostly for work (coding) and the keyboard is starting to get a bit mealy in places. I could really use a light fast and low thermal envelope complement to get work done when I'm not sitting at my desk. Reply
  • cscott_it - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'd be more than happy to jot down a few paragraphs regarding usage. I've been looking for a device to work as both a work laptop and a light consumption and study personal laptop. Reply
  • CDew - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    We currently have a circa 2006 Acer 3860 laptop that our daughter uses to research her homework. It's been a rock solid system, but it just can't keep up with the rich multimedia materials her gifted charter school expects her to access. She works as hard, as does that laptop, but she spends a great deal of time watching the busy cursor for Office and choppy video clips. She could really use a laptop that doesn't bog her down so she can finish her homework in time to enjoy some time just being a kid. Reply
  • voodoobunny - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have:
    - a midrange desktop PC that I use for gaming,
    - my wife's Original Black Macbook that we use\ for browsing the web, watching video and skyping with my parents who live outside the USA,
    - an old Sony dual-core laptop that I use as a file server with an assortment of external drives attached by USB and eSATA,
    - a cute-and-tiny 11.6-inch borderline-ultrabook which I use for browsing, Skyping and which I am starting to use for software development in bed (long story),
    - an iPad 1 used mostly by our kids use for games and Netflix
    - a Nexus 7.1 which the kids use for Netflix and I use for PluralSight offline technical training courses (which are awesome).

    My parents, who live in South Africa, have a really old and slow Pentium-3 1.7Ghz single-core laptop that they use to Skype with us. It's big, it's old, it's heavy, it's sloooooow and the video quality is really terrible. The V5 would improve my life and my kids' lives somewhat by allowing us all to see the grandparents better; it would improve *their* lives much more, because not only would they have a better Skype connection with us but they would have a laptop they could actually use!

    By the way, that 11.6-inch form factor is awesome. It's light enough to carry around the house in one hand, and easy to pack for trips by car or plane.
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  • bendermichaelr - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am a big AMD fan. I have 2 desktops. One of them, my first build that acts as a backup and second pc for local multiplayer gaming, has an ASUS 939 socket motherboard that replaced my original A8N32 SLI Deluxe holding a rock solid Opteron 180 that's still chugging along and cooled by an ASUS Silent Knight cooler. It has 2 Gb of OCZ DDR 2 RAM and a Radeon 1950 video card.

    For my current build, I have an ASUS M4A87T holding a Phenom II X4 965 at stock speed and 4 Gb of DDR3 1600 RAM along with a Radeon 1950 xtx. This system is hooked up to a 46 inch TV and doubles as a HTPC and gaming PC.

    In my mobile arsenal, I own a Samsung Galaxy S3 and an ASUS laptop with an intel centrino cpu, 2 Gb of RAM and an Nvidea 9300m that I can't wait to get rid of because it. This machine functions as my work computer and is the only machine that I think needs updating because of heat issues and a dreadfully short battery life.

    A new laptop, especially with AMD's new and efficient Temash APU, would let me work where I want without being tethered to an outlet and it would double as a mobile HTPC. Temash provides a great balance of computing power, low cost and efficiency and I can appreciate that AMD is focusing on the user experience which makes the Acer V5 with AMD's Temash APU an extremely versatile solution.
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  • Borumha - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a custom built AMD/ATI desktop which is my main gaming machine.
    I also have a Lenovo Y510p from 2009 which i use as a gaming laptop. At 4 years old it's definitly starting to show it's wear and tear, not to mention it's HEAVY when traveling
    I also have a samsung NC10 netbook which.. looks nice on my night stand
    Add a 7" Galaxy Tab plus and a S3

    With the V5 i'm looking at making it at least an acceptable replacement to my netbook and even certain factors to the lenovo. I would be more likely carry with me daily and ideally begin learning to code to a certain extent. I'm sure it would be quite capable of running Minecraft and i'd be curious to get Civilizations running on it as well.
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  • Borumha - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a custom built AMD/ATI desktop which is my main gaming machine.
    I also have a Lenovo Y510p from 2009 which i use as a gaming laptop. At 4 years old it's definitly starting to show it's wear and tear, not to mention it's HEAVY when traveling
    I also have a samsung NC10 netbook which.. looks nice on my night stand
    Add a 7" Galaxy Tab plus and a S3

    With the V5 i'm looking at making it at least an acceptable replacement to my netbook and even certain factors to the lenovo. I would be more likely carry with me daily and ideally begin learning to code to a certain extent. I'm sure it would be quite capable of running Minecraft and i'd be curious to get Civilizations running on it as well.
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  • Paul_Mirow - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    After reading so much about current technology, it would be nice to actually own some. Reply
  • FoRealz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Me! Me! Me! Pick me! Please :) Reply
  • sjakti - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My main rig is a great gaming rig, an A10-6800K in an mITX VESA-mounted to my monitor. I still use my 10-year-old Athlon XP (Barton) + 9700Pro rig, too: it's still powerful enough for Ableton. I'd use the Acer V5 to give myself more mobility: I'd specifically love the IPS panel for watching movies in bed and all around the apartment.
    Of course, I'd love to do some light gaming (I've been meaning to play Fez, and the APU will handily play it) ^_^
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  • formeramd - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    as a former amd employee.. this is sweet. finally AMD is waking up to doing some marketing. Reply
  • ryguy64 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a gaming desktop with an i3 2120 and an HD6870. It works quite well. However, the laptop at home is a dying 15" Compaq powered by a dual core athlon and HD4100 or so. It still runs most of the time, but battery life is less than an hour, and the charger has to be manipulated to the perfect position to make it work. The laptop in this drawing would be an awesome replacement. Reply
  • domboy - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've got an really old laptop that this would replace, a 1st gen Intel Centrino platform (Pentium M), that also has an old ATI gpu in it (9200 maybe?). It hardly gets used due to its age/slowness. I also have two desktop systems, a Phenom X3 and a dual Opteron 260. I have a Surface RT 64GB to I mostly use instead of the laptop, and my wife has a Nexus 7 (1st generation). It would be really nice to have a modern x86 laptop in the mix. Reply
  • lazybauwb - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a first generation atom netbook. It's a single core processor, with 1 GB of RAM, and a 5400 RPM hard drive. It only has a 1024x600 display, less than my phone.

    I can't really do anything with it. it has great battery life, but that doesn't matter if it takes 15 minutes to launch a browser.

    I need the Jaguar notebook so I can actually use a browser with multiple tabs, and maybe even give a little bit of light gaming a try.
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  • liteon163 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop PC that I assembled myself approximately five years ago. I typically build with AMD parts, but my current rig is built around an Intel Core 2 Quad and an nVidia GTX 460. It's time for some AMD parts again. :-)

    As a desktop system, I have to go down to the basement for my PC time. An ultra thin notebook would allow me to enjoy different parts of the house, and maybe even the yard...

    I also own a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 that I have rooted and is now running CM 10.1.2. It is an adequate device, put an ultra thin Acer V5 would be quite a bit more powerful, useful, and versatile.

    I would happily accept from AMD the prize of an Acer V5 and would also happily provide a review. I'm a very good writer (hard to tell from such a short entry, though) and enjoy sharing my thoughts on a variety of subjects. PCs are a hobby of mine so my enthusiasm for the subject would shine through.

    Thank you.
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  • quagga - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    So a walk down my current PC setup. Here we go.

    The main machine I use is a Early 2011 Macbook Pro 13" which has slowly evolved into a MacMini (meaning I rarely undock it). It's now sporting a 120 gig Intel SSD (Cherryville I think). It has an external Cherry Brown keyboard and a 98% sRGB monitor. Typing, photograph work, general browsing, is all pretty much done here.

    Next to that is my AMD Gaming PC, genuinely organically crafted by PC artisans (well, me). It's a A10-6800K in Bitfenix Prodigy on an ASROCK Hudson A75 Mini-ITX board. I'm not actually an over-clocker so would have gone with the 6700 but this was in stock. I've added Corsair H60 to replace the stock AMD fan. I'm trying to make the system quieter. I've removed all of the drive cages from the case so it's a pretty big wind tunnel. The hard drives are actually the older SSD's which I were using in my Macbook (an 80 and a 40) as well as the 320 gig ye' ol' fashioned mechanical drive for bulk storage. The latest thing was to drop a 7950 into the machine so it can really game with everything (although the A10 was holding it's own!). It's running Windows 8.1 preview which I'm not that big of a fan of, but really the OS is only there to run Steam so there's that. Add a Logitech Marathon Mouse and a Cherry Red keyboard and also connect it to the same 23" monitor as the Macbook and we're good to game.

    In the "server" closet is my VPN server. A RaspberryPi running Raspian and OpenVPN. Next to that and the router is my Synology NAS for backups and bulk storage.

    Wirelessly roaming the apartment are an iPhone 4S awaiting probably a 5C replacement in October. And there's an iPad 2 which I really like other than the color on it's screen. I'm not sure if that'll be updated anytime.

    I'm afraid I don't have a story on how I'm actually using a 486DX2 with my turbo button stuck in the off position, but I could make good use of this V5. I've been shopping for a utility laptop which runs Linux. While I can use Macports on the Mac, there are some things a Linux laptop could do better. Integrated Virtualization (I'm not sure how Temash does here but I read it supports AMD-V). Actually since I'd have one of the "big 3" OS on each system, it's more of a want. If this V5 comes with the Atheros (although I'd fine with the Broadcom version too :)), I'd like to do some Wifi mapping at my parents house. It's an old house apparently built by Michael Faraday and they're having trouble getting 802.11 coverage. I'd do Kismet mapping but I'm not carrying a Linux laptop anymore. The Macbook replaced that.

    The oldest bit of PC on my desk is actually a Sempron which I removed to put in a dual core Barton chip on a now long gone media center PC. I was impressed when I took out the A10 chip in the next system and realized they're both about the same size. It's impressive at how fast technology moves.
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  • brother#2 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current PC setup involves my self-built desktop, 2 Android smartphones (mine and the wife's) and the wife's Nook tablet. I built and use the desktop rig as a "daily-driver" of machines, used for everything (gaming, media hub/htpc, streaming audio/video, skype chats for the kids to talk with the grandparents, editing of stuff like home movies, etc.) with more emphasis towards gaming. It's built with components priced towards the budget end of "enthusiast," with parts ranging in age from 1-6 years old. I should give it a name out of respect for how good the old gal's been to me. The smartphones are used for everything you'd think a smartphone would be used in a computing capactiy (excluding basic phone functions: email, games, skype/chat, notetaking, looking stuff up online at random times during the day, etc.). I'm starting to use both the desktop and my phone to teach my kids how to use all this great tech. The tablet is solely the wife's. She uses it mostly for reading and some light gaming.

    The V5 would fit in perfectly with my home setup. I'd use it for the kids to video chat with the grandparents since it's more mobile/wieldy than cramming everyone around the desktop. I'd use it for following recipes in the kitchen since I'm getting tired of having to constantly clean my hands in the middle of cooking to swipe my phone's touchscreen to scroll the recipe. It would make a decent secondary device for really basic gaming (thinking stuff like minecraft or "vintage" games) if the wife is on the desktop. I'd take it on the road for entertainment when travelling for work. I'd also take it when visiting family for sharing other media/pictures/video and for playing stuff like Artemis with my brothers and friends.
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  • maxerdwien - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming desktop, but my laptop is woefully old. When I do computer based homework with friends, I don't want to force us into my tiny dorm room to use my desktop, but if I try to use my laptop they've already done the first problem by the time I've booted up. Reply
  • tipoo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Sigh, everyone hates Canada :( Reply
  • CyberKender - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently don't *need* a new laptop. I've got a Dell XPS 17 that I'm reasonably happy with, as well as a nice i5 gaming system I built. I do, however, have a close friend who is trying to finish her college degree and is dealing with an old Toshiba Satelite running a single-core, first-gen Pentium M. I'd love to be able to give her a better laptop to do her homework with. Reply
  • svitorino - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    At the moment I spread my workflow between a 15" ASUS K53E Sandy Bridge Notebook, a fourth-generation iPad, and occasionally my iPhone 5. I'm generally pretty happy with my smartphone and tablet, though I will likely be moving to an HTC One if Apple fails to deliver something compelling in the next few days. The black sheep in my device triad is the ASUS notebook, which despite its appreciable bulk, only has a 4-cell battery and I haven't been able to afford to upgrade to a larger capacity battery pack. Consequently, I'm forced to participate in the lecture hall scramble to claim a seat near an available outlet (I imagine this experience is similar to the race to the front row at an Apple event) or I'm stuck trying to make the iOS Pages app at least one-tenth as functional as OneNote. To make matters worse, the TN panel in my 15" (!) notebook is 1366 x 768: suffice it to say that text is so jagged I'm afraid it might cut me. In my inexpert opinion, my current notebook shows symptoms of what I believe is called "Bill-of-Material's Disease": a condition characterized by pixelated displays with poor viewing angles, abysmal battery life, lack of 5-GHz WiFi, and a disproportionately large chassis. The Acer V5 will provide the combination of portability, pixel density, viewing angles, and style that my current notebook lacks and may actually be able to do some light gaming to boot. Maybe I'll get lucky and win! As always, thanks for the amazing content and promotions you provide us (your readers) with and thank you for staying true to the empirical, quantitative, and in-depth style of review that separates this site from the "it's fast/50% brightness" tech media. Good luck in the contest everyone! Reply
  • Assimilator87 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My main machine is a full tower with an i7 3930K, 16GB RAM, and a Radeon 7970 and is used for everything from work to movies & music to games. I have a second machine with dual 8 core Xeon E5-2660 ESes, 32GB RAM, and a Radeon 7770, running Ubuntu. This is my dedicated Folding@Home cruncher. I also have an HTPC, which is really just a repurposing of my last primary machine, and this is a water cooled machine system running a Phenom II 1090T, 4GB DDR2, and a GeForce 470. For mobile devices, I'm a huge webOS fan so I'm using a Palm Pre 2 and a 32GB HP TouchPad. On the tablet, I'm dual booting CyanogenMod 9, and I like using it to browse the web in bed, but it's too slow, especially when multiple tabs are open. That is why I would love to win this Temash laptop, so it can supplant my TouchPad. Plus, I'm a huge AMD/ATi fan as well, and am extremely excited for the next generation of APUs.

    As always, Anandtech is the best!
    -Mike
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  • rpmrush - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 2500k+7950 desktop for gaming, general purpose, and HTPC.
    On the mobile side I have a Galaxy Nexus and an OG Nexus 7.
    Mobile satisfies relaxed surfing or finding a basic answer to a question. However, there are times when I do serious research, either on car parts, computer parts, or trying to solve a problem on either for family or friends, that I really yearn for a laptop. I'm a power user. I usually have Chrome, IE10, and Firefox all open and segregated by topic with heavy tabs open. I'm forced to my desktop in these situations, which usually means kicking someone off it. Having a mobile alternative for general internet use that is powerful enough to keep up with heavy multi-tasking (SSD sounds promising Anand) would greatly aid when solving problems and troubleshooting. I can bring my knowledge portal to my problem instead of running away from the problem to my desktop.
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  • santiagoanders - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have lots of desktops for gaming and HTPCs (4). I only have an Atom netbook and an old Core 2 duo 15" as portables. I would use this to do things the netbook (and probably even the Core 2 duo) couldn't - netflix HD, compile some code in a reasonable time, and bring it along wherever to distract the kids with some games. Reply
  • randomreed - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I’m finishing up my PhD in informatics and am interested in exploring how a lightweight, touch enabled laptop would work as a visual analytics interface to some of my data-intensive research. I own an aging gaming desktop and a handful of portables – kindle tablet, windows phone, 6-year-old macbook pro – but these obviously don’t share the same interface paradigm as the Acer V5. It would be fun to play with.
    And, of course, I wouldn’t mind having something portable to take to coffee shops and do work besides my current laptop that takes 5 minutes to open up a web browser!
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  • Majes - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'd actually like one for my mother. She currently has a computer that is around 10 years old. I keep it running for her, but she recently got an IPad and realized that things have sped up a little since 2003... She would be using the laptop mainly for photos since she can do most of her browsing on the IPad. Reply
  • dummysc - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    currently own a laptop bought in 2007 time frame. use it as an entertainment center. i'm in dire need of an upgrade and this machine will provide just that. Reply
  • LurchFrinks - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an AMD Trinity desktop running Linux, a mobile I5 laptop running W7, a FreeNAS box, an Atom netbook (ugh) running Linux as well, and a handful of tablets and smartphones with Arm processors. What we really want is a small computer (tablet or small laptop) that we can use to surf the web and watch movies on while away on travel. The kicker is that my wife wants W8 (not RT), and I am not keen on paying an ultrabook price. Reply
  • AlphaVortex - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup consists of a gaming PC and a work provided iPad. I have a very young kid right now, and finding time to get any of my non-gaming PC projects done is proving to be quite challenging. A nice light yet powerful notebook like the Acer V5 would be just about perfect for what I would like to do in my spare time, so that I don't have to shut myself away in my office to get anything done! Reply
  • WoWCow - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hoping I finally get to replace this Dell Vostro 1400! Reply
  • amakula1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    my current setup is or was a Old Gateway Laptop that gave out last week , What I hope to get with this machine is a powerful useful laptop to code on via visual studio Reply
  • Sp12 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My name is Sam and I'm a college student with a very large (full ATX tower) that I use for photo editing, schoolwork, and, of course, gaming. It's a monster and frankly not convenient to move, and leaves me without any way to take electronic notes in class or work on group projects.

    I'm looking for a laptop to use to use out and about -- 11 inches is pretty ideal; the heaviest task I would probably run would be MOBAs or youtube. I'm especially interested in the power efficiency of the Jaguar chips.
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  • Sp12 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I should mention I'm currently using a Samsung phone for notes, references, and powerpoints during class and it's pretty painful. Reply
  • charliem76 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i5-2500k/560ti desktop, A10-4600m 14" laptop. The laptops have evolved through the e350, the e450, and the a6-4400m. I loved the e350/e450 in the 11.6" size, but the smallest size I could put the 4600m into was this Pavilion g4.

    As much as I like having the A10, I think I'd rather go back to the 11.6 size.
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  • jclarksprintanand - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Disclaimer: I didn't put this in a word processor then paste it, reader beware.

    Let me start with this, I am not a writer. While I do enjoy communicating in the language of text, I will probably never enjoy a job as a writer, though I have dreamed. It is not an art I feel I excel in. Oh, I am familiar with the basics but getting everything from your head, the small interconnecting ideas, the subtle understandings, oh, and the foreshadowing to the page in the way you feel is actually in your head or how you would communicate otherwise, proves quite difficult for me. I say all that because I really really (repetition used for emphasis, though I think everyone really really) want to get my hands on one of those Acer V5's and I don't want my writing to negatively impact my chances (yes I know it's a random drawing). That and when you share your ideas you hope they are thoughtful, expounding, good even. Any way I ramble let's get to it.

    I have a fairly powerful personal computer. Not cutting edge but robust. I currently employ an Intel (sorry AMD) i7 2600K with a self contained water cooling system. A single 7970 OC (yeah, AMD). Recently I had two 6970's in crossfire but the jet engines were getting to me. I upgraded and passed them on to a friend who relies on me for technology like I rely on Anandtech. I do sport multiple monitors using Eyefinity (yeah, AMD; boo frame pacing) and additional monitors off the on-board Intel video. For storage, I have a plethora of SSDs. A Crucial M4 for my boot drive and a Corsair for my programs. I have a smaller one I use for images for my virtual machines to keep things snappy. I then have an internal PCIe x 4 raid controller (modest, but does have xor and on-board memory) I use for mechanical drives (which were super cheap just before the flooding) for my various media and other storage needs. I have other gaming peripherals, memory card readers and other items. All these items compliment the use of my workstation.

    I use my pc for many things: work, games, programming (resembling but maybe not actual), anything I can use a computer to do. While I have a mobile component, either from a smart phone or an average tablet I don't have the mobile experience I would like. I want great mobility, but when I need more horse power, I use my pc from a distance as my 'cloud' but I would like to get a device that allows for some productivity on its own and great mobility. Because of my budget, I have to be selective about what I buy (while no details on budget, lets just say I am price conscience). I usually rely on informed and reputable editorials from the likes of Anandtech to help me with those decisions. The vendor contacts, insights, and experience help already informed consumers, hopefully like myself, make even better decisions.

    Ultimately, I am not sure exactly how the Acer V5 would help. It would allow me to test a sophisticated mobile device that fits into what I perceive as a need. Really, the V5 is an attempt to both test and fit a device where I think I have need. If I were to win it rather than purchase it, I would have the opportunity to test it from a generally neutral perspective to help determine it's usefulness and hopefuly its true value and its practical application to my specific need or my perceived gap in my technological world.

    If you made it through, thanks for coming along.

    I
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  • IVIauricius - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm a game developer. I currently have a Gigabyte H61/i3/5770 Hackintosh for compiling iOS builds and testing. A new ROG Impact/4670K/GTX 670 for gaming. A Zotac H67 ITX/2600K/550 Ti for dev. And an i7 1080p XPS 13 triple booting Win7/Win8/Ubuntu for Intel GPU testing. iPod Touch, iPad 4, iPad mini, Nexus 7 '12, Nexus 7' 13, Nexus 4, and my Note 2 for mobile testing. I lack a Windows 8 touchscreen device, a mobile AMD device, and an AMD APU device. Hmm, I wonder where I could get one. ;) Reply
  • Axiomatic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Where I could use this system the most is in my lab at work. Having a lightweight laptop to be used for Wireshark network traces would be really helpful in keeping the infrastructure in tip top shape. Wouldn't it be nice to know that this system got some serious workhorse usage in its lifetime? Reply
  • Areteo - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use an Acer Aspire One for writing and surfing when I am on the move. Though I've been happy with it, I'm finding now that I really need to move up to a more powerful machine to keep up with all that I do online and off. Reply
  • Lord 666 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Long overdue for a new laptop. Currently using a 2009 HP Mini. A SSD helped speed it up, but its definitely long in the tooth. Reply
  • laupetre - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 3+yr netbook that I need to replace it, an ultraportable would be perfect Reply
  • philooi - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a small mini ITX desktop and this machine will allows me to use this around the house and on the patio during those nice cool days in the fall. The machine power and its portability will make it an attractive system than my mini ITX which is not portable. Reply
  • csm8118 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup:
    7 year old 13" mac book that is painful to use and can barely surf the web
    6 year old custom pc with AMD|A64 X2 4000+ running Windows XP (sigh) used for general purpose computing and development.
    5 year old htpc with AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz
    2nd gen iPad that is rarely used

    The V5 would kick the mac book to the curb, and might even replace my old XP machine. It would be very nice to have some new hardware around here.
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  • fearless404 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Looks interesting Reply
  • SkyBill40 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a powerful, gaming based desktop setup (AMD, by the way) using W8 but do not currently have a laptop or tablet to use should my life or work take me away from home and some form of computing become necessary. I do possess a 4G smartphone, but that device, as good as it is, can only do so much.

    Taking ownership of this laptop would immediately increase my versatility as well as my productivity, both in my personal life as well as my work life, by lifting the constraints placed upon me due to being tied to a desktop setup. This laptop would also grant me remote access to my desktop should I need to access any files upon it that may become necessary for whatever task at hand may present itself. The laptop would also provide me with a means of portable entertainment to view any of the streaming movie sites as well as being able to access the Internet.

    Thanks for your consideration.
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  • Cyth179 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a cobbled together dying gaming rig. Phenom II 955BE, factory UNDERclocked Radeon HD 3650, 4GB DDR3 Ripjaw, and on my motherboard the onboard audio and lan is dead. I've got a usb audiocard and a NIC card. I get artifacts whenever I wake my computer up from sleep with Windaz7. Even in Ubuntu I get hardware errors. Either from random freezes to the video stopping. My 2 hdds, both early sata drives, 160GB and 200GB are making ticking noises. This setup has been loyal to me, but it is starting to die. It is sad, but it's about to go into the field at the end of the way. Reply
  • Margalus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have 3 desktop computers, an i7-930, core2 duo e8400 and p4 ee. I have been building computers for myself and friends for about 20 years now, but have never been able to work a portable computer into the budget even though it would help greatly when I go to work on somebody elses pc. Plus it would just be nice to have in general Reply
  • gronshore - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own big desktop on i7 running Windows 7, HomeServer 2011 on old dual-core CPU and old Sony 13" dual boot laptop running XP or Ubuntu.

    I am looking for replacement for the Sony laptop with similar screen size and quality.
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  • heero884 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I can win? :D Reply
  • robl - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    We currently own a big desktop system and a cheap, heavy laptop. We like to travel and have 2 small girls, and this laptop would do well for both those situations. Please pick me! :) thanks! Reply
  • AWeav09 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Current setup: Intel Q6600-based desktop PC with GTX 660 Ti for graphics. This baby's getting a little old now, but she's still running strong. I use her for gaming, general productivity work, and web browsing. I also own an iPhone 5 which I use to browse the web on the go and do other smartphoney things with.

    Why I want to win a V5: I've never owned a notebook. Like ever. The iPhone is okay for some light mobile computing, but if I had the V5 I could take it to class with me and take notes that people who aren't me could actually read. I could take it to my sorta-girlfriend's apartment and do homework. I could take it out to the clubs when my friends drag me along and not care at all what people think about me because I'm too busy making gibberlings blow up in Baldur's Gate. The possibilities are endless.
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  • jkuo13 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop which handles most of my work, and a heavy laptop which I used to use for mobile work. These days, when I need to move around with a laptop (traveling, or heading outside to watch the little one), I'd much prefer a lighter laptop than the behemoth I currently have. Reply
  • lcarros - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have 5 systems in use. An old hp notebook connected to a epson 3880 printer for wireless printing.
    A 4 core intel system to record thv shows off my direct tv box.
    A small zotac connected to a hdmi TV in the dining room to watch and record TV shows.
    A 6 core amd box where I do most of my work for editing and printing photos and DVDs
    Finally an asus tablet that I use for traveling and monitoring my investments. I would like to replace that with something a bit faster.
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  • Houdani - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm sporting an i7 desktop that I built a couple years ago that is chugging along nicely. But my wife's laptop that I picked up on Black Friday 6-7 years ago needs to get the hell out my house. It's a 13" Gateway lemon with a perpetually whiny fan, slow hard drive, and feeble wifi connectivity. Did I mention it's running Vista?

    She's been itching for an upgrade, and my life can only be made better by checking that off my nag list.
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  • DoloresAdair - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a lot of computers, all desktops. I've got a powerful gaming desktop that I built myself in our cellar / gameroom and I've got a slightly less powerful desktop on the desk in my office on the first floor. I also have a router that kicks up some powerful WiFi, but it's useless. I need to win a V5 because I have set up my business and hobbies around these two WIRED computers so when I have a need to be mobile, I am stuck! I would LOVE to be able to work from bed or from outside once in a while. Reply
  • BikenSC - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own 2 pc's. One for home security and one for everyday use. I also own 2 laptops. one is a macbook pro used for college and the other is an IBM thinkpad for my daughter to use for college and for working on the cars. In the garage I have a troubleshooting PC with linux to troubleshoot computer hardware. We also have an ipad used for travel and games. If I win the V5, I would dedicate my IBM thinkpad for working on the cars and motorcycles in the garage. Then suprise my daughter by giving her the V5. This also helps me, I wont have to hear my daughter complain about how slow the IBM thinkpad is anymore. Reply
  • asgallant - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup is a Core i5-2500k based gaming desktop, a Nexus 7 for mobile content consumption, and an 8-year-old laptop for "mobile" productivity (mobile in the tied-to-a-wall-socket sense, since the laptop lasts about 15 seconds on a full charge - the battery is so old and decrepit that I just leave it out to keep the weight down). I would love to replace the old, heavy brick of a laptop with a svelte, power-sipping ultraportable (and those 4 jaguar cores have to be about a gazillion times faster than the single core Pentium M in the brick). Reply
  • AssBall - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    We currently have a Pentium 860 HTPC and my Conroe based gaming machine for desktops. Our laptop is a loaner from University, an old DELL Latitude that we are not allowed to reconfigure (it needs a total OS reformat, has poor battery life, finicky wifi, and is generally slow). We certainly could use a decent portable device we can call ours. Reply
  • Eburgin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Every pc and laptop I have ever owned has been an AMD platform. I really love their products for awesome graphics and great computing abilities. I own an A10 6800k desktop and an A8 laptop and love how the integrated graphics perform. I have been watching the Temash APU since it was announced and I have to say that it is has outperformed and exceeded Intel's atom by a longshot. I hope to win the Acer v5 so I can actually see for myself just how great it is. Reply
  • arein - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Great timing. This machine came to my attention upon the recent release of the new low power 11.6" Asus Reply
  • BadgerPoison - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a 15" laptop w/Windows 8 1" thick, 1080p, discrete GPU for my general use (work non-software, hobby software dev, light gaming, internet browsing).
    A fanless HTPC w/Windows 8 Media Center for TV/DVR and Blu ray.
    A Windows RT tablet for internet browsing and Excel (I use lots of Excel) on the go.
    I want a 11" Acer for my girlfriend who has an old laptop that desperately needs to be replaced due to no battery life and poor power supply connection.
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  • pavlindrom - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a HP Mini 311. That computer is so old that I use my phone more often than the computer. Previously I had a Lenovo T420, but it was stolen one night in California. I do need a computer, but the financial side of it all is killing me. As you can see, I am in need of a fine computer. Reply
  • jamesyarno - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Wow what an opportunity! My current computing setup is as follows: main desktop rig is powered by a AMD 8320. This is mainly used for editing videos for my church to put up on YouTube. My portable computing is currently handled by an aging HP NC6400 with two huge extended batteries and an original iPad. Due to the heft of the laptop w/batteries, I've found myself mainly using the tablet for my computing needs at home. I rarely sit at the desktop unless I'm editing videos.
    It would be a blessing to be gifted with a new laptop for several reasons. First off to have something powerful enough to edit videos on the go or anywhere in the house would be very useful! It would also be nice to replace the aging nc6400 and give that to the kids to use. I thik the best thing though would be able to use it in more cases when I would normally just use the iPad as the V5 is so small and light. I sometime find myself on the verge of breaking out the old laptop because the iPad is so limited, but then don't really want to lug around 6 pounds and I just decide to deal with the limitations of the tablet.
    Thanks to AMD and Anandtech for the opportunity! It would be my pleasure to do a follow up if you are so kind to choose me. :-)
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  • scavio - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Current devices in household: Acer Aspire One netbook, a two year old 15” Asus Laptop (x53sv that my wife and I use), a three year old Dell Vostro 420 desktop (oldest son), a 6+ year old Emachine desktop (it has an Athlon 1600+ in it), and two iPad Minis.

    I would primarily be interested in the V5 for my 11 year old son, who is a fairly high functioning autistic boy. We originally bought him the Emachine desktop as a birthday present and he uses it to this day. He enjoys doing the normal web stuff that all kids do as well as photo editing and light gaming. He loves Minecraft and he uses a couple of different programs that lets him design and play Super Mario Brothers levels.

    A few years ago we began to try to tackle what has been his biggest problem in school: writing. No matter what we had tried, his motor skills and lack of wrist and finger strength make writing a chore. We bought him an Acer Aspire One so that he could type on it and use it for other tasks in the classroom. What we found was that the netbook was generally a little slow and the trackpad wasn’t the best way for him to get around the machine. Last year, we bought him an iPad mini hoping that the touch screen would eliminate the trackpad problem and help him get his gaming fix since the Emachine was breaking down. The touchscreen has worked out extremely well and he loves playing games and watching Youtube on it but as a productivity device it is extremely lacking.

    Basically, I want (and NEED) a machine like a V5 because it looks like the perfect machine for my son. It combines the best of what he has now (touch on the tablet, portability and battery of the netbook, and productivity of the PC) and would be a game changer for him. He loves technology and is pretty articulate, so he would help me provide you some great (and brutally honest) feedback concerning the device.
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  • mikeangs2004 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 17.3" Latest Clevo Gaming laptop and a large desktop at my apartment. I go to school and have no computers there for myself. It is really hectic to carry a large laptop like that to school everyday for basic needs. Also my HTC first smartphone can not do all tasks that require some ergonomics. So this portable Temash notebook is perfect for me as I also play some video games and run software such MatLab and Solidworks. Reply
  • quadrivial - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    As a web app developer, I'm interested in the touch capabilities of the laptop. It gives the capabilities to test for touch (it's never quite what you expect) while still having a browser that can access web development tool to see what the problems are when they appear (and then fix them).

    From the development side, Jaguar offers all the processing power needed for web app development while offering all-day battery life when I'm on the road. An 11-inch screen might sound like a problem for development, but 11" is almost the same as 13-14" because the screen isn't quite wide enough to comfortably use side-by-side programs until you reach 15-17 inches (which starts to become unwieldy to carry and inconvenient for the guy sitting next to you).

    Because I travel quite a lot meeting with prospective clients, my main development platform is my Lenovo thinkpad which I simply dock to a desktop monitor, full-size keyboard, and mouse when I'm lucky enough to be off the road. My other devices are a couple tablets and a few smartphones of various types and ages that I currently use for testing.
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  • tmanenatortech - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Nice Reply
  • Sttm - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have always owned Desktops. Been building them too. Price versus performance, it was a no brainer.

    As such I never got a laptop. My first taste of mobile computing came 2 years ago with a Android smartphone. I found myself using it in ways I wouldn't have guessed. Like web browsing while on the couch, or video chatting, or using it as my primary email device.

    So I am not sure how I'd use the laptop, but I'd be interested in finding out. At the very least, I have a large family, and it would make a good gift.
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  • cislom - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Well my current setup is an i5 desktop (home built). I have three children that are always in need doing homework and papers for school. The have an older Acer Aspire 1 netbook, but that is so underpowered that doign anything on it is a giant pain in the butt. I feel bad for the kids to have to use it, but the alternative is all of us fighting over my desktop, which is "not cool" by the way according to teenage girls. Thanks an keep up the good work. Reply
  • LochDhu10yr - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current laptop is based on a E-350. After I upgraded to a SSD, I've been happy with the performance. But the display is horrible! Props to Acer for making an affordable laptop that has what matters: IPS display and a SSD! Reply
  • Ryun - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own 4 systems in my house (not including the AMD powered desktop my fiance owns): a highend desktop, an HTPC, a windows home server, and an 11.6" AMD notebook from gateway that I'm dying to replace. Also, a windows phone 7 if we're including those types of devices.

    The 11.6" has served me really well. It started off it's life in 2008 with a 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM, a single core 1.2GHz AMD L110, and windows vista starter. It has since been upgraded with a 64GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, a dual core 1.2GHz (downclocked to 1.0GHz for stability) AMD L310 and windows 8 professional 64 bit.

    I like to enjoy my computer on the go but, despite my upgrades, sadly my beloved notebook is showing signs of aging (the wireless card is going, stability is hit or miss, and the windows 8 GPU drivers for the x1270 don't allow me to run anything but solitaire without issues). I've been looking for a decent replacement for awhile and I've had my eye on the Temash V5 for a bit already.

    I'd use the V5 for playing older titles I missed that the APU will surely run easily. I'd also like to run slightly newer titles that my friends play at LANs so I don't have to lug around a heavy desktop box with me. It'd be used to check the flash web page or other sites that just aren't compatible with my windows phone, or for watching a movie in bed with my fiance. Some light productivity will also happen (like word processing) but for the most part it'd almost always be consumption.
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  • josepulido - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a 2008 macbook (not pro), which is looking quite long in the teeth. I am a medical student and I cannot afford a new computer at this time despite the fact that I do big data healthcare research using the R statistical software program. My girlfriend has a used $200 dollar desktop (e-450 apu). When we bought the desktop I hoped we could transition it to home server/HTPC because of its low power usage and both of us could use this laptop and my macbook as our primary computers. This would untether us to work outside and in the coffee shop near my house (my battery is down to 20 minutes and I don't want to put money into a 5+ year old machine). Also, it would allow us to both work at the same time in our apartment near each other. Reply
  • fuzzykiss - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i currently own a gaming monster that i built myself. It sports an 8 core 'bulldozer' cpu, nvidea 580 card, sabertooth 990fx mobo, 3d monitor. all in all a powerhouse sitting in a level 10 gt case. unfortunatly last month something went wrong and the red cpu light is lit and it won't start. i am disabled and on a fixed income so will be unable to have it checked/fixed until maybe december. i live on my pc as i am homebound i am using my roommates netbook for now but it is unable to play any of my games. life has become pretty mundane and boring.winning this laptop would change all that plus even when I can afford to get my pc checked/fixed, having the laptop would enable me to be connected anywhere in the house or anywhere else for that matter. this would be a healthy change instead of living in my bedroom where my pc is located.
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  • mosteel - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My custom built PC is now pushing past five years old, running on AMD architecture. I built it back in 2008 with a socket AM2+ motherboard (MSI's K9A2 Platinum), a Phenom 9950 X4 BE processor and a Radeon 4870 video card. The socket AM2+ allowed for socket AM3 CPUs to set in, so I have been able to upgrade it piece by piece over the years (a Phenom II X4 955 in 2009, a Radeon 6850 in 2011) to keep it performing well for gaming all this time. It's starting to show it's age a bit now, but it's been very reliable and stable over the years. I use this computer for gaming, Internet use, as well as assisting my family and friends with computer problems.

    Unfortunately it's the only computing device I own; my phone is very basic, and I don't own a laptop or tablet. Winning a V5 would be helpful for a few reasons, the biggest being that a mobile platform would be a huge boon when attempting to assist family and friends with software and hardware related issues where remote desktop isn't a useful solution. When a computer is acting strangely, being able to do something as seemingly simple as search online for hardware installation guides or user reported problems is a big deal if general troubleshooting fails. It'd also be helpful for keeping connected when I'm not at home; if someone wants to share an interesting article or video with me I typically have to borrow a device or wait until I get home to view it. Getting used to the Windows 8 interface would also be helpful because I'm hoping to build a new computer in the near future to replace my now aging PC.
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  • Franzen4Real - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    1)Gaming Desktop
    2)HP Touchpad Tablet
    3)Win Phone 8

    I'm a full time student and am using my HP Touchpad that I got during the fire sale for note taking in classes. This works ok, but it means that I'm stuck using my gaming tower to do all of my paper writing.

    I would like this laptop for doing all of my school work on one nice, small, super portable device where I'm not tethered to my house to do work. I don't want anything too large, and I would really prefer something as snappy as my tablet. Having Windows 8 on a laptop would also allow me to integrate nicely with my desktop and phone.

    It would also be awesome to have a portable device that I can load Steam onto for some light gaming between classes!
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  • cabraswel - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I like ultrabooks because its difficult for me to cary around a heavy computer. Currently have a custom build gaming rig that I use only for playing games. Watercooled 3770K w/32 GB of RAM, GTX 680 4 GB. A Macbook Pro Retina for Music production/video editing. Insperion 1405 Linux crushbang #! box. When it comes to team meetings and in field photography I find tablets to just be useless in reality. I would use this laptop in many ways. First would be an infield photography tether box that would also allow me to remotely operate my camera easy by being so light! I have a bad back so 2.65 LBS would be perfect! It would also let me show clients photos much easier (i'm just starting so my equipment is rather lacking). The other use would be a place to keep scripts and storyboards for when I work on films. ( I'm all independent and its important for me to have different tools that are suited for each task it keeps each task more specialized) I'm also thinking of how cool FL studio 11 will be on a touchscreen! Reply
  • five_seven - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My primary PC is a 2009 Intel i7 930 system which is dedicated pretty much to gaming, but I find it a chore to use as it's not a 24x7 system and by today's standards it's pretty long in the tooth. I have 2003 eMachines M6811 which was a monster of a laptop back then, but as of about two years ago I rarely used it as it is 7.8 lbs, boots/resumes slowly, and has impending HDD issues. I'm a slow adopter for technology, but now at 31 years old I'm wanting to fill a void as I leave gaming as an afterthought and want to get what-would-be my 2nd laptop in life to do pretty much all my daily activities-- morning emails and social updates, lunch hour reading/code development hobbies, and evening emails/social/house keeping tasks like paying bills, checking investments, etc. For now I keep putting some of those things (mainly the investments and my code development) off because I find it a chore to deal with my old laptop. For all my other mobile tasks I bought a Samsung Note 10.1 tablet in June this year, but obviously it can only do what the Android OS supports. In the end I really want a light, fast, flexible laptop that I can take with me pretty much anywhere and increase my productivity. The V5 could be a really good fit for me! Reply
  • aznchum - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a 8560w with dreamcolor display and want something more portable for work. Reply
  • drstryder - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently own a Dell Latitude i7 2760QM with Optimus. But portability and battery life would be better served by a sleeker machine, I guess Reply
  • dschaeffer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    We don't currently have enough computers for the family. Another would be nice. Reply
  • heinzr - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My son's 3-year-old laptop is dying, and this one pretty much is what he would need. (Not what he would want though, but talking about that would involve mentioning a company that is not the sponsor.) Reply
  • fletcherkildren - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Core 2 quad that is showing signs of age and a EEE Pc netbook. As a stay-at-home dad I have little time to sit at a desk to check email or do any work, and since the EEE PC is running Linux Mint - its has poor flash capabilities- so kids sites like OwlieBoo or videos on PBSKids.org are inaccessible. I would use it to check my email, edit videos of the kids and when needed - entertain the kids. Reply
  • donebu - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I need an Acer Aspire V5 because both my Toshiba Satellite A305-S6839 laptop and my home-built AMD powered desktop are getting pretty old. I don't have a tablet and a V5 would be a nice portable notebook. I'd be happy to give AMD feedback and write a short review on the Acer V5. Reply
  • entombor2 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently running a 2005 laptop and a 2010 six core 3.8 GHz, 8Gb ram, radeon 7970, and 3 TB of space build made in 2011. Both are AMD and I've always been an AMD fanboy expecially since nowadays they can handle 1080p way better than they used to be able to as evidenced by my laptop. Loving what acer has been doing with their image too because I used to have a 2000 acer laptop that I couldn't stand. Reply
  • Dennis Travis - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use an HP Pro workstation with gaming card for my gaming and video work and an iMac for all my other work and Internet usage. I have a older Compaq notebook that is showing its' age and a 1st gen iPad. The iPad for my usage is very limited with no ports. I would love to update to a newer thin laptop for the best of both worlds but $$$ is very tight with my health issues. Been into computers since the mid 80's and a member of Anandtech since the old days. I also own an iphone. To me a complete but thin notebook is still the way to go for portable usage for anyone needing more than basic internet and reading books. Reply
  • abdancer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i have an old toshiba laptop, which i have endured for about 5 years, its slow, freezes at times and won't do gaming other than low process slot games. i would love to game with the best Reply
  • sheh - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Desktop #1: Main box, despite its age. Hardware too old to list :). Win98, WinXP. Featuring a 19" CRT, it's used for serious work (office stuff, programming, graphics), old gaming, and it's the official archiving box (+external HDD).

    Desktop #2: Internet box. WinXP. Also old hardware. Mainly for web browsing, IM, downloading. It could use an upgrade to better handle all those pesky AJAX-ridden sites and occasional Flash.

    Laptop: 15" i5-3210m. Win8 x64 (+2ndary OSes). Home mobility, media player, potential outdoors mobility. Terrible TN screen. Currently mainly used for some programming, and web. Will be used for audio work. Also in the cards: gaming when hooked to KVM.

    Phone: 3.2" Symbian. Rather clunky and limited, but used for some web reading and GPS. Sometimes calls, too.

    PDA: 3.5" iOS. Some web reading, although troublesome because of old browser that crashes often (OS has to stay at old version for now). Oddly, recently started being used for music playback.

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    How will V5 help? I'm mainly hoping for a better screen than the 15.6" TN disaster. In that case it'll be good for web usage (although the 11" screen might be better suited for a tablet). It might also take up some less demanding laptop jobs that don't need much keyboard interaction. And who knows, maybe better gaming than the HD 4000.

    I'm curious about the effect of running an SSD, and vaguely curious about touch screen usability.
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  • mattd390 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    AMD rocks! Reply
  • GameSetMatch - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently the owner of a desktop gaming rig, my most recent laptop has finally given away after 5 years of ownership. I need this machine for university for portability to classes - I frequently like to take notes on PPTs for example from professors while in lecture, and obviously all-around productivity functions around campus. Reply
  • mischlep - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop PC at home, a linux based server for files and media serving, a laptop with a Blu-ray player that serves as portable computing power, as well as a tablet computer that I'm working on integrating into the media consumption area. Reply
  • Ananke - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming desktop with Intel i-5 and Radeon video card, couple of basic laptops for the family members to browse Internet, and couple of Android tablets for mobile entertainment and remote controlling the TVs/Receivers at home. What I need is one more powerful laptop for mobile usage, light gaming, video streaming, internet video, Skype - and it should definitely have an IPS panel. The Acer V5 matches those requirements. Reply
  • trekkie00 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own and use three computers (two desktops and a laptop), all running AMD processors.

    1) "Gaming Desktop", AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 "Black Edition", with a Radeon 7850 graphics card. I use this mostly for gaming and high-power-requirement workloads (media transcoding, compiling code, etc). The core of the computer is coming up on three years old, and I still haven't felt the need to upgrade the processor - or overclock it, for that matter! The Radeon 7850 is an upgrade from an older GeForce 9800GT, and the difference between them is night and day. I still haven't found a game that stresses the graphics card.

    2) "Media Center Desktop", AMD A6-3500. This thing is absolutely perfect as a media center - I have it hooked up to a 1080p TV, and it will play anything I throw at it without an issue. My fiancee uses it as her gaming computer - a lot of Skyrim gets played on it, which I still think is incredible considering it uses integrated graphics. Low price, high performance - perfect combination for me.

    3) My laptop is a Lenovo X120e (11.6" ultraportable), with the AMD E-350 processor. I won't make any claims that say it's amazingly powerful, but it is definitely more than sufficient for what I use it for - general internet use, Netflix, and typing on the go. I've even used it in the past to play some games at LAN parties, and it was surprisingly capable. Unfortunately, even though the laptop is only two years old, it is literally falling apart at the seams - it will maybe last for ten or fifteen minutes on a charge, the "TrackPoint" onboard mouse has stopped working, I've gone through two power supplies, and the onboard fan has been slowly dying, to the point where using it for too long will cause it to overheat and shut down.

    If I were to win a new V5, I would replace this laptop - I absolutely love the small form factor for carrying around, taking notes in class, or working on the couch, and being able to do that without carrying around an extension cord and power supply would be amazing.
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  • oln - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop (Core2Quad Q6600, 6600GT), a laptop (17", ivy i5, gt650), a first gen Kindle Fire, a first gen Nexus 7, and a myTouch 4g (HTC Glacier). Where I picture the V5 coming into play is mobility with decent power and a keyboard. I recently started an online MS in EE and have found myself wanting access to the course materials during the day. While there is a fairly decent mobile interface, trying to accomplish anything on a tablet or, worse, a smartphone, is rarely worth the effort. I would hope the ability to do real computing on the go would help me be able to complete course work and still have time for work and family. Also, as my kids are getting older, they are more active in using our devices. One more real computer around the house will make for a lot less conflict. Reply
  • nafhan - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    For my family of five, I currently have two desktops (one of which is somewhat old), two Android smartphones, and a child oriented tablet (Nabi 2). We got rid of our laptop about two years ago because it was bulky enough that, unlike the V5, it was barely mobile, and we just weren't using it.

    The size, weight and expected performance of this machine would make it useful for mobile photography editing, and my wife would also use it for electronic scrap booking with GIMP. We would also likely do some light gaming on it. We have a lot of fun gaming together, and I'd love to check out the "touch" version of Civ V in hosteat multiplayer. Depending on what it's like for gaming and photo editing compared to our Athlon II X3 desktop, we may use it as a replace that machine altogether (paired with a 23" monitor).
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  • watersprayer - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Under the hood of my Dell E510 is 3 gigs of ram with a dual core 2.4 ghz computer. There is an 80 gigs hardrive space that is full. I am looking to win the new computer to keep my wife OFF mine. Reply
  • A2WJC - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I owned a Asus Transformer TF101 with Android OS. After using it for 2 years, I found it is only good for most of the internet browsing and limited office application editing. Many times, even in internet browsing, I experienced feature compatibility issues and it is slow. Its Wi-Fi reception is poor in the house. For office applicationediting, it is a pain. Two good things about the Transformer is I can choose to use it as a tablet or a netbook and the battery together lasts close to 19 hours.

    With the experience above, I have started to look for a touch screen laptop that is not expensive, light, graphically powerful in videos and occasional gaming, good battery and MS Office's functionality. I found laptops that are equipped with AMD's latest chips could fulfill my need well. However, there are not many laptops in retail stores where one can have some hands-on experience with it. I found one HP 13" AMD A8 Sleekbook with 8 GB RAM and 1TB HD in Costco and one Acer 15" Aspire V5 AMD A10 with 8 GB RAM and 1TB HD in Sams Club. I purchased the Acer one because price difference is only about $50. I like it so far. It is speeding fast for my daily usage with it and it has not given me some compatibility issues like the Transformer TF101 did. And, surprisingly, I can do internet browsing outside of my house in the yard, which is not possible for the Transformer TF101.

    I start to like and appreciate what AMD is doing lately by branching them out from Intel path. HSA and HUMA make all the sense to me. Improving manufacturing prowess is one thing but advancing technology architecture and concept should be welcome and encouraged, too. I just hope customers sometimes do some due diligence and help to nurture some ideas and prevent the market from becoming a monoply playground.
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  • rocketscience315 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a Shuttle SFF with a Phenom X4 910e and Radeon 7750 (Win7 & Ubuntu), a HTPC with a Athlon 4850e (Ubuntu & Vista) and a MacBook Pro. I use the SFF to teach myself programming and general computing, the HTPC for TV, music, and movies, and the MacBook is my semi-pro portable.

    A portable I could dual-boot with linux and really learn programming (ideally C/OpenCL) would be quite handy. :)
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  • jbltecnicspro - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently, I use a desktop as my main gaming machine and app development machine and we also have a notebook running Linux. Winning an V5 would be amazing for me because of its light weight and notebook form factor. I have focal dystonia, which is a nervous system disorder that makes doing things with my hands sometimes difficult. Not to play the "handicap" game, but if I had a V5, it would make note taking a lot easier. My current notebook is a heavier old Dell Latitude D830. Great machine, but older and definitely bulkier. Weighing in at a little over 2 lbs, the V5 would go a long way in making my mobile computing experience better. Reply
  • jtkalcich - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I use a system from my work. Really I would love to give this to my wife. She uses a Pink Dell Core2Duo from 5-6 years ago, and some of the letters don't even work properly on the keyboard any more. She wants to get back in to writing and that is terrible business, plus it weighs like 8lbs so it isn't really portable enough for her. She does almost everything from her iPhone right now because her computer is such a pain to use / haul around. Reply
  • Smudgeous - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own both a 2-year-old Asus G74SX gaming laptop that is pretty much used as a desktop upstairs in the office/spare bedroom, and an HTPC/media server downstairs that doesn't have enough power for any kind of gaming. As I don't really have any viable options for a lightweight, portable device that can be used for light gaming or programming away from my desk, this Acer V5 would fill that void wonderfully. Having the ability to work or play on the couch with my wife or while out of the house would be very much appreciated. Reply
  • Slayer67 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Let's see, I have:

    A gaming desktop with an Intel Core i7 965 extreme
    A spare desktop with an Intel Core i7 930
    An HTPC with an Intel C2Q (Q6600)
    A gaming laptop with an Intel C2D
    A portable laptop with an Intel CULV C2D processor

    My laptops are now years out of date and it would be nice to have a newer system to use. Also, I haven't used anything from AMD in years and would love a chance to use one to see how it performs and would be happy to provide feedback to AMD!
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  • racerx_is_alive - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an ancient desktop PC (8 years old?) made tolerable with an SSD. Of note for a comment in the new AMD Center, it is rocking an AMD Athlon64 X2 processor. I also have a 4 year old laptop, which my wife mostly uses. Reply
  • aggiebroz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently do most of my computing on a desktop I built with AMD Phenom II X4 945 and a HD 4870. That system was upgraded progressively from an Athlon 64 X2 5000+
    Black Edition to an AMD Athlon X2 7750 and HD 3850. I don't do much gaming anymore so this system is still adequate for my desktop needs.

    I am also still using my Acer Ferrari 4005 laptop (circa 2005) with Turion 64 ML-37 and ATI mobile x700 graphics. I still really like this laptop other than the lack of power for modern workloads like HD video. I am currently looking to replace it, but I am trying to hold out for a good AMD convertible tablet that is about 13-14". I mostly use it for connecting to my car's computer for tuning and reprogramming along with general home usage.
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  • Guyver3 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am currently wanting a nice laptop that is very portable with a bit of power and a touch screen. Currently my family shares a bulky Sony laptop. This laptop would allow me to do many things that I don't get to do on the family PC (web design, gaming, video editing, etc.. ) and yet can travel with me easily. If I received one of these laptops, it would be amazing! Reply
  • SteelRing - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Can we have the "POST A COMMENT" button at the bottom of the discussions too? I always mistakenly click on "REPLY" to someone else's thread instead coz I naturally go to the bottom of the page after reading thru everyone's post first.

    duhhh
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  • balthozar - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My very old ASUS is on its last leg. The baby and 6 year old DESTROYED it. Screens been replaced, battery holds 5 min charge...etc. This isn't a want. This IS a NEED! Reply
  • SilentSin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a high-ish end desktop: i7 920 @ 3.5GHz, AMD 7870, 12GB (3x4) and my Galaxy S3 as my primary computing platforms. I do have a work laptop but it stays at the office most days and is not all that portable unless I really need to take it along (Lenovo T530). An Acer v5 would let me have something that I could easily move around the house with me as I go about my day and enable me to take a more usable form factor with me around town when I wanted. Sometimes my S3 just doesn't cut it and I would love to have a non-phone option more often than what I do now. I've been really excited about the Jaguar platform since it's been announced but finding a decent product with it inside has been challenging, the v5 is an exception to that. I've got several Bobcat-gen devices that we use at work and they have worked incredibly well, being able to see what a Jaguar based system can do will definitely influence purchasing decisions in the future! Reply
  • ranran - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This would be for my daughter. A couple of years ago I purchased a Dell n411z for her while in high school. She's now finished and off to a top engineering school this Fall. This laptop goes with her almost constantly, and with college comes a slew of large books to carry around. An ultraportable would help to decrease the weight she carries. Also, now that she's working with engineering software, we're finding the n411z is lagging a bit - especially in the graphics department when it comes to CAD and other circuit design software.
    This laptop is light, easy to carry, and with the Radeon graphics card and SSD for quick hard drive access, would be a great system to help her for the next several years while in college.
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  • Icehawk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Have an i5 desktop for my wife, she surfs the web/video watches/plays light games - I also use it for a backup gaming machine when friends come over. My machine is an i7/670 with two 27" monitors that I sit in front of the bulk of the day working from home and gaming. I have an iPad3 which I use to facilitate video streaming, read ebooks, and play casual games on - it's usually down by the TV. What I don't have anymore is a laptop - and I need one because my Triumph Bonneville's ECU needs a flash update that I can't do without one! Reply
  • Senor Dingus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current PC is a Lenovo x120e netbook. I got it a few years ago and it’s held up nicely but the battery only last around an hour. Which is a problem since I’m currently going to college and need a laptop. I like to carry my notebook with me but as of late I haven’t been able to. Also, I would like to be able to play some simple indie games but my laptop is barely able to play much of anything. The hard drive also started being a bit noisy and I’m worried it’s going to crash. I also have an iPhone if that is considered a computing device. I’m majoring in Computer Programming and Information Systems, so I really need a decent computer.

    If I were to win the Acer V5 it would help my daily PC use considerably. A small, portable, fast, and well-built notebook is exactly what I’m looking for. With the Acer I’ll be able to carry a notebook without worry of it dying on me. Ill also be able to play the indie games I want to experience. The speakers on my netbook weren’t very good when I got them, but recently one speaker has been going out. I like to listen to music on my computer and like the idea that the Acer has four speakers. So, put quite simply, the Aver V5 will improve probably every aspect of my daily computer use.
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  • ottojschlosser - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current laptop is a wheezing old Dell. I do PC support for a company with far-flung offices, so a modern laptop would be a real blessing. Reply
  • Vizsla1086 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Haswell i7 powered PC, plus an iMac, plus an iPad (which drives me to distraction when trying to do actual work on it). This AMD machine looks like a perfect replacement for the iPad, giving me a computer capable of both content creation and content consumption in a small enough form factor to allow for easy portability.
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  • abhaxus - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently, I have an old Acer Turion 14" laptop, 2 gaming desktops (one GTX 480 SLI setup + AMD FX 8320 O/C, one older C2Q 6600@3.5ghz and HD4980), and a HTPC (C2D7300@3.2ghz + HD3650). The laptop has gotten less and less use as we have adjusted to using the HTPC for living room browsing, as well as our various phones and tablets in the house. It's just too old and slow to run anything other than a web browser, and even doing that it is not energy efficient enough to have decent battery life. I look for this ultralight to give me the portability that I want out of a laptop, and a little bit better performance than my current one, ESPECIALLY the SSD! Reply
  • huawei - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    AMD did a good job at the balance between CPU, graphic and battery. Reply
  • flyinspageti - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Right now I have a powerful desktop that I just built with a 4670k and a gtx 770, a nexus 4 that is broken(awaiting rma), and a low end acer laptop with a sandybridge i3. The laptop's battery locking mechanism is broken and it won't work well unless I have it plugged in. It can work if I manage to position the battery in a certain way but a slight bump is enough to move the battery and shut it off. This makes my laptop difficult to use while in class. I study mathematics so programs like mathematica, matlab, and maple are helpful to me. I can use them fine on my desktop but not at school because of the problems with my laptop. Wining the acer V5 would help me be more productive by allowing me to use these programs more easily. Reply
  • df2rools - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current laptop is a dell from 2006 that has a battery problem that makes it last for only 30 minutes, it runs hot (95c), and its heavy.

    I would love one of these new notebooks for college where I'm majoring in Computer Engineering!
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  • Pintglass - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My laptop and desktop are both running Ubuntu. The laptop, a Lenovo U300s, is pretty but quirky and physically falling apart. I use it for teaching and giving presentations while traveling, so a small lightweight machine is ideal. A display upgrade over my U300s would make a world of difference. My desktop is a mix and match job, with a quad core Phenom II powering it. It functions part time as a test bed for research code (demanding computations get sent off to a HPC cluster), and part time as basically a word processor when I write emails to students and collaborators, and when I'm being especially productive, authoring papers.

    A new super portable laptop before my current one dies would save the day.
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  • venk90 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am graduate student in engineering and use a nearly 5 year old 13" aluminium unibody macbook (upgraded RAM and Scorpio Black HD). Use it for studies, browsing, movies and as a wireless router. The fan maxes out often !! Even the low powered computers of today are an upgrade !

    If I can get this laptop, I can retire my macbook and finally get real portability (as I am on wired ethernet now). If I don't get this laptop, I am hoping to build a AMD Kaveri based desktop.

    Can't afford the latest and greatest, but follow many tech sites. The only other device I own is an iPhone.
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  • squishyTurtle - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop at work that I use for my heavy number crunching, and a thinkpad that is my mobile connection to said desktop, as well as several cobbled together boxes (old scavenged sets of parts) that I use outside of work, where I am a volunteer technician for a high school theater. I use the cobbled together computers frequently to coordinate running sound, lights, and communication between technicians.

    The cobbled together computers that I use for technical work have... limited reliability. Specifically, the one I use for sound has problems with over heating and locking up. The user interface for the audio cue programs would benefit from having a touch screen. Also, the smaller size would help with the limited space that I have available to me in the sound room.

    Outside of my extra curriculars, as a grad student, I do research in to spatial and temporal reasoning. One of the research projects I am working on is a user interface to a qualitative spatial reasoning. One part of the research is how the GUI interacts with users, and having a multi-touch screen to test that aspect of user interaction would be great.

    The benefits of the OpenGL and OpenCL on a Fusion processor, testing performance on as many kinds of platforms as possible...

    The uses go on and on. Touchscreens and Fusion. I never realized how useful those two things would be in combination.
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  • toki5 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm using a desktop at the moment. It is the only computer that I own. This laptop would open up so many doors in a number of ways for me. I would be able to carry my net sessions around with me, I would also be able to take any kind of sessions otherwise with me as far as any offline deals as well. I use my desktop for editing videos, creating some music, a bit of gaming and surfing the net. Reply
  • Pirks - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop and an Alienware laptop with piss poor battery life, would love to try out a modern AMD ultrabook with a decent battery life and potentially make it my main home machine and retire my old desktop. Reply
  • sheh - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I think the specs call the V5 3.5 hours max. Reply
  • Aquanet - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm currently working from a desktop prebuilt from 2008(Compaq SR5421F), it's a very slow computer that freezes all the time. Everything in it is obsolete and would be costly or near impossible to upgrade without simultaneously purchasing a new case, power supply, motherboard, RAM and CPU.

    Having a V5 would give me the portability I need for my college classes, and it would also allow me to save my money for a whole new desktop gaming rig that I plan on building in the future.
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  • forest4trees - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Good afternoon,

    After working for a non-profit organization for almost 20 years I was let go and am venturing into the private sector as a disaster preparedness and response consultant. Currently my computing network consists of a good cable internet connection into a netgear b/g/n router. For general family use we have a dell desktop (AMD chip) and there is a MFC printer on the network.

    My personal computer is a 3 year old HP dv4 laptop. Sadly I got it just two months before the release of newer (at that time) more power sipping CPUs – it runs an intel P8700. It will run about 2 hours on a battery charge. When I was working for the NGO that was not a problem because they provided me with a laptop and the HP was just used for home internet surfing, etc. In addition the laptop is experiencing a hardware issue where it will just shutdown for now reason. Considering its age and my changed requirements it is time for a replacement.

    In my new venture as a consultant I need a lightweight, power saving laptop. I am on the road meeting with clients and working in a variety of locations. Just in the last week I spent 30 hours in multiple locations working on assessing survey information, developing recommendations, and evaluating an exercise. Independent consultants are expected to provide their own equipment, and excuses (“sorry my laptop is old and decrepit”) doesn’t lead to successful engagements. In my work a small laptop would greatly increase my productivity and the Acer V5 exceeds all my requirements.

    I am the primary bread-winner for my family of five; since I am just starting out in a new career I do not have a steady income. On my own I have little space cash to replace my aging laptop. Therefore winning the Acer would be a huge boon, providing me with a powerful computing resource to support achieving my goal of a successful consulting career. In addition since I would be using it in a variety of situations (office, field, restaurants, and disaster sites) I could provide a well-rounded review.
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  • wow&wow - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Had 4 Windows laptops and have been waiting for Windows tablets, not RT junks, with AMD APU inside. Reply
  • bmw3wags - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    All I have is my big huge work provided Dell Precision M4600 laptop and iPad 1. I would love to have the Acer V5 becasue I am a student currently working on my MBA full-time while also working full-time as a LMS Coordinator for a University. I often walk to work which is a mile from my house and the precision is not the idea travel companion for this situation but I need it do my homework. So this V5 would definitely help me out by giving me a more portable computer to carry with me. Reply
  • SOxe - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm running a Dell Vostro with a E5300 chipset..I've been trying like crazy to get a AMD A-10 6800k processor and decent mobo because I want to upgrade and be able to join STEAM.. This poor machine is not able to produce any solid FPS. It's old and past its due. Every day I study and try to tweak this or that with no real promises and I'm at my wits end with this PC. I'll give you a weeks worth of feedback and my progress into the gaming community if you will help me get my foot in the door. Check my post and tweets and you will see THIS is what Im here for. Ty for the chance AMD and Anatech. AMD FTW Reply
  • Avenger762 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I could use an AMD powered laptop. It would match with my AMD CPU and GPU powered PC. I don't really like surfing on my gaming rig. Reply
  • DPete27 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have only ever owned desktop computers. My current desktop rig is my reasonably priced "dream machine." I've been flying a lot for my new job and not having a tablet/notebook on the plane prevents me from being able to get much work done on the plane. Each trip, I yearn more and more for a tablet/small notebook to "get the job done." Reply
  • Creig - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming PC for myself (Q6600/HD6970), a gaming PC for my daughter (1045T/HD5870), an HTPC (955/HD7770), a work PC (E6300/HD4870), two HP Touchpads running Android and a couple of smart phones. My daughter has a laptop as well, but my old Dell just recently died (mobile 4870).

    If I were to win, I would use the laptop mostly for general PC tasks. Email, web browsing, light gaming and taking with me on business trips.
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  • hunkmequick - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I own one desktop which is about 8 years old and I have added numerous parts to it over the years (Frankenstein!). My fiance is in the Marine Corp and I travel a lot from the East Coast to the West Coast to see her. We are getting married in a few months but I'm still going to visit her again and I spend a lot of time in airports and airplanes so this would be the perfect laptop to fit my needs. It's small enough to not be annoying on an airplane but also packs a punch with the speed and internal specs that it offers. I enjoy playing League of Legends a lot so this laptop would definitely be able to handle it at optimal settings and would be a great time waster! Also it would be great to handle schoolwork with as I could type term papers and do various other exercises without lugging a big awkward sized laptop around. Thanks alot! Reply
  • boot318 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use and desktop with an FX-8320 powering it. This is my everyday workhouse that I use for everything (work, play and games). I also have an Galaxy S3. If I win this product I would use it for non-demanding things like email, web browsing and movie viewing. Currently my current devices don't fill my need in these areas (being too small or being confined to one place. I'm positive this device will go everywhere I go!

    Thanks for the give-a-way!
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  • bLast0 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I have an original Nexus 7 32GB and an HTC One and a very tired old Gateway 2GHZ C2D laptop that I use as an entertainment hub with monitor and speakers in my small apartment. I would use this Acer to replace the laptop as a portable workstation, media center, audio hub and main network computer that my portable devices stream through.

    Thanks!
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  • mike55 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • GarrettEh - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've tried to reduce what I'm lugging around with me these days. To that end I've replaced my 17" desktop replacement with a dedicated gaming PC, and picked up an iPad Mini for most of my browsing and light email use. I still have my work laptop, but I only take it with me because I don't have anything more portable to use.

    I still carry an old toshiba for work in case something comes up, but would prefer to have something much smaller and lighter.

    Winning a V5 would make it possible to actually work on personal projects when I'm not in my home office. It would also allow me to install a lot of the old school games that I get an itch to play when I'm not around my main rig.
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  • wfrazee2004 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am a technologist who works with companies on operating productivity infrastructures. At home, my office more resembles a command center, than a cubicle. A work-issued Dell Core i7-based Latitude 6520 nestles in between 2 external monitors -- and just below a 32" LG TV which lets me get my financial and news channel fix. Swiveling my office chair, A self-built Core i7 desktop with 12GB of RAM and 2 NVIDIA GTX460 graphics cards hums away for personal tasks.

    Yet for all that, I find myself at a cross-roads. My Asus Transformer TF201 just died and - while I have my eye on a new Amazon tablet as perhaps an entertainment device - I have NOTHING that fills my blogger/forum-goer needs. My TF201 failed miserably. A poor browser, and awful experience when mated with a Microsoft bluetooth keyboard meant blogging, social networks, forum posts all suffered.

    I need something portable. I need something light. A device that can handle the interwebs in my lap, complemented by the ability to compose, edit, and publish. I need a device that is light enough to travel alongside my work laptop when I am on the road, but has the technical chops to play a round of DOTA 2 when I am bored in the hotel in the evening. I need a device that maximizes my Windows 8 experience, but also a platform that is power efficient that I can work on a plane from my home city to either cost, hammering out some thoughts on the family, industry security, or whatever.

    I am not 100% convinced that this laptop is the device that I need, but it sounds like a good balance, and it may just replace several different devices at once: a tablet, a laptop, and who knows what else.
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  • wfrazee2004 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    The lack of ability to edit here is unfortunate. The extra hyphen in crossroads and the mis-spelling of 'coast' (from my home city to either coast) bother me. Reply
  • smwinn7 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I've got a desktop a coworker gave me that runs mythbuntu and a CR-48 Chromebook my wife and I share at home. I do have a work laptop but it's so lockdown by my IT department that it's a pain in the ass to use at home. This laptop would be a great thing for my wife and I to use for some Reply
  • mahiatat - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    i own a acer M5 15` ultrabook bought just 2 months ago, i was never a big fan of 15' laptops. i want to give this away to my niece. and was looking for a good affordable ultra book kind in 11'-13' screen size Reply
  • boomtastic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently had a desktop I built myself but having a notebook would be great for trips or using it around the house instead of staying at a desk. I also have a 15.6" notebook but it is too heavy to carry around all the time so this would be much better. Reply
  • j.stylin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I've currently got exactly one internet connected device: My Tmobile galaxy note 2 with unlimited data and a cracked screen. My desktop died a little under a year ago, and as I unexpectedly was shoved into independence (I should mention I'm 22), I've been too poor to repair or replace the machine.

    No tablet. No laptop. Just my trusty note. Don't get me wrong, I love my note but it's no PC, and I think its rather self explanatory how having a laptop would improve my current setup. As I intend to return to school at the start of next year, a laptop of any sort would be a required purchase and winning one of these machines would be an enormous help to my tight finances. Plus, I could do all of those fun computer stuff like use office and play age of empires again, among other things.

    I think its pretty clear that I could reeeeally benefit from one of these laptops, so I guess all I can say now is, please?

    PS: I tried posting this without signing in first on accident, hopefully that doesn't disqualify me somehow
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  • zank87 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own two desktops, both pretty old. One is running an AMD X2 5600+ and the other has a Q8200. Both are used for schoolwork and some light gaming. With the laptop I hope to be able for my wife to use for work as a Realtor since she'll need more than just her iPhone when she's out and about working and also for myself when we're home. It would primarily be used for light photoshop work, compiling hundreds of lines of code (school work), tons of web browsing, and portability to so we could read Anandtech articles wherever ;) Reply
  • campbbri - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm not a power user. I'm a typical family guy with typical computing needs like editing photos and videos of my kids, video chatting with their grandparents, remote connecting to work, serving up kids movies on netflix, tracking finances in Excel, and of course browsing the internet.

    I currently have an Intel Core i7 920 Windows 7 PC that I use for everything mentioned above. I have an iPhone, but I need a mobile device to share photos in anywhere, Skype from the living room, work in a coffee shop, and otherwise liberate myself from a PC tethered in one spot.

    I'm not a tablet customer. I need the full Windows PC experience, but in a mobile world. If a product like the V5 can give me that experience for less than the price of a full size tablet, then I think it will be a winner.
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  • erock123123 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an iPhone 4s and a 2 year old desktop computer that wasn't meant for gaming, but that's what I use it for anyway. It barely handles the gaming, so I'm building a new gaming desktop with a i7 haswell and a high end nvidia graphics card. I'd use the notebook for lighter load things on the road and in college. Reply
  • fdusuperstring - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    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

    I currently own a desktop and a laptop. The desktop is for my scientific research. I am doing molecular dynamics studies of large biomolecules. The machine has i7 3770k, GA-Z77X-UD5H, Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB*2, GA-650Ti-2GB, Adata 128GB ssd, Seagate 3TB*2, Antec GX700, CoolerMaster 212 Evo, Corsair HX750. I majorly run GROMACS and VMD on it, both of which heavily make of nVidia CUDA. AMD hardwares are pretty much useless for me.

    The laptop is Toshiba R700, a three year old machine. And it's dying. The wifi has already died. The machine shows BSOD frequently. And the temperature of the rear side is intolerable if I put it on my legs. Therefore if I win this Acer machine, I don't have to buy a new one to replace it.
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  • crtin4 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup is an aging desktop that used to be used for gaming (when I had time for such luxuries) and an even older 15" Macbook Pro (2006 model). The desktop is for work (accounting), running XBMC on my TV and not much else. The laptop is mainly for couch web browsing or used for work when I'm travelling. I honestly do most of my browsing on my phone, because the laptop is in such bad shape.. The battery on the MBP failed long ago, relegating it to a life tethered to an outlet and after my dog knocked a glass of water onto it, four keys no longer work. I'd love to have a mobile machine again for taking to the cafe, coffee shop, etc. I'd be glad to give an in depth review of the machine if it becomes mine. :) Reply
  • ukr - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm in! Reply
  • nube - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    As a very poor grad student, I own both a desktop and a laptop. The laptop is actually one of Acer's 11.6" netbooks from 2009 - the AS1410-2285 RT - with an Intel Celeron processor in it, so it's not a terrible dog like the Atom-based netbooks.

    The form factor of the netbook is pretty good, although there are definitely times when I wish it was bigger. Mostly, though, the thing just takes forever to load due to its tiny, slow, and old SATA drive. That's the biggest thing holding it back, at this point. It's usually sufficient for school, but the battery can't last more than about 2hrs at minimum brightness and wifi off (how I take notes during class), at this point. It's definitely time for an upgrade.

    My desktop is an AMD Phenom 720 X3 on which I unlock the extra core and pump up to 3.2GHz for any real number crunching (frequent), archive extraction, video & audio encoding + mixing (frequent), and the light gaming (infrequent) that I do. I don't have much budget to upgrade, as I make essentially slave wages (about $10,000 a year before taxes, with no loans) as a social science grad student, but if I was richer... :)
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  • samrock2020 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a acer android tablet and I am looking into to get a ultra notebook. I owned notebook from lenovo, HP, acer, and mac book pro. So I believe I can draw a good picture about what is pro and con about a notebook. Oh by the way I am a programmer:) This is little monster looks like a good fit for me. wish me luck, finger crossed~~ Reply
  • Bornem17 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    As a long time gamer, it would feel wrong to not have a powerful gaming desktop computer. That's my primary machine for entertainment and productivity Reply
  • noluk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a decent desktop gaming rig (2 actually as one is for the wife as well) and a single gaming laptop that we take on the road on occasion. At work I have access to a desktop for my use. I work in a public library as the IT director so I also have some access to devices that are associated to that such as Nooks, Nexus 7s and Nabis. A V5 would be used to bridge the portability gap between desktops. I plan to install many of the tools I use for work on the V5 and expand my work environment. Being able to access the servers and the public PC's without having to run back and forth would be a big benefit and time saver. Reply
  • colinw - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    aw yeah Reply
  • marc23 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a moderately powerful gaming/workstation desktop PC. Obviously it is not mobile and my job would become easier if I were to own a lightweight notebook. I am not looking for anything powerful here. Reply
  • stuartrue - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My wife and I have two nice desktops and two very old laptops. More and more we are having trouble doing everything we want to do on the laptops. As software advances, our old hardware struggles to keep up. We could really use a modern setup for portable writing sessions and smooth media streaming. Thanks! Reply
  • Thalomos - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a decent gaming PC, a mediocre media center PC, and an old HP Laptop that I bought years ago. My wife uses the laptop for everything including Skyping with her parents overseas. The laptop fan doesn’t work so well anymore (I have cleaned it before) so the laptop will get pretty warm to the touch if you don’t make sure the warm side is hanging off the side of a table or just not touching anything. It is not the lightest thing in the world so it can get pretty annoying having to balance the hot side in the air, but she does it.

    The Acer V5 would be great for us because of the lightweight design, cooler running processor, and more power. My wife will greatly appreciate a laptop that does not heat up her legs in the summer, and I’ll appreciate having a laptop that is quick and responsive.
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  • freeradikle - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My mother would be an ideal user for an Acer V5. After working for 30 years in corporate America, sold everything and moved to China with my three sisters (ages 10-16) to work for a non-profit in China that cares for orphans, most of which have special needs.

    Being quite tech savvy (for an old lady), My mom has greatly increased her organization's documentation and policies as she has traveled around among foster homes and orphanages, creating collaborative spreadsheets and other documents to ensure that all of her staff and volunteers are on the same page with what is happening and what needs to be done.

    My mom had been using an iPad 1, but for all its virtues of portability, it left something to be desired in the content-creation department. Now, my mother has a large clunky 15" budget laptop that she shares with my younger sisters who also use it for their online classes and much of their school work.

    A thin, light, power-efficient machine would go a long way toward increasing the convenience of mobility, and ease of doing real computing wherever she is needed.
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  • krisia2006 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a PC, kindle fire and an old Dell windows XP laptop.
    The PC is my living room TV netflix device as well as my file server with a couple
    of backup USB drives. I use the laptop mostly in the bedroom.
    The battery in the laptop died years ago, so a new laptop would be a huge win.
    I used to game on my laptop, but it has an old nvidia video card and it has long been
    obsolete without driver support.
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  • hobbang819 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm still running an old Acer Aspire One netbook. My tablet has got the same sized screen now! At a higher resolution! And it's quad core.

    That old netbook needs to be put down.
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  • kkyam95 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I used to own a Samsung Ultrabook while I was in college 2 years ago. I sold it to my friend after graduation and have not own a laptop since then. I rely on my HTC One android for most of my internet and entertainment activity, which works surprisingly well with its fast processors and high resolution screen.

    I do have a home computer that I put together using old parts from my office after helping my boss upgraded all the office computers. An AMD A4 works well with daily tasks and internet surfing. And of course the set up more than satisfy my mom's need to play Candy Crush Sage everyday!

    Winning a v5 would add a laptop into my repertoire. No longer do I have to fight with my mom to use the home computer, and it would be helpful when I enter medical school next year.
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  • Uvaman44 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    With my 2 year old out and about, I certainly need mobility in and around the house. My current setup is a desktop (A8-Based).. Tablets are insufficient (I would use more colorful language) very slow to use, all around frustrating for any meaningful computing, my laptop is long dead. Reply
  • GhostClocking3 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Custom PC (Main), Dell Inspiron E1705 (Work), and ipad 2.

    Antec 900, Intel 2600K, Wins 7, ASUS maximus iv extreme, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560, Mushkin 16GB 2400MHz, 2x Kingston hyperx (Raid0), OCZ ssd, 2tb WD, Open water loop, 360mm radiator.

    This was one of my 1st serious attempt at building a PC that would last for many years going on around 2 years now. It's a versatile rig that was capable of doing anything and if needed overclock to multitask multiple activities at once. Mainly I wanted to be able to maximize my time to surf the web and have multiple browsers & programs open at once while being able to game on another window w/o having to close anything. My tech pet peeve has always been owning PC/electronics that can't keep up with the user in which the device is the bottleneck over the user. As when you have to wait around for the computer to open/launch/close programs because it wasn't powerful enough to handle it.

    My Dell Inspiron E1705 was my 1st real computer I owned that I didn't have to share with anyone else. It's has been about 8 years now and I still own and use it for work as sort of a backup computer along with my ipad if my work PC ever broke down. After building my PC and getting my ipad I didn't really see a need to upgrade it as it still work and I didn't have to use it extensive.

    The V5 would be a vast upgrade for my Inspiron. It's much lighter and has more computing power than my crazy ass large dinosaur of a laptop. I probably won't have to carry as much tech around with me and I would lessen my bitching and complaining on why my laptop is so slow.
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  • GX1XD1PD - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Well currently I'm a college student, and I don't need a laptop the one I'm using is an HP with an A8 3520M that I overclocked to 2.5GHz since it only ran at 1.6GHz and it caused some friv ups with some games; but if I got this I would gift it to my sister, she's one year away from starting college and this would basically replace her ~2008-9 Acer AMD Vision laptop that runs an with a dual core Athlon CPU and integrated Radeon HD 4200.

    This would help at least drive down the initial cost of college and the need for a replacement laptop for her. Personally, I wouldn't need for this laptop, but since I'm already an incurring cost to my parents and my sister is soon to also cause a spike the littlest things would help.
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  • SteelRing - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have always been a big fan of AMD and almost all my rigs have been AMD-based, except one Q6600 that I fetched at an awesome BF deal I had to get. Recently my 7-year old faithful Brisbane machine wouldn't reboot into the OS after I turned it off. Granted it was hanging while installing Windows Update when I had to kill it and I have suspected the power supply problem for a while because of various hungups recently happening to it. I have replaced the power supply but the machine won't boot to anything after POST. It will display the list of peripherals and then reboot itself all over again. You can enter into BIOS and all devices are registering and seem fine. Thinking I might have corrupted the boot sector, I switched the boot order to boot into CD and it still won't boot, so I replaced the DVD-ROM drive thinking it might be bad drive, but that's not it. What else can I do?

    Any chance I can get a Temash?
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  • jdhurwitz - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Pentium 4 (2.8 GHz non-hyperthreading) desktop PC. I'm going to UCLA next year on a combined academic and financial aid scholarship because my family can't afford the tuition.

    I use my PC for everything from watching movies to typing documents for school. I use it for programming in C++ and for older games, since they run well.

    Winning this V5 would help me stay on par with the other kids at UCLA because I'd have a mobile platform on which to do my work. This system would allow me to program on the go and to take notes in class more easily. Entertainment wise, it would also be awesome.

    I'd love to win this! It'd be a dream come true.
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  • *kjm - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a decent desktop I use for AutoCAD and gaming but have found myself using an old Dell Inspiron I had laying around. In its day it was high end but that was years ago when I worked field service. The main thing that I don’t like about it is the battery died so I’m tied to an outlet and the screen has vertical lines starting to show up. I would use the new laptop in my woodworking shop, around the house for general computing and at school for my classwork. Reply
  • MikuruAsahina - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I want this laptop, don't have one for college yet V_V. I don't own any textbooks and so I'm relegated to torrenting textbooks at our public computers which delete all data every hour. I don't own any computer hardware right now, and having this laptop will completely change the way I can go to college. I know much about laptops though, I spend a lot of time on AnandTech reading reviews, and wanting to build a computer, but I've never been able to scrounge enough money for it though. Because I spend so much time reading about computers and parts, I often help friends build rigs, so I'd know how the parts in the notebook match up. Reply
  • Ryard - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I own a smartphone, a gaming desktop and a work laptop. I really could use a V5 to separate my home browsing from my work. I find it useful to have a laptop when I'm at the coffee shop but I do worry about the confidential information on the work laptop. Reply
  • twkatadin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently only have a desktop, I would love a laptop so I can be more mobile. Reply
  • Powerlurker - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My wife and I each have desktops with i5s and gaming graphics cards (mine is an i5-750 with a Radeon 5850, hers is an i5-3450 with Radeon 7950). We each have a personal laptop (hers a Thinkpad T400 and mine an Acer with a Phenom II triple-core that I got as a Newegg special). There's also an iPad, two Nexus 4s, a Playstation 3, and the work laptop I got from my company. Meanwhile, I've found that our current laptops are annoyingly big (and the HDD on my wife's computer is dog slow) to bring along when travelling and a light and thin laptop with an SSD would be quite nice and convenient without the limitation of the iPad. Reply
  • ddejohn - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a V5 (Intel) from a few years ago that I bought second hand with Windows 7 installed. I use my computer for light gaming, writing, recording music, Netflix for the family etcetera. Unfortunately, I can't bring the 'book to class, or on the train as the battery life is atrocious.

    I love the V5, and would want to stick with something familiar - plus I've always wanted to check out AMD.
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  • Sumotku - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I spend most of my time on my kitchen laptop, a well worn Vostro 1700 with 1900x1200 screen, the reason I hold on to it. I have an i7 Haswell workstation but use it for imaging purposes only. I do a lot of work on site often bringing the lightest thing I own, an Acer netbook but it's performance is pitiful and I could really use a more powerful portable for work and play. Reply
  • LoMbArD - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an old HTPC setup, A C2D E6700 with 2GB RAM. This is the family entertainment center. I also have 2 laptops. One is what I use for my studies, an HP Elitebook 8570w, which is a horse of a machine, and the other is an old toshiba that my wife uses. The toshiba is on its last legs and we are needing a replacement, and the Elitebook is too big to be convenient to take anywhere. It would be great to have a small machine to share with the wife for entertainment purposes and light work. Reply
  • ss284 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My bathroom needs a low-power 4 core device Reply
  • mcseanerson - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently am without a laptop. I use a intel core i3 with an asus z77 atx motherboard in a coolermaster haf xb case a zotac geforce 560ti graphics card and a samsung 840 pro 256gb ssd as my only hard drive. I am not home enough to use my desktop as I work full time and am going back to school this fall. I need a really portable laptop and have been a long time die hard amd fan (my last three laptops before my last one were all amd and seeing how poorly old amd mobile cpus were I think that says a lot.) My last Intel desktop before this one was a P3 and my only Intel laptop was the 13" Macbook Air with the Core 2 and Nvidia GPU.

    I intend to purchase a 11" Macbook Air this fall once I get some money together but until then I am struggling to keep up with assignments. If I won this laptop I might not buy the Macbook air or maybe I would buy it still and compare them. I'm not sure yet. I have been anxious to try the new AMD mobile processors because it seems like AMD is finally competitive to the point you can consider them without feeling biased.
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  • Aknosis - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I'm running a still strong Phenom II 955 BE that's starting to show it's age in current gaming. I've got a dying HP laptop that needs to be killed off. And a pair of Galaxy s4's.

    The desktop is for gaming and general productivity while the laptop is just for mobility and the small amount of productivity capable on the crippled device.

    Winning the V5 would finally give me a useful mobility product that I can actually work on and my wife could use for more than just a wireless coupon printer.
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  • bbbee - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently use a early-2011 15'' MBP as my main machine, mostly used for recording, mixing and some video editing. My second laptop is a Dell XPS M1210, which serves as a platform for Windows-only software and some games. The battery is almost dead, so it cannot be carried outside my room. I also have a netbook (one of the very first generation) which is currently broken. The Acer ultrabook will serve me as a truly portable computer, as it is a lot lighter than the MBP or Dell. I will be able to use it for simple recording job outside the studio, live sound, and any other computing job that needs to be done on the road. Also to me, it will be the return to the AMD processor in 8 years. Reply
  • BlakKW - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a nice gaming rig with an I7 + Asus HD7950. I used to have a Dell laptop, but it crapped out...I "replaced" it with a 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab. While I do like the tablet, I find that I miss having a decent notebook for travel. In particular, I miss having a portable windows machine that has a real keyboard. Reply
  • joeyrushlow - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Sony Vaio VPCF115FM (i7-720QM, 6GB Ram, 500GB 7200rpm, discrete 330m) and within 5 minutes of it being on, it hits 60 degrees C! This is even with my GPU being underclocked quite heavily). I'm currently trying to wean off using this computer, but it's my main media device for my TV. I use it to run movies off my hard drive, use netflix and also have the internet bridged through it for certain non wi-fi devices. I often take it to work to work on heavier files (since the computers at work are quite lacking). This would be perfect for running lighter games on my TV, taking to work and using it longer without the power cord! Reply
  • rootspike - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Need one for my home automation. Reply
  • Hob - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently have a late 2011 macbook pro for my wife and I as well an iphone 4 and 4s without celluar, so fancier ipod touches. I use the devices for surfing the web, reading the bible, listening to music and streaming music. I am also a part time student right now and one days when I have to take the laptop with me my wife is left without a computer. So it would be nice to be able leave her with a computer and it would be nice to be able for both us to use a computer at the same time. The portability would be nice to able go to libraries and coffeeshop or maybe even the bus to work on school papers. Reply
  • hyperlobic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This would be for my wife. She has a beat up old Toshiba that she used to take her all the way from undergrad to her Master's degree. She would really be able to use the smaller, more svelte form factor as she transitions back into the business life. She does not need horsepower so much as portability and consistent performance.

    This would make a great "Happy Graduation" from Anand, Acer, and AMD.

    And it would make "She Who Must Be Obeyed" very very happy!!!!!
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  • Bromsin - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have two desktops that I use. One has a Core i5 with Windows 7 pro the other Q6600 with XP pro. Currently I do not have a functioning laptop. I used an IBM Thinkpad X31 for a long time, but it died a year ago. Actually amazed it lasted so long for a laptop I bought on Ebay.

    It would be nice to own a new laptop that I can use when out on my deck and take to work with me. I miss that most about not having a laptop, going on my deck and surfing the net while smoking a cigar.
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  • ishmoo21 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a Dell XPS 15 with a 2nd Gen Core processor. I use it everyday for school, some games, browsing, creating CD's, video chatting and watching videos. I have a 3rd Gen iPad that I use for games, apps. and watching videos. Winning a Acer V5 would change my life because it would allow me to take my computer to school and also use touchscreen software. My current laptop gets only 2 hours of battery life but is also 6lbs and noisy. I would like some portability with a new laptop. Reply
  • ejohanss69 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an iPad 2, Asus Transformer TF101, a rooted Kindle Fire, custom build high end 8350-based PC - setup for 3x1 Eyefinity via Radeon HD 7970, three Dell dual-core PC's, an Acer Aspire One netbook, a Lenovo i3 based laptop.

    I hope to win this laptop because despite my rather large tech collection, I've not yet sampled the APU's from AMD, and I'm interested to test their usability for day-to-day computing.
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  • ryanmt - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Would be a nicer system than my 5 year old current laptop... Reply
  • wafflenator - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an older desktop(still running strong) custom built. AMD Phenom x3 overclocked to 3.5, ATI 5750, 4gb DDR3, and 3TB raid array. Needs an upgrade too, but it still performs pretty well for the age. and a new Toshiba U430, enjoying Intel's new Haswell platform for battery life. Reply
  • Atomic Cabbage - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My body is ready. Reply
  • iamkyle - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup consists of a high end i7 desktop PC, an older Core Duo 15.6" notebook, and a Mac Mini for the folks. I also have a Lenovo 7" Android tablet that I use for portable consumption. Really and truly, I don't have a device that offers TRUE convergence for my needs. I enjoy my media consumption like anyone else, but having to carry MANY devices in order to deal with dynamic workloads is a bit of a bust. If I want to prepare a text-heavy document or work with spreadsheets - a touchscreen non-x86 tablet really doesn't cut it. If I want entertainment on the go, whether it be media or gaming, the laptop needs to be decently high end, or I have to be tethered to my home desktop.

    Ultimately, an Acer V5 would allow me to eliminate 1 or 2 devices for my needs. The 11.6" size allows that much needed portability on the road plus a little more graphical power to fulfill my entertainment needs on the go. Battery power in both devices can be pretty lousy at times which I'm sure the A6 minibook would greatly assist in.
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  • batchburner - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop running an Athlon X2 6400+ and a Radeon HD 5750. The computer acts as a gaming capable HTPC, hooked up to my living room TV. It is really great for doing everything from web browsing to playing games. It is not so great for personal use, as I have a room mate.

    I could use this Acer V5 in my bedroom, fulfilling the same functions as my desktop, as well as making my life a lot easier to do homework, gaming and whatever else that can disturb others or cause others to disturb me.
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  • sinPiEqualsZero - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a higher end gaming system and a smartphone. I have no other mobile options and would love to get my hands on something like the Acer V5 to fill in the portability gap. I haven't gotten a tablet because, by and large, they don't have the same productivity options available.

    Since I have no portable option right now, something like the V5 would be awesome. I just haven't splurged because of both cost (funds are short) and the rapid changes in that particular market. In summary, pick me! :)
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  • rshappard - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have always had desktops but lately I think I would like the portability that something like this would provide - looks totally awesome...here's hoping! Reply
  • roncat - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have only owned desktops. It would be nice to have a laptop. Thanks, Anandtech. Reply
  • SigmaNick - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Current Set Ups
    1.Personal Built Desktop : FX 6300, M5A97Evo MB, 8 GB 1600 ram, ASUS DirectCU HD7850 Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
    2. HTPC: Personal Built AMD Phenom ii x3 720, M3A78-T MB, Radeon HD 5450, 4gb ddr2 ram, Windows XP Pro 32 bit
    3. Laptop HP Pavilion G7-1355dx - 17" screen, amd llano a6-3420m, 8gb ram, Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
    4. Kindle Fire (1st gen) (wife)
    5. Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4g

    And how can this help me? My daughter is constantly on my desktop for Minecraft and YouTube. My wife is on my laptop - and then complains that the battery is drained after shopping/playing/reading.

    Don't get me wrong, I like my Llano lappy, but it is better for content creation on the road rather than portable internet consumption. I would like to have something a little more portable, better battery life, but still has the option of running work Powerpoint presentations off of an HDMI port. Has anyone tried to get on an airplane with a 17" laptop and their normal carry-on? Just too much for long distance travel.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    -=SigmaNick
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  • phalanx17 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Love AMD! Nice to see them mixing it up these days with APUs!!! Reply
  • fulltext - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Dual Core desktop and 15" laptop, both running Windows 7, and a brand new Nexus 7 tablet which I use mostly for reading news and listening to music outside of the house.

    Would love to get this for full-featured portability with WIndows 8 powered by AMD.
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  • cshaun7 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Me. Reply
  • DonPedro - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hello,

    My current setup consists of two machines. The first machine is a big desktop in a rather too big Cooler Master ATCS 840 enclosure. Inside, there's a first generation i7 920, running at about 3.4Ghz, 6Gb of RAM, and an nVidia GTX 275. For storage, there's a couple of Samsungs for big data, and a pair of 15000rpm SAS Fujitsus in Raid 0 for the system. (When I build this machine, SSDs were already around, but were priced just a bit too high for me. And my motherboard had SAS connectors, so I thought, why not?)

    My second computer is a Lenovo X120e laptop. It has an AMD E-350 processor with a 1.6Ghz speed and two cores. It's a nice little machine, with a comfortable keyboard, trackpoint mouse, and matte screen.

    However, there are several things that I do where more cores would come in very handy. First of all, I take and process a lot of photographs. I shoot RAW, so rendering previews, updating settings, and exporting all takes quite a while. I also regularly create panoramas, sometimes with as many as 120 images, and this again is a set it and go do something else affair.

    Another thing that would greatly benefit from two more cores is 3d rendering. This is another thing that I sometimes have to do on the laptop, and dialing in materials is a frustratingly slow process. Rendering is usually best left overnight.

    Finally, gaming. This laptop struggles with many games, although Rayman Origins played well, as did The Walking Dead (on low settings).

    All these things are better on the desktop, of course, but that is not always possible, and I have used the laptop a lot for tasks that would be much quicker on the big rig. For this reason, having a shiny new laptop with a couple more cores would be much appreciated.
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  • RylinM_I6 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a bulky gaming laptop I lug all over my college campus. Something like this would be just the ticket for more-portable productivity! Reply
  • synaesthetic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hi, anand. :)

    I'd like to win the Acer V5 for my partner, who currently does not have a laptop and needs one for school. At home, we have desktops that I built back in early 2011 and they're still going strong, but my partner doesn't have a laptop and she needs one for class. She's disabled (fibromyalgia and sciatica) and can't carry much weight without pain, so an ultraportable would be extremely perfect for her needs!
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  • synaesthetic - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Oh, I should mention that I do have a laptop, an old pre-chiclet Thinkpad X200 that I still love dearly. But my partner doesn't have a laptop! Her old laptop was just too big and heavy so we had to sell it. Reply
  • fc1204 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This will fill the void to replace my Asus 14" from 2007, which I have been using for my international trips. With smart phones I simply do not need a laptop to do most email and browsing tasks for work, however, productivity software and data entry is still a pain without a decent size screen and keyboard. Even though I have more recent laptop purchases, they are all 17" desktop replacements (one at home and one for the office). Thanks a bunch for selecting me since you've read this far! Reply
  • NestorPR - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own several AMD powered products, an A10-5800K APU and an XFX HD7770 HD GPU in my gaming oriented desktop PC, a 17" HP laptop with an AMD A6 APU (wife's) and a Toshiba netbook with an AMD Atom CPU (used to be the wife's but now it's mine). I've always chosen AMD for its great performance at a reasonable price and have always had an excellent experience with the brand. This laptop would replace the Toshiba netbook with a much better unit running the latest hardware, hope I get it! Reply
  • azkor00 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I was just wondering why i didn't have an account on anandtech when i often read their articles, and although rarely join sweepstakes it gave me a reason to make an account. I'm really interested in Kabini and temash but If i won, i'd probably give the laptop to my sister or my best friend's fiance. Reply
  • RoberX - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a Sony VAIO pentium P8400 dual core laptop (5 years old). Never owned any AMD processor machines. Would love to get my hands on one. A light weight machine like Acer V5 would be great. Reply
  • frenchy_2001 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own many computer, but almost all of the desktop genre.
    My house is setup with 2 desktops used by my wife and myself, one server used for backup mostly and one HTPC under the TV.
    My wife has an aging laptop (based on an AMD sempron) and I would love to share a newer touch computer with her (as I do not have any mobile computer).
    I would be very happy to share our impressions on the new Temash touch computer and see how it differs from phone or tablet usage and all its advantages.
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  • Ranari - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a well-to-do powerful desktop, however recently my Asus laptop of one year (yes, one year) went kaput on me as the internal power board died. I frequently use my laptop for not only laptop duties (lots of writing), but also as a machine I hook up to my lcd tv to stream Netflix, YouTube, and TwitchTV on my downtime. Winning an AMD Temash laptop would work wonders to replace my recent loss, and I would cherish it's battery life, playback capability, and at it's most basic core, it's portability for continuing my hobby of writing. Thank you AnandTech as this opportunity! I have been a dedicated fan of your website for many, many years. Reply
  • bobharp - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current desktop system (FX 8150) that I was going to use for daily compute and gaming is now an ESXI whitebox system running media services and of all things a Minecraft server. I have android phones and a Kindle. I would use the V5 for daily compute stuff and hopefully gaming. Reply
  • rolivas09 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am a IT student trying to make it through the University of Arizona in one piece mentally. But my system for work, school, and general use consist of an out of date Toshiba Satellite A305-S6872. It has an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor at 2.0 GHz. It also has a mere 1280x800 15.4 inch display that does not help when programming. I have had to replace the hard drive from 250 gb (@5400 rpm) to a 500 gb (@7200 rpm), the ram from 2 gb to 4, and the battery. The first one only lasted my two years and this second one only last about 1 1/2 hrs of constant use. For four years of tough use, I would like to finish this senior year with something a little more powerful and not so heavy. This laptop weights an average of 6lbs. Why I want, or need to win a V5 is because of the screen size and weight. This laptop would be an excellent upgrade to my aging Toshiba. Reply
  • medtronics1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently I am in need of a system due to the fact my home computers are several generations behind good thing I have been running opensource OS's on them for quite some time, I have not used Windows (Thank God) on any machine for the last 7 years. I set up a file server in 2001 with a Slot AMD 700 and Ultra 2 SCSI 18.2 Gig system drive running Slackware which has been added a serial ata controller and 500 gig storage added, but other than that I have been using the same server in my Supermicro 760 server tower. I also have an AMD XP Socket A A7VNX Deluxe in a thermaltake case. So you see my systems currently in use are several generations behind. I really could use this system because I am going to develop some apps around the Leap Motion Controller hopefully 2 Motion Controllers to develop some interactive 3D Molecule applications and maybe an interface for some current CAD apps. I can say honestly it would be put to good use. Reply
  • lelliott73181 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently am running a MacBook Air with VMWare to run Windows 7 & 8. I also have a iPhone & iPad. It would help me greatly with some of the work I do to have a system that's running 8 and be able to run the Windows 7 on VMWare concurrently. Reply
  • rauelius - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an i7 3770k with a GTX670 as my main machine. It's in an Antec 902 and is pretty heavy and almost unmovable. My media PC has a 2500k with a GTX660 so it's also pretty handy for gaming. My current laptop is also for gaming (it's also an Acer) it has a 1st Gen i5 560 with a GT420. While I like it, it's also large (15.6") and heavy. So it's great when I hit a Lan Party for a bit, it can be ungainly when I bring it around and write when I go driving on the weekends. I recently picked up an Acer C7 Chromebook and really like the size. I also found Chrome OS to be very useful. It's great for my writing, but I sometimes get inspiration from gaming and with no easy way to get Steam installed on it, it's a tad limited. This Windows 8 based Acer would be the perfect middle ground for me. While I don't expect to play "Metro: Last Light" on it, I could definitely play the myriad of Indie games in my library on it. I'm pretty sure that the AMD A6 and Radeon 8250 should be able to handle games like "Super Meatboy" and the "Bit.Trip" games. Would be fun to try out some other games. I also like that it has a touch-screen so Windows 8 can be experienced the way it was intended. While I've tested Touch-Screen laptops at stores, to really appreciate it I feel I would need to have one for a while. I also like the recent quality in Acer's laptops. While I love my old i5 acer, I could actually see that the C7 Chromebook is a higher quality product and this one looks even nicer. Reply
  • slidindelta - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    my laptop is a little older HP with a 2 Athlon II cores running @ 2.2Ghz, it's OK but the battery life is not. Reply
  • Bull Dog - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop system with an i7 3770k, 8GB of ram and a Radeon 7970. I also have a 15.6in HP AMD Trinity laptop that isn't the lightest thing ever made. I'm killing to the point where I would kill to have something lighter and smaller to tote around for classes instead. Reply
  • a-talk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current gear: Dell Vostro 400 w/ SSD for music composition at home, ancient Dell XPS as a home server for data backup and remote access, and a Lenovo T510 laptop running Windows 7 64bit as my 'music on the go' laptop (it's a tank, but it does the job).

    Why I need a V5 - I am looking to move to an ultrabook or tablet for my live music setup. I have been considering a Surface for versatility, but I would prefer something with a proper keyboard along with the cool touch interface. Much of the newer music software is now touch-enabled, so this would really open things up for live performance.
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  • LB-ID - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a graphics workstation at work, a custom-built gaming rig and a tablet at home. The rub is that I often travel, and my only option there is a beastly heavy old laptop running XP that lacks a lot of security and functionality. I'd be interested in the V5 for a traveling work laptop, due to the portability and reasonably high functionality packed into that form factor. Reply
  • Reflex - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current setup is a Thuban based desktop which I use for work and gaming. I also have a 2007 era Core2 Duo based laptop for portability. Unfortunately the laptop is getting less reliable(power problems), and I would really like a mobile replacement. I need something ultra light, small and portable to take on the road. This laptop would just about fit the bill. Reply
  • xdeadzx - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gaming desktop computer, and no other electronics. While the desktop is all the power I could need in anything, the mobility is terrible. It’s a full tower and I never thought I’d need to move it. I later found that trying to keep track of everything on paper and putting it into digital format after getting home is a huge pain. The problem is I’m broke and can’t afford a laptop, so no portability for me.
    If I had my own Acer V5 laptop it’d be a great help. Taking notes would be a million times easier and the portability in taking it on the road with me would be great. It’s a low power quad core, enough to run mild flash games while on public transportation, to playback movies, browse the web, and run word/excel documents. It would also allow me to stay connected on the go (as I don’t own a cell phone.) Basically everything I’d ever need to do mobile can be done on this laptop.
    Overall the laptop would give me a very large boost to my productivity in everything I do, and give me the option of heading out of my office room for anything computer related I do. Plus, touch screens are awesome, even cooler on laptops.
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  • Sxotty - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am now entered. yay for said entry.
    I have a desktop, htpc, carpc, 2 laptops, and a phone. The laptops are both large and one is old and just used for music server really. This would change my habits by having a touch screen which none of my laptops have. That is obviously a significant change for the better IMO.
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  • Rinadien - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Ooh shiny! Reply
  • benyjuno - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    AMD FTW! Reply
  • Mad Lion - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I need a laptop because currently, I only have a desktop PC; I know, I'm behind the times. I would love to be able to own a real laptop vs. a tablet because my phone is basically a tablet. If I want to get any real work done, or store any significant data, I need a mobile PC. This model looks like an excellent low-power, lightweight solution. I also support AMD. My first home-built PC was an AMD, and I've loved them ever since, through the ups and downs. Although my current desktop PC isn't an AMD CPU, I still use a Radeon video card. I may not build an AMD desktop any time soon, but I strongly support their efforts in the mobile arena, and would love to have this laptop. Reply
  • Nintendo Maniac 64 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own several older PC, around 5 years old at minimum, that I bought for cheap or even received for free if it had something wrong with it.

    Main desktop: Brisbane C2 4800+ w/ integrated Radeon HD4200 & Geforce 8800GS + 4x1GB DDR2 + 128GB Crucial M4 SSD

    Secondary desktop: Brisbane C1 3800+ w/ integrated Geforce 6100 + 3x1GB DDR2 (single channel) + 60GB Mushkin Callisto SSD

    File server: Pentium 3 667MHz w/ integrated Intel graphics & Rage 128 AGP + 2x256MB DDR1 + 1GB Sandisk CF Card as IDE SSD + 320GB Western Digital IDE HDD + 200GB Seagate IDE HDD

    Laptop: Acer 15" 1280x800 - T5800 Core 2 Duo w/ integrated Intel 950GMA + 2x1GB DDR2 + 32GB OCZ Onyx SSD

    HTPC (WIP): Dell 15" 1280x800 laptop (damaged case & left hinge) - T7250 Core 2 Duo w/ integrated Intel 965GMA + 2x1GB + 32GB OCZ Onyx SSD

    Misc: 750GB external Western Digital USB 2.0 HDD for data backup, 16GB Corsair USB 2.0 flash drive for various Wii homebrew (particularly Devolution, which has anti-piracy protection FYI)
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  • vijaypsk - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Dell Latitude 6410 with Intel i7 2.67 GHz processor. Other specs are, 8GB RAM, 128 GB Solid State HDD, Intel HD Graphics card, Windows 7 OS. I've been thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 for a while now and winning this giveaway would be pretty cool. Reply
  • heber - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently work on a macbook pro i7 and have an entertainment center built around HP pavilion AMD 8 Quad. As a shareholder, Designer and avid computer geek id bring this little thing into the design firm where I work to try to push it to its limit. A few of us here own stock and are fans of AMD from earlier gaming days and have yet to experience Temash first hand. Reply
  • Stolhisky - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have an HP G72 laptop from around 3-4 years ago and a (recently dead) old gaming desktop (about 7-6 years old) that I had used for the few games that it could run before one of the capacitors decided to freeze up and kill the motherboard.

    With my desktop dead, I now use my laptop for work, social media, and entertainment purposes such as gaming, movies, music, etc. However, the fan is going out on the laptop, the battery no longer holds a charge for more than 30min or so just doing menial tasks such as listening to music or chatting on Skype. The keyboard is also giving out due to overheating, most likely. Anyway, the circuits are all messed up and multiple keys no longer work (F7, 8, I, K, , and <, 5, 6, - , ] ) which brings in the need to use the on-screen keyboard. that's incredibly slow, and tedious and makes doing anything that involves typing rather frustrating. When I attempt to use my fn key for my F2 key to dim my screen's brightness, instead of dimming brightness, it's as if I were hitting the D key as the letter appears in the nearest text box.

    This laptop would give me the portability that my current 17.3" and heavy laptop wouldn't, as well as give me a working keyboard. I would be able to continue using it for work with ease (I have to log in my hours and activities with my patients as well as use planner programs for events and appointments for my patients, etc. ). The quad-core would also allow me to easily multitask as I play movies or music while switching between programs as I work. Over all, this laptop would not only bring me a great work laptop, but something that's very portable.
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  • jrmills - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a Satellite laptop which I depend on for all 4 of my adjunct teaching jobs and desperately need a spare one in case of disaster. I'd probably retire my current laptop and make it the spare if I won though. If I won, I'd also switch my spare from Windows 7 to Linux. Using Linux doesn't always mesh well with the teaching software I use, but I miss it. Reply
  • Bob-o - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop built with an AMD 940 Black and 8GB memory that still meets my needs. Still running Kubuntu linux, 10.04.4.

    My main laptop is an old Toshiba R500. Super light, but awful screen and trackpad. Running latest Linux Mint, KDE. This is what I travel with, and this is what needs replacing! The V5 would be great, although a slightly larger screen would be preferable.

    I have 2 old Panasonic CF-T2 12" notebooks around the house, which have resistive touchscreens. They are slow, and only have 1GB of memory, so it is easy to overload them. Running latest Xubuntu. I just leave them in various rooms of the house to pickup and check email or web. The trackpad and keyboard are excellent. Screen is better than the Toshiba, but by modern standards still poor. Touchscreen is a novelty, I occasionally use it to scroll (Grab and Drag extension in Firefox) or click on links.

    I'm a software developer, linux/solaris, so all my machines are basically used for email, web, emacs, compilers. Desktop runs VirtualBox for various testing platforms.
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  • stefk420 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    ill always be a amd fan and user till the end!! Reply
  • Zap - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have my main desktop ITX rig that I use for almost everything including gaming. I have an HTPC that I use for watching streaming videos. I have a notebook that I use for work. I have a 7" Android tablet that I mainly use as a media player. I also have a lot of other spare computers and notebooks which sit around collecting dust. :P

    If I win the Acer V5, I would probably use it for work. My current work notebook has a flip-out RJ45 port which is getting a bit fiddly, and I need to use it often at client sites. The portability would also be nice, because I'm always traveling with it.
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  • sabot00 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My setup is centered around my custom built mini-ITX rig, with an i5-3570k and 7870, the baby can really purr. Unfortunately, a desktop is not portable, and thus for schoolwork and studying away from home, an easy-to-carry machine that I can take with me anywhere and access extremely quickly is essential. Reply
  • mangoman - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My setup consists of a desktop and a laptop. The desktop is used for a variety of tasks including graphics editing (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Blender), programming (web dev, virtual machines), and gaming (recently BF3 and FarCry 3).

    I use my laptop most of the time to read Reddit and PDF versions of books before I go to sleep.

    Winning a V5 would improve my setup by replacing my beater of a laptop (it's a white plastic MacBook from 2007). In case anyone has forgotten, laptop design has evolved significantly in the last 6 years. The old MB 3,1 body doesn't taper at all, so it's like hell on your wrists when typing. Also, it's as heavy as a lead brick.

    As far as other computing devices go, that's it. What would I do with a V5? Probably dual boot Linux, do most of my programming on it, in addition to what I already do on my crappy laptop. Maybe try out some light gaming like League of Legends.
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  • Gpaiva - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    While my desktop (mid range gaming rig at the time, now Wolfdale based with a HD6850) has had a few updates since I built it in 2008, its getting rather long in the tooth. I find myself in a position where I am applying for engineering jobs that have mandatory travel and i'm afraid my notebook (an aging AMD congo setup) wont be up to snuff. I currently use my desktop for casual gaming and graphic design, but when gainfully employed use it for numerical modeling and 3D design. Receiving a V5 would allow me to gift my old notebook to my mother (she's always had an eye for it) and give me something that is at least capable of opening more complex graphical models in my new job (fingers crossed). Thanks for all the handwork and for running these contests. Reply
  • cstring625 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    The Acer V5 will allow me to get more research done on the go. I'm an electrical engineering student researching synthetic aperture radar processing algorithms and when I'm on the go my circa 2007 dell vostro 1400 struggles(1.4 GHz 2GB ram). It's low screen resolution makes it hard to display the images and code or even to vnc into a school machine. While the HD8250 isn't a top tier GPU, I think it would be interesting to see what I could get it do with the radar processing algorithms. Reply
  • mob590 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a late 2012 iMac, three old pc towers from pre-2003, an Apple "Clamshell" iBook (running linux), an original iMac G3, and an IBM ThinkPad 600x (also running Linux). I currently own no reasonable/useful laptop — the iBook has a PowerPC processor and is running Linux, this combination making it difficult to procure software. The ThinkPad does have an Intel processor, however it is extremely slow — any remotely modern software is almost unusable or freezes. If I won this laptop it would be useful for trips, and anywhere outside home that requires a laptop. Reply
  • jowdy - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a powerful, custom built i5-3570K Desktop.

    Unfortunately, I've never owned a Notebook, so I have never experienced what it feels like to have complete "mobility".

    Thank you.
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  • joelkhalell - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own desktop PC customize built with Asus P5E motherboard with a 775 CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650. And 8GB of RAM. This is my big desktop daily computing every day use for gaming surfing internet e-mail general media work etc.
    I also own HP DV6000 as my laptop but have some issue with the backlight keep turning off and on and I use it if need to go out with my friends at Starbucks and not worrying about what my laptop does as long I can mobilize myself and surf internet and show my friend that at least I own laptop etc.
    I believe having lightweight laptop and small design makes a lot easier to carry around just like carrying a notebook with everything you needed for school and work and daily computing.
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  • tman2000 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a quad core desktop with SSD and some fast HDDs for use with VMs, photo editing, surfing the web, and scripting. An old, slow laptop (Pentium-M) with PATA HDD is used on occasion for simple spreadsheets, some scripting, and light web surfing. Winning the V5 means not having to wait several minutes to boot to a usable desktop, move beyond XP, and it opens up opportunities to be far more productive than possible now. It would be closer to my desktop experience. Reply
  • ungrateful - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My main computer is an Intel i7 960, 12GB Ram, Radeon 4870 GPU.
    I run a secondary computer which used to be my primary, it's an Intel C2D E6600, 2GB Ram, and onboard Intel graphics (used to have a Radion x800) for linux

    My laptop/netbook is an HP mini311 I upgraded to 3GB of Ram and a cheap 64GB SSD to keep it viable, but the CPU on it is really holding it back

    My tablet is a 16GB HP Touchpad running Cyanogenmod

    I have been a long term AMD/ATI fan, my first PC was an AMD Duron 800Mhz and I had an Athlon 1800, Athlon 2400, Athlon64 3500+, Athlon64 4800+, and before the x800 I had a Radeon 9700 Pro. I got the Intel machines for a great price from their Retail Edge program, but I'm looking forward to getting an AMD machine again. Especially since I'm moving soon and I'm not looking forward to using my old netbook for a week until I set up my desktop again.

    Thank you for this opportunity
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  • ldonley - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Hey, I am a college student and I currently have an upgraded MSI Ge60 gaming laptop that is a powerhouse though it is big and heavy and it is dual-booting windows 8 and linux. I also have a desktop that I built a few years ago though I haven't used it in ages since I am in college and don't have room for it. This Acer v5 would be ideal for me since I am a Computer Engineering/science student and I use my laptop a lot in class for programming/taking notes, having a nice small laptop that is light and convenient to carry around would be awesome. I currently use my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for taking notes in class but having a nice light laptop would be good for writing programs in class. Reply
  • Tenugui - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current system is a 2010 MacBook Pro 17" it's big and great, but growing a little long in the tooth and heavier under the arm.

    I'd very much like to get myself back into a Windows platform and see the benefits of Win8. If fortune favors me; a smaller more svelte portable would be a wonder. AMD in the past has aways treated me well when I'd build a gaming rig, and I always like supporting an underdog.
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  • horacelau - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a super old IBM Thinkpad T41 and a Lenovo S10 netbook. This would be an awesome upgrade with something that is still portable but much more functional! Reply
  • barretlee - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    In 2011 I bought the cheapest laptop I could find at a local BestBuy: A $300 Toshiba Satellite C655. I needed it because I was going back to college for the first time in 5 years, and all I had before it was a tower I built in 2001 featuring a 40 GB hd and an 800 MHz Duron processor.

    The laptop's been serviceable, in the sense that it has performed most (not all) of what I have asked of it. It features 3 GB of RAM and a dual core 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 processor. I mean, it's clunky with a 15.6" screen, and the battery lasts maybe 2 hours at a time, but I can't complain because it was cheap and cheap is what I needed. In the two years I have had it, however, I have had to replace the screen because the build quality was less-than-stellar and it got messed up from merely hanging out in my backpack. I also resorted to applying a healthy slathering of Loctite to the left-side hinge where the screw used to mount the frame thanks to the plastic failing there. That was months ago, and it seems to work as well as it ever did, but occasionally a small piece of plastic or glue or both becomes dislodged and enters the area where the cooling fan resides--I know this because it sounds like the inside of my computer is under anti-aircraft fire from some very tiny, tiny people.

    Anyway, I have been in the market the past few months for a new laptop but have been waiting for more laptops with Haswell processors to appear. I've also been obsessively checking AnandTech for reviews, because of my experience the last 2 years I will never buy blindly again. I hadn't really considered BUYING another computer with an AMD chip (no offense), but if you would like to GIVE me one well that's a completely different story. I am an electrical engineering student and need a laptop that will last me through classes all day on a charge and be able to run Matlab, Mathcad, and various SPICE iterations (the CAD software, in particular, runs very poorly for me at the moment). Something that transports nicely in my already too-heavy backpack, and something that's cheap (free counts as cheap). So ... hope I win!
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  • nbelote - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My wife just started back in school. Her current laptop is an aging Dell Inspiron 1520 with Windows Vista. Her school gave her a copy of Office 2013 that she can't even install on the laptop and I can't afford to upgrade it to Windows 7 or 8. My work keeps me up to date but they don't pay me enough to keep her up to date. I want her to have a better time trying to do her homework. This laptop would do nicely, and she could take it to class since it's so light!

    Thank you for your consideration!
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  • atragorn - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently rocking a 8350 on a asus sabertooth v2 with a powercooler 7870xt 2gb, I have a asus transformer tablet but its dog slow I hate using it. A laptop would be wonderful to have for those hours i spend sitting at the doctors twiddling my thumb or reading books.
    Would be sweet to keep up on technical stuff while im out and about and play the occasional game on! Rock on AMD been buying your stuff since my 80286@ 25mhz and 386dlc40 days.
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  • CrimsonWolf - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming PC and an old ASUS gaming laptop. My gaming PC has a i7-3770K and a Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition. It mostly contributes to Rosetta@home and FAH when I'm not using it.

    As much as I'd love a new laptop, this would be perfect for my wife. She is a doctor in residency and lugs around her old laptop to access electronic medical records whether she is at home or work. She needs a full Windows OS but also wants something small enough she can just keep it in her purse instead of a separate bag. We were actually eying an Acer V5 at Costco the other week!

    Thanks Anand and AMD.
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  • Streamlined - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Viva the V5! I'm a financial analyst by day and aspiring author by night and I just happen to be looking for a new Windows 8 computer since I currently have a Retina Macbook Pro. But because I use a Lumia Windows phone, I'm missing out on some of the synergies of being on an integrated combo. I need a computer to do some number crunching on Microsoft Excel and Access, but also some wordsmithing in Scrivener, which just went to Windows!!! Authors, you are free to roam about the PC landscape. I'm starting a project on analyzing different cities as hubs when choosing where to route packages via UPS or Fedex. I'd love to jump on the V5 express and take it for a ride. Reply
  • Fastidious - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have an M11x R1 but it's a bit clunky, I think this might be a good replacement. Two pounds less and I suspect better performance all around along with a better screen. I use my laptop mainly to video chat with my girlfriend at home. When I travel I use my laptop for everything (movies, games, music, pictures, internet, etc) and I've been known to stay in Asia for a few months at a time. I also have an older desktop Q6600/260GTX that I usually use at home. It still plays any game I want without issue. Reply
  • gilmoreisu - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My wife's current laptop is a 15.6 inch and very heavy. The Acer V5 is such a beautiful and compact piece of kit. I'd travel with it and use it on the couch. It would definitely reduce my use of the old HP Touchpad I have. It may even allow me to pass that down to the kids.

    Thanks to AMD for this opportunity and thanks to Anandtech for my favorite review site for the last decade.

    My Current Setups:
    I currently own a Synology DS413j with three 3TB Seagate drives using the SHR for redundancy. I've owned this for about 4 months and love the capabilities. I've always just used older Windows boxes as a server and this is just really nice to have.

    I also have an older AMD setup with an 8800GT (thanks for the great review Anandtech) and an OCZ 90GB SSD. I use this setup as an HTPC. It is a little large (tower) and noisy, but the stereo drowns it out.

    My latest build is about a year old and is AMD (FX8120) as well. I have a Corsair H60 for the cooling. Video card is Radeon 7950. I use this for gaming, Photoshop, video editing, and general computing. It has been a great machine.

    I have an HP Touchpad running Android. It is a nice tablet for my basic uses, but I'll need to upgrade someday.

    My wife has a Core2Duo Dell Laptop. It is getting on in years, but it works decent for her needs. I threw in a Seagate Hybrid drive 2 years ago and it gave it new life.
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  • schang105 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own an older Hp pavillion core 2 duo, its very power hungry and the battery latch is broken, so its currently tethered to my desk. If i won the Acer, I would definitely gain more portability... Reply
  • Msgenius - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    This will keep me from having to kick my kids off the computer every time I want to do something. Reply
  • Captainpabst - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a desktop and a laptop. I just re-vamped my desktop with an FX-6300 and a Radeon 7850, and my old laptop, a Compaq from 2006 with an AMD Turion 64, finally bit the dust a couple weeks back. I am therefore without a working mobile device of any kind (no smartphone yet either!).

    I'd love to win the V5 not only to replace my current (dead) laptop, but also because it's one of the models I've been considering for my next mobile computer. I say mobile computer instead of laptop/tablet because I haven't yet decided between those two device types. I have committed to the idea of a touch screen, however, since Windows 8 makes much more sense to me that way. I would choose a Windows 8 tablet over an iPad or Android tablet, but I've been leaning toward a laptop because, as a competent touch typist, I really do want a keyboard.

    The Acer V5 is a great compact mobile solution with enough power to provide a pleasant Win8 experience, especially with the added SSD.
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  • Edward The Less - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My rig is: Athlon II 455, 8GB RAM, Radeon 7870 LE, 500GB WD Blue HDD, and Windows 7. I have ordered an FX 8320 because the old Athlon II 455 just don't seem to be cutting it anymore. As you can see I stick with AMD. They may not have the levels of performance of that other chip maker (you know who) but the performance is good enough and MUCH cheaper.

    I have never had a laptop before so a little system like this would be good to get my feet wet and see if it would really be worth it to save up what little extra funds I have to get a gaming laptop sometime.

    The only other device of note that I have is a Zune HD. It's a great device but never took off. It's UI is very nice on such a small screen too bad Microsoft tried to shoehorn it onto the desktop (I'm pointing at you Windows 8).
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  • DaveSimmons - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I have a 3 desktop PCs: gaming (i5, GTX 680, W7), music jukebox (i3, W7), HTPC (atom, W7) and the original Kindle Fire (ebooks, streaming music). If I win the Acer I might use it in place of the Atom HTPC, for streaming music around the house, and to take with me traveling. Reply
  • MakingMonkeys - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    764! Reply
  • fuzzykiss - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    hmm..i posted this morning and now it seems to be gone..here it is again. hope it still counts..
    i currently own a gaming monster that i built myself. It sports an 8 core 'bulldozer' cpu, nvidea 580 card, sabertooth 990fx mobo, 3d monitor. all in all a powerhouse sitting in a level 10 gt case. unfortunatly last month something went wrong and the red cpu light is lit and it won't start. i am disabled and on a fixed income so will be unable to have it checked/fixed until maybe december. i live on my pc as i am homebound i am using my roommates netbook for now but it is unable to play any of my games. life has become pretty mundane and boring.winning this laptop would change all that plus even when I can afford to get my pc checked/fixed, having the laptop would enable me to be connected anywhere in the house or anywhere else for that matter.
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  • PreacherEddie - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I am using an eight-year-old laptop (Core Duo based) that I carry for presentations. Having a much lighter laptop, as well as much snappier setup with a SSD will make it much easier to do that. Reply
  • maglito - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    My current laptop is an 11.6" Acer Aspire 1810TZ Core2 CULV based system (with OCZ Vertex2 SSD upgrade), it has been getting my by for a few years but can't play back any of my 1080p MKV BluRay rips on the road. In fact, the HDMI port won't output anything since I was visiting my mother and she tried to "help" me by plugging the microUSB cable that was hanging off my laptop's USB port to charge my phone "not plugged in" and jumpered it back into the HDMI port! I'd love to get my hands another light, power efficient 11.6" unit that has a modern APU to playback my high bitrate H264 video to friend's TVs while on the road. I promise to keep this one away from my mother -- thanks! Reply
  • aex90832 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Gigabyte U2442N with the 640m graphics. Geat laptop, lots of performance...horrible battery life though, so maybe this would be my "more-portable" laptop. Reply
  • bkbroiled - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Just built an amd desktop with my son, glad to see this addition to anandtech! Reply
  • Jden - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Computer Class. Reply
  • RCSI - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Windows 7 Starter netbook the Acer Aspire One 532h-2268, a desktop (Intel i5 2500k, 8 GB RAM, AMD Radeon 6950), and an iPad.
    I currently use the desktop as my go to for gaming/school/media activity for when I am home, but I have the need to use something lighter for general web browsing and school related activities. I currently use the iPad for light web browsing, yet it does not satisfy the need for a device that can run productive software or run the majority of the sites on the internet. The netbook I currently own satisfies the need for basic Microsoft word and excel needs away from my desktop, but it is slow for satisfying the requirements as a web browsing and media activities.
    I need Acer V5 as a go-to for school related activities and media consumption. Since it would be approximately the same weight as the netbook and has more performance than either the iPad or my current netbook, it would hold up much better when traveling as well. I would also use it as an HTPC given the capabilities of modern graphic cards to decode more varieties of video, versus what is currently included in my current netbook.
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  • l4tture - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a Dell Optiplex 745 and a Dell XPS M1330. Before you say anything, I know both are over 6 years old, but as an engineering grad student a new computer isn't really in my budget. Since I spend 8+ hours a day in front of my computer programming, this laptop would bring me into the world of modern day computing. Reply
  • rpgfool1 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    I own a 1st gen i7 desktop PC used for gaming, a 1st gen i5 Dell Latitude E6410 laptop, and a iPad Mini. I used them for web browsing, light gaming, and office work. Winning the V5 would help me improve everything for me and make my life easier when it comes to gaming and office work. Reply
  • rockstarfish - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    AMD for the WIN! Reply
  • wtfowl - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Currently own:

    MacBook Pro 2011 w/ 2.2 GHz i7, 4GB RAM, AMD 6750M

    Custom desktop: i5 2500k, 12GB 1600 MHz RAM, GTX 670

    No smart phone, no tablet.

    A light weight laptop like this one would be much nicer to carry around between classes and I'd love to be able to take notes on the touch screen rather than pads of paper.
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  • rjsimmons - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Desktop PCs: 2 for office i7/i5 based, 1 for recroom i3 based, 1 for den/TV room i3 based, 1 for media center server i5 based, 1 for WHS server core duo Q6600.
    Phone: iPhone 4s, iPhone 4.
    Tablet: 1 Kindle HD, 2 Kindle paper white.
    Laptop: Asus core duo w/NVidia graphics support 14".
    I really need to replace the laptop with something more capable and this is why I am interested in the promotion.
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  • BBCXC - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I'm going to university next year and currently have antiquated hardware dating from 2007-2010 (eee pc 701, atom netbook, core 2 hp notebook and a desktop from ~2010), the eepc battery is toast, the netbook sits on 100% cpu when doing nothing and the hp notebook doesn't even last two hours when trying to multitask with any sensible brightness setting.

    If i won a V5 it would give me a new ultraportable with an IPS screen, increased screen resolution compared to my laptops and more RAM, when researching i hit into the 2GB ram limit on atom notebooks, the SSD would improve application load times by a large amount too. It would also be the first AMD APU i would own, i would have some semblance of graphics performance. I would also be excited about having a laptop that weighs less than 3 pounds and having a touchscreen!

    I would take this laptop and use it every day on campus for note taking, writing documents and not to forget browsing the internet!
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  • billy46901 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My current laptop is a msi gt70 which I cant really lug around to muck because of how bulky it is. It needs a bag of its own when i fly. A v5 would be great to take around town or on a plane and I wouldnt need a second bag. Reply
  • phila - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Have a recently upgraded desktop, but my laptop is an aging Thinkpad t40. Looking for faster one with longer battery life Reply
  • Shamrock - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have an AMD Phenom II 955BE desktop with Sapphire 7850.

    If I win this laptop, I can easily move around my home while on home health, and still be connected online. I am currently on IV medication.
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  • andraycho - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Looking for good laptop with AMD processor!!! Reply
  • sandeepdeshpande - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Can I have it :-) Reply
  • newguyeverytime - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own an AMD 8120, Asrock extreme 3 Motherboard, 8gb of DDR3, and radeon 7870 in a corsair case. I currently do not own any tablets or laptops.

    I believe that the v5 would improve my ability to make notes in school with touchscreen monitor and windows software. With the low power jaguar cores and fast startup times with the 840 SSD, it would be ideal for battery life and responsiveness for projects in computer programming.
    As an avid AMD user, I look for forward to using such a fantastic product and finally utilizing AMD app acceleration and other features that would be useful in the notebook/laptop market.

    Anyways, thank you ANANDTECH and AMD for hosting a fantastic giveaway and good luck to all the other contest participants.
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  • titoharris - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Crossing my fingers... Reply
  • Egonor - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Hey you there! With the flushed face! Are you hot? I bet you are! It's at least 90 degrees in the room there. It's even worse when you get the rig-a-runnin'? I understand. Gaming is gaming. You really have to simulate the sweltering heat of Afghanistan when you're playing Battlefield. Or Syria or some other topically relevant...alright I got bored. It's hot, we get it. How hot? Carolina swamp gas or Florida marsh balls? C'mon, it's not like you have to work in that heat. You're not a roofer, 4 beers deep in a cloudless Arizona sky. Or an Alaskan kingfisherman getting soaked cold to the bone. You're a nerd! A whiny diet coke drinking, work from home, don't even have to wear pants nerd! It's not like you've never even used an SSD! What? Oh god. This is...this is a travesty! You're no nerd. No gamer! I CAN'T EVEN CALL YOU A MAN!

    Thank Babbage you found me. I'll set you straight. Just picture it mah boy! A world of possiblities! You can move that gaming PC to an air conditioned room! You can keep the concentration required for work while maintaining an unscented, cocoa buttery smooth exterior. You can don a scarf and, with a short bike ride, be blogging to your hearts content! At lightning fast Jaguar/mumble/SSD/buzzwords speed! Oh and that's not all! If you call now for ONLY the cost of shipping and handling we'll throw in this free, piece of mind. What's it do?! Well how about building an orphanage in Africa? Hah! You thought I was serious? Didn't you see the "Charitable Donations not included" small print? Well alright I'll give you that one was a trick. But you must be bad at DOTA. What else will this amazing machine bring to your life, you ask? Back massages. Curly fries (Wipe those fingers!) Increased productivity when not applying to internet contests. Impress your friends! Make your neighbors jealous! Call your ex-wife a slut! (Was that in the script? We'll cut that. Do you even have an ex-wife? Good.) And last, most importantly, the modern age of computing. I daresay the fiery dragon's breath shall blow past your face and seat itself perfectly in the speed of solidus stateus driveus and it will be glorious, brother.
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  • hiro_protagonist - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a Nexus 7 (2012 version) tablet and a crappy HP netbook. I need a better laptop for school and games. Reply
  • fatmanJ.J. - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    for home use I have my powerful homemade gameing machine and currently all I have for mobile use is my phone which frankly really doesn't cut it fomanyny tasks and having a thin and light notebook would be very useful Reply
  • jaymond - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Current Computers:
    Home Desktop - gaming machine - Core i7-2600k, 16GB RAM, Win 7 Ult
    Home Laptop - wife's computer - HP Pavilion DV7-1270US - Core2Duo, 8GB RAM, Win 7 Ult - this is a desktop replacement notebook with a 17" screen - it is a beast and has started randomly rebooting lately. This is the machine my wife takes to the University to teach with (Powerpoint via Office 365 University). She's desperate to get something more portable for this role. We considered trying to purpose our iPad 2 for this role but it has been claimed by our 3.5 year old son and is our most frequently used baby monitor as well (for our 4 month old daughter). We are considering the Microsoft Surface RT 32GB because MS if selling them for $199 to educators, but I have read mixed reviews about it's performance with Powerpoint connected to a VGA projector which is what is at the University (evidently the Surface only supports certain resolutions and if it doesn't match the projector we maybe out of luck completely). A thin and light laptop would be (IMHO) more likely to work without limitation in this role as the graphics processor in a laptop is likely to be able to drive any resolution we'd need. Additionally the V5 would probably be significantly superior for content creation compared to the Surface. The V5 would be used for MS Office 365 and web browsing.

    If it matters, we are also broke because baby girl cost ~$10k since we have minimal health insurance as self-employed persons (my wife doesn't have benefits as a professor yet), but she's wonderful and worth every penny! It just makes the budget super tight as we pay off the hospital and MD bills. Also we are generally exhausted parents, and it'd be a big burden off my wife to carry a 3lb V5 instead of a 10lb DV7. Given our budget constraints I've resisted buying cheaper laptops because they don't have touch screens which I consider essential for having a positive Windows 8 experience. I've not upgraded our existing machines to Windows 8 for this reason.

    I'm the 'tech support' in the family and would be able to write a competent review of my wife's experience with the V5 should we win.

    Thanks!
    PS - I've been a fan since the very beginning of Anandtech which was when I started building my own PCs in the late 90s. It is one of very few bookmarks that's hung around through many hardware upgrades and browser changes!
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  • SlyIke - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I'm using a 27" iMac for video editing, an aging MacBook for my laptop, and an AMD A8 based machine for my HTPC. The laptop is the next upgrade I'll likely make, and I'm looking for something in the "tablet plus" category: under 12", highly portable, and affordable. I have been impressed with how Windows 8 seems well suited to this niche on the software side of things. The touchscreen enabled notebooks that I've tried out seem to offer the genuine productivity of a laptop with a physical keyboard and more traditional OS while allowing for casual use and media consumption via the touchscreen, as one would get from a tablet. Reply
  • jugglingbuffoon - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a 2006 desktop(XPS 400) that I upgraded the hard drive in, a cheap 2009 laptop that I dropped, broke, replaced the bezel, replaced the RAM, stripped and removed a screw socket on the RAM shield and have taken apart more times than I can remember. And I have one of the cheaper, newer laptops(the cheapest Probook 4430s) that has a scratch on the screen from where a friend wasn't careful enough with his power cord. Every one of these things I have gotten used.
    Getting this laptop would allow me to have a computer with a battery life that would last me more than one class and have enough power for me to play games(something I can't do very well right now. I have problems running League of Legends on the lowest settings).
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  • Seaterk - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My main rig is a i5-3330 based machine in a silverstone mini-ITX case with an AMD HD7750 graphics card from Diamond. It's got two monitors and is used for everything from light gaming to surfing the Internet and is also used as my media server. I also have a AMD A4-5300 based computer in an old Compaq case that I had laying around, just use that to play around with and testing out various things. I've also have a little HTPC with a Celeron Sandybridge processor that runs Xbmc for all our movies and music in our media room. Lastly have a small Atom based computer running untangle to provide additional protection of my home based network, VPN for secure remote connections etc. Oh almost forgot, also have a small celeron 220 based ITX computer running mach3 on a small CNC machine in the garage. Reply
  • wldfire - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Long-time AMD fan currently operating a Phenom II X3 705e in an AM3+ motherboard in my primary desktop. This is the computer I generally surf the net on as well as play games. I also have a Samsung laptop running an AMD A6-4455 along with an HP Touchpad, but both of these only see occasional use for reading emails and light web browsing (just can't seem to find a suitable replacement for a mouse and fully-featured Office programs). Though I'd love to get my hands on a low-wattage FX to go with the rest of my low-power equipment, I'd be curious to see if a touchscreen laptop running Win8 would give me sufficient control to create a desktop-replacement environment. I'd still need my desktop for gaming, but perhaps the Acer would be suitable for all of my web browsing, movie streaming, and email reading. It definitely would be a much nicer (smaller) travel companion for my jaunts around the world.. Reply
  • jessem1323 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2013 but as far as computers go, I'm rocking a Gateway T-6836 from 2008! I've upgraded the to an ssd and windows 8, but it can't really take advantage of all that Windows 8 has to offer without the touch screen. Also, using Light room and other photo apps just doesn't run as quickly as it could be. And I take tons of photos of my 2 year old! My family could really use a new computer like this. Reply
  • dumbandroid - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I'm an android developer and I do all of my compiling on my old i7 920 desktop. I have a core 2 duo dell inspiron that I used to use to sit on the couch and take out with me to actually code and push to git but recently the charger stopped identifying as a dell unit and no longer allows the battery to charge - thanks dell. Now I'm trapped at my desk and the wife hates it. I would love to have a small mobile notebook to get some work done on! Important aspects of the device for my use case would be keyboard/touchpad comfort & function, battery life, WiFi range, and Linux compatibility (I plan to run mint) I don't need a powerhouse for compiling or gaming I need a small portable work station that I can take anywhere and push all my work to a remote git server for later use. I think this would be ideal and I would love to give it a try and let you all know how it works for my use case. I know there are others out there that have been considering a device to fit a similar niche and a good write up might be helpful. Im personally on the fence do I want a larger device so I can have a larger canvas do I want a device loaded with ram and a beefy CPU for compiling on the go or do I want something like this to do my work and push to thebig git ccloud without compromising on weight and battery life? I'm leaning towards a small portable rig like this. I tapped this all out on my phone so please forgive the sloppy writing. Reply
  • ITotem - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I remember 12 yrs ago when I had my gaming machine outfitted with the latest and greatest AMD and ATI cards in my fake Alienware tower. I was big on CS online. No more....

    Now, my setup is a 2011 MBP and an aging HTC EVO 3D. I've been tempted many times to buy a tablet but I just can't get myself to get one yet, not until I decide what kind of phone I will get next... a monster phone like the Galaxy Note 3 or HTC One Max... or just an "easy to navigate with one hand" phone like the Nexus 5 or LG G2?

    I think the Acer V5 would be a great complement for me to quickly move around with and check emails... It's also good for me to chill in bed and read Anandtech or do some work on. Though I love my MPB... I don't use it for gaming as much as I used to... so it's starting to feel "big" just to lay in bed with.

    Since I don't own a tablet or a smartphone with good battery life (my poor EVO 3D barely lasts 4-5 hrs now... IF that), the Acer would find itself THE immediate go to device in my life right now :) My g/f will have to become second lol
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  • localhostrulez - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I could use this as a more powerful replacement to my netbook (Thinkpad x120e, 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM hard drive). Plus, I just need that SSD! :) I'd love to try out Temash anyway.

    I have a desktop as well - i5 750, 8GB 1600MHz RAM, 550ti, 640GB WD Black HD.
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  • localhostrulez - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Just to clarify - the desktop is mostly used at home, but I use the netbook quite a bit on the go. I also have an aging Galaxy Nexus that's used all the time. If I got the V5, I would use it for a lot of my day-to-day computing, alongside my phone. (I don't have a tablet... yet.) Reply
  • rival29 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a pc built around an oc'd i5 3570k with an ancient nvidia 9800gtx+ that i use for day to day tasks at home, however as a grad student i constantly find my self partitioning my time around lab time whereby i have access to a PC, the prospect of laptop computing sounds luxurious in that i can escape my confounds in the lab and office. If i win this laptop, i'll finally be able to build my schedule flexibly so that i can get more research work done. Hoping this works out!!!! Reply
  • blizhu - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop with i7-2600k, 12G RAM, 180G SSD and three 24'' 1920X1200 monitors. I don't have a laptop or tablet so I need the V5 for sure! Reply
  • jww94 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a 15" MacBook Pro. As a college student, a small and lightweight laptop would make getting from class to class much easier in the sweltering Texas heat and save me a lot of desk space. Also, having a dedicated Windows laptop would save me countless trips to the computer lab, where I must currently go to use Windows-only programs (my hard drive does not have enough space left to partition the space I would need for a Windows workspace). Reply
  • Sailor23M - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a Sony Vaio VPCCW17FX and its at the end of its life even after an SSD (Intel 320, 120GB) and RAM upgrade. I need a laptop that is lighter and has good graphics and multimedia capabilities. USB 3 and advanced networking (802.11ac - 2x2) would be nice to have. Reply
  • gils001 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a pc(tower) that is god awful for what I need it for.. first, it's a pentium 4 (2.5ghz)from 2002 it includes 2gb of of ddr2 and it's in an old office like casing (gray). Second I use it for some light browsing because that's what it's capable of. I have tried to use it for homework and a little XBMC but I'm lucky I can run even an sd level video. I've managed to get some scrapped parts like a 200gb hd and an old discrete nvidia card from 07 but in all honesty it doesn't help. What I hope to get with this machine is light gaming along with easy multitasking and a great experience. In terms of a v5 I'm hoping for an efficient light gaming machine. I NEED THIS tho Reply
  • farahfa - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Hello, I have a Dell i660 desktop with 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 / 8GB RAM DDR3 / and a puny 1GB AMD Radeon HD 4650 that's being used as a family computer (has all the programs that's needed for the whole family including my developer programs)..

    I also have an HP Envy DV7t-7300 laptop that I use for school and also has my developer programs like Visual Studio Ultimate 2010, Python.. etc. The problem with it is that it's a 17" laptop and it's heavy, and it's huge hassle to carry around in school (don't ask what I was thinking when I got the laptop! :S)..

    I really need the Acer V5, because it's small and way lighter than my enormous laptop which makes it easier to carry around school (Not to mention that it will be easier on my bad back; I have herniated disks)! It also has a touchscreen which is another big plus for me because I want to develop touch apps for Windows Store and I currently have nothing to test things like that on!

    Anyways, even if I don't get picked I still want to say that I really do enjoy visiting your site and forums because I always get useful information and satisfy my geekness for the day.. :P
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  • ueau - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My current setup includes a low-end Desktop with a Pentium Dual Core E5700 and AMD Radeon 6570 for gaming, and a 7-year-old Sony Vaio VGN-N250N that I'm borrowing from my brother for school since my Acer Aspire One 521's screen up and broke before the semester started.

    Being a CS student, what I'm hoping for in beautiful little thing is to be able to use it for schoolwork and light gaming (and showing it off..). While I'm very grateful to have a functioning portable machine, the Vaio is 17 inches, weighs 8 pounds, and the battery is not long for this world. The V5 would be much easier to carry around campus, and the Temash platform would be a massive improvement over the Core Duo + 945GM. I have been very satisfied with the performance of the AMD guts in my Acer netbook for the 3 years I've used it, and this would be THE perfect replacement.
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  • amarprat87 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Nice laptop...amazing specs... Reply
  • Borislav - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I had an eye on this one. Hope to be lucky Reply
  • PolarisOrbit - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    The V5 would be useful to me for portability.

    I do most of my computing on a high end desktop so home is covered. A couple years back I got a mid range 15" laptop for commuting via public transit or traveling (an HP Llano A8). Turns out 15" was too big so I rarely use it anymore. I can't use a tablet because the main things I want to do in those times are work on spreadsheets (Libre Office) or code (Visual Studio), so keyboard and PC ecosystem are both important. I think the V5 would work for me be because it is much more portable. And who knows, maybe having a touch screen I will learn to love Win8.
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  • rudder - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My wife is a teacher in a Title 1 school (more than 50% of the kids on free or reduced lunch)... and she had to move classrooms. The principal would not move her Promethean which she pretty much used everyday. The Acer V5 would be a nice piece of equipment to use in place of a Promethean.

    The room does have a projector and she could use this for her lessons. The Promethean was interactive and the kids enjoyed lessons where they manipulated objects on the board to solve problems. The Acer v5 would allow her students to do the same thing since they can easily come up and using their finger, do the same sort of activity that was done on the Promethean. The other students could watch on the projector. This really engages the students in her 4th grade class. There is a lot of great Windows based software that can be used in the classroom.

    We have a desktop at home and 3 laptops... none of the laptops are functioning. Two were getting rather old, the third was destroyed by my daughters feet as she ran through the living room. So this would also enable my wife to not be stuck in the office on my gaming PC while she enters grades and works on lessons.

    Powerful cpu, great battery life, lightweight, and a touchscreen. The Acer would do wonders in her classroom since it will be a while before the school can find the $2000 to get her a replacement smartboard.
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  • Rubixube - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own an Asus g53sw that I purchased roughly two years ago. About a year ago, due to the charger port issue that still plagues that series, mine broke and I've been dealing with it ever since (paying $150 to send it back in and the possibility for it to happen again being quite high isn't worth it lol). Being in the army, travel happens frequently and having something that I can actually lug around for work without feeling like I'm lugging it around would be amazing. Well, that and the constant worry that eventually the charger port will burn out at some point or another while I'm using my current laptop haha.

    Always enjoy the reviews though, they're incredibly informative to see the newest developments by companies. Thanks! =)
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  • motitas - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a 2006 Intellistation M pro type 9229. It rocks a 2.4ghz core 2 duo and is running windows 8! not bad for 7 years old I guess. I need this laptop so I can go paperless on my Debate tournaments. My current setup tends to be borrowing a friend's macbook. Reply
  • fluxtatic - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently don't have a laptop, but I have 3 AMD systems in my house - PII desktop, A64-X2 desktop, E350 NAS, and am about to put a E350-based system in my car. What I don't have is a laptop so I'm not tied to the house for work or play. I can't bring myself to jump ship to Intel. Reply
  • Heng - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My current computer is a work laptop - Macbook Air (2012) with 64GB SSD. I've use it at home as well to read the news, check emails and is perfect for watching Netflix. Recently, I was let go from the company I work for and will be without a laptop in the next few weeks. It'd mean a lot if I could win it without having to shell out more money to buy a new laptop. An AMD laptop with 128GB would be perfect for me, it'd be an upgrade from my 64GB SSD where I'd have to constantly delete things just to keep OSX from warning about the start up disk being filled up. If I got it, I'd run Ubuntu on it, and possibly upgrade it to 6GB of RAM or perhaps run Xubuntu (or Xfce) to keep RAM usage down.

    All the best to the other entries.
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  • Hobinator - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Being a good father, everyone in the family has a newer system than me. New I5 laptops for the kids and olde lady has an i7 desktop that is hers alone. I am stuck with a 5yo celeron laptop with 13" screen and 1GB memory that takes 2minutes to open Chrome. HELP!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqBb97PNA64 Reply
  • ruderalis - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own an Acer Aspire laptop with a dual-core AMD C50 CPU @ 1 GHz and a Radeon HD 6250. I bought this particular laptop because it was quite inexpensive and had an AMD APU, along with a high-resolution display (1366x768) driven by a relatively fast graphics component. I was surprised to learn that many games were playable given the sluggish-feeling CPU. The other components were quite satisfying: a 500 GB hard drive and 4 gigabytes of DDR3 memory. However, multitasking is slow despite the presence of a dual-core processor. The battery life is a little above average, and the underside can get quite warm. Overall, given the small size and inexpensive nature, it is serviceable as an on-the-go, lug-around computer.

    My desktop was built for gaming: an FX-8350 8-core CPU, 2 x HD 7850's and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. Instead of buying an solid-state hard drive, which many people use to speed up loading times in games, I put two much cheaper mechanical hard drives in a software RAID 1 configuration. The CPU and GPU are an absolute bargain and can handle any current gen game at 50-60 frames/second on a 1080p display. The only thing that could be improved is the graphics memory -- both cards have 1 GB of VRAM, which is fine for most games, but some features like multisample antialiasing at many passes (say, 8) can max out the memory.

    With the laptop which is being given away here, I would replace my current laptop. I would take it to school and on the road, and enjoy the quad-core processor and light gaming capabilities. Hopefully the battery is better than my current laptop.
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  • jmatt7000 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Good Morning! Currently I am running a PC, quad core with 4 GB Ram and I use this for recording music with multiple tracks. I also run a mac book pro 2.4 GHz core 2 duo processor with 2, 1GB dimms. I am unable to use my laptop for recording and for altering tracks because it runs too hot and it's not an efficient machine. I would love to install my recording software (reason/record by propellerhead) on the V5 and see if it could be a mobile solution to recording, altering and mixing down tracks. Not to mention, I would love to show Intel up in a product review ;0) Reply
  • PCTC2 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a gaming desktop (Core i7) and a Mac Mini. I used to have 2 laptops, but my 17" MBP died and I sold my MBA. I am in desperate need of a small laptop for work (I work in HPC, and just need a terminal/word processor). Reply
  • TwiSparkle - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a gamming desktop. I use it for all my school work and basically anything that needs to be done on a real computer. I love it but as it is a desktop it is tethered to my house, and so is my computing, right now. I own a phone as well, but it is hard to impossible to get anything done on it except for email. Even when doing something as lightweight as writing papers I am tied to my desktop, where the power is far more then necessary for such a task.
    If I were to win a V5 I would be able to be more mobile. Being at school would not cripple my ability to do work. From taking notes in class to putting the finishing touches on a paper to doing group work having a laptop, and specifically something as light as the V5, would allow me to be productive while being on the move.
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  • Bateluer - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Like many enthusiasts, I own a high performance desktop decked out with all the bells and whistles. When I visit family on the opposite coast, I use a laptop to play older games with my younger brothers. While at home, that laptop gets used for homework. I find that the 11.6 to 13.3in notebooks are the perfect size to complement a high end desktop and have been eyeing one of the Acer V5 models for some time now. Reply
  • policeman0077 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    is canada included? Reply
  • Novaguy - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have the HP DV6z, an AMD llano based laptop (A8-3530mx, I believe) with 1080p, 16gb ram, and 120gb ssd, and love it. The hardware might be a couple years old but it handles everything I throw at it well. My main complaint is the weight - it is a ~6 lb class laptop. I've given quite some feedback on this laptop in the past (on this forum, as well as others) as it was a great experience.

    Desktop wise, I have 2 models - a dell OptiPlex with the q6600 and an amd 7750 video card, and a gateway refurb with the i5-2320 and another amd 7750 video card. I am in the process of giving away the OptiPlex to family, though. I use these mainly for light gaming at home.

    I also use a tegra 3 based Lenovo tablet (the A2109).

    I really would use this AMD laptop in order to have some portability as well as to use the touchscreen.
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  • NotAgOat - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a gaming desktop and a kindle fire. I also own an old and slow Vaio which was left on an electric stove burner by a roommate and had the corner melted off exposing the motherboard. I would use this new and improved Acer for all my college work on campus. Thanks Anandtech! Reply
  • mercblue281 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I'm currently using a Fujitsu Lifebook with a C2D T9400 and a OCZ Vertex 2. I've got a Surface RT, my home built HTPC (C2Q) and a WHS 2011 (Core i3) server I built.
    My laptops OLD, i'd love to give a touch enabled V5 a try and check out some modern AMD hw. I'd be reticent to give AMD a shot if I had to lay out the money simply because I've not had any chance to personally compare it with the intel hardware i'm familiar with.
    This would certainly give me an opportunity to explore some new HW and maybe even recommend it to others if its good.
    Thanks for offering up the opportunity!
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  • chuckymonkey - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a decent desktop for a little gaming and mostly VM testing, development, and video editing. I also have a smartphone(GS3), tablet(OG Nexus 7), and Chromebook that is primarily for my wife's use. I'd really like to have a laptop like the one mentioned in the article to use while on my hour long bus ride back and forth to work every day. It would allow me to VPN in to work on occasion while one the bus as well as do some development for my personal applications. Another use that I will have for it is working on robotics programs with my daughters, they're really starting to get into Arduino and this would make it a lot easier to test and work on sketches on the fly. Reply
  • Drivebackup - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a desktop running Win 7. My note 2 is nice but sometimes having a a real keyboard will come in handy. Enter the V5. I never had a laptop before, I just used my friends at times. Reply
  • mck22 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I've been reading AnandTech since 2001, when the hot topic was overclocking the Celeron 300. This notebook would be a great gift for my daughter who will be going to grad school. Reply
  • PGleason - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My wife has a four year old HP Pavilion dv6 15.6" notebook. She is disabled and in a wheelchair. She uses the notebook for Email, entertainment and shopping. Her favorite use of the notebook is to play music. She places her Bose Soundlink in a convenient place as she moves around the house. But the notebook's battery life is so poor she has to be near an outlet, and its weight limits her ability to move around the house. We gave up on using the notebook while traveling for the same reasons.
    A lighter notebook with a more efficient battery would greatly enhance her mobility.
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  • rumitg2 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My current setup is a
    - Sager NP8150
    - Nook HD+ 32gb
    - Samsung GS4

    My Sager is for any kind of heavy lifting I might need to do and the occasional game. It's more of a desktop replacement due to its weight and absurdly bad battery life, it gets around 40 minutes of use on powersaver mode.
    My Nook is my classroom device which I use to read posted notes, look up assignments and when out of class playing some Bloons TD Battle or reading books/manga
    My S4 has been comstantlydisappointing me with its wonky software, TW is bad, and even when rooted the GPE rom is only smoother and not much better overall. Battery life has been abysmal. Swapping for something else ASAP

    My use for the V5 would be to have a device I could actually take with me to take notes and do work. I can't do it on my Nook because its not an experience I am a fan of. I really like the device, admired it at best buy more than I think I should have, and it would be an ideal companion device to do some light programming, learning Java, and homework. It isn't something I desperately need but rather a device that I would greatly enjoy having

    Cheers
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  • gotamd - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I've been a fan of AMD for a long time, and have been at the forefront of many of their largest advances in mobile technology. I was the proud owner of a Compaq Presario 910us, which was the first laptop to feature DDR memory (and a Mobile Athlon XP). Most recently, I purchased an HP dm1 back in early 2011. I've fittingly named the machine 'Zacate' to match the APU's codename. It was the first laptop to feature an APU (AMD E-350), and it has served me well to this day. The E-350 was (and still is) an amazing processor that combined good CPU performance with excellent GPU performance in a small and low-power package. It's starting to show it's age, though. A few months ago, the hard drive became corrupted and I had to reinstall Windows to get things back to normal. The case is also worn from all the use I've gotten out of it, and some pieces of it have fallen off. It's still hanging onto life, but I'm worried that it could fail again at any moment.

    I see the Acer V5 and the updated AMD APU as the next logical upgrade step for me. I love the thin form factor and the price. It costs half as much as similar looking notebooks and has all the performance and features that I need for multitasking, watching videos, and even playing casual games.
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  • codylee - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    In my line of work, I drive to multiple locations daily, photograph, diagram and inspect various types of properties/damage. My company supplied a Lenovo laptop (cheers Rory!) with an i3-2350M and 4GB RAM and a 15.5" screen. I used to have several gaming rigs, but life changed a bit a few years back, and now I have a desktop I put together with spare parts- AMD Opteron 144 (socket 939, single core!) with a whopping 2GB RAM. The laptop runs Windows XP thanks to a compatibility problem (that has since been fixed years ago )with a software that we use regularly for 2D/3D diagrams, and my desktop is running Ubuntu. The problem is that with the mobility of my job, a 15" laptop with a 1 hour battery life when not plugged in doesn't really cut it, not to mention the incredibly long boot up time. I end up leaving it on the desk, using it as a desktop because it's simply too heavy, sluggish and outlet dependent. Taking it to wifi cafes is just silly, it takes so long to plug it in and get it booted up I could probably be halfway done with what I need if it were more "instant on." It works fine as a desktop, but that's not what I need in my day. When I finish at a client's home/business, I don't want to have to wait until I've made it home for the day just to compile everything and submit the final report for review the following day. Nothing I need to do on the road requires massive compute power, just the ability to multitask and research with several browser windows, an application or two, and the ability to edit photos. With the Acer V5, I could actually get my photos uploaded, my sketch/diagram completed, reports written and files/claims closed before leaving the site or city- allowing it to be reviewed and returned to my customers same day.
    I have tried tablets (a Motorola and an Apple) but I can't find a keyboard solution that truly allows for typing with comfort, and at least two of the programs I use don't have fully functional apps for that platform.
    I'm really looking forward to a solution to my problem, and the V5 looks to be a great fit!
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  • jcgordon - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I was a fan of AMD for a number of years. During that time I only ever purchased AMD products. However these days I'm using intel stuff exclusively. Right now I have a first generation intel core i5 desktop computer and an overly large and power-gobbling Ivy Bridge core i5 notebook computer. I would be thrilled to be able to go back to AMD and check out their latest offerings. I'm mainly concerned about the size and power consumption profile of products these days, and this AMD Temash system looks to be exactly what I'm looking for.

    P.S, I'd prefer not to have an unit that is sent to me tainted with the unholiness of Windows 8. If possible please send me a unity with the latest Linux Mint distro. That would save me the trouble of having to wipe that fantastic SSD and install a real OS before I could use it. I look forward to testing out all the Linux drivers and my preferred software with this computer!
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  • jospoortvliet - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I can't participate as I live in Germany, but as you seem to be looking for info on what hardware your readers have, at least I can contribute:
    * workstation with i5 4670, 16gb ram, 256GB 840Pro, 2 full-hd 21" screens for work at home
    * Samsung NP900X3C ultrabook with i5-3317U, 4gb ram, 128GB ssd, 1600x900 screen for work on the road
    * Asus Memopad HD 7 for reading

    I wouldn't really have a usecase for this laptop - I think it's great if you're on a budget but I bought the Samsung laptop as I could afford buying a real great product. I would be just fine if it had an AMD chip with similar battery life. Performance in silent mode (cpu locked at 800mhz) is plenty and I don't care about gaming performance so I guess a Temash APU might be quite OK, esp if it can offer better battery life.
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  • bluefalcon13 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a powerful gaming desktop, but lack a good, portable computer for school. I have a slow Asus netbook I use to take notes in class, but it's atom processor is definitely lacking. I would love to have a nice, light, and fast laptop to use in class for note taking and general use on the go. Reply
  • Tinn Mann - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a desktop replacement 17" laptop and a 12" netbook. Both serve their purpose but I am always left wanting when I want to have some fun of one laptop in the other. It is just not possible. Those 2 laptops are these square objects that just sit there and do their jobs relentlessly. If I want them/force them to budge, they simply refuse.
    I am all intrigued with this new generation of laptops which pack decent enough power, an acceptable battery life in a shell that will not give me a carpel tunnel when I am on the move. I would love to have a lifestyle shift with this new laptop whereby I can have some fun in my workplace and while I am having fun, I can quickly switch over to a work app to implement a flash of brilliance that just fleeted through my mind!
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  • djkand - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Looks cool Reply
  • EmmaT-Rex - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Please oh please, I am the one for you. I currently use a ASUS Eee PC that takes at least 45 minutes to boot up. Even after that, it runs as slow as molasses. It is 5 1/2 years old.

    I am trying to learn how everything works on a computer, but this one only creates a great deal of aggravation. My children refuse to help me anymore because they can't stand how slow it is. I am getting more and more behind everyday. I am a dinosaur in a technology driven world!

    Help me, Obi-Wan. Please come down from your cloud and grant me my wish. I will be forever grateful and I will become your shining star.
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  • sunganes - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Ardent PC/Windows fan in the 90s and most of 2000s, Mac devotees in the past few years, This Acer Temash notebook will sway me back to PC/Windows world again. Reply
  • EnzoFX - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a trusty Desktop where I do most of my work. Gaming too. It's fairly modest by today's standards. I have a tablet too for the little times I'm not at my desk haha. That's really it. If I'm somewhere else, I always have a laptop or desktop to borrow. Reply
  • unhuman - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Want fries with that. Reply
  • jrossmanjr - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    So I currently own a Asus UL50 from 2009 that is in desperate need of an update. I own an iPhone 5 and a iPad 2 that I usually take with me but as of late I have needed to take my laptop due to being in the Military and need access to the .mil spaces via a CAC reader. This laptop would enable me to lighten my load of the old laptop and still give me the access that I need for work both stateside and deployed. Reply
  • kosjet - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    We have the following setup:
    1) Home built desktop with an Intel Core i5 (Sandy) CPU/AMD Radeon 3850 as a workstation
    2) Home built desktop with an AMD Athlon X2/nVidia 460 as a media center PC
    3) Dell Zino HD 400 (AMD Athlonx2 1.8) as a media center PC
    4) Sony 15.5" laptop with an Intel Core i5 (Ivy) CPU/nVidia 640 as a travel laptop for work
    5) Acer Iconia W510 tablet with Intel Atom Z2760 used as a living room tablet
    6) Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010 7" tablet used as a portable GPS device
    7) Fujitsu 11.6" laptop with AMD Neo 1.6 processor as my wife's laptop

    The Acer V5 would be an amazing replacement to my wife's laptop. Her laptop has served faithfully for over 3 years and is starting to show signs of age. The single core processor is definitely slow on modern web HTML/flash/javascript pages.
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  • hiddendimsum - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Hello, my current setup is a desktop set up for medium gaming. I also own a kindle that I use for reading and memos. A V5 would most likely improve my current setup. Currently I can only compute at home, however I've just entered college and am working towards a Computer Science degree, so a laptop would greatly improve my work. I would use the V5 for browsing, putting together my school work and maybe some light gaming. The portability would vastly improve my setup as I would be able to access the internet and my data from anywhere at any time.
    My need for the V5 encompasses the portability of the laptop that I don't have with my desktop. I hope to use the V5 for my classes and I figure a portable machine will vastly help with my school courses and especially with my major that oh so heavily involves computing.
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  • crappycrap - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a HTPC (AMD X2 240), a desktop (Intel Q9450), my wife's desktop (AMD X4 620), and an aging Sony TZ (Intel U7600). I love the mobility that 11 inch laptops provide ever since 2003 after buying the Sony SRX 99, and Sony TX in 2007. I predominantly use my laptop for studying on the go, medical research, and writing at coffee shops. Unfortunately, my current 11 inch laptop has a slow small 32gb SSD and 2gb of non-upgradable RAM. When researching, I often have many browser and PDF windows open... and the dual core processor starts slowing down, the 2gb of RAM quickly get used up, and paging on an ancient 32gb SSD with 33mb/s write speed is not fun. Thus with the option to upgrade to 6gb of RAM, the ability to upgrade to a fast SSD, and with an efficient quad core processor, the boost in efficiency and productivity definitely be welcome. Reply
  • vanquishchicago - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    It would be amazing to win such an advanced laptop for my music production and graphic design projects, good luck to all the people who entered~! Reply
  • grazapin - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a recently built Ivy Bridge/HD7870 desktop used primarily for web and gaming, an older 24x7 HTPC-DVR hooked up to the TV, and a Nexus 7. I'm looking for something to slot in between the Nexus and the desktop that is portable like the Nexus but has a bigger screen and better/more efficient input method like a keyboard or at least a larger screen for an on-screen keyboard. I've been thinking about going with a 10" tablet, but a small laptop would probably be a better fit since I could play my Steam games on a Windows laptop.

    In summary, please let me win this contest. I look forward to writing a mini-review.
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  • avenidadelgato - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Let me preface this entry by disclosing that, earlier this year, I became an AMD shareholder after learning about their APU technology. I believe that AMD is undergoing a critical transition and will emerge as a very strong competitor in the mobile device and ultraportable notebook market.

    My current computing devices include a custom PC (ASUS P5E Deluxe LGA 775 @ FSB 450 MHz, Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.825 GHz, 4 X 2GB Kingston HyperX @ 900MHz, 2 x 2GB NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti in SLI @ 918/1040/1836, SB Recon3D Fatal1ty, and 2 x 128GB Kingston V+ Series SSD), a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet [2013], and a 32 GB HTC One.

    Winning an Acer Aspire V5 would allow me to mobilize my computing environment. Whereas my Nexus 7 is great for basic web browsing and video streaming, a notebook like the Aspire V5 would provide more than enough computing power for web design, computer programming, and basic gaming when I’m away from home. Along with Connectify’s Switchboard VPN (I am a Kickstarter patron), I will be able to stream my 200GB music collecting (too large for Google Play Music), and safely access sensitive documents at public Wi-Fi hotspots.

    Most importantly, winning the Acer Aspire V5 would allow me to witness AMD’s new Temash APU without having to sell my shares in the company. I have great confidence in AMD and wish to remain a shareholder for a very long time.

    Thanks for your consideration!
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  • razukchar - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Currently I own a minimalistic desktop pc built on intel h61 platform with core i3-2100 cpu and no discrete GPU. Winning the Acer V5 will allow me to go mobile with its sleek built and light footprint, need not to mention with the integrated Radeon HD 8250 GPU in V5 I'll be able to have some gaming action too. Reply
  • curlysu148 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own all Apple products and would like to win the Acer V5 in order to better familiarize myself with a PC operating system. Reply
  • IvanChess - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a mid-range gaming desktop/workstation and an old Core 2 Duo ULV laptop I use for surfing the web and checking email when I'm not at my desk. The V5 would replace my current laptop so I can watch 1080p video fluidly and possibly do development on the go (Visual Studio, IIS Express, and SQL Server Express use to much of my laptop's resources [a sad 4GB of RAM maxed out] to work well). Reply
  • raize221 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have an Acer 4820TG notebook that I use for pretty much everything including work and gaming. It's hasn't aged as gracefully as I hoped but I'm content with the performance for the time being. (Though I do dream of upgrading to an SSD in the future)

    My wife on the other hand has a Dell Vostro V13 with a 1.3GHz, single core Celeron M, a flaky WiFi card and a completely dead battery that she also has to run off a live USB drive because the SATA board died once again... She is also making her way though college and has lost a ton of work for her online courses due to the power cutting out on her or from the OS running out of room on the USB stick. Next quarter she will be attending classes in person where this just won't cut it; she really needs a new laptop and we've saving hard to get one. The Acer V5 would be all hers for school as well as play - an A6 APU means we could finally play some of the games together that her current laptop just can't run.

    As for the rest of our gear in the house, we cut the cord and have a Revo R1600 running XBMC as a media center PC which used to stream from a cobbled together home server before the motherboard died. I'm also part way through building a 2 person table top arcade machine out of an old laptop motherboard and a freebie monitor. So not only would winning the laptop greatly help my wife through school, it would allow us the funds to fix up the server and finish a long-planned project.
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  • illone80pd - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I only have a desktop right now. A quad core amd 640. I just started school. This laptop will help me tremendously Reply
  • farmer john - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    As a student in Butte community college here in CA, I joined the debate team and will travel all over the state to compete with actual universities to try and make it to nationals.

    Our topic is education reform and the extemporaneous and impromptu style that we have to do gives us 2 minutes for preparation or rebuttal in a match.

    So the students need to get as much information either to argue for or against the opposing team by finding relevant and compelling info using their laptops/smartphones/etc within 2 minutes. So each student has a laptop at their respective teams desk.

    I don't have a laptop. I have a desktop and a entry grade smartphone (lg vm670zv4). So my ability to get information is dependent on my classmates and already they joked to buy me one..

    A laptop would give me all the tools I need for everything I'm going to do in my next three years in school, but it would help me out a lot just for the debate team.

    Thanks,

    Adrian Michael Diaz
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  • qbert1111 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I recently purchased a Raspberry Pi to teach myself Python at home. My current setup is a simple Nexus 10 tablet which I attempt to remote into Rasbian with (the tablet is mainly used for surfing the net while my wife watches “Say Yes to the Dress”). This would be a great way for me to program while spending some quality time sitting next to my wife while doing our own thing!
    In my head this seemed like a great idea – connect the Pi to my Wi-Fi and with a USB OTG cable I can power my Pi. All I’d need is to do is remote into the Pi with my tablet and BLAMO! Awesome mobile development station with hours of untethered goodness!
    Sadly, this setup is NOT ideal. Touchscreen keyboards on Android simply refuse to allow punctuation marks necessary for programming via terminal software (of the plethora I’ve used anyway). A coworker is doing the same with his laptop and he's having a blast. For this reason, my tablet is letting me down and a laptop would help me pursue my Python dreams!
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  • Ladholyman - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I am currently using an Acer Aspire One 722 as my main laptop for medical school. It has served me well these last two years but the C-50 is showing its age. Acer has always been boss in regards to quality and I have no doubt that their v5 Temash will live up to the brand's reputation.

    David Chen
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  • DanielMeng - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    It's looks like a nice mobile pc. Reply
  • Buren - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Currently a student with a desktop at school. My work requires a great deal of mobility, and I've been struggling with the inability to do work outside of the dorm. Moving around requires me to either do what I can on my phone or borrow a colleague's laptop to do an assignment when I don't have access to my PC.

    I've been searching for a more mobile solution, and am sure that Asus' offering would work perfectly. I would be truly grateful if I were to be considered.
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  • rudy46n2 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I am currently running an HP Envy 23 with Windows 8 and Intel processing. I love it! I need a powerful LP for on the go such as the Acer V5 Reply
  • BuckeyePC - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a five and a half year old Thinkpad with a 1.6Ghz dual core Pentium that is starting to die a slow, agonizing death. I upgraded it to 4GB RAM and a 64GB SSD (4 years ago), with a higher-capacity battery to give me decent mobility. My desktop is still in ex-land somewhere (I don't know exactly where it is, or if I'll ever see it again, it's been 10 months now). I am gearing up to go back to school next year (at the age of 40) to finish off a degree and the small and light form factor would be much easier than my current Thinkpad.

    I was a long-time AMD user (built my first system with a K6-2 300) before the Core2 CPUs hit the market and, as a gamer, it was the only way to go for some seriously insane OC'ed systems. I'm curious to see where they stand now in the marketplace now that I'm not much of a gamer anymore and have much different needs and desires in my computer systems.
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  • Aviv.Avni - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I've had an Acer notebook for the last two years, it's the Aspire TimelineX 3830TG. It's a fantastic compact machine with 10h battery life, nice sandy bridge i5 and GeForce GT 540m. It serves me well at school with documents editing but sadly it allows too much Skyrim during class, and I always looked at some options from Acer for a smaller, touchscreen enabled machine to easily use Chrome and Word. I also want to see what AMD can achieve by means of battery life and graphic power on a small device. I really hope I win one, but otherwise I might buy a C7 chromebook or one of its windows equivalents - I had a really good experience with the TimelineX and I'm looking forward to my next Acer PC. Reply
  • simonliau - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Could always use a free laptop! Reply
  • skirge - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My family currently owns an aging Acer Aspire 6530-6522 (AMD CPU). The laptop has been good but definitely not lap friendly (7.5 lbs. w/ 16" display)! We're looking for something much smaller and lighter that can actually be used on a lap so the V5 would be perfect! Reply
  • MeTechE - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    The only computer I currently have is my 65nm Merom based Vaio. It was one of the first of the Core 2 generation laptop CPU's, and I got it over 6 years ago. Almost everything in it has died once, and been replaced. The V5 would bring some much needed portability and battery life back to not so portable current setup. Reply
  • sibnull - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have been a long time user of AMD CPUs, starting from K-6 all the way to my current K-10 Athlon II. I currently own a desktop computer that I built and a Nexus 4 smartphone. While the phone is a very mobile form factor, I could not do any serious computing on it. This is a void that a light weight notebook can fill in easily. I am a software developer by trade, so it would be tremendously helpful to have a lightweight notebook that I can easily carry to conferences and user groups as the nature of these events are very hands-on.

    On a note, the ideal mobile computing experience that I am looking for is something more in the lines of small computing unit that can be plugged into screens of various sizes. I would be really interested if someone can make a capable handset that can then be docked to a laptop dock, similar to what Motorola did, but with a more unified and seamless experience, ie., same operating system, and access to the same storage just more options on the kind of applications that can be run on for bigger screens. A desktop dock at that would be nice too. So the idea is, you take the computing unit with you wherever you go, and you just plug in to these docks when you get to work, or when you are on-the-go (tablet sized or laptop sized docks).
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  • KKhan - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a macbook air(haswell), 3rd ten ipad, and a relatively old HP/windows7 (intel processor). I have never owned a device with AMD processor inside, an winning this machine could let me add a windows 8/AMD processor device to my set up. Reply
  • artifex - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My desktop at home has a Phenom II x6 on the 890GX chipset and an HD 6770 GPU, which I use for games (mostly Neverwinter and some light Steam games, and just started Skyrim), my Netflix watching at my desk, as well as my usual web surfing and writing tasks, all in Windows 8.1 Consumer Preview. Obviously I don't expect this to replace that. *However*...

    What I use when I'm away from home, which I am for a couple days a week, are actually *two* old laptops: a 12 inch Cr-48 and a 13 inch 2006 Macbook. I have to carry two because I prefer the lightness in my hand and lap of the Cr-48, as well as its speed in starting up. However, it's limited to web-only apps, and underpowered (Intel Atom N455 cpu, single core 1.6GHz, 2GB DDR3 non-expandable), especially when it comes to things like playing Netflix. I drag along my Macbook for Netflix and now a few low-powered Steam games, as well as trying out OSes like Xubuntu, but it's also underpowered now ( Intel T7200 cpu, 2x2.0Ghz, and 3GB DDR2) when I have more than a few tabs up. I also have to use it whenever I want to work on anything large locally, because the Cr-48's drive is only 16GB. It's more trouble than it's worth to run Windows on either system at this point, so no Neverwinter and certainly no Skyrim. Clearly I could use a better solution, but I can't afford better hardware right now.

    I checked a benchmark website, and the Acer v5's CPU looks to be about 50% faster on Passmark than the one in my Macbook, and over 4x faster than the one in my Cr-48. The Acer v5 also is a pound lighter than my Cr-48, and HALF the weight of my Macbook. The screen size is similar to what I'm used to and it'd be great to have access to my Windows games, not to mention the touch screen actually makes Windows 8 more useful on this laptop than on my desktop.

    Anand, this wouldn't just be an extra device for me, or something that might just replace one machine. I'm confident this would really take the place of both the laptops I lug around, and I'd end up using my desktop less as well, because this is light enough to have in bed and still play most of my Windows games. The V5 exceeds my expectations and needs, at least on paper. Give me a chance to see how it does in real life :)
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  • artifex - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    (to clarify: by away from my house a couple days a week I meant days and overnights in a row, with a packed bag of clothes, etc.) Reply
  • santillanavila - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Hello my name is Edwin. I've recently wanted to expand my knowledge on computers which led me here. I would like to win this computer to give to my step sister, Shelby, who doesn't have a computer at all. She primarily lives with her mother who can't afford a computer. She is about to go into middle school next year and nowadays, all students need a computer. So this is for her. She needs a computer to familiarize herself with them. She would of course use it for social needs as well. Who knows maybe the computer will push her to have an interest in computer science. Thank you for your time. Reply
  • DonMiguel85 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I could REALLY use this since I'm still using an old, bulky Compaq CQ40 from 2008 with a Turion X2 RM-77 and very short battery life. It will greatly help at work and lugging it around elsewhere since it's small. Reply
  • wanderer000 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Currently I have a gaming desktop that I built and my 3 year old HTC Evo 4G. Any moderate to heavy work that needs to be done is currently being done on the desktop and light work (emails/directions) is done on my Evo. If I won the Acer V5, I'd actually have a real portable that I could take with me at college and do most of my work on like coding. Reply
  • Piffle - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a Hackintosh (running Lion), a 1st gen iPad, and iPhone 4S. I just received the 2013 Nexus 7 as a gift so I'm becoming familiar with Android. The iPad is way too slow now, and I would love to have a laptop to pursue an interest in travel writing. The size of the Acer would be perfect for my needs. Reply
  • Bones265 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Well I have a 7 year old Dell Laptop and up grade would sure be a nice treat Reply
  • yordklimber - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a self built desktop computer with an AMD Phenom II X4 955, an Acer AspireOne netbook with an AMD C60, and a NEXUS 7. The desktop works great for gaming and home office work. I use the netbook at work and also on trips. It's portability is excellent as the small size and low weight are perfect for carrying around. The battery life is also pretty good, and I think I typically get around 5 hours of use. However, it's painfully slow at times, and I have to make sure to start it well in advance of any meeting. I've found it to have so-so performance when streaming video (Netflix, HBOGO, can be very choppy), so it's not much for entertainment use. But it does run Microsoft Office well, which is essential for my work. I use the NEXUS 7 primarily for checking email and surfing the web occasionally. The ACER V5 would be a nice upgrade over my current netbook. It maintains the small size and weight of the netbook but has an upgraded processor, which I think would make a huge difference. The SSD would also help performance. Reply
  • BrianL22 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I am a travel agent and the developer for the company I work for. At work, I use 2007 core2duo 4gb 21inch iMac for day to day travel agent works. I also have a work laptop 15 inch Toshiba P50 with 1080p running windows 8 at work for maintaining the company website. I usually carry the work laptop with me everywhere I go because often times changes requires to be made on the fly.

    At home I have a i3 matx machine with 128 ssd and 3tb external hard drive primarily used as HTPC in the bedroom. I also have a 2 year old desktop with i5-3550 and 16gb of ram,256ssd and a gtx 570 for my gaming needs and photoshop works.

    Due to the nature of my work, I need to travel a lot and negotiate with hotels and local travel services. If I win this amd laptop, I would replace the other work laptop for my works on the go. It seems a lot more portable, and have enough power to do regular php coding and web surfing.
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  • xxtypersxx - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My main PC's are a couple of Sandy Bridge era gaming PC's for my wife and I, as well as an AMD 2P magny cours folding rig. I also have a 6 year old Latitude XT that runs windows 8 admirably well for its age, but is really not serving my mobile needs with its 1 hour battery life. This would laptop would help me provide the XT with a much deserved retirement. Reply
  • nanbaya - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I just own about a 5 year old HP desktop computer that I use mainly for general internet use, some games.. I would love to have a laptop so I can take it with me when I travel, or even to a different location at home. Reply
  • akay47z - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a desktop computer and a work laptop. I use my desktop for watching tv, movies, and playing games at home. However, when I take trips I have to take my business laptop and it is horrible. The Acer laptop would be a light quick laptop I could take with me on trips so I am not only stuck with my slow heavy work laptop. Reply
  • WildAntics - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    no whammy big money big money STOP! Reply
  • squads77 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a 4 year old Phenom 9500 based desktop that I use as a media center and for light gaming. I also have an acer netbook that I bring back and forth to classes to take notes. I liked how light it is, but would love to hand it off to my girlfriend and upgrade to the Acer V5 so I can have a portable that does more than just make word docs. The V5 would be perfect for me since I'm a media junky. Reply
  • Opcode - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have never owned a laptop due to never being able to afford one. It certainly would make my programming jobs and general every day tasks that much more enjoyable. It's tough sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day because you have to. At least with a laptop you can take your work with you. So you can move from place to place without ever having to skip a beat. This laptop being small and using the lower powered Jaguar cores is probably really good on battery life. Something that's certainly "up my alley". It would make a great work platform and like stated before its perfect for every day tasks. Reply
  • bonnieann - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My Computer is sooooo slow it takes me forever when I m trying to do sales for work. I'm embarrassed that I am not up to date with my computer.I have to keep my computer plugged in all the time because my battery does not charge anymore. Reply
  • randomskills - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    A laptop like this would be a major upgrade. I have a rather old laptop that I use for school and a desktop that I use for gaming but is hardly a "gaming rig". Having a laptop that is capable of both would be a nice addition. Reply
  • whatever212 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a FX-8350 based tower and an AMD Turion TL-56 (upgraded from a Athlon TF-20) laptop that was $300 several years ago. I'm also a university student who is a Computer Science major and my current laptop is nearly unuseable for any tasks beyond basic web browsing which makes bringing it to class impossible and doing any sort of coding on it impossible. Winning the v5 would enable me to work in class and be more productive towards getting my degree. Reply
  • rhutson063 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own an HP desktop AMD quad core processor for both my business work and personal work including school work. I would benefit from this laptop for on the go business work instead of just using my desktop which is overcrowded with data. This laptop would help me get my business work done on the go. Reply
  • overcome - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop gaming/work computer which is now somewhat dated. I do mobile warranty TV repairs for most major brands and would like a mobile device such as this so I can be more productive away from my desktop. I often need a computer out in the field so I can look up parts/prices and accept/update work orders on the go. At just 2.65 pound and being a touch enabled display, the Acer V5 would be a great laptop for my line of work. Reply
  • TwitchBoxx - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I hope I win but good luck to everybody! Reply
  • nbatothemax - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop I built based on the ivy bridge platform for photo editing, video editing, and development. I am going to college in 2 years and I am starting to travel a lot to visit colleges so having access to a light computer that can handle some photo editing and light development would be helpful especially when I am on the go. Reply
  • Leg_Disabler - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    If I win this Laptop my life would change. Reply
  • APVio - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Currently I have an Asus laptop for day-to-day purposes, University studies, occasional gaming, and digital artwork. With the Acer V5, I'll be able to modify my productivity and compute on two laptops simultaneously, alleviating some strain and heat on my current laptop. Also, with the portable qualities of weight, size, and performance speeds of that beautiful SSD, it will be my go-to machine for school and a problem solver for my back pains. Reply
  • iresh - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I'm an Engineering Student at University of Illinois. My current setup is a 5 year old Macbook Pro, which lasts about 5 minutes on battery and takes 20-25 minutes to open Matlab. This laptop will allow me to actually get work done at home rather than trekking up to computer labs everyday. Reply
  • mj0730 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a old Sony viao that I received as a gift during a deployment in 2007. I drive 10 hrs nearly every week to see my daughter, and since I have to stay in a hotel and bring all of our entertainment, the laptop our primary form of entertainment for games, watching movies, doing homework, etc... Being 6 years old, it doesn't do anything especially well (the computer, not my daughter!). Having a new laptop would make our time together just a little nicer. Reply
  • burningice08 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a desktop (Win7, Core i5-2500k, 2x Radeon 7950, 8GB ram) that I use for pretty much everything expect work; a 14" laptop (Win7, Core 2 Duo) that I use when I'm out, but battery is dead (both regular and CMOS) and it is quite old; a server (Gentoo, Xeon X3360, 2TB hd, 8GB ram) for file server, router, learning linux, and other things, that I wish to move over to a mini-itx with Opteron X2150 to reduce power consumption and space (hopefully a board comes out!); htpc (Athlon X2 260, Radeon 6850, 4GB ram) for YouTube, movies, web surfing, etc on the big screen; Nexus 4 phone for obvious uses.

    As you might guess, I would replace my current laptop with the Acer V5 if I were to win one. I only really use it when I am out or I travel, so having something small and light would be perfect for my needs.

    Thanks!
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  • twindragon6 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I am currently using an aging Dell Studio 1737. Yep that's right, I'm still rocking a Socket P. This has made getting my Associates in Computer Networking a bit more of a challenge. By running Ubuntu or Debian, I hope to extend the life of this laptop a little but as far as graphic design or video editing this thing is just about worthless. I would use the new computer for school, video editing and web design. Reply
  • ameaks - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop and my wife has a Lenovo laptop. Our current machines are both in various states of disarray: mine has a shot battery, and consequently has to be plugged into the wall 24/7, and my wife's lid is cracking and has to be held up by some crude contraption/books/wall/etc.

    Due to this, I normally use my work cell phone, a Samsung Galaxy S III, for most of my internet and some computing needs. My wife is currently in school so has to have a computer of some kind, and thus struggles with using a laptop that, in its current state, is not very portable.

    Winning the V5 would greatly improve our computing capabilities and improve the way we carry out our personal and work access. I work as an IT specialist and current feel pretty embarrassed at my home setup. The V5 would put me, and my wife, back in the driver seat with the technology and features that we require in a computer. Winning this machine would generate feedback from both me and my wife: two different reviews based on how we would individually use the computer.
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  • Westfields - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    The laptop I have is an old Dell dual processor Inspiron T4500 2.3Ghzthat is not fairing well for helping with school projects and research and various other projects. My bnchmarking and customization (hobby toy) computer I custom built..a desktop AMD Asus Sabertooth with AMD FX 8350 processor and 16 gigs of ripjaw 1866 Mhz ram with an Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X 7950 that keeps me gaming and benchmarking but the laptop I have is an old Dell dual processor Inspiron T4500 2.3Ghzthat is not fairing well for helping with school projects and research and various other projects...The laptop being offered here is a much needed improvement from my EOL (end of life) computer. (first of all the laptop was gift and the Intel processor should in no way reflect my buying needs as even though I think Intel are very fine processor I have never communicated with Intel about their computers in any way and there is not personal bond. the personal bond exists between me and AMD and AMD partners (which I DO follow). I feel that my opinions are important to AMD. It is very important to improve my personal productivity by winning one of the 3 --2.65 pound Acer V5 AMD's quad-core A6-1450 APU !!! It is exciting just to have a chance at winning and especially a chance to REVIEW the ACER V5 Laptop. My reviews are mostly targeted to those who are in the market for a new computer and are reviewing the benefits..durability...dependable...functionality...ease of use and just what to expect with no surprises ..AND..cost as compared to similar (other brands). Of-course a little benchmarking for the gaming potential while in-between school projects!!! Good luck everyone and I look forward to reviews if you win and please look for mine if I win! Reply
  • slimfit - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I own a decent PC, next year i gonna go to college, so i hope to win this contest and have a good laptop for college. I spend all the money i have for the desktop, if i win this, it will be pretty good for me. Reply
  • asoiaf7 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I would use it as a medium between my phone and gaming desktop. Would also help when using my camera. Reply
  • mdstudios - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I'm running an ancient intel pentium desktop box with 2GB and running windows XP. This system would be a huge step up and I could take it everywhere Reply
  • Connie67 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a Dell desktop with Intel (R) Pentium with 2.99 of RAM that we bought on 2002. We mainly use this computer for my husband starting business and my 2 teenage sons use it for their high school homework and research, which sometimes it gets crazy when all 3 want to use it at the same time. Winning a V5 will make things easier at home specially since my old son is a HS senior and could use this V5 in college. Reply
  • freeway49 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently only have a dell desktop pc and use it for everything with no mobility at all. This would allow me to have the mobility I need, keep my work and personal use separate and would certainly be a much needed upgrade to what I currently have.Thanks for the great opportunity. Reply
  • cybereql - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently am using a desktop I built myself a few years back, with a core i7 860, amd 5850, 16 gb ram, running windows 7. This is my primary computer, which I use for gaming as well as home media (movies and light video editing). My smartphone is a galaxy nexus, which I use on the go for internet browsing and reading light reference materials. My smartphone is not sufficient for more intensive mobile tasks, namely doing research away from my desktop when I am at work. I primarily work in the hospital, and I would use the V5 for researching topics when writing medical literature, as well as watching surgical videos and interactive tutorials to learn operating techniques. These tasks are simply too tedious to perform on a smartphone, and a V5 would greatly increase efficiency when away from my desk. Reply
  • fa1641 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I had owned a powerful msi gaiming laptop, after my dad passed away I came home a week later, and a ton of our stuff had been stole, so for the past year I have been laptops leas, a full time student. Reply
  • dennisd567 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    currently have Homemade desktop-gigabyte mbd with AMD A8 cpu and ati6850 PCIE video- my laptop is a 2003 model Dell with original Full Pentium 4 processor 17 inch brick with 2gb max memory. Really need something to make windows 8.1 scream! I am a Support specialist and run lots of software simultaneously. Need something fast, dependable and truly mobile. Reply
  • moshiro - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a big desktop that my husband built for me so I've no idea what are the specs but I would love to have the laptop to carry to school. Reply
  • rontamir60 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop with an I5 Intel processor, and a msi motherboard. I NEED the v5 because I do programming for my school work, and need a good/fast way of programming when I away from home! Reply
  • nickb64 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I've got a DV6 (i7 2630, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 6770M) with a busted cooling fan (hits nearly 90C if I use it to browse the internet), a Dell desktop (with a P4, 512MB RAM, and a 6600LE) that doesn't see much use any more, an HTC Incredible 2 with a busted USB port, and a TF201 with busted glass.

    I've used the tablet for school for a while with a bluetooth keyboard and folding stand from AmazonBasics, but a small notebook like the V5 would be much better for taking to class and taking notes. It would also be good for browsing and stuff at home, especially since I could probably use it somewhere other than my table/desk a bit easier than I could ever use the DV6.
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  • Customize_Your_Sleep - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I could use a laptop so I will enter. Reply
  • kkrebs - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Ati 5870 rat 7 6gb i7 q740 1.73 sennheiser PC 150 that someone stole from me and my desktop was I can't remember all the specs because it blew up 4 years ago amd althon ddr3 corsair ati radeon HD 2900 Logitech mx 518 and a custom case. Love amd its the only choice but as you see I am now without a PC and in dire need of a new rig plz help. Reply
  • JoeHine - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Definitely could use this.. My laptop is on its last leg and my desk top died a few years ago. Reply
  • MarkWmDwyer - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My only computing device, right now, is a used HP Pavillian a650y that I bought for $15.00 from a thrift shop. It just needed a PSU and RAM, which I had lying around from a previous computer whose MB burnt out. It works great for the internet and video streaming, but not much else. Winning a V5, to me, would make a tremendous difference, like gaming, graphics - photo - and video editing, etc. Reply
  • UffDa - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have several Windows (Vista,7 & 8.1 Preview) and Linux (CentOS) desktops.
    I have a work laptop, an old acer netbook (AMD C-50 FTW) and an Asus TF-101 (aquired to test that form factor) and finally a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone.
    Winning the Acer V5 would allow me to retire the Acer netbook and the Asus Tf-101 and finally have the small touch enabled laptop that I prefer. Full Windows capability with tablet type mobility and battery life- what could be better? ;)
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  • bbewley - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Me! Reply
  • orchidlady01 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop PC and no laptop. I need a laptop for use while traveling and to blog from on the road. This Acer would be the solution! Reply
  • erple2 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a gaming laptop (for hauling specifically to a "lan party"), a gaming desktop (big heavy, power hungry and fun to play games and curiously, run VM's for development), a Linux desktop (for deploying rails projects to) and several tablets (for using in bed). The one thing that I'm lacking is a great portable laptop that does relatively simple things on the go, for gaming (tabletop gaming, with friends). The problem is that my tablets don't quite do those well, and my gaming laptop is too large and heavy to throw in a bag and go. This kind of thing would be perfect. I've been eyeing the new thin and light laptops (like an ultrabook) for a little while to do some basic editing, writing or browsing on the go). Plus I could run the very light PC game on it for funsies now and then. Reply
  • lanestew - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop and tablet and am looking for a nice mobile work platform. Reply
  • djscrew - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I don't currently have a laptop and I could use one for school. Reply
  • yelped - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently have a desktop pc, and I would use the laptop as a portable pc. (Short, and to the point.) ;-) Reply
  • dochood - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I had an AMD Zacate HP netbook at this size, and it was great for carrying around in a back for quick web surfing. I even took it to China to work on some code for my company. It is a great size for airplanes as well. I did quite a number of reviews of AMD's processors as a contractor for AMD. I rather like their APUs. Reply
  • Bobbylh - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a old desktop, and would like a laptop with some kick. Reply
  • shenan1984 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I need a new computer because my current setup is two laptops from 2009. A Latitude running Ubuntu now, and an Inspiron 1318 which has its monitor duct taped to the rest of the machine. Apart from that, the latest "computer" I have is a Raspberry Pi, so I could really use the update. Then I could finally do more than work in Cygwin and play Diablo II (can't run III)... Reply
  • bntzillaguy - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I have a 3 year old Sony Vaio laptop that just feels too clunky and slow nowadays. I'd love to replace it so I can get my computing needs done in a swift, efficient manner again! Reply
  • borceg - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Currently I own 3 years old HP ProBook, c2d, 4gb ddr2, ati mobility radeon hd4330 and 500gb Toshiba hard drive. In terms of computing power (mostly compiling c++ code and application development) it's doing good job but it's showing its age from time to time. Not having ssd disk is the worst problem for now which is driving me nuts during ide startup i.e eclipse based environment are too slow. I used to own Asus netbook just for quick compilation under linux but sadly I had to sell it. It was perfect just because of its small size (10 inch) and 256gb Samsung ssd rocking under the hood. If I win the V5 it will definitely fill the missing piece of my development puzzle and probably will change my personal opinion about AMD products. Reply
  • vvidhya - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a HP Pavilion dv4 laptop with AMD Turion processor. I use it with Adobe photoshop and Mobile application development. It heats up very quickly and has very low battery life. I would love to use the Asus laptop as I can use a lighter laptop with longer battery life while remaining cool. Love AMD. Reply
  • jaysonr - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Hi, I currently have a homebuilt desktop running Linux - it's a Core i5 4670, 16GB Crucial DDR3-1600 RAM, 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, 1TB Western Digital Black HDD, 500GB Hitachi HDD, in a Xigmatech enclosure with a Corsair 450W PSU. Just running Intel graphics pushing a 24" 1920X1200 ASUS IPS and a 22" 1680x1050 HANNSpree. I also have a Dell Studio 1555 with a 2.4GHz Core2Duo, 8GB RAM, and a 64GB Crucial m4 SSD. Both machines run Fedora Linux. It's really time to update to a new laptop, and I'd really like something in this form factor. I'd also like to try an AMD system specifically since I haven't had one for a while after being an AMD enthusiast for many, man years going back to the K6 days. Also, I really need a Windows machine handy, as I rely on virtualization now to provide a Windows environment when needed, and I'd love to see how this machine handles running Linux as well as Windows 8. I'm a software developer by trade, and I'd give this machine a great workout every day, and I'd provide a thorough review on my blog as well. Reply
  • TremorAcePV - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently own a half finished gaming desktop, a custom DIY NAS, and no mobile computer aside from my cell phone. I use my gaming desktop to play games, and to do work for my current employment.

    This however has caused me problems as I currently do not have enough money for a laptop and at the same time need one to make doing my job easier as lugging around my large desktop when I go on extended trips is difficult, to say the least. That and I would prefer not to move it, to preserve it's component's life spans.

    A laptop like the V5 would be perfect for my job and mild gaming. It would make my life quite a bit easier, particularly for trips and have a mobile platform to better syncronize my work computer (at my place of employment) and my home gaming desktop (which I also do work on).
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  • erikiksaz - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I currently only have one main computer, my desktop PC. I use it for everyday web browsing, simple photoshop, sound editing, etc. I used to have a surface pro, but given its portability, I couldn't design worth a damn with the little touchpad on the type cover. I needed something fully portable, I usually don't have room for a mouse (constantly traveling). Hopefully something like and AMD laptop will allow me to stay portable, yet productive. Reply
  • ehicks05 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Currently running an Ivy Bridge based custom built desktop. Portable needs are met with an older, low-end chunky laptop. This machine would be faster and slimmer. Great for some light gaming when not coding on the go. Reply
  • Scott of Utah - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My primary machine is a 17" laptop, and my wife has a desktop. I had a 15.6" laptop that we took on the road. It's just to big. I have a 13.3" laptop for the road, but would use this 11" instead, and give my wife the 13". We are dependent on our computers, and access to the Internet wherever we go! Reply
  • Vulk - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Howdy. My wife could really use this laptop. Reply
  • Vulk - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Oh right, my setup. I currently have a old Core 2 Duo home server with 12tb of storage. I use a Macbook Air 13 for traveling and most light work, as well as for XCode. I also have a desktop that I use for gaming with an old AMD x2 processor and a new 7850 and a 250GB Samsung 840 SSD which makes the system scream despite the horrid CPU. My wife has a aging lenovo Thinkpad that is on it's last legs, and this would be replacing that if we won. I have a ton of android and iphones for testing, although our current carry phones are iPhones (I have a 5 my wife has been stuck with a 3GS and is looking to upgrade once this refresh happens), and I have an iPad2, and my daughter has an iPad mini, my wife has a Kindle Fire and is probably due for an iPad at some point since she's making noise about one, maybe for Christmas or her birthday.... Hope this doesn't disqualify me for posting twice, but for some reason I commented THEN read the part where you were asking for our setup information, and thought I should be helpful and post it all while NOT finding an edit button. Reply
  • ScorpioST - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I would use this to replace a 5 year old Sony Vaio that is struggling. It would help with my small photo/video business that I started. I've got a good desktop for editing etc, but need something portable for just light photo editing etc. I have a nexus 7 and a Galaxy nexus phone.
    Cheers
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  • blackboxbeast - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    I hate to admit it, but I'm a traitor. My last computer build didn't have any AMD parts!. There I said it. Up until January every I made sure every computer I bought, built or even recommended had an AMD CPU/APU for sole reason of value. But I caved in January. I wanted a Mac and being the value oriented person I am I just couldn't buy Apple hardware. So I went to the blue side (for its hackintosh abilities) but never even considering removing the AMD sticker from my case.

    My past AMD have been X2 3800 AM2, X2 4850e with a 780G AM2+ motherboard was and still is an amazingly efficient CPU and has not trouble powering my HTPC today. Last year I upgraded AM2+ motherboard a year ago with a Phenom II X4 965, consolidated my DDR2 ram added an ssd and for less than $200 had a very fast machine running multiple data crunching VM's. Who cares that the hardware was over three years old, it still got the job done and in an impressive fashion.

    We also own two iPads, an Apple TV and an old 2007 MacBook that keeps plugging along. I long ago swore to my self never spend more than $400 on a notebook,the MacBook was used, and to date my first choice to replace would be a Samsung ARM powered Chrome book. This is your chance AMD to show me that you are the best value in the notebook sector!

    My first order of business after receiving the laptop would be to boot strait in to Ubuntu from my portable SSD. If it can't run linux it would really hurt the overall value given the sizable fraction of the total cost that the MS license contributes.
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  • iamlilysdad - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    My current setup consists of the following:

    A desktop gaming PC with an i7-3770k, GTX760, 16gb RAM, and Samsung 840 250gb SSD. I also have an older xoticpc 15.6" gaming laptop that I lug around with me when I go to work and travel. It has a i7-2670QM (I think that's the correct part number), GTX570M, 8gb RAM, and 120gb SSD + 750gb data drive.

    I also have a new Nexus 7 that I bring with me.

    What I'm really in need of is a lightweight ultraportable laptop that can do far more than the Nexus 7. Having recently acquired the gaming desktop, having a long-in-the-tooth and very heavy gaming laptop for "portability" isn't really working out all that well. The keys matte finish has worn off and they are now shiny, as well the trackpad. The display doesn't reliably turn on each and every time I press the power button, and doing anything on battery power alone is an exercise in futility.

    My use-case for the laptop would be quite a bit of web browsing, with some content creation. Adobe Lightroom auto enhance, with quite a bit of document creation (forum posts mostly). Nothing that requires the power of the gaming internals now that I have a fast desktop sitting at home. Also, not needing to always have it plugged in would be a huge plus (HUGE plus when traveling, as most of my trips look to be day trips). At work it would be much the same, but also including quite a bit of research relating to my position.

    I do some light traveling now, and have attended exactly one trade show, I don't want to ever have to lug around a large gaming laptop anymore. Also, I don't have a Windows 8 machine at all, let alone something with touch. Getting my hands on something small, portable, and with those two things is something I've been looking forward to for quite some time.
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  • Ekodas - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Currently own a gaming/general purpose desktop and a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for entertainment on the go. However, the Kindle is usually in use by the kids, so... that's why I need the Acer V5 notebook. Reply
  • floe304 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I just want to have a portable device other than my cell phone Reply
  • metalSHOCK - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I currently only have a Dell Inspiron E1505 which I bought from way back in the stone age, 2005/2006. I installed Windows 7 on it a few years back and added another 1gb of memory, which gave it new life. But it's only a single core processor (T1350) which makes watching any video of good quality on full screen nearly impossible. It's missing the F6 and minus/underscore keys. I've been running with no battery now for nearly 5 years after the battery died and the ac adapter needs to be held in with tape or else it'll wiggle out and shut down. It works for simple web browsing and light tasks but that's about it. I need a new laptop badly. Reply
  • Malvar0 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I am a college student currently attending a state university in California. I currently own an Acer Aspire V3. My current laptop is enough for my college duties, however, I find myself carrying the charger around too much. The battery life is not the best, and the portability factor isn't great either. I would like to win a more portable, and power efficient laptop, so that I can carry a lighter load to class, and around campus. A laptop with a smaller form factor, and battery efficiency would be greatly benefit me, as that would eliminate the need to be looking desperately for an outlet or the need to carrying extra battery pack. Reply
  • drsox - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I have a Lenovo x120e for mobile productivity, an iPad mini for content consumption and web surfing, and a desktop pc I built running Ubuntu. I've been wanting to try a touch enabled Windows 8 pc as a possible replacement for the x120e and the iPad - if I could get most of what I do with those two devices in one device, I'd be happy. I love Windows 8 as a touchscreen OS actually - and the Acer V5 would be a great upgrade for me to be able to use Win8 for everything. Reply
  • CTrak - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I really need a new Lap Station....my old Aspire was stolen from my car and now I'm forced to do my work and research on my Samsung Galaxy. I travel alot for my job and access to the internet and my cloud files is very important to me. Reply
  • Skittgeek - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Sadly I still own and use my very first laptop since graduating high school. I graduated in may 2007. So with all the money I received for graduation I purchased a Dell Inspiron 1501 for college. Back then it worked wonders however its past its prime. Running slow, freezing, over heating, even the keyboard is having issues. Some keys I have to press hard or a corner for it to work. Also the fan has become run down which explains the over heating. I use a laptop fan plus an actual fan for the house to keep cool or the AC. It's also really heavy 17.5 inch screen, and runs slow. Zero viruses atm although I had to start all over with it several times because of crashing and blue screens now the CD drive doesn't play DVDs and acts up with other CD's. A V5 would come in handy because its light, fast, small but still able to get the job done. Going back to college soon. Would much rather have something faster to type out essays and search for resources with. Also would help a lot with being light I mean who wants to carry a big bulky heavy laptop to class that weighs at about 10lbs extra on your shoulders or in your backpack and will over heat at any moment without you not able to save your work. It's been 6 years time for an upgrade I really hope I win. Reply
  • coliber - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Who won the latest giveaway? Reply
  • quaz0r - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I currently own an aging desktop that was decent enough 7 years ago or however long it has been now. It has an AMD dual-core Athlon64 and a couple GB of RAM. I've always been a fan of AMD processors for being a solid alternative to the inflated prices of Intel. I use my computer for everything - work, general use, and a few games. Being a life-long geek I'm realizing I've never owned a laptop of any sort and how lame that is! Winning the AMD V5 would bring me back into the modern era of computing and get me portable at the same time - all kinds of win. Reply
  • krnaznboy - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I'm a student with an outdated desktop computer. It contains a small dual core processor I don't even know what it is called. The gpu is horrible, and the hard drive is super slow and full. Having a smaller but more powerful laptop for school would be great, but I wouldn't just use it for school. I could take it on trips and watch movies, even play games!

    the efficiency and long battery life (very important) of this laptop is what makes me want it so much. All the laptops I have ever used are either too slow, or drain too quick, but this seems perfect!

    I'm not going to lie, I could probably make do with what I have now, but this laptop would make life so much easier for me, and would also give me a more modern piece of tech to use, since everything I have now is old. that's how it would improve my current setup.

    overall, I think this nifty laptop would be a great addition to my setup, and I would love to get one!
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  • Mayuyu - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I have a powerful gaming laptop for daily use. The lightweight notebook you are offernig for this giveaway is perfect as a companion for my main laptop. It's not only portable, but it offers great battery life for the times when I need to use windows on the go. Reply
  • BM1235EK - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    for mobile, that'll do Reply
  • EnzoFerrari2 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    As it stands, my main computer once was a large, powerful desktop I assembled back in 2010. It consisted of a i7-920 overclocked to 4ghz, 3 nvidia 470s, and 12 gb of ram, along with a Hp-zr30w and an old syncmaster 900nf, both amongst the best monitors in the CRT and LCD category when built. As such, it was extremely powerful when it was built, back around the turn of the decade when it was built. However, until this point, I have been traveling more, marginalizing its role as my primary computer for gaming and heavy-duty lifting, as it gradually becomes comparatively slower. Since I am now jumping between moving in a very small dorm, and a much larger house, and need something which is both mobile and powerful, I purchased a Clevo p150em with a i7 29 and a 680m. This has been my primary computer for the last year, and has served me quite well, as it is powerful enough to be used for gaming and can be easily upgraded, much like a desktop, yet is also a relatively affordable solution as a workstation, as it has a high-gamut, high-accuracy display, and is subtle enough to be used in a working environment with its understated design. However, while it is able to blend in, it is quite heavy, weighing 11 pounds, plus equipment; this, when combined with schoolbooks, becomes an incredibly heavy load to carry. As such, in the past, I have resorted to having a secondary, smaller laptop for situations where I will not always be sitting down at a table. My most recent example has been a Dell Latitude D630, a laptop I still use because of its durability, reliability, and understated looks. However, this laptop has recently broken, due to old parts finally wearing out; even if it was fixed, it would still be slow by today's standards, as it has a Intel Core 2 Duo, which, given Dell, I suspect was from a lower parts bin. As such this has left a major gap in my portable system lineup. Currently, this only leaves me with an HP Touchpad I bought on sale and a Galaxy S3 on the truly portable end. While I have managed to hook up a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to the phone, allowing me to type on it like a computer, along with a monitor hooked up by HDMI, this still doesn't help in mobile settings, when I am trying to hold both the keyboard and the mouse, let alone a monitor. On the other hand, the ability to have a touchscreen is an extremely useful element, as much of the time, when recording notes in a class or a meeting, it is often useful to have the ability to both type and draw at the same time. As such, a laptop such as the Acer V5 would be exceptionally useful, as it is far smaller and several factors lighter than the Clevo, or even the Dell, while maintaining usable speed, having much better battery life, and the extremely useful addition of the touchscreen. Being able to have such a small, portable package that has everything that is necessary while mobile would completely change where I could take a laptop, and how I could use it. Reply
  • infinitesnowboy - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I have a 2007 T61 14inch notebook. Added some ram, swapped out the original HD, and swapped out the broken cd reader for a second HD. Haven't had any problems really so been holding off on upgrading... really happy that it's lasted me so many years!

    My T61's battery is dead so with a new laptop I'd actually be able to do laptop-y things with it, like taking it on the go and not having to rely on my smartphone. I really like to be in different work environments every once in awhile so if I won I'd be very happy.
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  • d3lt4 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    The only computer I have is a Sony VAIO VGN-SR129E laptop that I bought 4 years ago. One friend tried to print a paper from my computer and the computer stopped. It took me four hours to get her running again. You’d think I would have gotten a new one then, but I like my laptop. The screen is nice and bright. Another friend tried to browse the internet but some of the letters on my keyboard weren't working so she gave up. I often resort to copy and pasting the letter that chooses not to work that day. That is one of the nagging problems that is finally getting under my skin. The battery died many years ago. The plug doesn't fit smugly, and will shut off the computer if it is moved too much, which killed the original battery. It killed the second battery I bought as well. That lost all my music at one point too. I realize everyone else on this site would have bought a new computer by now but I’m more loyal than that, or possibly frugal. The keyboard cover no longer snaps in, so it wiggles about all the time. I won't bore you with any more minor niggling problems, but get straight to laptop.
    It features a core 2 duo P8400, 2GB of ram, a 250GB 5400RPM hard drive and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470. This was a rather respectable laptop in 2008, but alas it is now 2013. I remember playing starcraft without a hitch, watching movies without plugging in. I remember typing and the keys would type the first time they were pressed. However those days are long gone and I’m finally ready for a new trusty portable laptop.
    I am starting my master's program on Tuesday but have no electronic way to take notes in class. The V5 will be my notes taking, paper writing, internet browsing, life enhancing, joy inducing machine. I plan to take it to class to take notes, and to the library to listen to music while I study, and then home to write papers every day for years. Every so often I will watch movies and shows on it and feel guilty about the time I didn’t take to study. I may perhaps dabble in some gaming, then perchance stay up late reading anandtech articles on it, or write on random forums shamelessly promoting AMD and the V5. In short please choose me as the lucky benefactor of the V5 giveaway.
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  • facelessghost - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I've been considering purchasing one of these for a few weeks. My current laptop is a Dell Latitude e6400 that I'm renting from my school. I'd like something much smaller to carry around to class, and I plan to plug it into an external monitor when I work at home. The key features in this laptop are the OS and the quality of the screen. The only other small laptop that seems to work for me is the 11-inch Macbook Air, but I'm not willing to move to Mac OS because I strongly prefer Office for Windows and I don't want to deal with virtual machines. Reply
  • facelessghost - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I'm looking for a replacement for my old Dell Latitude. Portability is key--the 11 inch form is perfect for carrying to class, and I have an external monitor for when I'm at home. I'm drawn to this Acer because the screen is so much better than what I usually expect. Reply
  • facelessghost - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I apologize for posting twice. I thought the first post had not registered. Reply
  • fuglee - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I'm a illustrator and traveling videographer currently using a 3 year old 13" modbook, which was the only machine let that me draw on screen and run final cut pro at the time. Its bulky, battery no longer holds a charge, and screen is too dim to use in daylight. The modbook is also notoriously buggy and has gotten progressively worse. The cursor now jumps around like its possessed making it practically unusable. The Acer's touch screen will allow me to illustrate and I'm looking to switch to a adobe premiere for video so I can finally leave OSX. 11 inch size is perfect for my travels. You can see the work you'll be supporting at fuglee.com

    Thanks!
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  • speculatrix - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    This would be a brilliant laptop for my daughter as she heads of to college to replace her aging acer pentium dual core that's 4 years old. Reply
  • knepsor - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    My current laptop runs linux. I don't really want to dual boot and this machine will come in handy for programming my quadcopter. My sister also needs a machine so I will pass it on to her after I have had my fun. Reply
  • kyuu - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I currently own a desktop PC. The Acer V5 would serve as a mobile device for basic computer needs without being tied to my desk. The AMD APU should enable some decent gaming-on-the-go ability for console-ports, older titles, and other games that don't require the power of a current-gen discrete GPU, in addition. Reply
  • Beyondcr - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I'm normally all about AMD but I gave away my Phenom II X4 965 to a friend about two years ago to test the waters on the other side, so I current home setup is a i5-2500k with a ATI 5830, 120GB SSD and 500GB HDD with 8gb ram, (But I am patiently waiting for AMD to release something that will destroy my current setup so I can justify upgrading) I run LinuxMint and Windows 8, I also have a Google Cr48 chrome book that I leave at a local pizzeria where I work part time, the employees and I like to use it when there is downtime or on break to check the news. email, watch sports games, play music, etc..(most of the guys work 13 hours a day so its the small things that help make the day better.) I also operate a small computer repair business and this unit could become a valuable tool to me, personally I am excited to see what the new jaguar architecture has to offer, I believe I can give the notebook a proper review and eventually replace the aging Cr48 chrome book with a stylish AMD notebook. Either way drop my ticket in the hat and long live AMD! Reply
  • rikmorgan - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Currently have
    1) macMini used for forex modeling and trading, uses an intel graphics chip.
    2) hp elitebook 6930 running windows 7, used for day job
    3) dell inspiron 1526 with a Radeon x1270 running windows 7 - tried using this for programming but the fan cycles up and down every minute or so, robbing the mouse pad of any ability to respond, and it get's so hot I have to put a blanket under it to keep it from scorching me. Truly an overall horrible experience. Loaded Ubuntu on it but hated the user interface, so couldn't solve the issues that way.
    4) hackintosh with a Gigabyte Z77x motherboard - this is sitting idle since the goal was to put a high-end graphics card in it to use for GPU programming. But after all the switching of keyboards and monitor cables each time I wanted to use it, and being stuck at my home-office desk where I'm already chained 8 hrs a day, I quickly tired of this idea. What I wanted was a laptop I could get away from the office on and do some GPU programming so I bought a
    5) Lenovo idea pad - but the mouse pad clickers were so loud I could only thank heaven when the disk turned up bad and I sent it back for a full refund.

    What I'm looking for is a portable way to do GPU programming in Open-CL, that will get me away from the desk, not burn me while I work on it, not cycle the loud fan up and down every minute, not announce my every mouse click, and maybe have some back-lit keys I can see in the dark. This isn't about gaming, I want to implement forex trading algorithms on a GPU in Open-CL and when I get it going, move it all to the currently idle desktop with appropriate GPU.
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  • vbaker9 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    My desktop PC was built by me a couple years ago and consist of the following parts.
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (REV 2) Motherboard.
    Intel core I7 920 cpu overclocked to 3.8Ghz.
    Twelve GB of Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 ram.
    One LG DVD RW drive.
    One Seagate 1 terabyte hard drive.
    One Western Digital black 1 terabyte hard drive.
    One EVGA 560 GTX 1 GB video card.
    CM Storm Sniper Black enclosure.
    SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W power supply.
    The operating systems on the above PC are Microsoft Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8 Pro.
    I have Microsoft Office Pro 2013 installed on both operating systems.
    I use the above system for gaming, tinkering, writing word documents email etc.

    I also own a 32GB Google Nexus 7 tablet I use for watching movies, reading and responding to emails and listening to music.

    I would love to win the Acer V5 to use as a small full powered portable desktop replacement that’s easy to transport for myself or for my Son and Daughter too use occasionally for collage.
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  • lesherm - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Current home setup:
    Server: Athlon II X4 610e , 8GB RAM, about 4TB of storage. In addition to handling backups and media storage/streaming, this box also runs the OTA recording service for my HTPC.

    My Desktop: 3570k, 8GB RAM, AMD 7870 XT, 2TB HDD + 64GB SSD Cache

    Spousal Desktop: Phenom 9750, 8GB RAM, AMD 5670, 128GB SSD

    HTPC: AMD E-350, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD

    The above are all connected to gigabit ethernet

    Mobile stuff:
    2x HTC Ones
    Acer C7 Chromebook (Celeron 847 I think?)
    An Asus Core duo 14" notebook that is still semi-useful
    Gen 1 Kindle fire
    Gen 4 Kindle e-ink

    I'm actually pretty excited about quad-core jaguar. Thanks for scoring the SSD upgrade, Anand! I can tell you from using my wife's desktop that an okay CPU + decent GPU + SSD = a very good experience. I'd really like to get my hands on an itx board with gigabit ethernet.

    With this notebook, I can see two different usage models for me.

    1) An all-around windows portable: web stuff + light gaming + light development
    2) A more dev-focused linux portable: This totally depends upon how well the hardware works under a recent kernel
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  • Jordan13530 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I recently overhauled my old dying gaming desktop, and before this I had been relying solely on a 5 lb laptop for all my computing needs, including classes. This worked alright when connected to an external display and keyboard/mouse, but was not very mobile and didn't have enough battery to safely make it through more than one class. Having the V5 would mean I could actually carry a computer to class and wherever I need it to get work done. Reply
  • pesiroil - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Anandtech.com rocks Reply
  • kawwee - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I currently have a pretty decent home machine that runs a Phenom X4 965 Black Edition for gaming, occasional work and media management. I've been running AMD in machines that I have assembled since my first K6 processor many years ago. I pair this up with an Acer 11.6 in laptop that's now getting a bit worn. I use this for everything from a living room computer to a travel computer, and for light gaming (can't do too much with the integrated Intel graphics!) to running a presentation in front of 90 people at a conference. I've been intrigued by the capabilities of the new AMD processors for laptops and how those would likely offer more powerful graphics for gaming on the go while still providing more than adequate power for other work while on the road or at home. Thanks for offering up this drawing! Reply
  • hakr - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I'd love to win this lightweight Acer to have a decent computer to take on the road for business and pleasure trips. I have an Apple iMac 27" but, obviously, it's no portable. I run Windows apps on the iMac using VMWare Fusion, so having a portable that runs Windows directly would be a boon. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Reply
  • vtcarter - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I own a ton of machines... I'll lay it out here.

    1 - Dell T110 with 12GB of RAM, Radeon 7750 & SSD with Windows 2012 used as a desktop.
    27" Primary display, 23" Secondary
    2 - Dell SC1430 with Windows Home Server 2011
    3 - Dell SC1430 with Windows 2012 HyperV to test random things
    4 - HTPC Homebuilt with AMD A8-3550
    5 - Work laptop - HP Elitebook 8570W
    6 - Macbook Air 2011 13"
    7 - Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 RT
    8 - Dell XPS 10
    9 - Apple iPad v2 64gb
    10 - iPad v1 16gb

    I just got rid of my last homebuilt machine with an AMD CPU a few months ago.
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  • AbbyYen - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Please tell those notebook maker; notebook are not for babies. please change the tiny direction key in those keyboard. very hard to game on it! stop copying the fruit company.

    please return the ( left, right, up, down ) key in those keyboard to the size it actually is!

    give consumer the option to win7, tiles are ugly! screen touching are for tab, phone and watches.
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  • vedas - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    I currently have a powerful amd desktop with a phenom ii 960t @ 4g for my home needs and a galaxy tab 10.1 for lite duties like reading RSS feeds from Anandtech. :-) I am looking for something to fill the void between the two. A device that can be fairly lite while providing some power for desktop apps while on the go. Thanks for the entry. Reply
  • Amar7 - Sunday, September 08, 2013 - link

    Would love AMD Acer V5, 11.6&q