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More on the HP Magic Giveaway

The FedEx man knocked on my door as the boys and I were enjoying lunch. When I opened the door, he said, “My whole truck is for you.” He then proceeded to bring seven boxes of techno-loving goodness through my front door. When I told him that I was hosting a giveaway, he acted like I was a Superstar. I would like to state that I am not a Superstar. I’m a lucky blogger, fully aware of her own blessings this year and excited to bestow some material (techie!) blessings on another family.

And so, I present to you, The Goods.

What’s pictured? (And what’s in the two brown boxes?) Read on.


HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
HP MediaSmart Connect
HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
HP Mini 1000 (with XP)

HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
HP 564 Photo Value Pak

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
Microsoft Windows Live
Corel VideoStudio X2


Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

Worth: >$6000.00 US.

As I said in our announcement post, we are just one of 50 blogs giving away this fantastic prize pack. The full list of blogs is right here for your clicking (and reading because, man, some great blogs in this list!) is right here:

Gotta Be Mobile
Barb’s Connected World
Gear Live
Small Biz Vista
JK On the Run
I Started Something
Bleeping Computer
The Gadgeteer
Planet x64
Digital Home Thoughts
Digital Inspiration
Geek News Central
The Digital Lifestyle
Last 100
Geeks To Go!
Slashdot Review
Windows Connected
Techie Diva
One Day, One Job
Student Bloggers
Study Hacks – Demystifying College Success
Noticias Tech
La Bitácora de Erwin Ried
Carlos Alberto
Unión de Bloggers Hispanos
Living – In Theory
Moosh in Indy
Morningside Mom
Thoughts on poetics & tech
Stop, Drop & Blog
Down-to-Earth Mama
merlot mom

While I cannot yet tell you what day our (as in Stop, Drop & Blog) giveaway goes live, I can promise to link to each blog on their “go live” giveaway date. I will also note that each blog owner is responsible for making the rules for their own, individual giveaway. Each will differ; some just a little and other greatly. Ours? I’ll let you know as soon as I can!

And now that all of this hardware and software is just sitting in my living room, I ask you, my readers: WHAT should I review? I’ve decided to only review one piece of hardware because I want the winner to receive as much new material as possible. However, HP and Microsoft have both given us the thumbs up on reviewing these items prior to the giveaway. In fact, their ads say that we will be! And so, I’m trying to decide which one would be the most fun. I’m dying to touch the TouchSmart but, let’s be honest, that thing would be covered in peanut butter smears in 2.4 seconds if I opened it in this house with TheBrothers present. That wouldn’t be a great way to send a computer off to our winner. And so, I’ll refrain.

So, opinions? What are you dying to learn about? Leave a comment and let me know!

34 replies on “More on the HP Magic Giveaway”

I have to admit, I’m totally jealous. I need to enter at ALL these blogs because my electronics? Falling apart, or already dead. Not good for a college student!

I’d like to see you review the TouchSmart as well, sounds like nifty technology!

I say give them all a try! Who wouldn’t be perfectly happy to win slightly used HP gear, right? But if you’re only picking one, go for the Mini – I’ve been wanting to hear how well it works.

I’ll be paying close attention. My poor old HP is on its last legs (constant crashing and errors), and winning a new laptop is kind of a must at the moment.

Go for the TouchSmart! I bet the kids will have fun with it. I tried one at OfficeMax, just playing Solitaire, and it was fun to move the cards with my fingers. (I imagine that would get old, though.) It even has a virtual keyboard! That’s just from about 10 minutes of my daughter and me playing around with the floor model.

i wish i could get so lucky but i know it wont happen i have a two month old son and living on disabilty my husband is unemployed so things are tight. just a computer would do. any computer the one i have is realy old and i cant play my pogo games on it. good luck to the one who does. and happy thanksgiving.

OMG!!!! I want to win this sooooooo bad; I’ve got three families I’ll be sharing this package with (should I be so lucky)!!!

Anyways, for the question; I’d say, “review the mini” as this is the cutest thing ever!!!!
barbarabaker :)

I too vote for reviewing the HP Mini 1000. FireMom, (edited by moderator for content)

I think there is an issue with the commenting system, probably a bug in Internet Explorer 8 beta 2.

@adacosta: No issue. All first-time-commenters are held for moderator approval to cut down on spam or unnecessary linking. I know when my contest is and I don’t need you to tell my readers the information before I do. Thanks.

hey there
delurking to say first off – WOW – i love opening boxes of new stuff so i think you should open everything to at least photo it!
and second i would love to see a review of the hp media smart – and of course kung fu panda played on it once you get it working

have fun – and looking forward to the giveaway – its it open to people outside of the us?

I’m curious about the touch screen. I would love to give most of this package to my neighbor as a thank you for all his family has done for me.

This is a great deal that HP is sponsoring. It is a wonderful way for a grass roots organization to get their technology where it is needed most.

I work with two groups who can desparately need it.

1) Must Ministries – a homeless shelter in Marietta,GA. Along with the admin of the over 200 people it serves, it is a fantastic experience to train some people on how to use the technology.

2) I teach a short course at Wheeler High School in Marietta preparing students (about 75 of the best) on how to deal with entrance exams, AP tests, essays, etc. for getting into college. I have received MANY complimentary notes on how I have helped. Better than 99% go onto college. Hunter Williams will be getting some of my equipment. He was not only fully engaged in all the discussions, but is also pursuing an engineering degree.

Dave Rhodes
2091 Saybrook Court
Marietta, GA 30068
770 579-2410

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