Neowin Give-away: 31 Days of the Dragon

Update (May 20): Neowin's competition starts today!

Over the years, Neowin has been in a position to give away some pretty neat software titles, usually in October when it's our birthday but nothing compares to what we are able to offer our members this month.

The good people at Buzzcorps and HP have made really topped the bill with this give-away.
31 sites will be giving away a HP Pavilion HDX 9000 "Dragon" Entertainment Notebook every day, starting from 9th of May till the 8th of June. Each site will have their own unique competition and ideas about giving it away, we at Neowin are finalizing our competition details and we'll have more on that this week. Someone will be selected on the 27th of May as a winner here on Neowin and after we've reviewed it and restored it back to factory settings it will be shipped out to that lucky winner!

Here's a brief run down of the specs:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Extreme Processor X9000 (2.80GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • Display: 20.1″ diagonal WUXGA High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen (1920×1200)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
  • Graphics Card: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
  • Personalization: HP Imprint Finish (Dragon) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone
  • Networking: Intel® PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection and Bluetooth™
  • Hard Drive: 500GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x 2)
  • Optical: Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
  • TV & Entertainment Experience: Integrated HP HDTV Hybrid TV Tuner and 4 Altec Lansing speakers + the HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer
  • Primary Battery: 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

The excitement doesn't stop there, HP and Buzzcorps have thought about what you're supposed to do ith a powerhouse like this and decided to chuck in a ton of software and games:

Microsoft Office 2007, Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2, Corel Painter 4, Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus, Viva Pinata, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Microsoft Flight Simulator X Acceleration Expansion Pack, Gears of War, Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man's Chest, At World's End (Blu Ray)

The competition works like this. The 31 machines are distributed amongst 31 technology blogs - some you probably read already and some you might not have heard of. Each blog will draw a winner on each day starting from May 9 to June 8. How each blog will pick a winner is unique but they will only accept entries starting from 7 days before the draw. Going to each blog to submit an entry is allowed and encouraged.

Link: 31 Days of the Dragon, Contest agenda and details

Here is the iCal download for the competition, thanks to Long Zheng for making this available:


Stay tuned for our competition details, and check out the other sites for theirs!

* This in an international competition!

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We've got one of these at work, and it's ridiculously huge. Even some desktops are smaller. :D

I personally wouldn't want it, because it's quite vulgar. But good luck to those that enter.

Yep, my family business could really use the "dragon" - but, yeah, if you check the rules for many of the sites participating in the contest, you have to be a long time subscriber to their website - EVEN if we JUST found out about them through the contest.

OoOo "an optional HD-DVD drive means you can enjoy the latest DVDs in astounding high definition quality" yay i can put in a HD-DVD drive! awesome *sarcasim* I'm quoteing HP's site not neowin's... which says HD-DVD drive not blu-ray

"HP Printers often discharged corrupted printing buffers, using thousands of paper sheets and a great volume of ink. But it's okay, because computers are stupid and my children loved to find the smilies in those pages. =)"

"HP laptops would return the money the Microsoft tax that forces into its laptop users in my country. But it's fine, because the world sucks, and we need to learn better. =)"

First site wants a story on why you should deserve it I hate competitions like that. Mainly because I am as uncreative as humanly possible :P

(bilston said @ #64.1)
First site wants a story on why you should deserve it I hate competitions like that. Mainly because I am as uncreative as humanly possible :P

I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Hai Admin,
Thank you for the contest
I especially thank Hp and all the 31blogs and Buzz Corps for conducting this contest,

This contest will be especially useful for a student like me who cannot afford to buy a laptop and in a need for a laptop.

I wish I will win the laptop.

Hai Admin,
Thank you for the contest
I especially thank Hp and all the 31blogs and Buzz Corps for conducting this contest,

This contest will be especially useful for a student like me who cannot afford to buy a laptop and in a need for a laptop.

I wish I will win the laptop.[size=3][color=#FF0000]

its a nice lappy.

im in need of a new comp seeing my 5yr old desktop is now deciding to restart everytime it gets bumped.

ill enter every one

Aww..wish my blog is chosen as a participant too

Hope I can win a laptop or two (never seem to be able to win anything from competitions)

Thats a beast of a machine. The 15+ lbs is pretty dang heavy for a laptop. Don't get me wrong, I'll still do what I can to win, but I don't think I'd ever buy a laptop that large. Still, 20" display on a laptop is pretty dang nice.

do you think there is a chance to win all 31?:P

5000$ hmmm I could sell it and then get me a macbook pro :D

looks like a nice piece of equipment :D

hope neowin will have some kind of registered time limit to stop people just signing up to enter.

Raise your hand if you just signed up for a bunch of tech sites. :P

If nothing else, this gives a good reason to contribute, instead of just whoring for years...

I looked at the first site on the list, Absolute Vista. The admin there, John Obeto, seems to have a hard-on against Linux and Linux users. Seems several entries he's posted there calling Linux users "Freetards".

He's not worth my time.

(markjensen said @ #24.1)
I looked at the first site on the list, Absolute Vista. The admin there, John Obeto, seems to have a hard-on against Linux and Linux users. Seems several entries he's posted there calling Linux users "Freetards".

He's not worth my time.

The name alone is enough to turn me off.

sweet, that notebook won't be going anywhere, i sounds mad heavy, but my desk can take it (preparing a spot right now)

(MioTheGreat said @ #21.1)
They don't make 7200rpm 2.5" hard drives that big. You'd lose 300 gigs if you went any faster.

It's 250GB x2.

(Gilly said @ #21.2)


It's 250GB x2.


yeah. My bad. I didn't notice that. In that case, I'd say that two 7200rpm 2.5" drives next to each other probably give off way too much heat.

(Shadrack said @ #21.5)
Its cool, you don't have to enter.

Besides the fact that I probably can't enter because I'm on staff, it's a valid criticism. That is a very powerful laptop and it's going to be bottlenecked, a bit, by the HDD speed.

(noroom said @ #21.4)
You're just trying to find an excuse.

Yeah. I am. There's nothing I can do about it, and there's probably a reason behind it, so we might as well know it.

If you quit I sure hope you do win one but for those of us staying at your job that probably won't win one, who could afford one at $5100?! (not to mention all the batteries you'd need to use all that hardware at capacity) I'm sure many would like to win one but how many can afford to buy one?