If there's one thing we love more than reviewing top tech kit here at SlashGear it's giving it away to our readers, and HP have come through with some brilliant hardware that's up for grabs. They've offered an HP Data Vault X510 Windows Home Server - equally at home managing your multimedia library as it is acting as a centric backup store for all the computers on your network - worth around $700 for one lucky SlashGear reader, together with a number of other tempting prizes.
Back when we reviewed the HP Data Vault X510 we described the Windows Home Server as quiet, straightforward to install and arguably more capable than its MediaSmart cousins. That's everything you could ask from a backup machine, and when you throw in the system's ability to share videos, audio and photos to your DLNA-compatible HDTV, console or DPF, it's not hard to imagine the Data Vault X510 becoming the hub of your digital home.
Also on offer is an HP Mini 311 notebook, ideal for grab-and-go computing with an 11.6-inch HD-capable display and NVIDIA Ion LE graphics, together with an 8-inch HP sd828a1 Smart WiFi Display. Unlike basic digital photo frames, the Smart WiFi Display can pull in images from online galleries, play YouTube and other videos, stream internet radio and even display Twitter messages, news and weather updates. Finally, there's an HP shirt up for grabs too.
To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a creative/funny/comical comment in this prize thread on why you should be the winner of this giveaway. That will get you an entry into the SlashGear HP Data Vault X510 giveaway. However, if you want to stand a chance of picking up one of the other prizes, we're also looking for creative ways in which you'd use the Data Vault X510, HP Mini 311 notebook or HP sd828a1 Smart WiFi Display. That could be a written case study, a poster or advert showing a great way of using one or all of the devices, or even a song or video. If you submit a creative entry it'll count as a second chance in our Data Vault X510 giveaway, and we'll also be judging those creative ideas for an opportunity to take away one of the other prizes. Creative entries should either be left in the comments (if they're written or a link to a video you've created) or emailed to hpgiveaway at slashgear.com before the giveaway closing date.
SlashGear is taking part in this HP giveaway with six other sites; each has an HP Data Vault X510 to give to a reader, while the rest of the prizes will be shared out among the most creative entrants from all seven of the individual competitions. Remember, while a simple comment is enough to get you an entry into SlashGear's giveaway, you'll need to step up your game and think of something more creative if you want a chance for the Mini 311, Smart WiFi Display or HP shirt. Don't forget, you'll also get a second entry for the Data Vault X510 giveaway if you submit a creative entry - doubling your chances to win! - as well as standing a chance in the second half of the giveaway. The seven sites taking part are:
1. Neowin (competition closed)
2. Jake’s MediaBlab (competition closed)
3. Hardwaresphere (competition closed)
4. SlashGear (2-May to 9-May)
5. Geekazine (9-May to 16-May)
6. AbsolutelyWindows (16-May to 23-May)
7. GottaBeMobile (23-May to 30-May)
Entries on SlashGear are accepted from today, up until midnight PST on Saturday May 8th, and we'll be announcing the winner of the HP Data Vault X510 on Sunday May 9th. We'll also be choosing the ten most creative entries to pass forward to HP for consideration in the second half of the giveaway, which will be decided after all seven sites have run their competitions. Full rules are below, and good luck!
Competition is open to residents of the US over the age of 18. Family members, friends or affiliates of HP and SlashGear are not permitted to enter. Competition entries are only accepted via the specified SlashGear comments thread; entries left in the comments section of any other post will not be recognized. Entries should be submitted before midnight pacific time on Saturday May 8th 2010; one comment entry per person (and yes, we check).
Creative entries should be submitted either in this comments thread or via firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for creative entries is midnight pacific time on Saturday May 8th 2010. Each creative entry will be accepted as a second entry for the HP Data Vault X510 giveaway, up to a maximum of two entries (comment and creative). The winner of the HP Data Vault X510 will be selected from the entries received; the creative entries will be judged on their merits and the ten best submitted to HP in consideration for the second prize pool: one HP Mini 311 notebook, one HP sd828a1 Smart WiFi Display and one HP shirt. There is no cash alternative and, should any of these prizes become unavailable, HP and SlashGear reserve the right to substitute another prize of equal or greater value.
The winner of the HP Data Vault X510 will be announced on SlashGear on Sunday May 9th 2010 and contacted via email if possible; they will be expected to respond within seven days else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winner agrees that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to, SlashGear and HP.