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Acer Launches Video Contest

Acer, the third largest vendor in the worldwide PC market, has kicked off an online video contest.

And while consumers may not jump for glee at the announcement (after all, there's always some kind of hokey promotional contest every week) , winners can walk away with big prizes like the Aspire One netbook, an Xbox 360, Microsoft Zune 8 GB MP3 player, cash and more. To qualify, consumers must write, direct and make their own video. The company calls on participants to check out Acer's new television commercial for inspiration, located at the contest's official website here.

"The contest gives anyone with a video camera and imagination the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world, " states the company. "Videos should illustrate power, freedom, and style – everything that the Aspire One stands for and the winners will be decided by the public and based on total YouTube views, comments, honors and overall ratings. "

Of course, the "Want One? Video Contest" is nothing more than a promotional gimmick to get Acer's latest toy in the eyes of the consumer. And with any promotional coverage, news writers like this one fumble about for more content to write in addition to the contest details, mostly adding that the Aspire One netbook features a full keyboard, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and is powered with Microsoft's Windows XP Home Edition operating system. The device weighs less than 2 pounds, with dimensions of 9. 5" x 6. 5" overall, and comes in sapphire blue, seashell white, golden brown and coral pink colors.

The Aspire One also features an 8. 9 " CrystalBrite LED backlit display capable of resolutions up to 1024x600 and even includes an integrated webcam for "live video streaming, video chats and conferences. " Under the hood, the device utilizes Intel's Atom N270 processor, clocking in at 1. 6 GHz while taking advantage of a 533 MHz frontside bus and 512KB cache. The Aspire One also has 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 120GB SATA hard drive, digital media reader, three high-speed USB 2. 0 ports and more.

And its cost? $350. 00 USD, sold at most electronics-oriented retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Walmart, Radio Shack, Office Max and more. Of course, the easiest - or rather the cheapest - way to obtain one of these netbooks is to submit a video to Acer's contest. The company suggests that contestants be creative, keep the video's message simple and clear, evoke emotion in the viewer, and get other viewers to check out the video by using other "online vehicles" such as Facebook, blogs and whatnot.

"The secret to winning this online video contest is to connect with the audience and promote, promote, promote, " states the company. "Make the viewing experience memorable and beneficial, and do whatever you can to get as many people to watch your video as possible. "

Submissions must be made by January 20, 2009, but viewers can rate entries until the contest closes on January 22, 2009. The winners will be announced on the Aspire One web site on February 17, 2009.