The news came out today that Microsoft (through PR agency Edelman) sent out a bunch of free Ferrari 5000 and 1000 Acer laptops to some bloggers, “no string attached”. Scott Beale showed off pictures of his Ferrari 1000 laptop, which sports a 1.80GHz AMD Turion 64Ã—2, 1 gig of RAM and a 160 gig SATA hard drive, as well as coming preloaded with Windows Vista Ultimate. Considering Scott didn’t write a single article about Microsoft between June 19 and December 14 of this year, it seems strange they’d pick him, but I guess they’re trying to make a friend.
Mitch Denny posted about his new laptop, explaining that it appears to be related to a viral marketing campaign called “Vanishing Point” that is gearing up to Microsoft’s CES keynote.
Funny thing: Scott’s laptop only meets a 2.8 on the Windows Experience Index, which Microsoft says isn’t good enough to run Vista Business, let alone Ultimate. That’s weird (especially since the system specs are plenty good).
Long Zheng has more details, including a list of some people who got one (including Brandon LeBlanc). Bloggers have a “choice” to return it, but I don’t see too many people taking them up on the offer.
Damn. What should I have done to get one? Paging Miel