March Madness: Win an Ultrabook

BetaNews is pleased to be a media sponsor of Newegg's March Mania Ultrabook-a-Day Giveaway, starting today and going for 21. Each day the tech retailer, in cooperation with Intel, will award one lucky winner an Acer Aspire S3-951-6646, ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH52 or Lenovo IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook.

Why just watch March Madness when you can get a little crazy trying to win one of these sleek Ultrabooks?

"We are delighted to partner with Intel to offer slam dunk brands such as Acer, ASUS and Lenovo as giveaways for our sweepstakes", Bob Bellack, Newegg North America CEO, says.

"College basketball fans will find that the only thing more amazing than the Ultrabook is what they’ll do with it" Steve Peterson, Intel North America retail marketing manager, says.

Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 quick specs: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 2467M processor; 13.3-inch display (with 1366 x 768 resolution); 4GB DDR3 memory; Intel HD Graphics 3000; 20GB SSD and 320GB 5400-rpm hard drive; 1.3MP WebCam; two USB ports; one HDMI port; WiFi N; Bluetooth 4; 3-cell battery; and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Weighs: 2.98 pounds. Newegg sells the laptop for $799.99.

ASUS Zenbook UX21E-DH52 quick specs: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 2467M processor; 11.6-inch display (with 1366 x 768 resolution); 4GB DDR3 memory; Intel HD Graphics 3000; 128GB SSD; .3MP WebCam; two USB ports; one micro-HDMI port; WiFi N; Bluetooth 4; 6-cell battery; and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Weighs: 2.43 pounds. Newegg sells the laptop for $999.99.

Lenovo IdeaPad U300s quick specs: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-2677M processor; 13.3-inch display (with 1366 x 768 resolution); 4GB DDR3 memory; Intel HD Graphics 3000; 256GB SSD; 1.3MP WebCam; two USB ports; one HDMI port; WiFi N; Bluetooth 3; 4-cell battery; and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Weighs: 2.91 pounds. Newegg sells the laptop for $1,499.99.

Contest rules: Open to anyone 18 years or older living in the District of Columbia or any US state other than Rhode Island. Prospective participants go to the sweepstakes website and submit one entry. Newegg will award the Acer Ultrabook during week one, the ASUS during week two and the Lenovo during the final 7 days.

Ultrabook is a fairly new category of slim-and-light portables. Intel introduced the concept in May 2011. Lenovo announced Ideapad 300s in September; Acer the S3 in October; and ASUS the Zenbook also in October.

PC shipments fell sharply in 2011, and Gartner predicts paltry 4.4 percent growth for this year. The analyst firm sees Ultrabooks as one vehicle for reviving sales.

Okay, I appreciate your attention, but why are you still reading? Please enter the contest -- and good luck!

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