Google promotion offers free HP Chromebooks

The contest lets you nominate anyone, including yourself, who helps make the Web "amazing."

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Know just about any person -- or cat -- who has some sort of impact on the Web? That soul could score a free HP Chromebook courtesy of Google.

As of Tuesday, a new promotion designed to push Chromebooks asks you to nominate someone you think helps make the Web an "amazing" place. The rules of the contest seem pretty loosey-goosey. The categories include "tech savior," "cryptic updater," "snap-happy parent," "computer hog," "link spreader," and "selfie fanatic." You can even nominate yourself.

You nominate someone by notifying that person via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or e-mail. Your nominee then receives a link asking for a photo in order to enter the contest. Google judges are evaluating entries in each category daily and are already giving Chromebooks away.

What are the odds of your nominee winning a Chromebook? As of Wednesday morning, the promo runs for another seven days, and 992 Chromebooks are left to give away. The contest ends at 6 a.m. PT October 16.

On Tuesday, Google unveiled its HP Chromebook 11, an 11-inch laptop that sells for $279. The new device is pricier than other cloud-based laptops but offers a more refined look and feel , according to CNET's review. Still, Google has its work cut out for it trying to convince the vast audience of tablet buyers that they need a Chromebook as well.

Read the full CNET Review

HP Chromebook 11

The Bottom Line: A fresh look and comfortable feel make HP’s 11-inch budget Chromebook an appealing bet, especially for households that need a cheap no-frills Web-surfing Google Netbook. If you’re not thinking about productivity, though, you’re better off with a tablet. / Read full review

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.



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