Win laptops, smartwatches, and more in the 2020 Ars Technica Charity Drive

It is as soon as once more that particular time of 12 months once we provide you with an opportunity to do nicely by doing good. That is proper—it is time for the 2020 version of our annual Charity Drive.

Yearly since 2007, we have been actively encouraging readers to present to Penny Arcade’s Kid’s Play charity, which offers toys and video games to children being handled in hospitals around the globe. Lately, we have added the Digital Frontier Basis to our annual charity push, aiding of their efforts to defend Web freedom. This 12 months, as at all times, we’re offering some further incentive for these donations by providing donors an opportunity to win items of our huge pile of vendor-provided swag. We won’t hold it (ethically), and we do not need it clogging up our workplaces anyway. So, it is now yours to win.

This 12 months’s swag pile is filled with high-value geek goodies. We have now 50 prizes valued at practically $5,000 complete, together with sport consoles, pc equipment, collectibles, smartwatches, and extra. In 2019, Ars readers raised over $33,000 for charity, contributing to a complete haul of greater than $330,000 since 2007. We wish to lift much more this 12 months, and we will do it if readers actually dig deep.

The way it works

Donating is straightforward. Merely donate to Kid’s Play utilizing PayPal or donate to the EFF utilizing PayPal, bank card, or Bitcoin. It’s also possible to assist Kid’s Play immediately by choosing an merchandise from the Amazon want checklist of a particular hospital on its donation web page. Donate as a lot or as little as you are feeling comfy with—each little bit helps.

As soon as that is finished, it is time to register your entry in our sweepstakes. Simply seize a digital copy of your receipt (a forwarded e mail, a screenshot, or just a cut-and-paste of the textual content) and ship it to along with your title, postal handle, daytime phone quantity, and e mail handle by 11:59pm ET Monday, January 4, 2021. (One entry per particular person, and every particular person can solely win as much as one prize. US residents solely. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See official guidelines for extra info, together with tips on how to enter with out making a donation. Additionally discuss with the Ars Technica privateness coverage.)

We’ll then contact the winners and have them select their prize by January 31 (selecting takes place within the order the winners are drawn).

The prizes

Listed below are fast descriptions of a number of the largest, most fascinating prizes on this 12 months’s contest. See the subsequent web page for an entire checklist of obtainable prizes.

HP Elite G1 Dragonfly laptop computer

Valentina Palladino

Ars’ evaluate referred to as this laptop computer “an impressively moveable and highly effective machine, but it surely’s additionally dear.” But it surely will not be dear for one fortunate winner of our sweepstakes, who will get this evenly used evaluate unit free of charge! Oh, and it additionally makes for a terrific Linux machine.

Professional-level flight-simulator controls

Our personal Sam Machokovech made use of the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Management yoke, the Logitech G PRO Flight Yoke System with throttle quadrant, and the Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder whereas spending some intensive hands-on time with Microsoft Flight Simulator this 12 months. Now, these evenly used pro-level controls will be yours!

Evercade retro moveable w/ ten cartridges

After we reviewed this retro-focused moveable sport {hardware} earlier this 12 months, we discovered the reliance on swappable plug-and-play cartridges was an idea finest left prior to now. Nonetheless, the machine itself is a succesful emulation machine, and this assortment of cartridges offers a wide selection of traditional gaming goodness.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2


This Samsung smartwatch units itself other than the competitors with a nifty blood stress monitoring perform, along with the same old Galaxy Watch options.

Doom Everlasting Collectors Version (Home windows)

Again, in March, we referred to as the most recent sport within the storied Doom franchise a “masterful twitch shooter” that’s “nearly uniformly wonderful.” This Collector’s Version model of the sport comes with an 11×17″ lithograph, a wearable Doom Slayer helmet, Lore Ebook, steelbook case, and digital goodies.

Command & Conquer Remastered Assortment: Restricted Run Video games Particular Version

Occasion prefer it’s 1995 with this huge bodily Collector’s Version of this traditional real-time technique collection. Comes full with patches, a reversible beanie, official soundtrack on USB and 6 CDs, 100+ web page artwork guide, stickers, duplicate collectible figurines, and extra!

Not one of the huge prizes grabbing your consideration but? Take a look at the subsequent web page for an inventory of dozens of further prizes you may win by getting into!


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