Back in December of last year Microsoft, in association with AMD, sent out a number of 64-bit Ferrari Acer 1000 notebooks to a small circle of bloggers. These notebooks were loaded with Windows Vista 64-bit and Office 2007. The deal (initially at least) was that the recipients of the notebooks got a chance to play with and possibly write about these notebooks and then dispose of them as they saw fit.
At the time I remember my RSS feed reader being flooded by posts about this. Some bloggers were up in arms because they saw this move as eroding the credibility and integrity of the blogosphere (these comments were from bloggers who didn't get notebooks) while others (mainly those who received the notebooks) tried to justify the move. I remember reading posts from dozens of bloggers who owned up to having received a notebook. I thought we were in for a bonanza of Vista, Office 2007 and Acer notebook reviews and opinions.
The funny thing it, nearly two months on, I've yet to see a single review. Now, there's a chance that an odd review or two has slipped past me under the radar, but given the number of bloggers who got their hands on Acers, I'm surprised that I've managed to miss ALL the reviews (I have well over 1,000 RSS feeds in my reader). Even after a quick Google I can't find a single review (the only story that I can find is that of Scott Beale who auctioned his off on eBay and sent the proceeds to the EFF).
Now I'm not here to take down names and point fingers, but it does seem to me that the only press Microsoft, AMD and Acer got from this was bad press and that the whole venture was money down the pan. My guess is that the whole issue generated such a negative reaction from the blogosphere that the bloggers who received notebooks decided to wait for the whole thing to blow over.
Did anyone read any reviews from bloggers who received these notebooks? If you have links, feel free to post them.