The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and we here at NVIDIA like to get in the spirit early.  And what better way to embrace the holidays than to give things away?

On Monday, November 2, we kicked off our Ultimate ION Netbook Contest, which will run until November 22.  Contestants can compete to win one of 12 custom HP Mini 311s.  We’ll post the winning entries to this blog at the end of the month.

The contest is only valid for US and Canadian residents – so if that’s you, we want you to sync up to NVIDIA’s social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (or all!) and tell us why you think the Ultimate ION Netbook is cool, and why you deserve to win one.  Full instructions of how to enter using each channel can be found here.

ION netbook So why do we think these Netbooks are so cool?  In short, they’re small but mighty.  With NVIDIA ION graphics, they can deliver a big visual experience with HD video, accelerated video editing, and support for casual gaming in a portable, sleek package.  For those of you who don’t know, NVIDIA ION is a small but powerful GPU that works together with a low-power CPU to generate exceptional performance for compact, energy-efficient systems.  Via this co-processing model, ION-based Netbooks offer many of the same capabilities of full-sized notebooks – including support for all versions of Microsoft Windows – with a longer battery life that mobile customers demand.  Aside from the NVIDIA ION graphics, all 12 Ultimate Ion Netbooks have been customized with slick artwork on the shell and software/hardware packages that include Total Media Theater 3 with SimHD plug-in by Arcsoft, vReveal by MotionDSP, The Sims 3 by Electronic Arts, a HP external Blu-Ray drive and a HDMI cable, just to name a few!  Sounds pretty cool to us.

Now we want to hear what’s cool to you.  These customized Ultimate ION Netbooks are in extremely short supply so log on to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and start sending in your Netbook stories!