The season for giving is upon us and, according to the National Retail Federation, 33 percent of the U.S. population is projected to give consumer electronics this year. If you’re a part of this crowd and are considering adding a new computer to a loved one’s stash of gadgets, you may be a bit overwhelmed with all the options on the market today.


Below you will find a simple overview of the benefits of many types of computers on the market today – examples of which you will find in the 2013 AMD Holiday Gift Guide, along with information on where you can buy them.


Tablets and 2-in-1 PCs: Perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle, these light and slim devices let you take your work or entertainment with you. Tablets are great for web browsing, as well as watching movies and videos, while 2-in-1s combine the convenience of a tablet with the productivity features of a notebook.


Small Screen Touch Notebooks: Small screen touch notebooks are a great solution for everyday computing and entertainment around the home or on the go. Touch screens allow for easy and fun internet and app navigation, while features like excellent battery life and compact designs let you pick up and go with ease.


Mainstream and Performance Notebooks: These slightly larger and more powerful systems are ideal for students, techies, gamers, and working professionals. Mainstream and performance notebooks combine cool features like AMD Face Login1 and AMD Gesture Control2 with all the performance you need to get work done, play a game, video chat with friends, and pretty much anything else you want to do with your computer. And, even this category of notebook now comes in really stylish designs with excellent battery life.



All-in-One Desktop Computers: The ideal family computer, all-in-ones are perfect for shared use and pack a multitude of entertainment and functional features into slim designs. Having one of these stylish PCs in a family-centered area of the house lets each family member surf the Web, watch videos, look up recipes, and play games, while still enjoying family time.


Happy shopping everyone and be sure to check out the AMD Season For Giving contest for a chance to win some AMD-based gear this this holiday season!


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1. AMD Face Login is designed as a convenient tool to help you log into Windows and many popular websites quickly. It should not be used to protect your computer and personal information from unwanted access. Only available on select AMD A-Series APU-based tablets and notebooks. Requires a webcam, and will only operate on PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system and Internet Explorer version 9 or 10.  Internet connection is required for website login and use of other online features.

2. AMD Gesture Control is designed to enable gesture recognition as a tool for controlling certain applications on your PC. Only available on select AMD A-Series APU-based tablets and notebooks. Requires a web camera, and will only operate on PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system.  Supported Windows desktop apps include: Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Supported Windows Store apps include: Microsoft Photos, Microsoft Music, Microsoft Reader and Kindle.  Performance may be degraded in low lighting or intensely-focused lighting environments.