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Work-At-Home Mom Auntie B Sez: DELL, YEAH!

Dell Giveaway

Here's the new Dell Inspiron, set up on Betsy's desk at home

 

Many thanks to Dell and Babble for providing our family with this awesome Dell Inspiron, and with another to give away to a reader (!!). This post is part of my (3)-part series this month on how technology fits into my home/family life, sponsored by Dell.

See my other posts on this topic, and posts from other bloggers, over at the Dell Family Tech page

About the giveaway: it will run until Friday, October 28th at 11:59 p.m. EDT and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has multiple chances to win by leaving a separate comment on each one (1) of my three (3) Dell posts, and on Dell posts by other bloggers participating in this campaign (you can find those posts at the Family Tech topics page). The chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck! – Katie

PS: Please note that the winner will be chosen AT RANDOM. It’s a random drawing that will include all commenters.  I will not be selecting the winner myself. Just wanted to clarify that :-)

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As I mentioned over at Mamapundit yesterday, I decided that the best place for the Dell Inspiron that our family received (THANKS AGAIN DELL!) was smack dab in the middle of the home office where my sister little sister Betsy both runs her busy household and also does her job as Executive Director of Henry’s Fund.

Henry’s Fund is the nonprofit organization that we launched the week that my son Henry died in May, 2010. The core mission of Henry’s Fund is a straightforward one; we provide the direct financial assistance that increases access to high quality drug addiction treatment for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 20 years old.

In only one year, working full time from home with no salary, Betsy has really gotten Henry’s Fund off to an amazing start; we awarded our first treatment scholarships in May of 2011, and there are some very exciting new developments in the pipeline as well, and I can’t wait to share more when the details are firmed up.

But Betsy has accomplished all of this with none of the basic technological tools that someone launching a nonprofit from scratch or working out of a home office with three kids underfoot (she was a full-time stay at home mom before taking on this role) could really use. So it was an amazing blessing for her, for Henry’s Fund and mostly, for the families we are helping for this this new Dell Inspiron to wind up on Betsy’s desk in the corner of her family’s living room.

Because Betsy is the one who has really taken the new Dell for a spin since it arrived early this week, I wanted her to be the one to share her impressions of the computer thus far.

So here’s her review. Take it away Aunt Betsy!

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I’ve been doing my job as Executive Director for Henry’s Fund for the past year and a half using the only computer that was available to me: my 12 year old Dell laptop. The fact that my laptop is still running at all after more than a decade of serious use by me and my kids says a lot about the quality of Dell’s products but, as you can imagine, my elderly laptop was a bit outdated for what a real business needs.

When Katie told me that she was going to donate the Dell Inspiron All-In-One 2320 to Henry’s Fund I was thrilled. However, to be honest, I had no idea just how thrilled I should be until it arrived. I was a bit like a kid at Christmas; I got the box open, and I expected that it would take a long time to get the computer all set up and get it working. Wrong! I had it out of the box, set up on my desk, and fully functional within 15 minutes. Plus, it only has one cord to mess with rather than the untidy bundle of multiple cords and wires that old-school desktop computers had. This makes it perfect for a home office where outlet capacity and space are limited.

This computer has a huge, beautiful touchscreen monitor, along with 6 USB ports, a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, and a remote control for media. For someone who hadn’t really used a newer desktop computer in many years, there was absolutely no learning curve like I expected. This computer is designed to be totally intuitive.

To be honest, I’d always wondered why you would need or want a touchscreen for a desktop computer but now that I’ve been using the Dell for a few days, I totally get it. I find that I instinctively do certain tasks on the touchscreen rather than through the keyboard to save time. For families with kids who are part of the tablet generation, touchscreens are all they know, so having one on the primary “family” computer makes perfect sense. One other feature on the Dell that I think is very smart is the sliding privacy screen on the built in camera – a simple but brilliant touch.  Also, I have to say that the built-in JBL speakers sound absolutely fantastic.

I am seriously in love with this computer, and now that I have this amazing productivity tool, I know that I can take Henry’s Fund to the next level. I would definitely recommend this Dell model for any family looking for a all-in-one solution for kids and adults both that can actually look attractive in any room in the house, as well as for work-at-home moms like me.  It’s so versatile that it really can serve as a family’s entertainment center + home office solution + homework central + household management system.

This thing rocks.

-Betsy Allison Tant, MSW
Executive Director, Henry’s Fund

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So there you have it; a real work-at-home mom’s review of the Dell Inspiron All-In-One. Kinda makes you want one for your house, doesn’t it?

So isn’t it cool that I HAVE ONE TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE OF YOU?!! Woohoo!!!

As I noted in the giveaway rules at the top of this blog post, to be entered for a chance to win a shiny new Dell Inspiron All-In-One 2320 exactly like the one Betsy just reviewed, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post – the one you are currently reading – before midnight EST on October 28, 2011, and/or leave comments on my earlier Dell posts – HERE and HERE.  And be sure to get all your adult friends and family members to comment on each of my three Dell posts so they are entered to win as well.


What kind of comment should you leave? Well, you can say whatever’s on your mind, but here’s one idea: why don’t you use your comment to share some basic info about which charitable organization or cause means the most to you personally, and why (just  as Henry’s Fund is important to our family.)  That way, not only will you be entering to win a new Dell with your comment, but you will also be raising awareness of the causes and charitable organizations that matter to you and your family.

(Please remember before posting about a cause or charity that matters to you that all comments must adhere to Babble’s Community Guidelines and my own editorial discretion in order to be published and thus, entered to win the Dell. So if some jerky person starts leaving comments about how he/she supports some generally offensive or ugly or discriminatory or hate-based cause or charity, I’m not publishing those, and the commenter will not be entered to win. Thanks. But I don’t expect that to happen, so COMMENT AWAY GOOD PEOPLES !!!!!)

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