We’re once again coming up on the season of giving, and here at Ars, we’d like to give some stuff to you while you give to some deserving charities. That’s right—it’s the 2015 edition of our annual Charity Drive.
Since 2007, we’ve been actively encouraging readers to give to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity, which provides toys and games to kids being treated in hospitals around the world. In recent years, we’ve added the Electronic Frontier Foundation to our annual charity push, aiding in their efforts to defend Internet freedom. This year as always, we’re giving some extra incentive for those donations by offering donors pieces of our big pile of vendor-provided swag. We can’t keep it (ethically), and we don’t want it clogging up our offices anyway, so it’s yours to win.
This year’s swag pile is yet another big one. We have more than 100 prizes amounting to more than $8,000 in value, including laptops, game consoles, headsets, collector’s edition games, rare limited-edition items, clothing, and other cool collectibles. In 2014, Ars readers raised over $25,000 for charity, contributing to a total haul of over $166,000 since 2007. This year, we’re hoping to break the 2012 record of more than $28,000 in donations, and we can do it if readers really dig deep.
How it works
Donating is easy. Simply donate to Child’s Play using PayPal or donate to the EFF using PayPal, credit card, or Bitcoin. You can also support Child’s Play directly by picking an item from the Amazon wish list of a specific hospital on their donation page. Donate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with—every little bit helps.
We’ll then contact the winners and have them choose their prize by January 31 (choosing takes place in the order the winners are drawn).
We have so many prizes this year that we’re only highlighting some of the biggest, most desirable ones below. See page two for a complete list of dozens more.
Broadwell HP Spectre x360 laptop
This two-in-one convertible ultrabook works as a traditional laptop or as a Windows 8 tablet, rotating around the keyboard on a 360 degree hinge. Ars reviewed this version back in March, and we’ve got two to give away.
Ubiquiti industrial Wi-Fi kit
Tired of putting up with terrible Wi-Fi connections in his house, our own Lee Hutchinson put some industrial-strength Wi-Fi hardware from Ubiquiti to work. In his review, he praised the setup as providing “a huge amount of configurability and functionality at a price that’s incredibly reasonable.” Now that the review is done, he’s letting you have access to this lightly used, high-end kit.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter drone
Remember when Ars crashed an expensive quadcopter drone into an oak tree last year? Here’s your chance to do the same thing! We have one new, unopened and uncrashed DJI Phantom 2 Vision + to give away in this year’s contest.
Xbox One bundles
Microsoft has been kind enough to provide two Xbox One bundles for this year’s giveaway. Both systems come with a 1TB hard drive and a free downloadable game; either Forza Motorsport 6 or Halo 5.
Astro A40 + Mixamp Pro headset (Xbox One)
Tired of listening to games through your TV’s built-in speakers or crappy earbuds? This high-end headset will surround your ears with rich, full sound without bothering people who might be sleeping in the next room.
Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition
We weren’t that impressed when we tried to use this wearable, smartphone-holding Pip-Boy as an actual gaming accessory. Still, we have to admit this limited edition collectible makes for an excellent conversation piece. Now that we’ve put it through its paces, you can have ours to display in your own living room.
Nothing grabbing your eye yet? The next page has over 100 more prizes you can win by entering. Have a look!