This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel. That said, I promise to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when telling you about this product. (Internet, please, like I’d try and convince you to buy stuff I didn’t like myself.) So here’s my disclaimer: yes, I got sent this thing for free and I’m getting a little bit of money to tell you what I thought about it, but I would never, ever pretend I dug it when I didn’t. Cross my heart and swear to Jordan Catalano.

When I first got the email asking me if I’d like to review the Viliv X70EX I forwarded it straight to Sean. “This gadget looks cool,” I wrote. “But I have no idea what it is.” Sean wrote me back so fast that he must have got whiplash doing it. “THAT IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER,” he said. And then he sent me a link to some videos on Amazon---where I also discovered that the Viliv X70EX costs $599+, and anything that costs $599+ has got to be fairly impressive---and although I dutifully watched these videos, I’ve got to tell you, I still wasn’t a hundred percent clear on what the Viliv X70EX actually was. I mean, I was maybe, like, seventy four percent sure. And a half.

It wasn’t until the Viliv X70EX actually arrived on my doorstep and I unwrapped the box that I had a better picture of what it supposed to do. I’m not exactly a technology whiz, in case you haven’t noticed---I can pretty much turn my computer on, but all bets are off after that; I mean, once I unplugged the router to get the Internet working again in our house and just about bought myself a bottle of champagne to celebrate---so the Villiv X70EX was kind of mystifying to me, at least until I started playing around with it.

And then I figured out what it is: it’s basically like a very, very small laptop---smaller than a paperback book---but without a cover or a keyboard. Is this making sense? Well, how about this: it’s sort of like an iPhone if your iPhone worked out over the summer and got a little bit heftier, and also started hanging with a different crowd and running Windows instead of being a tiny Mac. Basically, you can take the Viliv X70EX anywhere and do lots of awesome Internetty things on it. I like doing awesome Internetty things. I also like going places. This boded well for my relationship with the Viliv X70EX. It seemed like maybe we were going to get along.

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Here are some basics about this awesome little gadget, in case you were wondering: it's only 7 inches long and a little less than an inch thick. It has a touch screen, which is pretty cool, as well as a built-in GPS navigation system and a webcam. It has “full PC capability,” which means you can pretty much do anything on it that you can do on a normal PC (like type something up in Word, for example.) And since its formal title is a “mobile internet device,” you can get on—or, you know, wherever you spend the majority of your time, no judgments here---wherever you can find an Internet connection.

In short, this thing is like a tiny little baby computer! I want to tickle it under its chin and ask it whoooooo’s a cute little mobile internet device, who, who, who?

It also has something called the Intel® Atom™ processor which, the marketing blurb assures me, “has been designed to be smaller and more power efficient, enabling you to get devices with full PC functionality that can fit into your purse or pocket.” While I’m not sure this thing would be slim enough for me to put in my pocket, per se---at least not without making a half dozen “is that a Viliv X70EX or are you just happy to see me?” jokes first---I definitely had no qualms about tossing it straight into my purse. It took up far less room than my ridiculously overstuffed Moleskine day planner and probably weighed less too.

And this, you see, is how I ended up carrying the Viliv X70EX with me on a recent trip to Mexico City. Hey, I thought, I’m mobile. This thing is mobile. Let’s see how mobile we can be together.

Yeah, we were pretty mobile together. It was pretty awesome. In the space of four days, I watched a movie on this bad boy on the plane (after downloading it from iTunes in advance), Skyped with Sean from afar thanks to the handy built-in webcam, updated my Twitter and Facebook statuses, stored a few pictures from my camera’s memory card on it and then sent them to Sean to show off my fancy hotel room, downloaded a book from Amazon and read it using the free Kindle for PC app, and checked both my work and personal email accounts about fourteen hundred times. Not bad for something I didn’t really understand about a week ago.

For typing and clicking around, the Viliv X70EX comes with a built-in stylus that snaps neatly into the top when you’re not using it, and it’s way less annoying that you might think it would be (and much easier than just using your index finger, text message-style.) My Mac snob husband said the video quality wasn’t the best he’s ever seen, but then again he’s my Mac snob husband, and it seemed pretty passable to me. The device kept a charge for a decent amount of time and really, it did so much and made my travels so much easier, that I’d be hard-pressed to find too many things I didn’t like about it.

(I mean, sure, it would be great if there were a button that automatically puts it into standby when you’re done using it---rather than going to the Start menu, clicking “shut down,” and then putting it in standby mode, which was sort of clunky—but that’s really a fairly minor complaint, and you know what, maybe I just need to stop being so damn lazy. There are three buttons to push instead of one! My god! The sky is falling! etc etc etc.)

Anyway, now comes the fun part. Would you like your own super awesome teeny-tiny mobile internet device?

Because guess what? I've got one to give away! Yep, you can win your very own Viliv X70EX---did I tell you these things cost $599+? That's a pretty generous holiday present to yourself—by answering a simple question.  How would this mobile internet device make your life easier?

To enter, leave me a comment below---or a link to a post on your own blog---with your answer to the question above. The contest will begin on December 8, 2009 and end on December 30, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct so I can contact you when you win. (You’ll know it’s from me because I’ll put OMG OMG OMG in the subject line.)

Here are some rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents, aged 18 and older. (Sorry, foreign teenagers! That kind of sucks for you.)
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. That person will be like “damn, that other person was sleeping on the job.”

You can read the official rules here, if that’s your bag: And you can also give yourself EIGHT more chances to win a crazy awesome gadget like this one at the BlogHer page right here. You can also read more about the Viliv X70EX here.

So let's go! Let's win some free stuff! Tell me: How would this mobile internet device make your life easier? What would you use it for?


Dec 13, 2009

We have just come back from a quick trip (my husbands' work trip that we both had to take) and my laptop died. The screen has a weird bluish tint and the pixels are fuzzy. You can send an emergency email but it's not usable. SO... since we can't afford a new one right now, I am stuck with the hotel PC when away from my home office. And... can't use my laptop when meeting with new clients as I get my consulting business going. Big letdown of the weekend.


Dec 13, 2009

Here is my twitter traffic boost:

Taylor Goodwin
Dec 13, 2009

Well since my laptop is slowly dying as I type I would use it for all my day to day computer uses, e-mail, facebook, blog reading! And since I could take it with me too work I would never have to worry about forgetting that important e-mail at home any more!

Dec 13, 2009

It would make my life much easier during my endless commute during which I do not have to lug a heavy laptop around or curse as I try to type long-winded emails to clients on my Iphone's tiny keyboard.

Dec 13, 2009

This device would make my life easier because:

a) I am a student. And fancy, pricey devices make student's lives easier!

b) I love the internet. It is a very important part of my life. Even the non-digital parts.

c) Because getting something cool that you never wanted until you saw it but then saw it and therefore desperately want makes life easier. It just does.

Also tweeted this, because like I said, the internet is important to me ;-) (

Dec 13, 2009

This would be great for keeping track of presents, sent and received, grocery lists,and appointments.

Dec 13, 2009

What wouldn't i use this for? Who doesn't want a laptop in their pocket? Suck it iphone!

Dec 13, 2009

A GPS would be great so I wouldn't have to be the navigator when riding with my hubby.

Dec 13, 2009

This device would make my life easier because I could use it to entertain my toddler while traveling!

Dec 14, 2009

Having this would help me pass the time on the 1 1/2 hour busride to and from work each day. It's so hard to stop myself from driving- it's not easy being green, but this would make it a whole lot easier.

Dec 14, 2009

I am currently planning my wedding, which is 5 months away and this would be amazing!!

Dec 14, 2009

I would love to have one of these to carry around as a "personal assistant," to make notes on those random thoughts spinning through my head I'd like to blog about, for instance---as I get older I'm losing more and more brain cells, ya know!

Dec 14, 2009
Dec 14, 2009

oooh!! This is fun!! A mobile internet device would make my life SO much easier because I have no computer of my own (just use B's all the time) plus I work so horribly much that I'm rarely at home to use his anyway!

(also, not sure if I commented already; I tried when this was first posted but it went all wonky on me and I could never confirm a post actually counted. thanks!)

Dec 14, 2009

This would be perfect for doing school work on the train!

Dec 14, 2009

It would make my life so much easier if I could fit a computer-to-go inside of my purse instead of lugging around my laptop case. Breezing through airport security, not wasting my precious 2-bag airline allotment on a computer bag.... heaven!

Dec 14, 2009

I’m an amateur photographer and this device would make it so easy to manage my photography portfolio an be able to show my work to prospective clients on the go!

Dec 14, 2009

Wow, how would this thing NOT make my life easier? I could not obsessively plan every little detail of trips/etc... in advance and take 400 printouts with me when I travel, I could look up recipes in the kitchen and not bother printing them...OK, I guess I could save a lot of trees by avoiding printing with this thing is what I'm saying!


Dec 14, 2009

Hope I am not sounding redundant, but I know I am. In 5 words or less, "I need this for everything."


Tracey S
Dec 14, 2009

I am the current Queen of Being Un-Connected as my pay-as-you-go five year old mobile phone and dial up internet connection will proudly attest. The Viliv would make my life easier in ways that I certainly cannot even imagine!

Dec 14, 2009

Ooo, I think I'd probably gift mine too, to my kids. Maybe then they'd leave my desktop alone! Seriously, I would never spend this kind of cash on them, but something that can be a computer, camera, kindle? That'd be awesome.

Martha Lee
Dec 14, 2009

I would use this bad boy for my endless depositions. I'm a lawyer, but not the fancy kind that makes a lot of money- the grunt-like kind that makes no money and gets to/has to sit in on day-long homeowner and expert witness depositions. I have to take notes somehow, and unfortunately? My laptop is orange. Yeah. So I whip out that heavy monstrosity at a table full of much older, usually male lawyers, and I feel like I might as well have a "Team Edward" sticker on my shiny orange laptop (it was cheap). This is much more professional.

Beth Gister
Dec 14, 2009

I have been wanting one of these to download e-books to and to keep in touch with friends and family far away. Not to mention keep a watch on my Face book page.

Elaine C.
Dec 15, 2009

Ooh, awesome giveaway! It would make my life easier because my boyfriend and I are both in the military and do a lot of long-distance relationshiping. Portable internet and Skype? Yes, please!

Dec 15, 2009

This would be awesome to take with me to the hospital during my next knee surgery... and I could also give it to my husband to help him with some of his paperwork in the field.

Dec 15, 2009

OMG, my boyfriend would love this gadget for Christmas and we could use it to google all those things we always think up and try to remember later when we are at a computer.

Dec 15, 2009

I would use this for computing on the go.... in carpool lines, at the library at the park etc. I write grants so checking e-mail and getting info from different sources is a must. This would be much less cumbersome then toting the laptop.

Dec 15, 2009

Being a SAHM with my oldest starting the world of over-scheduled-life-of-fun-activities and another close behind, this device would actually give me something to do while watching swim-dance-gymnastics-soccer practices (and would make me look like the coolest SAHM EVER!)

Dec 15, 2009

How cool! A nifty little mini computer would make my life a ton easier so I can plan a wedding and go to school, all while traveling for work...

Dec 15, 2009

I could use it at work, hiding in the med room or something! OOH, so exciting.

Dec 15, 2009

I would use this wonderful device for when I travel for work! I am usually so loaded down with other equipment and such that I leave the computer at home. Then I have to depend on hotel lobby computers. Sad, especially when I leave the husband at home by himself for weeks on end. He and I would both love it!!

Dec 15, 2009

I want this!! This would make my life so much easier since my computer is old so old and soon will probably not even turn on. What could be better than to replace it with a mobile computer!!!

Leslie M.
Dec 15, 2009

I'm a law student, so anything that allows me to be mobile and productive is a plus!

Dec 15, 2009

Oh what wouldn't I do?!? Staying on top of e-mails and feeding my facebook habit would be the most obvious answers though!

Dec 15, 2009

I'd travel with it since I travel for work and it's a pain to haul a massive laptop on short trips.

Dec 15, 2009

THIS is awesome. And it would make my life easier by allowing me to work in cramped spaces such as airplanes. And tuck it into my purse so it doesn't count as an extra carry-on in its own bag. Brilliant!

Dec 15, 2009

Me, me! So cute! Maybe with something like this I would stop carrying around so many post-its I'm an environmental hazard when I open my purse...

Dec 15, 2009

While I'm on my work computer, I can't access the Internet. I KNOW. So this super gadget would make my life SO much easier- by allowing me to connect with the outside world while I'm stuck in the office!

Alison of a Gun
Dec 15, 2009

This would be the AWESOMEST ever! Except I would give it to my boyfriend. He's a flight attendant and we don't own a laptop, so he could take it with him out of town to email me. Yaaay!

Dec 15, 2009

I would smell better.

Dec 15, 2009

I would totally use this on the fairly frequent trips we take to see family (from VA to WI or FL) to play movies for my 2-year-old in the car or on the plane. Maybe it's a little much for endless repetitions of Curious George, but I'm sure I'd be able to find some other stuff to do with it, too.

Dec 15, 2009

How would it NOT make my life easier? Being the girl with the world's oldest cell phone (not enough very old Galaga games on that phone, not even caller ID!!), it would make it possible for me to actually leave my house and be able to find my next location without writing down directions (because, of course, my printer has been broken for about 5 years). And I could also, instead of emailing myself essays for school (from work, where I have Word, to home, where there is no Word and I have to work in google documents which makes stuff look funny), have all my stuff saved in one place and know where the actual new version of said paper is at any given time.
Also I could look at pictures of my beloved Sufjan Stevens all day long and not get blocked by work internet (yeah, no judging your Jared Leto thing, I have my own thing here...)

Dec 15, 2009

Hi Holly,

I have to say this gadget seems pretty neat. Seeing as I have neither an iphone or a GPS, this would make almost everything easier! I'd probably use it the most for when I travel. Thanks!

Blue Girl
Dec 15, 2009

I would feel super happy!

I would use it everywhere!!!

Dec 15, 2009

This would make it even easier to waste time online. Excellent!

Dec 15, 2009

As a mom, I could take this thing with me and use it during important moments like when I'm stuck in a car with a sleeping kid. Also, since I cannot responsibly handle an iPhone, the internet accessibility would give me info when I need it!

Dec 15, 2009

This thing (whatever it is!) would certainly help me, and many animals. I maintain a blog where I post regional animals that need homes, donations for medical care, etc. Getting their pictures and information up as fast as I can is especially crucial when they are in high-kill shelters. :( Man, now I'm depressed again. So I hope I win!

Dec 15, 2009

I'd use it to balance our husband and I each have a mac (for our own businesses, respectively) but we share 1 PC (I have to have it for my work). This would bring balance to our world!

Dec 15, 2009

Since I'm anti-mac (read: iphone/itouch), I do believe this would make an excellent substitute.

Dec 16, 2009

This would ease the strain caused by the work/mothering balance...and it wouldn't hurt to be able to keep up with my family, all of whom live hours away from us.

Dec 16, 2009

Oooh! Four kids at college! IM from anywyere. I'd love it.

Dec 16, 2009

Well, that is an easy question to answer: Simone loves laptops, and I cannot open mine when she is awake without much tantrumming (IT'S A WORD) and/or key banging. My iphone doesn't bother her in this way, but I can't write on it, at least not well. Also, I have a whopping 7 trips coming up this year, and traveling without my laptop would be...oh, so lovely.

Dec 16, 2009

That thing is so cool! I commute via the Metra, and if I had that thing, my blog would be up to date, and I would be able to keep up with my facebook account. Also, everyone would be so jealous of my awesome, tiny computer. I want it!

Dec 16, 2009

This would make my life easier on the go. Like yesterday when I did most of my emailing from my blackberry because I didn't want to haul my laptop around all afternoon. I could use it on the train, in the coffee shop, on my couch.

Dec 16, 2009

This would be so much easier to lug around while traveling than my laptop. Please pick me :)

Sara B.
Dec 16, 2009

I think the better comment is how would I NOT use this? I could use it for work (newspaper reporter), at home (when husband is hogging our only computer), on the road (to avoid talking to annoying travel companions). Needless to say, it would get a lot of use.

Dec 16, 2009

Man, I have been pining for a netbook for awhile now and this! this is like better than a netbook- it's smaller and cuter and stuff!

I would use it to do Internetty things while I'm between classes (I teach at a community college)- like update my blog-which I don't do, because I don't have access whenever inspiration strikes!

Dec 16, 2009

This gadget is so cool! I'd use it as my computer...I haven't had my own since college! My husband is quite the hog with his... :)

Dec 16, 2009

It would make my life easier by allowing me to check my e-mail and surf the net whilst my five-year-old is hogging my computer playing games on Noggin.

Dec 16, 2009

It would prevent me from having to check work email on my boss' Blackberry. Awkward.

Mary W.
Dec 16, 2009

At this very moment I am trying to find a laptop to give to a family of Bhutanese refugees....if I win this thing it will be passed on to them. Crossing my fingers!!

Dec 16, 2009

this would SO make my life easier by eliminating the need to carry around two full laptops with me when i travel for work. now i have to bring my personal laptop and my work laptop which is such a pain in the neck (literally AND figuratively). this would solve all my problems, and possibly world hunger as well.

Dec 16, 2009

I would love this! Life is always so crazy and on the go and oh how this would help stay connected! And it is just too cute! Hope to win!

Dec 16, 2009
Dec 16, 2009

I would use for just about anything I do with my laptop but it wouls certainly be easier to pop it into a bag and carry it around. I don't do that so often with my laptop - too bulky and fragile - so this new toy would be perfect!

Thanks for the opportunity to enter :)

Dec 16, 2009

It looks super compact, so it would travel on the airplane better than my honkin' big laptop!

Dec 16, 2009

How would it make my life easier? How would it NOT?? Smaller than my mac book, bigger than my iphone. Easier to type/text...sounds perfect.

Dec 16, 2009

This would make my life better when I move in the next few months - learning to get around a new city, read reviews on Yelp. PLUS, would be so much easier to carry across my apartment and say to my fiance while pointing at the screen "See! There is X going on tomorrow!" instead of e-mailing him the link and pestering him to stop working on his computer to "Look at what I sent you! Now! Please? Now?" Plus I might share it with him. Maybe. Probably.

Dec 16, 2009

This would make my life easier because it's one less thing for me to have to carry! Why does it seem like every time I walk in or out of the house, the items in my arms have increased exponentially? It's great to have the things you need in lighter and easier to carry format. We like to stay connected, but this would definitely make that easier. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dec 16, 2009

It would help me not get lost so much! :)

Dec 16, 2009
Cheryl W
Dec 16, 2009

First of all this is a really generous giveaway.

This mobile device would make my life so much easier because I can price compare in my shopping, stay connected through emails without having to run home to my clunker desktop, help me keep on schedule and allow me to be inspired from my surroundings outside the home.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter my name.

Cheryl W
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 16, 2009

Great giveaway! This cute device would save my back and shoulders.

Dec 17, 2009

I teach math and physics at two different campuses and run back and forth during the day. This is great because it means I get to work with more kids, but rather unfortunate for me (fortunate for the munchkins) when I've left a lab or a quiz or a test on my computer at the other campus and have to come up with lesson plans on the fly.

Dec 17, 2009

I would love to win this and then give to my husband so that he would stop stealing my laptop!

Dec 17, 2009

I would totally give this to my boyfriend the tech nerd. He just moved to AZ and he's lost all the time. He also likes to check his fantasy football 18 times per day and I think this would help him out!

Dec 17, 2009

This is so cute!! I would love to have a device that is small enough to carry around with me, but still has full PC functionality. The fact that it's easy to learn how to use it is a definite bonus!!

Jenny B
Dec 17, 2009

it's small enough that i can hide it from my kids! no more trying to play with mommy's laptop!

Dec 17, 2009

You know how many third world countries skipped right over hanging all that telephone cable to connect land-line phones and went straight to high-quality, efficient cellular technology? It would be a lot like that.

Plus, it would allow me to staff the College's 'text a librarian' service anywhere, anytime which would make life a helluva lot easier for 1,300 students too.

Dec 17, 2009

I need to be connected to this century. (I feel that I have a Zach Morris phone).

Hoping I win...

ams7981 at yahoo dot com

Dec 17, 2009

I'm writing a novel and ideas are constantly popping into my head at all hours of the day and night and having a little baby computer with me would help me capture those ideas before they float back out into the ether. Okay, and it's just plain adorable and adorable things make me happy.

Karen Medlin
Dec 17, 2009

able to jot down quick notes, keep in touch with family with photos and email while traveling or waiting for the little ones to finish up therapy, keep our scouts parents up to date on our trips.
Thank You.

Dec 17, 2009

This would make it easier for me to carry around data that will not fit on my phone.

Dec 17, 2009

it wld help me on my travels, so i dont have to lug around my big massive laptop and spend an inordinate amount of time at the security scanner pulling my laptop out for scanning! =p

Dec 17, 2009

This does look like the coolest device around. I've been wanting an iphone, but need to finish my contract before that's possible. But, with a sweet device like this, no iphone necessary!

Mellissa C
Dec 18, 2009

This would help me to get organized!