It's one thing if I know exactly what I'm purchasing (e.g. vacuum cleaner bags or loom bands) but it's another if it's something like a new laptop or tablet. Reading the details can only go so far in comparison to actually picking it up and playing around with it, right?
Fortunately, there are brands that are taking things even further than just being offered in big box stores. Case in point, for the first time in its history, Intel Corporation has opened community-based, pop-up Intel Experience Stores in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City!
Giving visitors the unique opportunity to interact with some of the latest Intel-based devices, the Intel Experience Stores even offer Intel technology experts to help with purchase decisions and provide technology advice.
Beyond that, visitors can enjoy a range of free daily activities including local speakers and performers, tutorials, a recycling program that is benefiting local schools in each of the cities, and other fun activities including free coffee every morning and game and movie nights during the week.
Although I'd probably visit for the free coffee alone, I love the idea that a relaxed, community atmosphere is incorporated into a location that anyone and everyone can learn about some of the newest tech items on the market today (including tablets, 2 in 1 devices and portable all-in-one PCs).
If you haven't tried out one of Intel's revolutionary new 2 in 1 devices, you've got to see the versatility and convenience of being able to combine the functionality of a laptop with the size and portability of a tablet! Not to mention visiting your local Intel Experience Store to test out touchscreen laptops and awesome tablets, of course.
Whether you're looking to "try before you buy," get answers from experts, see a demonstration or simply interact with technology in a way that wasn't possible before, I recommend visiting these innovative pop-up locations if you're in LA, Chicago or NYC!
Find out more about the Intel Experience Stores on the Intel website (they're closing very soon, so plan a visit asap!) and, for those of us who don't have a store near us, be sure to head over to BestBuy.com/IntelExperience to see some of the latest Intel-based devices online as well.
Plus, thanks to the generosity of Intel's Experience Stores, 11 people are going to be able to fulfill their holiday tech wish lists in case they are still looking to upgrade their technology in 2014, because...
One person will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (16gb, MSRP: $399.99) and 10 people will win $50 Intel coupon codes to be used on BestBuy.com/IntelExperience (exp 1/31/2014)!
A big thank you to Intel's Experience Stores for providing the information and prizes for the 11 lucky giveaway winners. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.