Kilts, Mr Boombastic, Sabertooth Motherboards & Deals Galore!

“Challenge Dunc, It’s like Challenge Anneka without Shell-suits!”

Its update 13 and I start with the news that it is indeed unlucky for some – in this case me! I’ve been stitched up, royally stitched up! A couple of weeks ago the marketing team kindly suggested I run a vote to see if anyone wanted me to tackle the 5,000 calorie breakfast. I gallantly agreed, expecting no one to care – but plenty of you did, and now I have to tackle it next week!

Anyway, the stitching up continues, as today I find out that the marketing team had a meeting yesterday, and within  said meeting,  they have decided that the next vote will be… “Should Dunc wear a Kilt to the Dabs Diamond Awards later this month?” So, as the marketing team make the rules round these parts, the vote is now live on the homepage of the blog – knock yourselves out! While you’re voting for me make sure you get your votes in for the actual awards too – you can win a projector don’t you know! If you’ve got a favourite tartan, or you’re an avid kilt wearer and can give me some top tips about dealing with the pesky breeze, then drop your comments below!

The first week of October has been an eventful one here at dabs already – aside from Kilt-Gate! First up the dabs.com 6-a-Side team (which plays every Tuesday at Bolton Arena) recorded a famous and record breaking victory (well for us) over the new boys to the league – ‘Standard Liege’. The team – Brad, Mike, Mark, Sam, Pete aka Eginho, Paul and myself  – won 26-2 and have taken great pleasure revelling in the victory.

If you’re a fan of Soccer AM, you’ll be pleased to hear that we showed some unbelievable tekkers! Wish us luck against our greatest of rivals – ‘Chorley McDonalds’. Fuelled by McFlurrys and Big Macs, they are ones to watch!

Next up is the news that Mike, our lead designer, has finally popped the question to his lovely lady Cheryl! The ladies in the office have been swooning around him, following his rom-com inspired efforts and proposal story! I won’t completely spill the beans, but let’s just say that it was the stuff that Hugh Grant movies are mad of, and he epitomises the words of Shaggy in his track “Mr Boombastic” of 1995 – he’s “Mr. Ro, Ro, Romantic!” Now I know that having read that you’ll have the song in your head, so go ahead – indulge!

In The News

After we announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab was available for pre-order last week, Sam – our often mentioned Social Media Guru and Eastern European travel and art expert – wrote a blog post about the key players in the market. “Tablet PC’s – Contenders… Ready!” outlines his thoughts on the offers in the market such as the iPad and Galaxy as well as Next’s tablet – yes, the clothing retailer!

TechRadar did a great piece this week on the new Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard – the latest addition to its TUF series.

The feature packed X58 Chipset board packs USB 3.0, SATA 6.0Gbps and a host of unique Asus features.  If you’re looking to get your hands on one, look no further as you can order yours from dabs.com today for less than £150!

Google in your living room took a step closer to launch this week with Logitech announcing the pricing of the Google TV boxes that will be available later this year. The service, which is sure to create huge global interest, will hit the US in the autumn – you can learn more here.


Product News

It’s been a busy week for new products at dabs.com, with a whole host of the latest products joining our range. Although not strictly brand new, the XFX ATI Radeon 5770 HD 1GB Single Slot cards that featured in our CrossfireX bundle are now available singularly for under £112 and ship with a free copy of Dirt2.

Synology have just announced their new easy-to-use and budget-friendly NAS Server for Home and Small office users. The USB Station 2 is designed to provide a cost-effective solution for USB storage sharing, multimedia centre, and print server using the feature rich Synology DiskStation Manager 3 operating system. We are expecting stock later this month and you can pre-order now for under £85!

The product powerhouse that is Asus are always churning out the latest new products; from the aforementioned Sabertooth X58 motherboard, to the latest laptops right through to the newest ways to stream your media. Today, it’s the latter they are addressing with the release of the Asus O!Play HD2 HD Media Player that features USB 3.0 and an Internal HDD Bay making it ready as a  NAS option! All this for under £110? You better believe it! Place your pre-order today!

Ever wanted to carry 1500GB in your pocket? Well now you don’t have to! Do it with two 750GB drives, thanks to Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB external portable hard drive! This little beauty gives you an incredible amount of on-the-move storage for less than £150.

Finally, LG have just added their new 4-Bay NAS products to their expanding range of network storage solutions. The N4B2 range comes in three flavours – unpopulated, 4TB and 8TB ready populated options. The whole range include Intel Atom dual core CPUs, Built-in Blu-ray recorders and built-in download server, Web server and iTunes server.


Product Deals & Challenge Dunc!

As regular visitors will have seen, each month we try to launch some giveaways based around key products in our range! The Asus AMD and Intel set of Self-Build bundles have had a range of offers on them since August including PSUs, Cases and SSD’s. Last month’s winners of those promotions will be informed next week, so stay tuned to see if you were one of the lucky ones! For those of you looking to buy an AMD Self-Build Bundle during October, we have just launched a new promotion – any orders of the Entry, Performance or Ultimate options on dabs.com will be automatically entered into a draw to win to a Patriot Memory 120GB Inferno 2.5″ Solid State Drive Worth Over £180!

Now let’s get right into this week’s Dunc’s Deals exclusive offers! We’ve just taken stock of the Samsung 1TB S2 Portable hard drive at a great new price – they are available online now at an already amazing price of £89.99, but you guys can snap one up this week for just £79.99 with this link!

If you have a little more to spend, then you should definitely consider the new LaCie 1TB Rikiki Go portable hard drive. With its resistant aluminium exterior, it is tough and light, and comes with a 2 year warranty and 10GB of wuala online storage included! Even though it is already great value at £99.99, I am going to do you guys a special price drop – £94.99 for one week only!

If its Desktop storage you need, then don’t forget to take a look at the Buffalo JustStore range. You can get the 1TB model for under £50 and you can pickup the 2TB edition with an extra £5 off, usually £84.99, now under £80!

Last week’s memory deals went down a storm, and as such, I am gonna repeat the offer on the Kingston HyperX Triple Channel 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Kit for under £100 – a tenner off!

Now then, as I want you guys to guide the deals, I am throwing open the floodgates asking you to “Challenge Dunc” – it’s like Challenge Anneka but, I won’t wear a shell-suit (don’t get any ideas Dabs marketing department, this is non-negotiable!). Drop me a note via Speak to Dunc with your ‘Price Match Challenges’ this week, and I am going to do all I can to get the deal you need to ensure your next order is with dabs.com!

Remember, keep spreading word about the blog offers and let me know about when you mention the blog online as you WILL bag yourself a freebie!


Take Care Of Yourself & Each Other!

Phew! I made it to the end of blog 13 without anything unlucky happening today (unless you count my unfortunate alarm clock failure this morning), so I am off to KFC with the team to celebrate for lunch! Enjoy your weekends, and as promised, here is the VERY SPECIAL something – as promised last week. We have a buyagift.com experience voucher worth £150 to give away this week – to stand a chance of winning it all you have to do is complete this simple form and tell us about what would be YOUR ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE? See the form for full details!