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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!

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Pandas & Buddy Holly, Ferraris & Tablets – Oh & Cake!

“NEVER SAY NO TO PANDA!”   

Pinch, Punch, first day of the month – make a wish! September is over and October us upon us – rejoice in the knowledge that it’s about to get colder! Don’t worry though, between dabs.com and Dunc’s Deals we’ll keep you warm this winter with new products and deals right the way up to Christmas!

The end of September was a busy one in the dabs offices with the inevitable madness of month-end mixed with holidays and sickness taking its toll! The Marketing team – now rejoined by Michelle, back from the Dominican Republic – were flat out working with all the Product Managers ensuring the month was ended on a high! To celebrate a successful September at dabs we are having a Dress-Down Friday and enjoying Buffet style delights such as chocolate, cake, cocktail sausages and crisps! This cake has been made by our very own master-baker Caroline in the Marketing team and is a Bobby Dazzler! Check it out to the right!

Apologies to those of you who emailed in over the weekend, as well as the Multiplay Hardware Forum users who had to wait until Tuesday for replies to things. I took Monday out of the office to head down to Silverstone at the invitation of Asus, for a conference and an afternoon on the track! The photo to the right is me in the Ferrari 360 Moderna – which was immense! Unbelievably the stuff of boy’s dreams – the Aston Martin Vantage V8 – that I got to grips with later in the day was hugely disappointing! Thanks to the guys at Asus – Mike, Ian, Emma and Jon for sorting out the day!

If the opening gambit of the blog this week is confusing you, allow me to explain! “Never Say No To Panda” relates to the undeniable link between Pandas, Milk and Buddy Holly. Still confused? If you haven’t yet seen the Panda Milk adverts you are in for a treat! The Egyptian dairy manufacturer has released a string of adverts this year that show that if you say no to Panda products a Panda will raise hell! The emotionless Panda rocks up accompanied by the haunting and melodic Buddy Holly “True Love Ways” – random but funny. Check it out!

The lines are closed, the votes have been counted and verified and I can announce that…I will have to eat that insane gut-busting 5,000 calorie fry-up and film it. Brilliant. Good news is I will get a cake for dessert from Michelle, the Marketing Manager, if I can polish it off within the hour. I guess its true what they say, I really can’t have my cake and eat it too!

  

IN THE NEWS

With the iPad about to go on full general sale in all stores and online in the coming weeks after months of Apple red-tape restrictions around selling – the tablet race is sure to heat up! The Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry Playbook and iPad were put head to head by TechRadar this week and all three have their merits – the choice for us as consumers will come down to price and availability in the lead up to Christmas. With the Playbook looking at a 2011 launch it looks like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab now confirmed for November 1st- will vie for your attention. With that said, we made the Galaxy Tab live for pre-order yesterday – check the full spec, see images and place your order today!

In related tablet news last week, a Huawei S7 sample rolled into the dabs office, and our resident techno-junkie Matt has had his mitts all over it  – testing it to destruction. Look out for more news on that 7” little beauty on the blog soon!

Thanks to those of you that have already cast your vote for next month’s Dabs Diamond Awards ceremony. The annual event – which takes place in Manchester next month – celebrates your favourite manufacturers of computing, components and the latest technology. Keep your votes coming in, you have another week!

  

PRODUCT NEWS!

Last week AMD released a handful of new processors to the market, three new Athlon II models – X2, X3 and X4 as well as two additions to the Phenom II range; an X2 560 3.3GHz Black Edition and the X6 1075T 3.0GHz. Prices start from under £65 and can be seen here.

For those of you that want to take a step up from on board motherboard sound, then we suggest taking a look at the low-cost yet feature packed Asus Xonar DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card available now for less than £30.

If you need lots of storage on the go then the soon to be released LaCie 1TB Rikiki USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive should be on your radar, the acclaimed “World’s Smallest USB 3.0 Mobile Drive” is made of resistant aluminium and packs 1TB of storage in a tiny size. For under £110 we suggest you get your orders on today to secure launch stock for mid October!

Finally the new range of XFX PSU’s are now available for pre-order. The new Pro-Series Wired Power Supplies with EasyRail Technology, 80Plus Bronze efficiency and a Five Year Warranty are due into stock later this month. Take a look at the 650, 750 and 850 Watt options and select yours today.

The £2,000 Free Game Download giveaway has officially ended but for you guys I am going to ensure that any claims done this week are honoured! Remember all you have to do is spend over £200 on Motherboards, ProcessorsGraphics Cards, Hard Drives and Memory on dabs.com and you can claim – last chance!

 

PRODUCT DEALS

We should’ve called last month ‘Storage September’ as you guys were eating up all the deals across the board – internal, portable, desktop and NAS! We don’t expect October to show any signs of slowing down, as the deals are in and ready for you!

For this weeks Dunc’s Deals exclusives I am going to kick off with a NAS offer – the LG N2R1 2TB NAS with built-in DVDRW, already reduced by over £40 to £209.99 – that you can have for under £200 with this link.

External Hard Drives are perfect for storing your photos, music, videos and files quickly and securely and with the demands for more and more space increasing now is THE time to take advantage of 1TB and 2TB offers. The Seagate Expansion Desktop Drives are ideal with their two year warranties and ease of use – grab the 1TB for under £53, usual price £54.99 and the 2TB for under £85 with this link, usual price £89.99.

The Buffalo JustStore Desktop hard drives are perfect for those with limited desk space. Their book-end like format and their silent operation make these little beauties ideal for any home or small office environment. You can already bag the 1TB model for under £50 and this week only you can get the 2TB edition with an extra £5 off, usually £84.99, now under £80!

If you like to keep your media in your pocket then you need to get hold of the limited offer Buffalo 320GB MiniStation Lite, it has £10 off and can be picked up for less than £40!

Now before I forget – Memory Deals! See what I did there! Some of you have asked about why I haven’t featured any memory offers before – well its usually because everyone has hugely different taste and requirements in RAM, but nevertheless, here are two belters we have at dabs right now. The Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600Mhz Kit is already under £75 but you guys can have it this week for less than £70!

If HyperX from Kingston is your bag – or if you are seeking Triple Channel – you NEED to snap this 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Kit up TODAY. It is already at the unbelievable price of £104.98 but using this link only you can get it for less than 3 figures – just £99.99!

Finally, don’t forget the incredible price drops on the DriveStation Duo External Desktop hard drive deals we’ve brought in. 1TB under £90 and the 2TB under £120 mark.

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 – a few of you on forums and the Steam Community have taken advantage this week – keep it up!

 

WHO RUNS OUT OF YORKSHIRE TEA?

That’s it for Blog Number 12 – yes that’s right you’ve been reading these for three months already! I am about to tuck into slice of cake number two and make a well earned cup of Twinnings English Breakfast tea  (we ran out of Yorkshire Tea I’m afraid – the scandal)! Enjoy your weekends and ensure you check back next week – expect something VERY SPECIAL!

Final Thought: We’ve all messed up at work but don’t let it worry you because few people ever mess things up THIS badly! Publicity stunt or massive fail – you decide!

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Influenza, Facebook, Diamond Awards & Deals!

“Facebook is down…U.S. climbs out of recession”

It’s now officially autumn! Yesterday saw us roll into the new season and brought us ever closer to the inevitability of winter, and of course, Christmas – which is now less than 100 days away! I love summer as much as the next person, but once the weather has turned and the nights start to draw in, I do look forward to the long winter nights and of course the optimistic hope of snow! With that festive and seasonal jibber-jabber out the way, let’s get onto the good stuff!

It’s been two weeks since we went live with the new blog format, and the interaction we’ve seen via comments, emails and the voting tools has increased considerably! In fact, the votes cast on last weeks poll looks set to ensure that I will have to tackle the gut-busting 5,000 calorie fry-up – with over 60 votes cast and 70% in favour of the video challenge. Unless we see a drastic turnaround in public opinion, expect me to give it a go in the next week or so!

It’s been another interesting week in the dabs offices. Staff shortages have been rife – with the year’s first cases of Flu taking some people down for a few days, and Sam – our Social Media Guru – swanning off around Eastern Europe. So it’s been all hands to the pump to ensure the dabs.com site is still packed with the latest deals and offers! Matt, Mike and Michelle now known as “The 3 Marketeers”, have ensured that’s all the emails as well as other online and offline marketing has been covered; while the product management team have been delivering deals ready for the build up to the end of the month!

This week is your last chance to be the extra cog in the well-oiled dabs.com marketing team machine! We are giving you the next few days to pitch in ideas to help name our blog via the Facebook discussion page. Don’t forget the winning entry will bag a £350 Sonos Zoneplayer S5. Easy as peas!

Speaking of Facebook – and referencing this week’s blog header – who experienced the Facebook downtime yesterday? I’m disappointed in Zuckerberg to be honest – in the same day he’s announced as being more minted than the man we all love to hate (Steve Jobs), he forgets to pay his server bill! No matter what happened over at FB HQ, Twitter went ab-sol-utely MENTAL! Every 10 seconds the term “facebook” was being mentioned over 75,000 times! I watched some of hilarious tweeting unfold, and picked out a few of my favourite tweets about the outage that rocked the modern world…drumroll please!

1)      BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.

2)      @al-Qaida: #facebook is down. Not sure if we did that, but we should claim credit anyway. Hitting the infidels where it hurts, etc.

3)      Facebook is down which means 9 months from today, many children will born.

4)      Facebook still down. Farmville animals resorting to cannibalism. Farmville players resorting to evaluation of their own lives.

5)      This just in: Twitter has graciously donated an emergency shipment of fail whales to Facebook.

6)      Facebook users are roaming the streets in tears, shoving photos of themselves in people’s faces and screaming ‘DO YOU LIKE THIS? DO YOU??’

7)      Facebook is down? I need to post a status update about this. Oh, wait…

8)      I keep poking Facebook, but it just lies there.

Facebook is live again now – panic over.


In The News

Last week we brought you the news of the new IE9 browser BETA and its promising early reviews. Since then I’ve given it a little go, and I have to agree, it is a vast improvement – but I am gonna stick with Firefox and Chrome for now…not to say I wont be tempted when the final version lands!

This week saw the launch of the long awaited Components @ TechRadar section! If you haven’t already seen it, its dabs-tastic – as a result of our partnership with the guys over there. If you’re not familiar, you need to get involved, as TechRadar have news and reviews from across the technology arena. We think that their move into having this  specific Components @ TechRadar section can only be good news for dabs and customers alike.

Finally, in dabs news, we have just launched the voting form for next month’s Dabs Diamond Awards ceremony. The annual event – which takes place in Manchester next month – celebrates your favourite manufacturers of computing, components and the latest technology. We need you to vote for your winning brands in each of the following categories. The winners will be announced on the evening and online. The first two years award show videos can be seen on our YouTube Channel.

PRODUCT NEWS!

Last week we informed you that the LaCie Wireless Space 1TB and 2TB NAS products were available for pre-order. Since then, they have come into stock – get your hands on one today! The new Zotac Z-Box Mini-PC with BluRay pre-order alerts last week seemed to whet your appetites – I’ve had a few enquires and some pre-orders too! Make sure you get yours at launch by ordering today.

Just yesterday Kingston announced their “SSD range for road warriors.” The new SSDNOWV+180 range of high performance solid state drives for ultra-portable 1.8 inch devices are now available to order on dabs.com in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. The new range further expands the access to quicker boot times and data access for the most mobile amongst us!

A few weeks ago we mentioned that a promotion was about to go live on a range of Intel processors and motherboards. This week the Intel R.U.S.E. offer went live and now you can claim a free download of R.U.S.E. when buying selected CPU’s – as well as a free Limited Edition Kit that includes a Water Bottle & Mouse Mat when bundling with a selected Intel motherboard. Check out the promotion page for more details.

It’s the last few days to get involved in our £2,000 Free Game Download giveaway – all you have to do is spend over £200 on Motherboards, ProcessorsGraphics Cards, Hard Drives and Memory on dabs.com and you can claim – take a look!

DING DONG DEALS! (Sponsored by Leslie Phillips*)

In the last edition we gave you the chance to get £10 off and “Win A Dualie” if you purchase the Buffalo 1TB (2 x 500GB) LinkStation Duo before the end of September. That offer still stands until September 30th, and as well as automatically going into the draw, you can also still get £10 off the product by using the voucher BUFFNAS754 at checkout!

While on the subject of Buffalo, I also want to draw your attention to the two DriveStation Duo External Desktop hard drive deals we’ve brought in this week. The 1TB is now under £90 and the 2TB creeps under the £120 mark. These drives are feature-packed and won’t be around for long at these prices!

The brand new Samsung 2TB SpinPoint EcoGreen internal hard drives just landed in stock and are available now for £80.99 – Dunc’s Deal readers can get them  this week only for under £80! The new drives use the latest 667Gb platter technology on 3 platters which uses 24% less power than old 4 x 500GB platter drives!

For those after external storage there hasn’t been a better time to snap up this Seagate 2TB Expansion desktop with this Dunc’s Deal special of £5 off – now just £84.98 with this link. If NAS is more your bag, then the LaCie 1TB Network Space (usually £89.99) can be yours with £5 off by using this link. Not only that but we have just taken stock of the LG N2R1 2TB NAS With built-in DVDRW, the new price is £209.99 – which is over £40 off already – but Dunc’s Deals customers can use this link to get an extra tenner off! DING DONG!

Take advantage of these exclusive offers while you can – spread the word about the blog offers and let me know about when you mention the blog online as you WILL bag yourself a freebie!


‘SPOONS FOR LUNCH ANYONE?

Well another blog comes to its inevitable conclusion – not just because I’ve said enough but because we are heading to Wetherspoons for lunch! It’s dress down day again and the Burger and Beer combo down at Westhoughton’s own Robert Shaw ‘Spoons can’t be ignored! Those in the know will realise we named our ‘Spoons after our most famous export – he appeared in loads of films including 1975’s Jaws! School yourself!

That’s it, I’m heading off to chat to the Multiplay guys over on their forum this afternoon, where the chat has been top banana this week – from Graphics to 3D to SSD with plenty of banter and looking after them with some exclusives! Take a look at the Multiplay Hardware section sponsored by Dabs. Drop your comments, enjoy your weekend and check back next week for more!

*not really – just love the catchphrase

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Gingerbread & Fry-ups, Stephen Fry & 3D, United at last!

“Bless The Bottoms of Technology!”

According to my trusty calendar it’s been 10 weeks since I first started the Dunc’s Deal updates! In less than three months you guys, and girls, have embraced the Dunc and taken advantage of plenty of free offers and exclusive deals – thank you for all your support!

Now we’ve moved the updates to the all-new dabs blog, we would love to chat to you all more, and hear your wants and needs.  Forgive me if I sound like a cliché, but we’ve made it as simple and easy to get in touch and are now more accessible than ever! Whether you contact us via the blog, Facebook, Twitter or email;  you can rest assured, wherever possible, we WILL come back to you! On that note, I asked last week for suggestions on promotions you’d like to see for the Intel 40GB SSD and a Seagate GoFlex 1TB NAS box that are sat on my desk – submissions have been a bit light so exercise your democratic right, and have your say this week!

So what’s been happening in the dabs offices this week I hear you ask! No cheese, lager, cookies or biscuits to report this week – this week we have been mostly eating….Grasmere Gingerbread! Oh yes, the world famous Gingerbread – adored by Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and knicker- making Corrie actor Antony Cotton. Having been in Grasmere at the weekend, we brought a batch back, which went down a storm! If you haven’t had some then you’re missing out – get yourself to Grasmere (or their website!)

We’ve also had a busy week preparing our TV Bonanza – which is live now with some fantastic offers across a range of tellyboxes. ‘Tis the season of upgrading and investing in TV don’t ya know – so take advantage before September 24th!

Last week when we launched the Dabs Blog, we made you all honorary members of the gifted and talented (they told me to write that!) dabs.com marketing team, by inviting you to pitch in and help name our blog! The Facebook discussion page has seen lots of activity, and the suggestions have been keeping us entertained this week! We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, so get inspired and keep the ideas coming thick and fast! Get involved today and you’re in with a chance to win the £350 Sonos Zoneplayer S5 if you pick the winning name!

IN THE NEWS

While on the subject of TV, Stephen Fry has unveiled his guide to Sky 3D which launches on October 1st in the UK. Now I’m an avid Sky HD viewer, but 3D hasn’t captured me just yet. Stephen Fry, however, always commands attention – especially when in this video he argues that he invented 3D-TV (as well as the peep-hole for the modern-day under-pant) and tells a bloke from Sky he is an imbecile before biting him – go Fry!

Also in the news this week was the launch of the Beta of the new IE9 browser – with many calling it “ie-mazing.” Now I’m a Firefox chap through and through, but the reports so far say that Microsoft has pulled its socks up. I’ll be checking it this weekend and will report back – drop your thoughts on your browser of choice as a comment below.


PRODUCT NEWS

As I mentioned last week, 5am on Monday was to be a big day in the world of graphics cards – and it didn’t disappoint! Yes, the NVIDIA GTS 450 was finally launched! Squaring up directly against the ATI Radeon 5770 cards, it has received mixed reviews, but it certainly packs performance at a great price point – check out our full range of cards starting at £94.98

Blog regulars will already have spotted that we have teamed up with the EA Store this week to giveaway £2,000 worth of Game Downloads – all you have to do is spend over £200 on Motherboards, ProcessorsGraphics Cards, Hard Drives and Memory on dabs.com and you can claim – simples!

New product wise, it’s been a good week for LaCie! The new Wireless Space 1TB and 2TB NAS products are available for pre-order on dabs right now and Sam, our Social Media Guru – sorry Sam, updated the blog with this fantastic product news page about them! Stock is expected later this month. Not only that, but we just took stock of the new USB 3.0 versions of the 1TB Minimus and the 500GB Rikiki! LaCie product names always keep us amused in the office, keep it up LaCie!

Finally, we got the new Zotac Z-Box Mini-PC with BluRay – both complete and barebone versions – live on dabs ready for pre-orders. Stock is due later this month – place your orders today!


PRODUCT DEALS

Last week’s NASTRAVAGANZA went down a storm both on Dunc’s Deals and the email we sent out, so today I’ve put together a fresh variety of special offers for you to take advantage of!

Firstly we’ve teamed up with Buffalo to give you the chance to get £10 off and “Win A Dualie” – now despite its name this doesn’t win you Ali-G’s missus – but it could win you the Buffalo 500GB Dualie for iPhone and iPod! Between September 16th and September 30th 2010 if you purchase the Buffalo 1TB (2 x 500GB) LinkStation Duo NAS from dabs, you automatically go into a draw to win. Dunc’s Deal customers also get first dibs on a £10 voucher off the NAS product! Simply enter BUFFNAS754 at checkout!

Next up is the Plextor External Slim Top-loading Blu-Ray player. Currently £79.99 on dabs, but we have a £10 off voucher available on it this week – simply use PLEX751 at checkout to deduct £10 from the price!

We’ve also taken more stock of the Buffalo 500GB JustStore Portable Hard Drive this week, and instead of paying £47.99, you can use this link to snap it up for under £45!

For those of you who have always craved Crossfire, let me help you get it for less! We already dropped the price by £15 this week to £249.99, but for one week only, you guys can get an extra £10 off! Use this link to get the XFX ATI Radeon 5770 HD 1GB Bundle with Dirt2, plus £10 DabsPlay Voucher for just £239.99!

Finally this week, take advantage of £10 off the Seagate 2TB FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Home NAS – just £129.99 with this link.

Snap up these offers while you can, and spread the word about the blog offers! If you post any Dunc’s Deals mentions elsewhere on the web, send me a link and you might bag yourself a freebie!

MARIO IS 25 AND HAS THE WORLDS BIGGEST FULL ENGLISH?

Mario has been in the news twice this week – the Nintendo version celebrates his 25th Anniversary and the lesser-known Bolton version, our very own Mario Frappola, has had his gut-busting 5,000 calorie ‘Ultimate Breakfast’ declared the biggest full English breakfast in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records! The £10 masterpiece packs 10 eggs, 10 sausages, 10 rashers of bacon, 10 slices of toast, five black pudding slices, tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans – and its free if you can polish it off in under 20 minutes!

Unluckily for me, Mario’s achievement has sparked an insurmountable level of peer pressure in the dabs.com HQ and I have agreed (or technically been bullied into submission) to take on Mario’s ‘Ultimate Breakfast’! So I struck a deal – if my loyal Dunc’s Deals readers comment on the blog this week, and show support for the cause, I will step up to the plate (the big, greasy, bacon-filled plate) and take on the ‘Ultimate Breakfast’! What’s more, we’ll film it for your sick and twisted pleasure! So have your say, should I bust a gut in the name of Dunc’s Deals…you decide!

As with all good things, this week’s blog must come to an end, and I got to get back to chasing the deals – drop your comments, enjoy your weekend and check back next week for more!

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Beer, The Blitz, Win a Sonos & Watermelons to the face!


“Get in it to win it! The Dabs Blog Name Game!”

The headline news 70 years ago was that of the commencement of the Blitz… this week we saw Wayne Rooney’s indiscretions and the Queen Vic burning down – oh how far we’ve come! Seriously though, the top 20 Google searches this week are littered with prostitute names and tabloid titles – is that how far we’ve come in seven decades?! I just realised, I sound like my Dad…!

Speaking of Google what do you all make of Google Instant? Personally I don’t like it. Its distracting and unnecessary – it claims to “save 2-5 seconds per search” – I can help you do that without months of development and millions of dollars – T…Y…P…E……Q…U…I…C…K…E…R!

Slap me, I’m ranting!

No cheese-fest to report this week, although we have had some cookies and biscuits. I’m also currently looking at a four-pack of Cobra that I intend to neck this weekend (thanks to Viv for getting me these!)

Nestled amongst my cookies and beer, you can see I also have an Intel 40GB SSD and a Seagate GoFlex 1TB NAS box – both for promotions. I’m not sure what to do with them yet, so drop your comments at the bottom of here or via ‘Speak To Dunc’, and maybe I’ll use one of your suggestions!

As you can see, this edition is the first to be hosted on the new home of Dunc’s Deals and the Social Epicentre of dabs.com, the Dabs Blog! Now as we know you’ll agree, the name is bobbins. Sure, it does exactly what it says on the tin – but at dabs, we like to stand out. As the blog is there for the readers, we want YOU to decide a name! That’s right, we’re giving you FULL artistic license and creative freedom to name the blog – we don’t want you to be constrained by convention or rules! If you have an idea, we want to hear it! The ways to communicate your ideas are in any of the following formats:

So there we have it, unless you have a necessity to send us your suggestion via carrier pigeon, there are no excuses not to get in touch and give us your feedback and ideas. As if the honour and public adoration of successfully naming our blog isn’t enough, we have a £350 Sonos Zoneplayer S5 for the winner! Get involved now!

One of the main reasons for entering the blogosphere is to aid your interaction with me and the team here at dabs – we really want your comments, suggestions, ideas and feedback so we can better assist you in either making a purchase, or getting the best from dabs.com as a visitor. So we hope you enjoy the blog, and take opportunity to get in touch with us.

 

In The News!

After last week’s piece by TechRadar on ‘How To Buy The Right CPU’, the guys have put together a great follow-up to showcase 8 of the Best AM3 motherboards – have a butchers, and then take a look at our AM3 Motherboard page to select yours!

Its been another busy week for the ‘Speak To Dunc’ inbox – more PC spec’ing, game giveaways and some Jokes about Cheese… let me share them! Dave sent in, “What type of cheese is made backwards?” EDAM! With the second coming from Neil, who works here, “What cheese do you use to hide a horse?” Mascarpone! Impressive cheese comedy there from Dave and Neil, but some people seem to take cheese jokes to another level…check this Twitter page out.

Once again keep in touch as you never know what you will receive just for getting in touch, I really want to hear from you!

 

Product News!

Are you all excited for 5am on Monday? Typically I would expect to hear a resounding ‘no’, but this Monday morning is no ordinary Monday morning… I’m not officially allowed to say what it is but I’m sure many of you already know! I can’t say any more, other than its NVIDIA-related, and they will be available from Monday – literally, if I say anything else Richard, Chris and the rest of CLAN NVIDIA will drag me away screaming! Check back Monday!

Once again, keep taking advantage of the Asus Intel and AMD Self-Build bundles. For the next two weeks, if you pick up the Asus Intel Value Bundle for £144.99, I will send you an 8GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 – worth over £14!

Keep en eye out next week for a brand new Intel Processor and Motherboard promotion around R.U.S.E. going live on dabs.com. I will update the blog when its ready! In the meantime, keep your claims coming in for the Intel X25-M Solid State Drives and Ubisoft free game giveaway, as well as the NVIDIA Mafia II game downloads.

 

Product Deals / NASTRAVAGANZA!

Did you all get your copy of our NASTRAVAGANZA email this week? Well if you didn’t, more fool you – it was NAStastic! We offered exclusive pricing for our email customers on a range of NAS! However regular readers will have noticed that last week I did some of those deals first, right here! Dunc’s Deals readers always get first dibs around here – Dunc’s rules!

Firstly, I wanted to repeat last week’s LG Electronics N2B1 NAS 2TB With BluRay, usually £264.99 – take advantage of £10 off with this special link for just £254.98!

The new Seagate GoFlex NAS products are in stock and for this weekly only you can have £10 off the 2TB and £5 off the 1TB!

Finally for those of you who require a NAS for a mix of business and home use why not take advantage of £10 off this QNAP TS-210 2TB, usually £259.99, just £249.99 for Dunc’s Deal readers!

Finally for this week, for one weekend only, you can get the incredible XFX ATI Radeon 5770 CrossfireX bundle for under £250, a £15 saving! Remember this comes with Dirt2 and a £10 DabsPlay Gift Vouchers

Once again, snap up these offers while you can and spread the word about the blog offers! If you post any Dunc’s Deals mentions elsewhere on the worldwide interweb, send me a link and you might bag yourself a freebie!

 

What Did You Do When You Were Nine?

Before I shoot off for another week, here are a few things that caught my eye over the past seven days.

As the youngest child in the Will Smith household it must be hard to stand out – Mum and Dad are household names across the globe, your older brother is now following in Dad’s footsteps in Hollywood – what has youngest daughter Willow gone and done? Signed a record deal with Jay-Z! She’s NINE! I don’t even think I could sign my name at nine, let alone sign a record deal!

There was also “Skyscraper Man” who has scaled more huge buildings than I’ve climbed ladders, did the San Francisco Millennium Tower this week – only to get himself arrested! Don’t try this at home!

Finally, as I sign off for another week, I want to leave you with this very important message – proceed with caution when playing with watermelons and catapults!

Remember to drop your thoughts below and enjoy your weekend!

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Mountain Rescue, Mafia and Monday off!

What a difference a week makes, 168 little hours!

Well, well, well… here we are again! It’s Friday! Not just any Friday though – it’s special in oh so many ways! First off, it’s the last Friday of the month, which means its Pay Day. Luckily Ann in Human Resources agreed to pay me – but only because I ensure she gets her weekly Bacon and Cheese toastie for breakfast. Secondly, the last Friday of the month means Nicola – PA to the directors of dabs.com – lets us wear our own clothes, as long as we pay a quid for charity. Now I still say own clothes as if I’m at school – I always wear my own clothes – it’s socially inappropriate not to… but “dress down day” sounds rubbish!

So here I am typing away furiously with my Bacon Barm in one hand and my £1 ready to donate to Bolton Mountain Rescue (don’t ask) placed on my keyboard. Another reason why this Friday is EXTRA special is that it’s a Bank Holiday weekend – is it just me or does it feel ages since the last? The marketing team – Sam, Matt and our newest designer Michelle – were so excited that they have been working hard on a fantastic Bank Holiday offers email that went our last night, and also bargain-filled landing page on the website. So don’t worry about the weather this weekend, spend some time looking over our Bank Holiday bargains and invest your pay cheque wisely!

“168 little hours” ago it was last Friday, and I was telling you how looking out of the window here at dabs seemed like the apocalypse was upon us. Well I’m happy to report that Bolton was spared this week, and it is currently glorious sunshine! Will it last? We doubt it! Edit: Its 3.30pm and it looks like hell again!

As I also told you last week, I am now sat next to ‘Social Media Guru’ Sam. The response to last week’s #Free Game Friday on Twitter, and our “What do you like about dabs” Facebook giveaway were very impressive. ‘Follow’ and ‘Like’ us respectively to get involved!

The ‘Speak To Dunc‘ section has also been busy this week – thanks for all your comments and suggestions. Please keep sending them in! You never know, a ‘Don’ might visit your inbox if I like what you send in…

PRODUCT NEWS & YOUR HELP WANTED!

MAFIA II IS HERE, ARM YOURSELF WITH AN NVIDIA® GeForce® GRAPHICS CARD! Sorry for shouting – it’s the excitement in the office! The game is out now, and the NVIDIA promotion is live. Steve (consumer team product manager) and Clive (Customer Services Supervisor) have already accosted me begging for vouchers! However I’m afraid if you want to grab a free download…you can… but only when you buy qualifying NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics card – check the landing page out for full details.

From the FreeD winners announcement, to last week’s un-boxing of the ASUS AMD and Intel Self Build PC Bundles, the feedback for the last couple of videos has been really positive. Unfortunately I haven’t had time to complete one this week, as I’ve been working non-stop to get the best deals around for my loyal ‘Dunc’s Deals’ readers. For next week’s video, I’m calling in the troops, Dunc needs YOU! I want you to drop me a line via ‘Speak To Dunc‘ with your suggestions as to what YOU want me to video next week. But please do keep it clean, and keep it legal – I don’t want to end up on fail blog (which by the way is a great YouTube channel if you’re ever in the mood for some good old-fashioned laughter at other people’s misfortune)! I think this is my favourite fail blog video of all time…Best Man Fail.

I also told you last week that the hotly-anticipated exclusive XFX CrossFireX 5770 Graphics Card bundle was available. The offer actually received a ‘Kit Guru Must Have‘ award this week – so thanks to the guys there! Remember that the offer comes with two single slot variants of the 5770, a Dirt2 game download, and when you buy you can email me to claim a £10 DabsPlay voucher! In addition, to celebrate the ‘Kit Guru Must Have’ award, we are giving a FREE download of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to anyone who buys before August 30th 2010. Simply place your order and I will send you a download code via email, worth £34.99!

PRODUCT DEALS

I received some great feedback about the exclusive offers on Dunc’s Deals last week, so I have decided to repeat a couple, as well as offer a few extra ones for you today. First up, I want to replicate the £25 discount offer on the Asus AMD Ultimate – strictly for Dunc’s Deal readers. For the Asus Intel Entry bundle, you can have £5 off – and remember the Intel Bundles could win you a £300 Solid State Drive!

A couple of ‘Storage Specials’ for you now! I’m repeating the £5 discount offer on the Seagate 2TB Barracuda – now just £84.98. Or if you’d rather upgrade to SSD, then this Corsair 128GB Performance is perfect – even better with £10 off just for you!

We’ve also just dropped the price of the Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Live NAS by £15 for all users – but for Dunc’s Deals readers, I’ve squeezed another fiver off for you! Finally, for storage, here is the Hitachi 1TB XL Series Desktop hard drive with £5 off (usual price £54.99)!

Promotion wise we have just been able to restart the Kingston SSD Pricedown Promotion to run between August 25th – September 10th 2010, check it out today, you can save up to £35! Intel have also done some price moves on their X25 Mainstream Sold State Drives so ensure you take a look at the range.

Finally – as I am excited about the Bank Holiday Weekend I have decided to give away some games to anyone who buys a graphics card over £100 between August 26th and August 31st 2010. If you buy any ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphic card worth over £100 – you can claim a free game! Click here to find out how!

Enjoy the deals – make suggestions as to what else you’d like to see here by contacting me!

119 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Well that’s it – another week down – and yes, that means its 119 days to Christmas… whoa, that’s actually pretty scary! Have a great extended weekend everyone – take advantage of the extra day, and make sure you check out the Bank Holiday Bargains page and all the other deals we’ve got for you below.

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Awoooooooooga!

Helping Kris Akabusi (tenuous), Hose-pipe Bans and Crazy Deals!

It’s Friday once again and as I am writing this, and you are reading it, it must mean we all survived Friday 13th – although looking out of the window here at dabs it looks like the apocalypse. It is gloomy and currently lashing it down…not only that, but there are some rumbles of thunder… is it really mid-august? It’s not all doom and gloom though for us up north; yesterday our Hose Pipe Ban was lifted – yeah, thanks for recognising that it has rained for seven weeks straight up north United Utilities!

Another reason to be happy is that the football season is back; Blackpool are flying high, Preston are bottom of the league (sorry Mike – our head designer and loyal/foolhardy/optimistic PNE fan) and Bolton are mid-table! Happy days! If you don’t like football don’t worry; X-Factor starts tomorrow! I for one look forward to seeing Simon crush the dreams of mis-guided teens for the next few weeks!

So while your Saturdays now belong to Jeff Stelling and Simon Cowell, your Fridays still belong to Dunc… so onto the good stuff!

After last week telling you that we had a big desk move at dabs – I too have been relocated – in fact I am now sat next to our “Social Media Guru” Sam (he doesn’t call himself that, we do). He is the man who handles all your Twitter and Facebook queries. He also launches unique promotions for dabs including Free Game Friday on Twitter – follow us now to take part!

Now the Kris Akabusi link may be tenuous but allow me to explain. Last week I told you that a Massachusetts man had a pea plant was growing in his lung – that question was subsequently in our local Pub Quiz this week and my team, Quiz Akabusi , were in quick with the answer. Just shows that you can visit dabs.com, read Dunc’s Deals, buy some kit, and be successful at quizzes. Winner! So if you’re in a pub quiz team, let Dunc help you out – always remember that Bluetooth was named after King Harald of Denmark, and Kentucky is known as ‘The Bluegrass State’. You can thank me later…

Speaking of winning things, Laura – our Networking and Optical/PSU product manager – wants to see your originality, or be made to laugh! To win a Plextor 4x External Slim Top-loading BD-ROM worth £79.99 all you have to do is follow us on Twitter or Facebook and tell us what Blu-ray film you are most looking forward to watching and why – easy!

Thanks again for all your comments and free download claims via the Speak To Dunc section – this week I want to find out what you DO and DON’T like about dabs. Anything and everything. After all, if we don’t know, we cant help! Drop me a comment today and I will ensure that you get a free download voucher for Assassins Creed II!

Before we get onto the products a quick shoutout to all the students getting their results this week, hopefully you all got what you needed! Whether you’re after something ready for school/college or just looking to invest your student loans wisely, ensure you take a moment to look over our extensive Back To School range.

PRODUCT NEWS & VIDEO!

Thanks for checking out last week’s video that announced the winners of our NVIDIA Free D Promotion we ran in July – if you missed it, watch it now on our YouTube channel. One man I reckon did watch it was Comedian David Mitchell – he was so upset about not winning, he used his popular Soapbox on YouTube to complain about the gimmickry of bad 3D… in bad 3D! If you want to watch his video, click here – but if you want to watch it in 3D, then drop me a message on Speak To Dunc and I’ll send you a set of cardboard 3D glasses – 20 pairs available!

When I filmed last week’s video, I also unboxed our brand new ASUS AMD and Intel Self Build PC Bundles. If you’ve ever wondered what you actually get in there, or want to see the fantastic prizes available for buying the AMD or Intel versions, check out the video below.

Please be aware that when I filmed the video, the Intel promotion was not confirmed; but I can now tell you that anyone buying one of the Value, Performance or Ultimate Intel Self-Build Bundles will be automatically entered into a draw to win an Intel 160GB X25-M Solid State Drive worth over £300!

As promised last week our XFX CrossFireX 5770 Graphics Card bundle is now in stock! Two single slot variants of the 5770 are in the bundle, along with a Dirt2 game download. When you buy you can email me to claim a £10 DabsPlay voucher! Another dabs.com exclusive!

PRODUCT DEALS

Once again, you lot went crazy for the exclusive Dunc’s Deal special offers; so I want to keep this tradition up! To get the discounts, just use the special links below!

First off, let’s give you some crazy pricing on the bundles you’ve just seen above! For the Asus AMD Ultimate bundle how does £25 off grab you? For the Asus Intel Performance bundle you can have £10 off! Remember too that the AMD bundles get you in the pot to win a Case and PSU, and the Intel bundles could net you a free SSD!

Looking for storage? Look no further with this exclusive price of £44.99 on the Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200RPM hard drive, or if you need more space I have £5 off the Seagate 2TB Barracuda – now just £84.98. Finally before I sign off on the exclusives, we just took stock of this Buffalo 1TB Linkstation Duo – this Dunc’s Deal link gets you £10 off!

Keep the orders coming in for the Asus AMD Self-Build PC Bundles – you haven’t disappointed so far! Don’t forget that orders in August go into a draw to win a Corsair Professional Series HX750W PSU worth over £110 and a Thermaltake Aguila VD1000BNS Mid Tower ATX Case worth over £60!

I hinted last week that loyal Intel customers were soon to be catered for with an Entry, Performance and Ultimate Bundle – the latter packs a Core i7-930! Take a look now and get your orders on. We will have a similar promo for a giveaway on these bundles to be launched next week; however rest assured that all orders for August will be counted in the draw!

THIS MAY BE THE END…

OK calm down, don’t get too excited, I said ‘may be’! I’m supposed to be off diving with Tiger Sharks this weekend with the missus, so it depends if one of them decides I look tasty – fingers crossed they are veggie and Dunc doesn’t end up fish food! Have a great weekend everybody – check out the other deals we’ve got for you below and get in touch via Speak To Dunc. For those wanting RSS feeds too – it’s coming… sooner than you think!

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I Wear My Stunna Glasses At Night

Keith Lemon, Peas, Exclusive deals & Ben the Dog needs a meal!

Well done if you’re reading this today – Friday 13th – or even afterwards; as it means you survived “the most feared day of the year”. Despite my claims that I am terrified of the day, my application for time off was rejected – I expect they realised I just wanted to sit at home and watch ‘Heir Hunters’ and ‘Homes under the Hammer’! One person who will have all the time to do that and more is the girl who quit her job and exposed her boss on a white board this week – it’s classic!

No news of cakes or birthdays this week, in fact not much to tell you office wise except we’ve had a big desk move at dabs. Debs and Fletcher, both mentioned in previous blogs, have moved to escape me over to the other side of the room; to quote Debs, “it’s better than a pay rise!” Don’t worry though, they can’t run forever.

One thing that did happen this week is a discussion about eating Peas from the Pod* – I was verbally abused for not being a fan of them by most of the office, well – let me ask who is laughing now, with the news that a Massachusetts man had a pea plant growing in his lung?!
*we do actually get on with work as well as eat cake and discuss random topics (just in case our CEO or Directors read this!)

A week on and the emails, comments and free download claims for Stormrise or Stalker: Call Of Pripyat have been flooding in via theSpeak To Dunc section. Thanks to all those who have been in touch – the feedback was really useful, and as I want more, I am going to extend the offer for one more week! Drop me a comment today!

AMD/ATI and Intel were in the building this week. Both companies made the trip to dabs to talk over new products and opportunities that will be made available to you guys over the coming weeks and months. AMD/ATI discussed the ATI Radeon 6000 Graphics Card range that will be coming out towards the end of the year, while Intel gave us an overview of new Processors that will be available soon. Exciting times for both companies! Intel even gave us a look at their new cinema advertising for Core i5, where the penguins from Madagascar steal a chip! Take a look!

As promised, in last week’s blog we secured some special pricing on Kingston SSD – if you haven’t seen it yet then make sure you take a look – offers end Monday 16th. While on the subject of Solid State Drives, Intel has announced a price drop from next week on V and M series products. Look out for them early next week! PS: I shouldn’t really tell you this, but something special is coming in September on dabs for those who buy X25-M SSD drives… hmm, I’ve already said too much!

TechRadar asked “what’s the best 2TB external hard drive” this week and, as ever, we have some of the best deals on 2TB External Hard Drives. Check out the review and then make your choice from our range, also look further down this page for a Buffalo 2TB deal with £10 off!

On a personal note, I’ve already mentioned that I am the owner of the HTC Hero – a disgruntled owner to be honest, as I am still waiting for some form of Android update. Good news is that it looks like HTC have heard my cries, and are set to unveil the HTC Desire HD on September 15th! Judging by the early spec, it looks remarkably like the EVO 4G, which won’t make its way to the UK any time soon.

PRODUCT NEWS & VIDEO!

Last week I had no time to do a product video, but as I promised I made time this week; in fact I stood wearing cardboard 3D glasses between my cardboard cut out and Ruby while having boxes thrown at me – all on video! Some of you may remember the NVIDIA Free D Promotion we ran in July; where anyone who bought a GTX 465, 478 or 480 from dabs.com went into a draw to win one of six pairs of NVIDIA 3D Vision with Avatar Game. We decided to draw the lucky winners at random, and then announce the names of the lucky six in the video below! So if you bought a GTX 465, 478 or 480 in July – or if you just want to see Sam throwing boxes at me and understand the “I Wear My Stunna Glasses At Night” comment at the top – then check it out now!

Anyone who saw the dabs.com email earlier this week should have seen the news piece on our upcoming CrossFireX 5770 Graphics Card bundle. XFX announced the single-slot card variant of the Radeon 5700; so we have linked up with them to offer you an incredible CrossFireX bundle. The bundle comes with two 5770’s, a Dirt2 game download and a £10 DabsPlay voucher – the bundle will be available on dabs next week!

PRODUCT DEALS

It’s deal time! Last week many of you took advantage of the exclusive price offers I gave you on the Buffalo 500GB LinkStation Live and the Iomega 500GB Select – both with £5 off. This week we have more! Debs, and our flamboyant Buffalo account manager Jon, have decided to offer Dunc’s Deals readers some Buffalo JustStore specials – the 1TB Desktop hard drive, down to £54.99 and its 2TB big brother – with an incredible £10 off – now just £89.99!
You should be aware that Ben, the loyal Labrador of Debs, our Components and Storage buyer, is relying on you to snap up these deals – he is hungry…don’t let him survive on scraps, buy our incredible hard drive deals and ensure he gets a decent meal! Please note: the only animal cruelty at work here is his enforced choice of football team – he has asked for a Bolton Wanderers bowl.

Keep the orders coming in for the Asus AMD Self-Build PC Bundles – you haven’t disappointed so far! Don’t forget that orders in August go into a draw to win a Corsair Professional Series HX750W PSU worth over £110 and a Thermaltake Aguila VD1000BNS Mid Tower ATX Case worth over £60!

I hinted last week that loyal Intel customers were soon to be catered for with an Entry, Performance and Ultimate Bundle – the latter packs a Core i7-930! Take a look now and get your orders on. We will have a similar promo for a giveaway on these bundles to be launched next week; however rest assured that all orders for August will be counted in the draw!

IF I DON’T SEE YOU THROUGH THE WEEK, I’LL SEE YOU THROUGH THE WINDOW

Signing off for another week – this time in the words of Keith Lemon! I’m off to have a relaxing weekend doing as little as possible – have a great weekend, after you’ve snapped up all the deals on dabs why not hit the beach – just don’t do it literally like this guy!

Make sure you check out the recommended Dunc’s Deals below, get in touch via Speak To Dunc or email directly and check back next week for more news, video, exclusives and offers.

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I hate you so much right now!

UFO’s, Presidents, Bundles, Free Stuff and Exclusive Deals!

It’s that time again! Friday used to just signal the last day of the working week, the culmination of days that have flown by and left you begging for the weekend – now it also means you get to hear from me! I know; I love weekends too! I have to be careful while writing this, nothing untoward; it’s just that I am typing while tucking into some home-baking. Caroline, in our Marketing Team, has made our Consumer Manager Neil a birthday cake for his 40th (34th) – nothing better than a Victoria Sponge in the office – and I am littering my keyboard with crumbs.

In a week where we found out that Churchill had UFO concerns and a member of The Fugees wants to be president (of Haiti) it’s been all go for me too – sort of. Again I have been responding to more emails and comments via the ‘Speak To Dunc’ section – thanks to every one of you who took time out to drop me a line. From the technology questions, the price match enquiries, right through to the two chaps who stayed up until gone midnight – one who had some nice things to say and the other who took time to launch a tirade of abuse towards me and my avatar, much love…you were the inspiration for the Kelis quote above! Don’t be shy, next time leave your email so we can talk about your spelling!

The dabs offices have been a hive of activity this week with visits from, amongst others, Startech – who make stuff you need but you don’t neccessarily know it (check out their ConXit Wizard), Kingston – who are going to be doing some VERY special pricing on Kingston SSD next week on dabs.com and wedged in-between, we saw Linksys/Flip Video and discussed some great new kit coming from them over the coming weeks. If you want the best from your broadband and wireless connections, and you’re into video, then these two are going to be giving you all you need – we’ll be keeping you posted!

In technology news, we were pleased to see some news on TechRadar about PC Gaming being confirmed “double the size of consoles” – what are you waiting for? Let me help you ‘Revive Your PC‘ today!

I told you last week that Starcraft II came out, and I am pleased to see that 1.5 million of you went out to buy it – I’d like to take all the credit – but I can’t. What I can take credit for is replying to all the emails from those of you who claimed their FREE TRIAL of Starcraft II that I announced last week with selected NVIDIA graphics cards. They have been flying out! Keep claiming!
PRODUCT NEWS!

Unfortunately I’ve had no time this week to do a product video – but ensure you check back next week! In the meantime, why not subscribe to the channel where you can watch the previous videos of the un-boxing of both the Asus ARES 5870 and the LG N1T1 NAS.

I’ve got more Pre-Order and New Product news today. After Corsair gave us the 600T Graphite Series Mid-Tower Gaming Case pre-order details last week they followed it up with their Hydro Series H70 High-Performance CPU Cooler – take a look at it today and place an order to get one the moment they land in mid August.

Kingston have announced their range of Water Cooled HyperX memory products this week. Three kits will be available to satisfy 4GB and 6GB dual and triple channel setups – look out for them on dabs next week!

In other news, I’ve had some enquiries from people who want to benefit from USB3 and SATA 6GBs connectors but don’t want to upgrade their full setup. Dunc recommends investing in the Asus USS6 USB 3.0 / SATA 600 PCI-Express Card – easy peasy!

PRODUCT DEALS

Now then, lets get down to business! Debs has given me some REAL EXCLUSIVES this week on Dunc’s Deals – exclusive pricing just for you on some storage! The Buffalo 500GB LinkStation Live II NAS has just come into stock at £79.99, but for you Dunc’s Deal readers, you can have it for £74.99 – just by clicking here!

Perhaps NAS isn’t for you, maybe you need your files to access on the go, if so then the Iomega 500GB Select Portable Hard Drive is perfect, even better with £5 off as a Dunc’s Deal reader – click here!

During July we had our range of Asus AMD Self-Build PC Bundles on dabs.com and you ate them up – not literally, the heatsink would get stuck in your teeth – but you liked them enough to clear us out! We’ve got both the Ultimate and Performance bundles back in stock as of this week and the Performance bundle has been pimped up with a better Processor and Memory. Not only that, but we have managed to secure a Case & PSU for a giveaway linked to the bundles. During August, anyone who buys one of the bundles goes into the draw to win a Corsair Professional Series HX750W PSU worth over £110 and a Thermaltake Aguila VD1000BNS Mid Tower ATX Case worth over £60! Nice!

Last month we did a giveaway on the same set of products and the winner was Mr MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis who scooped the XFX 850W Black Edition PSU worth over £120! Congratulations!

Never fear loyal Intel customers – there are a set of ASUS Intel Bundles coming into dabs next week. We are covering all bases again with Entry and Performance options plus an Ultimate Bundle; which packs a Core i7-930!

CAN I GET AN ENCORE? DO YOU WANT MORE?

Well regardless, I’ll be back next week with more exclusives, more giveaways and more product chat! Next week I will be discussing an XFX 5770 CrossFire Bundle we are getting in for you – which will ship with Dirt2 and a £10 Voucher for a Blu-Ray on DabsPlay. Not only that but I hope to have a product video ready- don’t worry though if I’m busy I have a cardboard cut-out in the office that can stand in for me…no really marketing have had one made – I am pretty much redundant now. See me/him/it here.

That’s me done, have a great weekend – mourn the canning of Google Wave; ok done – and make sure you check out the recommended Dunc’s Deals below, get in touch via Speak to Dunc or email directly.
PS – if you get this far, you win a prize – first 50 people to email me or use Speak To Dunc to give a comment about this blog can have a free download of Stormrise or Stalker: Call Of Pripyat!* Simples!

*While they last!

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Shamone

Anyone else as surprised as me that it’s Friday already?! Don’t get me wrong I couldn’t be happier, after all the weekend starts at 5PM with the Wonder Years on Radio 1, but I actually have no idea where this week went! One thing I do know is that a fair bit of it was spent responding to emails from you guys – so thank you for all your emails and comments!

Another part of the week has been spent keeping up on random bits of news, on the IT front TechRadar’s update on Android 3.0 is well worth a read but as a HTC Hero owner I’m still waiting for 2.2. In random news apparently Tokyo’s ‘oldest man’ had been dead for 30 years (did no one think to ask him?) and it doesn’t matter what you drive you will still get clamped, see the £1.2m Koenigsegg CCXR that got caught outside Harrods this week!

The “Shamone” reference above isn’t actually as random as you might think, it is another musical reference, as all updates have had so far, but it is for once product related. Earlier this week Little Miss Bossy aka Debs, our Components and storage buyer for those in the know, took some fresh stock of the Samsung 500GB Michael Jackson Portable Hard Drive and you lot went crazy, clearing us out in less than a day! 500GB of Portable Storage under £40 is pretty groundbreaking and judging by the sales this week you all agree it’s not to be sneezed at – so guess what? We got you some more!

PRODUCT NEWS! (AND ANOTHER VIDEO)

Last week I included the first Dunc’s Deals video clip – of the Asus ARES Radeon 5870 X2 4GB Graphics Card – and as mentioned in that update we do plan on doing more of these and sure enough we have. I also promised to write a script and have a shave for the next one – one out of three isn’t bad.

Below you will see an Unboxing and quick overview video of the new LG Network Attached Storage Unit N1T1 that is available here at dabs for a new low price of £129.99 – not only that but I’ve worked my magic with LG to get a Free LG Electronics 32″ 32LD450 HD 1080p LCD TV with built in freeview Worth Over £300 to giveaway! To stand a chance of winning just buy the N1T1 between now and August 22nd and I’ll enter you into the draw.

Thanks for all your comments on the last video as well as the emails you’ve been sending in. To make it even easier, Sam from the dabs.com Marketing Team – who made a cameo in the Asus ARES video – has kindly made a nice and simple form for you to fill in that will automatically send your thoughts straight to me! Whether you’ve got a comment, complaint, price-match, product request – in fact anything at all – fill in this quick and easy form to Speak to Dunc!

This week Sky finally confirmed that their 3D channel launches in October, I’d be interested to find out if any of you are planning to buy a new TV to take advantage of the service? Get In Touch!

The Pre-Order announcement last week seemed to go down well with most of you so here is another courtesy of Corsair. The 600T Graphite Series Mid-Tower Gaming Case is now available at dabs.com for pre-order before its early August release. Ensure you get one the moment they land by placing your order today. Look out for a Dunc’s Deal video on the product the moment I get my hands on one!

PRODUCT DEALS

It wouldn’t be right if Dunc’s Deals didn’t include some actual deals again this week! The Corsair 120GB SSD from last week continues to sell well as does the LG 1TB NAS with BluRay – remember take advantage as these prices are while stocks last.

After you’ve bought the aforementioned 500GB Jacko Drive to enjoy your media on the go, pick up this freshly landed Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320GB deal – less than £40 for a slim and stylish portable hard drive; perfect for school, college, university or work! Some of the Brand New Seagate GoFlex range just landed in stock too – take a look now.

For those of you for whom bragging rights mean everything – the Republic of Gamers Rampage III Extreme Motherboard is back in stock – get involved!

Feel the Power! For one week only we have a special price on the popular Corsair 650Watt TX Series PSU – now only £64.98, down from £82! Don’t miss out!

This week I’ve also been working with Fletch – our Zambian Mr-T – and buyer of all things Memory! I mentioned to him this inclusion in Dunc’s Deals and all he had to say was “I PITY THE FOOL WHO DON’T BUY MY HYPER-X DEALS!” Need I say more? Check out or brand new Kingston Hyper-X Deal Page – quit yo jibba jabba!

Last week I also gave you a heads-up on the NVIDIA GTX 460 Guru3D review showing the new cards significantly outperforming ATI on the new Starcraft II game which is out now. As promised, NVIDIA have launched a FREE TRIAL of Starcraft II – if you want one just check out thelanding page to see which graphics card purchases are included. I can’t recommend the 460’s enough.
ALAS, IT’S OVER ONCE AGAIN

Before I go I have to mention a few of manufacturers who’ve made the effort to visit sunny Bolton this week! Visitors to the dabs.com office include Gavin from XFX, Mike from Asus, Camille from LaCie and Mark from Intel. Lots to talk about – too much for here – but rest assured there is a lot coming! Crossfire, Intel Self-Build Bundles (check out our AMD range – fresh stocks due this coming week) and new storage products from LaCie; stay tuned.

That’s it for another week! Have a good weekend, check out more of the recommended Dunc’s Deals below, get in touch via Speak to Dunc or email directly. And if you aren’t one of the 6 million people who have, ensure you watch the Greatest Goal Celebration Ever – its 7 footballers catching a fish and photographing it, no really!