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What next for tech? A look ahead for 2012

HP have revealed details of their first 27-inch all-in-one PC, dubbed the HP Omni 27.  Upon release, it is due to pack features including a non-touch version of the Magic Canvas software, up to 2 TB of HDD space, Beats Audio, HDMI input and optional extras such as a TV tuner or a Blu-ray drive.  The basic model will have a 2.5 GHz Sandy Bridge Core i5-2400S processor, integrated graphics, 6 GB of RAM and two USB 3.0 ports.  All this will be cased within the 27-inch 1080p LED-backlit display, constructed with edge-to-edge glass.  Clearly, all-in-one PCs aren’t new, but they are becoming increasingly popular.   A combination of a mature and improving industry sector, as well as the trend to fit your tech into a small neat space within your home, has made all-in-one PCs an increasingly attractive option for all.

The Asus Transformer Prime has yet to reach our fair shores but there is already talk of a possible Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Mini.  By all accounts, the Asus Transformer Prime is one of the champion of champions when it comes to Android tablets.  And as such, it will be the chosen one to lead the fight against the iPad.  The Transformer Prime Mini looks set to be a smaller and more affordable tablet; think something more Kindle-sized.  Sound interesting yet?  Well how about these tasty specifications: 7-inch capacitive screen, 1280×800 resolution, 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, up to 64GB flash memory and 3D capabilities.

This year at CES heralds the march of the ultrabooks into the homes of gadget lovers and technophiles across the world.  There will be a number of manufacturers competing to gain our attention and divert interest away from Apple’s consistently board-sweeping offerings. Acer have recently unveiled the world’s thinnest ultrabook – 15mm at its thickest point – called the Aspire S5. The device is expected to become available in Q2, and boasts a magnesium alloy cover, InstantOn technology, and HDMI, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports – no mean feat for such a physically small machine. The push on ultrabooks by all manufacturers is the result of an Intel initiative to produce a rival to Apple’s MacBook.  It would seem that by banding together, they hope to ease pressure being put on them to cut their prices to attract custom away from Apple.  I’m all for competition, so this should be interesting.

If tablets are more your thing, the ‘world’s thinnest’ tablet title has just been claimed by Toshiba. The Excite X10 is the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet – just .3 inches thick and weighing 1.2lbs. Another potential big player on the soon-to-be flooded tablet market? Definitely – 1GB of RAM and a TI OMAP 4420 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with 1200×800 screen resolution, a 2 megapixel front face shooter for video chat and a 5 megapixel shooter on the back of the tablet, with mini connectivity ports for HDMI, USB and SD card. As yet though, the OS is unconfirmed and Toshiba’s previous offerings in that area haven’t been promising. It’s speculated that it will be issued with an Android operating system – depending on the Excite’s release date, it’ll be Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Dabs Sale aly

Merry Christmas from dabs/January sale starts today!

With Christmas nearly upon us, we thought it was time to kick off our January sale. While we realise it’s not quite January yet, we always like to be one step ahead here at dabs, so if Santa didn’t quite deliver, go check out the January Sale page for some fantastic deals like:



On top of all these deals, we have a range of voucher codes to give you even more money off. £10 off if you spend £199, £25 when you spend £399, and £400 off when you spend £599. Get the codes here.

We hope you enjoy the sale. In the meantime, on behalf of everyone here at dabs, we all wish you a very merry, tech-filled Christmas.



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!


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!


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.

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!