Tech Friday - Fans Set to Flock to Argos This Weekend for iPad 2 and Nintendo 3DS Launches

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Argos is ready for one of the biggest product launch weekends of the year as two new must-have gadgets hit the shelves. Argos announces Nintendo DS DSi XL trade-in deal that drops the 3DS price at Argos to under £110. Customers advised to use online 'Check & Reserve' service to avoid missing out.

It's the weekend all technology fans have been waiting for - and Argos will be there to provide customers with the two hottest new gadgets of 2011. Today sees the launch of both the iPad 2, Apple's follow-up to its phenomenally successful tablet, and the next big thing in the handheld console arena, the Nintendo 3DS.

The Nintendo 3DS takes gaming on the go to the next level by delivering a 3D experience without the need for 3D glasses. Building on the unrivalled popularity of the Nintendo DS - with 13 million owners in the UK, it is the most successful games console this country has seen - Nintendo has delivered a strong line up of launch titles for the 3DS. Argos has 14 of the best 3DS games today in all stores across the UK and Ireland.

Argos can also confirm it is offering Nintendo fans a fantastic console deal that can't be matched by other general merchandise retailers. Nintendo DSi XL owners who want to upgrade to the 3DS experience can get it half price by trading in their old DS at their local Argos store before Wednesday 30 March. All gamers looking to buy a Nintendo 3DS from Argos this weekend will receive £60 worth of vouchers and a free accessory kit which includes a protective case, car charger, headphones and a spare stylus.

Over a quarter of Argos sales come via customers using the 'Check & Reserve' service, where they can instantly check product stock online and reserve it at a local Argos store with stock for collection within two days. With demand for the Nintendo 3DS expected to be high, customers are being urged to visit to take advantage of this convenient service.

The iPad 2 needs no introduction, and will be available in 83 of Argos' leading stores across the country from 5pm Friday 25 March. From Saturday 26 March, customers will also be able to 'Check & Reserve' the iPad 2 of their choice or opt for free home delivery.

Argos is stocking the full iPad 2 range, available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G versions, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models to suit all needs from £399. Argos will also stock 12 stylish smart covers in black and white.

So if you want to be part of the new handheld revolution or stay connected with the latest in tablet technology, be sure to get down to your local Argos store this weekend.

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The 83 Argos stores stocking the iPad 2 today are:

  •                      Aylesbury
  •                      Barnsley
  •                      Basildon
  •                      Basingstoke
  •                      Beaumont Leys
  •                      Beckton
  •                      Belfast Rosses Court
  •                      Bexleyheath
  •                      Birmingham Pallasade
  •                      Birmingham Priory
  •                      Bolton
  •                      Bournemouth Castle
  •                      Bournemouth Ringwood
  •                      Bradford
  •                      Brighton Carden Avenue
  •                      Bristol Galleries
  •                      Bromley
  •                      Burnley Retail Park
  •                      Cardiff
  •                      Cardiff Bay
  •                      Castle Vale
  •                      Chatham
  •                      Chesterfield
  •                      Crawley
  •                      Croydon
  •                      Daggenham Merrylands
  •                      Derby
  •                      Ealing
  •                      Eastbourne Admiral
  •                      Edinburgh Kinnaird
  •                      Emerson's Green
  •                      Fareham Tichfield
  •                      Gateshead
  •                      Glasgow
  •                      Glasgow - Silverburn
  •                      Gloucest St Oswald
  •                      Harlow
  •                      Holloway
  •                      Kingston
  •                      Leeds Crown Point
  •                      Leeds Headrow
  •                      Leicester
  •                      Leicester Fosse
  •                      Lincoln
  •                      Livinston
  •                      Luton Gipsy Lane
  •                      Manchester Fort
  •                      Manchester Arndale
  •                      Milton Keynes
  •                      Mill Hall
  •                      Northampton
  •                      Nottingham Netherfield
  •                      Nottingham Riverside
  •                      Oldham Elk Mill
  •                      Orpington
  •                      Oxford Botley Road
  •                      Peterborough
  •                      Plymouth
  •                      Portsmouth
  •                      Reading Oxford Road
  •                      Romford
  •                      Romford Gallows Crnr
  •                      Sheffield
  •                      Slough
  •                      Southampton
  •                      Southend Airport
  •                      Staples Corner
  •                      Stevenage
  •                      Swindon
  •                      Talbot Green
  •                      Tamworth Joly Sailor
  •                      Taunton
  •                      Thurrock
  •                      Thurrock Retail Park
  •                      Victoria
  •                      Wakefield Cathedral
  •                      Wallsend Silverlink
  •                      Walsall
  •                      Warrington
  •                      Wellingborough
  •                      Worcester Elgar Retail Park
  •                      Wood Green
  •                      York Clifton Moor

About Argos
Argos is a unique retailer recognised for choice, value and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from over 750 stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, online and over the telephone. In the financial year to February 2011, Argos sales were £4.2 billion.

Argos serves over 135 million customers a year through its stores. On average, 17 million UK households, or around two thirds of the population, have an Argos catalogue at home at any time. Argos' internet site,, is one of the most visited high street retailers online in the UK.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer.


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