Has spring cleaning got you thinking about a full kitchen renovation? If so, you’re in luck. Available rebates can save you up to $2000 on appliance packages from GE. Simply build your perfect kitchen from the dozens of available models of GE Appliances, fill out the rebate form, then sit back and enjoy your new kitchen while waiting for your rebate to arrive. The more appliances you buy, the more you save.
For more info, check out our GE Appliances page or give one of our sales specialists a call at 888-228-5800. This promotion runs until 7/07/2014.
It’s been just over four years since the tablet computer race truly started, with the release of the Apple iPad. In that time, while tablets have become insanely popular, it’s still not uncommon to hear questions like “what’s the point?” One of the main criticisms levied against tablets is that they’re just glorified toys, too small and under-powered to be true computer replacements. With today’s release of the Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft might finally have a true laptop-killer on its hands.
The Surface Pro 3 takes the concept of the original Microsoft Surface Pro and Pro 2 and builds upon it in every way. By the looks of it, Microsoft has eliminated many of the nitpicks that users had about those first two versions.
The New Microsoft Surface 3 Pro.
Most noticeable is the size of the Surface Pro 3, which is larger and smaller in all the right ways. The display is now an impressive 12-inch, ClearType Full HD screen, packing a 2160 x 1440 resolution. Because Microsoft wanted the Surface Pro 3 to mirror the experience of writing on a piece of paper when the tablet is in portrait mode, they went with a 3:2 aspect ratio. That’ll give you black bars when watching movies in landscape mode, but the extra screen real estate will be nice for productive tasks like using MS Office or Photoshop. And while the display size grew, the tablet body got a little thinner. The Surface Pro 3 is only 0.36 inches thin (half as thick as a MacBook Pro) and weighs only 1.76 pounds.
Despite the impressive weight and thinness, the Surface Pro 3 is packing some power under the hood. Running things will be a 4th gen Intel Core CPU, available in i3, i5 or i7 flavors. 4 or 8 GB of RAM will keep things humming smoothly, which will be especially nice since the full Windows 8 OS can take advantage of all of today’s most popular productivity software. An SSD hard drive will provide from 64 to 512 GB of storage. If that seems like too little in today’s media-hungry world, fear not. Built-in USB 3.0 ports mean you can easily add on a speedy portable external hard drive, and a microSD card reader lets you swap in media from a camera or smartphone.
The integrated kickstand holds the Surface Pro 3 at any angle between 0 and 150°.
There are lots of other exciting features that make the Surface Pro 3 one of the most impressive tablets ever released. A Mini DisplayPort which lets you hook up an external monitor. The new Surface Pen (included) gives users a lifelike drawing and writing experience. New click-in keyboards are wider, have larger track-pads and offer more typing stability. When used in conjunction with the new friction-hinge, which offers a continuously-adjustable viewing angle, the Surface Pro 3 can match the functionality of nearly any laptop or ulrabook.
Summer travel season is upon us, which means there’s no better time to upgrade your travel bags. Tumi Luggage has created a name for itself as the world’s leading brand of luxury luggage. They’ve done this by creating bags—for travel, business and daily life—which are intelligently engineered, elegantly designed, and robustly crafted. Tumi Bags can take the beating that regular travel tends to dole out and come out looking spectacular. In the videos below, Kevin and Carl from the Tumi boutique give us a look at some new products from Tumi.
Mother’s Day is less than a week away! If you’re still searching for the perfect gifts for the special ladies in your life, Abt’s here to help. We’ve put together a list of great Gifts for Mom which is sure to have something for every personality type. Here’s a few of our favorite suggestions:
One of the most iconic kitchen appliances ever created, the KitchenAid Stand Mixer adds versatility to any kitchen, and Moms that love cooking will find it indispensable. Aside from its primary purpose as a variable-speed mixing machine, these stand mixers can be transformed into meat grinders, pasta makers and more, via simple attachments. And with dozens of vibrant colors available, you’ll have no problems finding one to match Mom’s kitchen decor. Check out Abt’s entire selection of KitchenAid Stand Mixers for special promotional pricing! (more…)
As the weather warms, it’s a good idea to make sure your fridge is operating as efficiently as possible. A simple check of the door gaskets can determine whether or not they’re sealing properly. If the seal is not ideal, cool air leaks out and your fridge will have to work extra hard to keep foods chilled. Thankfully, a quick cleaning is often enough to return your fridge door gaskets to factory-new condition. Shirley explains in this handy quick tip.
Our commitment to helping the environment is one of the things we’re most proud of here at Abt. From our on-site recycling center to green methods of energy production, we always try to go above and beyond what’s expected if it helps make the world a little bit greener and cleaner. With Earth Day just around the corner, we’d like to take the opportunity to make it easier for our local community to be environmentally-friendly, with our second annual E-Waste Recycling Day, taking place April 22nd.
Electronic Waste is a problem that’s growing around the world, as more people buy new electronics and dispose of their old products. In 2010, consumers in U.S. disposed of 2.4 million tons of electronic waste. Computers, and computer monitors and peripherals made up about half the total. Also included in that total were an estimated 152,000,000 mobile devices. Essentially, 1 of every 2 people in the USA disposed of a cell phone, pager or PDA in 2010. The worst bit of information about these stats is that just 27% of the total disposed E-Waste was recycled. The rest ended up in landfills, where dangerous elements like lead, cadmium and mercury can leak out of the products and into the earth, potentially contaminating the groundwater supply and causing serious health risks.
On April 22nd, Abt and the City of Chicago are joining forces for our 2nd Annual Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive, which will help our local customers properly dispose of their unneeded electronics with minimal effort. While we always welcome drop-offs of e-waste and old appliances at our Recycling Center in Glenview, that can be quite a haul for our more distant customers. The Earth Day Recycle Drive brings drop-off locations out into the community for hassle-free recycling. (more…)
Revealed at last month’s Geneva Auto Show, the Apple Carplay system is an integrated hardware and software ecosystem which brings the iPhone experience to vehicle dashboards. Featuring Siri voice control, CarPlay gives users total hands-free reign over the most popular iOS functions including access to Apple Maps; streaming and stored music libraries; and the ability to make phone calls, check voicemail and send and receive messages. Users can also interact via the display’s touchscreen, or even with each vehicles unique physical controls.
Apple CarPlay as it will look as a factory option on select vehicles.
If you are familiar with GoPro, you will already know it’s a great way to record stunts of many shapes and sizes. Strap it onto your helmet, or anything else to get a first-person-perspective, or a handful of other creative ways to record whatever you want! GoPro was the choice for Felix Baumgartner when he ascended more than 24 miles above the earth to the edge of space. Literally!
It was showcased live and he landed safely. The video he took was released, along with the full story. Check it all out on the video below! Shop Abt’s wide selection of GoPro and GoPro accessories and start recording your greatest daredevil moments. Remember though, safety first!
Once you get an iPad, you can’t wait to open it up, and start installing your favorite applications and accessories. With so many out there, which ones should you shop for first? Well, here are some of my favorite choices for great iPad apps and accessories.
Microsoft Office for iPad. This has made a lot of news here lately. It gives your iPad the ability to run Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now. While the iPad has had Apple’s productivity suite for a long time now the introduction of Office for iPad opens up an whole new level of productivity for businesses customers who have only used Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Best thing about the software is now you do not have to convert documents from one format to another. You do need a Office365 subscription to take advantage of a lot of features, but with 5 user licenses for computers and iPhone/iPad integration it is actually much nicer now than it was previously.
News Applications – I am constantly trying to stay up to date with the world. News Applications allow me to do so quickly and easily. Some of my favorites are
DIGG – probably my favorite since it does most of the work for me and gives me stories that are trending automatically.
DropBox/OneDrive – both of these are cloud based storage applications. Great for someone who needs to have access to files across multiple devices.
LinkedIn – I have found both vendors and customers using LinkedIn. It also has great news articles and information for what is going on in the world
Keyboard Cases – One of the hardest things for me to do on any tablet is type a document or work on a spreadsheet easily. With a nice keyboard case it makes it much easier to do the basic business applications that I have to do on a daily basis. I really like the following cases.
Mophie Juice Packs– I am a big believer of never losing power on my devices, and it never fails that I lose power at the worst possible times. I always carry one of these with me and since it is good for both iPads and iPhones I never have to worry about running out of power.
Of course, these are just a few examples of all the amazing things you can do with your new iPad. For more information, stop by Abt’s Connect Tech and Apple Store, or shop Abt.com!