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GoPro in Space!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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!

Abt’s Power Tips for your iPad

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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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

  • USA Today
  • Chicago Tribune
  • CNN
  • Engadget
  • 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.

iPad 2, 3, 4 – http://www.abt.com/product/70475/Zagg-FOLPROBLKLIT101.htm

iPad Air – http://www.abt.com/product/76187/Zagg-ZKFHFBKLIT105.html

iPad Air – http://www.abt.com/product/75125/Belkin-F5L151TTBLK.html

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!

-Chad Taylor, Manager of Abt’s Connect Tech

Legacy Collection at Abt!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Happy April Fool’s Day from Everyone at Abt Electronics! legacy

 

Hi there! Thanks for checking out the “new” items in the Abt Legacy Collection. We hope you enjoyed reading about them, and that it’s not too disappointing that we’re not really selling any of these products. We thought it’d be fun to take a look back at what the hottest products were from bygone eras. These products were some of the hottest items sold at Abt over the course of our 78 years in business. Some of these were actually bought by long-standing customers at Abt, and returned when their owners—or in some cases, the owners’ children—finally decided to upgrade to something more contemporary.

You’ll hear folks say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” when they see one of these vintage refrigerators or televisions. Old products were built to last, and to provide tireless service. Like these products, we’ve been around for a long time. And that’s because we’re built the same way. Sales fads and product trends will come and go, but the one thing that never gets old in the retail business is customer service. Since our inception, Abt has been committed to providing our customers the best shopping experience possible. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been voted Top Appliance Retailer in the USA by a certain highly-regarded consumer magazine, four years running. As we take a look back at these products, it’s kind of like looking through an old family album, filled with its ups and downs. We can’t wait to see what products we’ll be laughing at 78 years from today.

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Abt Spring Cleaning Must-Haves!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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The weather is starting to warm up, and the snow has just about fully melted.  Time to go out and play!  Well, first it’s time to do a little cleaning, in and around your home.  Abt has just the right tools you need to help your clean-up move effectively and get your house back into great shape.  Crack open the windows, start cleaning up, and welcome Summer once again.  Check out the above video as our representative Josh Davis stopped by goes over some must-haves to clean your home from Abt!

Dogs Love Abt Too!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Sure, Abt Electronics is a great place for humans to spend a few hours wandering, shopping for products to make their homes more convenient or entertaining. We’ve got stuff for all ages and personality types. Some shop alone, some bring their entire family. And by entire family, we mean entire family, even man’s best friend. While it’s not an advertised fact, Abt is a dog (and cat)-friendly establishment. And while most of our furry, friendly visitors are the type that fit in a carrier, we also get visits from big gals like Lola. Lola recently visited Abt with her family, and spent some time watching the fish in the tropical aquarium on our salesfloor. I can’t tell if she was thinking “That looks like dinner,” or “I sure could use a swim,” but this gorgeous girl sure seems to be enjoying herself.  Happy Friday!

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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 and 5s

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Back at CES 2014, we checked out some of the new products from Mophie, including the new Space Pack smartphone battery/storage cases. Carl, one of our in-house product experts recently took a closer look at the Mophie  Juice Pack Air, which provides protection and extra battery life for your iPhone 5 or 5s. Weather’s getting warmer, and the arrival of summer means long nights out with friends. Rest assured that your iPhone makes it through all the extra use you’ll throw at it with a battery case like the Mophie Juice Pack Air. Check out the video to learn more!

Pandora Jewelry Spring Line Celebration!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Spring is officially here, even if the weather still doesn’t seem to think so.  Along with longer days and (eventually) warmer nights, spring means the debut of new fashions. Stop by Abt this weekend to get a look at Pandora Jewelry‘s new Spring Collection! We’ll have a full stock of the season’s newest designs for perusal and purchase. Get a free polishing cloth with any purchase, and purchases over $100 receive a free Pandora Clasp or Bangle Bracelet (a $65 value). Visit Abt’s Time Boutique today and tomorrow (March 22-23) to find some gorgeous new accessories for your spring wardrobe. Refreshments will be served.

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It’s never too early to backup your hard drive

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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For many, their computer is an important source of information and entertainment.  We have our music, photos, videos and more, many of which took a long time to accumulate.  This means that everyone has something to lose on their computer.  Precious moments, especially photos and important work documents should always be backed up.  When should you do it?  How about right now?

Seriously. There is no better time to back up your important files other than now.  You never know when you might download a bad e-mail, spill water on your computer, or your hard drive simply seizes up.  At Abt Electronics, we have what you need to make sure your important files will be saved, safe and soundly.  Check out our variety of external hard drives that will be the second home to all your important items!

Home Security Specials at Abt!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Abt is best known for our selection of home appliances and electronics, for products that make your home more convenient, comfortable and  fun. However, many people don’t realize we can also make your home safer.  Since 2012, Abt has offered Home Security Systems to our customers.  A security system from Abt utilizes today’s most advanced monitoring technology, giving you peace-of-mind from nearly anywhere in the world. Sensors in your home can detect fire, carbon monoxide leaks and burglaries, and send alerts to your smartphone. And remote view of surveillance cameras lets you keep an eye on your home while you’re away. You can even remotely control your home’s climate! As part of our upcoming Customer Appreciation Sale this weekend, we’re offering a limited time special for a Free Alarm System & Professional Installation with a qualifying monitoring contract:

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Abt’s Updated Atrium Windmill

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

If you ave ever been to our store, and stepped foot into our beautiful atrium, no doubt you have seen our gorgeous video windmill.  Located at the center of the atrium, it was introduced to Abt years ago after making an appearance at Las Vegas.  Home to four 42-inch 720p Plasma Panasonic HDTVs, it would spin in the fashion of a windmill, while accompanying video would also rotate.  This produced a really cool video of water sloshing around, or a tap dancer moving from left to right.  The Panasonic HDTVs we used have been replaced by Samsung LED HDTVs.  Don’t fret, the Panasonic HDTVs are still in great working condition and can be yours.  Now, you can own a  part of Abt History!

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If you are looking for a Panasonic Plasma, we have the four HDTVs for sale on our eBay account. Check them out here!  Seeing as they still work  wonderfully, it is a testament to Panasonic’s solidly built units and long-lasting quality.   Panasonic Plasmas are actually no longer being produced, and our entire inventory is here, until it’s gone.