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Register for the Abt Bracket Challenge for a Chance to Win an LG TV or Soundbar!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

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March is finally here, which means different things to different people. Some get excited for the first day of spring and the opportunity to start spending outside. For fans of college basketball, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament, aka a whole bunch of other trademarked terms we’re probably legally prohibited from using here. This year, Abt is hosting our own bracket contest for the Madness occurring in March. The best bracket in the competition will win a 47″ LG LED TV, and runners up have a shot at a pair of 42″ LG TVs or an LG Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer. It’s completely FREE to enter, but you’ve gotta get your picks in before the tournament starts on March 19th. Head over to www.abt.com/bracket to submit your picks! (more…)

Abt 79th Anniversary Sale Now Underway

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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This year marks Abt’s 79th year in the business, a feat we could not have accomplished without the continued support of all of our customers. As a token of our appreciation, it’s time for the annual Abt Anniversary Sale. Head to Abt.com to find savings off of our already-low prices throughout the site. Whether you’re looking to get a new TV before the big college basketball tourney or you’re prepping for a spring kitchen remodel, we’ve got something for everyone. Click, call or come by in person. Prices are valid through March 15th.

Daylight Saving Time Begins. Spring Forward Tonight!

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

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It’s been a long and cold winter, so it’s nice to reach another reminder that spring is just around the corner. This weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, all of your clocks should be set one hour forward. Most computer and smartphone clocks will do this automatically (tip: there is almost always an option in the clock setting menus to enable automatic DST updates).

This weekend is also a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smart Smoke Detectors like the Nest Protect can send alerts to your smartphone when the battery is getting low, but taking a few minutes every six months is a great practice to ensure your family’s safety.

We also suggest Daylight Saving Time as the perfect opportunity to change the water filter in your refrigerator, since most manufacturers suggest replacing the filter every six months. A fresh filter keeps your water free from impurities and tasting its best. If you need help picking the right filter for your fridge, please give us a call at 888-228-5800.

Losing an hour of sleep on this weekend is never fun, but I think most of us are willing to trade it for another hour of sunlight after the workday ends. Happy Daylight Saving Time Weekend!

The LifeProof Nuud: Full Protection for Your iPhone with Revolutionary Screenless Design

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The more advanced our cell phones get, the more susceptible to damage they are. The old Nokia 3390 was seemingly indestructible, while an ill-fated drop of your current smartphone might result in a shattered screen, rendering your $500 device useless. Thankfully, accessory manufacturers have stepped up, creating smartphone cases that make your phone waterproof and keep it safe from nasty spills. One thing that often bothers users of protective cases is the add-on screen shield, which often acts as a dust magnet, reduces touchscreen sensitivity or adds glare. LifeProof, makers of some of the best iPhone cases around, has an answer for those folks.

The LifeProof Nuud is a smartphone case that offers the same 4-level protection as the brand’s other cases (waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof) but in a slimmer design and with nothing covering the screen. That’s right, there is no screen protector on the LifeProof Nuud, yet you can still submerge your iPhone in up to 2 meters of water for up to an hour.

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There’s no longer anything in between you and that gorgeous Retina Display. Now obviously, this means you’ll have to be a bit careful to avoid scratches on your screen, but for some that may be worth it. Others will be happy to know that LifeProof does include an optional screen-protector for that extra level of protection.

Here’s Carl with a quick overview of the LifeProof Nuud:

And if you’re skeptical about LifeProof’s claims, we decided to put them to the test here:

 

The LifeProof Nuud is available now. Find it here: Buy theLifeProof Nuud.

Stop by Abt to Get Your Baseball or Softball Swing Analyzed by the Pros!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Join us Saturday, February 28th from 10am-4pm for a fun, educational demonstration day featuring The Ballpark in Mount Prospect and Zepp Labs.

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Ron Cacini, former Houston Astro and owner of The Ballpark in Mount Prospect, has teamed up with Zepp Labs, makers of innovative swing analyzer technology, to provide a next-generation level of coaching for baseball and softball players. This Saturday, they will be setting up shop in the Abt Atrium, offering free swing analysis to players of all ages. Come by and have your baseball or softball swing analyzed by former and current professionals! Also in attendance will be Natalie Hernandez, of the Chicago Bandits professional fastptich softball team; and Brad Allen, current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own bats, but we’ll also have plenty of equipment on hand for all to use. The event is totally free, and no registration is necessary. Free autographs and baseball cards to the first 100 participants. And, as always, complimentary freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies in the atrium.

New Jeep Wrangler Project Vehicle Has Begun!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

It’s been a while since our mobile audio department last went all-out with a car-customization project (see the 2012 Nissan 370Z Makeover), but we decided to change that when we got our hands on this new Jeep Wrangler Sahara from that wonderful folks over at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM.

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The Gorgeous LG 34UC97-S: A 34″ Ultrawide, Curved IPS Monitor

Friday, February 13th, 2015

If you’re a graphics professional, serious gamer, or just someone who loves having lots of screen real estate, the new LG 34UC97-S 34″ Ultrawide Curved IPS Monitor is a display you should take a look at. This monitor ticks every box on a list of features you’d want in an ideal monitor. The better-than-WQHD resolution of the 3440×1440 pixels gives plenty of room for intensive visual work or play. Easily tile two or even three full-size windows next to each other while you’re writing or coding, pull your graphics palettes to the side while working on a full-height image in PhotoShop, or game in glorious 21:9 wrap-around vision. The curved screen of the 34UC97-S envelops your field of view and combined with the IPS panel, you’ll get vibrant, accurate colors even at extreme angles. Extensive inputs—including DisplayPort, and a pair each of Thunderbolt and HDMI ports—ensure this widescreen monitor easily integrates into whatever system you’re currently running.

Check out our unboxing video here, or jump to the bottom to see our quick overview of features.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, and if you still haven’t found the perfect something for that special someone in your life, Abt can come to your rescue with a variety of beautiful gifts. While Abt is best known as a place to buy home appliances and electronics, we’ve also got plenty of products that make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie.

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Abt Customer Appreciation Sale Is Going on Now!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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2015 marks the 79th year in business for Abt Electronics. We’re still family-owned and operated, and still always looking for ways to give our customers the best shopping experience possible, both in-store and online. The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is just one way we can give back to the loyal customers who have helped us get this far. During the sale, you’ll find discounts on thousands of products throughout the store. Stop by our Glenview location or shop online. Either way, you’ll get access to great savings, an unmatched product selection, and the award-winning customer service that has helped Abt make its mark over the last eight decades. But you’ll have to hurry! The sale ends Feburary 8th!

Click here to access the sale: http://www.abt.com/promo/customer_sale

Game Day Gadgets

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Josh The Technologist stopped by the WCIU TV Studios today to talk Game Day gadgets with the ladies from You & Me This Morning. Hit play to hear about our must-haves for Sunday’s big match-up or any of your favorite sporting events.

Here are the items shown in the video:

Waring Pro Classic Popcorn Maker

DeLonghi Rotofry Deep Fryer

All-Clad Electric Slow Cooker

Polk Audio Surround Bar

SONOS Playbar Sound Bar

Sharp AQUOS 70″ LED HDTV

There’s still time to stop by and grab a game day gadget in time for kickoff!