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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Announced

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Is this the end of the laptop?

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.

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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.

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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.

New Tumi Luggage Products at Abt

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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.

Tumi Alpha 2 Black Wheeled Carry-On Garment Bag

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Monday, May 5th, 2014


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:


KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer:




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…)

Save Energy By Checking Your Fridge Door Gaskets

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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.

Scenes From Earth Day

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Here’s a look at some scenes from our Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive, as well as the normal operations of our on-site recycling center.

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An early bird bicycling and recycling Chicagoan.


Jordan from Abt gets interviewed by CBS Chicago’s Vince Gerasole about how to properly recycle unwanted electronics.


Old computer monitors collected during the drive.


Abt Electronics’ Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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.

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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…)

Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay To Older Cars.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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.

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Apple CarPlay as it will look as a factory option on select vehicles.


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


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 –

iPad Air –

iPad Air –

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!

-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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