Archive for the ‘Events’ Category
If there are two things Abt loves helping our customers do, they’re cooking and entertaining. After all, probably 90% of the products we carry are used for one of those two activities. And no other single day combines these two joys more than that special Sunday when the two best teams in the NFL square off in the biggest football game of the year. Take a group of family and friends and place them in front of a big screen TV and a bigger spread of hearty, spicy, cheesy treats and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. If your team happens to be competing, all the better.
While we won’t have a Bear in the fight (so to speak), we’ll still be partying it up next Sunday. And in anticipation of the Big Game, early next week we’ll be featuring tips on the Abt Blog that will help you have the best Super Sunday ever, from recipes for easy-to-prepare finger foods to expert tips on how to make sure your TV is best setup for an action-packed football game. We’ll even be accepting photo submissions for our Best Big Game Party. So stay tuned for all kinds of fun with football and food!
The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show is currently underway in sunny Las Vegas, so we let a few Abt team members escape the arctic Chicago weather to get the scoop on the industry’s best upcoming products. As info from our guys on the ground filters over, we’ll be bringing you photos, videos and specs on the hottest new TVs, cameras, computer products, home theater equipment and much, much more. Keep your eyes on the Abt Blog for in-depth articles, follow our Instagram feed for behind-the-scenes pics and of course check out the Abt Youtube channel for videos of our CES coverage.
Panasonic announced last week that it will officially be ending its production pf Plasma HDTVs this December. It comes a surprise to the industry as Panasonic 2013 plasma models were critically acclaimed and widely considered to be the best plasma TVs on the market. CNET even awarded the Panasonic TCP65ST60 series plasma a 5-star editor’s rating. In a press release Panasonic states:
Until now, due to the superiority of the picture, Panasonic’s PDPs [plasma display panels] have received high appraisal and there has been firm demand from customers worldwide. However, due to rapid, drastic changes in the business environment and a declining demand for PDP in the flat panel display market, it was judged that continuing the business would be difficult and a decision was made to stop production.
The company will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use, such as Interactive Plasma Displays, with the products for FY 2014 (ending March 31, 2014).
Panasonic has made plasma televisions since 2000. But the shift toward LCD for large-sized displays as well as small and medium-sized ones, have changed consumer interests. Abt Electronics still has a variety of great Panasonic Plasma models, even the award winning Panasonic Plasma ST60 series models.
B&W Speakers find a new home at Abt Electronics
One of the latest additions to our product selection, and one that’s got our audio guys really excited, is our new collection of speakers from Bowers & Wilkins. B&W Speakers (as they’re known to their fans) are some of the most highly-rated speakers available today. One of the progenitors of audiophile-level speakers, B&W have continuously put out innovative products that have won over the hearts and ears of audio fanatics the world over. B&W equipment can be found in the most prestigious studios in the professional audio industry, including George Lucas’s Skywalker Sound and the storied Abbey Road Studios in London.
WGN-TV Chicago reporter Marcus Leshock, who covers Chicago’s most interesting cultural and social offerings, swung by Abt a few days ago to give viewers a glimpse of some epic Father’s Day gifts. While we mentioned yesterday that plenty of Dads would be happy to just have a fun Father’s Day with their loved ones in lieu of a gift, we’re also pretty sure that most Dads wouldn’t refuse an 85″ Samsung 4K TV as a gift. Check out the video below to see what other hot items Mr. Leshock scoped out while wandering our showroom, and if you’re in our area, feel free stop by and see them for yourself.
The new XBOX One is poised to take the gaming world by storm!
Microsoft has just announced the newest generation of the XBOX gaming console titled, the XBOX One. First, let’s talk about the guts of the machine. It will have the following goodies:
- 8 Core CPU
- 8 GB System Memory
- 500 GB HDD
- Blu-ray Drive (finally!)
- 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
- HDMI In/Out
- USB 3.0
The look and design of the system itself is that of an all black feature and features a two-tone finish with both glossy and matte. The Blu-ray disc and gaming drive will be slot-loading and changing between your console and live TV will be seamless. There will also be voice-activate features. Simply saying “XBOX On”, will turn your console on and “XBOX, watch TV”, will turn on your TV.
The emphasis is not only on a powerful gaming performance, but an all-inclusive spectrum to your game playing habits. For instance, Microsoft states, “Achievements ill become dynamic and changing. They tell your personal story of how you play, not what you’ve done.”
There is some grumbling among the gaming communities over the following features: it isn’t backwards compatible, and the possibility that used games will no longer work. Microsoft hasn’t yet fully explained their “used game” policy, but we are sure it will get fleshed out by release date which will be Q$ just in time for the holidays.
It’s that time of year when Abt plays host to a variety of environmentally friendly activities in honor of Earth Day! On Earth Day, Monday April 22, Abt will help make Chicagoland a littler “greener” by helping you as well as local businesses properly dispose their unneeded electronics and appliances.
The following locations will have recycling collection sites for anyone who wants to drop off any e-waste materials. They will even receive a free tote bag or t-shirt made from recycled materials. Below are the locations and times.
1. Chicago Center for Green Technology (445 N Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL) – 5am –11am
2. WGN TV Studio (2501 West Bradley Place, Chicago, IL) – 6:30am –1:30pm
3. Chicago Loop (Michigan Ave. and Lake St., Downtown Chicago) – 6:30am –1:30pm
4. Abt Electronics Recycling Center (1200 N. Milwaukee, Glenview, IL) – 9am – 12pm
E-waste drop-off locations include: CPU equipment, monitors, televisions, cell phones, telephone equipment, gaming systems, printers, copiers, scanners, cameras, stereos, CD/DVD players, projectors, calculators, wire, circuit boards and cables, Vacuum cleaners, blenders, toasters, ovens and dishwashers, Batteries, HVAC and refrigeration equipment that uses freon, thermometers and thermostats that contain mercury.
Additional items accepted during drive include: Cardboard and paper, plastic (bags, saran wrap) and white Styrofoam (no peanuts)
Additionally, Abt will kick-off their Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 21 from 12pm-3pm with family fun activities including crafts and workshops from local organizations. We will even will be giving away EcoSmart T-Shirts made with up to 50% recycled polyester from plastic bottles and Eco-Friendly Reusable Non-Woven Shopping totes while supplies last. For more information, check out www.abt.com/help/chicagoland-customers. Hope to see you there!!
Abt Electronics Youtube Channel Hits One Million Views
We’re always trying to find new ways to connect with our customers, share our thoughts on new products in the store and get feedback on products people would like to see more of. One of the ways we do that is through the Abt Youtube Channel. Browse through our Youtube Videos and you’ll find a variety of How-To’s, product introductions and item reviews and overviews. We try to film and upload a few new videos every week, and were excited to recently get our One Millionth view! As our channel continues to grow, we’ll continue to bring our viewers new and exciting videos about the hottest consumer electronics products.
As we move forward, we’d love to hear from our readers and viewers about what videos they’d like to see. If there’s a particular product we carry that you’d like to see spotlighted, an informational buying guide or how-to video that you think would be helpful, please don’t hesitate to let us know! We’re always looking for new ideas, and there’s no better place to get them than our audience. If you have any suggestions, just send a message to us via our Youtube Page or right here on the blog.
Closed for Easter
One other bit of info we wanted to get out to our customers is that our store, phones and online chat will be closed tomorrow, Sunday March 31st, in observance of Easter. All of our employees will enjoy the day off, but for one hard-working fellow, the day off will be especially bittersweet: The Abt Easter Bunny. He put in his last day of work for the season today, and while he’ll miss his weekend atrium visits, he’s more than ready for some nap time. We’ll be back to normal operating hours Monday, April 1st.
A few weeks back we wrote to let everyone know that our Connect Store was temporarily closed for remodeling. Thanks to lots of hard work, the renovations are 99% complete and the Connect Store is back to normal operation. Our diligent in-house carpenters, who create all of the product fixtures you see around the store, worked tirelessly to craft all-new shelving for a more streamlined, easy-to-navigate boutique.
The dedicated classroom in the back of the Connect Store is still getting its finishing touches, but once it’s complete it will host our computer training classes and provide a quiet area for the one-on-one instruction available when you purchase a new computer.
We invite you to stop by the redesigned Connect Store, where our specialists can answer your computer questions. Or, as always, you can reach us by phone at 1-888-228-5800.