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Abt Turns 1,000,000 and Will Be Closed For Easter

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Abt Electronics Youtube Channel Hits One Million Views

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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.

Abt Electronics TV Review Youtube Videos

 
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.

Abt Easter Bunny

Until Next Year!

The Connect Store Levels Up

Monday, February 11th, 2013

 

connect 1 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.

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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.

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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.

The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale Is Upon Us

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Abt Customer Appreciation Sale

It’s that time of year again! This weekend is our semi-annual Customer Appreciation Sale, celebrating 77 Years in business. Maybe you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift for your sweetie or you need a new LCD TV after throwing a remote through your old one during the Super Bowl last weekend. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Abt will have great discounts on products throughout the store. Stop in early Saturday and Sunday to beat the rush, and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies, as well as other freebies and promotions. We hope to see you there!

For our agoraphobic or out-of-state customers, the Customer Appreciation Sale is currently in progress online at Abt.com. Click through to see the savings throughout the site and get Free Shipping on thousands of in-stock items.

Buying a TV for the Super Bowl: The Best Sets For the Big Game

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

If you’re buying a TV for the Super Bowl, Abt has something to fit every budget and space requirement.

Super Bowl TVs

With a selection encompassing all sizes and price points, Abt has the right TV for your Super Bowl Party.

 

We probably don’t need to mention that The Super Bowl is mere days away. It’s a good bet that most of America will be tuning in, whether to watch a heroic battle between hotshot quarterbacks, the epic halftime show or dozens of legendary commercials. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your TV set, there’s no better time than just before the Big Game. We had Steve P., one of our TV Sales Specialists, give us a run-down of some of the hottest TVs—at all sizes and price-points. So here’s our list of this year’s best Super Bowl TVs, whether you want to spend less than $500, or if money is no object.

Samsung PN43E450 43″ Plasma HDTV

 

The Samsung is our choice for entry-level flat panel TV especially suitable to sports fans. The 600hz subfield motion of the plasma panel displays video without the stuttering that occur when watching fast-motion on an LCD TV. The PN43E450 is a 720P TV, but At 43″ you won’t notice a difference. It’s big enough for a small football-viewing party, but still compact enough to fit in a small room, at a price so low you’ll think it’s a mistake. Call it the perfect dorm-room Super Bowl TV. (more…)

The Connect Store Gets An Upgrade

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

 

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The Connect Store is in the progress of an upgrade.

If you’re a regular customer at our Glenview showroom, you probably know we like to keep things constantly changing around here. Recent visitors might have noticed construction going on in our computer boutique, the Connect Store, and some have expressed concern that we were removing it. I’m happy to inform everyone not to worry, and the truth is that we’re actually expanding and improving it.

The new Connect Store will have a completely remodeled design, with new lighting and display fixtures, all intended to give you the best computer shopping experience possible. The room will also be expanded to accommodate more showroom area and a brand-new, dedicated classroom area where our technicians can teach you the basics about your new computer.

We expect to have construction completed on the revamped Connect Store before the end of January. In the meantime, don’t let our construction keep you from computer shopping. Our computer sales specialists and all of their displays have been temporarily located to the main floor of the atrium, where you’ll still get the same great Abt Service.

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The Connect Store’s temporary home, in our Atrium.

CES 2013 Television Recap

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

TVs were bigger, brighter and more detailed than ever before at CES 2013

 

If it’s electronic, and there’s even a small possibility someone would be interested in buying it, chances are that it was at CES 2013. From intelligent refrigerators to furry cat ears that read your brainwaves, you could find it all under one large roof in Las Vegas. But for all the crazy conceptual gadgets, the real stars of CES 2013 were the TVS. And this year, TVs at CES pushed the limits of technology like never before.

More Resolution

The big story at CES was 4K resolution, aka Ultra High Definition TV. Since the beginnings of High Definition video, the ultimate in picture quality for a home user was 1080P Full HD. Well, several manufacturers are aiming to change that, with the introduction of 4K TVs. Sony and LG have kicked off the race early, with each already offering a commercially-available 84-inch 4K TV. Sony used CES to debut both 55-inch and 65-inch, more “affordable” versions of their flagship 4K TV. LG also unveiled a 65-inch unit, while Toshiba matched both companies’ large offerings with an 84-inch 4K TV of their own, the L9300.

 

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Sony’s 65-Inch 4K TV on display at CES 2013

 

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

—John Wayne

This Veteran’s Day, take a moment to think of the brave men and women who have served America in the military.  It is through their strength, determination and commitment to their country that has led us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.  Have a safe and happy weekend to everyone.

Come Experience The Largest Samsung TV: The 75″ LED 9000 Series

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Courtesy: Engadget

Tomorrow, August 10th 2012,  Abt will be premiering Samsung’s brand new 75″ LED 9000 Series Smart TV from 6 pm – 8 pm on our showroom floor (1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL, 60025).  Originally debuted alongside Space Shuttle Enterprise, this Samsung flat screen TV is longer, corner-to-corner, than any one of the USA Olympic ‘Fab 5′ Gymnasts, and is only as thick as the gold medals that they won.

It’s not just a pretty face either, this baby’s got brains to match.  Besides being 3D-ready, the 9000 Series has a built-in web camera that retracts when not in use, comes with four pairs of 3D glasses, and has all the Smart features including Smart Interaction for enabling gesture and voice controls. TV viewers can use Smart Content for sharing media across a variety of devices, enjoy a new Angry Birds app which let’s users control the game entirely with gesture controls, and more.

Again, the event begins at 6PM CST and will last until 8PM CST in the Atrium at Abt Electronics in Glenview. If you’re interested in attending you must RSVP . All attendees will also be eligible to enter to win a 46″ Samsung LED 8000 Series Smart TV and there will be a Samsung technical concierge on-hand to answer questions and offer demonstrations of the LED 9000.

Come see it for yourself!

Incredible Dark Knight Themed Theater Only Costs $2 Million!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

One of my favorite parts of our store are the specialized home theaters.  I am such a huge fan of movies, that one of my dreams is to have an all-out, super themed home theater in my home.  The designers at Elite Home Theater Seating were taken to the task to create a theater with a Batman: The Dark Knight theme.  And boy, did they deliver.

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Big Changes in Abt’s Atrium

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Other than our huge aquarium in the middle of our store, customers never get enough of our Atrium.  Often confused as a separate part of Abt, our Atrium plays hosts to specialized stores and kitchen design ideas.  We recently have been making some renovations sure to please our customers.

Plantwork

We like to decorate based on the seasons and upcoming holidays and the workers from our flower company did a complete overhaul this week.  We lost a few trees that have been growing in our atrium since we opened this location almost 10 years ago.  Our atrium is like a garden and has seen the growth of many plants, flowers and trees throughout the seasons, but now, since fall is around the corner, other flowers were traded in for more seasonal colors and styles.

New Stores

The Apple store is opening up in our atrium and will be bigger and better than before.  Borrowing from the traditional Apple stores seen around the world, look for a great selection of Apple products as well as a clean designed store dedicated to all things Apple.

Abt is also taking a leap in a different direction with the selling of mattresses.  Our showroom has been worked on tirelessly, and we anticipate it opening very soon.  keep an eye out on the blog and Abt.com for updates and news about the current events at Abt!