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Tablet Vs. Laptop: Which is right for you?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The New iPad is flying of the shelves at record breaking rates, according to Apple. As the iPad and other tablets continue to increase in popularity, a lot of consumers are reaching a crossroads in their buying habits. Do they continue to work with on laptop or switch to a tablet? Hopefully we can help find a solution that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is “What do I need it for?” Are you going to be running any demanding software? If you answered yes, a laptop might be the best choice. With faster processing, more memory and the option for a dedicated graphics card, a laptop will bring you high performance in a portable package. Laptops also give you the utility of an optical (CD) drive and full-size keyboard, access to more ports, bigger screens and a significant amount of durability, not found in a tablet. Avid gamers will also prefer a laptop due to their higher processing and graphics capabilities.

If your needs tend to lean towards the multimedia, social networking and gaming style; the portability and accessibility of a tablet may fit your needs. Touch screens gives users a unique interactive experience that allows for simplistic navigation.  Applications give users control beyond that of traditional software and essentially allow for a complete integration of the tablet into any lifestyle. Users can listen to music, browse the web, check their email and edit photo and video on a screen size around 10 inches. The biggest advantage of the tablet is its portability. Most tablets weight around one pound and can easily be stored in backpacks, purses and briefcases alike. Optional docking stations and keyboards gives tablet users access to some of the utility features of a laptop.

The bottom line is that your choice depends on what you are going to use it for. Take some time to really think about how you use your current set up and what you want out of your next one.

Basic and first time users will find the touch screen navigation of the tablet simple and intuitive. Users that demand higher performance will benefit from the utility and power of a laptop. While both options can be considered portable, the tablet is undoubtedly the lighter and more compact option. Whichever option you feel is right for you, come let Abt’s team of experts guide you through the buying process and provide you with a complete solution to meet all your current and future needs.

Do you know which style you want but not sure which product you like best? Take a look at our iPad and laptop buying guide for more information or browse our collection of tablets and laptops to find the right choice for you!

-Scott H.

Become a Member of Our Design Center At Abt

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

If you are planning on purchasing a new home, or updating your existing one, your first stop should be the Design Center at Abt.  Located just 400 yards from Abt Electronics on Milwaukee Ave, the Design Center has what you are looking for.  Whether you are updating your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, specialized stores with helpful representatives are waiting for you.

Right now, you can become a member and you will be informed of exclusive promotions and specials provided by each individual store.  Start joining our Design Center Members Program now!

Live Chat – Talk To Abt Customer Service on the Computer

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Have you ever seen this icon Live Chatand wonder what it is? Live chat is a cool way to contact a Live Sales or Customer Service person via your computer. They are there to answer any questions you may have in regard to placing an order or for an order already placed. The Sales department on Live Chat can answer just about any question you may have about the many products we have on our website. They cannot take an order via Live Chat but can help in placing an order via Live Chat. Our Customer Service on Live chat can help answer just about any question you may have about an order you may have placed. Unfortunately, at this time they are unable to take Live Chat requests for Appliance or Electronics Service. For that you would need to contact them via the phone at 847-967-8830.

So next time you are online and have a question for Abt you can just click on our Live Chat feature and have your question answered there.

-Neil K.

Logitech Security Cameras

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Have you ever wondered what is going on in your house when you are not home?  Well I wondered the same thing, but not anymore.  I recently purchased a Logitech Alert outdoor camera system for my home.  I just wanted to see what my dogs were doing outside at night and not have to worry about other animals in the yard.  This camera system really delivers!  It was easy to setup and I was complete in about 30 minutes.

The Logitech Alert System uses your power lines in your house to carry internet signal as well as power to the camera.  It can record on both a micro SD card slot or your computer to store information.  The computer software allows you to view your Camera which you can zoom to certain areas of view, as well as capture audio.  But my favorite feature is I can view my camera live from my iPhone or iPad.  Overall this camera system is very user friendly, expandable, and affordable.

-Chad Taylor

A Special Thanks, from Our Customers

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Our appliance service department was pleased to find out our technicians did a great job on a recent repair visit.  We get numerous calls during the week from customers. Some good, some bad.  We always appreciate customers who take time out in their day to notify the managers that our employees did a great job.

Earlier this week, one family did just that and a little more.  Our service technicians Jerry and Emmett fixed an appliance that had been causing difficulties for the family.  After visit and a little tinkering with the unit, everything was working just fine.  The family was very grateful and their young daughters went ahead and custom made necklaces for the drivers as a “thank you”.

As a family-owned company, we always have a special place in our heart for helping customers as if they are a member of our own family.  Thanks to the girls for the great looking necklaces and we hope everything continues to work wonderfully.

Panasonic Goes 3D

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Panasonic showcased its latest lines of 3D plasma, LED LCD , LCD, 3D Blu-ray and audio lines in a presentation in New York earlier this week that showed off across-the board connectivity as much as 3D capability.

Several new 3D plasma sets are due out in spring and summer that feature Neo Plasma technology, an improved version of Panasonic’s Neo PDP picture-enhancing technology.  Be sure to check out for a look at the new models when they arrive.

For full information, check out the article, “Connected,’ ‘3D are Bywords of Panasonic’s 2011 Lines” on for more information.

Sonos and Android Come Together

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Sonos recently announced an app for the Android operating system and it’s said to be even better than Sonos’ own controller. Why? Because on Android you can use your phone’s hardware buttons (volume rocker, search, etc) to control your Sonos system and even use your phone to voice search.  The application is expected to come out in March.

Check out our full line of Sonos products.

Androids Rule!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Whether you are talking about R2-D2 from Star Wars, Bishop from Aliens, or Abt’s Customer Service Representative, Gary Q’s favorite character, Data from Star Trek, androids are all the rage in cinema and TV.  That certainly hasn’t changed in the world of cell phones;  Android cell phone operating systems to be precise.

Android” is now the world’s most popular cellular phone OS (operating system) shipping out 33 million to customers since its creation just three years ago.  Beating Nokia’s Symbian and Apple’s iOS, Android has taken the market by storm and has reinvigorated the cell phone device competition.

Congrats to Android on your accomplishment.  Or as R2-D2 would say, “beep, boop, whistle, blip, bop, beep”

Check out our line of cell phones to find the right one for you.

The 11th Annual Sundance Film Festival

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As you may or may not have already ascertained from my previous blog entries, I am a huge movie fan.  Huge.  So I’m pretty excited to follow this weekends events.  January 20-24th in Park City, Utah is the CES of movies; The 11th Annual Sundance Film festival 2011.  Four days of new, independent films presented by filmmakers, to other filmmakers, movie stars and cinema freaks alike.

This year is a bit different as Sundance brings news, reviews, and juicy tid bits to those who can’t make it out to Utah through a wide range of social media outlets.  Instant access through iPhone or Smartphone applications can provide news and reviews at the touch of a button.  If you are a lucky iPad owner, you can download the Sundance application and watch streaming movie trailers and even live interviews from on location.

Canon Camera, a sponsor of the festival will be showing their collaborative film called “The Story Behind the Still.”  It is a movie created with collaborative still images as well as HD video taken with their SLR camera by contestant winners.  “Shooting video on d-SLR cameras has become increasingly popular among filmmakers and enthusiasts. Nearly 20 percent of the overall 2011 Sundance Film Festival films were shot on HD d-SLR cameras.” (

For full information, check out Sundance’s website.  Who knows what movies will be a success and hit mainstream theaters later this year.

CES 2011: Polk's Innovative Ingenuity

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Manufacturer Polk Audio won at CES for Most Innovative products by winning 2 out of the 5 categories.  As a retailer of Polk Audio for years, we are thrilled with their success and are proud to continue to sell their line of electronics.  Check out the forum “Polk Audio wins big in CES” on their website for images and information.