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Building the Ultimate Affordable Home Theater: Black Friday Edition

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

There’s no better time to buy electronics, especially products for your home theater, than Black Friday. The year’s lowest prices on TVs, audio components, and video game consoles mean that you can put together an impressive entertainment system for under $1000. And this isn’t a collection of leftover no-name electronics—we’re including the latest technology from the best brands in the business.

Getting the best picture and sound for your money

At the heart of any good home theater is a stunning display. We’re going to go with a 50-inch TV, which is a great size for the average family room. This Black Friday weekend (11/24-26), the Samsung UN50KU6300 will drop to just $398. That’s an Ultra HD, HDR-capable Smart TV for less than four hundred bucks, a price that was unheard of even just last year. The KU6300 will play all of the latest content from both physical and streaming sources in 4K UHD resolution, with HDR, which means the picture will have the extra clarity of 4K and contain a dynamic range of tones that a normal TV could never display. This set is probably the bang-for-the-buck TV deal of the year.

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Black Friday Week Sale at Abt

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The holiday shopping season is now officially underway with the start of Black Friday Week. There’s no need to skip Thanksgiving dinner or get up at 3 a.m. on a cold Friday morning just to try and score one of handful of limited “doorbuster” deals. Instead, enjoy your days off this week and get your shopping done from the comfort of your own home. The Abt Black Friday Week Sale is now underway!

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Inside the New Microsoft Gaming Room at Abt

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

If you’ve ever been to our Glenview showroom, you know that things are always changing. We’re always trying to find ways to make the shopping experience easier, more efficient, or more fun whether by adding product-focused boutiques like the Gourmet Shop or one-of-a-kind showrooms like the new Inspiration Studio. Our latest improvement is the new Microsoft gaming room, a space dedicated to Xbox and other Windows-based gaming products.

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Create and Collaborate with the New HP Sprout.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

One of the more unique products we’ve gotten our hands on recently is the Sprout All-in-One computer by HP. The Sprout is actually much more than just a desktop computer, providing all new ways to create, collaborate and compute. We took a look at what makes the HP Sprout so unique.

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The new HP Sprout immersive computer.

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The Newest Generation of XBOX: The XBOX One

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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.

 

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Microsoft Announces Microsoft Surface Tablet….Finally!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

In an small room filled with journalists and bloggers,  Steve Ballmer of Microsoft publicly announced their new Microsoft Surface – a new Windows 8 Tablet.

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