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Abt Featured On WGN TV

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

In these tough economic times, people want to know that the stores they shop at not only will provide them with quality products at great prices, but that those stores are financially strong enough and stable enough to continue to provide the type of products and services customers have come to expect.

As a family owned and operated store that has been in business for more than 70 years, Abt has managed to weather the downturn in the economy and actually is sustaining, and in some cases surpassing, our sales figures from the previous year. This is due in large part to our loyal customers, who know they can always rely on Abt to provide the best service before, during, and after each purchase. Whether they need to return an item, make an exchange, or have a product serviced, it’s understood that Abt will be there to do everything we can to satisfy our customers.

To learn more, take a look at this video from WGN-TV, which features a report on Abt and the economy in general:

-by Graham W.

Samsung LED HDTVs: A Video Buying Guide

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Have you heard about the new Samsung LED TVs yet? Samsung is touting them as a whole new species of TV, which is a pretty accurate description. These sets offer exceptional contrast, enriched color expression, and other great features all wrapped up in an eco-friendly package that’s a mere 1.2 inches deep.

This video featuring Carl, an Abt sales specialist, will fill you in on all the details so you can get a better understanding of everything these TVs can deliver:


We are currently offering several sizes and styles of Samsung LED TVs at great sale prices. To see the full line of Samsung LED TVs available at Abt, click here. If you’d like to see our full selection of HDTVs from all the top manufacturers, click here.    —by Graham W.

Abt Video Buying Guide: Panasonic Toughbooks

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Some occupations and lifestyles require a laptop computer that can stand up to above-normal abuse, including heavy bumps and shakes, falling to the ground, and even liquid spilling on the keyboard. Panasonic has recognized the growing demand for more rugged devices and now produces a line of Toughbook notebook computers, which offer shock-mounted and removable hard drives, full magnesium alloy casings, and other great features.

To get a better idea of what these notebooks are capable of, watch this video featuring Ken from Abt, who puts the Toughbooks through their paces so you can get a better idea of their ruggedness and computing prowess:

Click here to see the full line of Panasonic Toughbooks available at Abt, and click here to see our entire selection of computers and computer accessories.   —by Graham W.

Asus Computers Now Available At Abt

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Asus was founded as a component provider for Apple and other computer companies and is known for producing high-quality, innovative technology. The company has grown in recent years to the point where it has become the world’s top computer main board manufacturer, and now Asus has joined our selection of desktop and laptop computers. We currently offer the Asus Eee Touch Screen Desktop Computer, which features a full touchscreen LCD display, along with three Asus Netbooks: the Eee 900HA with an 8.9-inch display; the Eee 1000HE with a 10-inch display; and the Eee 1002HA with a 10-inch display, built-in stereo speakers, and a 4-In-1 memory card reader.

For those of you who might not be familiar with netbooks, they are super small and inexpensive computers that are primarily used for easy tasks like surfing the web and sending and receiving e-mail. But why read about these computers when you can sit back and enjoy this video featuring one of our Abt sales specialists, who fills you in on all the important details:


Click here to see the entire line of desktop computers available at Abt, and click here to see our entire line of laptops. Looking for computer accessories? Click here to view our huge selection from all the top manufacturers.    —by Graham W.

Abt Video Buying Guide: The New 24-inch iMac

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Are you in the market for a new desktop computer? Have you had a chance to check out Apple’s new 24-inch iMac? If not, this video buying guide, featuring our Apple Store manager Josh Davis, will take you through all the details you need to know. You’ll find out about all the different configurations available, some of the more popular accessories, and the features you’ll enjoy with Apple’s iWork and iLife software.


To see all the Apple products available at Abt, click here. If you have any questions, please contact one of our knowledgeable Apple sale people. Also, be sure to check back here often for our continuing series of video buying guides, which will keep you updated on all the hottest new products on the market.     —by Graham W.

Abt Video Buying Guide: Digital Cameras

Friday, February 27th, 2009

If you’re looking to buy your first digital camera or upgrade to a newer model, all of the technical jargon and obscure features can get pretty confusing and leave you wondering where to turn for advice. Our new video buying guide, featuring Abt internet merchandising manager Ken Lee, will take you through the basics and help you decide if a point & shoot camera or a more advanced DSLR is right for you.


Click here to see the full line of digital cameras available at Abt, from top brands like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, and more. To see our huge selection of camera accessories, click here.     —by Graham W.

Abt Video Review: Sony VAIO P Series Notebook

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

We recently told you about a hot new product, Sony’s VAIO P Series Lifestyle PC notebook, which we saw last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It checks in at eight-inches and weighs just 1.4 pounds, and among its many exciting features is an ultra-wide 1,600 x 768 resolution LED-backlit LCD display, along with Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi, 3G WWAN, and an embedded GPS module.

Now, instead of just reading about it, you can watch our video review of the P Series PC notebook, featuring Abt internet merchandising manager Ken Lee.

The Sony P Series PC is currently available in a variety of colors in our Sony Store and on our website. Pricing starts at $899.    —by Graham W.

Should You Choose Cable Or Satellite TV Service?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Company president Mike Abt and general manager Marc Cook were interviewed for an NBC Channel 5 “Around Town” segment, discussing the differences between cable and satellite TV service. Below is the video, along with some related text from the NBC website.

With the switch to digital television, many consumers are considering cable or satellite to improve their reception, but it can be difficult to know how to get the biggest bang for your buck. The crispest, clearest picture comes from high-definition programming, and when it comes to HDTV, satellite has the edge, according to Marc Cook, general manager of Abt Electronics. “DirecTV has a dramatic edge in high-definition channels. They have a higher count of channels,” Cook said.

But snow or ice can wreak havoc on a dish. “When it was snowing, it would just go out all the time,” one former satellite subscriber said. Still, experts say satellite has a slight edge in picture quality. Cable bundle packages may be a bit cheaper, but they come with a cost. “Your picture is probably going to be sharper with a DirecTV signal than a cable signal because with cable you have a lot of signals fighting in one wire, and then they’re all being pulled out at the other end,” Cook said.

Then there’s all that equipment. That’s where cable triumphs, Abt Electronics president Michael Abt said. “With cable, you don’t even need to have a box on every TV,” Abt said. “Whereas DirecTV, you really need to have a box on each TV.”

So, what’s the best deal? Experts say that in general, satellite TV offers more channels per dollar. “You’re contracting in a specific price, which is a nice thing. You don’t have to worry about price increases month after month or year after year,” Cook said. But if you’re looking for just the basics, cable is the clear winner.

“For $10 a month you can get basic cable, which is all the main stations you can get now with free TV, and a few more,” Abt said. If you’re considering a switch, first contact your current service provider. They may offer you better pricing to keep your business.

Take A Tour Of The Abt Green Kitchen

Monday, February 16th, 2009

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Green Kitchen installation in our Atrium area, take a look at this video from Realtor interactive magazine featuring Joe Klett, manager of our custom kitchen group. Joe talks about all the eco-friendly items on display in the Green Kitchen, including cabinet and counter top materials, along with the energy-efficient lighting and appliance choices.

Looking to make your own kitchen more green? Click here to see all of the energy efficient appliances available at Abt.      —by Graham W.

The Nightly Business Report Talks With Mike Abt

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Company co-president Mike Abt was a guest on PBS’ Nightly Business Report last evening, talking about current economic conditions and what changes he hopes to see now that President Barack Obama has taken the reins of power. Here’s the clip of Mike’s interview: