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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
During the hot summer months, the thought of snow might be a welcome escape from the scorching temperatures. But seeing snow where you normally see a nice TV picture, even in the dead of winter, likely would make your own temperature soar well above the 98.6 that’s recommended by 9 out of 10 TV doctors.
If you own an older television and receive your telecasts through an antenna, things are going to get really snowy for you next February, and it won’t just be the white stuff outside. There are a few steps you can take to prevent this from happening, but I won’t go into all the details here—I’ll let Jon Abt explain it in the video below:
Still confused? Then take a look at our DTV Transition Guide in the Buying Guide section of our website. That made things worse? Sorry. Try this: Abt also is offering a series of classes, held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., which will cover everything you need to know about the DTV transition. If you’d like more information about these and other “How To” classes at Abt, click here.—by Graham W.
Want to stay on the cutting edge this summer? Take a look at this video of Abt sales manager Josh Davis, who showed viewers some great new gadgets during a recent appearance on Chicago’s NBC Channel 5 weekend news.
If you haven’t experienced the great food and drinks at our new Jölane’s Café and Wine Bar, here’s a chance to see what you’ve been missing. A recent Hungry Hound segment on Chicago’s ABC Channel 7 news featured Jölane’s along with the new Viking Cooking School, both of which are located in our new Design Center building just south of our main building. Take a look at the video below and get ready to drool:
Great electronics and appliances, great food—we’ve got you covered all around at Abt. To get more information about Jölane’s and view the entire mouth-watering menu, visit their website at jolanescafe.com. You can also call Jölane’s at 847-375-6986. For more information on the Viking Cooking School, call 847-350-0705 or visit vikingcookingschool.com.—by Graham W.