August 26th, 2014
The All-New Abt.com Has Launched
Some of our regular shoppers might have noticed a little something different at Abt.com. Just this morning, we launched our first major site redesign in over five years. While the previous Abt.com was perfectly functional, we thought we could improve it even more. The new site reduced some of the clutter of the old version, simplifying navigation and giving us more room on the homepage to display our featured products and specials, like the current Labor Day Sale. Titles on product pages will be larger, and finding the details that you really need will be easier. Of course, like any major technical project, there might be a few bugs here and there. We graciously welcome any feedback you have about the redesign, good or bad! Feel free to leave us a comment here, or via the Abt Facebook or Twitter pages. Thanks, and Happy Shopping!
August 19th, 2014
Act now for an exclusive Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Student Discount!
We’ve talked a bit about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 here before, and that’s because we think it’s one of the most impressive new computer gadgets to come out in recent memory. While tablets have enjoyed increasing popularity since the original iPad first brought them into the spotlight, they’re often subject to complaints about not being as powerful or as useful as a “real computer.” The Surface Pro 3 changes that completely, packing high-end, cutting edge components like a 2160 x 1440 resolution screen, Intel Core i7 processor and SSD hard drives into a slim tablet body. Billed as a worthy competitor to the Apple MacBook Air, the Surface Pro 3 can go toe-to-toe with some of the most advanced laptops available today.
For a limited time, Microsoft is offering college students an instant $150 student discount on all Surface Pro 3 models. That brings the Core i3 model down to just $649! The promotion runs through September 6th, 2014, so you’ve still got a couple weeks to take advantage of it. Just enter a valid .edu email address and you’ll be emailed a coupon code to be used upon checkout at Abt.com. Click on the photo below to go directly to the promo page.
Save $150 on any Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with an instant student discount from Microsoft!
August 11th, 2014
On Friday, August 8th, Abt had the pleasure of taking part in the WGN-TV Back-to-School Kids Fair. Held at the WGN-TV Studios on the northwest side of the city, the 13th annual fair helped Chicago kids and parents get ready for the upcoming school year. Area businesses were on hand offering up free food and activities, and offering helpful seminars on health and public safety. Hundreds of families turned up for the event, and we’d say it was a definite success. Here are a couple photos we managed to grab during the busy morning. Check out the link at the bottom of this post for more photos, as well as our very own Josh Davis talking tech with WGN-TV’s Marcus Leshock.
More Pics and Video: WGN-TV Back-To-School Kids Fair @wgntv.com
August 8th, 2014
Getting ready to go back to school, but have some questions about the best gear for the classroom or your dorm room? Join us for our Back to Campus blogger panel Saturday, August 9th from 11am-12pm. Our resident gear expert will be discussing today’s hottest gadgets with other tech and lifestyle bloggers, including Marcus Leshock and Nancy Loo of WGN News, Elliott Serrano, author of the Redeye’s Geek to Me column; and Beth Rosen, of BoomFluent and ChicagonistaLive.com.
Stop by in store or catch the live stream on the Abt Youtube or Google+ pages. Tweet your questions with #SchooledByAbt and the panel participants will help you find the right gadgets for the upcoming school year.
August 5th, 2014
Attention RC Car fans! Interested in doing some racing this weekend? Or maybe just watching the pros do their thing? Come by Abt on Sunday, August 10th, for the 2014 Race For the Kids Charity Radio Control Car Race, benefiting the For Autistic Kids Foundation.
Pro races will be held for Mini, Trans-Am, USGT and 17.5 Touring Car classes. Never raced before? No problem, because the Rookie class is open to all beginners, with no car limits or regulations.
Whatever your skill level, Race For the Kids is all about having fun and helping a good cause! Trophies and prizes, including Abt gift cards, will be awarded to race winners, and non-racers can enter a raffle for a chance to win.
All entry fees and proceeds will be donated to the For Autistic Kids Foundation.
Special thanks to all of the Race For the Kids sponsors: Midwest Slideways RC Club, Alloy Physical Care, Chicagoland Toys & Hobbies, The Track @ Harbor Hobbies, Speed Passion, HPI Racing, and Gravity RC.
For more info on the event, check out the Facebook page for full details: Race For The Kids.
July 31st, 2014
It’s hard to believe, but August is already here! School will soon be in session and before you know it the snow will be falling. Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time to pull off one of the all time great American pastimes: the Summer Road Trip. Abt’s very own Josh “The Technologist” Davis stopped by WCIU’s You & Me This Morning to show off some great gadgets that will make your end-of-summer road trips easier and more entertaining. Check out the video below!
July 28th, 2014
As of July 2014, any form of using your cell phone while driving is prohibited in 14 States (including Illinois!) as well as Washington D.C. That means no texting, no talking, no viewing GPS info, and no Facebooking. You cannot hold your cell phone to operate it while driving, period (though there are usually exemptions for emergency calls). In addition to these state prohibitions, many metropolitan areas across the country have similar restrictions, even if their parent state does not. And even if it’s not illegal, driving distracted can put you and your passengers at risk. Today’s Bluetooth hands-free devices are easy to use, provide great sound quality and can be very reasonably priced. There’s no good reason not to be using one.
Our product specialist, Carl, took some time to go over the features of a few different hands-free devices.
The Jabra FREEWAY is a visor-mounted, voice-activated Bluetooth Speaker:
If you prefer something a bit more inconspicuous, the Parrot MiniKit Neo is a smaller, sleeker visor-mounted option:
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July 22nd, 2014
There’s just over a week left in the Schooled By Abt summer sweepstakes, so be sure to get those entries in if you haven’t already done so!
The Schooled By Abt sweepstakes is the brainchild of a quartet of Marketing Department interns: Kevin Keene, David Stern, Skyler Norris and Matthew Aguilar. Instead of typical summer busy-work, they wanted an opportunity to do something big, leaving their mark at Abt by spreading our brand name while also creating the chance for fellow college students to win some cool stuff. As college students themselves, they have a good idea on how to make a room go from boring to the best room on campus. So they reached out to manufacturers to see who would be willing to help. Samsung, Danby, Bose, Avanti, and JBL answered the call, providing a sweet set of prizes perfect for any dorm room. Each prize package is worth between $700-1000, so each winner is in for a real treat. Word of the contest spread nearly immediately, with hundreds of students entering in the first few weeks. But there’s still time!
Entering the Schooled By Abt sweepstakes is pretty simple. For a chance to win, students must like the Abt Facebook Page and tag a friend in the comments of the photo on Facebook, follow and retweet our photo on Twitter, and/or post a picture and follow Abt Electronics on Instagram. Up to 14 total entries are allowed, and every additional entry is another chance to win.
For full information on the sweepstakes, visit www.abt.com/schooledbyabt. You’ll have until July 31st to enter, so be sure to get your entries in by then, and may the odds be ever in your favor.
July 16th, 2014
Back in May, Microsoft stirred up the tech world with the announcement of the Surface Pro 3 Tablet, their new no-holds-barred Windows 8 Tablet. The Surface Pro 3 promised to be a legitimate laptop replacement, touting specs like 4th gen Intel Core CPUs (up to the Core i7-4650U), USB 3.0 support, SSDs up to 512 GB and a 2160 x 1440 resolution screen. All this would be wrapped in a body less than a half-inch thick and weighing just 1.76 pounds.
Well, the wait is finally over, because you can now preorder the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at Abt Electronics. Five models will be available, with prices ranging from $799 to $1949. With a return to school just over a month away (or even sooner!), the Surface Pro 3 could be an excellent laptop replacement for the college student who’s always on the go. Its wealth of features, computing power and overall versatility make it an all-in-one research, communications and entertainment machine. Click the link below for more info, or give our computer sales specialists a call at 888.228.5800.
Surface Pro 3 Tablets at Abt.com
July 8th, 2014
Not to toot our own horn too much, but Abt can be a pretty great place to work. Of course, a workplace is only as good as its workers, so we’re always on the lookout for new, quality team members. To make the search easier for both ourselves and potential employees, we’ve recently launched a dedicated job listing site: jobs.abt.com. The new site provides an up-to-date listing of available positions at Abt and allows for online applications. If you’re in the Chicagoland area and think you’d be a good fit at Abt, please feel free to take a look at the open positions and submit an application.