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Hands-Free Cell Phone Options For Drivers

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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Schooled By Abt Sweepstakes!

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!

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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 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.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Available for Preorder

July 16th, 2014

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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.


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New Abt Careers Site

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: 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.

4th of July Sale at Abt Electronics

July 3rd, 2014


After a winter that seemed like it would never end, it’s hard to believe it’s already July. That means it’s time for the greatest American holiday of all, the Fourth of July. A weekend devoted to celebrating the birth of our great nation, enjoying fireworks and barbecue, and spending time with friends and family. And it’s also time for the annual Abt Electronics 4th of July Sale. From now until July 7, special promo codes will save you $50 on purchases over $499; and $100 on purchases over $999. It’s the perfect opportunity to save on some new patio furniture, a new HDTV, kitchen appliances or anything that will help your summer—and life—a little bit more enjoyable. Click the Abt 4th of July Sale link for full details. And have a happy, safe 4th of July!

New Addition to the Web Merchandising Department

June 27th, 2014

Baby Gabriel

Rochelle, a member of the Internet Merchandising Department and 8.5-year Abt veteran, recently gave birth to this handsome little fellow.  Congrats to Rochelle and her husband Eric on the birth of their first child. We hope you enjoy your time with your little guy, and can’t wait until you visit!


Visiting Abt Electronics During Construction

June 20th, 2014

In case you missed it, Abt recently announced plans for an extensive store expansion for our Glenview, IL location. While normal store operations won’t be interrupted during the project, there will be a few minor inconveniences to deal with. Since we’re now in the first phase of construction, we wanted to let our local customers in on the slight changes they may have to deal with. So if you’re planning on visiting Abt this weekend or in the coming months, here are a few things to be aware of.

Parking Lot Changes:

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Overhead view of construction areas. Follow the green path to get to the Recycling Center.

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New Apple iMac Now More Affordable, Available at Abt.

June 18th, 2014

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Get the new Apple iMac at Abt.

Wednesday morning, Apple unveiled the newest addition to their iMac family, a 21.5-inch version designed to be more affordable. Starting at just $1099, this new model should appeal to casual users and those who want to try out the Apple ecosystem but have been turned off by high prices. Like the larger and more expensive models, the new iMac is still built around the same all-in-one aluminum enclosure and stunning LED-backlit IPS display which have garnered tons of critical praise since this form factor was introduced. Underneath the display, you’ll find a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and Intel HD 5000 Graphics, along with a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of included memory. One important caveat with this entry-level iMac is that the RAM is not removable or upgradable, so users will be stuck with 8GB for the life of the machine. Of course, 8GB is still plenty of memory for most tasks likely to be performed by the casual user, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Click the link to order or find out more info about the new iMac.

Top Ten Things To Do at Abt (Besides Shop)

June 11th, 2014

Top Ten Things to do at Abt (Besides Shop)

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Anyone who’s visited Abt knows there’s a lot to do at the store besides shop for merchandise.  We like to think of ourselves as a complete destination, filled with attractions and interactive activities suited for all ages.  So next time you’re about to take your family to the mall or a big box store on Sunday, think about giving us a chance first.  Need some reasons why?  Here are the top ten things to do at the Abt Store (in no particular order).

1)   Spin The Granite Globe

Abt has a German-made 5,381 lb granite ball in the showroom; it is one of 90 in the world. It floats on 12 lbs of water pressure which makes it so easy to move that a 3-year-old can spin the globe. It actually rotates on the approximate axis of the earth, when someone isn’t spinning it, that is. Check it out!


2)   Catch a movie in The David Abt Theater

Launched last year, this remarkable theatre boasts a Bowers & Wilkins 7.4 surround sound speaker package, a DPI Titan LED 1080P Projector with Anamorphic Lens, and Palliser Home Theatre Seating.  In other words, it’s the closet you’ll ever get to the theater experience outside an actual movie theater.  The theater also includes a 3D star field package on the ceiling to give viewers a drive-in movie feel.


3)   Test your photography skills at the Fish Tank

The 7,500 gallon salt water Abt aquarium is home to lots of beautiful fish and eel, and is the largest privately-owned aquarium in Illinois. The vibrant fish and coral also make great subjects for customers to test photo and video quality on, so you’ll find our selection of HD camcorders lined up along two sides of the tank. It’s important to keep the aquarium looking spotless, and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of our scuba-suited cleaning guy inside!

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Camcorders in front of the Abt Aquarium.



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Benvenuti a!

June 5th, 2014

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One of the great things about Chicago is that it’s a true cultural melting pot. People from all over the world settle here, and they bring along part of their home countries.


As a company employing over 1200 people from the greater Chicagoland area, it’s only natural that Abt would reflect that same diversity. Our employees come from six continents (working on getting some penguins employed to make it all seven) and dozens of countries. Did you know that employees at Abt speak over 20 different languages? So if someone ever needs help ordering an amplifier in Armenian, a grill in Gujarati or a range in Russian, there’s an Abt team member that can help.

And to better help our online customers, we recently rolled out a language translation option for Powered by Google Translate, users can now shop the Abt Electronics website in one of ten foreign languages.  To activate translation, simply scroll to the bottom of any page at and pick your desired language from the menu bar on the left side.

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Choose your language from the menu bar.


From that point on, all webpages will be auto-translated into the language you’ve chosen. And while computer translations aren’t always perfect, this option should hopefully make the online shopping experience a little easier for many of our customers.

And with that, we say adios, au revoir, ciao, auf wiedersehen, and until next time!