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Abt Back to School Blogger Panel Answers Your Tech Questions!

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.

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RC Car Racing Hits Abt Electronics

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.

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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.

Great Gadgets For Your Summer Road Trip

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!

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 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.

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.

 

Surface Pro 3 Tablets at Abt.com

New Abt Careers Site

July 8th, 2014

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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.

4th of July Sale at Abt Electronics

July 3rd, 2014

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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 Abt.com Web Merchandising Department

June 27th, 2014
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Baby Gabriel

Rochelle, a member of the Abt.com 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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