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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Storing Wine and the Importance of a Wine Refrigerator

May 25th, 2017

Wine Refrigerators at Abt

A Wine Refrigerator is a must for the serious wine enthusiast. Not only can fine wine be a significant investment, it requires care and attention to some basic details: the three most important factors to consider in wine storage are temperature, light, and humidity. So celebrate #NationalWineDay with us and learn some useful facts while you’re at it. Alright, let’s get started!

KitchenAid Wine Refrigerator

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Abt-solutely Delicious: S’mores Cookies

May 24th, 2017

One of the great joys of summer backyard living is sitting out around the firepit and roasting some after-dinner s’mores. But if you’re an apartment-dweller who can’t just build a fire on your patio, or you’re simply uncomfortable around an open fire, you can still enjoy the warm, gooey goodness of melted marshmallows and chocolate with this easy-to-make recipe. These S’mores Cookies are filled with the same great tastes as the traditional campfire treat, with none of the danger.

Ingredients:

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Shop the Abt Memorial Day Sale

May 23rd, 2017

The unofficial start to summer is this weekend, which means the Abt Memorial Day Sale is here. All week long, you’ll have the chance to save up to an additional $100 on your order. Click on the banner below to your promo code that will give you an extra $50 off of your order of $500+, or $100 on orders of $1000 or more. You’ll get the year’s lowest prices on thousands of items online and in-store.

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Meet Lincoln, Abt Employee and Extraordinary Angler

May 18th, 2017

Normally, electricity and water don’t mix, but that’s not the case for Abt employee Lincoln Buchanan. Lincoln is one of our in-house electricians, who has also been making a name for himself as a fishing guide in the nearby Chain O’ Lakes. During the day, you’ll find him installing lighting fixtures in a new store display, or up on the roof making sure our solar panel array is operating optimally. But on the weekends, he’s most comfortable on his boat, cruising the Chain in search of a spot where the fish are biting. Lincoln specializes in walleye fishing, and is one half of the tournament fishing team Line 2 Lead. The duo have found success on the Chain, including having earned some first place finishes in World Walleye Association Tournaments.

Lincoln (r) and his teammate Jeff, with their 2014 Team of the Year awards.

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Dyson Air Aware Event

May 17th, 2017

Last week we discussed some of the ways that technology can help make your home a safe haven in the battle against seasonal allergies. While we all like to think that our home’s atmosphere is perfectly healthy, some EPA studies show it can be up to 5x worse than the air outdoors, because the air in a closed house doesn’t get recirculated and naturally cleaned. One method to deal with that is to use a HEPA air purifier like the Dyson Pure Cool or Hot—which can remove 99.97% of allergens and pollutants, including particles as small as 0.3 microns—to clean the air in your home.

This weekend, Dyson will be stopping by Abt for a special event focused on caring for your home’s environment, where you’ll have the chance to speak to an engineer from Dyson, who can provide more detailed information about the company’s purification technology. At the Dyson Air Aware event , you can learn more surprising facts about the quality of the air in your home, as well as find out what you can do to improve it.

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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

May 12th, 2017

If you’re one of the nearly 20% of shoppers who wait until the final 48 hours before Mother’s Day to find the perfect gift for Mom, you might be panicking right now. And if you don’t even have any ideas for a Mother’s Day gift, you might be in real trouble. The good news is that we’ve got you covered on both counts. Here are a few ideas of our favorite last-minute Mother’s Day gifts. They’re all products you can run into Abt to grab quickly, and Mom is guaranteed to love them.

It seems the summer—or at least the sun—has finally arrived to the Chicagoland area, so what better gift to get Mom than a pair of new sunglasses? Some quality shades won’t just make your mom look extra cool, they’ll also protect her eyes and the skin around them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Pictured here are a pair of Ray-Ban Orange Mirror Aviator sunglasses, but you can also shop our selection of various brands, including Prada, Versace, and Burberry sunglasses. Also pictured below is the Tumi Larkin Erin Brief, a beautiful bag that can pull double-duty in the office and out for the weekend. You’ll find it, along with various other bags and clutches, in the Abt Tumi Boutique.

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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Now Available for Pre-Order

May 9th, 2017

Announced at this year’s CES, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is now available to pre-order. We got an early look at it while at CES, learning about its high-tech camera and some other features. It’s now officially been announced for pre-order, with some surprises like a larger-than-average battery and a lower-than-expected price tag. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the new ZenFone 3 Zoom.

As we learned at its announcement, the chief new feature of the ZenFone 3 Zoom is the redesigned camera. A wealth of technologies—both hardware and software—have been implemented into one powerhouse imaging unit that promises some of the best photographic capabilities of any smartphone available. It all starts with the camera, itself. Or, more accurately, the cameras. Packed into the rear of the ZenFone 3 Zoom are a pair of 12MP imaging sensors, each with its own lens: a wide-angle, fast-aperture lens for scenic vistas and low-light shots; and a 2.3x optical zoom lens for getting close and grabbing picture-perfect portraits. The ZenFone 3 Zoom seamlessly switches between cameras depending on your settings, or they can be used together to create the all new depth-of-field effect, which gives your portraits that blurry background that’s usually obtainable only with an interchangeable-lens camera like a DSLR.

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Five Ways to Fight Allergies This Spring

May 8th, 2017

For people who spend the winter getting stir crazy and missing the sun, the arrival of spring is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. But for allergy sufferers, the change of seasons is much less fun. And until modern science figures out a way to cure seasonal allergies, there’s not much that those who are plagued by the itchy eyes and stuffed nose can do but take steps to mitigate the effects of the invisible irritants that are making their lives miserable. If you’re one of the unlucky, here are some ways to make your life a little more pleasant this spring. Whether you’re a veteran allergy sufferer or you’re dealing with newly-developed symptoms, we’re here to help.

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Win this Chicago Cubs Weber Q Portable Grill!

May 5th, 2017

Two of the best things about summer in Chicago are baseball and cooking outdoors, and this portable grill from Weber brings them together. Equally at home on your balcony or a party on the beach,  the Weber Q 1200 is easily portable, yet can quickly cook up a dozen burgers. Plus, it’s emblazoned with the logo of our hometown heroes, the Chicago Cubs. But best of all, it’s yours to win. Click through the image or the link below to enter for your chance to win!

Win a Cubs Weber Q Portable Grill

 

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Announcement

May 2nd, 2017

Today, Microsoft announced new hardware and software that signal a shift in direction for the company. If Microsoft took a page from the Apple playbook with a flashy reveal, it shouldn’t be a surprise. The Surface Laptop looks to have the MacBook—even the Pro version—directly in its sights. While the previous Surface products were all impressive devices in their own right, none of them were true laptops. Both the Surface Tablet and the Surface Book offered full laptop functionality, with the benefit of being able to transform into a laptop, but they each made compromises that might bother a laptop purist. Those discerning users should find little to quibble about with the new Surface Laptop.

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