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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Five Innovative Fridge Features

July 28th, 2017

The refrigerator is the single-most important appliance in any home, but it’s also one we don’t expect any kind of revolutionary features from. As long as it has enough space to hold all of our food, and can keep that food cold, most of us are pretty happy. After all, what kind of crazy high-tech options can a giant icebox really have anyway? A surprising amount, it seems. In recent years, manufacturers have been adding all sorts of innovative options, most find right in the refrigerator door. Sure, the door is there to keep the cold in, but that blank real estate is capable of much more.

The first major innovation to the fridge door was the inclusion of the in-door water and ice dispenser, which was both convenient and energy efficient. GE pioneered those concepts, and recently returned to revamp the in-door dispenser. Select models of GE Cafe French-door fridges are available with not just dispensers for water and ice, but also hot water spouts and even an integrated Keurig coffee maker. So instead of getting cold fresh water from the fridge, then moving it to a kettle or coffeemaker to brew your beverages, you can conveniently do it all right in your fridge’s door.

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A Conversation with Eero Co-Founder and CEO, Nick Weaver

July 24th, 2017

Eero is the networking device that’s changing the way we set up and use Wi-Fi in our homes. It’s been getting rave reviews from industry magazines and personal users alike, for making Wi-Fi networks easier to configure and improving signal reliability. The folks from Eero recently visited Abt, and we got the chance to sit down with company co-founder and CEO, Nick Weaver to chat about his product.  Check out the video to learn more about what makes the 2nd Generation of Eero so unique:

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What Is the Internet of Things?

July 20th, 2017

We’re all familiar with the Internet, which connects our computers, smartphones and tablets to others around the world—it’s how you’re reading this blog right now. But lately, you may have been hearing more about the Internet of Things, a concept that’s been steadily gaining buzz over the last few years. What is the Internet of Things? That’s what we’re here to learn today.

If the Internet connects computers to each other and you to those computers, the Internet of Things (IoT) connects, well, things. In the Internet of Things, everyday devices are upgraded with a computer chip that makes them smart and gives them internet connectivity, which lets them communicate with other smart objects and you, the user.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Terry!

July 14th, 2017

A lot of things have changed since 1936, when Abt started as tiny Chicago radio shop. We’ve moved five times, began serving all of North America via Abt.com, grown from three employees to 1400, and branched into fun new areas like watches, furniture, and even candy. Of course, in all of that time, plenty has remained the same. And one of the most consistent parts of the Abt experience over the last half century has been a single man: Terry Forrest. Today, we celebrated Terry’s 50th anniversary at Abt.

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Meet the Samsung Frame

July 12th, 2017

Announced earlier this year, the curious new Samsung Frame is now available at Abt. Part piece of art and part high-tech display, the Samsung Frame is a product intended for those who find that the traditional “black mirror” of a TV is a bit of an eyesore in an otherwise nicely-decorated home. TVs have gotten better looking as technology allows them to be made thinner, with smaller bezels, and out of materials like sleek aluminum or stainless steel. But at the end of the day, they’re still big chunks of glass, plastic and metal that tend to look out of place in most design schemes when they’re powered off. The aim of the Frame is to allow the TV to function as beautiful piece of art when it’s not being used as a television.

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The Abt Low Price Guarantee

July 10th, 2017

Throughout Abt’s history, we’ve always prided ourselves on providing the best shopping experience in the industry, whether that includes product knowledge, pre-purchase customer service, or post-purchase tech support. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve been chosen as the #1 appliance store in the country by a particular consumer magazine for the last seven years in a row. However, not all of our customers know about Abt’s Low Price Guarantee. It’s pretty simple: if you find a lower price on an in-stock item, sold by an authorized dealer, we will meet or beat that price. No gimmicks or caveats, and no annual club membership fees needed to qualify. Just us giving our customers the best prices to go along with the industry’s best service, every day of the year. Click the icons below to find out more about why Abt should be your go-to source for appliances, electronics, and home goods.

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8 Tips to Organize Your Door-in-Door Refrigerator

July 7th, 2017

If your door-in-door refrigerator could talk, what would it say? Would it complain about the various expired condiments hanging out on the top shelf? Maybe it would tell the tale of that green pepper that has been living in your veggie drawer for months. The truth of the matter is that most people struggle to keep their fridges organized. For some reason, it’s easier to throw food inside, shut the door, and forget about it. With the door-in-door feature on your fridge, though, you could be using that space to your advantage. Here are a few tips and tricks to help your fridge stay organized—whether it’s a side-by-side, French door, or door-in-door model.

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Windy City Smokeout is Back!

July 6th, 2017

One of our favorite events of the summer will be back in Chicago next weekend. The Windy City Smokeout is a celebration of country music, BBQ cooking and beer, and it’s a rollicking good time. We’re excited to partner with Samsung and return as a sponsor for the third year running. All weekend long, fest-goers can rock out to country hits by more than thirty artists, including headliners Jake Owen, Kip Moore, and Lee Brice, at the Smokeout (560 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL).

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Canon 6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 DSLRs Announced

July 1st, 2017

After much speculation and anticipation, Canon took the wraps off two new eagerly-awaited DSLRs this week. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 bring significant updates to two of the most popular Canon DSLRs, and are likely to be among the hottest new cameras this year.

The 6D Mark II updates its predecessor on nearly every front, presenting a refined full-frame option aimed squarely at intermediate and professional users. A bump in resolution, to 26.2 megapixels, will provide more detail in photos, while an updated autofocus system—including the highly-regarded Dual Pixel phase-detect AF from the EOS 80D—will help users utilize that resolution to capture sharply-focused photos.

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Win a Samsung FlexWash and FlexDry Laundry Pair!

June 29th, 2017

The washer and dryer are the unsung heroes of home appliances. They’re important, but unlike the kitchen appliances, they usually stay hidden away, only upgraded when they finally break. If you’re looking for the opportunity to revamp your laundry room into a high-tech clothes cleaning headquarters, here’s your chance. Samsung has hooked us up with their newest laundry appliances—the FlexWash washer and FlexDry dryer—to give away to one lucky winner. Entering is easy, just click through to the Samsung FlexWash contest entry page and fill out a simple form. Make sure to learn how to earn the chance for bonus entries!

 

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