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Abt Lights It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

April 2nd, 2015

Abt is always happy to take part in supporting our local community and other greater causes. One cause that’s very near to us is that of raising awareness for autism. Affecting 1 in 68 children, autism is a lifelong disorder that causes varying levels of cognitive, communication and social development issues. The cause is unknown and there is no cure. The Abt family founded the For Autistic Kids Foundation to raise funds to broaden public awareness and understanding of autism, and to assist in the research of early detection, prevention, treatment and a cure for the disorder. This month, we’re proud to take part in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and National Autism Awareness Month.

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For more information about autism and to find out how you can help, please visit any of the following links:

For Autistic Kids Foundation

Autism Speaks

Autism Society

Visit the Easter Bunny at Abt!

March 28th, 2015

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One of our favorite furry friends is making his return to Abt! Stop by on Saturday or Sunday from 12-4pm to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. It’s totally free, and kids of all ages (yes, even grown-up kids) are welcome. And don’t forget to pick up some fresh-baked cookies while you’re here. If you can’t make it out this weekend, he’ll be back next Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th. Hope to see you there!

 

Create and Collaborate with the New HP Sprout.

March 25th, 2015

One of the more unique products we’ve gotten our hands on recently is the Sprout All-in-One computer by HP. The Sprout is actually much more than just a desktop computer, providing all new ways to create, collaborate and compute. We took a look at what makes the HP Sprout so unique.

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The new HP Sprout immersive computer.

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Free Pandora Bracelet This Weekend!

March 20th, 2015

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If you’re looking to get an early jump on a Mother’s Day present or just want something sparkly to accessorize with this spring, visit the Abt Time Boutique this weekend to take advantage of this special promotion from Pandora Jewelry. Spend $100 or more on any Pandora Jewelry and receive a free Pandora bracelet. Choose from one of several bracelet styles. This limited-time promotion only runs this weekend, so be sure to stop on by!

Register for the Abt Bracket Challenge for a Chance to Win an LG TV or Soundbar!

March 16th, 2015

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March is finally here, which means different things to different people. Some get excited for the first day of spring and the opportunity to start spending outside. For fans of college basketball, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament, aka a whole bunch of other trademarked terms we’re probably legally prohibited from using here. This year, Abt is hosting our own bracket contest for the Madness occurring in March. The best bracket in the competition will win a 47″ LG LED TV, and runners up have a shot at a pair of 42″ LG TVs or an LG Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer. It’s completely FREE to enter, but you’ve gotta get your picks in before the tournament starts on March 19th. Head over to www.abt.com/bracket to submit your picks! Read the rest of this entry »

Abt 79th Anniversary Sale Now Underway

March 11th, 2015

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This year marks Abt’s 79th year in the business, a feat we could not have accomplished without the continued support of all of our customers. As a token of our appreciation, it’s time for the annual Abt Anniversary Sale. Head to Abt.com to find savings off of our already-low prices throughout the site. Whether you’re looking to get a new TV before the big college basketball tourney or you’re prepping for a spring kitchen remodel, we’ve got something for everyone. Click, call or come by in person. Prices are valid through March 15th.

Daylight Saving Time Begins. Spring Forward Tonight!

March 7th, 2015

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It’s been a long and cold winter, so it’s nice to reach another reminder that spring is just around the corner. This weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, all of your clocks should be set one hour forward. Most computer and smartphone clocks will do this automatically (tip: there is almost always an option in the clock setting menus to enable automatic DST updates).

This weekend is also a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smart Smoke Detectors like the Nest Protect can send alerts to your smartphone when the battery is getting low, but taking a few minutes every six months is a great practice to ensure your family’s safety.

We also suggest Daylight Saving Time as the perfect opportunity to change the water filter in your refrigerator, since most manufacturers suggest replacing the filter every six months. A fresh filter keeps your water free from impurities and tasting its best. If you need help picking the right filter for your fridge, please give us a call at 888-228-5800.

Losing an hour of sleep on this weekend is never fun, but I think most of us are willing to trade it for another hour of sunlight after the workday ends. Happy Daylight Saving Time Weekend!

The LifeProof Nuud: Full Protection for Your iPhone with Revolutionary Screenless Design

March 3rd, 2015

The more advanced our cell phones get, the more susceptible to damage they are. The old Nokia 3390 was seemingly indestructible, while an ill-fated drop of your current smartphone might result in a shattered screen, rendering your $500 device useless. Thankfully, accessory manufacturers have stepped up, creating smartphone cases that make your phone waterproof and keep it safe from nasty spills. One thing that often bothers users of protective cases is the add-on screen shield, which often acts as a dust magnet, reduces touchscreen sensitivity or adds glare. LifeProof, makers of some of the best iPhone cases around, has an answer for those folks.

The LifeProof Nuud is a smartphone case that offers the same 4-level protection as the brand’s other cases (waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof) but in a slimmer design and with nothing covering the screen. That’s right, there is no screen protector on the LifeProof Nuud, yet you can still submerge your iPhone in up to 2 meters of water for up to an hour.

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There’s no longer anything in between you and that gorgeous Retina Display. Now obviously, this means you’ll have to be a bit careful to avoid scratches on your screen, but for some that may be worth it. Others will be happy to know that LifeProof does include an optional screen-protector for that extra level of protection.

Here’s Carl with a quick overview of the LifeProof Nuud:

And if you’re skeptical about LifeProof’s claims, we decided to put them to the test here:

 

The LifeProof Nuud is available now. Find it here: Buy theLifeProof Nuud.

Stop by Abt to Get Your Baseball or Softball Swing Analyzed by the Pros!

February 27th, 2015

Join us Saturday, February 28th from 10am-4pm for a fun, educational demonstration day featuring The Ballpark in Mount Prospect and Zepp Labs.

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Ron Cacini, former Houston Astro and owner of The Ballpark in Mount Prospect, has teamed up with Zepp Labs, makers of innovative swing analyzer technology, to provide a next-generation level of coaching for baseball and softball players. This Saturday, they will be setting up shop in the Abt Atrium, offering free swing analysis to players of all ages. Come by and have your baseball or softball swing analyzed by former and current professionals! Also in attendance will be Natalie Hernandez, of the Chicago Bandits professional fastptich softball team; and Brad Allen, current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own bats, but we’ll also have plenty of equipment on hand for all to use. The event is totally free, and no registration is necessary. Free autographs and baseball cards to the first 100 participants. And, as always, complimentary freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies in the atrium.

New Jeep Wrangler Project Vehicle Has Begun!

February 23rd, 2015

It’s been a while since our mobile audio department last went all-out with a car-customization project (see the 2012 Nissan 370Z Makeover), but we decided to change that when we got our hands on this new Jeep Wrangler Sahara from that wonderful folks over at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM.

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