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Scenes From Earth Day

April 24th, 2014

Here’s a look at some scenes from our Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive, as well as the normal operations of our on-site recycling center.

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An early bird bicycling and recycling Chicagoan.


Jordan from Abt gets interviewed by CBS Chicago’s Vince Gerasole about how to properly recycle unwanted electronics.


Old computer monitors collected during the drive.

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Abt Electronics’ Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive

April 16th, 2014

Our commitment to helping the environment is one of the things we’re most proud of here at Abt. From our on-site recycling center to green methods of energy production, we always try to go above and beyond what’s expected if it helps make the world a little bit greener and cleaner. With Earth Day just around the corner, we’d like to take the opportunity to make it easier for our local community to be environmentally-friendly, with our second annual E-Waste Recycling Day, taking place April 22nd.

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Electronic Waste is a problem that’s growing around the world, as more people buy new electronics and dispose of their old products. In 2010, consumers in U.S. disposed of 2.4 million tons of electronic waste. Computers, and computer monitors and peripherals made up about half the total. Also included in that total were an estimated 152,000,000 mobile devices. Essentially, 1 of every 2 people in the USA disposed of a cell phone, pager or PDA in 2010. The worst bit of information about these stats is that just 27% of the total disposed E-Waste was recycled. The rest ended up in landfills, where dangerous elements like lead, cadmium and mercury can leak out of the products and into the earth, potentially contaminating the groundwater supply and causing serious health risks.

On April 22nd, Abt and the City of Chicago are joining forces for  our 2nd Annual Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive, which will help our local customers properly dispose of their unneeded electronics with minimal effort. While we always welcome drop-offs of e-waste and old appliances at our Recycling Center in Glenview, that can be quite a haul for our more distant customers. The Earth Day Recycle Drive brings drop-off locations out into the community for hassle-free recycling. Read the rest of this entry »

Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay To Older Cars.

April 15th, 2014

Revealed at last month’s Geneva Auto Show, the Apple Carplay system is an integrated hardware and software ecosystem which brings the iPhone experience to vehicle dashboards. Featuring Siri voice control, CarPlay gives users total hands-free reign over the most popular iOS functions including access to Apple Maps; streaming and stored music libraries; and the ability to make phone calls, check voicemail and send and receive messages. Users can also interact via the display’s touchscreen, or even with each vehicles unique physical controls.

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Apple CarPlay as it will look as a factory option on select vehicles.

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GoPro in Space!

April 7th, 2014

If you are familiar with GoPro, you will already know it’s a great way to record stunts of many shapes and sizes.  Strap it onto your helmet, or anything else to get a first-person-perspective, or a handful of other creative ways to record whatever you want! GoPro was the choice for Felix Baumgartner when he ascended more than 24 miles above the earth to the edge of space.  Literally!

It was showcased live and he landed safely.  The video he took was released, along with the full story.  Check it all out on the video below!  Shop Abt’s wide selection of GoPro and GoPro accessories and start recording your greatest daredevil moments.  Remember though, safety first!

Abt’s Power Tips for your iPad

April 2nd, 2014


Once you get an iPad, you can’t wait to open it up, and start installing your favorite applications and accessories.  With so many out there, which ones should you shop for first?  Well, here are some of my favorite choices for great iPad apps and accessories.

Microsoft Office for iPad.  This has made a lot of news here lately.  It gives your iPad the ability to run Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint now.  While the iPad has had Apple’s productivity suite for a long time now the introduction of Office for iPad opens up an whole new level of productivity for businesses customers who have only used Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Best thing about the software is now you do not have to convert documents from one format to another.  You do need a Office365 subscription to take advantage of a lot of features, but with 5 user licenses for computers and iPhone/iPad integration it is actually much nicer now than it was previously.

News Applications – I am constantly trying to stay up to date with the world.  News Applications allow me to do so quickly and easily.  Some of my favorites are

  • USA Today
  • Chicago Tribune
  • CNN
  • Engadget
  • DIGG – probably my favorite since it does most of the work for me and gives me stories that are trending automatically.
  • DropBox/OneDrive – both of these are cloud based storage applications.  Great for someone who needs to have access to files across multiple devices.
  • LinkedIn – I have found both vendors and customers using LinkedIn.  It also has great news articles and information for what is going on in the world

Keyboard Cases – One of the hardest things for me to do on any tablet is type a document or work on a spreadsheet easily.  With a nice keyboard case it makes it much easier to do the basic business applications that I have to do on a daily basis.  I really like the following cases.

iPad 2, 3, 4 –

iPad Air –

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Mophie Juice Packs – I am a big believer of never losing power on my devices, and it never fails that I lose power at the worst possible times.    I always carry one of these with me and since it is good for both iPads and iPhones I never have to worry about running out of power.

Of course, these are just a few examples of all the amazing things you can do with your new iPad.  For more information, stop by Abt’s Connect Tech and Apple Store, or shop!

-Chad Taylor, Manager of Abt’s Connect Tech

Legacy Collection at Abt!

March 31st, 2014

Happy April Fool’s Day from Everyone at Abt Electronics! legacy


Hi there! Thanks for checking out the “new” items in the Abt Legacy Collection. We hope you enjoyed reading about them, and that it’s not too disappointing that we’re not really selling any of these products. We thought it’d be fun to take a look back at what the hottest products were from bygone eras. These products were some of the hottest items sold at Abt over the course of our 78 years in business. Some of these were actually bought by long-standing customers at Abt, and returned when their owners—or in some cases, the owners’ children—finally decided to upgrade to something more contemporary.

You’ll hear folks say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” when they see one of these vintage refrigerators or televisions. Old products were built to last, and to provide tireless service. Like these products, we’ve been around for a long time. And that’s because we’re built the same way. Sales fads and product trends will come and go, but the one thing that never gets old in the retail business is customer service. Since our inception, Abt has been committed to providing our customers the best shopping experience possible. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been voted Top Appliance Retailer in the USA by a certain highly-regarded consumer magazine, four years running. As we take a look back at these products, it’s kind of like looking through an old family album, filled with its ups and downs. We can’t wait to see what products we’ll be laughing at 78 years from today.

If these products made you chuckle, please click below to share them with friends and family!


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Abt Spring Cleaning Must-Haves!

March 31st, 2014

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The weather is starting to warm up, and the snow has just about fully melted.  Time to go out and play!  Well, first it’s time to do a little cleaning, in and around your home.  Abt has just the right tools you need to help your clean-up move effectively and get your house back into great shape.  Crack open the windows, start cleaning up, and welcome Summer once again.  Check out the above video as our representative Josh Davis stopped by goes over some must-haves to clean your home from Abt!

Dogs Love Abt Too!

March 28th, 2014

Sure, Abt Electronics is a great place for humans to spend a few hours wandering, shopping for products to make their homes more convenient or entertaining. We’ve got stuff for all ages and personality types. Some shop alone, some bring their entire family. And by entire family, we mean entire family, even man’s best friend. While it’s not an advertised fact, Abt is a dog (and cat)-friendly establishment. And while most of our furry, friendly visitors are the type that fit in a carrier, we also get visits from big gals like Lola. Lola recently visited Abt with her family, and spent some time watching the fish in the tropical aquarium on our salesfloor. I can’t tell if she was thinking “That looks like dinner,” or “I sure could use a swim,” but this gorgeous girl sure seems to be enjoying herself.  Happy Friday!




Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 and 5s

March 26th, 2014

Back at CES 2014, we checked out some of the new products from Mophie, including the new Space Pack smartphone battery/storage cases. Carl, one of our in-house product experts recently took a closer look at the Mophie  Juice Pack Air, which provides protection and extra battery life for your iPhone 5 or 5s. Weather’s getting warmer, and the arrival of summer means long nights out with friends. Rest assured that your iPhone makes it through all the extra use you’ll throw at it with a battery case like the Mophie Juice Pack Air. Check out the video to learn more!

Pandora Jewelry Spring Line Celebration!

March 22nd, 2014

Spring is officially here, even if the weather still doesn’t seem to think so.  Along with longer days and (eventually) warmer nights, spring means the debut of new fashions. Stop by Abt this weekend to get a look at Pandora Jewelry‘s new Spring Collection! We’ll have a full stock of the season’s newest designs for perusal and purchase. Get a free polishing cloth with any purchase, and purchases over $100 receive a free Pandora Clasp or Bangle Bracelet (a $65 value). Visit Abt’s Time Boutique today and tomorrow (March 22-23) to find some gorgeous new accessories for your spring wardrobe. Refreshments will be served.

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