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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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It’s never too early to backup your hard drive

March 21st, 2014

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For many, their computer is an important source of information and entertainment.  We have our music, photos, videos and more, many of which took a long time to accumulate.  This means that everyone has something to lose on their computer.  Precious moments, especially photos and important work documents should always be backed up.  When should you do it?  How about right now?

Seriously. There is no better time to back up your important files other than now.  You never know when you might download a bad e-mail, spill water on your computer, or your hard drive simply seizes up.  At Abt Electronics, we have what you need to make sure your important files will be saved, safe and soundly.  Check out our variety of external hard drives that will be the second home to all your important items!

Get all your best Spring Break items at Abt!

March 19th, 2014

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Spring Break is around the corner and for many, that means traveling and enjoying warm weather.  Abt has round up a variety of products that are excellent for all of your spring break needs.  Whether you like to relax and listen to music on the beach, or need some great accessories to bring your favorite items to your vacation location.  Shop Abt’s Spring Break Items for our full selection!

Home Security Specials at Abt!

March 13th, 2014

Abt is best known for our selection of home appliances and electronics, for products that make your home more convenient, comfortable and  fun. However, many people don’t realize we can also make your home safer.  Since 2012, Abt has offered Home Security Systems to our customers.  A security system from Abt utilizes today’s most advanced monitoring technology, giving you peace-of-mind from nearly anywhere in the world. Sensors in your home can detect fire, carbon monoxide leaks and burglaries, and send alerts to your smartphone. And remote view of surveillance cameras lets you keep an eye on your home while you’re away. You can even remotely control your home’s climate! As part of our upcoming Customer Appreciation Sale this weekend, we’re offering a limited time special for a Free Alarm System & Professional Installation with a qualifying monitoring contract:

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Abt’s Updated Atrium Windmill

March 11th, 2014

If you ave ever been to our store, and stepped foot into our beautiful atrium, no doubt you have seen our gorgeous video windmill.  Located at the center of the atrium, it was introduced to Abt years ago after making an appearance at Las Vegas.  Home to four 42-inch 720p Plasma Panasonic HDTVs, it would spin in the fashion of a windmill, while accompanying video would also rotate.  This produced a really cool video of water sloshing around, or a tap dancer moving from left to right.  The Panasonic HDTVs we used have been replaced by Samsung LED HDTVs.  Don’t fret, the Panasonic HDTVs are still in great working condition and can be yours.  Now, you can own a  part of Abt History!

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If you are looking for a Panasonic Plasma, we have the four HDTVs for sale on our eBay account. Check them out here!  Seeing as they still work  wonderfully, it is a testament to Panasonic’s solidly built units and long-lasting quality.   Panasonic Plasmas are actually no longer being produced, and our entire inventory is here, until it’s gone.

Daylight Savings

March 7th, 2014

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It’s that time of year again.  March 9th is Daylight Savings Time.  It begins at 2:00 am Sunday morning. We spring ahead and, unfortunately, lose an hour.  While it stinks to lose some sleep, this only means that Spring is around the corner!  Don’t forget to set your clocks forward Saturday night.

Chicago Fire at Abt!

February 28th, 2014

Chicago’s been a real hotspot for TV and Film locations in the last few years, from the blockbuster Batman movies to the popular Chicago Fire and Chicago PD TV series. While Batman Begins and The Dark Knight films used Chicago as a stand-in for the fictional Gotham City, Fire/PD programs are obviously set in Sweet Home Chicago and also do all of their filming here. Late last year, Abt was approached by the production company behind Chicago Fire about using our building for some on-location shooting. With hundreds of thousands of square feet of indoor space, throughout several buildings, Abt has a variety of features that can make great backdrops for filming. There’s warehouse space, office cubicles, a fully-equipped woodshop, working kitchens, a world-class indoor theater…tons of variety to offer an eager filmmaker (We’ve previously had cameos in TV commercials for the Illinois State Lottery Commission and BMO Harris Bank). Chicago Fire was specifically interested in our warehouse.

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A sign points the way to the warehouse filming location.

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Windows XP Says Goodbye

February 24th, 2014

One of the most well-known computer programs is finally meeting its end. After 13 years of existence and having been used in countless homes, schools and offices, Windows XP is finally officially being phased out.

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Windows XP is on its way out.

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be providing support for Windows XP. What does this mean for Windows XP users? Will your computer cease functioning? Fortunately, the answer to that is No, your computer won’t stop working. When April 9th rolls around, your computer will work just the same as it always has. However, from that point on, you will no longer be receiving crucial automatic updates from Microsoft. These updates ensure that your computer continues to function with newer programs and hardware, as well as protecting you against newly developed virus and spyware. So, while you’ll have no problem using your computer once XP support ends, you might be putting yourself at undue risk. Advanced users might be okay with this arrangement, and could likely figure out how to stay protected. But what’s the average user to do?

When faced with an operating system End of Life, there are three main options:

1.)   Do nothing, and continue happily using the old software

2.)  Keep your old machine, but upgrade the OS

3.)   Get an entirely new machine with the latest OS

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Protect your home with the right weather gear from Abt

February 21st, 2014

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You may have noticed these past few days that Mother Nature is less than predictable.  From inches of snow, to frozen rain, to incredible winds, the weather can be harsh on your commute, while also harsh on your home.  If your home has recently been a victim of Mother Nature’s wrath, Abt Electronics has a variety of weather gear you need to get back to normal.  Whether you are facing a flood, no power in the home, or need some help with the clean-up, we have just what you need.  Shop our Sump pumps, dehumidifiers, power generators and more to get things back to normal.  Shop Abt.com, or give our sales department a call at 888-228-5800.

President’s Day Sale at Abt Electronics

February 17th, 2014

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Right now, you can save on great appliances and electronics from Abt Electronics during our President’s Day Sale.  Shop in-store, or online from top manufacturers and find just what you need to improve your home, or your entertainment center.  Visit Abt.com for more information and deals!