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Tablet Vs. Laptop: Which is right for you?

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The New iPad is flying of the shelves at record breaking rates, according to Apple. As the iPad and other tablets continue to increase in popularity, a lot of consumers are reaching a crossroads in their buying habits. Do they continue to work with on laptop or switch to a tablet? Hopefully we can help find a solution that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is “What do I need it for?” Are you going to be running any demanding software? If you answered yes, a laptop might be the best choice. With faster processing, more memory and the option for a dedicated graphics card, a laptop will bring you high performance in a portable package. Laptops also give you the utility of an optical (CD) drive and full-size keyboard, access to more ports, bigger screens and a significant amount of durability, not found in a tablet. Avid gamers will also prefer a laptop due to their higher processing and graphics capabilities.

If your needs tend to lean towards the multimedia, social networking and gaming style; the portability and accessibility of a tablet may fit your needs. Touch screens gives users a unique interactive experience that allows for simplistic navigation.  Applications give users control beyond that of traditional software and essentially allow for a complete integration of the tablet into any lifestyle. Users can listen to music, browse the web, check their email and edit photo and video on a screen size around 10 inches. The biggest advantage of the tablet is its portability. Most tablets weight around one pound and can easily be stored in backpacks, purses and briefcases alike. Optional docking stations and keyboards gives tablet users access to some of the utility features of a laptop.

The bottom line is that your choice depends on what you are going to use it for. Take some time to really think about how you use your current set up and what you want out of your next one.

Basic and first time users will find the touch screen navigation of the tablet simple and intuitive. Users that demand higher performance will benefit from the utility and power of a laptop. While both options can be considered portable, the tablet is undoubtedly the lighter and more compact option. Whichever option you feel is right for you, come let Abt’s team of experts guide you through the buying process and provide you with a complete solution to meet all your current and future needs.

Do you know which style you want but not sure which product you like best? Take a look at our iPad and laptop buying guide for more information or browse our collection of tablets and laptops to find the right choice for you!

-Scott H.

The New MacBook Pros Have Arrived!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line with much faster models. But you probably already guessed that. Unsurprisingly, they’ve now got an Intel Light Peak port, which can transfer data at 10Gb/s. Plus, a new HD camera for FaceTime, which costs $1 from the Mac App Store.

All three models come in either a 13, 15 or 17-inch monitor.  The MacBooks will run on dual-core and quad-core Intel processors, with the 15 and 17-inchers also coupling AMD Radeon graphics HD 6490M/6750M graphics and Intel HD Graphics 3000.

When it comes to pricing, the 13-inch model will cost $1,199 with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive, or $1,499 for a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive.

The 15-inch model comes with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive for $1,799.  Another 15-inch model comes with 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive for $2,199.

And finally, the biggest available is a  17-inch model that has a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive, and costs $2,499.

For full selection, visit our “New Arrivals” page or, check out Apple’s MacBook Pro website.

An Android Phone at Breakneck Speed

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Motorola’s Atrix, coming out in March will be hitting the market as the fastest working Android phone on the market.  Originally unveiled at CES 2011, the phone will have unbelievable speed as well as unique features like a fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone.  On top of that, the Atrix will also double as a laptop.  Not in size, but rather in capabilities.

It can become your personal computer. Take it to work, pair it with a special Motorola dock and it acts just like a laptop.  Once connected to the dock, a mobile view of your phone launches on your laptop screen. You can make a call right off your phone directly from the desktop.  It dials out automatically using the speaker from the phone.

For more information check out FoxNew’s article on the Motorola Atrix.

So Long, Windows XP

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Where were you on October 25th 2001?  Well if you are like me and the numerous other people I asked, you probably don’t remember.  On October 25th 2001, Microsoft released the operating system Windows XP.  Windows XP just celebrated its 9th birthday, and even after 9 years, this is the operating system of choice for many major businesses today.  It has even withstood the release of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Unfortunately, as of October, Windows XP cannot be shipped with any new machines from manufactures such as HP, Lenovo, Samsung, etc.  But if you want Windows XP you still have a few options.

The first option is to find a new computer that still supports Windows XP.  Most of the time these will be business class models such as the Toshiba Portege R700-S1321.  This Laptop includes what is referred to as a, Windows XP downgrade.  The second option is to purchase a Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade.  With the Anytime Upgrade you will be able to take Windows 7 Home Premium and unlock the features that are included with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate. The feature that many people are now using is a virtual version of Windows XP.  The Virtual version of XP is what everyone is familiar with.  The best part is you can now have the best of both worlds with Windows 7 and Windows XP!  The Anytime Upgrades for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate requires Windows 7 Home Premium.

If you have questions about the R700-S1321 or how you can upgrade your computer to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, please call the Connect Techs at 847-544-2255.

-Chad Taylor

Need A New Laptop? Abt Has The Perfect One For You!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I could not believe it until I actually saw it.  The Toshiba Protégé R700-S1321 is the most impressive laptop that I have seen in years.  With its 13.3-inch screen that still lets me keep an optical drive but yet does not sacrifice battery and power, and best yet boasts about an 8 plus hour battery, and includes Windows 7 Professional, or a free downgrade to Windows XP.  What could be better?  Well the fact that this laptop only weighs 3.2 pounds and includes a Core i5 processor.  Overall this machine is special in the sense that for the first time in a long time Toshiba is offering a laptop that gives you the best of both worlds; thin and lightweight with plenty of power and battery life.  Abt has this laptop on display in the Connect Store.  It is something that should be truly seen if you are in the market for a new laptop.

-Chad T.

Stream Music from Your Computer With Ease

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Audioengine W1 at Abt

People ask me all the time how can they transfer music from the computer without being complicated. Look no further than the Audioengine W1 wireless adapter. It is as simple as plugging it into your desktop or laptop computer.

Rather than using Bluetooth technology, this unit uses a locked 802.11 wifi network to connect your laptop to your receiver or speakers from up to 100 feet away. It can wireless send your mp3’s or favorite internet stations by just pressing play. You can also use this set up with your mobile phone, game system, Flat Screen TV, and CD/DVD player. I like to bundle this with Audioengine’s A5 premium powered bookshelf speakers for amazing sound that I can take anywhere in the house. They’re crisp, clear and have great definition.

For more information on the Audioengine line, please contact an Abt Sales Specialist today.

-Walter O.

Which Computer Do You Need For School?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Back To School At Abt

It’s that time of year again, summer is winding down and the return of the school year is just around the corner.  All students know to have the essentials ready: a backpack, writing supplies, and books.  But there’s one school supply everyone loves to have: a new computer.  Here at Abt Electronics we have a large supply of laptops, desktops and computer accessories in our Connect store.  To make shopping a bit easier for you, we’ve narrowed down the best of the best.

Laptop: Boasting a 16’’ TrueBrite HD screen, the Toshiba model A665S6056 is our favorite laptop.  With a Dual-Core processor, this computer allows you to multi-task with ease.  Other features include a web-cam built in the monitor, a CD/DVD reader/burner and an HDMI port for easy connectivity to TVs and monitors. For those eco-conscious students, it’s Energy Star compliant and will adjust settings automatically getting the most out of your power consumption.

Desktop: If you plan on doing most of your work in a dorm or an office, you may want to invest in a desktop computer.  For our selection, we prefer the Hewlett Packard Pavilion Elite HPE210F.  With a powerful 3GZ AMD Phenom quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM, 1 Terabyte of memory, Blu-ray player and an impressive 512 MB ATI Radeon HD graphics card, you can multi task your work while blasting away aliens or watching your favorite movie.

Software: The most popular computer software is Microsoft Office: Home and Student.  This software has everything a student needs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Entourage.  All are important tools for writing documents, keeping spreadsheets and creating presentations.

Accessories: Our salespeople couldn’t come to an agreement on just one favorite accessory, which is why they settled on both the Kenneth Cole laptop bags and any size External Hard Drive.  We carry a wide selection of fashionable Kenneth Cole laptop cases for students to protect their investment.  The external hard drives are also an important accessory when it comes to backing up important documents, projects and even keeping a library of music safe and secure.

For more information on our favorites or, to ask about our entire line of computers and accessories, call us at 888-288-5800.

-Nick E.

Don’t Forget The Small Stuff

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

While Abt is normally the place that first comes to mind for large item purchases, such as appliances and televisions, don’t forget that we carry smaller, everyday essentials as well.

If you are going on vacation this summer, you may need an extra memory card or battery for your camera so you can capture all of the memories. We also carry cases for cameras & camcorders to protect and store those items on your trip.

For cell phones, we carry cases, car chargers, and Bluetooth headsets to make your day go smoother.

To protect your new laptop or netbook, we carry cases, mouses (mice!), and even blank cds/dvds for extra storage or to create a photo album of your latest adventure.

Do you need HDMI cables or a screen cleaner for that new big screen? We’ve got plenty of those as well.

And finally with appliances, we stock all the major manufacturers’ water filters for your refrigerator as well as specialty cleaners and surge protectors to protect those new appliances and televisions.

Remember that no matter if your need is large or small, Abt has it all.

-Walter O.

How Do You Use Your Cell Phone?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Pew Research Center

In May, the Pew Research Center conducted a study about how Americans use their cell phones. Some conclusions were expected, while others were a surprise.  It wasn’t a shock to know that six in ten adults go online with either a cell phone or laptop with wireless internet connection. Also, it was not a shock to know that Americans have increased going online through their phone and using internet based applications (internet, email or instant messaging) with compared to last year’s data. What did surprise me was that 38% of this group used their phones to get on to the internet, while 34% played games on their cellular devices. I thought that more people would use their phones to access the internet. It was not a surprise that 76% use their phones to take pictures and 72% use it for text messaging. What do you do on your phone? Do you browse the web, take pictures, play games, text or use it to call people?

-Jennifer A.

Protect Your Mac Book

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Laptop cases are essential for anyone who totes their computer around. They can look utilitarian, whimsical, even like a backpack. What’s the most important feature of a laptop case? Computer protection. The second most important feature? Its looks.

Mac Books are very light and delicate. They need sturdy protection. 12 South has come up with a “novel” interpretation on a traditional concept. The BookBook is a laptop case, made for Mac Books and Mac Book Pros.

BookBook is a unique case that looks like an old book. It has an ultra soft interior and rigid leather exterior for extra protection. The spine of the BookBook is extra sturdy to keep your fragile Mac even safer than with a traditional case.

The BookBook is hand crafted; no two are alike. Touted by 12 South as a vintage work of art, it’s more than a cool way to keep your Mac safe; it’s also a clever disguise. You can leave it on the shelf of your home and no one would ever know it’s not a book.

Visit the Apple Boutique and speak with an Apple Product Professional for more information on the BookBook or any Apple-related question.

-Kelly B.