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A CES 2014 Perspective from Abt Representative, Chad Taylor

Friday, January 10th, 2014

abt at ces 2014

CES 2014 started off with a ton of issues for me this year.  The trip from Chicago to Las Vegas started off on the wrong foot, as  I spent hours worth of flight delays and was on the phone for hours more trying to figure everything out.  However, after much patience and airport re-organization, I finally made it to Las Vegas for CES 2014.

The show for me started on Monday afternoon and featured the ASUS desktop team.  They have more than a few new products being introduced this year including a new desktop series with wireless charging capabilities.  They also showed off the amazing new routers that will soon invade homes and make wireless coverage and speeds better than ever.  And did I mention an amazing and affordable 4K monitor.  Pivot Head was next on the long list of vendors to speak with.  This company is a crossover between an action camera and a camcorder.  The trick is you can do this right from the glasses that you are wearing.  The quality is amazing and with some of the new features that they will be coming out with over the next few months they should take off quickly.  Monday night featured our yearly trip to the Sony pre-show event.  At this event I was able to see some of Sony’s new products including the VAIO Flip, Smart Watch, Smart Band, Tennis Racquet Sensor (still trying to figure this one out) and many other products.  Sony always impresses at CES.

I started Tuesday once again with Asus notebook and tablet teams.  Not only did I get to see a great assortment of tablets but a new 4K laptop that looked and sounded amazing due to Asus’s continued partnership with Bang and Olufsen.  I was also able to take a look and some amazing 2 in 1 devices that will hopefully be available soon.  Asus is really focusing on the Windows and Android convergence as well.  They already have one 2 in 1 out in the market that supports Windows and Android and with another one coming this might be a trend for 2014 from Asus.

Next was Samsung which if you saw the booth at CES was nothing short of amazing.  Samsung will be releasing a new design in tablets in the coming months.  The Galaxy Pro 12.1 inch tablets is well big and powerful and really allow a user to get away from a traditional notebook and not have to squint at a small screen.   While I cannot really go into much more detail on what Samsung has planned this year I can tell you that Samsung will continue to flex their muscles in 2014.

Lenovo continued the onslaught of new products that they show off at CES with the new Thinkpad X1 Carbon.  This is by far one of my favorite designs ever and now they made it better.  With the adaptive keyboard that changes based on what the user is doing makes the X1 even more attractive.  Lenovo is also getting into the 4K laptop arena with the new a new Y510 series.  I have to tell you 4K on a 15.6” screen truly looks amazing.  The 13” machines that support 4K in my opinion just do not make sense the small screen just does not do the resolution justice.  They also showed off all of the new desktops that they will be releasing this year.  And yes desktops are not yet dead.

Dell was at CES for the first time in a long time.  With the company going private I think we will see big things from this year.  The only announcement that they had was the AlienwareSteambox.  This nice little console will be trying to take on the major consoles in the market.  Other than that Dell is moving in the right direction.  Good machines at attractive price points.

The show floor was well for lack of a better term a zoo.  People from all over the world converge on Vegas to see all that latest and greatest gadgets available in the not too distant future we hope.  From curved TV’s to a Dog Collar that tells you the vital info of your pet you can see everything at CES.  Here are some of my favorite products from the show.

  1. FitBit – no new products announced but they have big plans for this year.
  2. JayBird – this company already makes some great fitness headphones and they will be debuting there first fitness band later this year.  It is a wristband design and has a really premium look and feel to it.  Not only will it do step counting, calories, etc.  But it is supposed to do heart rate as well.
  3. FitBug – really a simply solutions to counting steps and fitness.  This company will also be incorporating fitness plans that you can purchase based on what you want to accomplish.
  4. SpreeSports – probably the coolest of the fitness monitors.  And well less obtrusive of them all.  This is a headband that is able to calculate body temperature, heart rate, and movement all in one device and all without getting in the way.

-          I thought this was the best designed unit out of all the fitness trackers.  And there were tons of them.

  1. Belkin – when Belkin purchased Linksys I was hesitant as to what they would do with the networking giant.  Well they did something that I did not expect.  They brought back the Blue and Black design with the WRT1900AC which if you are a Linksys fan you are excited about.  WeMo is also going to get bigger and better.  They showed new WeMo light bulbs, coffee makers, heaters, and well anything else they can get their hands on.  The DIY brand of home automation is inexpensive but actually works well.  Keep an eye out for it on Abt.com in the coming months.
  2. Infomotion 94Fifty Smart Basketball – I wish I had this when I was playing basketball.  Not that it would have made me any better but at least I would have known what to work on.  This ball gives you drills to do, tracks how quickly you shoot, and how well you dribble.  Pretty amazing stuff.  And I see more products like this coming in the near future.
  3. Sphero 2.0 – probably the coolest App enabled gadget that I saw.  And it looked fun as well.  Sphero is a little ball that is controlled by an App and the user controls with an IOS and certain Android devices.  Great for all ages.  You can even play again other people that have Sphero.

Overall even with all the delays long days of running around, Las Vegas the show was a great success.  It is always fun to see what the next big thing might be.  Unfortunately now the waiting game begins as many of the products will not even be available until this summer.

Samsung 110-inch LED UHDTV @ CES 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Since the first TV was made available to the public some 85 years ago, manufacturers have been continued to refine the technology, always striving to improve two main metrics: Screen size and picture quality. For a while, in the 80s and early 1990s, it seemed we got stuck around standard definition and 60 inches or so of display real estate. The digital revolution around the turn of the millenium jump-started the race again, bringing about widespread adoption of High Definition broadcasting and LCD and Plasma TVs slowly pushing size boundaries. And in the last few years, the process has reached new heights, giving us TV models that were just years ago almost unimaginable.

At CES 2013, we were wowed by the Samsung UN85S9, an 85-inch Ultra High Definition LED TV. It amazed us enough that we decided to carry it in store. Needless to say, it turned heads in our showroom. Stopping by the Samsung staging ground at CES 2014, we got a first hand look at Samsung’s new entry into the S9 LED TV lineup, a model which makes the UN85S9 look downright diminutive:

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Samsung Meets SodaStream

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Samsung-refridgerator

At CES 2013 this year, it was pretty interesting to see appliances enter the fray of the world’s biggest electronics show.  One of the leaders in technologically advanced appliances has been Samsung.  They recently  announced their new 36” four-door refrigerator will have the industry’s first-ever automatic sparkling water dispenser.

It will be powered by SodaStream, which will allow you to pour yourself cold, bubbly water any time of the day.  The filtered sparkling water will come through the dispenser on the fridge door that already delivers water and ice.  Just add your favorite SodaStream flavoring and make soda in moments.

Buying a TV for the Super Bowl: The Best Sets For the Big Game

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

If you’re buying a TV for the Super Bowl, Abt has something to fit every budget and space requirement.

Super Bowl TVs

With a selection encompassing all sizes and price points, Abt has the right TV for your Super Bowl Party.

 

We probably don’t need to mention that The Super Bowl is mere days away. It’s a good bet that most of America will be tuning in, whether to watch a heroic battle between hotshot quarterbacks, the epic halftime show or dozens of legendary commercials. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your TV set, there’s no better time than just before the Big Game. We had Steve P., one of our TV Sales Specialists, give us a run-down of some of the hottest TVs—at all sizes and price-points. So here’s our list of this year’s best Super Bowl TVs, whether you want to spend less than $500, or if money is no object.

Samsung PN43E450 43″ Plasma HDTV

 

The Samsung is our choice for entry-level flat panel TV especially suitable to sports fans. The 600hz subfield motion of the plasma panel displays video without the stuttering that occur when watching fast-motion on an LCD TV. The PN43E450 is a 720P TV, but At 43″ you won’t notice a difference. It’s big enough for a small football-viewing party, but still compact enough to fit in a small room, at a price so low you’ll think it’s a mistake. Call it the perfect dorm-room Super Bowl TV. (more…)

Samsung Smart Window Display Case

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Samsung Smart Window Display Case Gives Retailers a Futuristic Way to Display Products

CES 2013—When flat panel HDTVs  first started appearing in large sizes, I often joked that I’d like to replace all of the windows in my house with them, so I could see whatever scene I’d like outside. No more cloudy, rainy days or long winter nights. While modern 4K TVs can create a scene almost indistinguishable from real life, the obvious problem with my harebrained scheme was that occasionally, I would like to see outside. We found a solution to that problem last year, with the Samsung Smart Window, which can display graphics on an otherwise clear screen.

At CES 2013, we saw an interesting and practical implementation of my idea: the smart display case. Samsung equipped a traditional-looking retail display case with a smart window, allowing exhibitors the ability to showcase a product safely under wraps while enhancing the viewer’s experience with additional info via the display. The Samsung smart window display is an effective concept due not just to its practicality, but also its visual brilliance. This is something people stop to look at.

Illuminated rear and bottom panels keep both the items and the information on the smart window itself perfectly viewable at all times. Samsung’s Magicinfo system provides full PC control, so the window can be programmed to display just about any information the user desires: Spec lists, Where to Buy info, QR Codes, etc. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some cool augmented-reality implementations.

Samsung Smart window

We wouldn’t mind getting our hands on a few of these cases; with a showroom as large as ours, we’ll put them to good use.

Samsung OLED TVs and the World’s Largest 4K TV

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Samsung OLED TVs and More at CES

 

Samsung OLED TVs

Entrance to the Samsung CES Booth

CES 2013— Samsung swung for the fences at CES this year, showcasing an assortment of very impressive HDTVs, among other things. Attendees entering the Samsung booth were first greeted by a trio of the company’s new 85-inch 4K HDTV. Besting the competition’s 4K TVs by an inch of screen real estate, the Samsung S9 is now the world’s largest 4K TV. The ultramodern “Timeless Gallery” frame of the S9 seems to reinforce its identity as a truly luxury item. Samsung has not yet announced price or release date.

Samsung OLED TVs

Samsung OLED TV with “World’s First” curved screen

Another futuristic, if sparsely-detailed, TV we saw was the Samsung OLED TV with the “world’s first” curved screen. The large-radius curve is noticeable from the sides of the set, and less so from the front. Samsung claims the design mimics that of an IMAX Theater, enveloping a viewer’s field of view. OLED technology allows the curvature, but has a primary benefit of better color and contrast, and lower power consumption than traditional LED tech.

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Bundle up with Samsung!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

If you like saving money on your favorite products, but don’t want to be forced to follow specific product guidelines, Samsung has a deal for you!  Right now, you can bundle up a variety of Samsung products and save money on your home theater experience.

Buy a select Samsung TV and get a free Samsung sound bar or a free 32-inch Samsung TV.  Or if you want to go bigger, save money on a larger TV or a professional sound system.  The choice is yours.  Start shopping Samsung Bundle deals!

Have You Ever Seen a Laptop Float?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Has Dell been practicing witchcraft lately?  It sure seems that way if you have seen our floating Dell Ultrabook in our Atrium this week.  The new Ultrabook by Dell is so light, there’s no need for magic to keep it afloat.  Only a couple strong magnets will do the trick.

Weighing in at just over 3 1/2 lbs, the Dell Ultrabook is packed with incredible features.  A 13-inch screen is powered by an HD graphics card making all your favorite movies and computer games come to life.  With the built-in hard drive of 500GB of memory and expandable RAM slots.  Top it all off with HDMI connectivity and you have a portable powerhouse of entertainment.

So stop by our atrium and see the Dell floating Ultrabook.  Be careful when you see it to not bump into it too hard or you might break the spell..er, magnetic field.

Abt Honored to Be Part of London Olympics Torch Run

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Summer Olympics in London is fast approaching.  As of this blog post, there are 18 days left when the world sends their best athletes to compete in a host of athletic endeavors.  As with tradition, the running of the torch is making its way closer and closer to its destination, and just the other day Abt Electronic’s very own Mike Abt was one of the lucky few who got to run with the torch.

LOCOG/Press Association Images

Mike Abt was the third torch bearer of the day and he ran 300 meters, smiling all the way.  ”The experience brings everyone together for the common good,” said Mike Abt.  ”It is powerful to be on planet Earth with 7 billion people and to be the one human carrying the flame .  Everyone wanted a picture with the torch and me.”

The Olympic torch has been a tradition in the Olympic games since the beginning of the games themselves.  When it’s time to start a new torch relay, a very precise ritual for the lighting of the flame is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.   After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.

Abt is honored to be a part of the Olympic Games thanks to our partnership with Samsung, an official sponsor of the London Olympic Games.  For a look at more pictures, check out Abt’s Facebook Photo Album.  Great Job Mike!

Happy Star Wars Day From Abt! May The 4th Be With You!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

“Those deals at Abt are as big as Jabba the Hutt!!”

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! Grab your lightsabers and blasters rifles, and snuggle up next to your favorite Ewok, it’s time to enjoy the movies that defined a generation of “Warsies” and captivated the world’s audiences to the tune of over $4 billion, according to Mania.com.  It’s been over 30 years since The Empire struck back, and although some Star Wars technology is now reality, I still don’t have a personal robot or carbon freezing chamber. Fortunately, the world of home theater technology has come a long way since we learned that Darth Vader “is the Father!” (said in my best Maury Povich voice) and we can now enjoy these classic films in an immersive experience so real, we can almost see Chewy’s fleas.

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