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Squad Up with Samsung Galaxy Tablets

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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In less than a month, the action-packed summer blockbuster Suicide Squad, is coming to theaters. Starting today, Samsung is giving you two tickets to see Suicide Squad in theaters when you purchase a qualifying tablet*!

suicide squad samsung

 

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Samsung tablets are perfect for the classroom or for your own entertainment. Light-weight, sleek, and compact, Samsung tablets great for whenever you are on the go to your next class or the coffee shop. To redeem your tickets, you must purchase a Galaxy Tab A (10.1 version only), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy View, or Galaxy Tab ProS. As an added bonus, when you purchase a qualifying tablet, you’ll also receive a digital download of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*.

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Stay Active with the New Samsung Gear Fit2

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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Fitness bands and heart rate monitors are essential in the fitness world; they help us stay fit while maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Most fitness bands provide useful features that monitor our heart rate, keep track of how many calories we burned, or track our sleeping patterns. There are multiple kinds of fitness bands out there that can fit your lifestyle, but the most important purpose of having a fitness band is to reach our fitness goals. There many brands that you can choose from, like Samsung. Samsung isn’t only known for TVs and smartphones, but they are making their way up in the fitness world by designing high-tech wearable devices like the Samsung Gear Fit2. The Gear Fit2 ensures precise results especially with built-in GPS tracking. The built-in GPS tracks your distance, speed, and running route in real time, so you can ditch your phone and leave it at home.

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Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Imagine a fridge that can entertain during dinner, view your son’s soccer practice schedule, and capture pictures of the inside of your fridge. Seems too good to be true, right? Believe it or not, Samsung has stepped up their game with their notable appliance, the Family Hub refrigerator. The Family Hub is Samsung’s new Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen fridge that can help your family stay organized while providing entertainment for the whole house.

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CES 2016: Transparent TVs

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Televisions have been getting thinner and thinner every year, bringing us to today’s svelte OLED TVs that measure under a centimeter in depth. An ultrathin TV flush-mounted to the wall blends into existing home decor much better than the huge tube TVs of yesteyear. Even relatively recent plasma TVs are bulky in comparison. But view an OLED TV from the side and it almost disappears. So perhaps the next evolution in TVs will be to make them almost literally vanish with the push of a button. This year at CES, we’ve scoped out transparent TVs from two of the big names in display technology.

Panasonic cleverly integrated their transparent LED TV into home shelving, so when the TV is powered off it acts as a display case for knick-knacks or photos.

Samsung, meanwhile, utilized OLEDs to achieve a similar effect.


Samsung’s display hints towards a more commercial application, as opposed to home use. Although, we do like the suggestion that panels like these may one day replace windows—we’d never have to suffer through a gloomy Chicago winter day again! There’s no definitive release information set for either of these examples, so don’t expect to see transparent TVs (pun intended) in stores any time soon.

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CES 2016: Samsung with World’s Largest 170″ SUHDTV

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Samsung is one the largest manufacturer of TVs in the world, they just showcased the largest 170 ” SUHDTV this week at CES 2016 and our team got to see it. It is huge! The gigantic TV and the rest of Samsung’s SUHD TV line, 8 series and above, possess quantum dot display. This type of display will enhance the view of colors, brightness, and contrast, making it an enjoyable, realistic view. The quantum dot display consists of 1000 nits of brightness that will create a brighter picture and with Samsung’s new ultra black technology, this feature will accentuate the blacks while viewing. The quantum dot display is great for high dynamic range content like Amazon. To make the viewing experience exceptionally realistic, the SUHD TVs will have a larger color spectrum, that means more colors and a brighter picture.

The picture is amazing on Samsung's 170" SUHD TV.

The picture on Samsung’s 170″ SUHD TV is amazing!

But that’s not it! This 170″ TV isn’t just one big TV. The 170″ TV is made up of multiple small TVs to make one big picture, Samsung calls this concept “Modular TV“.  Modular TV consists of  smaller TVs -without bezels , linked together to create a seamless and bigger view. Although Samsung has not started this concept, the bezeless design is carried over to their consumer line. Customers interested in the 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs can also benefit from the bezeless design with a near invisible bezel.

 

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

These modules have a bezeless design to create a seamless look.

It might be a while for Samsung to have 170″ TVs in stores, but Saumsung’s 8 and 9 series SUHD TVs are available to customers. Maybe one day this 170″ SUHD TV will be displayed at our store!

 

 

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A CES 2014 Perspective from Abt Representative, Chad Taylor

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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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.

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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

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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.

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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…)

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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.

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