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Sony's New Portable Gaming System

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Sony released information on it’s newest portable gaming device, the NGP.  It’s made a lot of alterations since the original PSP came out in December of 2004.  For starters the screen comes with a 5 inch touch-screen an OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks, 3G, WiFi, GPS, a rear-mounted touchpad, and cameras on both the front and back.

Games will come on “a small flash memory based card,” according to Sony. “Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or game save data directly on to the card.

Full details, such as price of the unit and games as well as exact release date are currently unknown.  As of know, Sony is planning on releasing this amazing new handheld device around the holidays in 2011.

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Watch The Big Game On An HDTV

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

We are just a few weeks away from the big game: The Super bowl.  While us here are rooting to see our Bears play, feel free to do the same and check out our full line of HDTVs to upgrade your viewing experience.  Choose from top manufacturers like Samsung and Sony.  Start shopping now!

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CES 2011: Sony Portable Blu-ray Player

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Sony displayed its first 3D Blu-ray player prototype, featuring a 10.1-inch screen and 5-hour battery life.

There is 1,366 x 768 pixels so the screen will not deliver full Blu-ray resolution. Other features are its 180-degree swivel stand, built-in speakers, headphone output and USB port.

Additional connectivity sources are unclear at this moment so it is unknown whether or not the player could be used as a standalone unit via HDMI

Sony says this portable device may be available this spring for about $300.

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Sony Strikes First at CES 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Sony Booth at CES 2011 certainly has a whole lotta cool stuff.  First they showed off the battle damaged Green Hornet car from the upcoming movie “Green Hornet in 3D”.

Next, Sony introduced a real Sci-Fi looking headset: The Sony Future 3D Portable Device.  The viewer wears the headset and can surround themselves in an audio and visual 3D experience.  Jon Abt tried it out saying, that while it was a bit heavier than he would like, the look and sound is great.

While this video does not do the display any justice, Sony is showcasing a 3D TV that does not need special 3D glasses to experience 3D visuals.  It is a prototype 3d 4k LCD that displays images with the 3D effect you could only have gotten with special glasses.  This one will be interesting to see if it hits mass the market.

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Sony Signature Collection

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

New at Abt are the Sony VAIO Signature Collection computers.  A special line designed towards the more fashionably inclined with high-performance needs.  They are limited in supply, aesthetically appealing and pack a real punch on power.  Check out our line of the special Sony VAIO collection to see if they meet all your needs.

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Giveaway of the Day!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

If you love music, today’s giveaway is just for you.  Today, one lucky winner will receive Sony’s CD Boombox with iPod dock.  Simply pop in your favorite CD or iPod and listen to your tunes in great, quality sound.  It even comes with a wireless remote.  Visit our Facebook page for full details.

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R.I.P. Sony Walkman

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010



It was announced yesterday on October 25th that production for the Sony Cassette Walkman units has ceased.  Like the indelible sweetness of a John Cusack smile, or a Cindi Lauper pop song, the Sony Walkman helped define the 80’s.  Originally developed under the stewardship of Sony founders Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka, their hope was to design a portable music experience.

When it was first released in July 1979 it cost $200 and allowed users to listen to their favorite music in a personal setting or on the go for the first time.  While transistor radios were portable before the arrival, the Walkman reached out to pure music lovers who collected tapes and listened to their favorite songs endlessly.

The Walkman inspired the creation of the ever-popular “mixtape”.  Music listeners would record their favorite songs, fashion them in an appealing chronological order and hand them over to a loved one.  Letting the tape express what they couldn’t in person, the music spoke for itself and was sometimes better than giving a dozen roses.  While creating a “mixtape” has been replaced by “burning a CD”, the romantic gesture is still there.

The Sony Cassette Walkman stayed strong by keeping its head above water the last nine years since the arrival of the iPod in 2001.  Tragically, all good things must come to an end.  So thank you, Sony Walkman, for being there for so many angsty teens who sat in their rooms and tuned out their parents rants, and all the joggers who took “Culture Club” with them around the park. You may be gone, but you’re not forgotten.

-Nick E.

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Sony’s Amazing Fantastic Wonderful New Bloggie

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

If you are looking for an easy way to shoot HD video and take amazing pictures in one small package, then look no further than the new Sony Touch Bloggie. This camera can shoot up to 4 hours of 1920 by 1080 HD video with up to 8 GB of storage. It’s also a 12.8 mp still camera to take beautiful, detailed pictures, even while recording video on the bloggie. Yes, you can take pictures while recording videos. That can come in handy for those special moments. Its easy- to- use touch screen menu is intuitive and has excellent responsiveness.

There are also no cables or wires to worry about to connect the Bloggie to a computer.  It has a built-in USB arm that swings out when you need to hook it up to a computer to upload your videos and pictures or recharge it. Did you want to upload those new pictures to Facebook? The Bloggie makes that simple with built-in software that will send those pictures & videos as soon as you plug it in to the computer.

The pictures below were taken with the Bloggie’s 12.8 MP camera.

For more information on the Bloggie – talk to an Abt specialist today!

-Walter O.

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TRiK Out Your Tunes

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Sony has a fun, affordable docking station for your iPod or iPhone.  Called the Sony TRik iPod dock, the unit works just as any docking station where you can plug in, charge and play your iPod.  The interesting thing about this is that it comes with four interchangeable graphics allowing you to find your own unique style.  If you don’t like the images the unit comes with, Sony works with the website skinit.com and you can choose from over a hundred of their custom images, or even upload one of your own from your computer.

The docking station plays your music through stereo sound quality speakers.  The mids and highs come out crisp and clear.  You can have a great listening experience in your room, your basement, or even in your backyard.

If you are looking for an affordable docking station, but want to add a little flair to your rooms, check this one out. I went ahead and even customized an image myself.  Seeing as how I believe Chicago is the best city in the world, I think this image perfectly compliments my tastes.

-Nick E

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

NBC 5 Taping

This morning, Abt’s very own Josh Davis went to the NBC studios to tape a segment for Weekend Web.  He focused on gearing up for the football season.  The products he highlighted were the Sony KDL40HX800 with a free 3D sync transmitter and 2 3D glasses; the Samsung PN50C450 which features a large screen for a great price; a Bose Cinemate GSII home theater system; a Bears’ themed iPad; Weber Q to maximize your tailgating experience; and the Cuisinart Popcorn Maker which is great for healthy snacks (in between pizza, wings and beer).  If you miss Josh’s spot on TV, the segment will be available online.  What do you think are some must have football gadgets?

Jennifer A.

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