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Posts Tagged ‘Wii’

Netflix Streaming Becoming More Popular

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Neflix recently reported that 61% of subscribers are now streaming instantly to their PC or TV. This number is up from 55% from the previous quarter, and up from 37% from a year ago. Online viewing has increased with the addition of the $8.99 a month plan that allows customers to take out one DVD at a time with unlimited internet streaming.

Another reason for its increase in popularity is the expansion of compatible devices. Adding the ability to stream from all Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii video game consoles has opened up the option for streaming Netflix’s online library to millions of people.  Certain online connected Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony also allow users to watch netflix programming instantly.  You may also find Netflix built into LCD TVs from Sony and LG as well.

With Netlfix becoming a viable option for many people to watch TV, and Hulu just now starting to provide similar services, it’s going to be interesting in the future as more people will detach themselves from cable and satellite providers. Tell us which service you use or what you think will be the future of cable and satellite providers.

-Brian E.

Hitmaster Will Make Anyone Sound Like They Are In A Rock Band

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

 

As the Abt team made their way through the myriad of booths at CES, they noticed a new speaker from Polk Audio. This new speaker is made particularly for gaming systems; it’s a fun way to upgrade from computer speakers. The HITMASTER is a substantial speaker with an impressive volume level for $100. The HITMASTER will make XBox, Wii, or Playstation sound unbelievable—really cool for Rock Band.

 

-Kelly B.

Abt’s Back to School Products are Head of Their Class

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Abt found the coolest products to get any student ready for the school year.

The Garmin Nuvi 205 GPS will get you back to school—without too many detours. It’s great for college because of its anti-theft feature, battery life, and touch-screen capabilities.

“Computer sales are up in the store right now because they are becoming more affordable and students need them for college. Now is the perfect time to buy a laptop,” according to Winnie in the Sony Store.

A new laptop is a fun way to start a school year. Abt carries a variety of portable computers ranging from Apple to Sony. Perfect for a college student, the Asus laptop is affordable and comes preconfigured with the Windows operating system—ready to go right out of the box! We also carry stylish and functional laptop bags. When I asked David, from small electronics, what is the most popular back to school electronic, he responded, “Laptops. Macs and Sonys. We have the absolute essentials for back to school college students, like laptops, mini-fridges, and small electronics. I just quoted a price on a Sony laptop for a first-time student going to Dayton.”

Abt put some thought into making college eating healthier. We found some small appliances for dorms and apartments that will make cooking easy—even for a busy college student. Cuisinart makes a line of easy-to-use appliances like egg cookers, sandwich makers, and slow cookers that will keep any student well-fed. Looking for a healthy option? The Breville HealthSmart Food Steamer is a must buy. Waring makes a professional waffle maker—a personal favorite. Don’t forget to check out an Avanti, under the counter refrigerator—a perfect place to chill leftovers so they don’t end up looking like a science experiment.

A messy dorm is easy to find on any campus. Electrolux makes a 2-In-1 lightweight upright vacuum, perfect for a dorm or apartment. Having an easy-to-use vacuum around should be the motivation needed to keep any study space clean. Did you know that GE made a portable dishwasher?

College isn’t all about class, studying, and eating. Check out the LG 32″ LCD flat panel HDTV, the Nintendo Wii, and the Samsung 5.1-channel home theater system.

Capturing college memories is a must! Canon Power shot is a great camera, small enough for pockets and most purses—definitely backpacks.

Abt is the first place students (or their parents) need to stop before heading back to school. Preparation is the key to success and we will take care of all a students needs. To see all the great back to school gadgets, click here. – Kelly B.