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Archive for July, 2010

Navigate Like A Rockstar

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Garmin at Abt

Hi, I’m Carl P. and I’d like to tell you about the new Garmin Nuvi 3790T.  When my helicopter is in the shop and I’m forced to drive my Tesla Roadster Sport to dinner (which is currently on display at the Abt atrium until tomorrow), I use this device to get me from point “A” to “B”.  It gives great directions every time.

The look and feel of this GPS is extremely elegant and complements my high-profile lifestyle perfectly.  It’s only 4.8” wide, 2.9” high and 0.35” deep so it fits into the pocket of even my tightest fitting skinny jeans.  The display is a glass screen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution so the quality of the picture on the screen is unparalleled when compared to other GPS units.

It has some pretty amazing features too.  When my fingers are tired from signing autographs all day, I can just tell it where I want to go and it finds the location without having to type anything.  It also has the ability to memorize your typical routes based on how frequently you drive them and what times of day you are out.  This is great for those times I am too busy rescuing kittens from burning buildings I can’t even remember how to get home.

If you lead an adventurous lifestyle like me, or just need help getting from here to there, check out the Garmin Nuvi line of GPS units at www.abt.com or call one of our knowledgeable sales associates at 888-228-5800.

-Carl P.

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LG Vacuums Now Available

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

This week, Abt began carrying LG vacuums.  We already carry LG electronics and major household appliances, but this was our first adventure in this category.  There are two models available, the LUV200R and the LUV300B.  They are both upright bagless models, with the LUV200 in red and the LUV300V in riviera blue.  Both units have LG’s KOMPRESSOR® Dust Compression System collects three times the capacity of a non-compressor model and eliminates messy vacuum bags.

The LUV200R is a vacuum that’s part power, part performance and part convenience.  It has a longer retractable cord so that you can reach everything you need.  Some features that separates it from the LUV300B is that it uses DualForce™ two way suction and has an auto cord rewind.

The LUV300B has LG’s strongest motor and latest innovations.  Some features are the Click ‘N Go wand which is great for those hard-to-reach spots, asthma and allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, DualForce+™ suction and RF Control™ allows you to control the vacuum’s power and settings remotely from the Click ‘N Go wand.

For more information, check out these products online or stop by the store today to test them out yourself.

-Jennifer A.

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New iMacs From Apple

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

iMacs on Abt

Yesterday, Apple announced their line of brand new iMacs. This latest refresh keeps the screen size the same, but you are getting much more for your money.  Every iMac comes standard with a dedicated graphics processor with up to 1GB of video ram.  This is a big upgrade that allows users to get a better experience out of photos and videos.

Along with having better video cards, the new 27″ iMacs allow you to add a SSD (solid state drive) and have dual hard drives in the computer.  This is a dramatic increase in the speed of the computer, allowing you to install programs on the SSD and have programs open up much quicker.

Perhaps the biggest improvement is that all of the processors have been upgraded to include either the Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, eliminating the old but long lasting Core 2 Duo.

Another huge change is the introduction of the Magic Trackpad.  This is the first multitouch trackpad designed to work with the new iMacs.  It works similarly to the trackpad in a notebook computer.

Abt will be selling all the standard Apple models, along with several configured models with upgraded memory and hard drives.  Keep a watch for the new models to pop up online in the next few days.

-Rob C.

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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.

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Tesla Roadster Sport at Abt

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Tesla Roadster Sport at Abt

Have you seen the newest, eco-friendly attraction in our atrium? We are happy to partner with Tesla Motors to showcase a Roadster Sport in our store until this Saturday, July 31st. The Roadster is one of the first electric cars available for purchase today.  It can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.7 seconds, 245 miles per charge and has 0 tailpipe emissions!  What’s great is that it plugs into nearly any outlet and its expected battery life is 7 years, or 100,000 miles.  While this vehicle runs in the low six-figure price range, it does qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit because it is an electric vehicle. If you want to take a look at this beauty, make sure you stop on by before the Roadster Sport drives off into the sunset.

Jennifer A.

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The Samsung Vibrant Demo This Weekend

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

T-Mobile & Samsung Vibrant at Abt

Today, T-Mobile and Samsung unveiled the new Samsung Vibrant, their latest Android cell phone, in our mobile showroom.  This weekend only, you can come to Abt and have T-Mobile and Samsung specialists answer your questions about the latest Android phone either at their tent camped outside the front of our store or in the T-Mobile RV (which is packed with their entire cell phone line and some accessories).

T-Mobile & Samsung Vibrant at Abt

To celebrate the arrival, there are giveaway prizes available both days, and today they had Mustard’s Last Stand hot dogs on hand to feed hungry visitors.  Another promotion available this weekend only is that you can trade in any working iPhone for a Samsung Vibrant and receive $100.  If you’re interested in demoing the new phone, stop by tomorrow or you can try it anytime at our store.

-Jennifer A.

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Connect Better With Abt Connect Techs

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Connect Techs at Abt

Did you know that not only does Abt sell computers & computer accessories, but we also offer a full array of services for your new or existing computer? We offer 2 start-up packages for your new computer to help you get going right away. Our Connect Techs can install software, operating systems, hardware, and upgrades to personalize your computer. Need a wireless network in your house? We can do that for you too!  All of your computer needs are coupled with the best customer service you already know from Abt. For more information, please contact the Connect Store at Abt.

Walter O.

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Looking For An Undercounter Refrigerator?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

U-Line Refrigeration at Abt

If you are looking for excellent performance from undercounter refrigeration at a great price, look no further than U-Line’s group of Wine Coolers, Beverage Centers, and Refrigerators.

My personal favorite is the 1075BEV Undercounter Beverage Center. This unit comes in stainless steel and will hold 16 bottles of wine, 48 bottles of water or beer, and up to 65 cans while keeping them perfectly chilled, as low as 34 degrees.

If you have any questions on this or other U-Line refrigeration, please chat with an Abt specialist or call us at 888.228.5800.

Walter O.

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A Review of the Miele S5 Callisto Canister Vacuum

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Miele Callisto Vacuum at Abt

I just bought the Miele S5 Callisto canister vacuum cleaner. I was a little hesitant, due to its price, but after using it for a week, it was worth it.  The vacuum cleans so much better than our old unit.  I even tested it out the first night when I got home, at 11:30pm.  It was so quiet that nobody was disturbed – not the kids or the dog. I was able to use the vacuum to pull so much dog hair from under the bed, that I could have built a new dog from it! The Miele S5 Callist0 vacuum was definitely money well spent. If you are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, I recommend any of the Miele vacs.

Blake's Drawing

Blake B.

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My Ray-Bans Make Me Look Cooler

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Ray-Ban at Abt

Hi!  I’m Carl P. and my most recent purchase from Abt was a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.  The glasses I purchased were the Ray-Ban Aviator Large Gunmetal Unisex Sunglasses.  Ray-Ban has a lot of different colored frames and lenses to choose from.  I was able to find a pair that not only fit me well, but also added to my physical appearance (not that I needed any help).  I wear my sunglasses, not only at night, but every day when I drive.  They really cut down on glare so it is easier to see.  Not only were they reasonably priced, they make me look a lot cooler.  Browse our sunglass selection online or come into the store to find a pair that makes you look good.

Carl P.

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