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Archive for May, 2013

Learn Windows 8 at Abt Electronics

Friday, May 31st, 2013

windows_8

Windows 8, the latest operating system for Windows, has some learning curve to it.  Our Connect Tech representatives are on hand this weekend to help you navigate the new system.  Visit Abt Electronics Every Saturday in June and July at 1PM.  We will be hosting a free Windows 8 seminar offering you all the information you need to navigate this new OS.  So come on by, bring your laptop or tablet, and become a Windows 8 expert.

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Abt Electronics Receives Top Marks!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

abt electronics award winning

For the fourth year in a row, Abt Electronics has been named the Top Appliance Retailer in the country.  This prestigious award considered a wide variety of aspects.  From the pricing, to the selection, to the customer service, Abt Electronics beat out aggressive competition to take the top spot.

We credit this to our dedication to our customers, where “the answer is always ‘yes’, to any reasonable request.”  We have been in business for over 77 years, operating out of only one store in the Chicagoland area.  We would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved for another stellar year.  We promise to continue our award winning ways and making sure our customers are treated like a member of our family.

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Paint peeling? No, that’s just grease in your grill!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

At Abt Electronics, we receive numerous calls about people concerned about the paint peeling on the inside of their grill.  While this is a common concern, our immediate response to such inquiries is simple, “That’s not paint.  That’s grease.”  While it actually looks like flakes of paint are falling down onto your food, it’s actually grease and smoke that has been accumulating since you have gotten your grill.  A good degreaser and a few minutes should clean your grill up just fine.

Check out the video by Weber below to learn some tips on how to clean it properly.

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Lenovo Horizon; Big & Bold at Abt

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The new Lenovo Horizon IdeaCentre is on display at Abt Electronics. Winning Best in Show at CES 2013, the Lenovo Horizon offers an incredible amount of technology at your fingertips. With the look and feel of a tablet, the Horizon is larger than life.  Check out our video review below!

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Memorial Day 2013

Monday, May 27th, 2013

memorial day 2013

This Memorial Day, all of us here at Abt Electronics would like to thank the men and women in our armed forces for bravely protecting our country every day and for those who gave their lives for doing so.  Abt’s retail location will be open today until 5:30 CST, but our online sale will be going until 11:59 pm tomorrow night.

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Stay Safe During a Storm from Abt Electronics & Allstate

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

With the recent devastation from the tornado in Oklahoma and the bad weather surrounding the mid-west, there are a variety of ways you can protect your family and your home during nasty weather.  Abt has designed a storm gear page that will help you get what you need to keep going during inclement weather.  From power generators, to sump pumps to more, keep your home and family comfortable.

Our friends at Allstate have also created an infographic offering a bevy of information on what to include if you have plans on designing a safe room.  Check it out below and visit blog.allstate.com for a wide variety of additional safety tips.

Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog.

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Wil-Sher Plaza Customer Wins Big At Abt Electronics

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The community of Glenview and Northbrook were rocked with a devastating incident last summer.  The railway off Shermer road near the Glenview-Northbrook border, collapsed.  Since then, the community has been working to re-establish themselves back to normal.  Businesses have been finding it difficult to reach out to customers, however Abt has been working with the villiage to remedy the situation.

Abt sponsored a raffle contest to help encourage customers to shop at the Wil-Sher Plaza.  For every item purchased or service provided, the customer would be entered in a raffle to win a 50-inch LED Samsung HDTV.  Congratulations to Tina Theodorakakis who won the grand prize. Betsy Baer, Executive Director of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Alex Benitez, representative from La Taquiza Restaurant at Wil-Sher Plaza and Ellen Dean, Economic Development Director for the Village of Glenview were all in attendance.  We wish the Wil-Sher Plaza continued success.

Wil-Sher Prize Winner at Abt 052113

 Left to right: Betsy Baer, Alex Benitez, Tina Theodorakakis, Jon Abt & Ellen Dean

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Grilling Season Is Upon Us

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

We’re kicking off summer with a look into the world of BBQ grilling.

 

After a long, arduous winter (basically a regular winter for us Chicagoans), and a few false starts, it appears that Summer is here to stay. Or at least for the next few months. Those of us used to this annual cycle know how important it is to squeeze all the juice from the fruit of summer, or, to steal a phrase from one of the great works of American Literature, “suck out all the marrow of life.” And what better bone to start at than the one in a  juicy hunk of pink-in-the-middle beef, or perhaps one of many in a slab of St. Louis style ribs? That’s right. Summer’s here, so it’s time to fire up that grill and get cookin’.

grilling steaks

It may be a bit of a secret, but we’re big fans of outdoor cooking here at Abt, and not just because we carry a large selection of grills and smokers. We love it because it’s a great social activity, a great way to bring friends and family together. Oftentimes, it seems people feel the need to have a reason to get together, be it a birthday, anniversary or National Holiday. And while stats show that there are certain holidays that people consider to be “grilling holidays,” we think the truth is that you don’t need a special reason to enjoy friends, family and flame-broiled foods. (more…)

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The Newest Generation of XBOX: The XBOX One

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The new XBOX One is poised to take the gaming world by storm!

Microsoft has just announced the newest generation of the XBOX gaming console titled, the XBOX One. First, let’s talk about the guts of the machine. It will have the following goodies:

  • 8 Core CPU
  • 8 GB System Memory
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Blu-ray Drive (finally!)
  • 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
  • HDMI In/Out
  • USB 3.0

The look and design of the system itself is that of an all black feature and features a two-tone finish with both glossy and matte.  The Blu-ray disc and gaming drive will be slot-loading and changing between your console and live TV will be seamless.  There will also be voice-activate features.  Simply saying “XBOX On”, will turn your console on and “XBOX, watch TV”, will turn on your TV.

The emphasis is not only on a powerful gaming performance, but an all-inclusive spectrum to your game playing habits.  For instance, Microsoft states, “Achievements ill become dynamic and changing.  They tell your personal story of how you play, not what you’ve done.”

There is some grumbling among the gaming communities over the following features: it isn’t backwards compatible, and the possibility that used games will no longer work.  Microsoft hasn’t yet fully explained their “used game” policy, but we are sure it will get fleshed out by release date which will be just in time for the holidays.

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Denon Exercise Freak Armband Promotion

Monday, May 20th, 2013

denon exercise freak

The Denon Exercise Freak Armband Promotion is perfect for those who love to work out.  Purchase any Denon Exercise Freak Wireless Headphone set between May 19-June 16, 2013 and fill out a form to get a free armband with your purchase.  This is an excellent promotion from Denon to keep you going through even the toughest of workouts.

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