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Archive for June, 2015

Get Your Grill on This Summer!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015


It may not feel like it in many parts of the country, but summer is finally officially here! That means we have less than two weeks until the biggest grilling day of the year, The Fourth of July. There’s still plenty of time to get your patio in party mode with Abt’s selection of outdoor living products. From waterproof outdoor speakers to grills of all sizes, we’ve got everything you need for a successful July 4th barbecue and a summer full of backyard fun. Click through for guaranteed low prices and free shipping on many items—even gas grills. In the meantime, enjoy these fun facts about grill season. Feel free to add the infographic to your blog (you can grab the embed code here), or post it to your Twitter or Facebook page.


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Ragnar Relay Recap

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Over the past weekend, twelve daring souls (with 24 daring soles) from Abt braved rain and barren backcountry roads to participate in the Madison-to-Chicago edition of the Ragnar Relay. The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race in which teams of 6 or 12 runners work together to cover a long distance in under two days. This version had the runners racing non-stop from the capital of Wisconsin to the sandy shores of Montrose Beach near downtown Chicago, covering 196.2 miles along the way. In addition to being a unique challenge and a great bonding experience, the race served  as a fundraiser for the For Autistic Kids Foundation, an organization that was founded by the Abt family. Team “There’s an Abt for That” finished the Ragnar Relay with time of 32 hours, 57 minutes and 30 seconds, earning them 8th place in the Men’s Corporate division. Here are some of the photos the runners managed to snap in between their runs.


Most of team “There’s an Abt for That”

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas with WGN News

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Father’s Day is less than a week away, and if you’re still looking for that perfect gift, we’ve got you covered. Josh stopped by the WGN News studios recently to talk tech gifts for Dad, and brought along a variety of fun products that will appeal to Dads of all types. Check out the video below to hear more about the products we featured. And see our list of Father’s Day Gift Ideas for more inspiration!

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What is 4K TV?

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The consumer electronics industry is filled with buzzwords, acronyms and technical jargon that can make it difficult to choose the best product for your budget and needs. In the last year, “4K TV” and “Ultra High Definition TV” have been the big trends in television marketing. 4K TV is a technological advancement worth knowing about, but because the explanation can get technical, one of the main questions of new TV shoppers is still: “What is 4K TV?” We put together this fun video to help explain 4K TV, also know as Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV). It doesn’t get too far into the technical side of things, but should hopefully clear up some of the basics. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us online or at 888-228-58000.

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Fable Kids’ Tablet Now Available at

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Abt is often called a “toy store for adults,” but we also carry plenty of fun stuff for children (my favorite are the kids’ home theater recliners). One of our newest product offerings for youngsters is the Fable kids’ tablet. Everything about Fable, from the custom operating system to the physical design of the tablet, was designed from the ground up to be the perfect tablet for children.


One of the major worries with letting children use Mom and Dad’s tablet is the unrestricted access to the internet or app store that a “grown up” device provides. The Fable tablet prevents this by utilizing a custom operating system of its own design, which utilizes multiple levels of security. First off, Fable is a browser-free device, meaning there’s no way for a child to even access the internet, and all of Fable’s content is found in its custom apps. And while those apps may offer in-app purchases, all shopping rights can be locked down with the integrated password protection, preventing accidental one-click purchases. The security features also let parents (or authorized teachers) remotely select what apps are downloaded to the Fable, and even manage a friends list, allowing access only to authorized contacts. All available apps are carefully selected by Fable, with their exclusive online store offering hundreds of different creative and learning apps, books, games, videos and more.

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The Fable tablet’s child-specific design extends to its physical construction, with a body built to withstand the spills and drops that a kid’s tablet is likely to experience. The flared edges and wide bezel surrounding the 7″ touch-screen LCD make the Fable easier for little hands to hold, while bright colors add some personality in a sea of grey and black adult tablets. You’ll also find a rear-facing 3MP camera, 8GB of storage, a headphone jack, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity, and a battery that’s good for 6-8 hours. And one last surprising fact for a tablet, especially one that costs only $129.99: The Fable is made in the USA.

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