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Archive for April, 2017

OLED TVs Compared

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Since the beginning of the flat-screen TV era, manufacturers have been slowly marching towards creating the “perfect” TV. Plasma TVs produced a phenomenal picture, but their glass screens were susceptible to bad glare and the technology was an energy hog, plus the TVs were still quite heavy. LCD TVs—and then LED TVs—were much more energy-efficient and could be made significantly lighter and thinner than plasma displays, but they never quite measured up in picture quality. Whichever technology a user opted for, there was a compromise to be made, until now. OLED TVs check every box on the list of traits you’d ever want on a TV: nearly infinite contrast ratio, vibrant colors, 4K resolution, extreme energy efficiency, and an ultra-thin construction.

OLED TVs were, for many years, something of a technological holy grail. They’ve existed as prototypes for years, and were often dismissed as vaporware. But now that two of the biggest names in television have multiple models of OLED TVs for sale, it’s safe to say that the technology has officially arrived. Both the LG Signature OLED TV and Sony A1E OLED TVs are available at Abt, so we unboxed one of each and compared the two. If you’re in the market to buy an OLED TV, this is the comparison you need to see:

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Enjoy Fresh-Brewed Beer Anytime with the PicoBrew Pico

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

There are few things that hit the spot like a freshly-poured, freshly-brewed glass of craft beer. Anyone who’s ever done a brewery tour will tell you how much better a beer tastes when it comes straight from the barrel. And even beer from a keg has a taste advantage over its equal that came from a bottle or can. But obviously, it isn’t always practical to have a keg of your favorite beer in your house or to pop down to the local microbrewery when you’re craving a pint. But the Pico from PicoBrew aims to change all of that, by letting you get those same fresh, flavorful pours in the comfort of you home any time you want.

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Being Green: What Can You Do?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Earlier this week, we talked about some of the technologies and practices that Abt has implemented in our business which help us be green on a day-to-day basis. And while it might not be feasible for individual homeowners to cover their roof in solar panels, there are still plenty of tactics that each of us can practice to help 2ease our impact on the environment. We’ve all heard of the 3 R’s of being environmentally-friendly: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These are some of the simplest ways we can work to better the environment, so here are some ways each of us can fit the 3 R’s into our daily lives.

Recycle

Most of us live in cities with municipal recycling programs. We take our cans, plastic bottles and paper products and drop them in a bin at the end of our driveway every week, and they’re hauled away and recycled, which keeps about 89 million tons of waste out of landfills. But it’s not always as easy to recycle other, larger items—your TV, cell phones, old light bulbs—which can be toxic to the earth.

In 2010, around 2.4 million tons of electronic waste was disposed of, with only 27% of it being properly recycled. Products that end up in landfills will eventually release hazardous substances like mercury, lead, and PCBs into the ground, which can contaminate our crops and water sources. In an era when we’re all constantly upgrading our gadgets, it’s increasingly important that our old devices get recycled properly. Thankfully, there are centers across the country that make it easy to drop off your old e-waste for safe recycling. Can’t make it out to Abt to recycle your old appliances, electronics, or other devices? Visit RecycleNation to search for your nearest recycling facility. Their recycling finder is also a great way to discover all of the other items you can recycle, including things you may never have thought of.

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Earth Day is Every Day

Monday, April 17th, 2017

This Saturday is Earth Day, a day to celebrate the environment and explore ways that we can all do more for the earth. And though Earth Day is only a single day on the calendar, we believe it’s a way of thinking worth implementing wherever possible in your everyday life. One of the main tenets of Abt’s overall philosophy is a strong commitment to the environment. In every part of the business, our impact on the environment is weighed and we always attempt to make the decision that’s friendliest to the earth. Those choices are reflected throughout the business, from the infrastructure of our store to the services we provide our customers. In celebration of Earth Day, here’s a look at some of the ways we strive to be green every day.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar is Coming to Abt!

Friday, April 14th, 2017

If you’ve ever visited our Glenview showroom, you probably know that we’re always changing things up. Whether it’s expanding and updating our boutiques or bringing in vendors for live demos, we want our customers’ visits to Abt to include more than just the traditional shopping experience. So we’re super excited to be bringing on a new partner that will make every shopping experience extra sweet: Dylan’s Candy Bar!

Dylan's Candy Bar Abt

The colorful confectionery shop is known for its combination of candy and culture, and we think it will make the perfect place to get a tasty treat during a visit to Abt. We hope to open the doors to our Dylan’s Candy Bar by early June, but stay on the lookout for an official announcement as we get closer to that date.

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Charles Krypell Trunk Show at Abt

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Over forty years ago, artist Charles Krypell started out on a journey that would lead to him becoming an internationally-renowned jewelry designer. His jewelry combines his background as a sculptor with a love for gemstones to create vibrant, three-dimensional pieces. We’re honored to welcome Charles Krypell as the newest brand available in the Abt Time Boutique. On April 23rd and 24th, we will be hosting Charles Krypell himself for an exclusive jewelry trunk show.

Charles Krypell Trunk Show

Sunday, April 23

10:30am – 6:15pm

Monday, April 24

10:00am – 9:00pm

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Unload Your Old Camera Gear at Our Trade-In Event

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Has your spring cleaning unearthed a trove of old, unwanted photography equipment? Instead of putting it back in the closet or simply tossing it, bring it by Abt on Saturday, April 22nd or Sunday, April 23rd for our Camera Trade-in Event, and you could leave with a pocketful of cash.

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Happy Cubs Home Opener!

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The only thing better than your team’s home opener is a home opener as reigning world champions. We’d all love to be down at the Friendly Confines this evening to see our boys in blue kick some butt tonight, but someone’s gotta keep the store running. So, instead, we might just fire up our Cubs Weber Q portable grill, cook up some burgers, and throw the game on in the Dave Abt Theater.

Think this grill would make the perfect addition to your tailgate setup? Keep an eye on the blog and the Abt Facebook page, because we’ll be giving one away next month. Until then, here’s hoping the grilling weather continues and, of course, Go, Cubs Go!

Flying the W on our store marquee after last year’s World Series victory.

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Visit the Easter Bunny This Year at Abt!

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Easter weekend is just a week away, which means it’s time for our annual visit from the Easter Bunny! He will be hopping over to Abt this Saturday and Sunday (April 8-9) and next Friday and Saturday (April 14-15). Stop by for a visit and a free photo with the Easter Bunny starting at noon each of those days. And while you’re here, enjoy our famous fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

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Five Water-Resistant Products for Your Spring Adventures

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April showers can lead to more than just May flowers if you like to be active outdoors in the spring. You might not mind a little sprinkle on your morning run or weekend in the park, but your electronics probably will. A typical phone, wireless speaker or camera can usually survive a brief encounter with water, but when you’re unsure what the weather’s going to bring, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, there are more options than ever for ensuring your electronics can endure extensive exposure to nature’s wrath. Here are five of our favorite water-resistant products for your spring adventures.

Smartphone

Your smartphone is your hub to any and all digital activities, from entertainment to productivity. If it gets soaked by a surprise shower or a dip in a puddle, you may suddenly find yourself without your music collection, workout tracking, communications and more. If you’ll be springing for a new smartphone this spring, consider choosing a waterproof model like the Samsung Galaxy S7. This high-end smartphone packs all of the great features you’d expect from a Samsung flagship smartphone (a quad-core processor, QHD AMOLED display, expandable storage, 4K video, and more) all wrapped in a resilient package. So not only do you get IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance—meaning the S7 can survive a dunk in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes—but you don’t have to sacrifice performance to get it. (more…)

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