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Test Your Mettle at the ASUS Gears of War Gaming Event.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

ASUS is coming to Abt and giving you the chance to go head-to-head with one of the pros of the eSports world. Frank Tibbs, aka FranKo, of team Echo Fox, will be on hand next Saturday, taking on challengers in competitive games of Gears of War.


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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Now Available for Pre-Order

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Announced at this year’s CES, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is now available to pre-order. We got an early look at it while at CES, learning about its high-tech camera and some other features. It’s now officially been announced for pre-order, with some surprises like a larger-than-average battery and a lower-than-expected price tag. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the new ZenFone 3 Zoom.

As we learned at its announcement, the chief new feature of the ZenFone 3 Zoom is the redesigned camera. A wealth of technologies—both hardware and software—have been implemented into one powerhouse imaging unit that promises some of the best photographic capabilities of any smartphone available. It all starts with the camera, itself. Or, more accurately, the cameras. Packed into the rear of the ZenFone 3 Zoom are a pair of 12MP imaging sensors, each with its own lens: a wide-angle, fast-aperture lens for scenic vistas and low-light shots; and a 2.3x optical zoom lens for getting close and grabbing picture-perfect portraits. The ZenFone 3 Zoom seamlessly switches between cameras depending on your settings, or they can be used together to create the all new depth-of-field effect, which gives your portraits that blurry background that’s usually obtainable only with an interchangeable-lens camera like a DSLR.


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CES 2017: ASUS ROG Gaming Laptops

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

ASUS is one of the most popular computer and computer component manufacturers in the world, and for good reason. They produce just about every type of component or accessory available, in addition to phones, tablets, monitors, and complete desktops and laptops. While many of their products are intended for the mainstream audience, ASUS is also strongly devoted to the PC gaming community. The ASUS Republic of Gamers—or ROG—sub-brand features a product line stacked with ultra-high-end tech designed specifically for the most demanding gamers.

We spent some time with ASUS at CES 2017 to learn about their newest ROG gaming laptop offerings, which pack desktop power and features into (mostly) portable PCs.

ASUS ROG Strix GL753 and GL553

First up, we have the ASUS ROG Strix GL553 and GL753, a pair of entry-level gaming rigs. Inside either laptop, you’ll find the latest Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, for overall speedy performance. The GL553 sports a 15-inch screen, while the GL753 has a 17-inch display, and the laptops will be available with either an Nvidia GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 ti GPU. While not the fastest mobile GPUs around, these new cards will still perform respectably even with today’s AAA games. ASUS emphasizes that while great for gaming, the GL553 and GL753 also make perfect all-around productivity machines.


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CES 2017: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

ASUS is one of the leading manufacturers in the consumer electronics industry today. They have one of the world’s top research and development teams that provide innovative and high quality electronics for their consumers. Our team was lucky enough to take a look at their brand new phone, the Zenfone 3 Zoom at CES 2017. The Zenfone 3 Zoom was made for photography while still having the capabilities of the Zenfone 3.


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Don’t Get Caught Waiting in Line…Pre-order at Abt!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

2011 saw a slew of high demand, hard-to-get products released.  The iPad 2, the Transformer tablet by Asus, and the Panasonic DMCFZ150K digital camera are just a few examples of items that loaded our phone lines and online chat with customers wanting to know when they could get one.

Have you ever noticed that some people always seem to get the latest products right when they come out, while the rest of us spend endless hours hunting down these new toys?  How do they do it?  How can you make sure that going forward, you don’t have to spend those hours on the phone and computer?  The answer lies on a roller coaster….

When I was a kid, we used to take a family trip to Six Flags Great America every summer.  It was always a blast to go ride the new ride for that year.  The newest roller coaster was always the highlight of our trip.  I’ll never forget the summer that Six Flags built “The Eagle”.  At the time, it was the largest, tallest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the US.  I couldn’t wait to ride it.

Well, the big day came and we all headed straight for the Eagle.  Holy cow!!!!  You would think they were giving money away on this ride.  The line was the longest any of us had ever seen at Six Flags.  For those of you who have been to an amusement park, you know that that’s saying a lot!  So we decided to wait and see if the line got smaller.  You can guess what happened.  Every time we checked, the line was longer.  In the end, we never got to ride the Eagle that day.

Who got to ride it then, you say?  Well, the people that got in line, of course!  And the earlier they got in line, the quicker they got to enjoy that new ride.

It’s the same with these new, hot, hard to get products.  The best way to get one is to get in line by placing a pre-order.  What is a preorder you say? Abt always gives you the option to preorder any new or hot items right on our web site.  When you see that new item you just have to have, the first thing you should do is place a pre-order.  That gets you in line for the ride and makes sure no more people get in that line in front of you.  Good web sites, like, will not charge your credit card until the item arrives and ships.  There is never a penalty for cancelling.  A pre-order costs you nothing but the 2 minutes it takes to enter it online or over the phone.

So,  stop spending your valuable time looking for those hot new products.  Place a preorder at Abt now and get on the ride before anyone else!

-Tim Steward

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Abt Electronics’ 2011 Holiday Buying Guide

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Holidays are fast approaching and that means holiday shopping.  Get a head start with these great gift ideas from Abt Electronics sure to put a smile on all your friends’ and families’ faces.

It may be cold outside, but there’s never a bad time for ice cream.  With the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker you can have your cold, tasty treats in your own home, without having to go out in the snow.

If you plan on doing a lot of baking, (who isn’t?) this KitchenAid stand mixer is sure to make all your cookies, pastries and more, come out as delicious and easy-to-make as ever.

Listen to all your favorite holiday songs whenever and wherever you go with the Bose Wireless speaker or the Yamaha low-profile soundbar.

A great gift for the bookworm in your family is the Sony 6’’ e-Reader with Wi-fi capabilities.  You can read books or download new ones on the go.  Never be without your favorite authors.

Keep all those holiday memories preserved with Panasonic’s Lumix 12 megapixel camera.  This camera is easy-to-use and small enough to take anywhere you go.  Be ready for that perfect shot!

If you have a super techie family member, you can never go wrong with the ever popular Apple iPad 2.  Play games, watch movies, check stocks, weather and so much more on this great tablet from Apple.

When holidays are through, nothing cleans up the mess quite like a Dyson vacuum.  The Dyson canister vacuum DC23ANIMAL is the perfect size for working around tables and couches on your carpet or hardwood floors.

Santa keeps up with new technology, just like we do, so e-mail him a wish list of your gifts on this new Asus Zenbook.  Incredibly thin, light and designed with an ultra-slick look, you will want to take this laptop wherever you go.

Stay in touch with friends and family who can’t make it to the holiday party with a phone call or a “face chat” with an iPhone 4s.  the newest generation of Apple iPhones to hit the market, you are certain to be pleased with this updated version that has incredible speed and an incredible camera for images and HD video.

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New Super Slim Asus Zenbook Arrives

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Manufacturer Asus has entered the super-slim laptop market with their very own Zenbook.  Arriving in two screen sizes, 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch, they are aimed at competing with the increasingly popular tablets as well as with Apple’s ultra-thin and -light MacBook Air.

The 11.6-inch model will weigh 2.4 pounds whereas the 13.3-inch model will weigh 2.9 pounds, yet both will sport a silver aluminum alloy body, glass trackpads and all-metal keyboards. As for other common specs, the UX21 and UX31 Zenbooks will feature ultra low voltage Core i7 and i5 processors, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory (non-upgradeable), a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an SATA 6Gbps SSD starting at 128 GB, stereo speakers with Bang & Olufsen’s ICEpower technology, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and a two-second resume time. There will also be a 0.3MP webcam, a micro HDMI port and a custom “mini” VGA port.

If you are looking to get yourself a superior designed, light and thin laptop PC, look no further than the Asus Zenbook at Abt Electronics.

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CES 2010 Kicks Off Tonight With Ballmer's Keynote Address

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Tomorrow is the official start of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Many people will arrive today to get a headstart on viewing all the greatest new consumer electronics. Some of the newest technology has already been leaked. Here are a few of the new products that you should check out.

iHome is revealing the iP2. It’s an iPod docking station perfect for a kitchen. With a 50-watt amp you will be able to listen to your favorite tunes—even with your stand mixer running at full speed. The iP2 comes equipped with a timer, FM radio tuner, and so much more. Its stream-lined look will coordinate with any kitchen décor.

ASUS will be re-releasing the Eee Keyboard PC. First revealed in 2009, the keyboard PC had a few too many bugs for public launch. Now, it seems, the keyboard PC is ready for release. The Eee keyboard is rumored to be ready to hit the market sometime within the next month.

Tablet PCs have long been meant for specific users, usually in a technology field where the design and function of a slate computer is necessary. Today at the CES opening key-note speech at 6:30pm PT, Steve Ballmer will introduce an HP-built “slate-type computer.” What will this computer do? Stay tuned to the Abt blog for updates!

Would you like to watch digital TV anywhere? Samsung has the answer for you. Samsung’s (Android-driven) “Moment” has been altered slightly to allow for a digital TV tuner. Currently, it is still in the concept phase, but within a few months, trial phones will be in use in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Check the Abt Blog for the latest news from CES 2010.

-Kelly B.

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Missing You Might Be Easier With ASUS

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Although I’ve never sent a kid to college, I imagine that it’s a daunting task. Missing that child has got to be unbearable. Or, what if a loved one has to move, or even travel a lot? Connecting with that person face-to-face would be a great comfort. ASUS Videophone for Skype might just be an answer to the question, how can I make missing my friends and family easier, when they are so far away?

Not everyone can afford a laptop or computer with a webcam. Sometimes they aren’t portable enough. ASUS has reintroduced a 10”, 3.5 pound videophone for Skype that is portable enough to bring just about anywhere. This videophone can be used to make Skype-to-Skype calls, calls to landlines, and calls to cell phones. Even if you are not currently a Skype user, it’s free and easy to sign up for an account.

The ASUS is impressive for such a futuristic device. Once the initial set-up is complete, it’s pretty much dial and you’re good to go. After reading reviews on the videophone, most users have noted that it is far easier to use than a webcam—making it a great gift idea for grandparents and grandchildren too. Abt is a proud retailer for the ASUS Videophone for Skype.

Portability is a benefit of the ASUS Videophone compared to that of computer webcams. Resolution of the screen is 800 x 480 Pixel, on a 7” touch screen. It also boasts a great frame rate. The videophone can easily be packed or locked in a hotel safe. Take the ASUS with you for a video chat of up to 20 minutes, or talk as long as you want when it’s in the hinged base.

-Kelly B.

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