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Rejoice! Microsoft Office to iPad on November 10th!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Credit: The Daily via BGR

One of the most popular questions posed when I was on the sales floor was “does it have Microsoft Office?” referring to the iPad of course. I always had to tell them no but they could find similar replacements yet, customers were never satisfied because they wanted their Office! I have good news – a report from The Daily today says that we will see Microsoft launch Office for the iPad on Nov. 10.


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Apple iPad 2 Price Drop

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Abt has just reduced pricing for its line iPad 2’s.  Since Apple is planning a “big announcement” on March 7th, it will most likely be about their upcoming iPad 3.  If you have always wanted an iPad, but don’t want to wait for the newer, more expensive iteration on March 7th, then get an iPad 2 from Abt at a great price.

If you’ve recently bought an iPad2 but regret doing so hoping to get the newest unit, with Abt’s Trade-in Program, you can make some money off your old iPad 2.  Just fill out the form and see what you can make back!

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“Know Your Neighbors” and Win Prizes from Abt Electronics

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Join the week-long contest sponsored by Windy City Live and Abt Electronics and win great prizes!  To enter, fill out the necessary Windy City LIVE “Know Your Neighbors” entry form.  Each day a Metro Chicago neighborhood/city/suburb/town will be randomly selected to be Windy City LIVE’s NEIGHBOR FOR THE DAY. Once the NEIGHBOR OF THE DAY is selected, we’ll ask viewers to share facts about it. We’ll reveal some of those facts on the air during the show and the next day ask one lucky viewer, chosen at random, will be telephoned on the show and asked to recall any one of the facts to win a great prize. It’s that simple!

Jon Abt was at this morning’s taping and explained to the audience the great prizes you can win from Abt by joining!

On the last day, a special fan on the Windy City LIVE Facebook page will win an iPad2!  Good luck!

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Apple Plans to Make School Textbooks Available on iPad

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Apple is looking to make school a bit easier for students by providing iPad users with accessibility to school/university textbooks.  Apple has been working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson PLC and McGraw-Hill – publishers responsible for 90 percent of U.S. textbooks – to develop digital textbooks that can be offered on the iPad, Reuters reports. The digital textbook market is estimated at $8 billion, and Amazon and others are already tapping into it.

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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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Facebook 25 Days of Giveaways: December 10th 2011 Item

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Today’s giveaway is two-fold from Launchport!  The winner will not only get the PowerShuttle from Launchport, but also the Basestation from Launchport.  When combined the two allow you to charge your iPad2 wirelessly .  To enter the contest just visit our Abt Facebook page, “Like” us and follow the directions.  Good luck!

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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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CEDIA 2011: The Launch Port System

Friday, September 9th, 2011

“What if your iPad didn’t need wires?”  The intriguing opening line to iPort’s LaunchPort product that charges and keeps your iPad 2 fully functional at the same time, all without any wires.  The system consists of a Station and PowerShuttle. Any PowerShuttle can work with any Station, LaunchPort uses magnets and induction charging (charging through the air).

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10 Apps to Enhance Your iPad 2

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

If you are one of the lucky ones to have gotten the new and elusive iPad 2, released an article showing the top 10 apps to show off the iPad’s hardware.  In it are games, programs that put the new camera, enhanced gyroscope and processor to the test.

A few interesting apps mentioned was GarageBand and iMovie.

GarageBand simulates playing instruments on the iPad’s screen. For guitar, you tap on the display to play individual notes, strum chords, or bend notes; you can even touch the strings in two places at the same time to palm mute. There’s also an on-screen piano and drum kit, which offer similar features and controls.

iMovie, which was originally created on  Apple’s own desktop video-editing application, iMovie  works with the new iPad. The easy-to-use app makes good use of the tablet’s touch-screen interface, and lets you clip, add photos, music, themes, and more to the video you capture right on the iPad 2.

Visit our iPad section for more information.

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iPad 2 Launch Day!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Chances are, you are one of the many eager consumers watching the clock until it hits 5pm: iPad 2 time.  Pre-orders can be made via phone after 5pm CST today, but our initial shipment will be allocated for in-store sales only.

Full information on the iPad 2 can be found on Abt’s iPad2 section.  Or, if you are nostalgic, we still have the original iPad at a discounted price.

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