Absolute Black is a really hard, dense material. It doesn't really change from bundle to bundle, so this would be the one stone color I'd say you don't have to select your exact slab.
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There is a lot to be said about this and I am certainly not the expert. This article from Eurasian Natural Stone is good, as is this article from Litos Online.
Just beware that usually when you buy cheap Absolute Black granite you are most likely getting an inferior product. It is a fairly common (and illegal) practice for dealers to oil or dye the granite. These granites will fade over time and are especially bad in outdoor applications. If you are buying from reputable supplier and fabricator you shouldn't have any problems. It's just that "you get what you pay for" adage coming up again.
I went into a home that had Absolute Black granite in their kitchen. It had been in for 5 or 6 years. The family has 8 kids (remember we're in Utah)! :) Anyway, I asked the homeowner if the polished black granite drives her crazy because you can see every little crumb on the countertop.
She replied that she actually likes it better than the lighter, busier granite in her home because she can actually see when it's dirty.
That makes sense! You just have to know your personality type before you decide on any stone.
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I've also done a Slab Sunday featuring Honed (matte finish) Absolute Black. You can see that here.