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A Theragun Alternative You Can Actually Afford

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Say you are a young professional, inspired by a bevy of Instagram posts from very attractive people and glowing recommendations from co-workers and friends. You decide it is finally time for you to see what the hype is all about and get a percussion massager. You go to Amazon, type in Theragun G3PRO and expect to make the purchase. You stop in your tracks. $600? For a massager? Are they serious?

It turns out they are serious. Many (typically rich or influential or both) people have bought a Theragun in the past few months, then boasted of its “life-changing” effects on their well-being and physical fitness. Could it possibly be worth it? All signs point to the answer being yes, but even so, you can’t justify a $600 expenditure of that nature.

Luckily, you don’t have to. For those of us just as concerned with our financial as well as our physical health, there is a Theragun alternative, a percussion massager that sells for a fraction of the price. To see if it compares, we tested out the GT Pro 3.0, which retails on Amazon for $130:

For the price point, the GT Pro 3.0 compares rather favorably with the Theragun. The pain relief it provides is immediate; it is the perfect way to recover after a strenuous workout. Impressively, the GT Pro 3.0 does not make a lot of noise, which means you can take it with you to loosen you up pretty much anytime and anywhere a cramp occurs. The LED touch screen is very user friendly, and the built-in lithium battery allows you to use the massager for up to 8 hours before requiring a new charge.

Like the Theragun, the GT Pro 3.0 comes with several attachments that can be used for triggering distinct muscle groups. The 6 accompanying massage heads include an air cushion head, a U head, a big ball head, a small round head, a bullet head and a small flat head. Each of these has a different effect on the muscles it targets, and we found the small flat head to be the most useful. The two balls, which are both made out of foam, were the least effective of the bunch.

Is the GT Pro 3.0 as good as the Theragun G3PRO? No, it is not. If you have $600 to spend, you should get the higher end product. But if you don’t, and you still want to experience the value of having a percussion massager on hand, then we recommend the GT Pro. It is no secret that the team here at We Know Products are huge believers in the value of at-home massagers. That’s why Naipo’s new oCuddle neck and shoulder massager topped our 2019 Christmas wish list.

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Tribit StormBox Micro Is Consensus Pick For 2020’s Best Bluetooth Speaker

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A few tech companies routinely come out with products of such great quality that even the announcement of a new release deserves ample coverage in the media. I’m thinking companies like Apple, Bose, Samsung.

It might be time to add Tribit to that list.

Last month, Tribit unveiled its successor to the popular StormBox bluetooth speaker: the StormBox Micro. By all accounts, the release was a wild success, with the speaker selling like gangbusters. It did not take long for the Grand Poobahs of the world of online tech reviews to coalesce around the Tribit StormBox Micro as this year’s biggest hit. Immediately upon release, CNET’s David Carnoy called the StormBox Micro “one of the best-sounding pocket-sized speakers I’ve heard.” (This is high praise coming from a guy whose job it is to listen to pocket-sized speakers). He also wrote that it “stood out because it was able to deliver more bass than every speaker in its size class.”

Rolling Stone, that august authority on the biggest news in music, listed the Tribit StormBox Micro as #1 in an article “The Best Bluetooth Speakers To Use Right Now.” The writers were “especially impressed at how easy it was to pair two StormBox Micros together. Once connected, you can use the speakers as a stereo pair, or as two mono speakers playing the same song simultaneously.” On the Rolling Stone list, Tribit’s latest offering beats out competing products from legacy players such as JBL and Ultimate Ears, as well as the much-hyped Amazon Echo Plus.

Perhaps the most valuable praise, at least for the purposes of making an informed purchase decision, comes from YouTube influencer Flossy Carter. As anyone who has spent much time on YouTube knows, Flossy knows his audio. But the real reason his opinion on the Tribit StormBox Micro carries so much weight, is that he subjected it to a direct comparison with the Bose SoundLink Micro.

Now, Flossy Carter loves his Bose SoundLink Micro, which he considers his “go-to speaker.” Like other people with their American Express cards, Flossy does not travel without it.

That said, Flossy thinks the Tribit StormBox Micro is better. Watch the video yourself, because a write-up cannot do it justice. Flossy played the two speakers side by side, connecting them to the same phone, same song and same volume level. His conclusion? The StormBox Micro, which is half the price, actually sounds better. No surprise then that he recommended the speaker as a “major, major, major GO.”

WATCH Flossy Carter’s Review:

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With Avant-Garde Unboxing, Lew Reminds Us Why He’s The Best

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It’s no secret that Lew Hilsenteger, the host of the popular YouTube channel Unbox Therapy, is the best in the business. Hundreds if not thousands of poseurs frequently record themselves opening new products, in the hopes that invisible god that is the YouTube algorithm is merciful and puts their videos in front of potential buyers. That vast majority of these wannabe influencers are positively grating; the best thing that can be said about most of them is that they are merely boring as opposed to migraine inducing. Want proof that we live in a “decadent society“? Look no further than the fact that the biggest stars of the Internet lack any and all interest in basic aesthetics.

What separates Unbox Therapy from the channels that try to imitate it is Lew’s willingness to experiment. When you click on an Unbox Therapy video, you never know what you are going to get, but you are unlikely to be disappointed. Lew’s admixture of wit, aloofness and genuine know-how turns his channel into must-see TV (er, Internet). This is certainly the case with one of Unbox Therapy’s recent videos, in which the host unboxes Apple’s Pro Stand (currently retailing at $999) without saying a single word. The result is an inspired piece of post-modern art that simultaneously entrances the viewer and makes an incisive point about Apple (which longtime fans will know to be his on-again off-again bĂȘte noire).

Watch the video below to see the effect. It’s the perfect length (just under 4 minutes), and it features a compelling twist just after the 3 minute mark. Why can’t ever unboxing video be this good?

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How AirPods Have Gotten Me Through Quarantine

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Quarantine has been difficult for people from all walks of life to be sure. But it has posed a particular set of challenges for families like mine, where all of a sudden five people are expected to get work done without killing one another.

All things considered, we have survived reasonably well. I’m not sure I would still be of that opinion had I not purchase a pair of Apple AirPod Pros mere months before the lockdown began. The opposite of a trend-setter, I was skeptical when AirPods appeared on the scene and became the “must-have” accessory for so-called smart set. Why did I need my earbuds to be wireless? Why do I need to talk to people without holding my phone? After all, I have not one but two working hands. Also, the first generation of AirPods were designed like Apple’s original earbuds: in other words, seemingly designed to fall out of your ear. Who would pay hundreds of dollars for that?

I became slightly more tempted when Apple came out with the AirPod Pro model, complete with silicone tips so they actually stay in. (Imagine that!) I finally bit the bullet when I found myself in possession of $200 worth of Best Buy gift cards after Christmas. I expected to be underwhelmed.

That did not happen. Instead I became overwhelmed, turning into one of the people I hate: the AirPods guy. I started wearing them everywhere, adding a soundtrack to my life. While I fell in love with the convenience and sound quality they offered, I’m sure the standoffishness it promoted in me made the purchase a net negative.

Quarantine changed all that. I was visiting my family when the lockdown started and have simply never left. The AirPods have helped me survive. Without them, I have no idea how I’d be able to take Zoom calls or even zone out the house’s background noise to get work done. (The active noise cancellation is quite good). The AirPods have also made me rather enjoy a daily constitutional, as I listen to an audiobook and relish the change to get outside and walk around the block. Turns out that AirPods have been a crucial element to surviving quarantine, akin to Netflix or a healthy stack of unread books. I highly recommend these little guys to anyone struggling to survive these difficult times.

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