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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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Why MKBHD Doesn’t Like The RAZR

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Marques Brownlee, aka YouTube’s MKBHD, has a job most of us would kill for. He hobnobs with the world’s plutocrats, he gets a first-hand look at cutting-edge products, and pretty much every piece of tech he owns he gets for free.

However, maybe the job isn’t as easy as it looks. Sometimes a company may send him a $1500 product free of charge, but the product is one that he does not particularly care for. It is still his duty to share this take with his millions of fans on the Internet.

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This is the case with the new Foldable Moto RAZR, which has a foldable screen and is meant to resemble the original Motorola RAZR from two decades ago. Unlike many other tech reviewers, MKBHD is not a fan of the new RAZR. He admits that this may be because he lacks the nostalgia that is this phone’s sole raison d’etre. (Even for tech reviewers, Brownlee is on the younger side, and it is entirely possible that he never owned a Motorola RAZR back in its initial run).

His main complaint, related to the aforementioned absence of nostalgia, is with the phone’s shape. He finds it unnecessary to fold a phone with a 6.2-inch screen, since that size phone would already fit into your pocket without being folded in half. He would rather a phone with a foldable screen to be double the size.

As Brownlee puts it, he is unsure if this “form factor is even a good idea to begin with.” What do you think? Is he right? Let us know in the comments.

ALSO, CHECK OUT UNBOX THERAPY’S LOOK AT THE NEW RAZR

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Do You Really Need An AI-Powered Toothbrush?

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Never doubt the power of technology to make simple things complicated. As we examine trends likely to define the year 2020 in tech, a few commonalities stand out to us. One such indicator points to an upcoming boom in “AI-powered toothbrushes.” Out with your regular old electric toothbrush and in with its “machine learning” successor. Why anyone needs such a thing remains to be seen.

Multiple brands are attempting to either create or co-opt this advancement in oral hygiene technology. At CES in Las Vegas earlier this month, Oral-B made the biggest splash. Turns out Oral-B already makes an AI-powered toothbrush, called the Genius X, which hit the market in late 2019. In Vegas, Oral-B unveiled a new model, the iO, which claims to improve the mapping of the interior your mouth, so it can give you a numerical answer to the question of what areas you are skimping on. Like the Genius X before it, Oral-B’s iO has received fawning coverage by tech bloggers. Still, we can’t imagine spending upward of $200 for a toothbrush, since you can get a toothbrush at CVS for all of $4 (and even an electric one on Amazon for about $50).

Oral hygiene is important, and it is almost certainly true that most of us do not do a good enough job taking care of our teeth and gums. But if I had to venture a guess, I’d say the people most likely to pay $200 for a toothbrush are the ones who do already care about their oral health, making them the least likely to need such a product. This in turn makes the iO and other AI advancements in the industry naught more than a gimmick. You don’t need an AI toothbrush any more than you need Charmin’s new toilet paper robot.

Whether you get Oral-B’s new iO toothbrush when it is released later this year depends on if you have $200 burning a hole in your pocket. If you do, then go for it; it’s not as if it is going to make your brushing experience any worse. Just do not expect some sort of savior in toothbrush form. Like a dollar store toothbrush, an AI-powered toothbrush requires you to use it and use it right. At the end of the day, that is up to you and you alone.

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WATCH: Unbox Therapy Gets A Sneak Peak Of The Motorola Razr

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même. Here we are, in the year 2020, and the cutting edge piece of phone technology is a Motorola Razr. Like the one you probably owned as a much younger person, this new Motorola Razr is a flip phone that folds open and closed. However, unlike the original, the screen itself is now foldable, bringing the old Razr model up-to-date as a modern smartphone.

The Motorola Razr is not available for purchase yet, but some influencers have already got their hands on one. For example, take a look at Lew’s experience with the new phone over at Unbox Therapy:

As you can see, the big takeaway from the new Motorola Razr is just how slender it is. Lew is amazed at how such a little device can be so powerful and hold so much information. As he says at the video’s conclusion, this is “the future in your pocket.”

If you are thinking about getting the new Motorola Razr when it hits the shelves, there are a few things you need to know. For one, at least to start, the phone will be Verizon-exclusive in the United States. Oh, and perhaps most importantly, it will set you back $1,500. If that seems like a lot, you must remember that it’s main competitor in the foldable screen space, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, goes for nearly $2,000. The Huawei Mate X, for it’s part, is not even available in America.

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