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Obsessive Research for Better Living

I don’t buy a lot of stuff.

Yes, this website is written by an actual human

But when I do, I tend to research before I buy pretty carefully. Almost obsessively. I dive into the best publications for consumer research from various countries. I read blogs and specialist publications if relevant ones exist. On rare occasions, I trust my friends, including especially the consumer products engineer with whom I founded this site.

After a few days or even weeks of research, I may just go and write an article about what I’ve found out and throw it up on this site. I also publish some comparison articles on specific gear at times. Unlike most tech gear, affiliate, and review sites, I link to the best-informed product testing and consumer organizations and reviewers from around the world so that you can check out what others have to say too. And of course I give my own experiences — but I do often favor overall meta-reviews of expert opinions.

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We cover whatever the hell interests us at the moment. Especially if I’m looking to buy something, like a loud Bluetooth speaker or a weeder that my mom can use without injuring her back in the garden. Separately I run a minimalist travel site on portable stuff and travel hacks for nomads.

Mainly I write these screeds, but sometimes a few select others weigh in. You can chime in too if you want. We read the comments and update articles when people tell us something useful. We love it when you send in your feedback, suggestions, and steamy proposals too.

Mose & co.

Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Whether moving about the house, the country, or the world, we always carry a portable Bluetooth speaker. We've tried out just about everything so we've got a few opinions on what's best.

The JBL Boombox 2 has been a critical darling of reviewers since its release in April, 2020 and so expectations have been running high for the JBL Boombox 3. JBL announced in January of 2022 that they would indeed release the latest version of this outdoor-ready party monster in the summer of 2022; it now …

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The JBL Pulse line of speakers has been a bit better with each version, so we had been looking forward to finding out if the JBL Pulse 5 would improve on the JBL Pulse 4. The JBL Pulse 5 was announced by JBL in January of 2022 and they promised a release of the speaker …

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JBL’s smallest, go-anywhere speaker line is its JBL Go line. From the beginning these darling, pocket-sized speakers have been able to kick out a surprising amount of sound, and they’ve gotten just a bit better with each version. So here we’ll look at what’s gotten better from the original JBL Go to the later JBL …

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The latest ultra-light clippable bike or backpack speaker from JBL is the JBL Clip 4, and it’s as you might expect a slight step up from the previous JBL Clip 3. In a nutshell: A few features have been gained, a few minor features have been lost, and the sound is overall improved and slightly …

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We’ve listened to tons of JBL and Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers over the past ten years, penned countless reviews, and read just about everything our fellow, lesser audio critics have to say about them as well. Both companies’ portable Bluetooth speakers are great for loud, crisp, gorgeous sound on the go, and you ardent fan-ladies …

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We’ve been following the JBL travel speakers closely for years now, and the Flip line is now on its sixth iteration. Once again JBL has made a few excellent, small improvements. We’ll detail what’s different going from the Flip 5 to Flip 6 below in a nutshell and give you our take on who should …

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