More and more people are using their tablets and smart phones to watch video and listen to music. Until recently, the sound hasn’t been very good unless you use headphones. But now Consumer Reports has tested portable wireless speakers that are supposed to help. Some models are being heavily advertised.
Who doesn’t love a bargain? But not everyone likes to ask for one! A Consumer Reports national survey of 2,000 shoppers reveals that only about half tried negotiating for various things in the last three years. But the Consumer Reports survey found that most shoppers who haggle get a better deal. Eighty-nine percent of those who tried haggling for all sorts of goods and services were successful at it.
You may not realize it, but printer ink is one of the most expensive liquids you can buy. In fact, ounce for ounce, it can cost more than fine champagne! So when Consumer Reports’ readers complained that their printer ink seemed to be disappearing, testers investigated.
Laundry detergent pods are a convenient way to do your laundry. There is no guesswork or measuring! But as Consumer Reports has been reporting, these colorful pods can pose a danger to young children.
Paper plates are perfect for a no-fuss party or barbecue. But the tossed plates do add up. What about those plates that claim they’ll break down right in your compost?
Everybody knows the big-name beers, but there are more than 2,400 breweries in the U.S. alone. Most are craft brewers, which means they’re small and independent. Consumer Reports just sized up a couple dozen craft beers in time for your Fourth of July celebration.
Consumer Reports says the Samsung Galaxy S 4’s large display is just one example of what Android phones bring to the table.
Your credit score is one of the most important numbers in your financial life, and Americans spend millions of dollars year to find out theirs. But Consumer Reports says the score you get is not necessarily the one lenders use. That can be a nasty surprise when you apply for credit.
More and more cars come with safety features like blind-spot monitoring. A light in or near your rearview mirror lights up when something is in your blind zone. And if you drift out of your lane, some cars caution you with a beep. Consumer Reports Auto Test Center also tests collision-warning systems. The Chrysler 300 beeps if you’re about to hit something. And cars such as the Audi A8 actually apply the brakes for you.
Two years ago drugmakers spent 14-million dollars promoting prescription testosterone. Last year they spent 100-million dollars. And sales are soaring, topping two billion dollars in 2012. But Consumer Reports says most men don’t need testosterone treatments.
Lots of video games on the market are advertised as a fun way to get fit. Consumer Reports checked out five: Nike Plus Kinect Training, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Just Dance 4, U-F-C Trainer, and Zumba Core. They cost anywhere from $20 to $50.
Before you fire up the grill for some great summer meals, Consumer Reports has a caution. The beef you buy may have been tenderized by machines, and that process can introduce potentially deadly bacteria into your food.
If you store sensitive information on your smart phone, losing track of it could spell disaster. A just-released survey by Consumer Reports projects more than 7 million smart-phone owners had a phone that was lost, stolen, or ruined in the last year.
Trying to serve up healthy meals? More and more people are opting for ground turkey instead of beef. Even Burger King has started serving up turkey burgers. Ground turkey can be a better choice. But a just-released Consumer Reports investigation reveals that it can also be a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
If your knives aren’t quite cutting it these days, perhaps you’re thinking of getting the Edge of Glory infomercial sharpener. It claims to make your knives like new.