Hi. My name is Rick, and I'm a Bluetooth speaker addict.
As addictions go, this one is pretty harmless. In fact, it's fairly awesome. Especially when you consider deals like this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Tanga has the HMDX HX-P240 Jam Plus portable Bluetooth speaker for $23.99, shipped. That's after applying coupon code JAM6OFF at checkout.
The speaker was already a good deal at $29.99, as Amazon sells it for at least $37 (depending on color -- some versions are priced as high as $49).
Here, you don't have quite the same color selection, but you do get to choose between pink, purple, and blue.
It's hard to get a sense of size from the photo, but the can-style Jam Plus is a pretty compact speaker -- which actually makes it ideal for travel. It measures just 3 x 3 x 3 inches and can run for up to four hours on its rechargeable battery.
Because it rocks Bluetooth, you can pair it with your smartphone or tablet for wireless Pandora, playlists, game/movie audio, and the like. But there's also a line-in jack if you need to connect a non-Bluetooth source.
Better still, you can pair a second Jam Plus for true stereo sound, a feature that's actually pretty rare among Bluetooth speakers (especially the less-expensive ones). However, there's no microphone, and therefore no speakerphone option.
I'll be honest: I didn't expect to see such positive reviews for such a small speaker, but over at Amazon, it's currently pulling a 4.3-star average from well over 600 buyers. To me that speaks volumes. (CNET also had mostly good things to say about the Jam Plus.) Don't expect miracles, but do expect surprisingly good sound on the go -- especially if you pack a pair.
Bonus deal: One of my favorite deals in recent months is back: Woot is once again offering the refurbished HP 14-inch Chromebook with free 4G for $199.99, plus $5 for shipping. It features a dual-core Celeron processor, 16GB of solid-state storage, and 200MB of 4G data per month from T-Mobile -- free, forever. Anyone grab one of these last time around? If so, hit the comments and share a mini-review with your fellow cheeps!