HBO's Girls Limited Edition Sound Machine from Sharper Image

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Product: HBO's Girls Limited Edition Sound Machine
Price: $199.99
Rating: Recommend*

As a fan of HBO's Girls, I was excited when Sharper Image released a limited edition sound machine based on the series. I was lucky to get my hands on one and have used it for the past week. Bottom line: while the sounds are realistic, and might work for some, it didn't help me personally sleep any better.

According to Sharper Image, "the special Girls edition bathes your room with authentic sounds of Brooklyn city life while blocking irritating noises and alleviating the discomfort of the suburbs. It helps you fall asleep easier, achieve a deeper sleep, and function better the next day on the set of your crowd-funded independent student film."

Choose from one of five settings:
  • Subway rumble (it shuffles between G, L and J/M/Z lines)
  • James Franco reading his original poetry
  • Bacon sizzle
  • Tattoo pen buzz
  • Fixed gear bicycle in traffic

In the end, I'd recommend this machine to former Williamsburg residents who, although now priced out of the area, still want the vibe of their old neighborhood. I definitely liked the full range of options, and appreciated the clean sound, but quite honestly missed my old sound machine's rainforest setting. That said, I am excited for the next in Sharper Image's limited edition series, rumored to be Game of Thrones.

Pros: Great option for the sleep deprived. The Doppler effect on the "J/M/Z Line" setting is nothing short of miraculous.

Cons: I was surprised and disappointed to find James Franco reading from his first volume of poetry, versus his latest effort. The hardware also isn't as durable as other similar sound machines in the same price range.

Our Ratings:

  • Strong Recommend
  • Recommend*
  • Weak Recommend
  • Don't Recommend

(Image credits: HBO)

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