Now that CDs have gone the way of the vinyl disk and the eight-track tape, we find ourselves listening to music stored on or streamed through computers and mobile devices. But computer and cell phone speakers don’t do music justice, so I rely on these cute and portable Brookstone Mobile Mini Speakers to make music sound as clear and loud as I like. They connect to laptops, tablets and smartphones, either wirelessly or with a retractable cable, and can play for up to eleven hours before needing to be recharged—perfect for a day by the pool! Craving big sound for an outdoor party? Twist the top of the speaker for extra volume and bass—you’ll have a hard time believing that so much sound is coming from such a small device.