Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker
Credit: Tom Schierlitz

Bose wasn't first out of the gate with a portable Bluetooth speaker (a category of gadget we argue is the new must-have), but its SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker was worth the wait. From up to 30 feet away, the three-pound, two-inch-thick speaker will play the music on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device with surprisingly clear and resonant sound. Besides turning the device on and off automatically when you flip it open or closed, the elegant nylon (or optional leather) cover doubles as a stand so the speakers aim at a slight angle toward the ceiling. Though it might feel a bit heavy for some carry-ons, the SoundLink Wireless is nevertheless the best travel-size portable wireless speaker we've ever heard and is definitely coming with us on our next trip. [$300; bose.com]