Here come the dog days. Time to get the heck outta town and do as little as possible. This month we found the speaker you'll use to pump up the jams at the beach, the water gun you'll use to cool off, and the headphones you'll listen to on the way there.

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The Best $200 Headphones

When it comes to $200 pairs of cans, there aren't many that can top the Harman Kardon CLs. Are there better sounding headphones out there? Of course, but they're all likely bigger and bulkier, more expensive, or open-air. The CLs are a near-perfect combination of price, design, portability and sound quality. More »


The Best Gaming PC for $1500 or Less

The Origin Bitfenix Prodigy system small enough to sit unobtrusively on top of your desk, but spacious enough that you should be able to upgrade parts without having to find your Operation tweezers. Powerful gaming performance aside, it's a great PC, too, owing to its SSD. You can't beat this machine for the price. More »


The Best Portable Power Pack

The HyperJuice Plug is the only charger you need. The stalwart brick will power up an iPhone and your iPad simultaneously, and filling them both up without running itself dry. The manufacturer claims it can charge a phone 12 times before it goes dark. In a little over an hour, the Plug zipped the iPhone from 29 percent to a full charge. Meanwhile, it was also nourishing the iPad, which went from 39 percent to max power in an hour and a half. And the HyperJuice still had more power left in it. More »


The Best $100 Bluetooth Speaker

The Soundfreaq Sound Kick is a winner not because it's the most ultra-portable, but because it sounds so darn good. It delivers BASS-that's not something we're used to hearing from a Bluetooth speaker. Awesome, satisfying, music-enhancing bass. Delicious. More »


This Summer's Best Water Gun

The Water Warriors Colossus does super soaking better than Super Soaker because it doesn't try to be some kind of 21st century supertoy. In fact, it looks a lot like the Super Soakers of yore-offensively colored, a big bubble tank in the back, and a pump mechanism up front. It feels a little chintzy, but once you pull the trigger, it's anything but. More »


The Best Cheap Bluetooth Speaker

See ya later Braven 625s. You are too expensive!