Let’s be honest – sometimes party music just sucks. Either your host has great taste in everything else but music, or a sub-party forms outside and is too far away to hear the music inside. The Altec Lansing iM-237 Orbit Ultraportable Speaker uses a 3.5mm input (or 2.5mm with adapter) so you can plug in your MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, Zune, or anything that can accept a standard headphones. The up-firing neodymium driver pumps out impressive sound in a 360-degree pattern – almost everyone who’s seen me whip out this speaker and use it can’t believe the sound it puts out. (The others were too busy dancing to notice!) If you’re looking for the best external portable speaker to compensate for the wimpy sound most MP3 players put out with their built-in speakers, look no further.