Lazy beach days are best spent wrapped up in tunes. Monster’s Inspiration noise-canceling headphones ($330, monsterproducts.com) block out rambunctious beachgoers. A built-in microphone lets you take calls—but remember, this is vacation.
AN OFFICE IN YOUR SUITCASE
A mostly glass laptop sounds dangerous, but the HP Spectre ($1,400, hp.com) is encased in tough Gorilla Glass, developed by Corning and used in iPhones. The 14-inch Spectre packs an Intel processor and a 128-gigabyte hard drive. Sit outside and bump your favorite tracks with built-in Beats Audio sound processing while CoolSense technology regulates the system’s temperature on hot summer days.
THE ULTIMATE BEACH SHOOTER
A rugged casing on Sony’s Bloggie Sport ($180, sony.com) keeps the pocket-size camera dry in up to 16 feet of water. Shooting modes compensate for underwater lighting conditions while you capture HD-quality video and five-megapixel photos.
Tablets do your packing for you, cramming all the moves, music and novels you want to bring on vacation into one device. The thinnest and lightest is Toshiba’s Excite 10 LE ($530, toshiba.com), an Android tablet with a 1.2-gigahertz processor and five-megapixel camera. The 10.1-inch backlit screen looks sharp even on a hike, and the GPS makes sure you get back to the resort alive.
SUN IS SHINING, THE WEATHER IS SWEET
House of Marley makes gear designed to honor Bob Marley, with eco-friendly materials and audio built for jamming. The Bag of Rhythm iPod boom box ($350, houseofmarley.com) is a canvas rucksack that houses two tweeters and woofers built into a birch cabinet capable of withstanding even the heaviest bass vibrations.