You know that spiffy new laptop you just bought? I'll bet you a sack of donuts it has weak, tinny, and otherwise atrocious speakers.
That can put a serious damper on your music-listening, movie-watching, and game-playing experiences. That's why I think most laptop users should spring for a set of external speakers. Even cheapies will make a big difference.
Buy.com has the Logitech LS21 Multimedia Speaker System for $19.99 shipped. It's a three-piece system, meaning it comes with two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. (Also: a wired remote.)
These are definitely at the low end of the speaker food chain, but I guarantee they'll sound like a dream compared to your laptop's built-in speakers. The presence of the subwoofer makes all the difference, as satellites alone rarely offer any depth to music and other audio.
I haven't listened to these with my own ears, but a couple dozen Buy.com buyers have--and they collectively rated the LS21 4.4 stars out of 5 on average. Bottom line: this is a dirt-cheap but very worthwhile upgrade for your laptop.
Bonus deal: If you missed out on the WinX DVD Ripper deal last month, here's another option: WonderFox DVD Ripper 2.0. Until June 10, it's available free of charge. Make sure to use the registration code listed right at the top of the product page.
Bonus deal No. 2: Got Android? I've rounded up five free Android apps you're sure to love.