If you're like a lot of urbanites, your PC or laptop is also your media center, home theater, and audio system. If your apartment is 120 square feet and you're paying $1300 a month in rent (hello San Francisco!), you want to save space and dollars, so an array of conventional speakers may not be an option for full-on audiophilic indulgence.
Harman Kardon to the rescue. The HK SoundSticks are legendary among computerists, design fans, and aficionados of ultraclear sound. And with this "II" version, they work equally well with a PC or a Mac. You'll sacrifice a teeny bit of the deepest bass, but other than that, these are among the top performers in small-size sound.
Several online sellers have them deeply discounted from their original price of around $200. We picked the lowest for your purchasing pleasure.