Amazon Echo Dot
What it does: Gives you the power of Alexa without the normal Echo price tag
There are a growing number of reasons why Amazon's Alexa AI assistant is worth integrating into your daily life. It's capable of DJing tunes, requesting Ubers, ordering your groceries, controlling home appliances, and, well, a whole lot of other handy things. You can still get all that good stuff without shelling out $140 for the Echo, though. The hockey puck-sized Dot is packed with all the hands-free, voice-controlled Alexa functionality that comes in the beastlier version, but without an integrated immersive speaker. However, it easily syncs with any old regular speaker via Bluetooth or AUX input, so you can still set it up in a way that pairs it with serious quality audio.