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How to get Amazon Alexa on the cheap

How to get Amazon Alexa on the cheap
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When Amazon first launched its Alexa voice assistant in 2014, you had one option for bringing it into your home: the now-classic cylindrical Echo speaker. Since then, Amazon has introduced a slew of new hardware, including the dainty Dot, the portable Tap, and the touchscreen Show.

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The Show is the priciest of the bunch, coming in at $230, but you don’t have to drop a bundle to welcome Alexa into your life as a digital roommate. Here are some very budget-friendly ways to either get started with Alexa or expand your Alexa ecosystem.

Eufy Genie

It’s OK if you haven’t heard of Eufy. It’s the home-goods brand from Anker, a company known for its popular battery backup and power products. The Eufy Genie is the newest Alexa device on the scene and it comes ready to rumble with a $35 price tag. The Genie will draw comparisons to Amazon’s own Echo Dot. It’s a small puck-shaped device with a built-in speaker, but it features a more graceful design with a tapered top. You will need to download Eufy’s own app to set it up, but afterward, it will behave and respond like any other Alexa gadget.

The biggest difference (besides price) between the $35 Genie and the $50 Dot is the Genie’s lack of Bluetooth. That means you will need to use a 3.5 mm cable to connect it to an external speaker. If Bluetooth is important to you and your Alexa enjoyment, then you will want to skip the Genie and instead check out the next most affordable Alexa speaker, the Dot.

Right now, the Eufy Genie is on sale on Amazon! Click here to buy it for just $30.

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