In 2016, the brand Anker — best known for making USB chargers — decided to broaden its base of products to include smart home tech sold under the name Eufy. After kicking the new line off last year with a robot vacuum, Anker’s newest Eufy gadget is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker called the Genie that’ll sell for just $35.
In a nutshell, the Genie is just a cheaper version of the Amazon Echo Dot. You’ll plug it in, sync it up with your home network, then tell it to stream some music, play a podcast, turn your lights off, set a timer, or anything else you might think to ask. It includes the same far-field microphones that can hear you from across the room whenever you say the wake word “Alexa.” It works with the same services and smart home products.
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