Amazon's "smart speaker" is now available at the insanely low price of $50. Call out "Alexa" and have it do your bidding: listen to music, get the weather, ask for facts -- oh, and control a zillion smart home accessories, too.
The UE Roll 2 is a fully waterproof, wireless Bluetooth speaker that sounds quite good for its size. It comes in multiple color options for just under $100 and includes a floatation accessory for pool use.
JBL's third-generation Flip wireless speaker has a more streamlined, splash-proof design and better battery life (at 10 hours), while the price remains the same at $100. And as with all such speakers, the JBL plays any audio content from a Bluetooth-enabled source -- nearly any smartphone or tablet, and most recent computers -- so long as it's in the same room or relatively nearby. (Want more Bluetooth speaker options? Check out our list of best portable mini Bluetooth speakers, many of which are under $100.)
Nintendo's new Switch game console isn't coming until 2017. In the meantime, you can relive your 80s gaming nostalgia with the NES Classic, a mini old-school console with 30 games built-in. It's just $60 (an extra controller costs $10).
Roku's recently released 2016 line of video streaming devices range in price from $30 (Roku Express) to $130 (Roku Ultra). Toward the higher-end is the Roku Premiere+ at a penny less than $100. That gives you 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) video from streaming apps that offer it, plus a Wi-Fi remote (no pointing needed) with a headphone jack for private listening (although all of them get private listening via the Roku app).
The current Fire TV box also delivers next-generation 4K video for less than any other 4K-compatible streamer (although most 4K TVs have built-in apps that can do the same thing). Plus, its Alexa voice-assistant feature offers cool tricks like replying to your queries about the weather and adding stuff to a to-do list. The core Fire TV bundle is now $90, the antenna bundle is $100 and the gaming edition bundle (with gamepad) is down to $130.
Google has upgraded its video streamer for 2016 with (you guessed it) 4K and HDR compatibility. It's great if you prefer to control your video from your phone or tablet -- and if you don't need Amazon Prime video. Priced at $69.
Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader carries a list price of $119, but sometimes Amazon discounts it to $99. It's not as slick as the step-up Kindle Voyage, but it now sports an HD screen and is a fine e-reader, especially at $99.
Monster's Adidas-branded Sport Adistar In-Ear Wireless ($100) is one of the better fitting in-ear wireless sports headphones -- and it also sounds decent for the money. Another good choice for students who run.
The Grind, one of our favorite budget headphones, now comes in a wireless Bluetooth version called the Grind Wireless for $90. It's available in multiple color options and sounds very good for its relatively modest price.
Biolite's $80SolarPanel 5+ is equipped with an internal battery that stores energy from the sun, which means you can keep a charge in reserve your for phone and other devices, although tablets will take longer to charge.
If you're looking to add wireless charging to your iPhone, Staked has recently released new starter bundles ($99.99) for the iPhone 6/6S and 6 Plus/6S Plus that include the company's new Speed Case, wall charging unit, and external battery attachment (it adheres magnetically to the case when you need extra juice). In December, the new Speed Case will be available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
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Moshi's IonBank battery chargers are on the expensive side, but they are very stylish, with faux "vegan" leather protective coverings and integrated Lightning cables. The IonBank 3K, the smallest of the line, more than doubles the battery life of your iPhone (120 percent). It costs around $65.
See more info and pricing for Moshi IonBank 3K portable battery charger on Amazon.
When it comes to iPad styluses, the Apple Pencil has understandably gotten most of the press. But that digital pen only works with iPad Pros.
Adonit's new Pixel ($80), which the company calls its most accurate and responsive stylus to date, with an improved 1.9mm Pixelpoint tip, is compatible with several iPads -- nine to be exact -- not just the top-end ones.
Like Adonit's two earlier styluses, the Jot Script and the Touch, the Pixel is Bluetooth-enabled and turns on automatically when pressed to the screen when using certain note-taking and sketch apps that have built-in Pixel support. It also ships with a magnetic charger/dock that plugs into the USB port on your computer.
Have a recent Samsung Galaxy phone? Turn it into a virtual reality viewer with the latest Gear VR headset. Just pop the phone in the front, and it's a screen to a VR world right in front of your eyes. Literally. Available at Amazon.