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Ooh and aah at GE's new Alexa lamp

The Sol looks like a Dyson fan, but it's actually a funky-looking lamp with Alexa built right in. Worth $200?

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Meet the Sol

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa is popping up in all sorts of new places this year -- and now, you can find her in this funky-looking lamp from GE. It's called the Sol, and it's basically a smallish Amazon Echo with a big halo of light growing out of its head. Click through to learn a little more about it.

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Dos coronas

The Sol's ring of light is actually two rings -- one on the outside that serves as the lamp, and a blue one on the inside that serves as an Alexa indicator light.

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Indicator light

That interior light works just like the ring of light on the top of an Amazon Echo. It lights up blue whenever Alexa is listening for a question or command, and it glows red whenever you've got Alexa on  mute.

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Clock function

You can also turn on a pair of lights that indicate the time -- red for the hour and blue for the minute. This shot was taken around 8:55, for instance.

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C by GE app

Along with Alexa voice commands, you can control the Sol in the C by GE app, as well as schedule it to wake you up in the morning.

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Touch controls

You can also control the lamp's brightness and the volume of the speaker using touch controls on the top of the base of the lamp.

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Color temperature

The lamp is color-tunable, meaning you can change it between an orangey, soft white glow and starker white daylight setting.

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Brightness

The lamp isn't quite as bright as a standard 60W incandescent bulb, though.

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Sol, you say?

The difference is even more clear when you take the lampshade out of the equation.

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Worth it?

The Sol costs $200 -- which is $20 more than the original Amazon Echo's retail price. Is the addition of a lamp worth the extra cash? Check out our full review to find out.

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