Amazon Alexa-Powered Products You Didn’t Know Existed — Until Now

You don't know what you've been missing.

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Unlike the countless gadgets that require you to enable an Alexa skill to work, these tech products offer full access to Amazon's virtual assistant right out of the box. This allows them to replace the Amazon Echo, while adding even more functionality to your home. The only thing these product don't support for the time being is free voice calling — that's exclusive to Amazon's Echo lineup of smart speakers.

However, Amazon Alexa will help you take control of your daily routine, manage your smart home gadgets, get answers to questions, and even play games! For all this (and more!), check out the top Amazon Alexa-powered devices for an instant life upgrade.

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ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch

The ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch is probably the most discreet-looking gadget with full Alexa functionality. Designed to replace your boring old light switch, the device has a built-in microphone and loudspeaker, as well as Alexa's signature blue light strip. We also like that ecobee has equipped the Switch+ with a night light. 

It also offers various options to control your lights, like Alexa commands, a sleek mobile app, or motion and daylight sensors. In case you're feeling nostalgic, you can even tap on the device to turn them on and off. 

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First Alert
​​First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm​

The First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector with a built-in high-quality speaker and full Amazon Alexa functionality. The device can alert you via voice and with an 85-decibel alarm while you're at home, as well as send you mobile notifications while you're away if anything happens.

The Onelink Safe & Sound requires a hardwired installation, which is as straightforward as it gets. All you need to do is download the First Alert mobile app and follow the instructions to get started. 

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Sonos Beam Compact Sound Bar ​

The Sonos Beam sound bar has a beautiful design and excellent audio quality. Like all Sonos products, the Beam is incredibly easy to install. Available in black or white, it can blend in with just about any decor, too. 

In addition to full Alexa compatibility, the Sonos Beam has Apple AirPlay support. You can make the Beam sound bar the centerpiece of a new Sonos multiroom audio system, or seamlessly integrate it into an existing one you already have.

More: Check Out Our Review of the Sonos One Smart Speaker

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Acer Spin 5​ Touchscreen Laptop ​

The Acer Spin 5 touchscreen laptop comes with Amazon Alexa out of the box, giving you access to your favorite virtual assistant anywhere you go. Amazon's assistant is seamlessly integrated into the Windows 10 experience — you can summon it with a voice command any time you need it. 

Hardware-wise, the Acer Spin 5 is one of the best 2-in-1 notebooks in its price range. It has Intel's latest Core i5 CPU, a 13.3-inch Full HD display with 360-degree hinge, a built-in fingerprint sensor, and up to 13 hours of battery life.

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ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

The Amazon Alexa-powered ecobee4 smart thermostat uses room sensors to keep tabs on the temperature in your house. You can connect multiple units to match the size and layout of your home. 

This sleek gadget will listen to your Alexa commands via built-in microphones with far-field voice tech. Of course, it has a built-in loudspeaker to answer your requests just like an Amazon Echo would, too.

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Polk Audio
Polk Command Sound Bar

The Polk Command Sound Bar will not only instantly upgrade the sound of any TV you connect it to, but it'll also allow you to control your connected home gadgets from your couch. The device has a dedicated HDMI port for plugging an Amazon Fire TV streaming device, so Alexa can take full control of your home entertainment.

The Polk Command audio quality is excellent. The sound bar delivers a really immersive sonic experience, thanks to a wireless subwoofer and support for Dolby and DTS surround sound.

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​Toshiba TH-GW10 Symbio​ Security Camera

The Toshiba TH-GW10 Symbio is about the same size as an Amazon Echo speaker, yet it packs an HD security camera and a Z-Wave and ZigBee smart home hub. In addition to Alexa voice commands, the device also allows you to control your connected gadgets discreetly via a smartphone app.

The speaker/security camera will send you alerts when it captures motion, as well as notify you if it detects unusual sounds. The speaker quality of the TH-GW10 isn't the best in its price range, but its built-in camera is clearly its biggest advantage.

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