Roku Streaming Stick ($50)
While both Amazon and Roku updated their streaming sticks this year, I give a slight edge to Roku’s offering. And, during the holiday deals season, we’ve seen it as low as $35.
Amazon Echo Dot ($50)
The refreshed Echo Dot brings Amazon’s always-on Alexa voice assistant into homes at a compelling price point with two enclosure color options. The integrated speaker is merely sufficient, but perfectly suitable for broadcasting news (Alexa, play CNN on TuneIn) or music (Pandora, Spotify, etc) in smaller rooms. We expect the Dot to drop to $40 on Black Friday. However, should your budget be larger, both Google Home and the full-on Echo will be $30-40 off later this week.
Anker PowerCore ($25)
I’ve long relied on Anker as preferred backup battery. Their latest PowerCore line comes in a variety of sizes and capacities to meet every mobile juicing need. I’ve got ahead and linked the 10000 version, which provides a single USB jack and a large enough reservoir to recharge your smartphone three times.
JBL Clip 2 ($60)
Think of a JBL Clip 2 as the slightly smaller, slightly less stylish version of the Logitech UE Roll. The highly regarded, compact, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is often found for under $50 and comes in multiple colors.
Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard ($40)
When I recently needed a new keyboard to augment my mobile arsenal, I went with Wirecutter’s top pick and could be more pleased — it’s not too bulky, nicely clicky, and toggles between three devices. Bonus: Amazon offers four hues.