Bonus top-5 gadget of 2016: Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is the best under $50 gadget available and I keep getting amazed by this little powerhouse.

For much of the end of 2016, Amazon had the Echo Dot for $39.99, when it was in stock.

Ask and the Echo Dot will answer. Last night as the buzzer sounded the Echo Dot told me the Iowa State basketball score with the win over Texas Tech and then told me when the next game was.

Alexa is ready to help you ring in the New Year and more is on tap for 2017. Get the party started with some festive tunes—ask for a nostalgic classic or get the dance floor going with a playlist full of hot pop, electronic, and hip-hop songs. Just ask. Get the latest sports scores, new, weather and more.

Need help setting your resolutions? Alexa can inspire you. Just ask.

If your New Year’s resolutions involve taking care of business, check out the Alexa skills in the Business & Finance category. Get stock quotes and market updates with the TD Ameritrade skill. If you’re a Capital One customer, get info about your accounts and check your spending with the Capital One skill. Just ask.

Alexa has voice-exclusive deals for Prime members on everything from electronics to home goods. Alexa reveals fresh deals every day that you can’t get anywhere else—just ask. For example, starting today you can get $5 off an Echo Dot Case in indigo fabric (for Echo Dot 2nd Generation) or $7 off Presto laundry detergent. Just ask.

Start out the new year the right way and get on Amazon and order your Echo Dot.

  • Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more

  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn

  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others

  • Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music

  • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer

  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more

  • Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot