At the beginning of the month, Amazon announced that it was expanding its family of Alexa-enabled products with the Echo Dot, a $90 hockey puck-shaped device that brings the power of Alexa to your existing speakers, and Amazon Tap, a portable version of Echo. The latter is now available to purchase for $130 with free two-day shipping for Prime members.
Unlike Echo, the Amazon Tap is battery powered, hence why it's portable. Amazon says it provides up to 9 hours of music playback, giving you ample time to hang out with friends on the beach and relax all day long, or keep the backyard barbecue going late into the night. When your guests leave, you can plop the speaker into its charging cradle and continue listening to music.
If you're connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot, you can have Alexa do your bidding, like play a favorite track or order a pizza from Dominos, to name just two of a rapidly growing list of tricks Amazon's digital assistant is capable of doing. However, Amazon Tap isn't voice activated—just give the microphone button a tap (hence its name) and bark out your command. It's simple enough for even Happy Gilmore to use.
If this is the portable speaker you've been waiting for, you can order it now on Amazon.