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Little space? We select the best compact gadgets for your living room

For those of us who do not have a mansion, it becomes essential to take advantage of certain spaces in the best way, such as the room where the television can be placed. Fortunately, there are several compact gadgets to fill any corner of the home with technology.

This list is made up of proposals such as the Fire TV Cube media player, projectors from Asus or Anker, and smart speakers from Amazon and Google . Everything so that the (small) living room does not fall short in terms of entertainment.

The best compact gadgets

Fire TV Cube

It is only necessary to connect the Fire TV Cube – which combines functionalities of the Fire TVs and Amazon smart speakers – to a conventional television to have the entry pass to the various streaming alternatives, such as Prime Video , Netflix , Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus and Plex; as well as digital services such as Spotify and YouTube. It also communicates with other gadgets that are part of the smart home, from doorbells to security cameras. Its design, in addition to being discreet, looks modern.

It includes a remote control that responds appropriately. It not only allows you to navigate through the main interface that is displayed on the living room screen – between applications and menus – but also to interact with Alexa to request all kinds of information, from the weather report to the news of the day.

Buy on Amazon

Roku Streambar

For those who want to "kill two birds with one stone," this device is not only a Roku streaming player, but also a soundbar that promises crisp, crisp dialogue and easy setup.

It features a compact design, supports 4K HDR content and the most popular virtual assistants on the market, and is ready for cinematic sound (Dolby Audio). Its two front speakers are dedicated to increasing volume and clarity, while the two sides seek to soundly fill the entire room.

Buy on Amazon

Chromecast with Android TV

If the popular streaming device needed an update, the Chromecast with Android TV is the answer you were looking for, as it promises to view your favorite shows quickly, among other benefits.

Your remote control, in addition to having shortcuts to YouTube and Netflix, is equipped with the Google Assistant, which also helps you find content instantly with voice commands. As if that were not enough, the equipment is compatible with the HDR10, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos standards.

KEF Subwoofer

It is not easy to find subwoofers on the market that offer great power and high-level performance in a compact body. That is why this proposal from the brand dedicated to pleasing the ears of audiophiles is appreciated.

The KC62 has the new Uni-Core technology with the purpose of offering a power of up to 1,000 watts (RMS), as well as with two 6.5-inch drives in a single magnet system. Thanks to its five preset functions, it guarantees the same performance no matter where it is placed, while its connection options allow it to be used with almost any audio system.

Buy at KEF

Asus ZenBeam Latte L1

No, it is not a new drink, much less a small container to drink coffee. It is a compact and wireless projector that can be moved, for example, from the children's room to the living room without any effort.

Among its possibilities, it can project up to 120 inches (720p resolution and 300 lumens of brightness), incorporates a speaker with a power of 10 watts signed by Harman Kardon, integrates HDMI and USB ports, and allows to receive content from the phone wirelessly ( wireless mirroring ). Lastly, its 6,000 mAh battery provides up to 180 minutes of projection and 12 hours of audio as a wireless speaker.

Echo Dot (4th generation)

New Echo Dot steel blue

In September 2020, Amazon surprised by introducing a redesign of the Echo Dot, its smart input speaker that responds to various voice commands.

Now with a spherical shape – one of its main characteristics – it offers clear voices and balanced bass, compatibility with the main streaming music services (from Amazon Music to Spotify), access to thousands of skills and control of other compatible smart devices.

Anker Nebula Solar Portable

Anker Nebula Solar Portable

Portable projectors are increasingly “connected and intelligent”, as proven by the Nebula Solar Portable, which also incorporates Android TV to access hundreds of applications.

Apart from its 1080p resolution and the possibility of being used as a wireless speaker , it offers a projection of up to 120 inches, compatibility with HDR10 and 400 ANSI lumens, that is, it has everything for a reproduction of content rich in color and detail. Its battery offers a performance of up to 180 minutes, enough for a movie or several chapters of a series.

Buy from Anker

Google Nest Mini

The direct competition of the Echo Dot, without a doubt, is the Nest Mini, Google's smart speaker that works, obviously, with the assistant of the Californian firm.

In addition to having bass twice as strong as the original Mini, it comes with improved voice recognition, it's ready to play from the news to your favorite podcast , and it can be wall-mounted, in case you need to win the game. as much space as possible. Its different colors make it adapt to any style of decoration.

Buy on Google

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