The $100 Harman Kardon Invoke speaker uses Microsoft's Cortana for voice control | Thrifter

The $100 Harman Kardon Invoke speaker uses Microsoft's Cortana for voice control

Hey Cortana

The $100 Harman Kardon Invoke speaker uses Microsoft's Cortana for voice control

$99.95
$199.95 $100 Off
See at Microsoft Store

Hey, Cortana, at least you sound great!

The Harman Kardon Invoke speaker is down to $99.95 on the Microsoft Store. This speaker normally sells for $200. It dropped to $100 for Black Friday and in early December, but it hasn't hit this price outside of that. The deal is available in both Graphite and Pearl Silver.

The speaker is still $200 at other retailers like Best Buy and B&H.

The Invoke is Microsoft's first attempt at a smart speaker. It uses Cortana, which is similar to Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant although not quite as capable. Cortana can be used to integrate your smart home. She works with most of the big names like Nest and Philips, but she is missing a few key brands like TP-Link and Ring.

One place this speaker won't let you down is in sound quality. Harman Kardon knows audio, and the Invoke does not disappoint. Of course, while Cortana can do music streaming she's missing some big names like Pandora.

Compared to other voice-command systems, Cortana is young with room for improvement. But if you have already invested in her or in Microsoft's ecosystem, you can definitely do some work with a speaker for 50% off. To be fair, this speaker only came out a couple months ago and Cortana has only been around for a bit longer than that. Nowhere to go but up, I guess.

The Invoke is powered by Cortana, Microsoft's proprietary A.I. It's a limited, but always growing, ecosystem. Be sure to check out Windows Central's review to get a better idea of her capabilities.

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