Harman Kardon's portable Alexa smart speaker is on sale at Dell for a whopping $130 off
Amazon makes without a doubt the most popular and well-known Alexa-powered smart speakers in the world, but the e-commerce giant is actually far from the only company holding off the rising Google Assistant threat. Interestingly, Harman Kardon, a Samsung-owned brand, sells voice-controlled devices with support for Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana, but not Bixby.
The Harman Kardon Allure line includes two similar but distinct products capable of interacting with Amazon's digital assistant, one of which rivals the silently discontinued Tap by answering your questions and playing music on the move. The aptly named Allure Portable model typically costs $199.95, but for a no doubt limited time only, you can get it on Dell's official website (of all places) in exchange for a measly $69.95.
Granted, this relatively lightweight smart speaker you can carry around to stream up to 10 hours of uninterrupted music while away from home is also on sale directly through its manufacturer. But Harman still charges $99.95 after a smaller $100 discount (compared to Dell's massive $130 markdown), while Amazon has the Allure Portable listed at a whopping $159.95 at the time of this writing.
Tipping the scales at roughly 2.4 pounds, the Harman Kardon Allure Portable promises 20 watts of audio power, supporting wireless Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices for "room-filling" sound. Meanwhile, a 2-microphone array with noise cancellation and far-field voice recognition technology enable this bad boy to react to your hands-free commands instantly, even from across the room. And for only $69.95, you get basically the same "smart" features a $100 second-gen Amazon Echo is capable of, from smart home controls to online shopping, news, weather information, reminders, alarms, and so on.