Today only deal: Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker with Cortana at $49.99 ($150 off)

Today only deal: Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker with Cortana at $49.99 ($150 off)
Samsung-owned Harman Kardon wasn’t ranked among the world’s top five smart speaker vendors for the year’s second quarter, also missing the latest list of best-selling models. But unlike its parent company, which has yet to release a Google Home and Echo challenger, the audio equipment specialist tried hard to crack the market early.

Harman Kardon didn’t put all its smart speaker eggs in one basket either, supporting Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant in (fairly) equal measure. The brand’s rookie Echo-slaying effort is about to turn one, pretty much failing to connect with a mainstream audience right off the bat, which is why its list price was quickly cut in half.

What was originally a limited-time deal turned into a permanent thing, at least from Microsoft’s US e-store, but if you felt $99.95 was still too much to charge for the Harman Kardon Invoke, the Cortana-controlled intelligent speaker is now up for grabs for a crazy low $49.99.

This is a Best Buy “deal of the day”, mind you, so you only have 24 hours to pull the trigger, with the “silver pearl” model already listed as sold out on the retailer’s website. That leaves you with the “Graphite” version, which isn’t particularly good-looking, but it’s definitely better than many $50 alternatives, at least from a sound quality standpoint.

The “standard” Amazon Echo and Google Home are both significantly pricier than that, with the diminutive, entry-level Echo Dot and Google Home Mini typically available at $49 apiece.

The Harman Kardon Invoke delivers 360-degree sound from 3 powerful woofers, 3 tweeters, and 2 passive radiators, supporting the hands-free making and receiving of Skype calls, as well as many other Cortana voice commands. Granted, Microsoft’s virtual assistant may not be as smart and versatile as its top rivals anymore, but at $49.99, it should be able to get the job done competently enough.

source: Best Buy

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7 Comments

1. Nionx

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Think I'll pick one up

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's certainly worth its price. Because you take the guts of a home mini and install it inside this speaker.

7. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Or rip out the guts, and throw in a Raspberry Pi Zero W with Google Assistant installed.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3806; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still not worth it. It's as bad of an idea as investing in a Siri speaker.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

For $50 I disagree. The HomePod is $350. This at its worst is a great Bluetooth speaker, and at its best it provides Alexa integration with Cortana which makes it just as smart as an Echo which costs more too.

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's certainly worth 50 for the speakers and mics. Especially when you can take the guts of a Home mini, and place them inside. Or you can use a raspberry Pi zero W and install Google Assistant. Great deal.

4. Xavier1415

Posts: 144; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

its sold out :(

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