If you're in the market for a trendy smart speaker
that won't break the bank or deliver mediocre audio performance, you may want to hurry and take advantage of the latest killer eBay deal on the Harman Kardon Invoke. This bad boy is nowhere near as popular as the Amazon Echo or Google Home lineups, and you can probably easily guess the reason.
Its name is Cortana, Microsoft's veteran virtual assistant, which actually saw daylight a couple of years before Google Assistant
, never truly managing to take off on Windows, iOS, or Android devices, let alone on a smart speaker that primarily relies on its voice assistant as a key selling point. While the Invoke still supports Cortana, which is pretty much dead
as a standalone thing, the newest (and biggest ever) discount makes this a must-buy even if you don't intend to use the intelligence of the product very often.
We're talking massive savings of 160 bucks compared to the Invoke's price charged through its manufacturer's website right now. At $199.95, this was never a prohibitive gadget, but at $39.99, it's a full $60 cheaper than the "regular" Google Home
and Amazon's second-gen Echo... at their list prices. This isn't your typical eBay deal offered by some third-party seller without a warranty either, coming straight from Microsoft's outlet store.
The Harman Kardon Invoke units on sale in a "limited quantity" are naturally brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged, sold in their original packaging with free standard nationwide shipping and free 30 day returns.
Apart from a more than decent set of "smart" features, including everything from smart home controls to reminders, lists, answers to questions, Skype calls, and news and weather updates (all available just one voice command away), the Invoke also has "premium sound" going for it, courtesy of 3 woofers, 3 tweeters, and 2 passive radiators. That alone makes it an essentially irresistible bargain at a measly 40 bucks.