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Harman Kardon Invoke

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Harman Kardon Invoke. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.6/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the microphone and usability. The sound and reliability also get good feedback, but there are some negative comments about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Harman Kardon Invoke is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Harman Kardon Invoke review: The first Cortana speaker sounds amazing


Harman Kardon's Invoke is a solid smart speaker debut for Cortana. It sounds amazing, so it's particularly well-suited for audiophiles. Cortana isn't as capable as Alexa yet when it comes to integrating with other products, unfortunately.

Better sound quality than other smart speakers ; Cortana works well across PCs, iOS and Android ; Cortana's voice sounds very natural

Limited music service integration (no Pandora!) ; Cortana doesn't have as many skills as Alexa ; Short power cord length

The Invoke is a great piece of hardware hamstrung by Cortana's fledgling ecosystem. It could get better over time, but most consumers would likely be better off with a competing smart speaker that might not sound as good but can do much more. But if...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Molly Price (

Harman Kardon Invoke review


"Hey, Cortana: What can you do for me that Alexa can't?"

Sound quality is better than Amazon's line of speakers and an Invoke purchase includes unlimited Skype calling.

Cortana needs a much wider set of skills, as Alexa does more and offers more integration with smart home platforms.

If you're a fan of Cortana, Windows 10 or Microsoft in general, Harman Kardon's Invoke is an exciting new smart speaker with quality sound and most of the expected smart speaker tricks.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (

Harman Kardon Invoke review: Cortana gets a speaker of its own


A smart speaker for Microsoft's world

Great sound quality ; Sharp design ; Good microphones for hearing voice commands

Only works with Microsoft’s calendars and productivity services ; Twice as expensive as an Echo ; Doesn’t support multiple accounts or multi-room audio

If Microsoft is able to deliver those promised improvements and perhaps make Cortana work better with non-Microsoft services, the Invoke could be a compelling smart speaker for the rest of us.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Harman Kardon Invoke


Harman Kardon's Invoke, the first Microsoft Cortana-powered speaker, is a poor competitor for voice assistants from Amazon and Google.

First smart speaker with Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant.

As a voice assistant, Cortana isn't as polished as the competition. Speaker woke without using the wake word several times in testing. Mediocre sound quality, particularly for the price.

Bottom Line: Harman Kardon's Invoke, the first Microsoft Cortana-powered speaker, is a poor competitor for voice assistants from Amazon and Google.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Hachman (

Harman Kardon Invoke hands-on: Cortana enters the smart speaker market with a boom


Harman Kardon has unveiled its Invoke speaker, powered by Microsoft Cortana. It's years behind competing devices from Amazon and Google, but seems to hold up pretty well.

Harman Kardon smartly weights the Invoke towards its audio capabilities, an area where it feels it can compete favorably with Alexa-powered devices, and presumably Google’s smart speakers. I’m not entirely convinced that the Invoke is a better purchase...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice


Move aside, Alexa; back off, Google Assistant. Microsoft's Cortana is here, and she wants to be the de-facto virtual assistant for busy people in their busy homes. Breaking free of the smartphone and desktop for the first time, Cortana 's newest form...

Great sound quality for music ; 7 microphone array is accurate ; Cross-platform and cross-device sync is useful ; Solid set of launch features

No multi-user or multi-account support ; $199 price higher than Google Home and Amazon Echo ; No Pandora support (yet)

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (

Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker review: Cortana could be a strong smart home system—someday


The Invoke is a good speaker, and Microsoft's digital assistant has potential, but it's too immature for us to give it a strong recommendation today.

Good sound ; Cortana has real potential as a smart home platform ; Strong hooks into Microsoft's productivity apps

Very limited third-party product support ; No multi-room audio support ; It’s too early to bet on Cortana as a smart home platform

Based on Harman Kardon’s implementation in the Invoke, I’d say Cortana has the potential to be a great smart home platform. But it’s not even a contest today. Amazon’s Alexa is a juggernaut, racking up partnership after partnership with both...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

Harman Kardon Invoke review: A premium Cortana experience with fantastic sound for your home


Our Harman Kardon Invoke review takes a look at Microsoft's first foray into the living room and home with its Cortana voice assistant.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Prospero (

Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Great Speaker, But Cortana Needs Work


For its first smart speaker, Microsoft has a great device — acoustically speaking — in the Harman Kardon Invoke. Everything I played through it sounded excellent, almost on a par with the Alexa-enabled Sonos One, and miles better than either the Amazon...

Excellent audio ; Cortana has good general knowledge

Limited smart-home compatibility ; Very few skills ; Bulky power brick

The first smart speaker with Cortana sounds fantastic, but Microsoft's virtual assistant lags behind Alexa and Google Assistant.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Valentina Palladino (

Harman Kardon Invoke review: Cortana isn’t too comfortable in the home yet


Microsoft needs to do some tweaking to make Cortana a better at-home assistant.

Harman Kardon is a great partner for Microsoft to have for Cortana's introduction into the home. The Invoke clearly shows off Harman Kardon's audio expertise, producing loud, high-quality sound that's both immersive and convenient. The Invoke could be...

Oct, 2017

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