Grab the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker for just $40

The Harman Kardon Invoke is back on sale, slashing Cortana-infused commands and impressive audio quality to its lowest price yet.

With an insane discount via the Microsoft eBay Outlet Store, this homely smart speaker has dropped to just $40 in the U.S. (opens in new tab) – hefty savings upon its original $200 retail price. Accompanied by free shipping, it's a deal that's hard to resist.

The Invoke melds Harman Kardon's audio know-how with Microsoft's digital assistant, first on store shelves in late 2017. Leveraging the same Cortana found on Windows PCs and Xbox One, it's a perfect companion for smart homes, entertainment, and productivity. As stated in our review, despite Cortana's shortcomings and lacking a "killer feature," it's a capable smart speaker that nails the home basics.

Essentially, the Invoke mimics functionality you'd find in other smart speakers that pack Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. Backed by crystal-clear, room-filling hardware in sleek "Graphite" black, the cut to $40 is an unmissable deal even for its quality alone. With a limited quantity available available at this price, be sure to act fast to secure your saving today.

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • I may finally grab this.. Been eyeing it since the last Black Friday sale.
  • Don’t wait. As of now, over 245 sold in the last 24 hours. They are going fast at this price. Frankly, I’m surprised there are still new ones available. I thought they all were sold last year at $50.
  • I didn't... If all else fails I can sell it back on eBay like I did with my L950XL and make back what I paid and more when it stops being supported. 😜
  • For $40, it’s a great BT speaker. I doubt you will want to sell it. Dunno about the Cortana part, as I have never used it, and have no interest in it. The only downside - from my perspective - is that you can’t just use it out of the box as a Bluetooth speaker. You HAVE to install the Cortana app on your phone/tablet and use it to “setup” the Invoke. It demands a WiFi connection, to download a firmware update. I used my router’s guest connection, which I enabled just for this. After the Invoke was done updating, I re-disabled my guest account. There is a button on the back to disable the microphones. After all of this, you have a normal BT speaker. You can then delete the Cortana app from your phone/tablet. This is how I use my Invoke speaker.
  • I know there's was that article on WC a few weeks ago that recommended an Amazon device over an Invoke for use with the Xbox, but I've been using my Invoke with my Xbox for months now and I don't see what I'm missing out on. It's been really great and the sound quality is superb. I would buy another if I could think of a place to freaking put it. I already have a Google Home Mini AND Echo Dot that I can't even find a place for lol.
  • I use my Invoke too, but it feels irresponsible on my end to recommend the Invoke on this platform considering Microsoft's attitude towards consumers lately. I feel "safer" about the future of the Amazon Echo, versus the "future" of Cortana, even after Microsoft's demo at Build - they have a lot of work to do to prove they're invested for the long haul, imo.
  • It's a very good sounding speaker. I just pair it to my phone as a regular bt speaker. Cortana is terrible so I don't even bother with that aspect of it
  • Same here. Microphones are off and no WiFi connection. It’s a great sounding speaker, as long as you like your music in mono. It has no concept of stereo. If it was possible to pair two of these together - as you can with many other BT speakers - it would make a great audio system.
  • Just ordered another one. I already have one, bought for about $55 a year or so ago. But $40 is too good to pass up. Hard to believe these went originally for $200.
  • Harman Kardon only sold it for the 199$
    the Microsoft Store originally only sold it for 99$.
  • Like I said, these originally went for $200.
  • I should have said Only the Harman Kardon website ever listed it for 199$
    the majority got it from the Microsoft Store.
  • Sigh. For the third time. $200 was the original retail price. Had they actually sold at this price, it would have remained at $200. When MS started selling it, they were already in fire sale mode. It started at $100. Then it went to $50. Now it’s at $40. What all of this means is that even at $50, MS could not dump their remaining inventory. No one was buying these, because then - as now - no one is interested in Cortana. I use my current $50 model strictly as a BT speaker. I will use the $40 one the same way when it arrives in 2 days.
  • When in england
  • probably never, Microsoft doesn't have global ambitions for Cortana evidently
  • Odds are never. Seems like Cortana will go the way of Windows Mobile soon enough.
  • Thinking of getting a fourth now for that price
  • I almost impulse bought this, but I have a UE Boom speaker that I can take anywhere and use any digital assistant. I'm sure the Invoke has better sound, but I'm no longer interested in a speaker that has Cortana integrated, and I don't want to ask Cortana to activate Alexa. I don't have faith that Microsoft will further develop Cortana.
  • I'm more interested in the LG Google speaker considering they've partnered with Meridian so that thing should sound exceptional.
  • Sold out. 2,066 gone in 5 days.