Microsoft has come out with yet another amazing and spell binding product known as the Harmon Kardon and the Microsoft invoke. Introducing Invoke the home speaker that consolidates premium Harman Kardon sound with Cortana’s knowledge to enable you to benefit as much as possible from the moments that matter the most in your life. Now don’t rush already to buy this product. There is so much more to this than just meets the eye.
Invoke comes with a Voice Control with which you can enjoy your favourite music and also listen to it in full 360o surround sound all at your command. Make a playlist, stop and start a song, volume it up and down. All at your command. Now did you get the feel of the product?
Now you would be wondering how this is all really done? Well Cortana is the brain and the heart behind the device. It helps you save your time and energy by helping you with voice command. It’s easy, are you getting late for your work or you are already working but need some music? Done sweat it because you just have to say Play, and the song would be played.
But its not just about the songs. This device also helps you with updating you about the news and things that are happening around you. You can also get answers by asking questions. Because Cortana is smart and she knows everything. Cortana also helps you with your reminders, weather updates and it also helps you create lists and so much more.
Soon enough with the help of this device you also would be able to check your emails hand free. What you would have to do is just ask Cortana to read your emails to you. Cortana could also send replies based on what you tell her to write and flag the mails that are spam and many more.
The best part about this, it is controlled by you and Cortana is your assistant. Cortana is almost in all the Microsoft devices. Whether it’s your Windows 10 PC, or your phone or the speakers. Cortana is everywhere so you can never lose anything.
Through this you can also stay connected with your Skype ID and you can call anyone you want hands free because Cortana is going to do it for you. Now whenever you think you can’t call someone because your hands are busy or dirty, all you would have to say is “Hey Cortana” and it would be done. Invoke would come with the free Skype calling ID from the US to phones and landlines in the Canada, Mexico and US.
Your smart home is also at your command. All you have to do is tell Cortana to switch off the lights or switch on the AC or just adjust the thermostat, and Cortana would do it.
Now how does Cortana do all this? This is because Cortana has partnered with various clients just to keep you updated with your needs and to help you out every time you are stuck, or just need someone.
Currently Invoke is only available in the US and in order to operate Invoke you would need a Wi-Fi, so make sure you have a good Wi-Fi connection to get the best effect of Invoke.
Invoke only works with some select music services, and at times you might have to take a subscription as well. But what is the harm when what you will get is way better than this.
Invoke is compatible with Office 365, Outlook.com and Gmail accounts.
The Invoke’s greatest perk is sound quality, because of the three 1.75-inch midrange drivers and three 0.5-inch tweeters that give 360-degree sound. The feeling for a subwoofer, however compensates for it with a latent radiator for bass. In their survey, The Verge takes note of that it sounds superior when compared with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, however not on par with the Sonos One. Apple comments that its HomePod speaker will likewise offer prevalent sound quality, yet we won’t know without a doubt until the point when it really dispatches in the near future.
Everything has some good things and some down sides to it, this is very much clear in the technical world now a days. Which means even this device is not completely perfect. Invoke also has many down sides to it.
Invoke however does not come at a discount. The price for the device is $199, which happens to be way more expensive than the Flagship Echo which comes at the price of $99 and the Google Home which comes at the price of $129. But invoke still happens to be cheaper than the HomePod which comes at the price of $349, but Invoke is also the same price as the Sonos One, which operates with Amazon’s Alexa AI.
The Verge is their review said that the sound quality of the Invoke was not up to the mark and if one has to spend that much money it would rather be on the Sonos One which comes at the same price and has better performance.
Invoke only lets you have one account connected with the device for now, which also means that the whole family cannot enjoy the device and only one person can use it at a time. Or the roommates cannot enjoy it together.
Cortana at max can only perform about 174 skills, whereas when you compare it to Alexa, it can perform around 15,000 skills. So which one would one choose? Cortana or Alexa?
The debate for which product is the best would always be going on, whether in your head or out in the world. But if you really love music? And want to enjoy it then Invoke is the best device for you, and also if want to be the only one who uses it, then also Invoke is the best choice for you. Though it would always be confusion whether it should be Cortana or Alexa, but you should always go for what you think is the best for you.