Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, unboxed, held In hand.

Demo of Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker




Harman Kardon really packed their Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker quite well in the original carton.  In this demonstration, we explain how to safely unbox the speaker, as well as the included documentation and power adapter accessory.  See the next picture for a view of our Invoke speaker, still in the sealed box, in the original plastic bag.




Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker

Picture of the Harman Kardon Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, new In box.
Harman Kardon Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, new In box.

1. Remove the Outer Plastic Bag

The opening in the plastic bag was taped in our case.  We just gently pulled apart the taped ends.  This can indeed be done without damaging the bag.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, new in box, outer plastic removed.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, new in box, outer plastic removed.

 

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, side view, new in box, outer plastic removed.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, side view, new in box, outer plastic removed.

2. Locate the Seal Tape

Find it near the bottom of the original carton, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, showing the sealing tape.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, showing the sealing tape.

 

3. Remove the Circular Piece of Sealing Tape

Pick at it until you get a nail underneath this tape.  Then, peal it from the box.   We were able to pick at it to loosen an edge enough to grasp and pull it off.  Pull it gently however, to avoid ripping off the imprinted box covering beneath that tape.

4. Next, Lift Off the Top Part of the Invoke Box

Shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, with the sealing tape removed.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, with the sealing tape removed.

This reveals the Invoke speaker, sitting in the packing pedestal, as shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, with the top outer shell removed.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, with the top outer shell removed.




5. Next, Lift the Invoke Speaker Out of the Pedestal

Shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, unboxed, held In hand.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, front view, unboxed, held In hand.

6. Inspect the Speaker for Damage in Shipment

Check all around its metal grill for any dents and dings.  Also, turn it upside down and examine its plastic base for any cracks, broken ports, Etc.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, bottom view, underside of unit, showing USB and power ports.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, bottom view, underside of unit, showing USB and power ports.

 

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, bottom view, showing USB and power ports closeup.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, bottom view, showing USB and power ports close-up.

7. Then, Go Back to the Box Pedestal

Why?  Because this inner box  contains the accessory power adapter and all included documentation for this smart speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, original box bottom, pedestal part, that contains the manuals and power adapter.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, original box bottom, pedestal part, that contains the manuals and power adapter.

 

8. Pull Out the Foam Padded Pedestal Tray from the Outer Box Bottom

Shown next.

Then, under this piece, find the inner accessory and documentation box.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, original box bottom, with pedestal part removed.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, original box bottom, with pedestal part removed.

9. Pull Out the Inner Accessory Box from the Outer Box Bottom

Shown next.

Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker inner accessories box, removed from outer box bottom.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker inner accessories box, removed from outer box bottom.




10. Open One End of the Inner Accessories Box

Shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker inner accessories box, shown open, with included documentation in view.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker inner accessories box, shown open, with included documentation in view.

11. Pull Out the Contents of the Inner Accessories Box

Shown next.  Find the power adapter and several sheets and pamphlets.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker power adapter, in original plastic bag.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker power adapter, in original plastic bag.

12. Check that you have All the Parts, and that None are Damaged

You should have found the speaker itself, the power adapter, a Meet Cortana pamphlet, a black warranty pamphlet from Harman Industries, a Product Tour and Specifications guide, and a black Important Safety Instructions pamphlet.  All of this is shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, completely unboxed, showing accessories, the speaker itself, and the included documentation.
Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, completely unboxed, showing accessories, the speaker itself, and the included documentation.

You’re done!  Now, you can set up your Invoke speaker.  We will demonstrate how to do that in an upcoming post.  Stay tuned.

See the Invoke speaker web site for other information about this voice activated speaker.




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2017-11-21: Originally published.