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

Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Cortana Speaker

Harman Kardon really packed their Invoke voice activated speaker quite well in the original carton. So in this demo, we show how safely unboxing Microsoft Invoke speaker is done. We also cover how to get at the user docs and AC adapter.  See the next picture showing the speaker, still in the sealed box, just as it arrived. It comes in a plastic bag.





Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke speaker, front view, new In box.
Microsoft Invoke speaker, front view, new In box.

1. Remove the Outer Plastic Bag

Firstly, the the plastic bag was taped in our case.  So we just pulled apart the ends slowly.  Indeed with a bit of patience, you can open the bag without ripping it.

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

 

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

2. Find the Seal Tape

Find it near the bottom of the box, as shown next.

Picture of the Invoke by Harman Kardon speaker, new in box, showing the sealing tape.
Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana speaker, new in box, showing the sealing tape.

3. Take Off the Round Piece of Sealing Tape to Continue Unboxing the Microsoft Invoke Speaker

Thirdly, pick at it until you get a nail under it.  Then, peal it from the box.   Note that we were able to pick at it to loosen an edge enough to grasp and pull it off.  But tug it gently though, to avoid tearing off the box artwork.





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

Shown next.

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

This shows the Invoke speaker, sitting in the packing holder, as shown next.

Picture of the Cortana Microsoft Invoke speaker, new in box, with the top outer shell removed.
The Invoke smart speaker, new in box, with the top outer shell removed.

5. Next, Lift the Invoke Out of the Holder

Shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke assistant, front view, unboxed, held In hand.
Microsoft Invoke assistant, front view, unboxed, held In hand.

6. Look Over the Speaker for Damage to Continue with Unboxing Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker

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

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke speaker, bottom view, underside of unit, showing USB and power ports.
The Invoke by Harman speaker, bottom view, underside of unit, showing USB and power ports.

 

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

7. Then, Go Back to the Speaker Holder

Why?  Because this inner box still has the power adapter and guide pamphlets, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker, original box bottom, pedestal part, that contains the manuals and power adapter.
The speaker, original box bottom, pedestal part, that holds the manuals and power supply.




8. Pull Out the Foam Padded Tray from the Holder

Shown next.

Furthermore, under this piece, find the inner pamphlet box.

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

9. Pull Out the Inner Box from the Outer Box Bottom to Continue with Unboxing Microsoft Invoke Cortana Speaker

Shown next.

The Invoke speaker package, with inner accessories box, removed from outer box bottom.
The Invoke speaker package with inner accessories box, removed from outer box bottom.

10. Open One End of the Inner Box

Shown next.

Picture of the speaker inner accessories box, shown open, with included documentation in view.
The Cortana speaker inner box, shown open, with pamphlets in view.

11. Pull Out the Contents of the Inner Box

Shown next.  Find the AC supply and some cards and pamphlets.

Picture of the power adapter, in original plastic bag.
The power supply, in original plastic bag.

12. Check for All Parts for Breakage to Continue with Unboxing Microsoft Invoke Speaker

You should have found the following inside.

  • The Invoke speaker.
  • A Meet Cortana pamphlet.
  • A black warranty pamphlet from Harman Industries,
  • The power adapter.
  • A Product Tour and Specifications guide.
  • A black Important Safety Instructions pamphlet.

All of this is shown next.

Picture of the all unboxed, speaker showing accessories, the speaker itself, and the included documentation.
The speaker, all unboxed, showing accessories, the unit itself, and guide pamphlets.

13. Done with Unboxing Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker !

Finally, you’re done! So  now, you can set up your Invoke.  We will show how to do that in an upcoming post.  Stay tuned.

See the Invoke speaker web site for other info about this speaker.





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References for Unboxing Microsoft Invoke Speaker

  1. Harman Kardon Invoke Official Web Site

Revision History

  • 2019-05-09: Added key phrase targeting for ‘Unboxing Microsoft Invoke’.
  • 2017-11-21: Originally published.
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