We finally have some more details about HP’s upcoming Cortana-powered speaker.
At Computex on Wednesday, the American company revealed its long-awaited puck-like “digital assistant” isn’t a standalone device, which means that — unlike the Amazon Echo — it needs to be connected to a Windows 10 PC to function.
It’s now clear that HP is trying to target a different market to its competitors; it’s going after consumers looking for an accessory to add another layer of functionality to their computers, rather than those looking for a dedicated Cortana speaker.
Is there really a market for an accessory of its kind? Probably not. We can’t even begin to fathom why you’d shell out at least $100 to route Cortana through an external speaker, when it’s already baked into Windows 10.
A lot of details are still unknown
A lot about HP’s assistant is still unknown, so it’s possible it will deliver some new features that the desktop build of Cortana doesn’t offer. At present, though, a $20 Logitech Z50 speaker sounds like a much better choice.