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HP’s Cortana speaker has a computer-sized anchor attached to it

by Josh Levenson | May 31, 2017May 31, 2017 10:30 am PST

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.

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Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...