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  • Rated 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • Thunderstorm
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  • Last modified: Nov 9, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Brings incredible sound boost, with amazing bass. Very easy to use, you simply place your iPad into it. Can be used as a stand as well.

CONS: A bit pricey, but worth the price.

An iPad is the bestselling tablet mostly because it offers such a great performance and usability in all kinds of situations and scenarios, while retaining amazing design. You probably know all about that “serious side” of an iPad and how it can be used in your everyday business, from exchanging e-mails, having Skype meetings, quickly editing iWork and Microsoft Office documents, and so on. But iPad has its fun side also, since it’s perfect for watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and playing games as well.

I believe that most hardcore gamers, who use iPad, also own an amazingly good pair of headphones, which are an essential piece of equipment in order to really get into a game. iPad comes with a good speaker, one of the better ones found in tablet devices, but it can’t really bring you that amazing sound you’d like to hear while watching movies. Well, in case you’re interested in such product, keep reading this article.

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Belkin recently introduced home theater system, made for your iPad. No, it’s not a range of huge speakers with AirPlay connection, but instead this is an iPad case which comes with its own built-in speaker. This product is called Thunderstorm, and could be yours for $200.

The Thunderstorm is a case for your iPad, which comes with its own cover, so you actually place an iPad into it. It adds on size and weight of an iPad, since its size is approximately 10×9 inches and it weighs about 1.4 pounds empty. As you can see, this is a serious addition to your iPad, and not one of those small wireless speakers which are usually failing to bring any improvements over iPad’s own sound.

In order to use it, you simply need to place an iPad into Thunderstorm’s plastic brackets and that is all you need to do. Once you start playing a movie, you’ll be blown away with its sound. We have tested numerous wireless speakers, but this speaker simply beats them all. It doesn’t only bring much louder sound, but it also brings incredible bass that you’ll feel pulsating all around you. It definitely beats any other (wireless) speaker of this price range.

The Thunderstorm’s case can be flipped back and used as a stand, which is a nice addition. It also comes with its own free iOS application, developed by Belkin. It is fairly simple and allows you to select one of several preloaded modes like movie, music, or game, but it doesn’t actually bring some much noticeable difference. After all, this app isn’t essential since Thunderstorm has a perfectly powerful sound on its own.

When you purchase the Thunderstorm, you’ll receive this whole audio system packed in one case, as well as an AC adapter used to charge it. It can last for 10 hours on a single charge, which means that it can last as long as your iPad with Retina display, for example.


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