Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater iPad Case Announced

Belkin Thunderstorm

If you’ve ever tried to watch a movie on an iPad using the built in speaker with ambient noise in the room then you know that’s nearly impossible.  At CES 2013, Belkin has finally come up with a solution to the volume coverage problem with the iPad in the way of the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater iPad Case.

The Belkin Thunderstorm is a full-coverage, portable case and dock with Smart Cover-esqe flap adding multi-fold function, allowing more viewing angles. The biggest difference is the built-in  speaker housing stuffed with full-range drivers and integrated air channels and the extra bulk of the speaker electronics.  Belkin contracted Audifi, a mobile audio engineering group, to handle the audio internals.

At CES Unveiled I had a chance to get hands-on with the Thunderstorm and as with all Belkin products, I felt like I was handling a quality piece.  The room was quite noisy, so I’ll reserve audio quality judgement for a later date.  As I hinted to earlier, this case is a bit bulky and only a 30-pin dock connector is available at this time (a Lightning connector dock version is expected in the spring).  The 30-pin edition will accommodate the iPad 2 and iPad (3rd gen.).  iPad (4th gen.) owners will have to wait until Spring.

You can buy the 30-pin version this month at Belkin.com, Apple store and Amazon for $200.  Although, the advertised retail price is $200.  Amazon has the Thunderstorm listed for $249.99 at the time of this writing.  Hopefully, this is a misprint.

 

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