LAS VEGAS, US–Belkin wants to enhance your audio experience on the iPad. The company has announced a speaker dock system that adds more powerful, front-facing speakers to the tablet. The Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater does this by enclosing the iPad in a hard plastic case that also props up the slate with a magnetically attached stand. Oh, and it also comes with a built-in battery (10 hours) so you can use it on the go.
As you may have guessed, all these features add a fair bit of bulk to your tablet. The speakers themselves are decent enough, and there’s an accompanying app to control the audio settings. The stand can be folded like a Smart Cover, allowing for different degrees of tilt and height.
At US$199.99, this all-in-one device doesn’t come cheap, though we suppose the enhanced audio and the additional battery life could be worth it.Belkin is currently selling a 30-pin connector version that’s intended for the third-gen iPad or the iPad 2. A Lightning connector-equipped model will be available later in the spring. The company also plans to sell the Thunderstorm outside the US, though it hasn’t offered any details yet.
Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater for the iPad at CES 2013. It offers rich, powerful and immersive audio experience for movies, music and games. It features high-efficiency, front-facing speakers powered by Audifi that offers a cinematic audio experience. It has a unique design with integrated air channels that offers optimal airflow for thumping bass. Thedownloadable Thunderstorm app provides extended control with customize soundscapes for music, movies and games. It connects directly through the iPad dock connector for a seamless, unified experience. The multifold cover folds at the back, providing a comfortable viewing angle. Features of Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater Integrated, front-facing, landscape-oriented, stereo speakers Ported speakers for rich bass and depth Low-distortion, high-efficiency amplifier Magnetically attached folding soft cover with multiple stand configurations MFi Certified G3A1000 with 30-pin docking interface is compatible with iPad 2 and iPad 3rd generation G3A2000 with Lightning connector is compatible with iPad 4th generation Pass-through access for iPad rear camera, headset jack, microphone, speaker, charging, lock switch, volume control, and mute/rotation lock toggle The Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater is priced at $199.99. The G3A1000 with 30-pin docking interface would go on sale in the U.S. from Belkin, Amazon and Apple Stores from this month.