Bring iPad movies to life with the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater
Belkin wants to boost the audio performance of your iPad with the Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater.
The Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater is a speaker dock system built into a case, fitting flush to the iPad, so it's seamlessly integrated.
The audio has been handled by Audifi and it features front-facing stereo speakers. However, the Thunderstorm has been designed to channel air through the case, so purports to give you rich bass too.
There's an amplifier built in and when your iPad is in the Thunderstorm, you still get access to the camera and controls, as well as the headphone jack.
There will be two versions of the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater, offering support for the older 30-pin dock connecter as well as the new Lightning connector found on the latest iPad model, with Belkin pushing the advantage of a direct connection, rather than using something like Bluetooth, which might be prone to dropping out.
The Thunderstorm app will let you tweak the audio output to your liking, with custom profiles for movies, music and games.
There's also a magnetic cover, like Apple's own Smart Cover, that will provide screen protection when closed or a variety of viewing angles when folded.
The Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater will cost £179.99, available from Feb 2013, but given that the iPad fits seamlessly within the Thunderstorm enclosure, any change in design that Apple makes to its tablet will render the Belkin accessory redundant.
If you're one of those people who spends a long time watching movies and are constantly disappointed with the audio performance on your iPad, this might be just the ticket. You might, however, want to consider headphones instead.