Belkin Thunderstorm Speakers

Thunderstorm Is a Go! Up Close With Belkin's Handheld Home Theater

Thunderstorm Is a Go! Up Close With Belkin's Handheld Home Theater

The integrated iPad speaker Thunderstorm ($200 to pre-order), which Belkin introduced earlier this week, delivers sound so rich, it rumbles. Belkin constructed an entire soundproof room on the show floor to prove just how capable the Thunderstorm is at creating a cinematic audio experience for gaming, movies, and music.

An iPad is fully enclosed in the speaker dock system, which also triples as a cover and an extended battery (10 hours). Thunderstorm, which goes on sale later this month, has a 30-pin connector compatible with the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad, and a Lightening connector version is due for Summer 2013.

We got to hear — and feel — the Thunderstorm's booming sound at the Belkin booth, and while we didn't know what to make of the heavy integrated dock at first, the audio quality is undeniably fantastic and immersive. If you're a film junkie who watches a lot of movies on an iPad, then you'll definitely want to consider the Thunderstorm.

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