|Screen Size||9.7 inches|
Belkin Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theater Speaker and Case for iPad 4 with Lightning Connector
|Price:||$70.00 + $5.99 shipping|
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- Full range speaker system. The high efficiency speakers create deep, rich, immersive sound
- The iPad fits seamlessly in the lightweight enclosure. Smooth and optimally balanced, the surface is comfortable and easy to grip
- The free Thunder app provides extended control with three different soundscapes
- The multifold provides a variety of comfortable and convenient viewing and listening angles. And, of course, protects your iPad screen when not in use
- USB connector provides full access for iPad power and audio
- Air channels are integrated into Thunderstorm's main panel, allowing bass frequencies to come alive
- Perfect for music and web video, great for movies, and games will absolutely explode off the screen
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Top Customer Reviews
I am very satisfied with this system.
Here's my experience so far.
I found this to be very simple. I used the charger to get the battery up to speed and it charged very quickly. Installing the iPad into the speaker enclosure was basically intuitive: I simply opened a connector drawer, slid my iPad under a side rim, and closed the drawer. Done.
Configuring and using the Thunderstorm:
At this point, there are two options: either use an Audio Setting button to toggle the sound mode or download the Thunder app to select an optimized audio setting. I decided to test the toggle option first before I downloaded the app. I was impressed with the sound quality. I thought the sound was fine with the toggle option but the app did produce a better sound. It took 2 tries to get it to download properly (this was probably due to a significant drop in my Wifi speed, unrelated to the app itself, while I was downloading the first time).
Battery time: While product literature notes that the battery lasts for up to 10 hours before needing to be recharged , I haven't yet tested it for the full 10 hours of use before recharging - but will update when I do. I was able to watch 3 movies, each lasting approximately 2 hours, without recharging the battery and there was definitely life left in the battery after my viewing sessions.
I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much. I was skeptical.Read more ›
The case that houses the speakers leaves a bit to be desired; heavy, flimsy and worst of all the screen cover does not shut down the iPad when closed. Then the Belkin support is weak. As others have said the link to Belkin's support page where you are encouraged to register appears to be down and it may have failed sometime in 2013. (The last time the software app was updated.)
For me. there is really no problem. The case is good enough and the speakers are worth what they cost. I can live without Belkin's support or registration.
Oh, one last thing, the iPad 4 does not have a USB port, and neither does the the Belkin case. What it does have (that is not mentioned anywhere that I can find) is a power supply that charges BOTH the speaker and iPad at the same time.
Outstanding sound. Sounds best when held about a foot in front of your face at which point the stereo is completely immersive and the picture is effectively theater sized. It really does sound impressive.
Sturdy and rigid. Easy to insert and remove the iPad, there is a latch that slides out pulling the dock connector out of the iPad which normally holds it in place. The other end of the iPad is held by a small lip that runs the width of the iPad. The case is all rigid enough that this system hold it pretty well.
You can charge the complete system with the included charger without removing the iPad from the case.
There's one control basically which lets you set the "width" of the stereo effect, and this can be controlled either with a free App or with a button on the case which cycles through the modes (movie, music, game, etc.) and has a voice announcement of the selected mode.
It's bulky and heavy. It's thicker than you might expect due to the bose-like bass plumbing and the battery. After a couple days I stopped leaving the iPad in it unless I actually wanted the speakers.
The built in smart-cover seems somewhat flimsy relative to the massive weight of the rest of the system. It connects to the side of the case through a combination of a slot and magnets. It does not match as reliably to the iPad as the standard Apple smart-cover and whether the iPad detects the "closed" magnet seems potentially unreliable.
The included charger uses a round plug into the case and has a medium size wall-wart power supply, so it's one more thing to carry along.
It's kinda pricey.
Also the documentation is sparse to the point of being practically nonexistent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for improving the sound, however, I've had this less than a year and the magnetic strip hinges have fallen apart. :-(Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you own an iPad 4 and don't have this case, then you are crazy. Considering it's now almost $200 off retail price, it's a steal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexander
Full rich sound for such a small product, got I for a great price, decent battery life.Published 6 months ago by Ddogmatic
An add on for family so I can have the use of mine back .. they love it.Published 10 months ago by Jason A. Styles
Was skeptical about this buy but it was $25 and seemed like I might as well try. Easy install, sounds great, and seemed really secure. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Flint Loughridge
Great idea but the speaker doesn't work all the time and pops "in and out" with the volumePublished 10 months ago by Rae
Charging port broke after 2 months. Amazon has only 30-day return policy, so they referred me to Belkin. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JL
This item is awesome and a Great product to owed, you won't be disappointed, Not At All!! Fantastic speaker!!Published 17 months ago by luz a. martinez