To all iPad users, you’ve probably noticed that the iPad’s speakers location on the back of the iPad causes the volume of music to drop dramatically and lose clarity. Then I heard of the SoundBender, which is a small, powerless device that magnetically attaches to iPads and redirects the direction of the soundwaves towards you. I’ll admit it. When I first got my hands on a SoundBender I had my doubts. I didn’t think it would be able to direct sound as well as it was described to be. I was utterly wrong.
The first time is attached this device onto my iPad 2 the difference in volume absolutely shocked me. The quality of the iPad 2 speakers are maintained, and the focus of the sound being emitted comes towards the user, rather than going away from you. I love how the SoundBender doesn’t need batteries, and simply magnetically attaches itself into place at the speaker location. Now, there are a few small problems that come along with the SoundBender’s simplicity. First of all, it’s not going to work with iPad cases that completely or partially enclose the speakers. My Quiksilver Hard Back Shell case fits nicely with the SoundBender, but many other cases will not. Secondly, the SoundBender isn’t the most attractive of all accessories. It’s presence was quite prominent to me, mainly due to clash between the red of the SoundBender and the white of my iPad. However, if you get a color that matches your style, you’re good to go. A third issue is the magnet strength. The magnet that holds the SoundBender in place is strong, but not strong enough to withstand a light bump directly to the SoundBender. If you are watching a movie without moving the iPad, no problem. But if you are carrying the iPad around with the SoundBender attached, it’s going to fall off.
To receive your very own SoundBender, visit the SoundBender’s KickStarter site at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1922462513/soundbender and make a donation of at least $10 to help them get the SoundBender funded. Oh, and trust me, even though there are some troubles, it’s worth the investment.
A video interview with the creator of this awesome iPad accessory is coming soon.