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The opening of the Kickstarter video for ORA pretty aptly describes how we feel about our iPads. They’re fantastic for doing a lot of things, but the sound really sucks. There are a lot of options on the market to get better sound out of the little tablet that could, but they’re either huge or they don’t look all that nice. The ORA breaks that mold and lives up to its claim that it’s the ultimate sound system for the iPad. How does it do it? By packing eight speakers into the case that you snap your iPad (2 or 3 only at this point) into. That gets you up to five times the loudness of the existing sound without having to worry about extra cables or bluetooth/wifi connections. The battery that powers the ORA has up to 10hrs of life and acts as a passthrough for your iPad itself so you only have to plug in one cable to charge both. Sure, it makes the form factor a little bit bigger, but the sound is worth it.

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AirPods, Apple’s popular wireless headphones, get a fresh look thanks to BlackPods, a company that paints real Apple AirPods using a proprietary painting and finishing process. Available in matte black, space gray or high-gloss black finish, each pair is hand-finished and tested. Whether you’re sending in yours or ordering new, combining the flexibility of wireless headphones with the sleek and luxurious BlackPods look will make plain old white AirPods seem boring by comparison. Better yet, BlackPods gives you $30 off your order by joining their e-mail list. It’s time to upgrade.