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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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[Shop]  Just like the stash boxes that lined your father’s workbench back in the day, these metal vessels are ideal for all sorts of loose necessities. The two cases—the smaller one is nestled inside the larger one—are both made of durable stamped steel and offer simple, attractive storage for EDC gear, loose nuts and bolts, or anything you’d normally toss in your kitchen junk drawer. Each set is made in Italy and comes in a stealth color exclusive to Cool Material. For all the valuable knickknacks strewn around the house or tossed haphazardly on your workbench, these boxes are ready to placate your inner organizational fiend.