REVIEW – Ever since iPads came into our lives, there have been countless accessories to hold them. This time, I get to take a look at the TwelveSouth HoverBar Duo tablet holder. I was excited because I know TweleveSouth for their Apple accessories. Does the product live up to the name?
What is it?
What’s in the box?
- iPad Clip Maximum Width: 220mm (8.68 inches)
- iPad Clip Minimum Height: 127mm (5 inches)
- Shelf Clamp Maximum Width: 34mm (1.4 inches)
- Shelf Clamp Minimum Width: 10mm (0.4 inches)
- Fully extended arm length: 15 inches
Design and features
The head of the arm attaches to the clip as shown. It can rotate freely.
Here’s the spring-loaded clip. Per the specs, it’ll grab devices from 5 inches to 8.68 inches.
The Twelve South HoverBar Duo’s detachable base has a little heft to it. It weighs in at 1 lb, 10 oz.
The Duo name comes from the ability to be used as a desk mount or a clamp mount. Here, the arm detaches from the base by pressing a clip and sliding the arm out.
The shelf clamp will fit a range of 0.4 inches to 1.4 inches.
There are a few adjustments to increase or decrease tension. The included hex keys come in handy.
There is also a knob at the clamp to adjust the mount’s ball joint.
The jointed arm permits a variety of viewing positions. Here’s the HoverBar Duo with the tabletop mount.
The clamp allows the HoverBar Duo to attach to desk edges, as well.
In this example, I looked for a spot in the kitchen. It would not fit under the cabinets but it fit just fine on a shelf.
The Twelve South HoverBar Duo tablet holder solved a problem I had: How to mount an iPad as a display. I finally found a spot on a wall shelf where it holds my iPad at an angle next to my desk. It would have taken up valuable desk space!
What I like
- Flexible mounting (desk or clamp)
- Quality hardware
- Comes in black or white
What I’d change
- Slightly pricey
- 1.4″ desk clamp may not be enough for everyone
- Would be nice if it sold as clamp-only (but then it wouldn’t be a “Duo”)
My search for a shelf-mounted iPad stand is now over! My iPad hasn’t moved an inch since I mounted it on the Twelve South HoverBar Duo and it’s nice to reclaim the space that a desk-mounted stand took up.