Review: Twelve South HoverBar

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Talon Six, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Talon Six, Feb 11, 2012
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    Talon Six macrumors member

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    So a few days ago I got the email ad for Twelve South's new HoverBar. I have to admit that the marketing got me and touched my inner geek:

    iPad becomes wingman for your Mac.
    HoverBar connects iPad 2 to your Mac, creating a dynamic duo. An awesome, Tony Stark - inspired, desktop workstation with a beautiful Apple display and a killer touchscreen computer hanging by its side. HoverBar presents more ways to use iPad more often. Collaborate on a project with FaceTime, monitor the weather and interact with your favorite apps. HoverBar rescues iPad from the computer bag.

    The HoverBar is designed to clamp to any of the current generation of Apple displays. It ca also clamp to anything that isn't more than about 1" in width. Well I don't have an Apple display, but I've got a pretty nice LG IPS screen, so without too much thought of how I'd use such a thing as the HoverBar, I plopped down $80 and ordered one. My HoverBar arrived via the Brown Suited Santa (UPS) about two days later. Here it is:

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    Like all other Twelve South products I've seen/owned, the HoverBar is extremely well made. The clamp is a rubber-lined very solid block of aluminum with an oversize machine screw for torquing down on whatever you decide to clamp it to. Most of the clamp is hidden away underneath my desk. It's got two mounting holes for the arm, so you can change the angle by 90 degrees if you so choose.

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    The iPad (sans case) snaps into a lightweight plastic bracket which in turn is secured to the gooseneck arm via a ball and socket interface.
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    From there, you can adjust the tension of the ball/socket easily using a threaded collar on the back of the contraption.

    The HoverBar comes with four plastic clamps that you can use to route cables up the gooseneck arm. Unfortunately, I can see these getting lost unless you're gentle with the cables you set in the channel. I think Twelve South could have done a better job with these.

    One thing to note is that the iPad oscillates when you touch it. I don't think there's anything Twelve South can do about this, because you're putting the iPad on the end of an 18" flexible arm. If you're doing to be doing heavy typing, use a keyboard. I find myself having to use a gentle touch on the iPad when doing whatever on it while mounted in the HoverBar. Not a showstopper for me, though.

    All in all, the HoverBar is a pretty cool accessory if you don't mind plunking down the cash. I use my iPad for referencing a ton of various regulations at work, so I may transfer the HoverBar to my office for that. This would have been awesome to have back when I was working on my thesis, since I could have put the references up on the iPad and kept hacking away at my work on the computer. This will also be very good for FaceTime. Mostly, however, it's just a neato way to keep the iPad off the desk.

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    Pros: Well built, unique mounting solution, frees up desk space
    Cons: Poorly designed cable management, iPad must come out of case (if used)
     
  2. Username02 macrumors regular

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    Great review and pics thanks!
    Looks awesome.

    I really wanted one of these until I read on their website that it is only iPad 2 compatible. I have iPad 1 :(
     
  3. Lehcim macrumors member

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    Awesome product!

    Where can I buy this in the UK ?
     
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    Nice review...but having to have it bare kills it for me...it needs to have some adjustable clamp type design to hold it for at least smartcover/back owners....
     
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    Differences

    Multiple base attachments, solid arm (no hard shell plastic cover), and the suction option allows you to stick it on any case, or a naked iPad!:)
     
  8. parestailor, Feb 17, 2012
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    parestailor macrumors regular

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    my hoverbar set up...

    landscape

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    i purchased mine from ebay: http://goo.gl/9K0Ut

    only place i found it online, instock and ready to ship for next day delivery!

    go for it mate

    :D
     
  9. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know it until right at this very moment... but I need one of these and I needed it yesterday. What an awesome product! Thanks for the review. This is going on the list of things to buy for my iPad 3.
     
  10. Talon Six thread starter macrumors member

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    You have no idea how badly I'm hoping that the HoverBar works with the iPad 3. Since writing this review I've continued to use the HoverBar daily.
     
  11. parestailor macrumors regular

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    its one of the best purchases ive EVER made... i can see TwelveSouth maybe selling the head / ipad grip separately if they have to change it for ipad 3.
     
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    Confirmed: the new iPad fits in the HoverBar, but just barely and it's a pretty tight squeeze. I've emailed Twelve South to see if they will be offering a replacement part that fits closer to how well the original did with the iPad 2.
     
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  15. Talon Six thread starter macrumors member

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    UPDATE:

    Got an email from Twelve South regarding the HoverBar and the new iPad:

    Thank you for your interest in HoverBar!

    Now that we’ve had a chance to test the New iPad (iPad3) in HoverBar for ourselves, we too have found that the slightly thicker profile makes it too tight for the current clip. Although we can get it to work, the tight fit makes us very uncomfortable, and we just can’t bring ourselves to recommend it for the New iPad.

    However, our plan is to make a clip to add iPad3 compatibility to existing HoverBars. Although we’re already working on it, the clip, and new HoverBars with the new clip, will likely take a month or two to be developed and available for purchase.

    If you'd like us to send you an email when we have news about iPad3/HoverBar compatibility, and when the new clip is available for purchase, please add your name and email address to our notification list: https://app.e2ma.net/app2/audience/signup/1420247/1400299/?v=a


    If you have any further questions or if I can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to let me know.

    Cheers!
    Bridget

    Twelve South Support
     
  16. Talon Six thread starter macrumors member

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    ANOTHER UPDATE:

    Bottom line up front: I do not recommend the HoverBar for new iPad w/LTE users - it damaged my iPad

    Got my new and improved clip for the new iPad in the mail on Tuesday. As you can guess form my review above, I was pretty excited to get this installed and restore my iPad to it's place. The fit for the new clip is tight on top where the iPad snaps into place, but I figured that it was designed that way.

    Fast forward to today. I noticed a tiny gap developing at a seam that I didn't even know existed on the LTE antenna. I thought there may be something stuck in there, but when I got it home, I realized that the pressure from removing the iPad from the HoverBar was likely the culprit. The LTE antenna is delaminating along the seam across the top of the iPad.

    I emailed TwelveSouth to let them know that they ought to warn LTE iPad users that damage may occur. I didn't demand a refund or that they buy me a new iPad or anything silly like that. I just wanted to give them a heads up that their product wasn't working as well as the previous generation did with the iPad 2.

    t got a pretty quick reply stating that this is the only the second case they've heard of this type and the first guy tried to jam his new iPad into the old HoverBar. Well, guilty as charged - I tried it the day I got my new iPad and stopped after realizing it was such a tight squeeze. Since I have my new "purpose designed" iPad clip on my HoverBar, I've been taking it in and out about a dozen times since I received the thing on Tuesday. My mistake.

    What kinda torqued me off was the final line in the email from TwelveSouth: "Thank you so much for taking the time to send us your email. I promise this sort of thing is neither ignored nor simply shrugged off, and we will certainly consider your experience when the time comes for a redesign or update of the BookBook for iPad."

    BookBook? Seriously? I was talking about the HoverBar.
     

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