USB-C Hubs often feel like a dime a dozen commodity accessory. There are plenty of cheap ones (in more ways than one) to be found at places like Amazon and eBay. I’ve used a few such accessories over the last few years, and you can usually tell how poor the quality is within a few hours. Whether it runs blazing hot or works inconsistently, they tend to be worth what you paid for them, and not in a good way.
While iPad stands often feel like a dime-a-dozen commodity accessory after a decade of Apple tablets, we seem to be in the midst of a sudden renaissance for this product category. You have Kensington’s new StudioDock, which is impressive in both its size and feature set and comes with a price tag to match. Then there’s the Satechi Aluminum Desktop Stand that I wrote about Sunday and back in January. Now we come to a third high quality stand released this year that brings both great construction and a high level of versatility. This stand is the HoverBar Duo from Twelve South.
I’ve owned a couple of Twelve South products in the past and reviewed at least one elsewhere, so I know their reputation well. However, even though I’ve been aware of their popular BookBook cases for years and always thought they looked unique and interesting, I’ve newer owned or tried one. So when someone from Twelve South reached out to me about reviewing the latest version of their leather case for the iPad Pro, I was immediately interested.
However, that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to check out this case. While Twelve South has offered a version of the BookBook for the 2020 iPad Pro design for months, this newer version is made specifically for the combo of the iPad Pro and an Apple Keyboard. While it is capable of holding an iPad Pro alone, it can also protect one while it’s attached to a new Magic Keyboard.
I’ve kept my AirPods and now my AirPods Pro with me pretty much all the time from the moment I got them until now. (Well, except for that time that I lost my 1st gen buds, but that’s besides the point. And if you’ve owned AirPods, you’ve probably had a similar experience, or at least a scare, right?) That’s really the beauty of such a portable set of wireless earbuds.
One of the downsides of this extreme portability of the AirPods and AirPods Pro is that the case is inevitably going to get beaten up and show some wear. For example, I give you one of my first articles on the AirPods back in May of 2017:
As I feared, the AirPods case is a bit of a scuff magnet