HoverBar is an adjustable arm for the iPad 2 – that serves to ‘float’ the iPad 2 next to an iMac or PC display. It’s a simple, great idea – and one that is executed with typical excellence by the clever team at Twelve South. Here’s a bit of its introduction on the product page for it:
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.
When I first saw the HoverBar released a few days ago I loved the look of it, immediately ordered one, and had very high expectations for it – as I own and enjoy several other great Twelve South accessories for my Mac and iOS devices. Mine arrived yesterday evening, got setup last night, and it has already been put to some good use.
As you can hopefully see in the picture at the top of this post, the HoverBar comes in very attractive packaging. Twelve South’s packaging has a style of its own but definitely feels quite Apple-like in the obvious love and attention to detail that’s poured into it.
The HoverBar is thankfully very easy to setup. I’ve tried out a few similar coil arms for the iPad and found them all cumbersome to deal with – this one was quick and painless. There are only three main pieces to it – the HoverBar arm, the iPad display clip with collar, and a two-way mounting clamp., and then an Allen key and a few little bits.
The hardest part was finding just the right place to position it on the desktop – as I don’t use an iMac. I also don’t use a stand to raise my MacBook Pro up at all (though I may soon grab one) – so I needed to find a good position and a good height for the HoverBar, as my MBP sits flat on the desk. Within about 15 minutes I had tried out a few positions and found one that I’m quite happy with.
I spent some time using the HoverBar last night and today the iPad 2 has rarely been out of it. Here are some of the things I like best about it:
— It’s very easy – and quick – to get the iPad 2 into it and out of it, and the iPad 2 feels completely secure while in it.
— It’s also simple to turn the iPad 2 from portrait to landscape mode and back again as often as desired while it’s in the HoverBar – and to adjust the angle the iPad is held at.
— The coil arm is immensely flexible – so you can literally bend it to your will in terms of finding the most comfortable position for the iPad 2.
— Because it’s so easy to move around and mount in different spots this is a very versatile accessory. It works very nicely for me even with my low-slung MacBook Pro – but I can also see it working well in the kitchen or living room. Oh, and I just love the idea of using it at times with a wireless keyboard to setup a pure iPad workstation.
— It’s obviously not ideal for when you need to be doing a lot of typing on your iPad, but it’s fine for things like quick calendar entries while the iPad is in it. And of course it’s superb for almost any type of viewing on the iPad – whether it’s movies or video podcasts, or streams of information.
As for complaints about the HoverBar, I really don’t have any. It’s easy to use, does what it says on the box and a whole lot more, and is already a very fine companion for my iPad 2. I had high expectations for it – and I’m happy to say they’ve been met and exceeded.
The HoverBar goes for $79.99. If you’d like to see more details on the HoverBar or place an order, check out the Twelve South product page for it here:
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