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Review HoverBar Duo Tablet Stand The “Duo” is Questionable..


hey everybody it’s lon seidman we’re taking a look today at the hoverbar duo this is a phone or tablet stand that can be articulated in a whole bunch of different ways and it works like you would expect it to work it sits on your desk here with a nice base to it but you also have the option of removing the arm from the base and attaching this clamp which allows you to mount it upside down or on the side of the desk and that is why they call it the duo but it’s easier said than implemented and we’re going to take a closer look at this in just a second but i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that i paid for this with my own funds all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approve what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what the stand is all about now the price point on this is about 70 dollars they are marketing it primarily at ipad users but it will work with any tablet out there the maximum size it supports is a 12 inch ipad pro that includes even the first generation 12 inch ipad pro so i think most tablets on the market are going to fit in here and i would probably include portable displays in that as well provided it fits within that form factor now the mounting mechanism here is pretty easy to work with it’s one of these grippers like you’ve probably seen on other things out there

and depending on the size of your ipad you’ll have to mount it in a certain way so for example i’ve got my 10.5 inch ipad pro here i can’t mount it horizontally but it definitely fits here vertically and then of course you can turn it around to get it into the right position you can also mount an ipad mini in either orientation so i can go vertical here or flip it around and go into the horizontal on my phone it supports phones the iphone 13s work with it everything from the 6s up will fit but phones are a little more complicated so you do have to mount them like so and the issue you run into is that it covers up the cameras here so you have to position your phone in such a way that it is just on the edge of being flipped out of the out of the gripper here and with the iphone 13 pros that have the wide angle lens you got to get it really high to keep the edge of the clamp here out of the picture so i would have liked for them to have thought about this a little more carefully they do show it in their marketing but it’s really got to be right on the edge of getting tossed out before it is able to deliver an image without anything in the way there the ipads work better because their camera systems are further away from the center so you’re able to work with the camera here without any issues on any size ipad now it has a good amount of articulation in the arm system here and i’ve got it right now kind of in a desktop computer setup where you can get it positioned nicely for a

keyboard and mouse and as you can see you’ve got a lot of range of motion here on the display without having to move the arm at all the arm goes pretty far back though as you can see but it doesn’t have a lot of weight in that base so if you go too far in any direction depending on which ipad you have you will see that base there losing its ability to hold itself on the table so you will do a little balancing act from time to time depending on what you’ve got going on so just be aware of that obviously a phone is not going to have as many balancing issues as a larger ipad would one thing that you will notice and it’s hard to avoid the physics of this is that things do bounce around a lot a lot of the motion on your desk is going to get transferred through that arm and you will have a bouncy ipad even if you’re just lightly touching your desk and this is an issue if you are using this to do an overhead shot with the camera which is one of the use cases that they mark it so i would say if you are going to use this for overhead shots put it on a table other than the one you’re working on otherwise all of your motion is going to get transferred right to your camera now my biggest gripe with this is that you have to take out tools to tighten up the arms they do have a knob here for the ball joint at the top to tighten things but for the arms both the short arm and the longer arm you have to use two different allen wrenches to tighten things up so they have a large one here which is for the shorter arm you have to put your allen wrench in the side there and then the smaller wrench goes down here at the base and that’s the only way to tighten this up they don’t have any knobs to do it with which i thought was a bit inelegant those allen wrenches are also how you take the arm off the base and attach it to the clamp mechanism and unfortunately this is not an easy thing to do you can’t just snap it out and snap it into something else so you have to flip it over and remove the bottom screw here and then set that aside lift the base up you got to make sure you don’t lose the parts that go with the base here because they’re not attached in any way you put that aside and then you grab the base here and attach it and screw it back in

with the same screw and although you could probably get pretty good at doing this quickly it’s not something that i was expecting because they call this thing the duo it’s got two different mounting mechanisms and i thought it would be a snap on snap off thing so you could very quickly go from one to the other that is not the case here you will be doing a disassembly and reassembly with tools in order to switch out the modes and i think for something that’s marketed as a dual kind of purpose device this is far from elegant and i do think you will lose parts along the way here let me get the clamp here situated at least though and i’ll show you how it works when we’ve got it on the side of the desk so once you get everything tightened up here it’s really pretty sturdy and you don’t have all those balancing issues you had with the base of course and if you had this up on a shelf you could get your ipad pointed downwards and do a nice overhead shot if you’re looking to grab some video and of course if you have it on the shelf you won’t have as much transferred motion as you would if it was on the side of your desk so it does fine once you get it configured in the way you want to use it but you have to use tools to get it to that point so i don’t think a lot of people are going to be using the duo in the duo product here and then of course you’ve got all these loose parts that will be kicking around when you are putting one part of it aside so overall i am disappointed with this one although it accomplishes its goal of being both a clamp on and a sit on the desk kind of tablet stand it doesn’t switch between those two use cases very easily you have to disassemble and reassemble and then of course you got a lot of loose parts kicking around that you’re probably

going to lose over the course of time i’m also unhappy with the fact that you have to use tools to do even basic adjustments on the arms here and for all those reasons if you’re not going to be using the stand in one way all the time i think you’re going to get frustrated having to constantly take tools out to switch your use case or just make basic adjustments that’s going to do it for now until next time this is lon simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters including gold level supporters jim tannis and tom albrecht hot sauce and video games and eric’s variety channel brian parker and frank goldman amda brown and matt zagaya and chris allegretta if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe visit lawn dot tv s

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