Why you can trust ZDNET
:ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
The $79.99 Hover Bar Duo is a product I've used since its initial launch to work on my iPad Pro when connected to an external monitor, even before iPadOS 16, added true support for connecting Apple's tablet to a display. But one aspect about the mount I struggled with was deciding which base -- there's a clamp base for the edge of your desk or table and a weighted base that sits on a flat surface -- to use and where.
With the Hover Bar Duo 2, however, Twelve South has added a QuickSwitch Tab that allows you to remove the arm from the base and move it to the second base. That makes it easy to move the Hover Bar Duo 2 from your home office, for instance, to your kitchen counter. Or you can have multiple desks, like me, that you often move between.
There's an attachment point on the clamp and the weighted base that you can slide the arm into, holding it in place like on the first-generation Hover Bar Duo. But when you're ready to change locations, you press on the tab and slide the arm out of the new mounting solution and take the arm with you. It's a pretty smart solution.
The Hover Bar Duo 2, while primarily marketed as a way to mount your iPad, will also hold an iPhone for FaceTime calls or recording videos. Actually, the device clamp will hold any device that measures between 5-inches and 8.68-inches in height. One example of a device it can hold that's noted on Twelve South's website is the Nintendo Switch (sans Joy-Cons).