Duo Pinball review review: The iPad peripheral no one needs

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CNET Editors' Rating

1 stars Terrible
  • Overall: 2.0
  • Design: 4.0
  • Features: 3.0
  • Performance: 3.0
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The Good Well, Duo Games Duo Pinball works as advertised with the Pinball Duo HD Collection app.

The Bad It doesn't work with any other games, costs a ridiculous amount, and feels low-rent.

The Bottom Line Pinball Duo is a cute idea with little purpose for anyone, even hard-core pinball fans, especially at its high price. It's a one-trick plastic pony for one app.

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So, what types of iPad peripherals get my goat? Ones that have limited use, cost too much, and collect dust. Discover Bay's Duo Pinball is the most vexing, ridiculous type of "app-cessory" there is, one that gives a bad name to the whole category and is precisely the type of plastic junk that could ruin an industry. Allow me to explain.

Sarah Tew/CNET

First of all, I love pinball. I also love pinball apps. Sounds like the Duo Pinball would be right up my alley, right? The plastic Bluetooth device is essentially an iPad stand with physical flipper buttons and a spring-loaded plunger. Your iPad slots in and locks into place with little side levers, and stays in portrait mode. Pair with Bluetooth, and Duo Pinball's ready to go.

Sarah Tew/CNET

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Duo Games Duo Pinball

Part Number: CNET-Duo-Games-Duo-Pinball
MSRP: $59.99 Low Price: $7.99 See all prices

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  • Wireless Technology Bluetooth
  • Compatibility Mac
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
About The Author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.