Meet ModBook – the Apple Mac Tablet Computer

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Those of you who have been waiting for a MacBook in tablet format need wait no longer. The ModBook was officially introduced at this year’s Macworld, although you may have missed it what with all the hoohah over the iPhone.

Referred to by some as the “Apple tablet PC”, the Axiotron ModBook, distributed by Other World Computing, is a full-on MacBook, only in the tablet form factor, complete with handwriting recognition and touch screen.


Axiotron uses the popular Wacom pen tablet hardware and software to create the touch screen on a regular MacBook, which is then melded into a single tablet MacBook – or ModBook.

And if that’s not enough, the ModBook also comes with built-in GPS (optional, but free), using the SiRFstar III chipset and GlobalSat’s technology!

The ModBooks are available in the same models as the MacBook: 1.83 GHz with 516MB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive, 2.0GHz with 1GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive, or 2.0GHZ with 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. The two latter models both have the superdrive.

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In other words, they are exactly like their MacBook counterparts, which make sense, as they are built from MacBooks.

Where they differ is that they are modified to be in a tablet form factor, and include an AnyView 13.3″ Wide Screen, ForceGlass Screen & Camera Cover, a WACOM Penabled Digitizer, and, optionally, the built-in WAAS enabled GPS.

Of course, all of this cool tablety goodness comes at a price. Each ModBook costs between $1,100.00 and $1,200.00 more than its MacBook counterpart. So you can quite literally get two MacBook 1.83GHzs for the price of one ModBook 1.83GHz.

 

Still, if you have the cash to burn, or you just gotta have it, they look pretty cool.

You can see the Axiotron ModBook here.

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4 thoughts on “Meet ModBook – the Apple Mac Tablet Computer

  1. and if you click the “more info” at the bottom of the jump page, there is also a mod kit for those lucky enough to have a mac book already. i was too envious to find out the price

  2. My father is a convicted pedifile. He is also not on the registered offenders list. How do I notify everyone in his immediate vacinity about him via email or mobile note?

  3. What’s wrong with building a touch tablet with a toggle switch so we could type right on the screen and dispense with the extra keyboard altogether? Imagine, Cyrilac, Japanese, Spanish, German, all on a flat panel at the downloading of a program (unless included) and a push-button or pressure combination so we can type and flip back to full-screen graphics.

    If the present screens can take point pressure of a stylus, why not finger pressure with little graphics buttons that look like keys – or even more graphically enhanced?

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