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ModBook Pro Offers All The Power Of OSX In A 13-Inch Tablet

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I actually remember hearing about the Modbook many years back. At the time, there was no iPad and the whole tablet market had yet to really take off, but I always thought the idea was at least kinda cool. During these days, the ModBook took stock MacBooks and took them apart, putting them back together as keyboard-less touch-tablets.

The company that did all of this called themselves Axiotron, and while this company has long since appeared, it seems that the idea hasn’t. A new company, Modbook Inc, has formed again and is now creating its own Modbook Pro. The Pro is by the same designers as the original, even if its not under the same company name, and this time takes a 13-inch MacBook Pro for the modification.

While OSX has certainly become more touch-friendly with new iOS-like features in Mountain Lion, its still no iOS, so I’m curious as to how many would actually be interested in such a device. Sure, there is likely to be a small niche of users that want a full PC experience with their tablet, and the Pro could beautifully deliver there- of course it will also have to fight off the competition from similar full-powered PC tablets running Windows 8 later this year.

Overall, there is a reason why the company shut its doors in the first place- they have a cool idea but there just isn’t a huge amount of demand, especially considering the price of using a stock device and doing modifications make the whole thing rather expensive. For now, we don’t know full details such as pricing, but it will all come down to whether or not its affordable enough to be worth it. The majority of us probably won’t want to spend $2000+ on a tablet, but I’m sure there are at least a few users out there that might have demand for such a unique device, and all the company likely needs is a few sales to at least come out even.
What do you think about the idea of a ModBook Pro?

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  • ToBeHonest

    Hi, the ModBook is for professionals who want a Wacom device in their tablet. No present day computers have it. The old tc1100’s, Fujitsu’s, I think some dells, and a few others 5 to 10 years ago were the only ones.
    So this gives you the pressure sensitivity and alignment of a Cintiq, without being stuck at a desk. It gives you full OSX capability and the real Adobe lineup without the capacitive touch screen. So you don’t have to worry about your hand making marks, or moving the page around as you draw (see the SURFACE demo, his hand jumps the page and makes unwanted marks)
    This is such a niche market, but god I love it. I feel it’s the perfect computer, add a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and what more would you want?
    It’s price is normally $1000 plus you buy the computer, so this is for the elite.
    I’ve never owned one, but used a cintiq and every other tablet around, and this could be the closet thing to a digital sketchbook around.
    P.S. To anyone who thinks “pencil and paper is soo much cheaper” so is a typewriter for communicating, but how many people buy a computer only to write a letter or a school paper or send mail. This is a whole new league, a computer used for a specific purpose by specific people (professional artists). So this won’t be understood by the public, that’s why it’s not well known. But to those who do…we know.
    The only thing I can think it would compare to…actually nothing, think about it, where else in tech has there been something that can be modified by an aftermarket company to become a new product for a specific market?
    Hope this information helps, sorry if I rambled.

  • Anonymous

    It seems interesting as a “switch” device, IMO. You could hook it to a TV very easily for streaming movies/playing games/etc, and then stick it in a pack to have a lot of power on the go. Hoping Modbook will continue to offer conversions like Axiotron did-Axiotron would take your MacBook and basically rebuild it into a tablet for considerably less money than buying one new from them; it was spitting distance in terms of cost (about 900 bucks, iirc) from the 64gig/3G iPad at the time. Hopefully the new company will be clever and stuff an LTE antenna in there; I’d also want a magic trackpad and keyboard for control purposes.