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  • Woz and the Modbook Pro - 15.4" Mac Tablet by Axiotron


    Axiotron announced today their new tablet model - the Modbook Pro, which works with pen AND touch. At 15.4", its "constructed from a unibody Apple Macbook Pro base system," and looks sexy in black.

    Specs include up to a 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 15.4" WXGA display, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card, and the thing is actually thinner than the MacBook Pro base system - at only 0.93".

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    They include Axiotron Quickscript handwriting recognition for writing and notetaking, and a new Synergy Touch technology they've developed which adds full touch support simultaneous to pen usage. Its pre-loaded with OS X of course, but there's also even an option to have a pre-installed partition with Windows Vista Business Edition.



    Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and anti-closed-iPhone spokesman happens to be on Axiotron's board of advisors, and was here at Macworld today doing a presentation on the Modbook Pro.




    At a whopping $4,999, this tablet is not for the light of wallet (you can actually send them your own MacBook Pro, and they will make a Modbook Pro out of it for $3049). The device comes with a 1 year limited hardware warranty.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Woz and the Modbook Pro - 15.4" Mac Tablet by Axiotron started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. imflickr's Avatar
      imflickr -
      finally they did a tablet macbook prooo, ,, ill buy this , but lets see how is the touch first LOL ..
    1. Jgamble317's Avatar
      Jgamble317 -
      Money Money Money...its $4,999!!! thats insane! Thats like a rough estimate of 70% labor!
      geeze lol
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      i thought these guys were bein sued for using the mac os and stuff?

      wht the he!!???
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      i thought these guys were bein sued for using the mac os and stuff?

      wht the he!!???
      lol i know.. but obviously this is sanctioned by apple so its ok in their books
    1. loafomatic's Avatar
      loafomatic -
      $5,000 INSANE!! Someone tell them the economy is in the pot.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Show me $5000 in parts and I will buy it.
    1. reallynotnick's Avatar
      reallynotnick -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      Show me $5000 in parts and I will buy it.
      And forget the guy who has to disassemble a MBP and turn it into this, I by no means envy his job.

      Though Apple should really think about doing a tablet, I would love one for school.
    1. kfgillette's Avatar
      kfgillette -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      i thought these guys were bein sued for using the mac os and stuff?

      wht the he!!???
      Psystar is the company currently involved in a lawsuit with Apple, not Axiotron.

      Quote Originally Posted by gameviper View Post
      lol i know.. but obviously this is sanctioned by apple so its ok in their books

      Doesn't matter if Apple likes it or not. In this case, the ModBook is APPLE hardware modified with a touchscreen and in the case of the Pro model, a new bottom case.

      Psystar on the other hand is using NON Apple hardware as the basis for their machines and breaking the EULA by loading OS X on them.



      While this unit certainly doesn't have $5k in parts, Axiotron has hardware and software R&D costs to compensate for, as well as higher part costs due to the limited number of units they make.

      Not to say it's worth it necessarily, I'm just saying...
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I want one!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Would love one but to step for me.... that is an awful lot of money, I could not see spending that amount ever because technology moves to fast to drop that much......
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      OHMYLANTA!! $5,000!!!I just threw up in my mouth a little...Pretty awesome though, now i know why people steal stuff lol
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      create a gaming pc for 5,000 dollars, and it will take the axiotron in the ***, raping in performance 10 folds
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Where can I order one? Seriously
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by gameviper View Post
      lol i know.. but obviously this is sanctioned by apple so its ok in their books
      Macworld was actually created and is still run by an Apple fan, Apple just decides to show up every year...
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Don't modbooks have really poor build quality? Just wondering.
    1. RelleR's Avatar
      RelleR -
      You lost all credibility when you called the black machine "sexy". Sleek, yes. Sexy? Not so much...

      But calling a machine sexy is wrong. Unless it gets you hard in the nether region, then machines should never be referred to as sexy.

      The only machine that is sexy are those fembot sex machines. Then yes, some machines are "sexy" but that's it!
    1. mgamber's Avatar
      mgamber -
      Get a Samsung Q1U and hack OS X onto it. It's been done and it'll save you what, $3800? Instructions are probably listed under "no-brainer" in hte dictionary.
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
      Axiotron : Home

      Knock yourself out lol. I think they're only taking pre-orders right now though.
    1. m600i's Avatar
      m600i -
      get yourself a motion computing tablet pc and through osx on there.