Axiotron's Modbook has long been the only semi-official way to get an Apple tablet, with the company taking a pre-unibody MacBook and swiftly twisting it into a Wacom-enabled touchscreen slate. While we loved our review unit, we weren't too keen on the high price; happily OWC - one of Axiotron's official distribution and conversion agents - have announced a slash of both new and conversion pricing.
We were big fans of the Axiotron Modbook when we tested the MacBook-touchscreen slate conversion back in February last year, and it looks like it'll be getting even better with the addition of Synergy Touch. A combination of capacitive and active digitizer touch, Synergy uses Touch International's projected capacitive technology to take advantage of both finger and stylus control.
Axiotron, makers of the ModBook Mac Tablet that we were reviewed back in February, are now offering a service to convert any plastic Core 2 Duo MacBook into a pen-enabled slate. The 'Modservice' adds a 512-pressure-level Wacom digitizer, glass screen, GPS and chromed display bezel, creating a tablet ideal for graphics professionals and mobile users. It's cheaper than a brand new Modbook, too, starting at $1,299.
This is the final half of my review of the Axiotron ModBook, sadly I am shipping it out, back to them, tomorrow. I must first say that I have surely fallen in love with the MacBook and OS X as a result of this review as I’d never used either prior to this review.
So, I’ve had this thing for a few hours short of a full day, and I’ve got some stuff to report, but I don’t want to call this the end of the review, I am going to give it a few more days and then give the final part of the review. So far, I am not sold on it, but, my sister, who is taking classes in college for photography and the various digital arts got her hands on it and wouldn’t let go until I took it away to charge it.
Axiotron, maker of the successful Mac tablet, the Modbook, have just announced an update to their system that really changes the entire thing for the better. This isn't just a miniscule upgrade; rather, it's significant.
Some of the updates affect the system's hardware controller board. This has made for overall improved system performance, better battery life and an improved sleep function. Radio frequency shielding now also improves the digitizer's responsiveness, making it so the tablet is not as susceptible to interference.
The Modbook AnyView LCD panel has also gotten an upgrade by means of a new bonding process and a ForceGlass screen cover that improves contrast ratio. Plus, it now features the QuadCoat process, which protects the top shell with a liquid metallic coating. Apparently, this process was taken from the auto industry and reduces the overall weight down to 5.3 pounds. Other added features include full Bluetooth, improved compatibility with Mac OS X, improved GPS, Autodesk SketchBook software and more. You can get the new and improved Modbook now for $1,299 for just the modification of a MacBook or $2,249 for a MacBook and the modification combined....
It's been a long time since we've heard from the Modbook team - back before Apple's original iPad, in fact - but the MacBook Pro conversion company is apparently back with a new offering. A new Facebook teaser campaign promises a product announcement on Thursday this week with the tagline "Imagination goes pro", and indications that there could well be a new Pro-based artists tablet in the offing.
Oh dear. Looks like the already-delayed ModBook - a conversion of an Apple MacBook into a pen-controlled slate tablet - is sliding further back through the year. OWC/Axiotron, the people behind it, had originally expected to get the device onto the market by May, but that was pushed back to the end of June after they decided to upgrade the pressure-sensitivity of the screen (and freshen up the innards, too). Now unknown issues mean it's delayed until fourth-quarter 2007.
If you'd been wondering what had happened to the ModBook tablet - a butchered MacBook turned into a highly-covetable pen-controlled device - then you'll be pleased to hear that, while OWC/Axiotron have missed their initial delivery estimates, they're planning to ship completed units (with upgraded innards at no extra cost, in fact) by the end of June.