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Axiotron, OWC unveil 'ModBook'

updated 08:45 pm EST, Tue January 9, 2007

'ModBook' unveiled

Axiotron today together with Other World Computing (OWC) unveiled the ModBook, the first ever Mac OS X tablet computer. "Built for mobile users, artists, students, medical practitioners and professionals, the Axiotron ModBook enables its user to draw and write directly on the screen, while the handwriting recognition built into Mac OS X Tiger not only turns hand scribbles into text in every application, but also provides extended control of the system through gesture recognition," said Andreas Haas, president of Axiotron. "If your favored input device is the pen, then this is the Mac tablet solution for you." The Axiotron ModBook is an after-market hardware modification of Apple's MacBook, adding true pen input with a 13.3-inch LCD and an optional Global Positioning System in a satin chrome-plated magnesium top shell. The notebooks maintains the features of Apple's base MacBook system, and offers handwriting recognition. Users can select up to a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor to accompany the integrated iSight camera and CD/DVD combo drive. The ModBook is priced at $2,780.




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  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Benjamin Priest?

    To state the obvious, I'm doubtful that the previous poster has any affliation with OWC/macsales except perhaps as a competitor or someone with an axe to grind.

    Frankly, I think this is an interesting product offering. It's not Earth-shattering, but it could fill a niche. I look forward to reading some hands-on reviews when they are available.

  1. Elektrix

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    OWC is fine....

    Just wanted to say that Apple has some of the best customer service I've ever dealt with. A few months ago I bought 2GB of RAM from them and a 160GB HD.... originally for a MacBook, and then planned for a MacBook Pro. I took them both out and used them, and also got one of their external notebook drive firewire enclosures, and used that too. When the C2D MBP came out, I realized I no longer needed any of the things I bought (the enclosure, the 2GB of RAM or the hard drive); I thought I had just wasted my money, but I contacted OWC and it was no problem at all to return them (which impressed me, given that I had used and installed them)..... there was an open box fee, but compared to having to eat the whole price I was pretty impressed. They were great to deal with, and whoever the poster above is, I think they are wrong.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: owc is find....

    "They were great to deal with, and whoever the poster above is, I think they are wrong."

    Apparently Bennie was not your sales rep. :^)

  1. Sprocket

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bennie should watch

    his flapping yap, as that is the sort of bilge that attracks law suits.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PIMP!

    Agreed, I've bought a bunch of stuff from OWC, always worked with whatever Mac I spec'd it for, and never any problems with the company. Color me pleased.

    And this thing looks PIMP, a mobile Cintiq pad FTW... All it needs is a universal Photoshop...

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    otiswild...

    ...get teh PS CS3 beta. very solid. been using it for over a month. couple small annoying bugs so far, but no deal breakers.

  1. Patrix47

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    To the first poster...

    I know Ben Priest, and I know OWC. Their service is remarkably good and their products are always "quality guaranteed". Ben is hard working, reliable, and a true professional to work with. You are by no means even close to being "Bennie Priest".

    As for everyone else, you really may want to take a look at this device. For anyone in market for real world mobile computing (in difference to those who only shuttle between offices, hotel rooms, and their home offices) this computer is the a practical example of a well designed "on-the-go" mobile platform. From the factory floor to the classroom, in businesses on Main Street to Wall Street we have been flooded with calls for 2 weeks about this portable Mac Platform today (not in 6 months) which is able to run all Mac apps (not just a few widgets from Apple). The fact is this unit ROCKS and simply has the best form factor and functionality of any hand-holdable computer on the market.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow.

    I want one. Like yesterday. lol I wonder how acurate/sensitive the tablet is? Also wonder what the battery usage is on it... It may only fill a niche market, but keep in mind that a large portion of Mac users are artists (as am I) and having a portable solution that I can sketch out on would be amazingly useful.

  1. charanis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone/new UI

    What is cool about this is what is cool about the future. I'm pretty sure the iPhone is a bit of foreshadowing to the future of the macbook pro.

    Jobs was quick to point out that the iPhone runs OS X. I cannot wait to get my Apple Macbook with a touch screen, imagine what iPhoto will look like then!

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