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OWC offers upgrades for Axiotronic Modbook tablets

updated 10:50 pm EST, Wed December 17, 2008

OWC Modbook upgrades

Other World Computing (OWC) has released new upgrade options for the Axiotron Modbook Mac-tablet. The available components include memory modules, hard drives and optical SuperDrives. Users can choose to have their orders outfitted with 6GB of RAM and single or dual hard-drive configurations, with capacities of up to 750GB when combining a 500GB HDD in the primary drive bay and 250GB HDD in the secondary bay. Customers can forgo the two-drive option and instead add a SuperDrive that features 8x DVD-R burn speeds and support for Dual-Layer discs.

Built from existing MacBooks, the Modbook features a touch-interface screen, pressure-sensitive Wacom Pen compatibility, handwriting recognition and built-in GPS functionality in addition to the standard MacBook features.

Customers can ship their own white or black Core 2 Duo 13.3-inch MacBook to be converted into a Modbook $1300. Pre-built tablets are also available, including a 2.1 GHz model with 1GB of RAM, 120GB HDD and a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive for $2250 or a 2.4 GHz model with 2GB of RAM, 160GB HDD and a Dual-Layer SuperDrive for $2480. Component upgrade prices range from $75 to $190 depending on the particular options.

The Modbooks can be purchased with a three-year extended warranty that covers the original MacBook components, any customer-selected upgrades installed by OWC, and the tablet components. Once ordered, OWC claims a 24 to 48 hour turn-around time for building the devices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    new version?

    Any word on if they will build new ones based on the unibody design?

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unibody - NOPE!

    This offering of converting an old Macbook into a tablet is a way to side step the question of what now because of the new Unibody Construction. Since you can't remove the Keyboard on the new version to make room for the tablet, they will either have to make the thing rather thick, or not make it at all.

    Take it from me, I own one of them and waited 1 Year 9 Weeks for it to deliver. I'm one of the first 10 that were sent out in Feb 2008. The thought of having to send in my own MacBook to someone, and have them take this apart to make it into a Modbook...Well I will believe it might take many weeks to months to do this kind of upgrade! Plus what's the difference now? We are supplying the Mac, and they add the screen, all the same problems still there that currently is the same problems with Parts Shortages.

    Plus if Apple does release a large iTouch Panel this Jan 2009, then the ModBook days are numbered


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