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.