Axiotron, the creator of the original Modbook tablet, is back with its new Modbook Pro.
Not familiar with the Modbook? More than five years ago, Axiotron released a tablet called the Modbook, which ran on the Mac operating system. Short supplies and poor sales forced Axiotron to become irrelevant and not present on the tablet market.
“Built from a unique enclosure conversion kit, the ModBook Pro incorporates and completely encases the original hardware of a new Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch base system. Its Wacom digitizer delivers 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity — more than any other tablet computer on the market. And its ForceGlass screen provides an etched, paper-emulating drawing surface. The result is a sleek tablet computer run by a powerful Mac base system, with a highly sensitive pen interface and a natural drawing surface, all fused into one device you can take with you and use anywhere.”
Sounds impressive, but is it the real deal? Axiotron is marketing the tablet as the perfect device for mobile creative users. If the screen sensitivity is as good as described, the tablet could make for a great device for digital graphic artists. The screen features a native 1280×800 pixel resolution.
The spec sheet is impressive for a tablet: 2.5 GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor; up to 16 GB of Ram; up to 1 TB of hard drive space, or 960 GB of solid-state hard drive space; an 8x Superrive DVD burner; Intel HD Graphics 4000; chipset; Bluetooth 4.0; and 802.11 n Wi-Fi. It also features one FireWire port, one USB 3.0 port and one Thunderbolt port
And all of that is packed into a relatively thin tablet.
The Modbook Pro ships in early fall 2012. There’s no prices yet, but with a spec sheet like that, expect it to be even more expensive than a MacBook Pro with Retina display.