Hands-On the Axiotron Modbook at MacWorld

by Reads (6,139)

As most of the tablet community knows we were let down Tuesday when Steve Jobs announced the MacBook Air at MacWorld. Where is the iTablet, the touchscreen MacBook or anything resembling all the rumors of a touchscreen notebook bigger then the iPhone? Thankfully someone did something about it and that someone is Axiotron.


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Images courtesy of Engadget.

That is right, Axiotron finally released the Modbook. The first Apple tablet solution, but not from Apple. Axiotron designed the Modbook and teamed up with Other World Computing (OWC) to sell it. It was first announced in January 2007, but now orders are shipping. Our friends over at Engadget got a hands-on look at the Modbook at MacWorld, so here is a chance to see it in action.

  • Core 2 Duo 2GHz or 2.2GHz processor
  • 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 80GB or 120GB hard drive options
  • Write and draw directly on screen
  • No touchscreen though
  • True pen & handwriting recognition
  • The only Mac solution with WAAS enabled GPS Built-In
  • Aircraft grade magnesium alloy for all terrain use

Axiotron’s innovative design and manufacturing process integrates an Apple MacBook computer, Wacom pen-enabled digitizer technology and Axiotron’s own proprietary hardware and software components into a complete tablet solution, creating the Modbook. I could see many designers liking this tablet, to bad it doesn’t have a touchscreen though.

The Modbook is built for artists, mobile users, students and professionals. The condensed form factor and integrated pen-based user experience offer unprecedented flexibility and control over the creative process. Users who don’t need a keyboard should be rejoicing over this slate.

I hope to get my hands on a Modbook review unit, but I will have to wait and see. They are available now for ordering in the U.S. and Canada with prices starting at $2,279. Check out Axiotron’s website for more information.

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