It has been rumored now for more than three years that the concept of an Apple tablet-style laptop is something that many of us computer geeks and complete newbies to computers have dreamed of. There have been periods of both anticipation and frustration that have gone hand-in-hand with each rumor of an impending release of a MacOS based portable computing solution that has the ease of use and the power of an Apple but also has the ultra-portability of a computer. It seems that people get their hopes up only to have them dashed again by “it’s not quite ready for the market”. Why such a long wait? Many have become completely exasperated as they have long wished for the first Apple tablet laptop.
The Modbook from Axiotron has now made its debut. This is the day that so many of us have been waiting for! We have been waiting for this tablet computer for the last three years and it is truly something to shout about!
The Modbook is not an “official” Macintosh computer. Axoiotron manufactures this computer and runs MacOS X. As of right now, it is the only game around for a tablet computer operating on the MacOS platform. This tablet computer is gaining great popularity among students, designers and anyone who is looking for the lightness and portability of a tablet PC and the Apple suite of programs for creative endeavors.
A 13.5″ screen is one of the features of the Modbook as well as a stylus from Wacom which is powered by Apple’s Inkwell software. This tool has amazing handwriting recognition which does much better than its Microsoft based competition. When tested, the most illegible handwriting was able to be recognized and translated into readable text on screen. This is an amazing feat particularly when this is a relatively early stage as far as the history of handwriting recognition goes. Inkwell is a very advanced system; it will be fascinating to see where Apple takes this functionality in the future.
The Modbook does not have true touch screen functionality. The interaction with the screen must be done by using the Wacom stylus. This stylus performs to its greatest capacity and can even be used with such things as Photoshop and Corel Painter. The usefulness of the Modbook appeals to its target audience. Note taking and drawing can be done directly on the screen.
Now we come to the part that many of you geeks want to know – specifications. The Modbook runs Mac OSX v 10.5 (leopard). It comes with a 2.1 Ghz processor, there is 1 GB of memory onboard and it has all of the standard set of connectivity options that you would expect from a MacIntosh computer: Ethernet, FireWire, Airport and USB.One cool thing that is integrated into the Modbook is GPS so you never have to get lost on your way to a meeting again! You can find your way around anywhere all at the touch of a screen!
A standard feature that comes with the Modbook is an iSight camera. Many people will be thrilled with this feature particularly artists who do double duty as geeks. For the rest of us, it is simply a nice toy to have.
There is an exceptional design to the Modbook. This computer is not manufactured by Apple but it does this company a great deal of justice. Axiotron has really outdone itself! A beautiful chrome finish tops a double layer of nickel and copper plating. A casing is made of magnesium alloy that is similar to what is used in aircraft. This portable computer is durable and is made to last. There is a satin finish, but within the next couple of months mirror finished chrome will be available. This will satisfy the need of those who need to have a shiny computer.
The durability factor extends far beyond the casing. The iSight camera and the screen are protected by Axiotron’s ForceGlass that makes it scratch resistant as well as more durable. This scores exceptional points when you compare it to the plastic covered LCD screens that you usually find in portable computing. The cover and screen are also exceptionally clear and bright. It is like one that rivals no other! This is due to an anti-reflective coating on the underside of the screen and an acid treatment on the outer side that reduces “sparkle” and glare effects. This feature is especially appreciated by those who regularly use laptops.
Also included is a full-featured optical drive which supports CD writing and DVD-ROM. This is upgradeable to a DVD-ROM/CD-R drive. This is not typical for a tablet computer. Therefore, the Modbook is a fine choice for entertainment as well as for creativity and work.
The Modbook has been a long time coming but is so worth the wait! It offers the portability of a tablet PC and the stability and performance of a Mac. Apple lovers can now rejoice! Calling all animators, artists and Photoshop nerds – your tablet is now here! The Modbook is highly recommended for all people who seek a tablet that can offer exceptional handwriting recognition and access to the creative software of the Mac platform. All of this comes in one sleek and attractive package.