Modbook Pro: 13″ OS X Tablet Unveiled

Modbook Inc. officially introduced the Modbook Pro, a 13″ tablet. Based on the 13″ MacBook Pro, the Modbook Pro comes with powerful components and a Wacom digitizer. The tablet could be attractive for creative professionals who want to take their work on the road without giving up the pinpoint control they’re used to when working at their desks.

The company behind the Modbook Pro hasn’t released pricing yet, but that info will be forthcoming within the next few weeks. The product should ship sometime this fall. We are always wary of product announcements that don’t include pricing data, but there are plenty of Mac users, such as designers, that will pay a steep premium for such a device.

Modbook Pro - a full OS X Tablet

Since the Modbook is based on the 13″ MacBook Pro, it will be relatively thick and heavy compared to the iPad. It will have much more power however, allowing users to run applications and suites, such as Adobe’s CS6. This means professionals will be able to take their workflows on the go without swapping over to an iPad or relying on a MacBook’s trackpad.

The Modbook Pro comes with the same guts found in the current MacBook Pro, including Intel Graphics 4000, a SuperDrive DVD burner and Intel processors. The base model will ship with Core i5 processors, but buyers can spring for a Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core processor. It can be configured with up to  16GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive or 960GB SSD. Like the MacBook Pro, the Modbook Pro has a MagSafe power port, Thunderbolt port, SDXC slot and Ethernet port. Only one USB port is available however.

Modboook Pro Running OS X

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The Modbook Pro uses ForceGlass, a scratch-resistant and etched material that’s supposed to provide a paper-like feel when writing or sketching on the tablet. Unfortunately, the Modbook Pro does not have a touchscreen like the iPad. This isn’t the end of the world however since developers do not optimize OS X applications for touch as they do for iOS apps.

This is the third significant tablet announcement in recent days. Google introduced its Nexus 7 Android tablet yesterday at Google I/O 2012. Microsoft introduced the Surface Windows tablet last week. The Modbook Pro is the only tablet of three to feature an active digitizer, which is necessary for accurate handwriting recognition and pressure sensativity.

This tablet certainly isn’t for everyone, but it will be at the top of some pros shopping list no matter the price.

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Comments

  1. Jon says

    The only tablet of three what? The three mentioned at the end of your post? The only one of the three that has an active digitizer? Please take the time to do some reading….the Surface Pro which uses Windows 8, also has a Wacom active digitizer screen which, unlike the Modbook’s screen, also accepts touch input. I don’t know if it needs repeating but you did not remind people that the Modbook is an after market modification of a Macbook and not covered under Apple’s warranty.

  2. LearnBeforeYouPost says

    Please take some time before posting “Jon” the surface WON’T have a Wacom digitizer, It’ll have a copy (like windows always does (look up magnetic charging port)) of a Wacom type digitizer, but it’s definitely not WACOM. Did you see the demo? It crashed, the digitizer didn’t turn on and the screen jumped around from his palm, and the price is in the Apple range (which I’m pretty sure anti-apple fanboys have been complaining about for years).
    By the way do some reading, the Modbook is available now, the surface isn’t.

    One last thing, I may own an iPad,iBook,Mac mini, iPod, and iPhone…but I use them. I know the products and support them…
    Please post some pictures of your “Surface” right below, because it seems all the fanboys only seem to complain about apple and push windows/android…but when it comes down to buying the actual product…the proof is in the numbers.
    Waiting for pictures below.
    P.S. I won’t be back to check. I’ll see “you” all in line at bestbuy/officedepot/frys/etc. fighting the warranty about a fried motherboard or one of the many fans not working…or for a virus removal. Good luck with that, and say hi to the other guy in line who was talking up the HP tablet that did oh so well.
    -sent from my iPad, which has never overheated or needs a fan or gets a virus or crashed or…

  3. Aman says

    Microsoft Surface Pro uses Microsoft’s own optical technology for it’s stylus whereas Modbook pro uses Standard Wacom stylus as well as offers a “studio pen” stylus which is made in contract with Wacom.This is official.
    The optional modbook “studio pen” has much smaller precision nibs than that of the standard supplied pen,like that of the motion computing C5V or J3500 stylus,and is more suitable for precision accurate sketching for product designers.

    • Aman says

      Just a small toe,Surface nibs are also as precise as that of the Studio pen.However,it is better to buy cintiq pen like Studio pen stylus for Modbook for precsion sketching.The surface is allmost 10.1-10.6 inch tablet PC whereas the Modbook is 13.1 inch.The equivalent competitor on which the studio pen can be used is the fujitsu Lifebook T901 or T902.
      Offcoarse the Modbook has added advantage of both Mac OS and Windows OS but the Lifebook T902 is “windows 8″ compatability ready.

  4. Aman says

    Microsoft Surface Pro uses Microsoft’s own optical technology for it’s stylus whereas Modbook pro uses Standard Wacom stylus as well as offers a “studio pen” stylus which is made in contract with Wacom.This is official.
    The optional modbook “studio pen” has much smaller precision nibs than that of the standard supplied pen,like that of the motion computing C5V or J3500 stylus,and is more suitable for precision accurate sketching for product designers.

    Surface is 10.1 inch diagonal and Modbook is 13.1 inch.For sketching,Wacom penabled Fujitsu Lifebook T902 or T901 is good competitor to Modbook and is “windows 8″ ready.I advice to use Studio pen for T901 or T902.

  5. Aman says

    Modbook pro can be booked from 3rd of September of 2012 if you want delivery in US.Orders for delivery outside US will begin at a slight latter stage.Those booking their Modbook in September would get their deliveries in around October 2012.

    • Aman says

      Sorry,it’s 3rd of October for placing orders and November for first deliveries.
      It’s all first come first serve basis.As of now,they only will take orders online only.

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