Modbook Pro - WTF?

Posted June 29 2012


Modbook Inc., tinkerers of all things macbook, have taken some stock 13.3 inch white MacBooks, stripped them down and created this monstrosity, befit for the island of Dr. Moreau. 

Far be it from me to assume to know ones business model, but until a price is released I can't see this being a profitable endeavor. I mean... how much did they get the MacBooks for?

We'll stay on top of this to document its inevitable downfall. Well... realistically we'll probably forget...

Their recent press release:


Modbook Inc., a privatelyheld creative technologies developer, today announced its new product,the Modbook Pro, a highly portable 13.3-inch Mac®-based pen tabletcomputer. Available with up to a 2.9GHz processor, the Modbook Pro isthe world's most powerful and largest-screen tablet computer.

The Modbook Pro will begin shipping in the United States in early fall.Like its predecessor, the award-winning Modbook®, the Modbook Pro is an innovative computer modification product. The Modbook Proenclosure conversion kit incorporates and completely encases the originalhardware of a new Apple® MacBook® Pro 13.3-inch base system runningOS X® Mountain Lion. In addition, the Modbook Pro contains a state-of-the-art digitizer from the industry leader in pen tablet technology,Wacom®, offering 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity - more than anyother tablet computer on the market. And the Modbook Pro's peninterface features tough and scratch-resistant ForceGlass™, providing anetched, paper-emulating drawing and writing surface.

Taken together, the Modbook Pro's power, portability and high-resolutionpen input make it the ideal mobile workstation for creative users."We can't wait to get the Modbook Pro into the hands of the users wedeveloped it for," said Andreas E. Haas, Modbook Inc.'s chief executiveofficer and chief technology officer. "In terms of its design andengineering, the Modbook Pro is not an incremental step but a leaps-and-bounds advance over the Modbook. Its sheer power makes it a lot of funto use."

Designed with Creative Users in MindSturdy and portable, the Modbook Pro has a strongest-in-class enclosureand lightweight internal core made of aircraft-grade, precision-machinedaluminum. Unlike plug-in pen tablet displays, the Modbook Pro is acomplete all-in-one computer that can easily be slipped in and out of abackpack and used anywhere (up to seven hours on a single charge)without cables, display adapters or breakout boxes. Its distinctive sloped-edge shape and 3D-GripFeet™ allow it to be propped up to 50 degreeson all sides without slipping.With 512 pen pressure levels, the pen tablet system facilitates extremelyprecise control of renderings. Included with the Modbook Pro is a best-in-class digitizer pen with two programmable side buttons and digital eraser.

The pen is securely stowed in the built-in, magnetic catch-equipped pengarage.The Modbook Pro's crisp 13.3-inch (diagonal) display has a native 1280 by800 pixel resolution. The display, digitizer and ForceGlass screen assemblyare flush-mounted, resulting in a completely level drawing and writingsurface that maximizes on-screen workspace.Unrivaled Mac-Based Pen Tablet ComputerTo accomplish the inclusion of the MacBook Pro base system's hardware,the Modbook Pro employs a unique ExoConnect™ system. ExoConnectlinks the Modbook Pro components to the base system via one of its twoexternal USB ports - the connection and the port itself are permanentlysealed within the Modbook Pro, leaving all the other ports on theinput/output panel unobstructed.

The Modbook Pro's configurable base system includes a 2.5GHz dual coreIntel® Core™ i5 processor or 2.9GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor, upto 16GB of RAM, a 2.5–inch SATA drive (up to 1TB HDD or up to 960GBSSD), an 8X SuperDrive® DVD burner, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset,802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity capability, a built-in63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery and a 60W MagSafe® poweradapter.*In addition to the MagSafe power port, the Modbook Pro's base system hasone Gigabit Ethernet port, one FireWire® 800 port, one (available) USB 3.0port, one Thunderbolt™ port, one SDXC card slot and one audio line in/out.

OS X and Windows 7Users can enjoy the full range of Mac applications on the Modbook Pro,and can also utilize OS X's Boot Camp® application to install 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 (sold separately) to turn their Modbook Pro intoa tablet PC.

The Modbook Pro is the only tablet computer with the ability to boot intoboth OS X and Windows 7, unlocking the whole world of availableapplications on either platform: Adobe® Photoshop®, Encore® andPremiere® Pro; Autodesk® Sketchbook® Pro and AutoCAD®; AppleAperture® and Logic® Pro; Corel® Painter™; and many others.

No matterwhat project or requirement, the Modbook Pro's unique cross-platformcapability together with its powerful pen tablet features enable the soup-to-nuts creation of high-resolution, pro-quality creative deliverables