Mac-tastic mod tablet

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2009 is going to see designers and software providers getting serious about using Macs; from the latest goings on at Macworld, those serious about jumping the rush have a shiny new toy to add to their list.

This high-performance tablet computer, running Mac OS X, is the latest announcement from Mac-modders Axiotron.The Modbook Pro tablet is available now for pre-order, uses the 15.4″ unibody MacBook Pro as its base system.

Introduced at the expo with the help of Apple co-founder and Axiotron board member Steve Wozniak, the Modbook Pro will sport a black luster finish and aluminum construction. Its Synergy Touch screen supports both touch and pen input simultaneously, a feature Axiomatic says is not available on any other tablet, as well as 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity.

The unit almost exactly matches the MacBook Pro’s feature set, including Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, and Bluetooth, with up to a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor and the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT processor.

The tablet come complete with Autodesk Sketchbook Express 2009, with the option to upgrade to Sketchbook Pro, offering a litany of features ideal for Modbook users, including a streamlined tool palette, and the ability to email work without the need to leave the program.

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The Modbook Pro starts at $4,999 for the new 2.4GHz Apple MacBook Pro base system, yet for customers who want to convert hardware they already own, the Modservice Pro option starts at $3,049.


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