I have been following the ModBook for a while. If you recall the ModBook is a Tablet PC based on Mac OS X. They take a MacBook and convert it to a Tablet PC and are getting closer to shipping. A reader who ordered one of the ModBooks just received an email from the ModBook team, detailing shipping dates and mentioning that some of the components initially listed are being upgraded at no cost to those with pre-orders. You can now get a 7200 rpm drive in the ModBook, put a second drive in place of the optical drive, and get a whopping 3 GB of memory. The upping to 512 levels of sensitivity for the active digitizer makes the ModBook perfect for artists. I have reached out to the ModBook folks but sadly they don’t return my emails. :( Read on for the whole scoop on the ModBook, which is now slated to begin shipping in June.
Thank you for your OWC/Axiotron ModBook Solution Order. We are pleased to inform you of several improvements for this solution.
First and foremost, in response to significant customer feedback,Axiotron has doubled the Pen Pressure Sensitivity of the tabletdigitizer. The original specification of 256 Levels of PressureSensitivity is now
increased to 512 Levels. Axiotron determined this upgrade was importantand something that would need to be done prior to shipping.
Next, through utilization of the latest Micron memory devices, OWC isnow able to offer a low profile 2.0GB memory module option for a 50%increase in the maximum memory allowed from 2.0GB to 3.0GB.
The internal hard disk options now include the new Seagate Momentus7200.2 160GB drive mechanism, a full 60% higher capacity than anyOther currently available 7200RPM Notebook drive. A new 250GB 5400RPMOption is also now offered for the highest internal capacity ever and25% more than offered on a standard MacBook.
Finally, the option of having an additional hard drive replace thestandard optical drive is available. This makes it possible for up to500GB of total internal storage.
Of additional significance, all ModBooks will now be based on the latest Apple MacBook� 2.0GHz and 2.16GHz models.
None of these changes has resulted with any increase in cost. In factadditional memory and/or a larger hard drive are also standard andcosts have been reduced for upgrade options to a larger hard driveand/or more memory.
Primarily related to the Axiotron feature update, these solutions arenow expected to ship in very limited quantities starting in the earlypart of June with all orders expected to ship by the end of July.
While we await the Axiotron ModBook Kits, OWC has updated and improvedthe options to make your final ModBook Solution the best it can be andwill continue to do so as possible. We do believe the currentconfigurable options will not be changing again prior to ship out.
In the next 1-2 weeks, you will be sent a link inviting you toreconfigure your ModBook(s) on order. This will allow you to confirmyour free base feature upgrades as well as give you the option to maxto the new 3.0GB, upgrade with the new hard drive options, etc. Youroriginal order position will not be affected by this process withoriginal first in first out positions remaining.
We do apologize for the delay on your ModBook order, but hope thisadditional time is appreciated for the product enhancement and optionsAxiotron and OWC are now able to provide.
The Other World Computing Team