Modbook today announced its new product, the Modbook Pro, a highly portable 13.3-inch Mac-based pen tablet computer.
Like its predecessor, the Modbook Pro enclosure conversion kit incorporates and completely encases the original hardware of a new Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch base system running OS 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 any other tablet computer on the market. And the Modbook Pro’s pen interface features tough and scratch-resistant ForceGlass, providing an etched, paper-emulating drawing and writing surface.
“We can’t wait to get the Modbook Pro into the hands of the users we developed it for,” said Andreas E. Haas, Modbook Inc.’s chief executive officer and chief technology officer. “In terms of its design and engineering, 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 fun to use.”
Designed with Creative Users in Mind
Sturdy and portable, the Modbook Pro has a strongest-in-class enclosure and lightweight internal core made of aircraft-grade, precision-machined aluminum. Unlike plug-in pen tablet displays, the Modbook Pro is a complete all-in-one computer that can easily be slipped in and out of a backpack 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 degrees on all sides without slipping.
With 512 pen pressure levels, the pen tablet system facilitates extremely precise 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 pen garage.
The Modbook Pro’s crisp 13.3-inch (diagonal) display has a native 1280 by 800 pixel resolution. The display, digitizer and ForceGlass screen assembly are flush-mounted, resulting in a completely level drawing and writing surface that maximizes on-screen workspace.
Unrivaled Mac-Based Pen Tablet Computer
To accomplish the inclusion of the MacBook Pro base system’s hardware, the Modbook Pro employs a unique ExoConnect system. ExoConnect links the Modbook Pro components to the base system via one of its two external USB ports — the connection and the port itself are permanently sealed within the Modbook Pro, leaving all the other ports on the input/output panel unobstructed.
The Modbook Pro’s configurable base system includes a 2.5GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor or 2.9GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a 2.5–inch SATA drive (up to 1TB HDD or up to 960GB SSD), an 8X SuperDrive DVD burner, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity capability, a built-in 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery and a 60W MagSafe power adapter. In addition to the MagSafe power port, the Modbook Pro’s base system has one Gigabit Ethernet port, one FireWire 800 port, one (available) USB 3.0 port, one Thunderbolt port, one SDXC card slot and one audio line in/out.
Warranty and Support
The Modbook Pro comes with a one-year warranty covering the complete hardware solution, including all of the components of the MacBook Pro base system.** Users will be able to have their Modbook Pro serviced at authorized service centers, the first of which will be announced prior to the Modbook Pro’s ship date.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the Modbook Pro will be announced in the coming weeks, along with authorized sales partners for the Modbook Pro. Select sales partners will begin taking pre-orders at that time, allowing customers to secure a place in line when the Modbook Pro begins shipping in early fall.