The Modbook

edited April 2013 in The Toolbox
I was listening to an old podcast and they were talking about a tablet computer running OSX software but it's not an Apple product. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these clones?


  • edited April 2013
    It's a genuine Apple MacBook that's been transmogrified into a tablet, so it isn't really a "clone".  They used to do a simple conversion on the white MacBooks, taking the top part off and replacing it with tablet screen, but the changes in MacBook design required them to switch to a more radical conversion.  And more expensive, apparently.  I'd like to have one, but I don't see how this would be worth the money.
  • I'd like them to mod  the old apple eMates.  I always liked the design of the eMate.  It seems that today's new tablets would fit well into the old cases.
  • My eyes are currently on Wacom, who are teasing that they plan to release an "on-the-go" device related to the Cintiq this summer.  A Windows tablet designed with Wacom's understanding of the needs of artists (e.g. buttons on the frame) might finally get it "right".  But still be expensive.
  • That's the problem. Wacom would be a windows based tablet. For someone who is looking for an OSx based tablet computer, I have to at least look at this. The base price is comparable to a Cintiq, which is admittedly still pricey, but this has spurred me to search for other possible options.
  • I hate a hundred things about Windows, and I'm willing to pay a premium for both Apple's hardware and software for a general-purpose computer.  But for a drawing tablet, where 95% of the interaction is with the application software, not the operating system, I don't particularly care that Manga Studio is running on top of Windows instead of OS X.  If a 13" Wacom Windows tablet costs (guessing) $2000 compared to $3200 for a 13" Modbook Pro ... I'll put up with Windows 8.
  • I know. It's just frustrating for me. If the iPad only had the processing power and a decent stylus...... The Modbook proves that the technology is there, but Apple just doesn't want to develop it. It's an annoying trend I'm seeing with Apple products where they seem to be cutting out the people who were originally using their product in favour of pandering to the masses. The key word there being masses. Which is why I can't fault them.
    I really don't want to have to go back and forth between operating systems and fighting with compatibility issues, but this is a stumbling block and it may be one area where I may just have to give up on.
    The Microsoft Surface looks promising but, like you said, I could be convinced to put up with Windows if it meant using a Wacom device (a product I also swear by).
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