'MacBook tablet' updated

The Modbook is now better than ever.
The Modbook is now better than ever.

Axiotron's Modbook, the tablet computer that's built around the guts of Apple's white MacBook, has been given an overhaul.

First up, there's better system performance, while longer battery life and full Bluetooth compatibility are big bonuses, too. Meanwhile, the machine's top top-shell coating has changed; thanks to Axiotron's QuadCoat process, it's now more durable, and this has also helped to reduce the Modbook's weight.

In terms of functionality, this update adds a better contrast ratio and a firmer drawing surface, while pen tablet performance has been improved, too. In addition, the Modbook now comes with Autodesk Sketchbook Express 2009 pre-installed (this is a sketching and drawing app).

Prices for the new Modbook start at $2,249 - Axiotron also offers its Modservice, which is designed for people who want their standard MacBook to be converted into a tablet.

Axiotron also tells us that it'll be exhibiting at the Macworld show in January 2009, so with any luck, we'll see more new products from it then.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.