Axiotrons Modbook Mac-based tablet computer shipping to consumers

Axiotron Modbook Tablet PC

Axiotron has announced that its Mac-based tablet computer called the Modbook has started shipping to consumers. You can go over to the official website and order one for yourself now. Furthermore, the device will be showcased at the upcoming MacWorld 2008.

In case you’re wondering about the hype, this happens to be the world’s first tablet PC to run on the Mac OS by Apple. Axiotron’s Modbook features a Wacom pen-enabled display. It is configured to detect 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, which is twice that of any other tablet PC in the market right now.

The front of the Modbook is taken up by a widescreen display measuring 13.3-inches. It thus offers wider viewing angles. On top of that, it renders a pretty high contrast ratio, resulting in darker blacks, and more vivid and saturated colors. In spite of these specs, it stays true to the same resolution and aspect ratio of the original MacBook screen.

One other noteworthy point is its integration of the Apple MacBook PC’s user-friendliness into a very smart design. Visitors to the upcoming Macworld will get a chance to play around with the Modbook.

The Modbook’s outer shell, including the bezels, are made from magnesium alloy to lend it a rugged feel, while the triple layer of metal plating is built to give it a scratch-resistant and pleasant to texture.

The slate-style Modbook is preinstalled with Mac OS X Leopard. Depending on the model buyer’s pick, it is powered by a 2.0GHz or a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. A 24x DVD Combo Drive, or a 8x DVD SuperDrive, with double layer support has been shoehorned into its slim frame.

Axiotron’s device also shows off an iSight camera as well as built-in GPS. The standard accessories which come in-the-box include an Axiotron Digitizer Pen (with two programmable side buttons and a digital eraser) and 3 types of replaceable pen tips.

The Axiotron Modbook carries a price tag of $2,290 and higher. It is backed by a one-year limited hardware warranty.