Modbook Announces 'Modbook Pro X' Tablet Based on New 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro [Video]

Modbook Announces 'Modbook Pro X' Tablet Based on New 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro [Video]

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Modbook today announced the Modbook Pro X, a 15.4-inch Mac-based pen tablet computer, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete development and start production of the device.

An innovative computer modification product, the Modbook Pro X incorporates the original hardware of a Retina-display Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch base system running the OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. The expansive drawing and writing surface of the Modbook Pro X has a scratch-resistant ForceGlass screen with paper-emulating texture that covers a crisp, clear 15.4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels. Users get highly sensitive pen input with 2,048 pen pressure levels and pen tilt and rotate functionality for producing pro-quality creative deliverables.

Modbook Announces 'Modbook Pro X' Tablet Based on New 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro [Video]

The Modbook Pro X can be configured with up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of 1600MHz RAM, up to 2TB of PCIe flash storage with a four-channel interface capable of data transfer of up to 2GB/second, and an Intel Iris Pro graphics card with an optional additional NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, two USB 3 ports, one SDXC slot, one HDMI port and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Optional Features:
The Modbook Pro X comes optionally with innovative rear-mounted Keybars, an eyes-free solution that enables users to quickly enter commands and shortcuts (for example, Command+S for "Save") with one hand while drawing or writing with the pen in the other hand. An instant on-screen readout lets users see what they're doing. The Keybars are fully programmable.

Also included optionally with the Modbook Pro X is a unique detachable Keyboard Stand that has three functions in one: (1) easel mount for the Modbook Pro X tablet, (2) full-size illuminated keyboard, and (3) screen protector for the Modbook Pro X when stored together in a sleeve. With its industrial-strength easel mount, the Keyboard Stand supports the Modbook Pro X firmly at any angle between 30° and 90°. The Keyboard Stand's keyboard has a smart backlight with ambient light sensor and can pair with up to three devices via Bluetooth.

The Keybars and Keyboard Stand add an unprecedented level of versatility to the Modbook Pro X — users get a portable pen tablet, but can also place their tablet on the Keyboard Stand's easel mount at their preferred drawing angle, entering commands with the Keybars or the keyboard, and even using the device like a regular notebook.

Still a Mac
Under the hood, the Modbook Pro X remains a genuine, fully functioning Mac. It runs the OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. Users can update their systems via the Mac App Store just like any regular Mac-based computer.

The Modbook Pro X comes with a one-year warranty (upgradable to three years) covering the complete hardware solution, including all of the components of the Retina display MacBook Pro base system.*

Modbook Announces 'Modbook Pro X' Tablet Based on New 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro [Video]

Kickstarter Campaign
A Kickstarter campaign to complete development and the first production run of the Modbook Pro X begins today. The initial funding goal is US$150,000.

Backers of the Kickstarter campaign can choose from a number of different rewards. For a pledge of $1,999, backers can have their own 15.4-inch Retina-display MacBook Pro (or a MacBook Pro they acquire later) converted into a Modbook Pro X, with an expected shipping date in early 2015. Other funding levels deliver a complete system at an earlier date.

The only way to get the Modbook Pro X initially will be via the Kickstarter campaign. Take a look at the video below for more details...

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Lee Jr - July 31, 2014 at 1:19am
Ok, according to the KickStarter campaign page the new system will be in excess of $5000 for a complete new unit...... a bit much for me :D
Lee Jr - July 31, 2014 at 1:11am
I have one of the original ModBooks and performance wise it is extremely powerful. Running on Mountain Lion and using Parallels Desktop it allows me to run Windows XP, Windows 7 and Android simultaneously as the OS X with full drag and drop file transfer and compatibility. The downsides are that it is a lot heavier than the MacBook and the stylus is not as accurate as it could be. Also, bear in mind that it is a stylus touch screen and not a 'touch screen' in the case of the iPad. Apart from the weight and the expected high price tag ($2,000-$3,000) i know that the new ModBook Pro X will be a phenomenal piece of technology albeit not for everyone.
pkmaximum - July 31, 2014 at 12:27am
As cool as this is, don't think it's practical for most applications developed for Mac. Just get an iPad?
miks - July 30, 2014 at 10:53pm
yikes! it looks very thick and heavy.
! - July 30, 2014 at 9:47pm
I think that's illegal. At least it will could their warranty from Apple
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