Modbook: Looks cool, but worth the price?

Other World Computing
The Axiotron Modbook Mac tablet: Coming 4Q 2007 (allegedly), with a hefty price tag.

One thing I love about blogging is that other people collectively know so much more than I do.

Yesterday I posted about how badly I want an Apple tablet PC. Promptly, Avram commented: “Have you heard of the Axiotron ModBook? It’s a MacBook hacked into a tablet Mac with a pressure-sensitive drawing surface. Not actually shipping yet (‘fourth quarter of 2007,’ supposedly).”

Well, no. I hadn’t head. I checked it out, and it looked quite cool — possibly offering most of what I want in a mobile content creation device.

Apparently this device caused quite a stir at Macworld this year, and it was supposed to be available by May 2007. That didn’t happen. On July 17, Ars Technica reported that the ship date has been pushed back to the end of this year due to parts shortages. I hope this doesn’t end up being vaporware.

But the price tag? OUCH!!!!

The US distributor, Other World Computing, is offering pre-orders on two versions of the Modbook: Fast (2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 80G hard drive) for $2279, and Faster (2.16GHz Core 2 Duo with a 120G hard drive) for $2579. Hey, I only paid $1000 for my Macbook! Well, I know innovation costs, but at that price I think I’ll wait for the second or third iteration of this product to make sure the main bugs are worked out.

But I’m still dreaming of an Apple tablet….

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