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ModBook Pro: OSX pen tablet for $3,499

An iPad works just fine if it’s used mainly for recreational purposes, but the iOS mobile platform does have limitations in terms of functionalities.  Windows 8 tablet PCs seek to close the gap between mobility and desktop productivity.  However, if you’re not a fan of Windows and prefer a Mac-based desktop OS, you’re pretty much limited to a MacBook if going the mobility route.

Apple hasn’t indicated its intent on developing a tablet PC featuring the Mac desktop OS yet, so this is where the ModBook Pro comes in.  The folks behind ModBook will convert an existing mid-2012 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro from its notebook form into a pen tablet form if you want OSX in a tablet form factor.  And for “touch” capability, the conversion kit includes Wacom’s pen tablet digitizer with 512 pen pressure levels. 

The price of a ModBook Pro will vary depending on configurations, but the base price is $3,499.  People who commit to buying a ModBook basically allow ModBook Inc. to purchase a compatible MacBook on the buyer’s behalf, and from there the MacBook gets torn down by the people at ModBook for conversion process.

The base configuration of the ModBook Pro features a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB Nishara SSD.  Higher tier ModBook Pros feature a Core i7 clocked at 2.9GHz, with RAM varying from 8 to 16GB, and a Sanshara SSD capacity ranging from 180 to 480 GB.

It’s a given that any modification done to a MacBook will void the original warranty.  So in its place, ModBook Inc. offers a 1 year warranty that promises “equivalent” coverage to that of the Base System’s. 

Is the mod worth $3,500?  Comments below!

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