Tech Review: Axiotron Modbook


Posted May 12, 2008 - By Eugene Morton

Gadget Pr0n: Axiotron Modbook »

Get your gadget fix three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday right here on TheFeed. Today’s tech item is the Axiotron Modbook. Find out if this notebook's right for you!

Axiotron Modbook

What You Need to Know

  • They basically just ripped the keyboard and trackpad out of the Macbook and dropped in a Wacom tablet LCD 
  • Axiotron has been recognized as an Apple premiere developer so these things are not just a crazy mod; they are readily available
  • It doesn't open up, so to do anything you have to use the pen
  • The pen itself works great, so you don't have much trouble mousing around
  • It's absolutely perfect for artists since it works exactly like a real tablet; drawing and sketching on a Mac is something a lot of graphics people would kill for
  • However, typing in anything is a huge progress killer; you have to use the touch keyboard which is a hassle
  • Handwriting recognition works, but it's not the best
  • It's still got all the normal ports and a DVD burner, plus it has built-in screen protection and GPS
  • They didn't have to sacrifice anything other than it being a little heavier and, of course, the keyboard
  • this is a one-of-a-kind product that would be indispensable for a Mac artist


  • A Macbook with the exact same specs is $1,100, but this guy is $2,280; that's more than double the regular price for the tablet interface
  • Other than that, there's really no reason to buy one; they are incredibly cool to look at though

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Tech Review: Axiotron Modbook


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