Axiotron ModBook with built-in WAAS-enabled GPS (Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz

The Good Ingenious design, marrying slate tablet to bottom half of a stock MacBook; built-in GPS; Wacom digitizer for accurate input.

The Bad Screen is stuck in landscape mode; heavy; big premium over original MacBook cost; shorter battery life than the MacBook.

The Bottom Line We're impressed with the engineering behind Axiotron's rebuilt, tabletized MacBook, but the target audience is likely very small, especially since Windows-based convertible tablets do so much more.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
  • Support 4.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

Axiotron ModBook with built-in WAAS-enabled GPS (Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz

Mac laptop users generally love their hardware, but with only three basic designs--the MacBook, the MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air--there are a few distinct gaps in the lineup. Axiotron aims to fill at least one of those gaps with the ModBook, a 13-inch MacBook reworked into a slate-style tablet PC. It's a clever bit of engineering, taking the guts of a MacBook and removing the lid, omitting the keyboard and trackpad, replacing the display with a Wacom-enabled LCD and digitizer, and adding a scratch-resistant magnesium shell to the top. Starting at $2,279 (our review unit was $2,609), you'll pay a hefty premium over the basic MacBook, but for tablet users, it's is the only Mac game in town.

The ModBook is an impressive feat of engineering and it looks and feels well-constructed. But unlike convertible tablet PCs, it lacks a keyboard and even the most basic of tablet functions, a rotating screen orientation, so you're stuck in landscape mode--which is somewhat awkward when cradling it in your arm. For the very small minority who need a slate-style tablet and the Mac OS, Axiotron certainly fits the bill. For the rest of us, however, it's an expensive oddity.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Axiotron, Inc.
  • Diagonal Size 13.3 in
  • Type Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • Monitor Features Glossy display
  • Weight 5.51 lbs
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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