Sunday, September 30th 2012

Modbook Pro to Launch with All Solid-State Architecture

Creative technologies developer Modbook Inc. today announced that its highly portable 13.3-inch Mac-based pen tablet computer, the Modbook Pro, will forego the traditional internal storage method of hard disk drives (HDDs) in favor of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs). The standard internal storage option on the Modbook Pro will be a 64 GB solid-state drive, with upgrades possible to increase internal SSD storage to 480 GB.

Modbook Inc. today also announced that the ordering process for the Modbook Pro is scheduled to begin next Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Customers with shipping addresses in the United States will be able to order the Modbook Pro online for shipment as early as mid-November.


An innovative computer modification product, every complete 13.3-inch Modbook Pro solution incorporates: the original hardware of a new Apple MacBook Pro computer running OS X Mountain Lion (and optionally Microsoft Windows 7); a digitizer from the industry leader in pen tablet technology, Wacom, that offers 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity; and a ForceGlass pen interface with a paper-emulating drawing surface. The Modbook Pro is the ideal portable workstation for creative users.

In pre-production testing of the Modbook Pro, Modbook Inc. found that solid-state drive options offered a number of clear advantages over mechanical drives. SSDs allow users to get their Modbook Pro up and running fast and handle files of almost any size effortlessly. This speed of access and performance is perfect for the demands of creative users who often work with multiple large files at the same time.

In its base configuration, the Modbook Pro will ship with Modbook Inc.'s original 64 GB Nishara-class SATA 3 SSD, offering asynchronous NAND technology that balances storage space, speed and performance. Customers can upgrade to Modbook Inc.'s original Sanshara™class SATA 3 SSDs with up to 480 GB of storage. The top-of-the-line Sanshara drives employ synchronous NAND technology and deliver the best speed and performance available in flash-based storage. Modbook Inc.'s Nishara and Sanshara drives are built from the highest quality components. In addition to their outstanding performance and reliability, these drives offer durability over the long haul - as contrasted with the possibility of mechanical failure with HDDs. The live system of an SSD-powered Modbook Pro operates without any moving parts (aside from its base system's optical drive), dramatically decreasing the chances for data corruption or loss. Also, the Modbook Pro's SSDs are fine-tuned to not interfere with its high-resolution pen tablet interface (whereas the electromagnetic field emissions of HDDs are notoriously difficult to control).

"We're thrilled about the performance edge our Nishara and Sanshara drives will give Modbook Pro users. Once you've experienced the near instant-on startup and lightning fast system performance of an SSD-powered Modbook Pro, you won't ever go back," said Andreas E. Haas, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Modbook Inc.

Modbook Pro orders are scheduled to begin next Wednesday. Customers with shipping addresses in the United States will be able to place their custom build orders for the Modbook Pro online, with the first Modbook Pro orders shipping in November. Detailed product specifications, pricing and availability information will be announced next week.

More information about Modbook Inc. and the Modbook Pro is available at www.modbook.com.
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26 Comments on Modbook Pro to Launch with All Solid-State Architecture

#1
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Is Apple OK with this? Wasn't there this thing about a company releasing computers with OSX and they were shut down or something?
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#2
Chaitanya
Apple will screw Modbook Inc, as those selfish bastards cannot tolerate competition.
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#3
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I feel a lawsuit coming. :)
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
curious to see if they have apples backing or not
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#5
badmau5
by: Aquinus
I feel a lawsuit coming. :)
Ahaha this was exactly what i said to myself when i saw this. Definitely smells like a lawsuit :nutkick: remember Psystar?
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#6
xBruce88x
^ agreed. Especially considering this could compete with both their notebooks and their iPad
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#7
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Axiotron started making these back in 2008 before the iPad was out.
The release of the iPad killed the company, but one of its founders revived it as modbook inc.
Interesting. Apple has had plenty of time to sue them.
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#8
randomhkkid
The thing is apple can't sue because once the consumer has bought the product they are free to modify it as they wish, this is what axiotron does they buy the laptop first then modify it.
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#9
iO
You send them a Macbook and they mod it for you, so no reason to be sued by Apple.

But at that price they should use the new pen with higher sensitivy...
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#10
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: randomhkkid
The thing is apple can't sue because once the consumer has bought the product they are free to modify it as they wish, this is what axiotron does they buy the laptop first then modify it.
This is basically why Axiotron went belly up.
Why buy a MB PRo and have it converted to a tablet when you can just buy an iPad (or whatever)?
I'm not bashing the company, I hope they do well.
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Kreij
Why buy a MB PRo and have it converted to a tablet when you can just buy an iPad (or whatever)?
Just wanted to point out this thing is quite different from a normal tablet imo. For starters I can run Windows 7 and play Heroes of Might and Magic on it. ;)
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#12
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
You are right, Frick, and I agree that it has it's advantages.
Given that when the company first produced them they were filling a void in the market (no iPad) they did fairly well, but with all the tablet options these days I wonder how well they will do in their niche.
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#14
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Yeah...wait...what?

That is both to this story itself and also this terrible use of the Ned Stark meme. Simply Lawsuit Is Coming is what you wanted there.

Oh, and "embrace" means hug.
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#15
Octavean
Apple hardware comes with Intel Thunderbolt. This Modbook better come with Thunderbolt. Generally speaking I think that many of those that buy Apple hardware are loyal to the company and wouldn’t want to buy something like this unless it came directly from Apple.
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#16
camoxiong
damn, this should of came out when I bought a MacBook Pro back in late 2010
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#17
Tartaros
by: Wrigleyvillain
Yeah...wait...what?

That is both to this story itself and also this terrible use of the Ned Stark meme. Simply Lawsuit Is Coming is what you wanted there.

Oh, and "embrace" means hug.
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#19
Widjaja
The name stinks of imitation besides also using OSX.
Modbook Pro.
Macbook Pro.

I'm guessing this company has already made an agreement with Apple since they are using OSX.
Hope they have.
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#20
3870x2
by: Widjaja
The name stinks of imitation besides also using OSX.
Modbook Pro.
Macbook Pro.

I'm guessing this company has already made an agreement with Apple since they are using OSX.
Hope they have.
I believe it has already been stated that they are modding the product that has already been purchased, which is perfectly fine legally.

Also they have had plenty of time to research legal actions, and they are not frugal with their legal actions.
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#21
Widjaja
by: 3870x2
I believe it has already been stated that they are modding the product that has already been purchased, which is perfectly fine legally.

Also they have had plenty of time to research legal actions, and they are not frugal with their legal actions.
Thought so.
With all Apple has done so far i didn't believe a company would go ahead with this venture unless they had all their bases covered with Apple giving the go ahead.
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#22
mlee49
Anyone know how overpriced this will be?
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#23
3870x2
by: mlee49
Anyone know how overpriced this will be?
The macbook is already very overpriced (I could buy 2 very powerful laptops and still be under the price of a macbook, with both of the laptops having better performance than the macbook.)
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#25
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: mlee49
Anyone know how overpriced this will be?
who cares i just want the sticker to put on my car. so i can look cool to everyone else that drives a scion at my local tech.
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