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ModBook Pro Orders Begin

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Creative technologies developer Modbook Inc. today announced that customers with shipping addresses in the United States can place orders beginning at 2 p.m. PDT today for the Modbook Pro, the company's innovative 13.3-inch pen tablet computer.

To create an easy one-stop shopping experience, Modbook Inc. has opened ModbookShop.com as the exclusive online source to purchase the Modbook Pro. Customers can visit this page and use the dynamic product configurator to customize their Modbook Pro system's processor (up to 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7), memory (up to 16 GB) and internal storage (up to 480 GB solid-state drive), as well as to build out complete single- or dual-display desktop installations, and even to get Microsoft Windows 7 preinstalled and configured as a primary or secondary operating system.



The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the Modbook Pro is $3,499. The Modbook Pro is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-November.

A unique computer modification product, the Modbook Pro seamlessly fuses the original hardware of a new Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch computer running OS X Mountain Lion, a state-of-the-art Wacom Penabled pen tablet digitizer and an etched paper-emulating ForceGlass screen. Each Modbook Pro includes a fast and reliable Nishara-class or Sanshara-class solid-state drive for internal storage, configurable up to 480 GB.

Taken together, the Modbook Pro's power, speed, portability and highly sensitive pen input make it the ideal mobile creative workstation.

"We're excited that customers will finally get the chance to configure and purchase their Modbook Pro. Each Modbook Pro is custom built to its owner's requirements, and we're confident the time and effort dedicated to the custom build will result in a fun and productive product for customers," said Andreas E. Haas, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Modbook Inc.

Configuring and Ordering the Modbook Pro
Orders for the Modbook Pro begin today at 2 p.m. PDT. Currently, the Modbook Pro is only available to customers with shipping addresses in the United States. To configure and order their Modbook Pro, customers should go to Modbook Inc.'s online store, ModbookShop.com.

Custom configuration options for the Modbook Pro include the choice between a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, increased memory up to 16 GB and select solid-state drive options with up to 480GB of internal storage. As the only OS X tablet computer of its kind, the Modbook Pro can be ordered to come preinstalled (via OS X's Boot Camp utility) with Windows 7 as a secondary operating system, or even to boot natively into Windows 7 right out of the box. The dynamic product configurator also allows customers to build out a full desktop setup with up to two standard or Wacom pen-enabled large-screen displays, adding a maximum of 5020 by 1600 pixels (two 2560-by-1600-pixel external displays) to the Modbook Pro's built-in 1280 by 800 pixel screen.

Order Fulfillment and Shipping
  • Since the Modbook Pro is custom produced and built according to each individual customer's specifications, including the purchase of a new MacBook Pro base system on the customer's behalf, a deposit payment of $500 is required with each order.
  • Customers can cancel their order at any time prior to the beginning of the final stage in the custom build process and receive a full refund of the deposit payment.
  • At the time the final stage of the custom build process begins (12 days prior to scheduled shipment), the deposit payment is no longer refundable and will be applied to the total amount due for the order. The balance due will be charged at that time.
  • All orders for the Modbook Pro will ship in the order in which they are received. Shipments are scheduled to start in mid-November. By submitting an order early, customers have the assurance their place in line is secured.
Returns, Warranty and Support
Even though every Modbook Pro is a custom build-to-order product, there is a 30-day "no questions asked" return policy for all systems purchased through ModbookShop.com. A merchandise return fee of 20% is due on all returns other than for repairs or replacements (which are covered by the Modbook Pro's warranty and service plan). Other limitations apply. More detailed information on the return policy is available here.

The Modbook Pro comes with a one-year Modbook Pro Protection Plan covering the complete hardware solution, including all of the components of the MacBook Pro base system. Customers will be able to have their Modbook Pro serviced at an authorized service center, the first of which will be announced prior to the time the Modbook Pro begins shipping.
 

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$3500 base price?

Holy balls.
 
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So why would I want this over an Lenovo Yoga(which most likely will be out until the first ModBook is shipped)?
 
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So why would I want this over an Lenovo Yoga(which most likely will be out until the first ModBook is shipped)?
Obvious, I see it as a product for Apple fanboi's that are in the market for a slate laptop/PC and can't be seen dead with a Windows based PC.
Although, I can see it being useful for a non-bias person that is after a slate laptop/PC that wants to use it in FTV etc. type scenarios.
 

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following in apples footsteps :p
 
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Won't sell...

... because it's not silver aluminum with a large glowing white apple on it. If it doesn't look like a i-device then what's the point in OSX and a $3k+ price tag?
 
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... because it's not silver aluminum with a large glowing white apple on it. If it doesn't look like a i-device then what's the point in OSX and a $3k+ price tag?
If they were to make a modbook for Windows-based machines, they could keep the price at $1000.

I almost feel sorry for those who pay more than $2k for a laptop with the same specifications as an $800 laptop.

I wonder if there is something they are buying on top of the apple logo and the silver case that I am not getting.
 
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Someone must be rich to blow $3500+ on a gadget that will last them like a year.
 
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Please, show me examples of products where the mass produced products are the same price as custom or one-off's. It doesn't happen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economies_of_scale

There is a particular market for this product and that market segment is obviously willing to pay for it.
 
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I almost feel sorry for those who pay more than $2k for a laptop with the same specifications as an $800 laptop.
Elaborate?
 

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we have already gone over all this. apple products are not overpriced. compare the non-retina display MacBook pro to something windows based on newegg. look at the price.
 

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we have already gone over all this. apple products are not overpriced. compare the non-retina display MacBook pro to something windows based on newegg. look at the price.
Gone over many times, in fact. The Macbooks are a bit more expensive than most of their PC counterparts, but those cheaper PC notebooks usually don't sport aluminum cases and real glass over the lcd. Depends on whether that's worth extra to you or not.

Not me. I'll stick with the same hardware in a plastic case.

But I digress, this particular product is waaaayyyyy expensive.