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Tablet MacBooks are here - sort of

So have you been holding off getting a Mac cause you are waiting for a Tablet. The wait is over. Now available is the "ModBoook". Anywhere from $2199 to $2699(introductory price) these this new Macs are not supplied by Apple. Thats right, they are actually from a third party company called Axiotron and made per order, so not for masses (yet)

Axiotron removes the top of the MacBook--including the display--and replaces it with a bezel made of an aircraft-grade magnesium alloy (it has a silver, MacBook Pro look to it). In place of the MacBook's LCD screen goes a new display with the same 13.3-inch size and 1,280-by-800 pixel resolution as the original. But there are several key differences between the displays. The Axiotron ForceGlass covering the ModBook's display is chemically strengthened and etched to improve longevity, scratch resistance, writing sensation, and reflection problems. The new screen has a 500-to-1 contrast ratio versus 400-to-1 on the MacBook, and it features a wider viewing angle than the MacBook.

Even with this rejiggering, the ModBook weighs in at 5.2 pounds--the same as the MacBook. The tablet is about .08 inches thicker than its laptop counterpart. Since the bottom half of the ModBook is a MacBook, the ports are the same. The ModBook has a MagSafe power port, Gigabit Ethernet port, Mini-DVI output connector, one FireWire 400 port, two USB 2.0 ports, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out, built-in speakers, and a security slot.

I never got into the tablets really, well never needed to. A friend I know use to swear by his. With a 13"/14" display he found it indisposable for all the meeting he had to attend. I suppose if you need it you need it but the limited market is most likely the reason Apple has stayed away till now? I wonder if this will spark any interest.Via MacWorld