Maybe five years ago — or at least before the iPad — the unicorn, double rainbow desire for all Mac users was a touchscreen MacBook Pro Tablet. The power of a MacBook Pro combined with OS X, on a touchscreen device. Nice, right? But can you imagine buying one of those ‘ModBook Pros’ for $US3500 now?
It’s a pretty powerful system — up to a 2.9GHz processor, 16GB RAM, all-SSD storage and 512 pen pressure levels — but that can get even pricier, nearly $US5000 for the maxed-out options. The ModBook Pro will ship in mid-November, but it requires a $US500 deposit. Here’s what the ModBook Pro folks say about it:
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® penenabled 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.
I mean, sure it sounds great but does anyone want this anymore?