Thursday, January 15, 2009
OQO Announces the OQO model 2+ with Intel® Atom(TM) Processor, World's First PC OLED Display, and Worldwide 3G Capability
Ultimate Productivity MID meets the increasing demand from highly mobile users for a powerful, pocketable, and affordable device
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 -- Pepcom, CES -- OQO, Inc., creator of the world's smallest fully-functional Windows Vista(R) PC, today announced the new model 2+ with Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor, the world's first PC OLED display, and worldwide 3G capability. Based on the 1.86GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM, the OQO model 2+ offers performance up to twice as fast as its predecessor and includes an embedded touchscreen for easier input. For mobile professionals who need to work on the go, the model 2+ features Qualcomm's Gobi(TM) global mobile Internet solution, which supports both of the world's leading 3G cellular standards. These new features enable users to access their enterprise networks, business productivity applications, and the full Internet around the world. The OQO model 2+ will be available in the first half of 2009 with pricing starting at $999.
"OQO is excited to work with Intel to deliver the highest performing Mobile Internet Device (MID) on the market today," said Bob Rosin, senior vice president of sales and marketing at OQO. "The OQO model 2+ provides enterprise users and prosumers with everything needed to get all their work done as they move through their day -- full Windows, complete mobility, and immediate access to information and applications from wherever they are."
"The Intel Atom processor is rapidly becoming the foundation for Mobile Internet Devices that require high performance and full Internet to run the broad set of enterprise and consumer applications," said Gary Willihnganz, director of marketing for the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel Corporation. "The OQO model 2+ is an excellent example in the Productivity MID category which combines the high performance, low power characteristics of Intel Atom with OQO's proven system-level innovation in delivering small, pocketable devices."
The new OQO model 2+ is the world's first PC with an embedded Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display. Users will immediately notice the screen's dramatically increased brightness and contrast with better outdoor readability, greater range of colors, extremely wide viewing angles, faster response time, and improved battery life. The integrated touchscreen is more robust and accurate than conventional touchscreen technology and supports stylus as well as finger-based input.
Key new features of the OQO model 2+ include:
-- Twice as Fast(1)
- Available with 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 CPU offering up to 2x improvement in processor-intensive tasks, and up to 5x improvement in multimedia performance
- Intel(R) System Controller Hub US15W with integrated 3D graphics
- DirectX 9 and H.264 video decode support in hardware
- 2GB RAM with 2.7x improvement in memory performance
- Up to 20% increase in battery life (3.5 hours with standard battery, and 7 hours with double capacity battery)
-- Vivid and intuitive interface
- World's first PC with integrated Active Matrix OLED display; 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, color gamut up to 110% of NTSC, 0.01ms response time, and viewing-angle free
- Embedded high-grade touchscreen for stylus and finger-based input
- Native resolution of highly-readable 800x480 with 1024x768 and 1000x600 interpolated modes
- Featuring Qualcomm's Gobi solution, the industry's only embedded multi-mode module with support for CDMA2000 EV-DO and HSPA
- Designed to operate on Verizon Wireless and Sprint networks using Qualcomm's hybrid mode alternative solution as well as SIM-based networks including GPRS/EDGE, UMTS, and HSPA with speeds up to 7.2Mbps
- Penta-band antenna for world coverage
- Verizon Wireless customers can roam internationally on the Vodafone network
- World keyboard and global power supply
- RoHS compliant (reduced mercury, lead, cadmium, and other hazardous materials)
- Ultra low power consumption
- Computrace(R) support in BIOS for asset tracking and recovery and remote data delete
- LoJack(R) for Laptops(TM) support
-- TPM v1.2 embedded security
-- Affordable for every professional segment
- Pricing starts at $999
Like its predecessor, the OQO model 2+ weighs less than one pound and is truly pocketable with dimensions of 5.6"(W) x 3.3"(H) x 1.0"(D) and the best-in-class integrated backlit thumb keyboard. The model 2+ supports large external displays up to 1920x1200 with HDMI/DVI and VGA interfaces, offers Wi-Fi(R) 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, and is compatible with the full range of OQO model 02/e2 accessories. These include the OQO docking station with embedded dual layer DVD+/-RW/RAM drive, as well as a wide range of cases, GPS and vehicle mounts, and power solutions including standard and extended batteries and the OQO air/auto power adapter.
Full specifications of the OQO model 2+ are available at: http://www.oqo.com/products/model2+/s...
OQO pioneered the ultra mobile PC category and has led the market with each innovation. With today's announcement, OQO has further established its commitment to leading this growing category and providing mobility solutions for worldwide markets.
With pricing starting at $999, the OQO model 2+ is available to order immediately from OQO and through OQO enterprise, government, and retail sales channels listed at http://www.oqo.com/. First deliveries are expected to take place during the first half of 2009.
Based in San Francisco, California, OQO, Inc. has redefined mobile computing with its groundbreaking products, including the new ultra-small, powerful, ergonomic, and connected OQO model 2+. With an award-winning design, the OQO model 2+ is a full-featured computer running standard Windows XP or Windows Vista and a pocketable, dockable form-factor that gives the mobile professional true Anytime/Anywhere Productivity(TM).
"OQO", the OQO logo, and "Anytime/Anywhere Productivity" are trademarks of OQO, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2009 OQO, Inc. All rights reserved.
(1) Benchmarking data based on tests using MobileMark(R) 2007 version 1.05 and SiSoftware Sandra 2008. Comparisons are to the OQO model 02 computer.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Yamaha YZF-R1 bike, launched in 1998, revolutionized the sport bike landscape by successfully combining the awesome power available previously in the true liter class (1,000cc) with the lightweight and responsiveness that a 600-class chassis affords.Over the years, despite maintaining its distinctive sharp look, the R1 has undergone technical up gradations to keep pace with the times. The 2006 edition features a short-stroke 998cc DOHC, 20-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine that produces a peak power of 175 bhp.The dual-valve fuel injection system uses motor-driven secondary throttle valves and 32-bit ECU for responsive, instantaneous power delivery. The refurbished Delta box V frame, revised forks and a 20mm longer swingarm facilitate superb handling in the R1. In 2006, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yamaha racing in America, Yamaha released a Limited Edition yellow/white/black YZF-R1 in original Yamaha racing colours.
Yamaha YZF-R1 Technical Specifications
Yamaha R1 India
1. Light, powerful and packed with trickle-down MotoGP technology, the YZF-R1 is the most advanced Open-class production motorcycle ever built.
2. The YZF-R1 uses the YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle system for flawless response under all conditions.
3. Inline four-cylinder engine is the most powerful, tractable R1 powerplant ever, thanks partially to the world’s ﬁrst electronic variable-length intake funnel system.
4. Slipper-type back torque-limiting clutch greatly facilitates braking/downshifting from high speed.
5. Aluminum Deltabox frame and swingarm take Open-class handling to the next performance level.
6. Six-piston radial-mount front brake calipers and 310mm discs generate the kind of braking power a bike like the R1 requires.
* Short-stroke 998cc DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine produces more tractable power than ever.
* Yamaha Chip Control Throttle controls a 32-bit ECU fuel injection system for super-responsive, smooth, instantaneous power delivery.
* Yamaha Chip Control Intake electronically adjusts intake funnel length between either 65 or 140mm for an amazingly broad, smooth powerband.
* Two-piece ergonomically designed fuel tank carries fuel in the rear section, for good centralization of mass, while the front half contains a Ram-Air-fed airbox for increased power.
* Lay-down-design cylinder head optimizes weight distribution, straightens intake tracts for improved cylinder filling and allows frame to pass over instead of around the engine for great strength and a narrow chassis.
* Closed-deck cylinder block increases strength and allows a narrow engine in spite of big, 77mm bores.
* Narrow-angle four-valve combustion chambers produce a highly efficient 12.7:1 compression ratio; 31mm titanium intake valves and 25mm exhausts controlled by new, high-lift cams flow plenty of air.
* Light and strong nutless connecting rods with fractured big ends produce a quick-revving engine with excellent high-rpm durability.
* High silicon-content ceramic-composite cylinder sleeves ensure great heat dissipation for consistent power delivery and reduced friction.
* Close-ratio six-speed gearbox with triangulated shaft layout for great strength, compactness, and quicker acceleration.
* Ramp-type slipper clutch makes braking from speed into tight corners while downshifting smoother and therefore faster.
* Titanium underseat exhaust system (with stainless steel midpipe and catalyst) provides excellent cornering clearance and a broad, seamless powerband.
* 13-percent greater radiator capacity and an aluminum liquid-cooled oil cooler maintain stable operating temperature.
* Direct ignition coils, dual-electrode spark plugs and high-output magneto deliver extremely accurate, reliable firing.
* AC generator behind cylinder block produces a narrow engine with excellent cornering clearance.
* A Deltabox frame tuned for optimal flex carries the lay-down four-cylinder stressed-member style for great handling and efficient aerodynamic penetration.
* A truss-type swingarm is extremely strong and tuned for optimal traction and feedback.
* Dual 310mm front disc brakes; new, six-piston radial-mount calipers and Brembo radial-pump front master cylinder with adjustable lever deliver amazing braking power and feel.
* Fully adjustable KYB inverted telescopic front fork with 43mm tubes has been revalved to complement other chassis changes.
* Piggyback rear shock now offers both high- and low-speed compression adjustability, rebound damping and a new, twist-style spring preload adjuster.
* Light, five-spoke wheels enhance acceleration, deceleration, handling and suspension action.
* Cool headlights provide great illumination and distinctive style, while the LED taillight is light, bright and highly efficient.
* Adjustable LCD illumination and multifunction digital gauges: adjustable shift light, odometer, dual tripmeters, water temperature, air temperature, full-time clock, lap timer and large 15,000-rpm analog tachometer.
* A fairing with big Ram-Air intakes and screwless windscreen provides maximum aerodynamic efficiency and engine performance.
* Sticky 120/70-ZR17 and 190/50-ZR17 radial tires for incredible grip and precise handling.
* Forged footpegs are extra durable and light.
* Extensive use of hollow bolts and lightweight fasteners helps trim overall weight.
* 8.6 AH battery is compact and light.
* Durable #530 O-ring–sealed drive chain.
* Standard toolkit located in convenient storage compartment under passenger seat.
Features in a nutshellEngine
* Type 998cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder
* Bore x Stroke 77 x 53.6mm
* Compression Ratio 12.7:1
* Carburetion Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
* Ignition TCI
* Transmission 6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
* Final Drive #530 O-ring chain
* Suspension (Front) 43mm inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression damping, rebound damping; 4.7″ travel
* Suspension (Rear) Single shock w/piggyback reservoir; adjustable for hi-/lo-speed compression damping, rebound damping, spring preload
* Brakes (Front) Dual 310mm discs; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
* Brakes (Rear) 220mm disc w/single-piston caliper
* Tires (Front) 120/70-ZR17
* Tires (Rear) 190/50-ZR17
* Length 81.1″
* Width 28.3″
* Height 43.7″
* Seat Height 32.9”
* Wheelbase 55.7”
* Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
* Trail 4.0”
* Fuel Capacity 4.75 gal.
* Dry Weight 381 lbs.
* Primary Reduction Ratio 65/43 (1.512)
* Secondary Reduction Ratio 45/17 (2.647)
* Gear Ratio - 1st Gear 38/15 (2.533)
* Gear Ratio - 2nd Gear 33/16 (2.063)
* Gear Ratio - 3rd Gear 37/21 (1.762)
* Gear Ratio - 4th Gear 35/23 (1.522)
* Gear Ratio - 5th Gear 30/22 (1.364)
* Gear Ratio - 6th Gear 33/26 (1.269)
* Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Price: Rs. 10 Lakhs (1 million Rupees) onwards in India
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Massive 20-inch display; first system we've seen with the new Core 2 Extreme mobile CPU; pop-out remote control provides 10-foot interface; cool touch-sensitive controls.
It's so big that it's a laptop in name only; expensive; HD DVD only--no Blu-ray; Core 2 Extreme CPU offers only slight performance boost; screen can't do 1080p; no DVI port.
The bottom line:
HP's massive 20-inch Pavilion HDX is a glorious example of conspicuous consumption--overpriced, overpowered, and overwhelmingly cool.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz) ; RAM installed: 4 GB DDR II SDRAM ; Weight: 15.5 lbs ; See full specs
See all products in the HP Pavilion HDX series
CNET editors' review
Reviewed by: Dan Ackerman
Edited by: Matthew Elliott
Reviewed on: 08/02/2007
Released on: 07/30/2007
Pushing the physical boundaries of the laptop form, the massive HP Pavilion HDX is clearly more at home resting on a desk than sitting in your lap. Weighing an amazing 15.5 pounds and boasting a desktop-size 20-inch LCD, the HDX starts at $2,999--but our test unit was configured closer to $4,700, with high-end extras such as an HD DVD drive and Intel's flagship Core 2 Extreme mobile processor.
While it makes an excellent all-in-one entertainment system for the den, dorm room, or CEO's office, the screen doesn't display full 1080p resolution (which you'll want for HD DVDs) and the expensive Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 CPU--while impressive--isn't worth the $725 upgrade. A more realistic configuration can make the HDX a worthwhile option if you want to combine home theater, gaming, and computing into one big yet somewhat portable package. You'll still need at least $3,000 to sit at the HDX's table, however, making it more of an intriguing tech showcase than something we expect to pass spousal purchase approval.
Price as reviewed/starting price $4,705 / $2,999
Processor 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor X7800
Memory 4GB, 667MHz DDR2
Hard drive 240GB 5,400rpm (120GB x 2)
Chipset Intel 965
Graphics ATI HD2600 XT
Operating system Windows Vista Ultimate
Dimensions (WDH) 19.0 x 14.1 x 2.3 inches
Screen size (diagonal) 20.1 inches
System weight/weight with AC adapter (pounds) 15.5 / 18.1 pounds
Category Desktop replacement
The HDX takes its design cues from HP's current line of entertainment notebooks, such as the Pavilion dv9500t and dv6500, with a similar black-and-silver color scheme and subtle abstract pattern on the back of the lid. When closed, the HDX measures a whopping 19-inches across and weighs almost 16 pounds, even without its A/C adapter. It's the heaviest laptop we've seen since Dell's similar 20-inch XPS M2010 (a model that hasn't been updated in some time), which clocked in at 18.3 pounds. We could see this being moved occasionally from room to room, or on an extended family vacation, but a commuter laptop this is not.
A system this big needs more than the standard one- or two-joint laptop hinge. Instead, it puts the screen at the end of a heavy-duty arm, hinged at both the rear of the laptop and the back of the screen. Because the hinge is attached to the middle of the lid, you can angle the display slightly, but not as much as on, say, an old iMac.
On the first preproduction version of the HDX we looked at a few months ago, when closing the lid, you had to make extra sure the rear of the screen was pushed all the way back against the hinge, or it could hit up against the body of the system and potentially crack something. A little practice had us opening and closing the lid with ease, but those first few times were white-knuckle experiences. We're pleased to report that the hinge on this new version of the HDX is much improved, opening and closing easily, with virtually no chance of accidental screen abuse.
The full-size keyboard with separate number pad is as roomy as anything you'd connect to a desktop, and it still leaves plenty of space on the keyboard tray to allow for comfortable typing. Above the keyboard sits a row of touch-sensitive buttons, including quick-launch buttons for HP's QuickPlay media software, a toggle for the Wi-Fi antenna, and volume and EQ controls. We like these capacitive controls whenever we see them, admittedly perhaps because they look very futuristic.
The system's touchpad is similar to the one on the HP tx1000 tablet and is made of the same color and material as the rest of the keyboard tray, demarcated only by small, indented dots in the shape of a traditional touchpad and scroll bar. It looks cool, but we still felt a little too much drag when moving a finger across it and repeat our admonition that there's a good reason most other touchpads are made of a smooth, slick material.
A remote control, not quite full-size, but larger than the credit-card-size ones found in some laptops, sits in a special cutout to the left of the keyboard. You can use it right there, or pop it out to control Windows Media Center and other media apps. It would be overkill on smaller laptops, but we can easily see setting the HDX up on a tabletop and watching from a distance.
A basic Webcam, fingerprint reader, and single-tuner TV tuner round out the built-in features. Fingerprint readers are usually found only in business systems, but they can be useful on a consumer system for simply remembering your various log-ins and passwords--more convenience than security. The new (but still troubled) Cable Card platform will make older TV tuners look even more archaic than they already do. HP could have cut any of these to save a few bucks, but in a system that starts at $3,000, overkill is already the name of the game, so it makes sense that the company would include everything but the kitchen sink (the sink's a $500 optional upgrade).
The clear highlight of the system is its 20.1-inch WSXGA+ Ultra wide-screen display. With a native resolution of 1,650x1,050, you don't get true 1080p HD playback (a higher-res screen is reportedly in the works), but it's the same resolution you'll find on most 21-inch desktop LCD monitors. The screen was bright and clear, and HP's BrightView glossy coating made for excellent media playback and gaming.
HP Pavilion HDX Average for category (desktop replacement)
Video VGA-out, S-Video, HDMI VGA-out, S-Video, DVI or HDMI
Audio Stereo speakers with Subwoofer, headphone/microphone jacks Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data 4 USB 2.0, mini-FireWire, multiformat memory card reader, eSATA port 4 USB 2.0, mini-FireWire, multiformat memory card reader
Expansion ExpressCard slot PC Card and ExpressCard
Networking modem, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth modem, Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical drive HD DVD DVD burner, HD DVD, or Blu-Ray
As a home theater system, A/V ins and outs are very important for the HDX. HDMI is a must, especially if you opt for the HD DVD drive, although we think it may be time for the VGA and S-Video connections on virtually every laptop to get retired. One thing the HDX is missing is DVI, which would arguably be more useful for hooking up external monitors than VGA or S-Video. The eSATA port is a nice touch, and it means you can hook up an external SATA hard drive for additional media storage, but the 240GB of included hard drive space should be more than enough for most.
Since our review unit cost almost $1,700 more than the already hefty $2,999 starting price, you can safely assume we got pretty much every high-end extra. The base model is still fairly impressive, including an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT video card. We jacked up the price by adding the latest Core 2 Extreme X7800 CPU ($725), a total of 4GB of RAM ($475), and an HD DVD drive ($325).
While we're happy to get our hands on a system with brand-new Core 2 Extreme mobile CPU, even Intel claims it's only around 8 percent faster than the fastest Core 2 Duo CPU. The big selling point is that Intel provides the chip unlocked, so overclocking is easier to do (although for a laptop, we'd generally leave that to the trained hands at your specialty PC vendor). The HDX did indeed post some impressive scores on CNET Labs' benchmarks, especially in the Photoshop CS2 test, where it easily beat another recent powerhouse, the Alienware Area-51 m9750. In other tests, the scores were much closer, which means you can safely save several hundred dollars by skipping out on the expensive CPU upgrade. Needless to say, using the HP HDX was a pleasure, with nary a blip, no matter how many applications we opened at once, even with the often clunky Windows Vista interfaces.
The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT is one of the first DirectX 10 GPUs for laptops, but for current-generation games, we've seen better frame rates from both the twin SLI Nvidia GeForce Go 7950GTX chips found in the Alienware Area-51 m9750 and even the GeForce Go 7900GS in the slightly older Dell Inspiron E1705. The HDX is a decent gaming rig, especially with its huge screen and big keyboard, but it's primarily a multimedia machine.
The HP Pavilion HDX ran for one hour and 33 minutes on our DVD battery drain test, about 20 minutes more than the Alienware m9750, but still a short lifespan, even for a massive desktop replacement system. Of course, powering that 20-inch display isn't easy, nor do we expect this laptop to remain unplugged for very long.
HP backs the system with an industry-standard one-year warranty, which seems stingy for a product that costs so much. Moving up to a three-year plan with accidental damage protection is $349, and might be worthwhile for your sizable investment. Toll-free telephone support is available 24-7 during your warranty period, and the HP support Web site includes one real-time chat with a tech rep as well as an extensive FAQ and documentation section.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Begin a new chapter with the PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book. Boasting an impressive 6.0-inch, touch screen display, this Reader uses paper-like E Ink® technology which makes it easier to read, even in bright-light situations. In addition to a built-in light, there's an interactive touch screen that lets you turn pages with the slide of a finger or activate the bookmark. You can also create annotations with a virtual keyboard, highlight text with a stylus pen, search for text in your digital book, and easily adjust the font size. A faster processor gives you quicker response times when opening content or turning pages. Ideal for travelers or people who like to read while on the go, the PRS-700BC holds approximately 350 digital books.
Note: Use of companion eBook Store limited to U.S. and Canadian residents. Certain titles may not be available for download based on place of residence.
6" Display1 with touchscreen display
A sizeable 6-inch display with touchscreen technology lets you interact with the Reader just like a real book. A simple movement with the slide of a finger lets you easily turn pages or activate the bookmark. It also features a virtual keyboard that can be used for quick annotation or search.
E-ink paper-like touchscreen display
The Sony® PRS-700 Reader Digital Book provides a unique way to experience reading. With its impressive 6-inch display1 , utilizing breakthrough E Ink® technology that's almost paper-like, making it easy to read, even outdoors in the sunshine. In addition, the screen allows for high contrast and high resolution, with a near 180º viewing angle.
Built-in LED reading light
A built-in LED reading light gives you the ability to read at night or other low-light situations without bothering others around you.
Search, annotation, and highlighting capabilities
The Reader Digital Book features annotation, highlighting, and search applications that heighten your reading experience. You can easily make annotations in your digital book with the virtual keyboard or highlight text you want to remember by selecting it with a stylus pen or with the touch of your finger. You can even search for text on your Reader with the virtual keyboard or by highlighting text.
Adjustable text sizes
The Reader Digital Book allows you to zoom in and out as well as adjust the text into 5 different sizes.
The Reader Digital Book offers a unique, on-the-go reading experience and is the perfect travel companion. Measuring 0.4-inches thin10 and weighing just 10 ounces7 (without cover), the Reader is more compact and lightweight than many paperbacks.
Long battery life
While most portable electronics lose power after only a few hours, the Reader Digital Book lets you turn up to 7,500 continuous pages (or up to two weeks of reading) on a single charge2.
The Reader Digital Book gives you the freedom to leave that stack of paperbacks at home. The internal memory will hold approximately 350 average size digital books4 and hundreds more with optional removable Memory Stick Duo™ media or SD memory cards.
Thousands of eBooks available
The Reader Digital Book allows you to search, browse, discover, and buy new releases, classics, and popular digital book titles from The eBook Store from Sony3 and other participating Websites3 . You can even go to other sites that have DRM Free eBooks in file formats supported by the Reader5 . This translates into an unbelievable amount of content suitable for the Reader.
Multiple formats supported
The Sony® PRS-700 Reader Digital Book isn't just about using it to read digital books. With the included eBook Library 2.5 PC Software, you can easily transfer Adobe® PDF documents6 , Microsoft® Word documents, BBeB® format, and other text file formats to the Reader5 . It also supports EPUB/ADEPT and connection with Adobe Digital Editions. You can even play back unsecured MP3s and AAC audio files. (Headphones not included.)
Monday, January 5, 2009
After the long wait for my X61 Tablet PC, it finally shipped and arrived four days later. Based on other users’ comments from the X60 and the few X61 owners who have already received theirs, I didn’t know what to expect, but the X61t blew all my expectations away. It is by far, the most functional and versatile machine I have used to date
processor:Intel Core2duo 1.8 gh
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Apple has long neglected the tablet community by not offering a tablet PC of its own. But now, another company has stepped into the breach with its take on a Mac-based tablet PC. The Axiotron Modbook ($2,629 list) is certain to pique the interest of Mac-based graphics designers and illustrators who prefer to work with a pen rather than a keyboard. Axiotron literally took an Apple MacBook 13-inch (Core 2 Duo), ripped off the lid, and fused a Wacom digitizer screen to the chassis. The Modbook is a slate tablet (rather than a convertible tablet that would have had the benefit of an integrated keyboard), but it's a better alternative to plugging a Wacom device into an Apple computer. This slate tablet doesn't come cheap, though, and it's available only through Other World Computing, an online Mac retailer.
Read the Axiotron Modbook full review
Price as Tested: $2,629.00 List
Type: Media, Tablet
Operating System: Mac OS X
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
RAM: 4 GB
Weight: 5.4 lb
Screen Size: 13.3 inches
Screen Size Type: widescreen
Graphics Card: Intel GMA X3100
Storage Capacity: 120 GB
Networking Options: 802.11n
Primary Optical Drive: Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW