Apple has always been very clear that it’s not interested in releasing a touchscreen MacBook However, even though the company isn’t going to make such an entity, at least not in the near future, doesn’t mean that you can’t have one. Modbook is willing to turn your MacBook Pro into a state-of-the-art tablet in return for your help raising funds through a Kickstarter project. The device, called Modbook Pro X, is a massive MacBook-tablet hybrid that even utilizes a stylus pen – a very hated gadget by Steve Jobs.
Modbook Pro X can turn your Retina MacBook Pro into a tablet
Before we go into technical details, let’s make one thing clear. Modbook is not going to make actual Macbooks with touchscreen displays because law wouldn’t allow that. It’s more like the company will take Macbook’s insides, transplant them into a new body and add a few nifty tricks to make the final product even more cool.
Basically all the essential hardware components come from a donor MacBook Pro which you send to Modbook. That includes the 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 Retina display, as well as up to a 2.8GHz Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 32GB of memory, up to 2TB of flash storage, and the Iris Pro graphics. Modbook will also offer NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of its own memory as an alternative. Ports include HDMI, two Thunderbolt 2, an SDXC slot, and two USB 3.0 sockets, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connectivity.
The screen will work with a digital pen supporting up to 2,048 levels of pressure and tilt/rotate recognition which will be compatible with Photoshop, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, and other similar apps. On the back of the device are two sets of keys called Eyes-Free Keybars which act as shortcuts to various commands such as “Save”, “Copy”, “Paste”, etc to make working on the tablet easier and faster. The Modbook also comes with a keyboard stand which props it up at an angle between 30 and 90 degrees. All these features make the Modbook Pro X a perfect choice for creative professionals like artists, animators or designers.
It’s not the first time that Modbook has taken to modifying Macbooks; however, it has never turned to Kickstarter to raise funds. In order to make the project materialize, the company needs at least $150,000 by September 7th. That’s quite a lot of money and the Modbook Pro X itself won’t come cheap either.
The most basic option without the Keyboard Stand and Eyes-Free Keybars will require a donor MacBook Pro and pledge of at least $1,999, and will cost about $2,599 in retail sale. To get the tablet together with the accessories you will have to pledge $2,689 or more and still provide a donor MacBook Pro, or pay the retail price of about $3,489. If you have special customization in mind for the most premium Modbook Pro X, it can be done for a pledge of at least $6,299 or $6,499 in retail sale. Modbook is also offering a few other options differing in hardware setup.
more info: Kickstarter