Modbook Pro Is Secret Son of an iPod Touch and a MacBook Pro

No XL iPod touch pro or fabled Apple tablets at the Philnote. Too bad, because I want one badly. Maybe the new pen and touch-enabled Modbook Pro will do.

The new, upgraded version of the Modbook is made of machined aluminum, finished in black. While its design is not very Apple, the 0.93-inch Modbook Pro is thinner than the Macbook it is based on, and more elegant than their previous model.

The new guts include a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Nvidia GeForce® 9600M GT graphics, but the most important thing in a tablet computer is the surface itself. At 15.4-inch WXGA display, it is larger than the 12-inch Cintiq Wacom I reviewed and it has something that the Wacom or the original Modbook don't have: It's touch sensing.

The Modbook Pro uses a technology called Synergy Touch, which combines the pressure-pen Wacom system with direct and simultaneous touch input. They don't say if it supports multitouch gestures in Mac OS X or Windows, but the multiple input is good news. If Apple ever supersizes their iPod touch, I hope they go the other way around and add pen input as well. axtron

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