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There’s never been a tablet quite like the Modbook Pro X.
Engineered for peak performance
Designed from the ground up for power and speed, with a large and bright high-resolution display and a highly sensitive pen tablet interface, the Modbook Pro X takes tablet computing to another level.
The Modbook Pro X sports a 15.4-inch (diagonal) Apple Retina display with a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel resolution at 220 pixels per inch. Its digitizer pen offers 2,048 pressure levels, pen tilt and rotate functionality, programmable dual side-switches, a digital eraser and replacement nib set.
A computing powerhouse unmatched by other tablets
The Modbook Pro X is configurable with up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics with an optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU, up to 32GB of 1600MHz random-access memory, and up to 2TB of 1GB/sec PCIe flash storage.
Result: all the speed and power you need to create and refine even complex renderings, videos and documents with ease.
The highly mobile solution you can use anywhere
At less than three-quarters of an inch thick and weighing just under five pounds, the Modbook Pro X is relatively thin and light for its size — a portable solution that you can use wherever you go, as a pen tablet or (with the accompanying Keyboard Stand) as a notebook.
Yes, the Modbook Pro X is a genuine Apple Mac-based system running the latest version of the Mac operating system, OS X. How is that possible?
Transforming a Retina-display MacBook Pro
It works like this: an original Apple MacBook Pro base system is disassembled and then reassembled with our enclosure conversion kit, transforming a 15.4-inch Retina-display MacBook Pro notebook-style computer into a 15.4-inch pen tablet-style Modbook Pro X.
A respectful Mac citizen
The Modbook Pro X, like its predecessors, strives to be a respectful citizen in the Mac OS X ecosystem. Our hardware modifications are designed to preserve native functionality so as not to interfere with the base system's normal operations.
Our experienced Mac developers create the software and hardware for the Modbook Pro X in tight adherence to all applicable Apple Mac Developer guidelines and Apple design guidelines for accessories and peripherals.
Think about it this way: the Modbook Pro X takes fully standards-compliant tablet hardware and a Retina-display MacBook Pro and merges them together. Your MacBook Pro functionality is preserved and new Modbook Pro X features are seamlessly integrated with it. Pen, screen rotation, tablet input, every hardware and software feature — all work Mac-style right out of the box, with any application.
You can use your Modbook Pro X just like you would your MacBook Pro, editing and saving files, adding applications and updating the system from the Mac App Store, and even running Windows via Apple’s Boot Camp utility.
The perfect all-in-one tool for creative users of any skill level
The Modbook Pro X is the ultimate content creation powerhouse, designed to be both highly portable and easy to use on your desk.
Artists, animators, designers and creative professionals can shed their bulky Cintiqs and small, underpowered companion tablets in favor of the Modbook Pro X. Take it with you from your home setup to the office, to the coffee house, to the studio, or on a cross-country trip. Anywhere inspiration strikes, you’ll always have all the power you’ll need.
General users will appreciate the versatility and flexibility the Modbook Pro X offers. You can draw, use high-quality handwriting recognition software to take notes, or use it on the Keyboard Stand like a regular notebook with no additional accessories required.
It’s a mobile device. It’s a desktop system. It’s a tablet. It’s a notebook. It runs the OS X operating system but can also run Windows.
Versatile, powerful, impactful — the Modbook Pro X is designed to be all you need to create, consume and present content wherever you go.
With its screaming speed — powerful quad-core Intel i7 CPU, discrete dual graphics, blazingly fast internal PCIe flash drive, up to 32 GB RAM, two 20Gbit/sec Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an HDMI port capable of supporting a 4K display — the Modbook Pro X can not only replace your laptop, but some of the most powerful desktop systems on the market.
The Disk Speed Test from Blackmagic uses long sustained transfers of blocks of data to accurately mimic the capturing or playing of video and give a real-world indication of the performance of digital storage systems.
We used Disk Speed Test to test the single drive on our Modbook Pro X prototype. Here are the results:
You'd need a solid-state RAID to match it…
The results blow away almost any comparable solution.
Unless you’re testing a high-end SATA 3 solid-state RAID system with multiple drives, you’re unlikely to get even half the speed of the Modbook Pro X. (Unlike other tablets, you can even connect that same RAID system directly to one of the Modbook Pro X’s two 20Gbit/s Thunderbolt 2 ports.)
The reason the Modbook Pro X can read and write data nearly twice as fast as the fastest available SSD solutions lies in the unique design of its internal flash-based storage drive. It connects to the motherboard through a PCI Express 2.0 link with four lanes, allowing up to a 2GB/second interface data transfer rate.
Currently, flash-memory components limit the transfer speed to a still-blazing 1GB/sec (as shown in the speed test on our prototype above). However, as faster flash-memory becomes available we expect to offer it on the Modbook Pro X, as well as upgrades to existing Modbook Pro X users.
The Modbook Pro X offers much more physical screen real estate than either the Wacom Cintiq Companion or the Microsoft Surface Pro 3:
And when it comes to screen resolution, the Modbook Pro X Retina display blows the Cintiq Companion and Surface Pro 3 out of the water, and offers even more pixels when connected to an external 4K display (the Cintiq Companion and Surface Pro 3 cannot support a 4K display):
But it doesn't stop there. The Modbook Pro X allows you to use up to three displays at the same time. Connecting an external 30-inch (2,560 x 1,600) display and a 4K (4,096 x 2,160) display, combined with the built-in Retina display (2,880 x 1,800), gives you a whopping 18.1 million pixels across all screens.
The optional Keyboard Stand gives users a powerful tool when using their Modbook Pro X as a tablet, a notebook or both.
This versatile accessory has three functions in one:
It’s an easel…
A built-in industrial-strength hinge firmly holds the Modbook Pro X at angles between 30° and 90°, providing sturdy support when using the pen on the tablet at your most comfortable angle.
…that doubles as a desktop-quality keyboard…
An integrated full-size illuminated keyboard (now available in 13 different language/country layouts - see Update #2 for details) with instant Bluetooth connectivity provides users with an easy way to enter text and keyboard shortcuts, or to use their Modbook Pro X as a notebook just like a regular MacBook Pro.
…and moonlights as a bodyguard
Stored together with the Modbook Pro X in the Dual-Pocket Sleeve (sold separately), the stand’s aluminum structure serves as the perfect screen protector.
The Modbook Pro X optionally includes the innovative rear Keybars, an eyes-free solution for quickly entering commands and shortcuts into the device with one hand.
- no tricky touch interface, palm-rejection hassles or either/or scenario between touch and pen – press (mouse) modifier keys while using the pen!
- enables easy one-handed entry of keyboard shortcuts such as command+S for “save,” command+T for “transform” or command+plus or +minus to zoom in and out
- immediate on-screen readout lets you know what buttons you're pushing
- facilitates many OS X start-up key combinations such as pressing option to choose your boot partition or command+R to engage the OS X recovery system
- eyes-free interaction means you can easily reach and press the rear-mounted buttons when the device is propped at an angle without having to look at them
- fully programmable — assign the keys with the commands you use the most!
- configurable for either right-handed or left-handed entry
Here's a quick look at the unprecedented pen tablet experience of the Modbook Pro X:
Expansive drawing surface with generous bezel area, flush-mounted ForceGlass screen with paper-emulating texture, and crisp, clear 15.4-inch Retina display at a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels enables users to create pro-quality creative deliverables.
Unique enclosure supports MacBook Pro Retina-display base systems (Late 2013, Mid 2014, or newer) with up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, which means: power, and lots of it!
Blazing speed when drawing, saving and rendering with up to 32GB of RAM, Intel Iris Pro GPU with optional additional NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU, and a four-lane PCIe connection with transfer speeds up to 2GB per second to the internal flash storage for breakneck read/write performance.
Up to 2TB of modular PCIe-based internal flash storage, providing abundant storage space at up to 1GB/sec data transfer speeds for all your projects.
Ample connectivity options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, two USB 3 ports, one SDXC slot, one HDMI port and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.
High-quality audio capability with stereo speakers, dual microphones and digital/analog audio line out (headphone jack).
Highly sensitive pen input, with 2,048 pen pressure levels as well as pen tilt and rotate functionality, along with a digitizer pen that has programmable dual side-switches, a digital eraser and replacement nib set.
Users get full integration into the Apple OS X ecosystem (including updates via the Mac App Store) while running OS X 10.10 Yosemite, just like a regular MacBook Pro, and also get the QuickClicks on-screen software keyboard, QuickFlip (enables rotating between portrait and landscape mode), and the flexibility to run both OS X and Windows, with the whole range of productivity and creative applications — including high-quality MyScript handwriting recognition — fully supported on both platforms.
Complete one-year warranty for the entire device, including its MacBook Pro components, and dedicated service and support.
Great downstream usability as a standard notebook computer for general users compared to other tablets and tablet displays (Cintiq).
Useful accessories available separately, including:
- programmable Studio Pen with secure grip
- ballistic nylon sleeve with dual pockets for Modbook Pro X and Keyboard Stand
- VESA-compatible swivel mount
- Flex-Stand rotating desk stand
- three-year extended warranty and service plan
Our company’s mission is to develop products that unleash the creative potential in everyone. We’re passionate about technology that expands creative possibilities for users, and we thrive on taking unique concepts that no one else is likely to tackle and bringing them to life.
This August marks the tenth anniversary since CEO and lead engineer Andreas Haas began development on the first Mac-based tablet for the creative community.
Andreas is an Apple veteran whose management experience included Apple’s Professional Desktop & Server Systems, its Portable Product Lines and the Newton Systems Group.
Supported by an eclectic group of advisors, including several other Apple alumni, members of our dedicated team worked on the original award-winning Modbook and also oversaw the successful launch of the Modbook Pro.
Today, Modbook and Modbook Pro systems are helping users unleash their creative potential all over the world.
Since 2012, Modbook Inc. offers the Modbook Pro and other technology products, including mobile storage solutions, directly to customers in over 70 countries through its online store at store.modbook.com.
From the beginning, the Modbook product line has garnered enthusiastic responses in the media and among users for its utility, cleverness and quality, and we are confident that our latest installment, the Modbook Pro X, will again live up to these high standards.
Here’s a sampling of the praise the Modbook and the Modbook Pro have received:
Over the last year, the team completed the design for a Retina display-based pen tablet computer that is both manufacturable and economically feasible. In the process, we created several prototypes and evaluation units (as seen and demonstrated in the videos, photos and performance benchmarks on this page) to test and verify the functions and features of the Modbook Pro X.
Following the successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign, we will begin building the first pre-production units. In this phase, we will complete and finalize all manufacturing documents for parts production, schedule production capacities, receive pre-production samples, and continuously refining components and production processes.
Out of the pre-production stage, we will together with the input of the VIP Kickstarter Exclusive backers refine the first complete eight Modbook Pro X units, making any final adjustments to the product (such as deciding on the exact torsion strength of the Keyboard Stand’s friction hinge).
We manufacture all of our components in the U.S. (many in southern California), so our pre-production efforts will lead seamlessly into our late fall production ramp-up. Furthermore, we will leverage the chain of suppliers and manufacturing partners we have in place for the current Modbook Pro, which puts us in the advantageous position of being able to easily slide the production of the Modbook Pro X into our existing manufacturing schedules.
Having already used this process to launch two successful products, we are confident it will work smoothly for the Modbook Pro X.
At Modbook HQ, we’re a typical company with a board of directors and all that good stuff, but our goal isn't to please people in suits around a boardroom table. We think differently. Our focus is on developing high-quality creative technologies that no one else will make.
Kickstarter is a community that understands consumers are sometimes underserved by the mass market, so it embraces the audacious, the unique, the inventive. That’s why we knew all along the Modbook Pro X had to come to Kickstarter. We want our next product to be powered not by corporate strategy, but by the creative wizards who will use it and who get what we’re trying to do.
The fact is, manufacturing high-end hardware is expensive. It requires a lot of upfront working capital to produce parts, to set up the manufacturing operation, and to offer appropriate service and support. That’s why we need your help. It’s your support that will bring the Modbook Pro X to life.
Join us! Make your Kickstarter contribution today. Our combined strength can make the Modbook Pro X a reality.
Modbook Pro X
Risks and challenges
The Modbook Pro X will be the third generation in a succession of larger and more powerful Mac-based pen tablet computers. Built on the core team that created the previous two generations, Modbook Inc is an established and successful business with a proven track record, from prototyping to manufacturing to sales and support.
With that experience at our backs, we are confident we'll be able to manufacture the Modbook Pro X and meet or exceed our expectations as detailed in this Kickstarter campaign.
However, as with every product development project, there is always the possibility of encountering an unforeseen hurdle. Potential challenges include:
• For small companies, leverage with suppliers and manufacturing partners is naturally limited. This is mitigated in our case by the fact that we have long-term working relationships with our suppliers, and we fully expect to be able to utilize them in building the Modbook Pro X.
• There has never been a commercially available 15.4-inch pen tablet computer with 2,048 pen pressure levels. The technology we intend to use exists and has powered larger pen displays for years. We have integrated this technology in every Modbook generation so far and we are working diligently toward doing so again
• No one has produced a pen-enabled Retina display before. That is why we spent more than a year to develop the manufacturing process and we are now satisfied that the planned production procedures will work.
• Depending on demand, this might be a limited-run product with a one-off production run, which would mean the only way to guarantee getting it would be through this Kickstarter campaign.
We believe we are well prepared to build the Modbook Pro X at the scale necessary to fulfill demand well in excess of the initial Kickstarter goal. However we are also prepared to further scale to different manufacturing profiles as needed.
(The Modbook Pro X is an enclosure conversion kit that transforms an original Retina-display Apple MacBook Pro notebook-style computer into a tablet-style computer. Apple Inc.’s warranty on the MacBook Pro base system is voided by the conversion and replaced with the Modbook Protection Plan, which covers the entire hardware solution, including the base system. Modbook Inc. is not affiliated with, nor is the Modbook Pro X sponsored or endorsed by, Apple Inc.)
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