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Axiotron Modbook: Forgotten future of the Mac

16 April 2012 2,310 views 5 Comments

Once upon a time, Axiotron’s Modbook was what the future of the fairer platform might have looked like — the reviews were rave and the MacBook conversion tablet won a Best of Show Award at Macworld 2008. Then came the iPad and the press, not to mention buyers, quickly dried up.

Back in June 2010, a few short months after the original iPad shipped, I wrote that Modbook maker Axiotron’s restructuring was almost complete. Shortly thereafter, the company announced, still citing their near complete rebirth, that a new model, the Modbook Pro, would ship in the first quarter of 2011.

Like most everyone else I forgot about Axiotron. Needless to say, the Modbook Pro never made it to market and the company’s original MacBook conversion tablet has been discontinued.

That said, as shown in the above screen cap from PowerbookMedic, at least one refurbished Modbook remains unsold and there are a fair number available listed on Craigslist, as well.

The rather dated Axiotron website is still online and their user forums are still active. I’ve sent an email to the available email addresses seeking comment — I’m not expecting a reply.

Did you own a Modbook or know someone that did/does? Sound off in the comments below…

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