by Brent Dirks
July 30, 2014
Modbook, which is famous for converting Apple's MacBook Pro into an iPad-like tablet, is taking to Kickstarter to fund its latest project – the Modbook Pro X. The new invention begins with a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and converts it into a tablet with a pen-based input device. Here’s a quick video about the project. Click here if you can’t see it. Unfortunately, the modification doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to provide your own 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which starts at $2,000. And to get the modification, you’ll have to pledge at least $1,999 to the Kickstarter project. A Modbook Pro X with a keyboard stand or with rear Keybars that allow one-handed text entry cost extra. Another downer is that the modification does void Apple’s own warranty. But Modbook provides a one-year guarantee for the device. And the project will need to surpass its $150,000 goal to be funded. If that does happen, it will be early next year before any rewards are shipped to backers. While Modbook's are really made for creative professionals like artists, animators, and designers, I’d be interested to see how it works in person. Now I just need to find an extra $4,000. For other news today, see: Russia wants Apple to hand over its iOS and OS X source code, Apple alerts customers where they can buy a Mac tax-free, and FreedomPop adds iPad mini, Samsung Tab 3 to its free no-contract plans.