Sunday, January 27, 2008

Accessory Alert: Ergotron LX Desk Mount & Matias iRizer

There's no question as to the tremendous portability of the MODBOOK, but sooner or later you're going to need to mount that bad boy onto something so you won't get a nasty neck kink. (Looking down directly at the tablet while you draw will do this)

Axiotron is coming out with an attachment that will enable the Modbook to hook into all VESA type mounts. My source at Axiotron indicated that they are fast-tracking this attachment to be available by March 2008. But in the meantime, this nifty, multi-adjusting laptop mount from ERGOTRON might suffice. The LX Desk Mount looks well made and sturdy and allows for freedom of movement while the Modbook sits on a secure cradle.

I think i'm going to order the LX and try it out. I'll let you know how it works with the Modbook.

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Another, more cost-efficient solution could be another product from Matias called the iRizer which is basically just a laptop stand that can be adusted to a total of 4 positions. It's most upright tilt is at 50 degrees which may or may not be enough for general viewing since this product is meant to be used for a laptop with a screen. (where you can adjust the screen further)

This is definitely one of those accessories that you would really have to demo to see if it'll work out.

ERGOTRON and MATIAS links are available on the sidebar.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Accessory Alert: Mattias Folding Keyboard

As helpful as QUICKCLICKS is, sooner or later you're going to need a keyboard, especially if you're used to working with apps like Photoshop and Painter that involve heavy use of keyboard shortcuts.

I've been researching the net for a while and this in my opinion, seems like the most logical solution. This baby folds in half!! Which means it'll fit nicely in one's gig bag.

I haven't demo'd this product yet but at around $60, it can't be any worse than any other keyboard out there in the same price range. Aside from the fact that it does the cool transformy thing, this is a dedicated Mac keyboard. Without it, one would have to settle for a Windows keyboard and would have to suffer through transposing the command, option and control keys. (I've actually tried this and after a while, one does get used to working on it for the most part)

So check it out and see if it works for you... I'll add the MATIAS link to the sidebar as well.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Now that the AXIOTRON MODBOOK has begun shipping, I decided it might be good idea for me to create a blog concentrated on all things Modbook. Until now i've posted my Modbook experience on my regular blog RANDOM ANOMALIES. RA is essentially an art blog that covers my experiences as an animation story artist and i'd like to keep it that way.

On this blog i'll be posting art, reviews, updates and general info regarding the Modbook. That includes accessories, software and user feedback. I invite all bonafide users of the Modbook to contribute their info and ideas as well. Owning a Modbook wouldn't be any fun if you couldn't share the experience right?

So here we go!