SAN FRANCISCO -- At Macworld this week, the Apple MacBook Air was the big news, but it wasn't the only thing happening.

Modbook
$2,280
axiotron.com

I saw a demo of the new Axiotron Modbook, which was touted as the only Tablet Mac.

While this is not as thin as Apple's ( AAPL) MacBook Air, it is a great fit for creative types, and it also has a number of features that might appeal to mobile executives. Touchscreens are a trend on laptops, so this tablet is right in line with what consumers are asking for.

Here's a quick list of the features:

Built-in iSight camera, integrated 24x Combo drive or 8x SuperDrive, USB 2.0, FireWire 400, Bluetooth 2.0 and Airport Extreme. An 80G hard drive will run you the price listed above. And here is something that is really interesting on a tablet: optional built-in GPS.

I liked the smooth glide and feel of the pen, along with the fact that it doesn't require batteries. It uses the handwriting recognition built into Mac OS X Leopard to convert to printed text. Of note here was the anti-reflective coating on the screen, creating a brighter image. A bit pricey, but if you are an executive who likes to work in "longhand," this could be the way to go.

MacBook Air: How it Works

Rock Star
$20
belkin.com

Most mobile executives have a wannabe rock star inside, so they might like to play with this fun device. It looks like a wagon wheel with six spokes sticking out of the hub.

What is it? It's a way to share and mix music with friends, family or co-workers. With the device you can plug in five different MP3 players or headphones, and there is another port to plug in one hardwired connection to an MP3 player.

So, for example, if you wanted to play a new tune you just bought for someone else, all they would have to do is plug into the Rock Star, and you could compare and contrast your playlists.

Or if you're putting together a multimedia presentation, you could mix and match tunes quickly.

Apple's MacBook Air: Up Close & Personal

Data Traveler 100
$21.50
mwave.com

Not at Macworld, but worth mentioning, is the Kingston Data Traveler 100.

Why? Because not only is this a zippy little USB thumb drive with 4GB, there's no cap to lose. How many times have you misplaced a cap to a thumb drive? They are kind of like socks in the dryer, especially on planes -- they seem to just disappear. On this device, instead of a cap there is a retractable head.

Great concept and it's about time.

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Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click here to visit her Gadgetgrrl Web site.

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