Asus to launch Eee Keyboard next month

By on May 14, 2009, 11:14 AM
Earlier this year, during CES in Las Vegas, Asus first unveiled a novel netbook concept of sorts that saw an entire computer stuffed inside a keyboard with a 5 inch display built-in. The prototype apparently generated some buzz among attendees at the show and on the web, to which the company responded with an announcement later on that the Eee Keyboard was indeed going into production, tentatively launching around May or June. Now they have reconfirmed those plans, with an official launch scheduled for early June at Computex 2009.

According to a recent report from Engadget China, the device is expected to deliver specifications similar to those in previous reports, including an integrated 800x480 touch-screen display, 16 or 32GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI-out. It is also expected to come with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, potentially the Z520, paired with 1GB of RAM and possibly even wireless HDMI capabilities in the top-end model.

Prices should range from $400 to around $600, but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement on that. Although the Eee Keyboard will officially launch at Computex, shipments are not expected to begin until the end of June, so gadget lovers and home theater PC fans alike will still have to wait a few more weeks to get their hands on one of these.

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Wendig0 said:
So basically it's a PDA on steroids that you can't fit in your pocket. It's a cool concept, though I'm not seeing the market for this one.
PanicX said:
ergonomics be damned. My neck's already stiff just thinking of using this thing for more than 10 minutes.
howzz1854 said:
i didn't read the whole paragraph on its functionality. but if they can make a PC keyboard look able i'll buy it... it's about time they get rid of the ugly designs that we're stuck with for ages.
tengeta said:
It has a display out, so I'd be interested in the battery life if anything before shoving this one aside.
phantasm66 said:
This is just exactly like the home computers of the 80s. Funny how things go fulll circle.
DarkCobra said:
I don't know . . . there's something kinda kewl about this gadget. I find myself staring at it and thinking of some interesting uses. If it's quality made and the price is right I might get one . . . just because!
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