Asus Proclaims EeeKeyboard's Status As Not-Vaporware, Reveals Full Specs

Asus Proclaims EeeKeyboard's Status As Not-Vaporware, Reveals Full Specs

We're trying not to really get our hopes up this time, but it sounds like Asus may actually pull the trigger on the EeeKeyboard once and for all. This might just be the most hyped and long-awaited product from Asus in the company's entire history, and given that they have managed to put a PC into a keyboard, we understand why.

The device has missed numerous ship dates already, and it has seen the specifications list change once or twice along the way. It's been a wild, wild journey for the EeeKeyboard, but a new press release from Asus makes it all but certain that we'll finally see it shipping soon to end-users. Seen as far back in the public eye as CeBIT 2009, this EeeKeyboard PC is equipped with Windows XP Home, a 5" 800x480 multi-touch panel, Intel's Atom N270 (1.6GHz; single-core), 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16GB or 32GB SSD, Ultra-Wideband wireless technology, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 and a Broadcom video decoder.



You'll definitely need that last item, as the HDMI output pretty much guarantees that you'll be using this as a makeshift HTPC. The company's still not making any promises when it comes to ship dates and prices, but we'd guess Computex will reveal both of those.

ASUS Launches the EeeKeyboard PC
It’s a Stylish Keyboard on the Outside, a Smart PC on the Inside

Taipei, Taiwan, May 1, 2010 – ASUS today continues to deliver on its promise of cutting edge technological and design innovations with the launch of the EeeKeyboard PC—a fully-functional PC concealed within a svelte and stylish keyboard. First unveiled to a tremendous reception at CES 2009 and subsequently garnering 1st place at the CeBIT-PreView 2009 Awards, the portable 1kg EeeKeyboard PC works with any HDTV*, monitor*, or projector* to turn itself into a full-fledged PC. It provides users with a wireless computing platform, with Ultra-wideband (UWB) Wireless Display connectivity enabling it to stream HD 720p videos up to a 5-meter range (maximum 10-meter range for non-video transfers). Its built-in 5" multi-touch panel provides users with an interactive and intuitive means of directing the on-screen cursor to launch programs, send instant messages, and control its media player.

ASUS Launches the EeeKeyboard PC
The Complete Compact PC for Mobile and Versatile Indoor Computing

The lightweight, space-saving EeeKeyboard PC lends itself perfectly to a myriad of uses at home and in the office. The high-speed wireless multimedia and communication capabilities of the EeeKeyboard PC can be enjoyed with any HDTV, monitor or projector*. Connect the EeeKeyboard PC to a HDTV in the living room to turn it into the family multimedia entertainment center; hook it up with a monitor in the study or office and use it as a normal PC; or pair it with a projector in a conference room for presentations.

The EeeKeyboard PC comes with a durable and shock-proof solid state drive to ensure all stored data is kept safe during transit, while built-in conveniences such as the microphone and high quality stereo speakers allow users to enjoy all of the EeeKeyboard PC's features without requiring additional accessories.
Ultra-wideband (UWB) Wireless Display Connectivity

The EeeKeyboard PC features Ultra-wideband (UWB) Wireless Display connectivity and is able to stream HD 720p visuals to a designated display device within a 5 meter range. UWB Wireless Display connectivity also brings with it higher data transfer rates, and ensures a reliable link during data transfers.
5" Multi-touch Panel for an Intuitive and Interactive User Experience

The EeeKeyboard PC has another ingenious feature—an interactive 5" multi-touch panel designed to enhance the user experience by adapting its functions to suit the task at hand. At its most basic level, it serves as a touchpad for controlling the main display cursor. It can be set to display quick launch keys and shortcuts to enable users to easily access programs and web content. It can also display the media player's interface, allowing users to browse, select, and play songs with a tap of a finger.

ASUS has taken user feedback into account and ensured that the EeeKeyboard PC's LED-backlit keys are precisely calibrated to ensure consistency in mechanical responsiveness, latency, and actuation pressure. The EeeKeyboard PC is engineered for both quality and durability, with its aluminum cover and UV-coated underside ensuring it looks brand new even after years of use.
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Okay: I love Asus. But....

A really expensive all-in one that only supports 720p, sits right where the kids can spill drinks on it, can't really be user upgraded, AND it includes a 10yr old OS? Sign me up!

Even the biggest features leaves me with doubts: How "wireless" is this wireless system? Are you going to have to connect a power brick to every couple of days... causing most people to just leave it plugged in all the time?

Since there's no mention of the video chipset, I'm guessing it'll be something unsuitable for any gaming beyond Flash (i.e. Intel).

Did the CeBit awards people see something incredible that I'm missing in this $600+ system, or were they just nostalgic for the old 8-bit systems?

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Well it does have all these downsides, but it is still a lot cheaper than this keyboard

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/keyboards-mice/9836/

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This makes a whole lot more sense than all the internet ready TVs that are coming out! Hopefully it could also replace those HD media players as well. But like 3vi1 said it need to at least be able to support 1080p.

Now if they can do this an make it in the 200 bill range, then sign me up :P

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