Eee Keyboard: Due August 2009
Eee Keyboard is coming
The Asus Eee Keyboard has been doing the rounds since about January but there’s now a firm releas date: August 09. For any of you living in a cave, here’s a some info on this curious piece of hardware. The Eee PC Keyboard is built from the guts of an Asus Eee PC netbook computer and housed in a keyboard. Pretty simple, eh? It does have a particularly nice touch - you don’t need a monitor. There is a touch screen on the right hand side rather than a screen at the top.
The idea behind the keyboard is that, rather than hooking up to your PC, you will connected via wireless to a HDTV. You can then control the television using the touch screen. Pretty cool.
Eee Keyboard Specs
So now you know what it does, you’ll want to know about the hardware, right? Considering it has been designed as a form of remote control it’s actually pretty powerful. Inside you’ll find the Intel Atom N280 1.66 Ghz processor, a 23Gb SSD (solid state hard disk) and a battery. On the right hand side of the external panel there’s a 5 inch touch screen (resolution of 800 x 480 pixels). Now if you decide you don’t want to connect to your TV you have the option of using the keyboard as a PDA although I’m not sure how you’ll fit that in your pocket.
The only negative point we can see from the specs is the memory: it’s hardwired so you, unless you pretty handy with a soldering iron, there’s not much chance of slapping an extra couple of Gb’s in!
Either way, as a reminder of the way life was with the Amiga and Commodore 64, the Eee Keyboard PC will prove to be a very interesting model to be included in the Asus line.