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Asus Delays Eee Keyboard, Adds Touchscreen

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Asus has delayed the Eee keyboard again, but for a good reason, we think.

We're thinking that someone at Asus is trying to make Marcus cry, as apparently the company's Eee Keyboard has seen another delay. Originally, Asus promised to deliver the unique typing mechanism during October 2009, however now the company has set its sights on a launch window of early next year. While we're aware that consumers are waiting on the edge of their seats for the computer-in-a-keyboard device, the wait is probably worth it.

According to Register Hardware, Asus has replaced the previous 5-inch resistive touchscreen with a capacitive version. This will provide consumers the ability to interface with the keyboard like they would with an iPhone or other "top-end" handsets. Ken Wang, Asus' product design chief, said that the new touch-sensitive screen will support gesture control features similar to Apple's Magic Mouse. As an example, users can swipe fingers over the screen and launch an Internet web browser.

Wang also revealed that the wireless receiver will not be internal as originally planned, and have moved the antennae outside the keyboard hull. While testing the internal version, Asus discovered that the keyboard's metallic body "greatly" reduced the antennae's reception. But because Asus liked the metallic look, the company decided to stick with aesthetics and make the wireless receiver external.

Look for additional information to surface before the end of the year. Thanks to Register Hardware for the image.

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    Hellbound , November 5, 2009 6:11 PM
    I'm not addicted......I just cant stop using it..
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    soo-nah-mee , November 5, 2009 6:12 PM
    So much for my Wife's X-mas present. This was to be out living room "juke-box" controller.
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    08nwsula , November 5, 2009 6:35 PM
    I still say they need to waterproof this thing before they sell it.
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    rooket , November 5, 2009 6:36 PM
    That EEE keyboard looks cool and all but I think I'd have issues staring to the right all the time to see what I'm doing. Aesthetically nice but poor in functionality. Plus it is an Asus so I'd expect that it'll die right after the warranty expires or if before the end of warranty..expect a lot of headaches with the worst rma department on earth.
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    zelannii , November 5, 2009 7:12 PM
    title is wrong. It;s not "adds touchscreen" it's "improves."

    Too bad it woun't be out this holiday. I was plannig on getting one with my Christmas card money.... (living far from family has it's perks, in lots of cash gifts in leiu of other harder to ship gifts).
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    Zoonie , November 5, 2009 7:13 PM
    Props to ASUS for not releasing a half-baked product a la SonyEricsson. Thank you for trying ASUS, I for one appreciate the effort.
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    tkgclimb , November 5, 2009 9:34 PM
    just another expensive luxury
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    Honis , November 5, 2009 10:52 PM
    Can't a netbook be setup to do the same functionality? I can get a home brew program and do this with my Pre after all (90% sure the iPhone as a similar home brew app)...

    I'd buy this even if it didn't have a netbook built into it.

    Keyboard + touchscreen + attached = Ultimate HTPC keyboard.
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    Regulas , November 6, 2009 12:07 PM
    I hope they make a matte black one. For some reason like the one in the picture, silver just makes it look cheap and tacky.
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    drjt87 , November 7, 2009 5:28 AM
    RegulasI hope they make a matte black one. For some reason like the one in the picture, silver just makes it look cheap and tacky.

    Just like Macs!

    (I'll probably get voted down for this...)
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    xagest , December 1, 2009 4:18 PM
    There's one thing I haven't seen on this thing that really disappoints me. An IR transmitter. Dear lord, this would be the most fantastic universal remote I can imagine, and there's no sign of such a thing on it at all.