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Pre-Order ASUS EeeKeyboard for $599

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Go pre-order your wireless ASUS Eee Keyboard now!

Netbooked has discovered that the ASUS Eee Keyboard (EK1542-S0095) is now up for pre-orders over on Amazon.com. The final pricetag landed towards the higher end the previously rumored spectrum, costing consumers a hefty $599 for the netbook-in-a-keyboard setup. Frankly, what eats up the cost is the inclusion of its capacitive touchscreen and ultra-wide band capabilities.

Although the specs were revealed in earlier reports, we now have confirmation right before our eyes: Intel's Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16 GB SSD, a 5-inch 800 x 480 LED multi-touch display, and Windows XP Home. The device also provides 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI out, VGA out, UWB receiver for wireless playback of video and audio content on a monitor or TV, and 3x USB 2.0 ports.

Currently there's no indication on when the cheaper, wired version of the ASUS Eee Keyboard will go up for pre-order. However, the current wireless model up for grabs at Amazon will supposedly begin to ship nationwide starting April 23.

Is this worth the $599, or is that money better spent on an actual desktop or notebook?

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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 21, 2010 5:55 PM
    Why didn't they call it "Keeeyboard"?

    Seems nice, similar specs to the netbooks, apart from screen size and SSD. Price is not very well justified though.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 21, 2010 5:55 PM
    Why didn't they call it "Keeeyboard"?

    Seems nice, similar specs to the netbooks, apart from screen size and SSD. Price is not very well justified though.
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    Lessqqmorepewpew , April 21, 2010 5:56 PM
    i want a keyboard that makes me a sammach
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    macer1 , April 21, 2010 6:01 PM
    this was a great idea over a year ago when they were teasing us with it. Now its underpowered and overpriced, can it even do 720p ?
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    burnley14 , April 21, 2010 6:02 PM
    I think the price is justified. Underpowered for sure, but it's basically a 3-part HTPC in one. Tack on a wireless keyboard and mouse to a nettop PC and you get approximately the same price. Consider the difference to be a convenience cost for having it all in one device.

    As long as it's not your main computer, this could be very useful for browsing the web or streaming videos from your couch.
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    tsnorquist , April 21, 2010 6:04 PM
    This would be perfect for Kiosks (merchandising displays and internet cafes).

    That's a bit steep in the the price, but I suppose you're paying for the convenience of an all in one unit.

    Let's see it in action.
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    serkol , April 21, 2010 6:09 PM
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    Frankly, what eats up the cost is the inclusion of its capacitive touchscreen and ultra-wide band capabilities.

    iPad has a MUCH larger capacitive touchscreen. How come it's cheaper?!
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    dan117 , April 21, 2010 6:23 PM
    Overpriced...
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    the_one111 , April 21, 2010 6:24 PM
    xbeaterWhy didn't they call it "Keeeyboard"?Seems nice, similar specs to the netbooks, apart from screen size and SSD. Price is not very well justified though.

    Continuing that thought...why didn't they call it a K3yboard?
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    sstym , April 21, 2010 6:25 PM
    It's ok for a product to be one year late, but they should not have kept their initial specs and upgraded to an N450 atom and Windows 7 Starter. Just a thought.
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    Tomtompiper , April 21, 2010 6:35 PM
    serkoliPad has a MUCH larger capacitive touchscreen. How come it's cheaper?!


    It doesn't have a UWB reciever or transmitter for that matter, not sure how much one of these costs, but to get a laptop with UWB enabled expect to pay a high premium.

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    rhino13 , April 21, 2010 6:36 PM
    Agree, this needs Win 7.
    It can run it for crying out loud!
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    Element0f0ne , April 21, 2010 7:04 PM
    What is this for? I feel like I should be paid $599 to use it. Get a real desktop or get a real netbook. I don't see the point of this. Nothing negative, I just don't get it. >_>
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    mavanhel , April 21, 2010 7:05 PM
    xbeaterWhy didn't they call it "Keeeyboard"?


    I would've gone with Eeeboard.
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    ytoledano , April 21, 2010 7:08 PM
    rhino13Agree, this needs Win 7.It can run it for crying out loud!

    With a 16GB SSD? barely!
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    Euphoria_MK , April 21, 2010 7:12 PM
    this is the dumbest invention ever! :) 
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    ssddx , April 21, 2010 7:30 PM
    I'll give them credit for form factor; however, if you are only going to use the touchscreen and not hook this up to an external monitor.. the location is not ideal. If you are, the touchscreen is in a good location.

    My only grief is that for the purpose I just mentioned you might as well just have a netbook or low-end laptop.
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    danimal_the_animal , April 21, 2010 7:36 PM
    iPad is Cheaper......
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    Teen Geek , April 21, 2010 7:53 PM
    Yay!
    ...wait, what am I supposed to do with it?
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    digiex , April 21, 2010 7:56 PM
    This keyboard is expensive!
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    RazberyBandit , April 21, 2010 8:05 PM
    One word: No. Two words: Hell no.
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