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Asus' Elusive Eee Keyboard Slips to April

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Yet another delay strikes this innovative product.

We first caught sight of the Asus Eee Keyboard at CES, we were excited by the innovative new form factor. We knew it was a concept that was still months away, but we didn't expect it to be the victim of repeated delays that put it on the verge of vaporware.

Fortunately for Asus, journalists have gone hands on with prototypes and prerelease versions. The real question is when these will finally hit consumers. According to Engadget, the Eee Keyboard has been delayed once again, now holding an April release window.

Word of the new April release date came from Asus chairman Jonney Shih during a post-press event Q&A session. While the chairman has previously promised dates that have come and gone, hopefully this one will be the one to finally stick.

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    kyeana , March 2, 2010 11:07 PM
    Eee keyboard forever?
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    socrates047 , March 2, 2010 11:13 PM
    me want, when come out, dont really matter, not like me can afford.
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    steiner666 , March 2, 2010 11:32 PM
    well fortunately it's the dumbest product I've ever seen Asus create that's being continually delayed.

    More expensive than a netbook+wireless mouse/KB, AND with less functionality and portability? Wow, i'm sold! What's that? It's got an HDMI output, but not the system specs to even stream flash videos fullscreen or playback HD local files?? Nifty! Oh boy, where's the waiting list for this gem? I'm sure there's a huge amount of ppl that want to... type emails and word documents on their HDTV with this thing?
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    socrates047 , March 2, 2010 11:57 PM
    Pretty sure Steiner666 gave me a thumbs down, when my cave man talk is suppose to come from the same angle that you are taking with this thing. Companies think that shiny things are really needed for regualr consumer.

    P.S check out the onion news' Sony parody.lol
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    razor512 , March 3, 2010 12:07 AM
    i hate keyboards like that, there just as bad as those really thin apple keyboards, they often feel like typing on a laptop keyboard and it reduces your typing speed.
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    tipoo , March 3, 2010 12:26 AM
    Wait, a touchscreen with icons? Watch out Asus, Apple's going to sue you soon.
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    jrharbort , March 3, 2010 12:35 AM
    razor512i hate keyboards like that, there just as bad as those really thin apple keyboards, they often feel like typing on a laptop keyboard and it reduces your typing speed.

    You may find this funny, but I actually use an apple keyboard with my PC laptop. Got it as an open box product for $20, and been using it since 2007. Actually feels far more comfortable than the laptop keyboard.

    I also only type using my two index fingers (never learned to type properly, dunno why) and yet I still manage roughly 40wpm.
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    sandrah , March 3, 2010 1:11 AM
    Was Asus bought out by Phantom Entertainment?

    It's such a shame Asus hasn't taken all this time with delays improving specs, it's a great concept but with hardware not suited to the task it's suited for, media center PC, with just a single core 1.6Ghz Atom processor and onboard Intel GPU it's just to under powered, now if they were to bump it up to an Atom 330 with ION or an Atom D510.
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    Parsian , March 3, 2010 1:45 AM
    lol i guess they are pushing it for April Foool
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    barturtle , March 3, 2010 1:53 AM
    This is a new format? Seems like processor-and-keyboard-in-one go back to the very beginning of home computers...I know it predates the C64 and Atari XL.
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    tayb , March 3, 2010 4:13 AM
    I'm trying to think of a single reason to buy this thing. Just one.
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    anamaniac , March 3, 2010 5:21 AM
    barturtleThis is a new format? Seems like processor-and-keyboard-in-one go back to the very beginning of home computers...I know it predates the C64 and Atari XL.

    It will be more expensive than a commodore...

    Asus, stop dicking around, you should have released this a year ago.
    Not like the Atom platform has really evolved since then.
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    gilbertfh , March 3, 2010 10:22 AM
    I could only see buying it if it was much less expensive and could be used as a universal media center remote.
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    nimbus77 , March 3, 2010 12:07 PM
    looks like an apple keyboard with a mini ipad on the side
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    rhino13 , March 3, 2010 3:33 PM
    This keyboard is still closer to on-time than Fermi.
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    maestintaolius , March 3, 2010 4:05 PM
    anamaniacIt will be more expensive than a commodore...Asus, stop dicking around, you should have released this a year ago.Not like the Atom platform has really evolved since then.

    Well, rumors are they'll sell it for 500-600$. My C64 cost me 500$ plus 300$ for the floppy drive and another 150ish$ for the tape drive, in 1980s dollars.
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    Anonymous , March 6, 2010 5:46 PM
    As soon as Asus hears of Intel's upcoming Atom processor that will be better than current D410/N410 they might want to delay the keyboard a little longer!