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Asus Eee Keyboard Taken Apart and Explored

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The Asus Eee Keyboard picked apart for the world to see.

We've been eagerly anticipating the Asus Eee Keyboard ever since we first saw it at CES earlier this year. We thought that we'd have in our hands by now, but the latest word is that it'll be hitting in August.

French tech site Blogeee managed to obtain an early sample of the Eee Keyboard and has put it through its paces, including a rather full examination of its internals.

Like most netbooks, the Asus Eee Keyboard features the rather modest Intel GMA950 graphics, which isn't capable of decoding high-definition video streams that the device promises to output. Instead, a chip from Silicon Image does the job of decoding the video and sending it out via HDMI.

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Asus Eee Keyboard in Action

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    08nwsula , July 8, 2009 11:01 PM
    I still say they need to make that thing waterproof.
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    dzeric , July 8, 2009 11:03 PM
    The device would be cool if the little screen popped out and was usable as a ipod-touch like device, and would dock to the keyboard. Unfortunately it looks like a neck cramp and eyestrain nightmare.
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    jacobdrj , July 8, 2009 11:04 PM
    It is so cool. =1 on the waterproof comment.

    But I want the uber cool t91 more...
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    mdillenbeck , July 9, 2009 12:06 AM
    Maybe not HD streams - but I wonder how this would work with a wall-mounted monitor in a kitchen. Get recipes online, stream online radios or music from a server, and jump onto sites like Hulu or (if you have Windows on it) Netflix for watch instantly movies. No HD streaming? Oh well, as long as it can still handle non-HD streaming.
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    joseph85 , July 9, 2009 12:07 AM
    as long as this isn't insanely expensive it may be good for some consumers.
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    Greg_77 , July 9, 2009 12:10 AM
    Cute, but I don't see its advantage over a netbook. Is it the bigger keyboard? I don't see why that would be such an advantage, you won't type on a home theater pc that much anyways. I rather control my home theater through a wireless HDMI netbook.
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    Regulas , July 9, 2009 1:02 AM
    I wonder if it will work with other computers and OS's?
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    Anonymous , July 9, 2009 1:57 AM
    Will it run Crysis?
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    afrobacon , July 9, 2009 2:08 AM
    howardli@hotmailcomWill it run Crysis?

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    apache_lives , July 9, 2009 3:15 AM
    exactly why would i buy and use one of these?
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    WheelsOfConfusion , July 9, 2009 3:15 AM
    RegulasI wonder if it will work with other computers and OS's?

    Define "with other computers." This thing IS a computer.
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    IronRyan21 , July 9, 2009 5:03 AM
    howardli@hotmailcomWill it run Crysis?

    -1 For Obvious Stupidity
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    anamaniac , July 9, 2009 6:24 AM
    Hope it comes with a VGA/DVI/HDMI/Composite mutli cord. I only see the use of this as being even smaller, lighter, and cheaper than a netbook, yet still inteded to be used in desktop scenarios.
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    sn4re , July 9, 2009 7:36 AM
    One problem I can see right away from the video is animation speed. I realize It's not a finished product, but I'd very impatient very fast with those slow scrolling page changes - the sliding seems to take FOREVER.
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    sn4re , July 9, 2009 7:37 AM
    And there's most certainly no fun in IE
    (sry for double post)
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    maigo , July 9, 2009 8:20 AM
    I'm not sure I understand what its FOR
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    idisarmu , July 9, 2009 12:10 PM
    Keyboards like that are a pain to type on. The screen is nice though.
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    Regulas , July 9, 2009 12:31 PM
    @ WheelsofConfusion, I stand corrected, this is cool.

    I looked around the net and found these preliminary specs:
    * Self-contained PC / keyboard combo with integrated 5-inch touchscreen display
    * OS: Windows XP Home Edition
    * 1.6GHz Intel Atom microprocessor
    * 1GB of DDR2 DRAM
    * 16GB or 32GB SSD
    * Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    * Bluetooth 2.0
    * Ultra Wideband HDMI
    * USB 2.0 x2, VGA, HDMI, headphone and mic ports
    * Weight: 2 lbs
    Put this with a real monitor (Say compact 19") and you have a great (ultra low profile) little net appliance and light duty PC.
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    dravis12 , July 9, 2009 2:56 PM
    maigoI'm not sure I understand what its FOR

    Its got HDMI. You plug it into your TV and voila! Instant HTPC.
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    ceteras , July 9, 2009 3:15 PM
    They could have put the screen in landscape mode, in the center, and split the keyboard to it's sides.
    Anyway, it's a nice idea.
    Can anyone at least estimate how much this could cost?
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