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Asus Eee Keyboard Pushed Back to October

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Asus Eee keyboard still isn't ready yet.

If it seems like you've been waiting an eternity for the Asus Eee keyboard to arrive, that's because it has been long overdue.

We first laid eyes on it in January at CES and we were impressed and looking forward to release. It was said to be hitting sometime in June, but that date came and went with a new August forecast in its place. Now that we're nearing the end of August, another new date is slipping into its place.

According to Digitimes, Asus is now expected to launch Eee keyboard as early as in October for around $400 to $500.

While such a device could do well during the holiday season, the long wait has taken some of the shine away from the device with its aging internals. Of course, if all the design kinks are worked out, hopefully we will see a Pine Trail Atom platform refresh by CES 2010.

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    ubernoobie , August 21, 2009 5:06 PM
    Atleast it looks cool with a touchscreen
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    dauthus , August 21, 2009 5:23 PM
    Who is even in the market for a $400-500 keyboard? IMO, this ranks up there in overpriced useless peripherals with the killer K1 network card.
    Looks like a mac keyboard too with the anodized aluminum.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 5:39 PM
    You're paying a surplus solely because it's a newer design.
    I expect prices of this device to fall to $300 after a year or so...
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    jacobdrj , August 21, 2009 5:45 PM
    Looks like either they learned their lesson from the T91's unspectacular launch, or they just don't care about the T91...
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    Major7up , August 21, 2009 5:53 PM
    dauthusWho is even in the market for a $400-500 keyboard? IMO, this ranks up there in overpriced useless peripherals with the killer K1 network card. Looks like a mac keyboard too with the anodized aluminum.


    dauthus - Don't forget that this device is supposed to be operatable as a fully functional PC.

    I will be interested to see Tom's review when it's released...reminds me somewhat of the slew of 'internet' appliances that came out in the early part of this decade. Maybe I can grandma to upgrade finally!
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    teeth_03 , August 21, 2009 6:01 PM
    Major7updauthus - Don't forget that this device is supposed to be operatable as a fully functional PC.I will be interested to see Tom's review when it's released...reminds me somewhat of the slew of 'internet' appliances that came out in the early part of this decade. Maybe I can grandma to upgrade finally!


    From the sounds of it,I dont think he knows theres an Atom CPU inside of it. He thinks its just another keyboard...
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    tayb , August 21, 2009 6:19 PM
    dauthusWho is even in the market for a $400-500 keyboard? IMO, this ranks up there in overpriced useless peripherals with the killer K1 network card. Looks like a mac keyboard too with the anodized aluminum.


    Uh, it's a computer... in a keyboard. I'm not at all interested in it but if it had some wireless HDMI built in and came with a receiver I would be all over it.
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    jgiron , August 21, 2009 6:19 PM
    Even though this is out of my price range for a comp I am curious as to what OS it will have on it. I did some research and this is what I have found as far as the specs go:
    "The keyboard is packing a 5-inch built-in display, a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. As far as ports, it's got wireless HDMI, 2 USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, and audio in/out"

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    jecht , August 21, 2009 8:02 PM
    I'm not too crazy about this for myself, but I have to say it would be great for someone who doesn't need a whole lot of processing power but likes to save space and doesn't want to have a huge messy tangle of wires behind their desk (like I do lol). Plus it looks pretty nice too.
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    steiner666 , August 21, 2009 9:03 PM
    yeah, this would be great for a media center PC if it had a bit more balls... maybe an ion version would be worthwhile. for the price, i personally would still rather build a cheap microatx rig in a media center case and get a $50 wiresless keyboard/mouse and call it a day...
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    nhat11 , August 21, 2009 9:05 PM
    taybUh, it's a computer... in a keyboard. I'm not at all interested in it but if it had some wireless HDMI built in and came with a receiver I would be all over it.

    It does have wireless HDMI
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    Regulas , August 23, 2009 2:58 AM
    pushed back, would that be because Microsoft is trying to figure out how to stuff 7 in it and force ASUS to drop Linux
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    iccaros , August 23, 2009 3:18 PM
    its almost the same as these http://www.cybernetman.com/default.cfm?DocId=616 we got for our government customers.