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Asus Eee Keyboard Launching Late June

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We first saw it in January. Hopefully it'll be out by the end of June.

We’ve seen the Asus Eee keyboard a number of times already at various tradeshows. It debuted and impressed us at CES. We saw it again at CeBit. But when will it actually hit the real world? Supposedly June, according to Engadget Chinese.

Back in Janury Asus described it as "fully functional PC," basically amounting to a full netbook built into a keyboard. What further set it apart, however, is the 5-inch touch panel and wireless HDMI out.

Specs are as follows: 1.6 GHz Atom processor (rumor says it’s the Z520), 1 GB of DDR2, the option for either a 16 GB or 32 GB SSD, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, the wireless HDMI we told you about before. Ports wise you’re looking at HDMI, three USB, VGA and audio I/O – all in a package weighing 900 g.

Reports say that the touchscreen can be used as a multi-function multimedia remote, a browser, a media player and a calculator. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the wired HDMI version is said to come in at around $400, while the fancy wireless HDMI model could float at $600.

We should get another hands-on at Computex next month, hopefully with some official confirmation of pricing and availability.

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    afrobacon , May 15, 2009 10:20 PM
    Beyond the touchscreen the design looks a little outdated, and it could use a little more HD space. Other then that I want one!
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    08nwsula , May 15, 2009 10:24 PM
    I don't know how many times I have spilled something into my keyboad, or had someone trip over the cord while sitting at my couch, or had my wireless knocked off of my coffee table. I hope this thing is really durable.
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    Summer Leigh Castle , May 15, 2009 10:25 PM
    Why not use the 330 (dual core atom) instead?
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    scook9 , May 15, 2009 10:26 PM
    although neat. This will never replace a htpc. It is just too limited. Kind of looks like a keyboard with an ipod touch built in. I prefer what i have, a ipod touch, a dinovo edge, and a htpc with blu ray and ALOT more than 32 gb of storage.
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    leafblower29 , May 15, 2009 10:56 PM
    Looks like the mac keyboard
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    Tindytim , May 15, 2009 11:33 PM
    Quote:
    and wireless HDMI out.

    What?
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    7amood , May 16, 2009 12:11 AM
    TindytimWhat?


    yes... that's a big WHAT???
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    IronRyan21 , May 16, 2009 1:45 AM
    Quote:
    Back in Janury


    Typo!
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    war2k9 , May 16, 2009 2:52 AM
    IronRyan21Typo!


    Forgot to turn spell checker
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    Tindytim , May 16, 2009 2:57 AM
    7amoodyes... that's a big WHAT???

    Well,
    http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/wireless-hdmi-takes-flight
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    battery , May 16, 2009 3:09 AM
    i just dropped a load in my pants.
    i'm not too familar with the atom, can it handle h.264 1080p playback?

    its a darm shame you have to pay more for the the whdmi reciever than the actual 'system'.

    and i'm sure the main question we're all eagerly awaiting the answer for, can the touchscreen display a numpad :D ? [you'd better damn be able to use it as a touchpad to control the cursor..]
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    Zoonie , May 16, 2009 3:10 AM
    At that price, I hope they will include the monitor/tv part of the wireless HDMI aswell.
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    Tindytim , May 16, 2009 3:11 AM
    batteryi just dropped a load in my pants.i'm not too familar with the atom, can it handle h.264 1080p playback?

    On the Ion platform?

    Yeah.
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    anamaniac , May 16, 2009 4:19 AM
    Can it play Crysis?
    No!?

    Screw it, junk. I'd rather get a smart phone.
    Overpriced netbook that just looks neat.
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    hemelskonijn , May 16, 2009 12:30 PM
    Back to the roots !
    I would love one of those if only because they remind me of my MSX C64 and Amiga systems.
    One brick that includes all hardware needed (but with expansion ports) except for the monitor and mouse.
    I really don's see why any nettop will be better than this design and if this is done well for sure i will buy one.
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    aj327 , May 16, 2009 2:33 PM
    I'm not sure I understand what the niche market for this is. Sure it's small but it's also really underpowered and doesn't have a screen - so it's not portable like a netbook but is just as weak. Without a screen it seems like it would have to be used in the home setting, in which case why would you care how big your computer is? Even if this were as powerful as your typical HTPC couldn't you just stick the HTPC...well anywhere, and then just get a wireless keyboard. Aside from the "neat" factor, what does this computer have going for it?
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    Anonymous , May 16, 2009 6:07 PM
    mouse? Does the touchscreen work as mush pad?
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    downix , May 16, 2009 8:24 PM
    Anyone else getting Commodore 64 flashbacks?
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    belardo , May 17, 2009 6:25 AM
    Whats the point of wireless HDMI? It sill requires wires for the mouse and power cord. Perhaps some use.

    And yet, one of the big failing of Amiga is that the affordable $300~600 model was just a keyboard-computer with a floppydrive & HD(later models).
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    mrubermonkey , May 18, 2009 9:32 AM
    This will be a great addition to a high end HTPC configuration. Far more fance than a keyboard with a trackball. They should also come out with a remote that has compatible software to this with a touchscreen although multi-touch would be preferable. Maybe a future remote and keyboard combination with multi-touch.
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