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Asus Eee Keyboard Launching in October

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

It seems that we've been waiting for a long time for this one.

We've been hopeful that the Asus Eee Keyboard would be released while we still considered it an innovative piece of kit. It's seemed like a very long wait since we first saw it at CES during January 2009, but Asus executives are now assuring the media that the Eee Keyboard will be ready for consumers starting October.

The Asus Eee Keyboard is a computer-in-a-keyboard device that looks to create its own market much like its predecessor, the Eee PC. Although probably not ideal for playing the latest PC games or rendering CGI graphics, this cool device offers portability, touchscreen technology, and a full set of keys. The Asus Eee Keyboard could be used as a controllable media center for the living room or entertainment area with its wireless HDMI output.

For a deeper look into the (prototype) hardware, check out our previous coverage.

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    Major7up , September 14, 2009 7:54 PM
    Very interested to see reviews of this!!!
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    Manos , September 14, 2009 7:59 PM
    It just looks so damn gorgeous yet it might be so uncomfortable when it comes to simple keystrokes ( which i doupt cause Asus is not such a tarded nor noob company to do such a mistake.. ). Sp its probably so usefull and comfy huh? Damn it
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    njkid3 , September 14, 2009 8:05 PM
    i would love to get this but only if it drops in price to near 100 or 150 bucks.
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    starryman , September 14, 2009 8:08 PM
    How much??? If it's around $300 I'm in. I've seen some articles stating that it's useless since it won't send video/audio wirelessly. Ha ha. That would make the device well into the $thousands. At this point I'd settle for around $300 with a HDMI connector.
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    tayb , September 14, 2009 8:13 PM
    Wireless HDMI output? Does it come with a receiver? If it does I just went from completely uninterested to on the fence. I watch a ton of television, movies, sports, etc on my laptop and this would be great.

    A lot will depend on the price but the wireless HDMI output is pretty awesome.
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    doomtomb , September 14, 2009 8:27 PM
    So what is it capable of?
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2009 8:44 PM
    probably starts out around 500. Then if we're lucky will drop to 275 (after a year or so).
    They will probably also try to make this keyboard with the newer Atom (?N450?) processor. There's already a big demand for this processor, and it hasn't even gone into production yet!

    So I expect prices to be steep the first months of it's release.
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    Anonymous , September 14, 2009 8:51 PM
    Wireless HDMI seems interesting!
    Does it have a wireless receiver too?
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    Hanin33 , September 14, 2009 8:56 PM
    the price shouldn't matter to anyone that paid attention to the fact that this thing connects over 'wireless' HDMI which, last i heard, was very rare in consumer TVs/audio receivers and was also very expensive when found. i think it's a nice concept and will turn out to be really sweet when they bring down the cost of the framework (wireless HDMI TV/audio receivers).
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    Hanin33 , September 14, 2009 9:32 PM
    also, the wireless HDMI standard operates on common 802.11 wireless frequencies, so expect interference from you other common wireless devices...
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    falchard , September 14, 2009 11:46 PM
    Easiest computer setup I could possibly imagine at technologies current point.
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    pender21 , September 14, 2009 11:59 PM
    Hanin33also, the wireless HDMI standard operates on common 802.11 wireless frequencies, so expect interference from you other common wireless devices...


    No, Wireless HDMI operates on the 60Ghz Band like the Geigen Wireless HDMI point to point.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 15, 2009 3:18 AM
    njkid3i would love to get this but only if it drops in price to near 100 or 150 bucks.

    Why? It's basically a netbook without the crappy screen.
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    nitto555rchallenger , September 15, 2009 4:08 AM
    Its a netbook in a keyboard with wireless HDMI and bluetooth. I'd buy this over a netbook any day! I would love to Mod this with a bigger SDD, and anything else that would crazily fit without draining the battery life. You can probably pick up a HDMI receiver once it comes out or it will be bundled which would drive up the price. My guess it would cost around the 400's without the receiver.
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    FSC , September 15, 2009 7:01 AM
    Eee Keyboard no no NO!!! It should have been named Eeeboard
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    FSXFan , September 15, 2009 8:35 AM
    nitto555rchallengerI would love to Mod this with a bigger SDD, and anything else that would crazily fit without draining the battery life.

    Memory is soldered onto the mobo, the SSD looks like a proprietary size and connector, and no card reader slots. You couldn't do anything to it except plug in a USB stick. If you really want to upgrade it you should stick with a real netbook.



    If I was getting one I would be more worried about the battery size and if I could possibly stick a larger one in. 13.91Wh (1880mAh@7.4v) is going to last barely 30min with 23-25w being drawn. You can't even get through a movie without needing your keyboard tethered to a cord.

    It's a great idea for an HTPC, but it needs some real graphics muscle like Pinetrail or Ion. Adding a Silicon Image chip for decoding seems like a band-aid fix, and probably uses more power than Ion. And until it has at least 2.5 hours of battery life while streaming some HD content over my home network, I couldn't consider it a viable option. I'd rather just convert my wife's desktop into an HTPC, get a wireless keyboard/trackball, and not be tangled up in power cables hanging off my keyboard all the time.
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    FSXFan , September 15, 2009 8:37 AM
    http://www.blogeee.net/2009/07/08/test-eeekeyboard-fonctionnement-et-composants/

    The link didn't post. This was from back in July.
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    Andraxxus , September 15, 2009 10:08 AM
    This looks good and should be nice from the link above.
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    Platypus , September 15, 2009 12:59 PM
    fscEee Keyboard no no NO!!! It should have been named Eeeboard
    Me likes the sound of Keeeboard more.
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    backbydemand , September 15, 2009 1:14 PM
    OK, links to my NAS drive where I store all my video files, then links to my TV by wireless HDMI. I stream my video files directly to the TV using it as a big remote control.

    Sounds.

    Interesting.
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