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Official Specs for the Asus Eee Keyboard Revealed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

This is what's inside the computer-inside-a-keyboard.

After 16 months of first laying eyes on it, the Asus Eee Keyboard is finally an officially launched product.

Asus over the weekend launched the Eee Keyboard on its website, giving it official specifications. Now we know exactly what you're getting for your $599:

Specifications

Model Name EK1542
Operating SystemWindows® XP Home
Display5", 800x480 Multi-touch Panel
CPUIntel® Atom™ N270
Chipset945GSE / ICH7-M
Default MemoryDDR2 1GB on-board memory
Hybrid Storage16GB/32GB SSD
Wireless Video TransferUltra-wideband Technology
Wireless Data Network802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz
LAN10/100/1000 Mbps
BluetoothV2.1
Battery LifeInternal battery (up to 4 hr)**
Multi-mediaVideo decoderBroadcom 70010/70012 Solution
SpeakerSpeaker x2
Built-in MicSingle Mic
Interface (Rear IO Port)˙ USB 2.0 x3
˙ HDMI out x 1
˙ VGA x 1
˙ Antenna (WAN + Ultra-wideband) x 1
˙ Giga Lan RJ-45 x 1
˙ Headphone-out jack x 1
˙ MIC x 1
Receiver Interface˙ HDMI out x 1
Power Supply12Vdc, 3A, 36W EeeKeyboard PC Power Adaptor
5Vdc, 2.4A, 12W Ultra-wideband Power Adaptor
PhysicalDimension(mm)145mm(L) x 425mm(H) x (10mm front ~ 24.4mm back)(H)
Weight1.1 kg (2.4 lb)
ColorSliver
AccessoriesUltra-wideband Receiver (with Adapter)
Quick Start Guide
User Manual
Warranty Card
Recovery/Support DVD
Power Adapter (36W)
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    thejerk , May 4, 2010 12:56 AM
    I'd like dual-core for that price, please.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2010 12:35 AM
    what the hell.............
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    rpmrush , May 4, 2010 12:37 AM
    I guess useful if there are spare monitors to hook to everywhere u go. Can't imagine the 5inch screen being useful.
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    thejerk , May 4, 2010 12:56 AM
    I'd like dual-core for that price, please.
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    Bolbi , May 4, 2010 1:20 AM
    thejerkI'd like dual-core for that price, please.

    Yah, but I guess you pay for the extreme portability and unusual form factor. Otherwise, it's just a netbook with a smaller screen and bigger keyboard...
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    orionantares , May 4, 2010 1:39 AM
    I think this design was poorly thought out. I could see a potential use for the basic concept if you could pair it with a tablet to be able to get more productivity power and a keyboard for when you need it. Aside from that I don't really see much of a use for something like this and it would need different specs to really be useful for productive purposes.
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    proxy711 , May 4, 2010 1:44 AM
    As much as i love Asus products i just don't see much of a use for this...
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    Shadow703793 , May 4, 2010 1:50 AM
    Quote:
    Operating System Windows® XP Home

    And here I thought XP was dead....
    Why not just use a stripped down Linux?
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2010 2:38 AM
    Wow, you guys just don't get what this product's function actually is, eh? This isn't supposed to be like a laptop or netbook. It's supposed to be more like a set-top box that sits on your living room table and let's you watch videos, browse the web, etc, on your HDTV (hence the Ultra Wide Band transmission capability). The little screen is actually an input device, not a monitor.

    That said... why is it XP and not MCE? Also, the price/power. Also, it does seem pretty useless, not even taking the price into consideration.
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    babachoo , May 4, 2010 2:54 AM
    Sorry, that was a typo. It's a G73 not a G71, not that it matters. Really wish you could edit these posts. :( 
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    babachoo , May 4, 2010 2:54 AM
    When I first heard about the EEE, I didn't hear much, but it piqued my interest. The general idea of the form factor and limited functionality seemed like a decent idea to compete with the (nonexistent?) tablet market. But any novelty has now worn off because for $600 I could get a pretty nice laptop. One that has 4 times as much RAM, 10 to 20 times HDD space, a screen I can actually see (do they really expect people to stop typing and hold that entire contraption up to their face just to see what they just typed?), a non-Atom processor (I'm not sure an Atom could power anything other than a cell phone with any proficiency), and with an OS much better than XP.

    Sorry Asus, as a G71 laptop and P6X58D Premium desktop owner, I really do love your products, but this one is just pathetic.
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    thesupermedium , May 4, 2010 2:58 AM
    So Asus went from being the logically priced, well built, common sense performance machines, to the Apple-esque, flashy gadget/toy making price gouger? I don't like it, not one bit. Next they will be making anodized aluminum Monitors that cost $900...
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    stevelord , May 4, 2010 3:52 AM
    This will go down in as one of the worst tech blunders in history. Calling it now.
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    saaiello , May 4, 2010 4:20 AM
    This needs to be much cheaper to actually be something to buy somewhere around $200 and it would be a decent product but for $600 they have got to be out there dam minds you can get a laptop that can do all that and more and be 200% faster then that and run win 7. This will be a total failure and will only be bought by people that dont know any better and have money to burn on useless products just because its new.
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    burnley14 , May 4, 2010 4:33 AM
    The main reason for the high price tag has got to be the wireless HDMI connection. That is the feature that makes this greater than a laptop for the same purpose, since you can be completely wireless yet controlling your tv from across the room. I personally will stick with my HTPC tower, but I can see the advantage of having the whole setup, including mouse/touchscreen, within a single small, portable form factor.
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    belardo , May 4, 2010 4:37 AM
    1987 - $599 = Amiga 500: 7Mhz 68000 (16/32bit CPU)/ 512k RAM (K not MB) / 880K floppy drive. 640x400 @ 4096 color graphics, 4 channel audio, PAR / SER / 2x mouse/joy ports.

    - No Hard Drive (Requires a $250+ HD controller first)
    - No Modem ($300 = 2400baud - much slower than 56,000 baud which is about 1/200th of todays typical connection)
    - No CD-ROM drive ($500+) or CD-R drive (not made yet)

    But it did multi-task, play games and still functional enough to use the internet today. :) 

    Here is what it looks like: http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/amiga/h/a500ful.jpg The PSU is about as heavy as todays 15" notebooks :) 

    But for JUST a keyboard that will still require wiring for power and to a monitor... not sure of the market.
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    belardo , May 4, 2010 4:37 AM
    1987 - $599 = Amiga 500: 7Mhz 68000 (16/32bit CPU)/ 512k RAM (K not MB) / 880K floppy drive. 640x400 @ 4096 color graphics, 4 channel audio, PAR / SER / 2x mouse/joy ports.

    - No Hard Drive (Requires a $250+ HD controller first)
    - No Modem ($300 = 2400baud - much slower than 56,000 baud which is about 1/200th of todays typical connection)
    - No CD-ROM drive ($500+) or CD-R drive (not made yet)

    But it did multi-task, play games and still functional enough to use the internet today. :) 

    Here is what it looks like: http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/amiga/h/a500ful.jpg The PSU is about as heavy as todays 15" notebooks :) 

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    HalJordan , May 4, 2010 5:28 AM
    I can see the potential, however, 4 hour battery life...that is barely enough for the extended version of "The Fellowship of the Ring". If you want to hang out all weekend watching TV, and bumming around the internet, I see many trips to the AC charger in your future.
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    nusgo , May 4, 2010 6:24 AM
    I love products from ASUS, I've own a MoBo M2A-VM and now I bought me an UltraPortable UL50VT (which is not that portable, no matter what Best Buy says), but is a great buy. For me ASUS was just about good products @ a fair price. But that's all over, this keyboard is way too expensive, it doesn't justify itself. I don't see the market for it to exploit.

    Side apart, I'm sure if this was introduced by Steve Jobs it would become an instant sales hit.
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    babachoo , May 4, 2010 9:04 AM
    SAAIELLO This will be a total failure and will only be bought by people that dont know any better and have money to burn on useless products just because its new.


    You'd be surprised how many customers that might be. Just look at all the people who buy Apple/Mac products. They pay $2500 for laptops that have onboard graphics and old processors. They pay $700 for a 10" Ipod Touch (Ipad) that can't make phone calls nor function as a laptop. There's a lot of clueless people out there who buy whatever the mainstream media and advertising tells them to buy.
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    gilbertfh , May 4, 2010 10:30 AM
    The concept is nice but it is another niche item... what I am disgruntled about more than the price point is the 4hr battery life... and wtf is the ** for after the battery time? I could look it up but it should have been included in the article.
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