Netbooked has discovered that the ASUS Eee Keyboard (EK1542-S0095 (opens in new tab)) is now up for pre-orders over on Amazon.com. The final pricetag landed towards the higher end the previously rumored spectrum, costing consumers a hefty $599 for the netbook-in-a-keyboard setup. Frankly, what eats up the cost is the inclusion of its capacitive touchscreen and ultra-wide band capabilities.
Although the specs were revealed in earlier reports, we now have confirmation right before our eyes: Intel's Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16 GB SSD, a 5-inch 800 x 480 LED multi-touch display, and Windows XP Home. The device also provides 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI out, VGA out, UWB receiver for wireless playback of video and audio content on a monitor or TV, and 3x USB 2.0 ports.
Currently there's no indication on when the cheaper, wired version of the ASUS Eee Keyboard will go up for pre-order. However, the current wireless model up for grabs at Amazon will supposedly begin to ship nationwide starting April 23.
Is this worth the $599, or is that money better spent on an actual desktop or notebook?