Asus brought its all-in-one keyboard PC that we spotted at CES to Germany this week to give the masses a closer look at this interesting piece of kit.
The company showed off a plethora of pretty goodies at CeBit in Hanover this week. Among the innovative Dual Panel Touchscreen PC concept and the T91 tablet netbook, was the company’s much talked about Eee PC Keyboard. A play on the all-in-one iMac idea, the device packs the netbook (nettop?) and display into the keyboard, offering a compact, no wires needed machine.
Back in Janury Asus described it as "fully functional PC." With a full QWERTY keyboard and 5-inch touch panel, it definitely looked interesting, but there wasn’t much to be said about what was inside the keyboard aside from the fact that it comes packing wireless HDMI out, making it a nifty choice for Home Theatre enthusiasts.
You’re looking at 900g in terms of weight. 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.
According to SlashGear, Asus is using the touchscreen as a multi-function multimedia remote, a browser, a media player and a calculator (sure, why not?). The Register reports that the wired-only version should come in at around $400, while the fancy wireless HDMI model could float at $600.
What do you guys think? Could this be successful as a netbook or will it be a more specialized product reserved for media addicts? I have high hopes for this when it comes to home theatre but other than that, it's hard to see this taking over the nettop world.