ASUS EeeKeyboard Shipping This Summer


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Who knew? ASUS is actually going to launch the ASUS EeeKeyboard. I think most people barely paid any attention to the prototype that was spotted on showfloors here and there, but now that it’s confimed to launch later this month (price: TBD)… it’s time to take notice. So what’s so special about the EeeKeyboard? It’s just a slim-profile, metallic keyboard with a large touchscreen, right? Yes, and no. The ASUS EeeKeyboard is actually a Windows-based HTPC keyboard with Wi-Fi / UWB connectivity, built-in speakers, a 5-inch capacitive infotainment touchscreen, NVIDIA ION graphics, and has the ability to wirelessly display to an HDTV (UWB-to-HDMI adapter required). Users also have the option to operate it cable-free via battery. Check out the promo video below to get a better grasp of how the device is intended to be used. Personally, I’m digging it (though I think people are hoping it ships with Windows 7, instead of XP). Seems perfect for the living room multitasker. [via]

UPDATE 4/21: It’s now available through Amazon.com – list price: $599

Product Description [Amazon]
LED-backlit keyboard , 5″, 800×480 Multi-touch Panel (Capacitive), Windows XP Home, Intel Atom N270, DDR2 1GB on board memory, 16G SSD + Unlimited ASUS Web Storage (60-day-trial), Broadcom 70010/70012 HD Codec Solution, Ultra-wideband Technology, WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4 GHz, 10/100/1000 Mbps, Bluetooth V2.1, Internal Built-in Battery (up to 4 hrs), HDMI out x 1, VGA out x 1, Antenna x 1 (WLAN + Ultra-Wideband), Giga LAN x 1, USB 2.0, x 3, Headphone x 1, Microphone x 1. Also included: Ultra-wideband Receiver (with Adapter), Quick Start Guide/User Manual, HDMI Cable, Mini-USB Cable, Power Adapter, Warranty Card.

UPDATE 4/22: EeeKeyboard Unboxing and Video Walkthrough

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