A closer look at the Asus Eee Keyboard – Video

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Asus has been showing off an Eee Keyboard since CES in January. But at the CeBIT trade show in Germany earlier this month, the company actually had working units, and Chippy from UMPC Portal and Sascha from Netbook News.de got a chance to check one out.

Not only is the machine a full sized keyboard with an integrated computer, touchscreen display, Intel Atom CPU, and solid state disk. But it’s also got a battery. In other words, while the Eee Keyboard is designed for users who want to sit in front of their television set and stream video from a PC or the web onto their TV, you could theoretically take the machine out of the house and use it like a laptop. I can’t imagine anyone would actually want to do this. It’s too big and clunky to be a portable computer, and the screen is laid out in an awkward position for anything but media browsing. But you know, I write about laptops and I guess I’m just looking for an excuse to talk about this fascinating product.

Anyway, you can check out Steve and Sascha’s hands on video after the break.

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  • Oddone

    And so it comes full circle! Behold, the neo C64, except it just *has* to have a touch screen because touch is the new black.

    I love it. Desperately. However, I don't see a niche it can fit in my computing life. However! I *do* see this little lovely finding a place with those who want the absolute minimum in a desktop: input device, and monitor. For that alone I think it's brilliant.

    We're really seeing with these devices what the vast majority of people really want with their computer: A window to the world, and the ability to do some light work. That's all. Most people game on consoles. Most people don't do multimedia to a great extent. And even then, I'm sure this thing could do the most basic required digital editing, and you can emu-game, or play beloved online casual games.

    As much as I love my traditional desktop, and long for my next, more powerful PC(This year, I swear!), I do enjoy these little machines. This is the PC as commodity. It's not a threat, just a different market.

    And that's great.

  • nicfer

    I think this would be more useful as a multimedia remote control rather than a netbook, combine this with an iMac or similar and you'll obtain the ultimate media center. Some apps can even be programmed to split their job between this keyboard-pc and the screen-pc to optimize their performance. Add to this a wiimote or similar and you'll also enjoy a ultimate gaming experience.

    Althrough this size is a bit unapropiate for its use. Something with the size of a standard remote control would be cool. What about smartphones? Yeah, we just need someone with an infrared port capable of controlling regular tvs or use an iMac or something similar with bluetooth.