It’s been exactly one year since Asus first showed off a concept Eee Keyboard at CES 2009. The computer-in-a-keyboard is designed to let you stream audio and video content wirelessly to an HDTV. Asus has been working on the device for the past year and has rolled out a number of updates, but a source of mine tells me it will be on display at the Asus booth at CES this year. And according to PC Magazine, it will finally be available for purchase in February.
That’s the good news. The less good news is that you’ll end up paying somewhere between $500 and $600 for this device. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather spend $300 or so on a nettop that offers just as much processing power and which has a dedicated graphics card and a larger hard drive. You could always pick up a cheap wireless keyboard to use with the nettop and you’d have weeks of battery life instead of hours.
Of course, then you wouldn’t get the nifty 5 inch touchscreen display that’s built into the Eee Keyboard. But I could probably live without that.
What do you think? Are you still excited about this gadget? Were you ever?