About 16 months after introducing the Eee Keyboard at CES in 2009, Asus says the computer-in-a-keyboard will finally be available for purchase in the US by the end of the month.
Engadget reports that while Asus has finally committed to a ship date, there’s no official word on pricing. The last I’d heard the company was planning to charge between $500 and $600 for the computer, but that was a few months ago which is an eternity in consumer electronics time.
The Eee Keyboard basically packs the guts of a netbook including an Intel Atom processor, some solid state storage and video decoding hardware into a keyboard. It has wireless HDMI connectivity which means you can connect the Eee Keyboard to your HDTV to sit on the couch and surf the web or watch online video.
The computer also has a built in touchscreen display, but it’s too small to use as a primary display. Instead, it can show widgets for things like weather, TV listings, IM contacts, email, or social networking sites while you’re viewing something else on the big screen TV.
If you’re still having a tough time figuring out why you’d want a computer in a full sized keyboard instead of a laptop that you can hook up to your TV via a few wires, you can check out the promotional video below, which Asus released a few days ago.