The Asus Eee PC 1000HE is the first netbook from Asus to use the new “chiclet” style keyboard. But it won’t be the last. At CES in January, I was told that Asus plans to use the new keyboard layout on all of its upcoming netbooks. Apparently that also extends to existing models that are still in production.

Portable Monkey discovered that Asus is now building the Eee PC 1000HA with the new chiclet keyboard. The 1000HA has been around for a few months, and it’s basically identical to the Eee PC 1000H except it doesn’t have 802.11n or Bluetooth. And now it has a newer keyboard design with the shift key on the right side of the keyboard to the left of the up arrow. The keys are also flatter, with more space between keys making it a little easier for touch typists to find the correct keys with their fingers.

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5 replies on “Asus begins phasing out old netbook keyboard design”

  1. wondering if they will do a replacement keyboard for the popular 901.. would be awesome if they do..

  2. This is awesome news! I’m a fan of the chicklet style keyboards, so this increases my chances of getting a netbook with them on it. I hope more companies will follow this trend. It would make for a thinner chassis and that’s a good thing.

  3. if you say calculator style, you won’t have to use quotes.

    they really don’t resemble chiclets at all, anyway.

    1. Yeah, “chiclet” reminds me of the disliked low-cost keyboards of the ’80s, notably that of the IBM PC Jr.

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