The Asus Eee Keyboard is a computer-in-a-keyboard that’s designed to be used as a multimedia device in conjunction with an HDTV. The keyboard has a 1.6GHs Intel Atom N270 procesor, 16GB to 32GB of SSD storage, and 1GB of RAM and runs Windows. It also has a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display. But the idea isn’t to use that tiny display for your computing tasks. Instead you hook the Eee Keyboard up to an HDTV or monitor using the VGA or wireless HDMI connections to stream media from the keyboard, the web, or a shared network drive.
Asus first announced the Eee Keyboard at CES in January, and we’ve been waiting for it ever since. But this week the FCC published a series of documents related to the Eee Keyboard including a user manual and a bunch of photos. One thing I learned is that the Eee Keyboard can stream HD video thanks to a Broadcom AV-VD904 video decoder.
The Eee Keyboard has 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a battery that the user manual says should be good for up to 4 hours. Right now, the manual says it will ship with Windows XP Home, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes with Windows 7 (or Windows 8) by the time it actually hits the streets.
via Eee PC.it
It is not the first computer in a keyboard but it is the first with a small screen. It does look rather nice.
I hope MS comes out with a Win7 that is on a SD card or flash drive. It would make it easier to install onto a netbook without a cd/dvd drive. I read that they might.
It would be neat if they redid Windows XP and called it Windows NB (Win netbook). 🙂
I have been waiting for ReactOS to get to a point where I can install it from an USB cd drive so I can try it on an netbook. Since ReactOS is small (does not take up much space or require much resources), I think it would be an ideal os for netbook and other similar/smaller computers.
Ha! I hope they really do rename “Windows 8” to “Windows smiley dude with sunglasses” — that would be the greatest Windows ever! 8)
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