Mechanical keyboard moonlights as upgradeable Android PC


— 9:54 AM on February 5, 2015

Mechanical keyboards are everywhere these days, but none are quite like this one. Chinese vendor Acooo—bless you—has developed a oneBoard Pro+ keyboard that hides a fully functional Android system inside its stylish aluminum frame.


Source: Acooo

All the Android guts live on a removeable module that should enable DIY upgrades. The current revision is based on a Rockchip RK3288 SoC with quad ARM Cortex-A17 cores clocked up to 1.8GHz. A Mali-T764 GPU provides graphics grunt and fuels the HDMI output.

The SoC is backed by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an SDHC slot compatible with cards up to 32GB. There are multiple USB ports, and wireless options include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. If you don't want to be confined to Android, the keyboard can also be used as an input device for a separate PC.

On the keyboard front, the oneBoard serves up a compact, notebook-style layout lined with Cherry MX black switches. The linear, heavily sprung switches are a curious choice given the popularity of other MX colors, but this is a curious product all around. Multi-colored backlighting is provided, as well, but there doesn't appear to be any control over the color assigned to each key.

If you want to pick up this unusual beast for yourself, AliExpress is selling it for $299. Thanks to Geek for the tip.

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