Report: Asus Eee Keyboard to launch in June

A couple of months back, we heard that Asus could launch its Eee Keyboard as early as May. Today, Engadget Chinese quotes Asus itself as saying the oddball nettop will be out by the end of next month.

In case you missed all the excitement earlier this year, the Eee Keyboard is a bit like a modern descendant of old-school systems like the Atari ST. Rather than stick PC guts inside a separate case and include cheap peripherals in the box, the Eee Keyboard puts everything, including an integrated 800×480 touch-screen display, within the same sleek enclosure as the keyboard.

Based on photos snapped by Engadget in March, the Eee Keyboard will come with a single- or dual-core Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 16-32GB of solid-state storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI. A separate story by Reg Hardware quoted pricing of $400-600. Engadget Chinese says we should learn more at the Computex trade show in early June.

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    • tesla120
    • 12 years ago

    that would be pretty fun hooked up to real monitor.

    its the beginning of star trek type keyboards, click buttons on the screen with the touch screen while you are working, possibly with out looking once you get used to it…

    • mattthemuppet
    • 12 years ago

    what the? So this is a laptop, but without the useful screen?

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      You’re expected to use your huge HDTV that’s sitting on the other side of the room. “Wireless Media Center for Multimedia Enjoyment”
      §[<http://www.engadget.com/photos/hands-on-with-asus-eee-keyboard/1397675/<]§ Alternatively, think of it as a Nettop for which you don't have to purchase a separate keyboard. No, it doesn't entirely make sense to me either. But kudos to Asus for not producing more of the same, even if they have to remake the Spectrum ZX to do it.

    • Valhalla926
    • 12 years ago

    For what it’s worth, another company is making a keyboard that houses the PC hardware, it just doesn’t have a screen.

    Here’s their website if you want to take a look (not advertising, just putting it out there. If I should remove the address I will) cybernetman.com

      • stmok
      • 12 years ago

      Wow! They fit a Quad Core in that Keyboard system?!

      • 5150
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah, I think I’ve seen these guys advertise in MaximumPC.

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 12 years ago

    Commodore comeback! w00t!

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah, C-64, Spectrum ZX, Atari 400, Tandy 100…. it’s like the 8bit 80s all over again.

        • Pax-UX
        • 12 years ago

        Count me in… Just have to print up some Amiga 500 stickers!

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 12 years ago

    Eee’s the new “i” for Asus. Can’t wait for EeeMusic, EeeTV, EeeDrive, etc..

      • no51
      • 12 years ago

      Does the Eee mean anything? Extra elegant electronics?

        • squngy
        • 12 years ago

        easy to work, easy to play, easy to learn, or something…

      • Philldoe
      • 12 years ago

      EeePenis anyone?

        • 5150
        • 12 years ago

        Uh, no thanks.

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