Asus' Eee keyboard out next month - official
Company exec spills beans
Asus’ Eee keyboard will finally go on sale in Europe and North America next month, the company has confirmed.
Asus is keeping mum about the Eee keyboard's price, for now
The keyboard was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January and has since been linked to a string of potential launch dates.
However, it has taken until today for a top Asus executive to confirm that the keyboard will be available to buy during October.
But Asus still isn’t willing to say how much cash Blighty-based buyers will have to splash in order to secure an Eee keyboard.
The keyboard also has one HDMI and two USB ports
The Asus Eee keyboard – which has an integrated 5in touchscreen - will feature a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of DDR 2 memory and the option of a 16GB or 32GB solid-state drive. The unit has 802.11n Wi-Fi on board. ®
I like this idea
It doesn't need speaker cables, because it has an HDMI out - hook it up to an HDMI-capable monitor (and there are a fair few knocking around), use a wireless rodent, and I think you have something fairly close to an ideal reception machine.
I want one but only if....
...I can connect to a 'normal' monitor via the wireless link, and can have a wireless mouse too. So for normal use I don't have to have any annoying cables plugged in as that spoils the look.
I for one would like to see creative use of the built-in screen as a 'sidebar' of some kind to supplement the normal screen rather than to replace it.
Imagine games and other apps using it as an additional display. Now imagine people also taking advantage of the fact that it is touch-sensitive too - opens up whole new realms of possibility. Of course developers aren't going to develop such things unless the technology becomes pervasive, and I know that isn't going to happen so for that reason I'm out.
Ignoring the usual Linux/Apple fanbois.....
....who'll slag off anything without an Apple logo or with anything remotely hinting Windows support, I think this isn't too bad an idea.
It's a good alternative to a desktop for basic home users (such as kids etc). Stick it on the desk with a monitor and a mouse - away you go. I do question the wisdom of the pointless little touchscreen though - an expensive gimmick thats sitting where a numeric pad and a trackball could go.
To catch on, it'll have to be really cheap. If a basic netbook goes for £200-£350, this will have to drop a hundred to justify the lack of screen and battery. Strangely, I doubt this will be the case.
Brings back memories...
Now, where in the attic is my SOL - S100-bus-based machine?
Oh, yep. Found it.
Now all I need is some 5¼ - inch floppies, and I'm well set. If they're double-sided, natch! (Oh, yeah, mine had the numeric keyboard).
Asus EEE keyboard? Bloody daft idea. Defeats the object of the exercise. So does moving to XP, but my spleen won't take any more venting.