Monday, March 16, 2009

ASUS Eee Keyboard - Spectrum-like PC with 5-inch display - review

From the very launch of Eee PC, ASUS do not stop to amaze us. Taking Apple as their example, they bring some sort of Apple style into PC world. Look for yourself: ASUS Eee Top PC is a PC version of Apple's iMac, all-in-one PC that keeps wire hassle away; ASUS Eee Box is a PC version of Apple's Mac Mini, ultra-portable PC made using "Bring Your Own Keyboard and Display" philosophy. Now, it's time for keyboards. ASUS Eee Keyboard PC looks similar to Apple keyboard; however, this gadget is not only a keyboard. It is a complete featured PC made into keyboard form! More details follow.

ASUS Eee Keyboard PC is a novelty from Asus, which was recently presented to public. Its form-factor reminds of the beginning of PC era, when computers were placed inside keyboards (like ZX Spectrum for instance). Eee Keyboard is fully equipped with most interesting and modern features: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, 16 or 32 GB SSD, and full pack of wireless protocols, including Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and mysterious Wireless HDMI.

In the right side of this gadget is placed small, but useful 5 inched touchscreen display. It can be used as main display or, in the case if you connected external display via VGA port, as an additional display for media player, calculator, internet surfing or other purposes. Of course, if it will be supported by OS as additional display, it can be used for almost everything.

Another strong side of novelty from ASUS - it is very energy sufficient. This was achieved due to usage of modern Intel Atom platform, which was done especially for netbooks and low-power applications. Of course, Intel Atom cannot bring the same processing power as its fully-featured desktop brothers, but it is powerful enough for doing almost every task modern user needs. Performance was sacrificed to increase battery life - and it is a very smart move, because battery life is the most important parameter of portable devices.

Unfortunately, ASUS do not reveal all characteristics of this device, because it is on a concept stage right now. In the final version some minor features can change, no major changes will be done. Estimated price is 400-600 USA dollars, it is reasonable for such an interesting device. ASUS once again amazed the audience; let's wait until this keyboard will hit the store shelves.

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