So, you guys still remember the Eee Keyboard? You know, the computer in a full-sized keyboard that had us excited since it was announced? But the thing is, it was announced a couple of years back and obviously any enthusiasm we had for this ll-in-one computer waned. You see, Asus planned to start shipping the Eee Keyboard back in October 2009, and, well, since it’s May 2010 already, it’s really hard to be excited for a computer with last year’s guts running it.
But if you’re interested in getting your hands on the Eee Keyboard, it is powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor and supported by 1GB of DDR2 memory. It’s really gorgeous though. It reminds me of the Apple Keyboard. Made out of aluminum with a durable UV-coated underside, but it’s surprisingly lightweight at just 2.4 pounds. ASUS has announced that in response to user input the EK1542’s “LED-backlit keys are precisely calibrated to ensure consistency in mechanical responsiveness, latency, and actuation pressure.”
It has a touchscreen on the right side with a 800×480 pixel resolution. The Eee Keyboard also carries with it a variety of ports: HDMI, VGA, Wi-Fi + UWB antenna, LAN, 3 USB, audio out and mic in. The HDMI port is most interesting, because you can just plug this into your HDTV and you can easily set up your own media center.
Sadly, the operating system looks like it is going to be Windows XP Home. XP has been a strong and sturdy operating system, but I don’t mind paying a little extra for this to run Windows 7 Home Premium. Especially if you plan to use this as a media center. If they’re using XP to cut costs, it’s not really convincing, because right now the US$599 price still looks a little daunting.