Did Asus EEE PC Keyboard Borrow Design Ideas From Apple's Products?

Asus has just presented a brushed up, almost final, version of its EEE Keyboard which is essentially an all in one computer squeezed in a keyboard with loads of innovation and a price that's quite affordable.

Looking at it though, it is difficult not to think of an Apple Mac keyboard (with its low-profile anodized aluminium frame and low profile keys) to which an iPhone has been glued.

At $600 for the top model, the EEE PC keyboard is far from being an expensive stuff. Two models will be available, one with wired and other without.

Both will come with an integrated 5-inch display that's likely to be used as a touchpad, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, the choice of either a 16GB or a 32GB SSD, Windows XP and a battery life of a few hours.

When it comes to connectivity, Asus packed in Wireless HDMI, two USB Ports, VGA, HDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth. Obviously, the lack of Wireless HDMI products could potentially harm the sales of the EEE PC Laptop.

The device should be available from June this year. Go To Page 2 for our comments and more related links

Our Comments

Apart from Windows 7, this is the product we would like to see this year. The price is certainly right but we don't really see the purpose of having a 5-inch touchscreen. We would have prefered that Asus redesigned the EEE PC Keyboard into a more traditional laptop-without-screen format as enunciated in our test here.

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