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Asus Unleashes EEE PC-In-A-Keyboard With Wireless HDMI

Asus has managed to cram a whole EEE PC computer into a super slim keyboard that seems to have been dreamt by Apple's design team and it includes a killer feature; Wireless HDMI.

The EEE PC Keyboard can connect to any device that can be connected either to a HDMI server or even wireless to a computer (using an application like Maxivista or Synergy).

The 950g device runs on Windows XP Home, carries a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, sports 1GB memory and comes either with 16GB or 32GB Solid State storage.

Connectivity is impressive and incldues WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.0, UltraWideband HD multimedia interface, USB 2.0 ports, VGA ports, HDMI ports (plus a card reader it seems and a pair of mini speakers) and a slew of audio connectors.

On top of that, the keyboard - which has protruding keys and an aluminium finish - has a 5-inch colour screen on the right of the keypad to display a host of information.

There's no optical drive and the battery life only stands at 90 minutes; but the item is set to be released in September 2009; bear in mind that Asus could possibly remove the touchscreen (replacing it by, say a docking station) and improve the battery technology substantially plus Windows 7 will certainly be here.

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Our Comments

No price or exact availability dates has been given by Asus. But we don't really care. The fact that Asus has demoed a working model of this computer will bring back fond memories of Commodore C64 and Amiga 500 all-in-one computers. Hopefully other manufacturers (Acer, MSI) will come up with similar products in a not so distant future.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.