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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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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 ITProPortal.com 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.