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Asus EEE Wireless Keyboard Arrives In August 2009

Asus's very promising EEE Keyboard, a computer-in-a-keyboard device which could well emulate the success of the EEE PC, is set to be launch in August 2009 according to the company's UK marketing manager.

John Swatton told Techradar and Techdigest that the device will appear later this summer with tech websites (and an ever shrinking number of magazines) getting test samples in August.

The EEE PC keyboard will integrate ultra wideband HDMI which means that it should be able to stream content wirelessly to a compatible television. The device comes with a 5-inch touchscreen and chicklet keys wrapped in a superbly sexy aluminium body.

As described back in January, the computer will have an Atom processor, 1GB RAM and solid state storage (probably 32GB). Other features will include 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB, VGA but no optical drive.

There are still a few unknowns which could wreck the product's launch: we still don't know how long the battery will last as early tests put it at around 90 minutes. Asus has yet to announce how cheap/expensive the EEE Keyboard will be although we'd expect it to be around £400.

There's also the fact that we don't know whether Asus will be releasing it with Windows XP or with Windows 7 (via a Vista shortcut). Lastly, and potentially the game changer, there are no monitors on the market with Wireless HDMI capabilities

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Our Comments

Other thatn Windows 7, this is the product we would most 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.

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