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Asus Ready To Launch EEE Keyboard PC

It's been more than one year now since we've discovered the ultra sexy, EEEKeyboard PC, from Asus and now it seems that Taiwanese behemoth is finally ready to launch it globally.

The EEEKeyboard is an all in one computer that looks like a Commodore C64 but way better. It establishes a direct connection to HDMI or VGA display devices or wireless connection to HDMI display devices via an included ultra wideband receiver with a 5m range.

Amazon is already taking pre-orders on its American website for a rather steep $599 (opens in new tab) and unfortunately, Asus appears to be sticking to the same specifications that it unveiled more than 16 months ago.

The EK1542, its official name, comes with a 5-inch 800x480 pixel capacitive touchscreen that acts like a touchpad with a Broadcom 70010/70012 video decoder, an internal battery that can last up to four hours and an aluminium cover and an UV-coated underside which Asus claims, will look brand new even after years of normal tear and wear.

The rest of the configuration is pretty subpar; Windows XP Home, an Intel Atom N270, an Intel 945GSE / ICH7-M chipset, 16GB SSD upgradable to 32GB, 1GB memory, GbE Ethernet, Wireless LAN, HDMI, Bluetooth, VGA and a killer look with a chiclet keyboard.

Expect it to be finally available in the UK in the month of June with a starting price of around £450 which, to be honest, would be a tad expensive given that an anodised wireless keyboard coupled with an Acer Aspire Nettop would probably cost half the price and perform better.

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.