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ASUS Eee Keyboard busted open

by Tarinder Sandhu on 9 July 2009, 11:46

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357)

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We've been curiously intrigued with the ASUS Eee keyboard when we first saw it in January's CES show. Seen again at CeBIT and May's COMPUTEX trade show, it's an all-in-one PC that's housed inside a good-looking keyboard.

The guts of the system comprise of an Intel Atom N280 chip; 945GSE chipset; 1GB memory; a choice of either 16GB or 32GB SSD; Wireless-N, Bluetooth, and HDMI. The novel feature, we suppose, is the 5in, 800x400px touchscreen on the right.

But how has ASUS managed to cram all that into a keyboard that's 19mm-thick?

The folks over at Blogeeenet have managed to get their grubby mitts on a prototype and have broken it down some.

Bad news is that the 1GB RAM (DDR2-800) is soldered on the board with no option of increasing the capacity. A 40mm 24dB fan, to the right, keeps the Eee Keyboard cool with the added benefit of being near-silent in operation.

We lamented the potential battery life of the keyboard, guessing that it would last around 90 minutes in everyday usage. A close look at this Eee shows that the slimline battery can hold a meagre 13.9WHr, intimating that our guesstimate was correct. Compare this with the 48WHr battery shipping with the Seashell netbook, for example.

1080p HDMI is provided by a Silicon Image chip, as the integrated GMA950 graphics miss this feature, but the Keyboard may struggle playing high-definition content of any kind; there's no helping hand from the GPU.

We'll be looking at one in due course, but think of it as a cheap-and-cheerful netbook that masquerades as a 952g keyboard.

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I can REALLY see this working in a minimalist reception setting, for instance.
All I want is a usb Windows chicklet keyboard :(
Price dependent these could be great for allot of companies, could use them as “terminal's”, run a basic locked down XP installation with Terminal Services doing most of the work.
I can imagine call centers and the like using these things. The power, space and administration savings could be significant over other solutions.
I would of thought anyone who had to use it for anything remotely complex would suffer all kinds of strains, from eyes to fingers trying to use the tiny screen.

Anyone know how good the seals are on this? It might be perfect for the kitchen for recipies, music etc.