Asus Eee Keyboard Confirmed For October, Wireless HDMI Included

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Hell yes. Asus has finally committed to an October U.S and European arrival for its entertainment-PC-in-keyboard. The sleek device has a 5-inch touchscreen and Ultra Wideband HDMI (with receiver) to connect to your TV. I want it on my coffee-table.

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The Eee Keyboard's netbook-like specs include a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16- or 32GB solid-state hard disk, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and battery (no word on its capacity).

The official confirmation backs up DigiTimes' "industry sources" who not only claimed that October looked likely, but estimated the price should be around $400-$500. Asus didn't elaborate on cost, but fingers-crossed that it can keep things that low. And with Windows 7 debuting on October 22, hopefully the Eee Keyboard will ditch XP altogether (though it may have a Mobilin Linux option). [PC World]

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what an incredibly useless device! that side screen is nothing but a horrid self-limitation, it's not made for interaction with an external screen (which would be the only useful function of such a small side screen) and the keyboard is definitely too big to carry around in case you just want to use the side screen for google maps / facebook (greetings to your ophtalmologist) or those really really awesome games.