Inside a working Asus Eee Keyboard

French site has gotten its hands on a prototype of an Asus Eee Keyboard, a media center computer shoehorned into a keyboard. says, "The version we tested was a pre-production model, and only two tabs out of five available in the interface were working. The interface reminded us of the first Eee PCs--Eee Fun and Eee Tools looked like the features found on Netbooks running Xandros. The shortcuts on the screen launch things like the alarm or the calculator, which also display on any screen connected to the system."

The folks over at the rather splendide French site have gotten their hands on a prototype of an Asus Eee Keyboard, a media center computer shoehorned into a keyboard.

We first saw this device at CES 2009, where Asus said the keyboard had a 1.6GHz Atom processor inside, 1GB of memory, and a solid-state hard drive. There's a 5-inch touch screen at the side running a customized version of Windows XP, and an HDMI port for hooking it up to a hi-def TV.

Weighing about 2.2 pounds, and with Wi-Fi, two USB ports, and a memory card reader, we were impressed with the concept. There's still no word on pricing or availability, but until firm plans are made for launch, have a look at the photos here to see what Pierre Lecourt thought of the whole thing, and click through blogeee's gallery for still more of his impressions.

How do they fit a proper computer into a keyboard? Like this, that's how. says: "The screen was fairly bright and responsive, with good resolution. Images on the screen looked clear, and it was bright enough to compensate for its shiny surface. The touch surface takes a bit of getting used to, and we found that using a fingernail worked just as well as tapping hard with a fingertip. We used the screen for a few hours, and found it accurate enough that we could tap the little X that closes a tooltip in Windows."

The back of the Eee Keyboard.

(Source: Crave UK)

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