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Asus promised today that its much delayed Eee keyboard PC will finally ship in April. The device, which integrates an entire PC into a single keyboard unit, was unveiled at Cebit last year. However, shipping product has yet to appear. The most recent forecast shipdate was... last month, and the product was still a no-show. …

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Headmaster

It won't be further delayed...

...next time, it'll be cancelled.

Anyway - entire machine in a keyboard? What, like a Spectrum, VIC, C64, Atari ST, Amiga, BBC B, etc etc...? Or more like a laptop without a screen?

Very revolutionary. I'm impressed.

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Coat

Or...

an Apple II, and Ohio Scientific C1P, a PET, a TI 99, a Radio Shack Color Computer, or ...

yeah, I just hate it when totally revolutionary technology has teething issues!

* note: I am aware that some of the above may be larger than a standard keyboard by a bit, but hey, they are 70s / 80s technology...

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and

The Amstrads were smaller, with a cassette drive at one end.

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And don't forget

the Dragon 32/64

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how hard is it...

.... to just take the LCD off a Netbook and call it done?

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Even easier...

It's even easier than that. Netbooks/Laptops are a compromise of space and parts. With a full size PC keyboard there is enough space underneath for 2 netbook motherboards, so they should be able to fit something in!

As has been mentioned, they managed it in the 1980s with the Vic 20, Commodore 64, Acorn Atom/Electron (won't include my beloved BBC Micro as 90% of the gubbins were in the rear of the case, not under the keyboard.

Give me a keyboard, a netbook and access to a plastic injection machine and I'll have one ready for you by the weekend!

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very hard actually

Do you think that Joe Average Consumer will drag VGA cable to a keyboard? Do not think so. And transmitting video wirelessly at HD rates is practically impossible. Uncompressed HD for all practical purposes exceeds the bandwidth of a WiFi network.

So let's propose that you solve all selfinflicted technical problems, you now have a computer which is for all practical purposes equal from a consumer's perspective to a new iMac for 4-5 times the cost. So will this sell?

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WTF?

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"And transmitting video wirelessly at HD rates is practically impossible. Uncompressed HD for all practical purposes exceeds the bandwidth of a WiFi network."

Why, in the name of "mai green urfs" does every bloody computer HAVE to, in at least SOME people's minds, be capable of HD at all?

It's a bloody EE(EEEEEEEEEEEeeeEE!!!!!1!!111one!!) product, all it has to do is be small and (from what I usually see them being used for) play illegally downloaded anime at just good enough a resolution that the subtitles are crisp.

There's no reason at all for EVERYthing to go HD.

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Linux

Do you mean...

It will take you less than a week to code the driver for the plastic injection machine? Sweet!

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... except

No, not everything has to be HD capable but the likely market for this kind of device in today's consumer market is to add a browser to your flat screen TV. If it doesn't then support the native resolution of the screen via HDMI (and probably wirelessly) then people are not going to buy it in large enough quantities to make it viable.

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Yup...

I never said it would be pretty though... I'm planning on using the curves from a 1970s Volvo :-)

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FAIL

I wonder if this has anything to do with...

... Asus' inability to make a modern keyboard that works.

Google 'eee 1000 keyboard repeat'. I never did figure out how that made it past QA (and, as a former owner of a 1000, I can verify that the model did indeed suffer from that issue).

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FAIL

Eee 901

My Eee 901 is comfortably the shittest computer I've ever used. If its not doubling-up inputs, its not accepting input at all. And its my 4th one. Useless

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Why aren't they calling it

The Eeeboard?

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UAT delay perhaps?

I'm wondering if it's user acceptance testing and the chiclet keyboard isn't up to snuff?

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Happy

Real reason

I think the delay is in sourcing the cassette tape drive to stick on the end...

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Anonymous Coward

I have got this brilliant idea

you know how some people have these telephone type things that are attached to the wall with a cable, well how about, drum roll please:

The Mobile Phone

Because you know it is quite useful to be out and about and be able to get a call anywhere you go.

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Paris Hilton

Why?

Keyboard + coffee = dead keyboard

Keyboard + intergated computer + coffee = dead everything

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Paris Hilton

This'll be brilliant!

They could call it the Asus eeeLectron or the Asus ArcheeeMeeeDeees!

The BBCeee Master? No, that's really stretching it.

Paris because... well...

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Welcome

HD?

Not good enough for A4 word/pdf documents.

96 dpi and 11.5" long = 1104 lines / rows of pixels

120 dpi and 11.5" long = 1380

96 dpi and 11.6" long = 1114

I'd normally want other windows/apps open, so even if a screen had a portrait mode, landscape suits better except for an eReader.

WS 16:9 is not too useful if it means losing vertical. Like on laptops, what can equal a 15.4" 4:3 1600x1200 screen for document editing without scrolling up/down? An equivalent modern is 17" 16:9 1920x1080. The still too large but more useful as a Computer 1920x1200 (16:10) seem to be gone.

I don't want a keyboard for my TV. It's going to be film viewing distance away and in a room with no desk.

I'd happily use one of these Eeee Keyboard PCs instead of a laptop if I could get a suitable LCD screen for it. I don't want a 22" HD screen either. At Document / programming / CAD creation/edit distance a 22" Wide screen should be about 1560 lines.

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FAIL

What if....

I wanted an external keyboard for language-specific reasons? I'd attach a keyboard to a keyboard and look stooopid. What's the problem with a Mac Mini?

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