EeeKeyboard battery to last just 4 hours

The full specifications of the Asus EeeKeyboard PC have now been released and have revealed the battery life to be only 4 hours. The short battery life may disappoint potential buyers since the EeeKeyboard was announced back in January 2009. 

Asus EeeKeyboard

The keyboard is designed to be used around the house and more specifically in a media entertainment environment. Asus has touted the ability of the device to stream 720p video up to a 5 metre range. It will also feature a 5" 800x480 multi-touch screen and run Windows XP Home as its operating system. 

The specifications for the EeeKeyboard PC include:

  • Intel Atom N270
  • 1GB DDR2 on-board memory
  • 16/32GB SSD storage
  • 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4GHz & Bluetooth v2.1
  • LAN 10/100/100Mbps 
  • USB 2.0 x3
  • HDMI out x1 & VGA x1
  • 1.1kg (2.4lb)

The EeeKeyboard uses Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to stream data which Asus says brings higher data transfer rates. Asus has now officially launched the EeeKeyboard PC but there has still been no confirmation of price or release date although it is listed on Amazon in the U.S. for $599.

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This is the most confusing (for many people, not all) news post I've read in a long time LOL
While the purpose of this device should be clearer on the news post, the majority here is not getting it no matter what others have said about it.

The price for a device like this is way too much for what you can do with it. You need to spend money on a receiver to stream video to your TV and the battery time span is too low.

I would rather buy a netbook like the Asus N10J-A1 which can be connected to a TV via HDMI and play HD content with hardware acceleration. And I don't like netbooks that much.

Some people surely will find a use for this, but I don't think it will sell that well.

ajua said,
The price for a device like this is way too much for what you can do with it. You need to spend money on a receiver to stream video to your TV and the battery time span is too low.

The receiver for the TV is included with it, you don't have to buy it separately. That is part of the reason for the cost, I'm sure.

I'm going to add to the anger of those two stupid idiots yelling at everyone for not getting it. We get it fine. It's the dumbest thing ever thought of. A useless, worthless piece of junk. It's 2010 and this thing runs Windows XP. FAIL It's a net book with no screen, so you need some other screen to use it. FAIL They took away the number pad and replaced it with a fancy hot button display that eats up the battery. FAIL It's a giant pile of FAIL!

yuggg said,
I'm going to add to the anger of those two stupid idiots yelling at everyone for not getting it. We get it fine. It's the dumbest thing ever thought of. A useless, worthless piece of junk. It's 2010 and this thing runs Windows XP. FAIL It's a net book with no screen, so you need some other screen to use it. FAIL They took away the number pad and replaced it with a fancy hot button display that eats up the battery. FAIL It's a giant pile of FAIL!

Well gee, don't you just feel too cool now.

So who wants a pc with such a tiny screen?

j/k

I understand the concept, to bad it didn't have 2GB of ram and win7 it might actually be pretty cool as a main pc when hooked up to the TV. As seen in this thread most people will not get the concept which is a shame but in the end this will fall short because it lacks enough power to make it very useful.

good try though.

swanlee said,
So who wants a pc with such a tiny screen?

j/k

I understand the concept, to bad it didn't have 2GB of ram and win7 it might actually be pretty cool as a main pc when hooked up to the TV. As seen in this thread most people will not get the concept which is a shame but in the end this will fall short because it lacks enough power to make it very useful.

good try though.

the power thing, while kind of sad, isn't really something that should be considered a real problem. the device is meant for home use or possible road trip use in a car so it is not like you will go a long period of time without a power outlet nearby.

DJGM said,
One word to describe this device .... JUUUNNNK!

A computer that outputs to a high def tv that also comes with a touchpad interface is junk why? Apperently whatever device you used to post your comment with is a piece of junk too considering it has the same and probably less functionality than this thing.

SputnikGamer said,

A computer that outputs to a high def tv that also comes with a touchpad interface is junk why? Apperently whatever device you used to post your comment with is a piece of junk too considering it has the same and probably less functionality than this thing.

It's junk because for that money I can build you a way more powerful quad core HTPC with remote and a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard that you dont have to charge every 4 hours.
They basically spent money on building this low performance hardware - custom PC with touchscreen and a lousy battery life, that looks like a huge keyboard and takes space on your table and it costs $600

SputnikGamer said,
A computer that outputs to a high def tv that also comes with a touchpad
interface is junk why? Apperently whatever device you used to post your
comment with is a piece of junk too considering it has the same and
probably less functionality than this thing.


Well, let's see ... my CPU is a 2.8Ghz Pentium 4 that can handle things far better than
a crap low power Intel Atom. I currently have 1000+GB of hard drive capacity, soon
to increase to 2500GB. I have a triple boot setup with Windows 7 Ultimate, XP Pro
and Linux Mint 8. My Gfx card is a 512MB ATi Radeon 4350 with HDMI output.
The system currently has 1.5GB RAM


I'll soon be upgrading to a new system containing an Intel quad core CPU, 3GB RAM
and very likely to exceed 3000GB of hard drive capacity before the end of summer.

Regarding my previous comment ... that device is still JUUUUUNNNNNK!

Edited by DJGM, May 6 2010, 3:16pm :

Can you throw all of that in a bag and carry it to your friend's house and connect it to his HDTV? Can you easily bring it with you on a trip?

Yeah, an 18-wheeler truck can do everything a compact car can, and more, but it isn't exactly the type of thing you want to drive to the grocery store.

roadwarrior said,
Can you throw all of that in a bag and carry it to your friend's house and connect it to his HDTV? Can you easily bring it with you on a trip?

Yeah, an 18-wheeler truck can do everything a compact car can, and more, but it isn't exactly the type of thing you want to drive to the grocery store.

Hell you can put this in your car on road trips if you have a receiver in your car media. system

We need to just close the comments on this until the article is updated to make it clear that this isn't just a keyboard, and that the built in display isn't meant to be the primary display for the computer. Over half of the comments here are idiotic dribble from people who can't or won't be bothered to read and understand what this device is.

roadwarrior said,
We need to just close the comments on this until the article is updated to make it clear that this isn't just a keyboard, and that the built in display isn't meant to be the primary display for the computer. Over half of the comments here are idiotic dribble from people who can't or won't be bothered to read and understand what this device is.

No, I read what it is. I also read your same repeat-comments. It still doesn't seem very useful to me. Not for $600. You don't really have much in terms of portability with this. So what if you have to plug into an external display? The external display doesn't run on batteries. The whole thing just doesn't make a lot of sense.

I guess if someone was really limited on desk space, then this may be a solution... But seriously, 4 hours of battery life? They should just ditch the batteries.

Shadrack said,

You don't really have much in terms of portability with this. So what if you have to plug into an external display? The external display doesn't run on batteries.

How is it not portable? Its roughly the size of your average desktop keyboard. It uses UWB wireless to send video to a reciever you hook up to your TV or other display. I see people here saying its a "huge keyboard", but I don't see where they are getting that from. It looks to be almost exactly the same size as the compact Logitech wireless keyboard that I use with some of my computers, possibly smaller. The built-in touchpad display is in the spot where the number pad would normally be.

-DanNY- said,
This device as useless as the Ipad

Explain...Just because you don't understand what it is....

Edited by pacmania1982, May 6 2010, 1:05pm :

I think this minus the keyboard would be great... touchpad control of your HT and movie/tv/music collection is exactly what I am looking for. Sadly the iPad fails to deliver in this respect, so this has potential. Keyboard is good if you need to type something, but typical HT duties don't require the keyboard.

Nashy said,
So, it's pretty much a laptop with a mobile phone screen... Pretty sure my BlackBerry does this...

Cool, so when did your BB get UWB and all the other features that this has that your BB doesn't?

Nashy said,
So, it's pretty much a laptop with a mobile phone screen... Pretty sure my BlackBerry does this...

No actually is not a laptop but a netbook, with a ****ty battery life and super small screen.
I mean I know that Apple increased the screen size of the Touch and made the iPad but using reverse logic and increasing the keyboard and lowering the size of the screen is just idiotic.

Yes Commodore 64 was revolutionary for its time but so were the steam engine trains, but we dont see them running anywhere today...

They should fire who ever came out with this idea.

Euphoria said,

No actually is not a laptop but a netbook, with a ****ty battery life and super small screen.

The "super small screen" isn't the main display. Thats why it has HDMI, VGA and UWB wireless display technology built in. Unfortunately, you and lots of others here aren't bright enough to understand that.

roadwarrior said,

The "super small screen" isn't the main display. Thats why it has HDMI, VGA and UWB wireless display technology built in. Unfortunately, you and lots of others here aren't bright enough to understand that.

Yes the whole concept is too complicated for our fragile minds to comprehend.

Angel Blue01 said,
I'm sorry but a computer with a screen of 800x480 isn't good for anything media related. Maybe as a remote control

And we have another person who can't read!

Angel Blue01 said,
I'm sorry but a computer with a screen of 800x480 isn't good for anything media related. Maybe as a remote control

If you would have read the article, you would know that it is a remote control /w and operating system. Do you really think it would have an HDMI out on it if it was only 800x480 for the main output? L2Read

I just have to shake my head and LOL at all the idiotic comments here. Seriously people, learn to ****ing read and comprehend what you are commenting on before you make yourself look like a moron.

This was doomed from the start.
Who needs a huge keyboard with a small screen, and that is for the price of $600... Lol

Euphoria said,
This was doomed from the start.
Who needs a huge keyboard with a small screen, and that is for the price of $600... Lol

It's tiny screen isn't the main display...

AgentGray said,

It's tiny screen isn't the main display...

Yes but it drains battery and drives the price up... They could have just put a trackball or a touch pad and just output to the main screen. It's a gimmick

Damn it people READ!
It's not a 'keyboard+touch pad'
It's a full PC integrated into a keyboard. So you only have to connect it to a screen to have a full functioning PC.

mr.r9 said,
Damn it people READ!
It's not a 'keyboard+touch pad'
It's a full PC integrated into a keyboard. So you only have to connect it to a screen to have a full functioning PC.

Is not a full PC, but an Atom netbook with a huge keyboard and a small screen, but am not sure why would someone spend $600 for it..... Nostalgia?

Euphoria said,

Is not a full PC, but an Atom netbook with a huge keyboard and a small screen, but am not sure why would someone spend $600 for it..... Nostalgia?


the screen isnt the primary display...jesus christ... it's meant to output to a TV screen and stream HD content to it.

AgentGray said,

the screen isnt the primary display...jesus christ... it's meant to output to a TV screen and stream HD content to it.

Yes I know. It has a touch screen and Atom CPU and 1 gig of RAM.
What I built for my brother is a QUadCore AMD Phenom 65W CPU with HDMI ATI 4250 4 G of RAM and a Logitech Bluetooth Mini Keyboard HTPC with a Remote for only $590
Why would I get subpar netbook or "Cheap PC" that has a gigantic keyboard sitting on my living room table, which I have to recharge every 4 hours.... it's beyond my comprehension....

I still don't understand the concept behind this. What's the pupose of the keyboard part?
For messenger, presentation, eMail, control of my home entertainment, ..., a keyboard on the touchpad is enough. Word 2010 on this system with a TV for the display???

My old laptop with the dodgy screen has a 4 hour battery life and sports 802.11b anyone want to buy it $599?

Didn't think so, better off buying a laptop/ipad/archos, hell anything else really

Teebor said,
My old laptop with the dodgy screen has a 4 hour battery life and sports 802.11b anyone want to buy it $599?

Didn't think so, better off buying a laptop/ipad/archos, hell anything else really

Looks like you totally miss the point of this.

When I get to building a HT setup again I will defiantly consider one of these. I have been interested ever since i read about it last year.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I just can't see anyone wanting this especially at $600, hell even $100, why bother.

$100 for an entire computer system in a keyboard (which is what this is) would be excellent, what are you talking about?

Kickin686 said,
I don't really see a point to this device ...but I'm sure someone out there has a creative mind to find a use for it.

+1

kraized said,
Is this just a keyboard or a PC? I'm confused Why would a keyboard need to run XP and stream HD video?
It's a PC integrated to a keyboard with a multitouch screen that works as well as a touchpad. It connect to a screen via wire or wireless UWB.

NienorGT said,
It's a PC integrated to a keyboard with a multitouch screen that works as well as a touchpad. It connect to a screen via wire or wireless UWB.

Ahh OK. But a PC with a 5-inch screen and 4 hours of battery life? Yeah, now that's a winner. NOT!

kraized said,

Ahh OK. But a PC with a 5-inch screen and 4 hours of battery life? Yeah, now that's a winner. NOT!

By my understanding its a PC in a keyboard form factor that has a small screen but also transmits video using either a cable or UWB connection.

So sit on the sofa, connect it wirelessly to your TV and enjoy the computing/home entertainment. I still call fail as I'd rather a slim client remote with HTPC under the TV!

duddut2 said,

By my understanding its a PC in a keyboard form factor that has a small screen but also transmits video using either a cable or UWB connection.

So sit on the sofa, connect it wirelessly to your TV and enjoy the computing/home entertainment. I still call fail as I'd rather a slim client remote with HTPC under the TV!

It does seem rather silly, surely if you plan to connect it to an external screen then it's not exactly protable, Be better off with one of those little Acer Revo type machines connected to your HD TV and then using a standard wireless keyboard if you want to sit on the sofa and have a media pc.

dragon2611 said,

It does seem rather silly, surely if you plan to connect it to an external screen then it's not exactly protable, Be better off with one of those little Acer Revo type machines connected to your HD TV and then using a standard wireless keyboard if you want to sit on the sofa and have a media pc.

You are missing the point of the device. Sure you CAN physically connect it to a monitor but you don't have to. You can use the UWB connection to use a WIRELESS connection to connect to ANY TV in the house that can receive it.

SputnikGamer said,

You are missing the point of the device. Sure you CAN physically connect it to a monitor but you don't have to. You can use the UWB connection to use a WIRELESS connection to connect to ANY TV in the house that can receive it.

A computer is a computer, and a TV is a TV. Thats where it should end.

Seems overboard on features, especially when it takes away from the battery life.

4 hours can shoot by in an afternoon without noticing, at least it can be plugged in though, but I could still see it getting highly annoying, might as well keep it plugged in and not have to worry.

Only 4 hours? I think I'd be happier paying quite a bit less and getting a decent wireless keyboard that will have a longer battery life. Although it would be minus the pretty looking multi-touch screen...hmm...

Intrinsica said,
Only 4 hours? I think I'd be happier paying quite a bit less and getting a decent wireless keyboard that will have a longer battery life. Although it would be minus the pretty looking multi-touch screen...hmm...

It's an entire computer system in there...

King Mustard said,

It's an entire computer system in there...
But why do I need a whole computer system in my keyboard? It says that it can stream HD media, but it doesn't make sense to me streaming a HD movie to a 5 inch screen. The multi-touch screen can be used as an interactive display for the programs that you use, but what's wrong with the entertainment keyboards that have the "Play" "pause" "fast forward" etc. keys already built in?

Granted, the 32GB SSD storage could be useful for putting an HD film on to the keyboard and going to another computer, but why not just use an external hard drive?

I just can't see it being worth the price, especially with only 4 hours of battery life.

Intrinsica said,
It says that it can stream HD media, but it doesn't make sense to me streaming a HD movie to a 5 inch screen.

It streams to an external display. That is what the UWB wireless is for. Unfortunately you and over half of the other commenters here are too clueless to understand that.

roadwarrior said,

It streams to an external display. That is what the UWB wireless is for. Unfortunately you and over half of the other commenters here are too clueless to understand that.
Notice my comment about the 32GB SSD. I understood the point fine. However, I still don't understand the need for it when you could hook up an external hard drive and use a wireless keyboard with a longer battery life that has the entertainment key in place.

It doesn't matter, I don't think we're going to see eye-to-eye on this. I can't understand why one would buy this when there are cheaper alternatives that will do the same thing, but you can. Fair enough.

Intrinsica said,
Notice my comment about the 32GB SSD. I understood the point fine. However, I still don't understand the need for it when you could hook up an external hard drive and use a wireless keyboard with a longer battery life that has the entertainment key in place.

You can hook up an external hard drive and keyboard to a TV and use that to watch videos, etc.? Thats a new one on me. Its abundantly clear that you DO NOT understand what this is. It is an entire portable computer designed specifically to use as an entertainment center.

$599 for a keyboard with 4hrs battery life, oh where do I hand over my C/C?

Ah nice try ASUS, youve done well over the last couple years and this might be a step towards more innovative KBs inthe future, but as for now, you can shove it.

Osiris said,
$599 for a keyboard with 4hrs battery life

It's not just a keyboard, it's a whole computer with cpu and memory... Just like Commodore 64!

Dead'Soul said,

It's not just a keyboard, it's a whole computer with cpu and memory... Just like Commodore 64!

LOL, you're right :-D