It looks like '09 is going to be an innovative year for Asus. The company, which heralded the age of the netbook in the US with its original Eee PC, is turning that keyboard-in-a-PC concept we showed you into a real product with a launch date and everything.
Asus has two versions of its gussied up keyboard on the way — a wired one for $400, and a wireless keyboard (with Bluetooth) for around $600. Both will come packed with the kind of internals you'd expect in a netbook, with a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 16 GB or 32 GB SSD for storage. The 5-inch touchscreen will let you access your files without a monitor, though you could hook it up to one or a TV if you wanted to watch movies through its USB, VGA and HDMI ports.
Look for the Eee PC Keyboard in May or June of this year.