In pictures: Asus Eee PC Keyboard

Asus Eee Keyboard
The iPhone-like touchscreen doubles as a trackpad

It's one of the most bizarre concepts for a computer we have ever seen, and since it was announced back in CES 2009, TechRadar has been scratching its collective head whenever the Asus Eee PC Keytboard is mentioned.

But now the device looks to be getting a release, you can't help but fall in love with it.

Asus eeekeyboard touchpad

For the uninitiated, the device is essentially an Eee PC stuffed into a keyboard (hence the Ronseal-esque name), complete with a 5-inch (800×480 resolution) multi-touch display.

Asus has gone back to the drawing board with the keyboard, offering up an easier to use user interface. This means that most applications are one or two touches away, so there's no getting lost in myriad menus.

Powering the keyboard is an Intel Atom N270 and the device comes with 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of solid state storage.

Asus doesn't expect you to use it just on its own, although as there is a screen the option is there.

Through something called Eee WiCast wireless HDMI, you can hook the keyboard up to a monitor and stream HD (720p) media to the screen – as long as you are about five metres away.

Asus eeekeyboard close up

Asus told TechRadar that it is under no illusions that the Eee PC Keyboard will become iPod like in popularity. It knows it's a niche product and it's being treated as such.

The Asus Eee PC Keyboard is out in the US in February for $499. Expect it to wing its way to the UK in Q2.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.