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Asus Eee Keyboard PC Interview

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The_Beast 17th July 2010, 09:45 Quote
You can patent gestures?


BTW great article, it was a nice read considering it's 3:45AM
confusis 17th July 2010, 10:17 Quote
The Commodore 64 of the new age. Well done ASUS - looks brill
Bakes 17th July 2010, 11:23 Quote
Looks like a promising product! It's a shame they had to use Atom, but then you wouldn't want anything as fast as a normal PC... would you?
ShakeyJake 17th July 2010, 11:32 Quote
Sounds like Mr. Asus was pretty honest about what it can and can't do.
John_T 17th July 2010, 11:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Beast
You can patent gestures?

Exactly what I thought: I get furious when I see some of the things companies get away with patenting - patent law is outrageous!

Anyway...

I love the look of this thing. I'm not sure if the keys look as if they would be comfortable for doing too much typing on, but as a concept I think it's brilliant.
Rsaeire 17th July 2010, 13:37 Quote
I agree with the patent comments. It's similar to how a menu hierarchy can be patented too; which is equally ridiculous.

Nevertheless, I've always been interested in this product and the fact that it comes with Ultra wideband is a blessing. I mean, a computer with no cables the size of a keyboard? I'm in!
PureSilver 17th July 2010, 13:45 Quote
I probably won't buy one, but I love that they're mad enough to make them.
flibblesan 17th July 2010, 15:28 Quote
I want one.
Andy Mc 17th July 2010, 16:00 Quote
Looks good, but I don't think this will be that affordable if/when it comes out over here.
HourBeforeDawn 17th July 2010, 19:27 Quote
"Asus Eee Keyboard PC (yes, the full name includes "PC") has to be one of the most innovative" you know other companies have already similar products on the market and pretty much beat ASUS to the punch so no its not really all that innovated. Still cool though. :)
HourBeforeDawn 17th July 2010, 19:35 Quote
Also stating that an ION would have been a better choice or at least hinting at it would be a HELL NO, we dont want to lose half our battery life and for what minimal gaming experience at best please... no the ION would have certainly been a bad choice for this. There was mention of 720p but I dont think I saw anything on 1080, does that exceed the wireless requirements?
docodine 17th July 2010, 21:10 Quote
Yeah, 720p is all the wireless display can do.
GooNeR 17th July 2010, 21:22 Quote
Don't see the attraction of that to be honest. What's wrong with having a plain good HTPC that you can put alongside the tv.
HourBeforeDawn 17th July 2010, 22:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by GooNeR
Don't see the attraction of that to be honest. What's wrong with having a plain good HTPC that you can put alongside the tv.

portability for one, this would be great for schools, presentations, or just visiting family that you wanted to show off some stuff and what not.
Saivert 17th July 2010, 22:52 Quote
yes and for that you have laptops these days with HDMI and/or VGA outputs.
Bakes 18th July 2010, 00:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Saivert
yes and for that you have laptops these days with HDMI and/or VGA outputs.

You can look at anything and decree it to be useless.

Netbook - only slightly smaller or cheaper than a normal laptop, whilst being slower
Premium pc - much more expensive, yet not much faster than a normal pc
Macbook Air - only slightly smaller than the normal Macbook, yet much more expensive
Android - less apps than iphone, most phones do most parts slightly worse
Stradivarius - only sounds slightly better than far cheaper instruments
iPad - netbooks do everything and more
Mac Mini - much worse value than just about every computer

Does that make them useless products? No! Just because you personally don't see a use for an eee board doesn't mean that others won't. It's a genuinely cool product - think of it replacing the eee box rather than the eee pc.
Farfalho 19th July 2010, 12:04 Quote
Great Article! Keep it coming!
Grimloon 19th July 2010, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bakes
Looks like a promising product! It's a shame they had to use Atom, but then you wouldn't want anything as fast as a normal PC... would you?

For the market they're aiming for an Atom processor is sufficient. OK, so the majority of us here would prefer quad core at the least, 3+ GHz, an upgradeable GPU, more RAM and, essentially, some bitchin' performance but it's not really aimed at us. If I didn't already have systems that cover what this wee beasty offers then I'd consider it. I do so I won't.
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
Also stating that an ION would have been a better choice or at least hinting at it would be a HELL NO, we dont want to lose half our battery life and for what minimal gaming experience at best please... no the ION would have certainly been a bad choice for this. There was mention of 720p but I dont think I saw anything on 1080, does that exceed the wireless requirements?

I've not tried it on 1080P video yet but I have an N450 netbook with built in Broadcom Crystal HD decoder (Samsung N220, UK version) which handles 720P just fine. I was seriously considering the ION equivalent but basically I don't need the graphics that much and the battery life really sucks in comparison.

What they're offering looks nice but it's very much a niche market and enthusiasts need not apply (we've probably already done better with the HTPC or spare system).
devilxc 20th July 2010, 13:17 Quote
What happens when all the gestures have been patented?

Anyway, I've been waiting ages to see what happens with this product. Great idea, although I would never own one. A wireless keyboard with intergrated touchpad and a HTPC almost has the entire functionality (minus 2nd screen) and can be much more powerful and do full HD etc.

A really good article, nice to see such an open and honest interview.
Phil Rhodes 23rd July 2010, 12:58 Quote
Well, that was refreshingly drivel-free. Can't see them making a mint on it, but it's cute, and I like their attitude.

A lot more than I like Apple's attitude, to be honest.
Rsaeire 30th July 2010, 03:58 Quote
The Broadcom Crystal HD supports full hardware acceleration of all HD video codecs so Blu-ray is supported. I have one in my laptop and it even provides hardware acceleration for Adobe Flash 10.1.
Canon 30th July 2010, 04:28 Quote
What was I saying?
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