It’s clear that ASUS plans on milking the Eee brand for all that it possibly can, and has already put the branding on some accessories destined for the Eee PC netbook. They’re finally starting to show some of that love for the Eee Box nettop device, in the form of wireless control units.
We reported earlier that ASUS had switched up the Eee Box lineup and added some media-centric features, like an HD3400 graphics subsystem and HDMI out. They’re obviously planning on marketing the Eee Box as an HTPC solution, and I think it’s a brilliant idea. HTPCs are notoriously expensive, most of the time, and a 1080p capable Eee Box could shake things up a bit. The remote control looks to just be a rebadged Philips control; Dell includes the exact same model (save for Dell branding) with their own computers.
Also being shown off are a couple of wireless keyboard and mouse sets. The simplistic layout and compact size make the peripherals a perfect accessory for an HTPC, since the keyboard is probably going to be sitting in your lap when used. It’s difficult to tell, but it looks like the keyboard uses the chiclet style of keys first pioneered by Sony, then copied by Apple.
While not huge news in and of itself, these accessories do show that ASUS is gunning for the living room market, if it wasn’t obvious before. All the Eee Box needs is a hardware-based TV tuner and you could have a very solid pre-packaged HTPC solution for well under $500. Faced with market saturation, it’s a good move for the company to make.