We’ve seen clones and even the real thing, but Commodore – or at least, someone with the rights to that name – looks to be picking a fight with ASUS with their own version of the controversial Eee Keyboard.
The new keybaord fits an entire desktop into a form factor not much bigger than a traditional keyboard. Unlike the ASUS EeeKeyboard, which relies on netbook parts and an Atom CPU, the codenamed Phoenix computer uses Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad desktop processors, a 2.5-inch hard drive and up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM. Graphics are provided via Intel’s GMA3100. To the right of the setup is a large, built-in two-button Synaptics touchpad.
Codenamed Invictus, a second model is much more of a direct clone to the ASUS Eee Keyboard.
The Invictus-based model actually adds a built-in touchscreen on top of a dual-core Atom system supplemented with NVIDIA’s ION GPU. This system seems to be running Windows 7, though preliminary units were seen running Windows XP. The touchscreen looks to be resistive in nature, judging by the stylus as well as the spec sheet’s claim of handwriting recognition – extremely important if the the product were to be marketed in Asia.
There’s nothing in the way of pricing or availability information, but if Commodore (or whomever) can get this product out in less time than ASUS has taken with their oft-delayed EeeKeyboard, they might stand a chance.