Keyboard PCs: Fad or Perfect HTPCs?

Keyboard PCs: Fad or Perfect HTPCs?

Range Govindan
Aug 27, 2010

From what we've seen over the last few weeks, it looks like there are a few different manufacturers who will offer keyboard PCs in the near future. What are keyboard PCs? Computers that fit inside a slightly larger keyboard. Are they just a fad or here to stay?

There is something appealing about keyboard PCs. They are compact and fit into a peripheral that you'd always have to use with a computer. However, will these computers ever compare to proper HTPCs, you know, the small ones that are tucked next to your home theater?

Many people tend to cobble together HTPCs from parts and extra components that they have around. This isn't true for typical users, who will most likely purchase these ready-made computers from the likes of Asus, MSI, or Lenovo.

The new sleek and modern keyboard PCs might seem like a new concept, but anyone who knows Commodores will tell you that they had keyboard PCs way before Asus. The new Commodore PC64 is an Intel Atom-based PC that comes in an exact replica of the original Commodore. It will be available for the upcoming holiday season.

All in all, the Asus Eee Keyboard PC looks like a much nicer alternative, because we're sure that using the Commodore's keyboard will get tiring after a while, no matter how much you enjoy those keyboard clicks. You could also hack your own MacBook Air Keyboard, although that involves a bit more tinkering.

MORE KEYBOARD PCS
Bart Reardon's MacBook Air Project
Asus Eee Keyboard PC, the Perfect HTPC?

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