ASUS Eee PC 1000HAE, 1000HE Offer Improved Keyboard

1000haeleadI admit it. I snuck into the South Hall here at CES yesterday before the show started to grab a look at the floor (actually snuck isn’t the right word as I just walked right in). While walking around I stumbled upon an almost completely set up ASUS booth only to find some Eee goodness! While the new touch Eee T91 and 101H were on display as well as all its older siblings including the Eee PC 1000H, 1000, 1002HA, 901, S101 (wow ASUS has a lot of Eee models!), we caught a glimpse of a two systems we have never seen before – the Eee PC 1000HAE and 1000HE. Now we realize that ASUS announced super Eee PCs yesterday with GPS and TV tuner capabilities, but the biggest Eee news at the show in our mind is the keyboard on these two new models. It is dramatically different than the ones we have seen on Eee PCs to date. Firstly, like we saw with the Eee PC T101, it has an island layout (aka a chiclet layout) where the keys are each seperated from each other. The keys have a nice feel to them and their placement reminds us of the Macbook layout. There’s no more flex or cheap feeling keyboard panel like the older models had. But beyond that feel is the answer to the problem we have had with ASUS’ Eee PC keyboards from day one. The right Shift key has finally been place where it belongs, above the up arrow key! Now while we would have liked to see a full  size Shift key like the Samsung NC10 or HP Mini sports, this is a vast improvement and a plus for touch typists. 1000haei We caught a short video of the 1000HAE. As  you will see, other than the keyboard, the system really looks identical in specs to the 1000H. See below for that.

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  1. benjie manalo Says:

    OMG….now im holding back to buy the black samsung nc10…and i hope that this eee’s will give us a nice price…

  2. Pamela Says:

    Glad I could help. I just bought the Asus 1000h, so naturally a new keyboard comes out.

  3. Rob Says:

    I think the shift key really matters IF you are a touch typist. I’m not, so the 1000h works great for me. I use the left shift key 99% of the time, on any keyboard. If you type the same way, you might be able to save a few bucks on the ‘h’ model.

  4. IanK Says:

    The Shift key is still not above the up arrow key.

  5. Paul Says:

    Wow, I was on the verge of buying either the Samsung NC10 or the new Wind U120
    but after looking at the specs of the new 1000HE I might just wait and get that.
    Thoughts?

  6. Rusty Says:

    Dammit.

    I’ve gotten to the point where I can touch-type @ 85+ wpm on my old-school eeePc 701, using primarily the right shift key, and now they have to go and change it?

    And yes, I’ve preordered a 1000HE.

    But still.

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