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ASUS Eee Slate EP121 ships with Bluetooth keyboard, looks like mine

Eee PC.it pulled up the user manual for the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 from an ASUS ftp site. Among the discovers are extra nibs for the pen, which are clearly from Wacom, and a Bluetooth keyboard, which looks a lot like the one I’m holding.

The keyboard in hand is the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000, previously referred to by both me and Xavier as possibly the “perfect mobile keyboard”. The line drawing not only matches its shape but also every key marking and the battery indicator. Requirement of two AAA batteries is also the same. The only difference I can see is the lack of Microsoft branding.

Missing is the separate 10-key pad that accompanies the 6000. Can’t say I use that unit much, so I don’t think anyone will really miss it from the EP121. Guess I need to get moving on that GBM Shortcut showing how I use mine.

Thanks to Liliputing for the tip and lovely backdrop for my photo

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  1. ChrisRS

    01/11/2011 at 8:15 pm

    Looks like a nice keyvoard, but it seems to be included only to satisfy the “Can’t use windows without a keyboard” crowd.

    I can’t see any other reason to bundle a keyboard. This may not be what I want, why make me pay for it? I might want a number pad (I do); I migth want a folding keyboard for portability; I Might want a track pad, or mouse nub; I might want usb so I so not need to fuss with batteries.

    What I do want is some way to dock this beast. It is at least a laptop replacement if not a desktop replacement. The appears to be no Network (CAT5) port or docking connection. How do you hook up cat 5 and external monitor. It looks like a minmum of some sort of generic usb port replicator and a power supply (possibly 2).

    Looks like a major ommision!

    ACER, (WT)^2 = ACER, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

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    • Gerrit Kruitbosch

      03/26/2011 at 8:16 pm

      I love my EP121. I bought a USB 2.0 to Gigabit ethernet adapter for when I am in the office. The keyboard is light and small and portable. 2nd monitor support is via a mini HDMI and works great! The power supply is slim and easy to carry along. With the multi touch screen and the pen it is very functional just as a tablet with no peripherals. ASUS also sells a great USB 2.0 recordable DVD for like $35. I run lots of office and workflow types of apps and it does great.

      Gerrit

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      • Gordon P Gator

        06/10/2011 at 11:42 pm

        How did you hook up the mini HDMI port to an external monitor? I went shopping for a mini HDMI to VGA adapter and was told my store clerks that there is no such adapter; I ended up settling for a USB to VGA adapter instead, but that uses up a USB port.

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        • Albiilive

          06/28/2011 at 11:19 am

          Use a mini-HDMI to normal-HDMI adapter, that’s what i use, i guess if your moniter/tv cannot use HDMI then u cant use that though….

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  2. Anonymous

    01/11/2011 at 11:56 pm

    That’s pretty nice for a bundled accessory, but I’d personally be fine with a stand and a USB port free for my DSI Modular Mac (compact Cherry MX tenkeyless board). The only possible issue would be other people complaining about the clackety-clack as I touch-type…

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  3. Anonymous

    01/11/2011 at 11:56 pm

    That’s pretty nice for a bundled accessory, but I’d personally be fine with a stand and a USB port free for my DSI Modular Mac (compact Cherry MX tenkeyless board). The only possible issue would be other people complaining about the clackety-clack as I touch-type…

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  4. Anonymous

    01/12/2011 at 7:05 am

    There’s a shot of the keyboard up on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Slate-EP121-1A011M-12-1-Inch-Tablet/dp/B004HKIIF8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1294815225&sr=8-2

    And yeah, I can’t see any differences from your keyboard, other than the logo switch.

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  5. Roger J

    01/12/2011 at 9:35 am

    I also have a MS 6000 KB, in fact two. Although the MS 6000 just fits into my briefcase or work backpack (Redoxx Airborne Rucsac), I decided to have one at the apartment where I am staying in a Middle East city and another at the project office, in case I forget to pack it, but aslo to cut down the weight on my ageing back.

    Having tried a Mattias folding keyboard (twice, neither lasted a full year, the second was a warranty replacement), I agree that the MS 6000 is the best for mobile workstyles.

    I reckon it’s a good idea to bundle it with the Asus, one should be able to use it with other tablets or computers (I use mine as external keyboards for my notebook as I work standing and I also want to push the notebook screen an arm’s length away from me) whereas a proprietary KB will be restrictive.

    I don’t think I want a 10 -12″ tablet/slate, I want a handwriting-capable 7″ device and I can use my MS KB with it if I want to. I’d do the same with a larger slate.

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  6. Chris Davies

    01/12/2011 at 3:15 pm

    It is the MS 6000 – I grabbed a few minutes with one this morning and flipped it over to find out. No MS logo on the top, but clearly labelled underneath: http://www.slashgear.com/asus-eee-pad-slider-transform-hands-on-video-12125973/

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  7. C4eod

    06/07/2011 at 12:46 pm

    Any one know where the sync number is located on the keyboard?

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