07
Nov
transkeyboard

There are a lot of Bluetooth keyboards aimed at Android tablets, but ASUS' Transformer series of tablets and docks has long been a favorite of those who prefer a full laptop-style form factor. ASUS is trying to bring that same experience (or at least part of it) to a broader range of devices with the TransKeyboard, revealed on the company's YouTube channel late last night.

The TransKeyboard is pretty similar to other mobile keyboards - it's relatively compact and interoperable with Android smartphones/tablets and PCs. It also includes a rechargeable battery that connects via a standard MicroUSB port, which should be handy for travelers who are weary of multiple plugs. The most interesting part is the integrated cover, which bears a resemblance to the ASUS Origami cover for the Transformer Prime. It folds out and up into a prop stand for your phone or tablet, snapping into place with magnets. It's an impressively integrated design that should serve to protect the keys in a bag or case.

As of now the video above is ASUS' only promotional material on the TransKeyboard; there's no mention of a price or release date and it hasn't shown up on the online store. I would have liked to have seen a touchpad and maybe a secondary battery feature, both of which are included in the Transformer docks. Even so, It will be interesting to see how this model stacks up against products from Logitech and other accessory makers.

Source: ASUS YouTube

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Mkvarner

    BT 4.0 is missing Asus!

    • Andy Stetson

      Please explain to me why BT 4.0 would be needed for a keyboard. I don't understand why they would need to spend more money to put that in when there is no media or phone/contacts transfer.

      • Walkop

        Um...low power support?

        Idle power usage would plummet.

        • Andy Stetson

          AH yes, BLE... hadn't had my coffee yet, but i knew that.

    • Matthew Fry

      I'm guessing this was in development before Android supported BLE. That's not really a good excuse though.

  • j-

    "sopprots(sic!) Windows and Android".. wat?

  • BrazenRain

    Unlike the motorola keyboards it's missing a trackpad (or trackpoint)

  • http://newlegends.net Alesia Matson

    They'll have to work pretty hard to lure me away from Logitech's tablet keyboard. It's so easy to type on that I'm writing most of my second novel on it.

    • fed

      I second that. My Logitech Android / Win keyboard is just a pleasure to type on plus it looks freakin awesome!
      But this ASUS looks amazing as well!

  • Ishaan Rajiv

    Shit, that looks quite good.

  • Slawootsky

    I wish somebody came up with some sort of Type Cover for Android.

  • Frekko

    first tab kindof looks like an ipad mini

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Asus Memo Pad 8.
      I thought the same thing. I was like "Why does Asus put an iPad their instead of a Memo Pad???" xD

  • marycontrary

    Dirt seeks those gaps.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Does this suit N7 2013?