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$99 Linux PC in a keyboard launches

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THE ASUS EEE KEYBOARD might be the most desirable computer in a keyboard design, but it’s unlikely to be cheap once it launches considering all the little tweaks Asus had done to it since it was announced. Enter the NorhTec Gecko Surfboard, the $99 PC in a keyboard that runs Linux on a 1GHz x86 SoC. If you found the Eee Keyboard to be way too powerful for your needs, then look no further as the Gecko Surfboard won’t break any performance records.

Feature wise the Gecko Surfboard has a couple of interesting points worth noting. First it has two SDHC card slots of which one can be used to boot the OS. The basic $99 version doesn’t come with a hard drive, but there’s space internally for a 2.5-inch IDE unit. The Gecko Surfboard doesn’t require a computer screen, although it does have a D-sub connector, but it can also be connected to a TV using a composite vide connector. It also comes with a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a serial port, 10/100Mbit Ethernet and two audio jacks for headphones and a mic. Optional extras include an 802.11b/g WiFi module and surprisingly a 3G data module.

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