Asus looks set to officially release its innovative Eee Keyboard - shown as a prototype at CES earlier this year - this summer, according to reports.

The Eee Keyboard is a full multimedia computer encased in a sleek keyboard that includes a 5in LCD touchscreen. With its 800x480 resolution screen, the slim, aluminium-encased Eee Keyboard PC can be used as standalone computer. But Asus expects most users of the Wi-Fi enabled computer to hook it up to an external monitor or television, allowing users to quickly turn any screen in the house into a web surfing station or multimedia centre.

The Keyboard PC is Asus' latest, most creative experiment in net-top, or small desktop PCs. Like its netbook and net-top Eees, the Keyboard PC will be powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor. It will come with 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of solid-state disk storage.

It will run Windows XP Home Edition and will come with wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. It sports flat wide keys, similar to Apple's MacBook Pro, and appears to be able to run just on battery power, like a laptop.

The Keyboard PC's price will reportedly start at about $400 (£275) in the US for the model with VGA connectivity, scaling up to $600 (£410) for one that can wirelessly connect to HDMI televisions.