A quad-core Android PC is hiding inside this mechanical keyboard

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Android By Lee Mathews Feb. 2, 2015 4:10 pm
What’s more exciting to a geek than a mechanical keyboard? Why, one that’s hiding a powerful little Android PC beneath its clicky keys, of course!
This is the OneBoard PRO+, a new product from a company called Acooo, and it harkens back to the glory days of the Commodore 64. Beneath the OneBoard’s clicky keys lies a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with two gigs of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage onboard. There’s an SD card slot and USB OTG support for expansion and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi for connecting to your network, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 support for pairing with your phone, tablet, or cordless mouse.
For a bit of added visual interest, the OneBoard features multi-colored LED illumination. It’s not just the keys that are lit, either. The headphone jack on its side glows, too, presumably to make plugging in easier in a dark room.
Based on this marketing photo, the OneBoard also lets you fire tiny missiles at would-be cameraphone creepers

The OneBoard PRO+ is very similar to the CoolShip, a trainwreck of a keyboard PC that popped up on IndieGoGo two years ago. There are some very, very big differences, however. For starters, you don’t have to worry about whether or not the OneBoard will ever ship. It’s already being manufactured by Acooo and it’s available on a number of websites including AliExpress. It’s also got real Cherry MX switches beneath its keys, not those flimsy rubbery domes.
It also has one more trick up its sleeve. Not only can you use the OneBoard PRO+ as a standalone PC, but you can also plug it in to a USB port on your computer and use it as an ordinary keyboard. That’s a nice bonus, but you’ll have to wrestle with whether that justifies a retail price of $299. It’s not hard to find a decent mechanical keyboard and a separate quad-core Android HDMI stick PC for a lot less money.
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