ASUS have been gradually transitioning to chiclet-style keyboards on their Eee PC netbooks, with the latest model to get the new style being the Eee PC 1000HA. If you’re an existing owner looking longingly at the new layout, meanwhile, and specifically have an ASUS Eee PC 1000H, you can fudge your own update with the keyboard from the Eee PC 1000HE.
It’s not just an aesthetic upgrade, either. ASUS bizarrely played around with the keyboard layout on the 1000H, one of the most obvious changes being the right-hand shift key getting nudged across by the up arrow. The 1000HE keyboard, however, has a more standard layout.
There’s a little modification required before the keyboard panel slots in – basically snipping off a few metal tabs – but it looks relatively easy from EeeUser.com forum member Barovelli’s photos (some of which are reproduced here). Not all users are reporting 100-percent key success, however, so don’t throw away your old ‘board.
The replacement 1000HE keyboard is priced at $15 through ASUS; however, it’s currently listed as out of stock.