If you’re above the age of 30, you will surely remember having to lug your heavy PC and Monitor to your friend’s house for a Multiplayer Gaming session. Or moving to another apartment, and dreading having to schlepp one of the super-heavy PCs of yore to the new destination. Luckily, computers are getting ever smaller, more compact, and useful these days. Although there are plenty of compact PC’s on the market, a company called Acooo wanted to combine the two (arguably) most important components of the PC experience into one compact unit. A full Android PC inside a Keyboard? Stroke of genius, or gimmicky idea?. Read on and decide for yourself.
Called the OneBoard PRO+ (One Board…. hehehe, get it?), this unique PC concept sports a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 Processor at 1.8GHz, 2 Gigabytes of RAM, and 16GB of eMMC Storage. In addition, there are all of the modern features people crave, such as an SD Card Slot, USB Slot, and, of course 802.11 b/g/n Wifi. Of course these days, Bluetooth is all the rage, so that is included as well, so you can connect all your digital gadgets to it.
While not the fastest machine on the market, and certainly not the beefiest bang for your buck, this unique contender offers a very intriguing computing experience nonetheless. You will not be able to play the latest games on it, but you will definitely get some good work done with this minimalist setup.
The best part? The Keyboard is a Mechanical Keyboard. While most younger people probably won’t care so much, these words bring delight to the ears of veteran keyboard warriors. There is just something special about the clickity click sound and the feel of the mechanical keys under your fingers. It’s a bit like the difference between digital and analogue audio; difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t know the difference, but immediately liked by veterans and novices alike.
Since this is the 21st century after all, the keyboard has been modernised by featuring multi-coloured LED illuminated keys, so you can actually see what you are typing – even in the dimly lit interiors, avid keyboard warriors like to call their homes. Ever had problems finding that tiny headphone input on modern PCs and Laptops? Well, that is illuminated as well on this machine, just in case you ever have to plug your headphones in in the dark.
Oh, there is one more feature that will surely get your attention. This PC serves a dual purpose of PC and Keyboard, so if you don’t want to use the PC part, you can always just plug it into the USB port of an existing PC and transform it into a quite capable Keyboard. Two computers on your desk is never a bad thing, especially if one of them is as unique and eclectic as this one.
Retailing at $299, it is not the cheapest keyboard on the market, but it is also not the most expensive Android-based PC at that price. Whether or not that bang is worth your bucks is entirely up to you. If you’re ready to order your own OneBoard PRO+, head over to AliExpress and enjoy this unique contraption.