Acooo Mechanical Keyboard Has Upgradeable Android PC Built-In

Some of the earliest (micro)computers, including the venerable Commodore 64 and Apple II, were crammed inside keyboards. So, Chinese vendor Acooo's OneBoard Pro+ might evoke a tinge of nostalgia. It's a compact mechanical keyboard, built into which is an upgradeable quad-core computer running Android 4.4.

 

 

The OneBoard's key switches are Cherry's linear MX Black type, and they're all backlit. These and the silvery aluminium case hide a 1.8Ghz Rockchip RK3288 SoC with four ARM Cortex-A17 CPU cores, ARM Mali-T764 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, WiFi-n, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Much of those guts are on a removable slot-in module, suggesting the potential availability of future system upgrades. You'll be stuck with the two USB ports, 32GB SD card reader, HDMI video output, and lone headphone jack whatever you upgrade to, though.

 

"5V/2A" is the AC adapter input, and the DVI-looking port is... well, keep reading"5V/2A" is the AC adapter input, and the DVI-looking port is... well, keep reading

 

Interestingly, Acooo integrated a sort of KVM into the OneBoard Pro+, allowing you to share the keyboard part with another PC. A cable with a DVI-looking connector on one end and USB+HDMI on the other attaches the two systems, and the mouse and display attached to the OneBoard are toggled between the setups with the touch of a button.

 

The small card at mid-left is the upgradeable moduleThe small card at mid-left is the upgradeable module

 

All in all, Acooo's OneBoard Pro+ is a quirky little system. If it tickles your fancy, they're $299 USD each at AliExpress.