OneBoard PRO+ is an Android Mechanical Keyboard Powered by Rockchip RK3288 SoC

When Coolship keyboard computer was announced in 2013, it caught the attention of some people, but unfortunately the crowdfunding campaign was a disaster despite reaching their funding target,  and few people, if any, ever received the device. But if you are a nostalgic and still would like a Commodore C64-like computer in a keyboard, a company call Acooo has designed OneBoard PRO+ based on Rockchip RK3288 processor and with a backlit mechanical keyboard housed in an aluminum case.

Rockchip_RK3288_Keyboard_ComputerOneBoard PRO+ specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3288 Quad Core Cortex A17 up to 1.8GHz with ARM Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0, Open VG1.1, OpenCL, DirectX11
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash + SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Keyboard – 83-keys QWERTY keyboard with backlit keys made of ABS plastic
  • Video Output / Input – HDMI output, DVI input
  • Audio Output / Input – HDMI, 3.5 mm jack for headphone
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port for Android only, 1x USB 2.0 port to connect a mouse.
  • Misc – Power button
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 332 x 178 x 40 mm
  • Weight – 2.76 kg

Android_Keyboard_Computer_DescriptionThe Android 4.4 keyboard comes with a power adapter and cable,  a “PC-line connect cable” with DVI connector on one side, and HDMI + USB on the other side, an HDMI cable, and a “DIY accessory tool box”. The keyboard is actually designed be used both as an Android system and a normal keyboard for your PC or Mac, acting as a dual operating system computer. The connection diagram below makes it clearer.

Oneboard_Pro+_Connection_DiagramSo the PC line is for the display and keyboard connection to your computer, and the video is always outputted via HDMI, but a USB mouse can be connected on a USB port and be used by both the computer and keyboard. The top right Yin/Yang key is used to switching between Android 4.4 and the computer input. Chinese speakers may want to have a look at the promo video.

I quite like the idea, and the design looks pretty neat, although I would have personally preferred a 104-key keyboard with a numpad. The price, however, is what may put off most people, as it sells for $289 on Banggood, or $299 on Aliexpress. For reference, OneBoard PRO+ can be found for 1299 to 2099 CNY on Taobao ($207 to $335 US).

Thanks to Onebir for the tip.

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