Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard now shipping, "shows promise"

February 22, 2008

Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard now shipping, "shows promise" Everyone’s favorite most overpriced keyboard is now beginning to trickle out in shipments.  Art Lebedev has begun shipping the keyboards out to customers, later than predicted but better late than never.  You can pick from several variants as well.

The keyboard is available in either white or black with one, 10, 47 or 113 active keys.  “Active” meaning the keys are configurable and have a tiny OLED display in them.  If you order a keyboard without the full 113 set, additional active keys can be ordered and your keyboard can be upgraded on an “as needed” basis.

Prices range from $462 with one active key to just over $1,500 for all 113 keys.  It’s pricey, but oh so pretty.

Reviewers have even been getting them in.  Engadget received its keyboard and said that it “shows promise” given the early state of the firmware.  There’s no doubt it will improve with time.  Here’s its video of the configuration and installation utility.

I look at it this way, you can either buy that new computer or you can buy this keyboard.  Just don’t plug it in to a $400 PC purchased at Walmart, which would shame it.

I’m going to sit back and wait impatiently for Logitech to snap up the technology and mass produce it while throwing in a variant of multitouch for about $500, which is what I’m willing to pay for it.  What’s your price?

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One Response to “Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard now shipping, "shows promise"”

  1. erik:

    Foxconn, if you remember, manufactures many of Apple’s iPods while at the same time breaking Chinese labor laws—which to us screams low, low prices. The team-up will bear fruit “as early as summer,” bringing keyboards with OLED keys

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