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The Optimus Maximus - All $1564 US dollars worth.

The IBM Model M, Part 1391401 - A better typing experience, just not as flashy.
$1564 buys you everything but the simplest feature - typing

DailyTech has been following the long-winded saga of the Optimus Maximus keyboard for over two years now, from its initial unveilings to the last update in May 2007 of the "pre-preorder" date -- but the final hardware has been completed, sent for shipping, and even delivered to the eager fingers of reviewers at Engadget.

Unfortunately, the reviewers weren't completely impressed. While the preliminary report from Engadget praised the brilliant OLED keys, the major selling feature of the keyboard, the sturdy construction and high-quality building materials, the review team was let down by a flaw in the fundamentals of the Optimus Maximus.

"Typing on [the Optimus Maximus], well, sucks," was the blunt assessment from the Engadget review team. "... As a whole it just requires way too much force to depress keys ... Let's put it this way, we sit around and type all day long and this thing wore us out in about 30 seconds to a minute. Carpal sufferers, beware."

More reviews should be rolling in shortly -- but if the Engadget preview is any indication, the "ultimate keyboard" may have gotten so carried up with special features that the basic functionality was left out.

However, it does stand to reason that anyone able to spend the wallet-busting $1,564 USD for the Optimus Maximus could certainly afford to pick up an old IBM Model M 1391401 as their primary unit for typing.

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RE: Serious question
By sgtdisturbed47 on 2/23/2008 3:20:58 AM , Rating: 2
You aren't being sarcastic, and the only thing good (?) about this keyboard is the fact that each key is an independent OLED screen.

In my opinion, it's just silly. A keyboard is a keyboard. I've never heard of keyboard enthusiasts, so I don't know how this silly thing is going to be marketed.

At that price tag and what little it offers, I don't see what there is to gain from spending that much on a keyboard. And apparently, it take a lot of force to get the key to register being pressed.

It's a pure geek toy, that's all.

RE: Serious question
By onereddog on 2/23/2008 4:12:59 AM , Rating: 5
Do you not have an imagination?
My god if I had the money I would be all over this.

Think about it:
In photoshop you can hold ctrl or whatever and the keys will change and display all you shortcuts or macros.
Space flights sims will finally make sense.

RE: Serious question
By Urkis on 2/23/2008 9:52:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah you can make some pretty cool educational games with this too (the game "memory" comes to mind). However, doesn't OLED suffer from burn-in? That would be the most serious flaw since most keys will remain fairly static. Perhaps you can run some kind of "key saver" software on it?

RE: Serious question
By MrBungle on 2/23/2008 5:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
Here's an imaginative idea: save $1500 by printing out a list of macros and putting that next to your keyboard.

Then spend that $1500 on something other than a keyboard!

RE: Serious question
By spartan014 on 2/25/2008 4:18:50 AM , Rating: 2

And once you get too cozy with your Optimus Maximus and
WHAM..!! You can now work only on your own machine..

To be more precise..

You are at your friend's place and can't remember that
particular key combination because OM has spoiled you...

RE: Serious question
By psychobriggsy on 2/23/2008 9:23:42 AM , Rating: 2
It looks strong enough to use to bludgeon someone to death as well.

There's enough flight sim buffs and rich geeks to give this product a market, if the key stiffness is resolved.

In five to ten years, now the tech and drivers are mostly done, you'll be able to get an OLED keyboard for $200 that performs better than this.

RE: Serious question
By semo on 2/23/2008 9:31:22 AM , Rating: 3
one thing you people don't get. this keyboard isn't for geeks or "keyboard enthusiasts" but for people that spend 20k (pick a currency) on a bathtub. it's for rich kids' bachelor pads.

no one needs to look at their keyboard for photoshop shortcuts or which key brings up the knife in cs. it's like race cars with with traction control and an ac. a boy racer might buy a drop top clk but a pro racer knows better.

so to sum up: this oled keyboard is not for enthusiasts and professionals

RE: Serious question
By JohnQuar on 2/23/2008 10:09:50 AM , Rating: 2
no one needs to look at their keyboard for photoshop shortcuts or which key brings up the knife in cs. it's like race cars with with traction control and an ac. a boy racer might buy a drop top clk but a pro racer knows better.

Great point, I was getting excited about the idea of the keyboard but you are exactly right, I'm thinking it would be more of a distraction than anything.

RE: Serious question
By semo on 2/23/2008 11:43:45 AM , Rating: 2
i'll admit that learners might need to look at the keys for shortcuts or what not. but even then it will be cheaper to buy a 2nd monitor and show a virtual keyboard on it or even draw a picture of a keyboard in paint.

this product isn't meant for practical uses at its current price point

RE: Serious question
By retrospooty on 2/23/2008 9:58:15 AM , Rating: 2
Its really useful for customized business apps. The possibilities are limitless. That is the current audience, not really consumers.

RE: Serious question
By JustTom on 2/23/2008 11:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
What sort of custom business apps?

RE: Serious question
By Xodus Maximus on 2/23/2008 11:45:18 AM , Rating: 2
Excel Mobile, spreadsheets on the go, for those that can't budget while sitting at a desk, duh

RE: Serious question
By Xodus Maximus on 2/24/2008 1:44:33 AM , Rating: 2
Ignore my comment, it seems I confused this thread with the Zune XNA one, oops

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