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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 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...

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