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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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Too bad... oh and notice the girls?
By Belard on 2/23/2008 4:42:06 AM , Rating: 2
This is the first of such a product. Perhaps in another few more years when OLED tech is cheaper and more developerment for a better keyboard will come out.

After two years, the developers of this keyboard should have ACTUALLY used it to see how much of a pain it us to use. For some of us, the feel of a keyboard is important and is why we pay $20, $40, $100 for a keyboard. Those OLD IBM keyboard like the one showed above is one of the best ones ever made. In fact, I am using a keyboard that I bought in 1998... Its a Lite-On, Very simular to the MS-Natual. The letters haven't worn off because its not made as cheaply as todays $50~100 keyboards that USE DECALS!!

I paid $28 for this thing. It so old, it has an AT-keyboard connector (not PS2) Yet a $70 Logitech or Microsoft keyboard uses bloody DECALS!? Its gonna suck when this thing dies.

The problem with this OLED keyboard is not that the keys are mechanical (I grew up with such keyboards in the 80s) - but bad design.

In the prototypes they showed, unless they used photo-shop, you couldn't see the screens themselves. Like they used dark smoked plastic.

Hey, Anyone else see the two nudish girls on the User-Keys? Its red. They are the girls from Tat-too, Russian lesbian duo. ;) Why is there a key for that?

There is a future for these types of keyboard, but it'll be a few more years.

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