Optimus Maximus OLED Keyboard Finally Shipping
February 22, 2008 9:57 PM
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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
has been following the long-winded saga of the
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
Unfortunately, the reviewers weren't completely impressed. While the preliminary report from
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
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
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
2/23/2008 9:23:42 AM
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.
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