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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 JustTom on 2/23/2008 2:54:59 PM , Rating: 3
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Seriously, in a high-volume business environment, $1500 is nothing compared to improving service and throughput. I've seen businesses pay 1,000X as much just for a software upgrade that would save typists a couple keystrokes.

It would be $1500 per POS location, which certainly would add up in a fast food retail situation.
Your point on touch screens is a good one, in a POS situation such as the OP described touch screens are already used and probably have a much greater utility than this keyboard.

I think this technology is cool, it has potential but whether it will ever be practical to deploy in any but the most limited circumstances is in my mind doubtful. Most people who use keyboards for a living seldom even look at the keys, whether they would with this product is something that can only be speculated on.


RE: Serious question
By HOOfan 1 on 2/23/2008 3:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
sure they could get a bulk discount, but even at $800 per unit it would be about $800 x average of 2 registers per outlet x 10,000 or so locations in the US = $16M


RE: Serious question
By mcnabney on 2/24/2008 1:20:23 AM , Rating: 3
Lets see. More like 5 per McDonalds, 31,000 restaurants worldwide at $800 a pop. That would be 124M just for the devices. Add new/modified POS stations, replacements (are these milkshake proof?), support, and training. That would be a half billion dollar project. Not going to happen.


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