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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 DeepBlue1975 on 2/23/2008 8:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
True. It was not meant for corporate use from the beginning, but rather targeted towards the wealthy gaming crowd out there.

Problem is, when they first talked about this keyboard (mid 2005 I think, with an ETA of late 2005 that was obviously a little delayed) the cost was said to be much less than this.

IT professionals don't need a gizmo like this. We just need standard qwerty layout, and we usually don't look at the keys while we type.
CAD professionals might benefit from it and in many industrial applications in which you don't need to type but to "trigger actions" for very specific applications could be useful too, for example disabling keys that are not allowed in certain contexts, etc.

Macdonalds and the likes? touchscreens. having a $1500 keyboard with more than one hundred keys could be a bit cumbersome.

From a personal standpoint, I'm so much more interested in voice recognition than this. I'm even trying a software which can take voice input to type text messages on my cell phone (voicemode for symbian, in case someone is interested in stuff like this)


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