The Ultimate Disappointment: The Optimus Keyboard
December 8, 2006 6:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
The release date and price of the much anticipated keyboard was announced last month
snazzy Optimus keyboard
that has been
grabbing headlines since early 2005?
Fast forward to today -- the company is still getting the headlines, but for just about all of the wrong reasons. Even though many people were considerably anxious at the idea of a keyboard like the one brought forth by the Art Lebedev studio, it appears that the whole idea may just be a mere gimmick to toy with your emotions.
If you were looking forward to purchasing an Optimus keyboard, we have news that will greatly disappoint you -- The keyboards will ship around May 2007 and will have a
retail price of $1,200.
I know what you're saying right now -- and yes, that really does say $1,200! Furthermore, there will only be 130 units available when the keyboard is finally released.
When will there be more keyboards available for perhaps something less than $1,000? According to reports, more pre-orders for sub-$1000 keyboards will be shipping in September 2007.
Both the Optimus keyboard and Optimus mini three have generated a lot of buzz, but design and financial issues have caused numerous delays.
And I was actually looking forward to really testing out the keyboard!
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
why the surprise?
12/11/2006 7:45:30 PM
It's a highly programmable keyboard with 100+ tiny LCD screens. It's no surprise that it costs a bunch of money. I am just glad that they are actually going to release it. Once they sell the first batch (and I have no doubt that all 120 will sell out even at $1200), then they will have some capital to build some more. And gradually the price will come down. Count your blessings -- it seems like the thing will actually see the light of day. That in itself is more than I thought possible for a while -- it seemed like it was going to be vaporware.
RE: why the surprise?
12/12/2006 1:01:36 PM
The problem is, at that price point, there is virtually no market and no ability to build volume to where you can get to an economy of scale for price reduction. 120 units is nothing, practically zero from a volume purchasing standpoint.
"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
Optimus Keyboard Launch Date, Take 4
October 18, 2006, 12:01 PM
Updated information available on the Optimus OLED keyboard
January 9, 2006, 1:35 AM
Latest By Michael Hoffman
MC Hammer Tries to Cash in on Video Sharing
January 5, 2008, 10:18 PM
Researcher: Video Games Possibly More Analgetic Than Drugs
January 2, 2008, 4:58 PM
NASA Offers Cryptic Report of Air Traffic Safety Study
January 2, 2008, 12:02 AM
NASA: Large Asteroid Could Hit Mars Next Month
December 26, 2007, 2:41 PM
JR Tokai to Build Maglev Train Service With Own Money
December 26, 2007, 1:10 PM
International Space Updates, December 2007
December 20, 2007, 8:54 AM
Gaming Peripheral Makers Look Forward to Bright Future
December 19, 2007, 10:22 AM
U.K. Moon Mission Receives NASA Support
December 19, 2007, 4:49 AM
DoCoMo, Apple Discuss iPhone Launch in Japan
December 19, 2007, 4:43 AM
International Space Updates, December 2007
December 15, 2007, 10:37 PM
No Free Play Day for You! Microsoft Says Apparent Promotion was an Error
August 22, 2014, 2:50 PM
BlackBerry Passport to Feature Snapdragon 800 Processor, 3,450 mAh Battery
August 22, 2014, 2:05 PM
Moto X+1 Press Renders Leak, New Images Show Schematics for 4.7", 5.5" iPhone 6
August 22, 2014, 9:52 AM
BlackBerry’s Latest "Plug" for its Passport Smartphone: Displaying Sharp X-rays for Doctors
August 21, 2014, 4:49 PM
Sprint Introduces $60 Unlimited Plan, Touts $20/Month Costs Savings Versus T-Mobile
August 21, 2014, 2:05 PM
Opera Becomes Official Browser of Microsoft-Nokia's Non-Windows Phones
August 21, 2014, 1:01 PM
Most Popular Articles
Lumia 830 Gets Major Upgrades Including New 20.1 Megapixel Toshiba Sensor
August 15, 2014, 6:00 PM
GM Concedes That the Cadillac ELR Doesn’t Really Compete with the Tesla Model S
August 15, 2014, 5:42 PM
Apple Scores Patents, Preps New Reversible USB Plug for iPhone 6 Connector
August 18, 2014, 1:32 PM
New AMD Fusion-Based Laptop From HP to Pack a Punch at $199
August 18, 2014, 4:13 PM
BlackBerry Reinvents Itself, Prepares for Potential Smartphone-Free Future
August 18, 2014, 7:51 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information