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Art Lebedev ships first Maximus OLED keyboards

updated 04:20 pm EST, Thu February 21, 2008

Optimus Maximus Ships

Art Lebedev Studio today announced that it had at last begun shipping the Optimus Maximus. The anticipated keyboard builds OLED displays into the keys that can change depending on the context; Photoshop can replace normal letter keys with editing icons, for example. Also unique to the Maximus are ten keys designed just the Optimus' features and the ability to create custom profiles that can in turn be traded through removable SD cards. The controlling Mac OS X and Windows software, Optimus Configurator, also ships today.

The USB 2.0 keyboard currently sells for $462 and is shipping first to customers who began pre-ordering the keyboard last year; users who ordered a stripped-down version with passive keys will have to wait a month due to quality issues, the company says.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Holy Cow!

    That is like spending 400 dollars on a pair of tennis shoes. That price is a bit steep. Nice yes, but still expensive!

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $400? you WISH...

    ... The $400ish keyboard has _one_ OLED key: the space bar.

    You want a keyboard with all the buttons with OLEDs? Try $1500!!!!!!!

    I think I'll wait for Logitech or MS..

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As long as I can buy...

    one key at a time, it's doable. Might take a few years, but it's definitely doable.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    um, cost is wrong

    The Optimus is $1500, not $500.

    And I don't know why they are shrinking the entire keyboard when all the 'programmable' keys are just going to be along the top. Having a full-size, normal keyboard isn't a significant expense for a just under $1000 keyboard and it's not like this is for portable use.

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