$1564 Optimus Maximus LED keyboard enters pre-order phase

“Russian design studio Art Lebedev opened its online store for pre-orders of the Optimus Maximus LED keyboard. The first shipment of 200 keyboards was sold within one day, despite the keyboard’s hefty price tag of $1564.37,” Wolfgang Gruener reports for TG Daily.

“According to a note posted on Art Lebedev’s website, the first 200 buyers will be receiving their keyboard in early January. The next 200 keyboards will ship after December 20, with another 400 becoming available in early January,” Gruener reports.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lurker_PC” for the heads up.]


  1. “How many starving Africans could $1564 feed, for fucks sake.”

    What an asinine thing to say. Let me guess, Reality Check: You’re in serious need of one. A reality check, that is. Do you use a Mac or a Windows box? Did you ask yourself that question when you purchased the computer? Probably not, right?

    If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. Personally I think it’s excessive for what it does. But I thought the first iPod was overpriced too. And look at them now.

    There are plenty of items for sale in this world that some people consider excessively priced. But to others the cost isn’t unreasonable. It’s all relative.

    Kind of like the fact that you could feed starving Americans with that money, too. Or Slovakians. Or Somalians. Or Koreans.

  2. @ Reality Check: One fat one! Aaaaha! ha! ha! haaaaaa!!!!!

    Before you post back claiming that I am insensitive, we all should occassionally pick the log from our eyes before trying to pick the speck from our neighbours eye.

  3. Hey “Reality Check” — you’re a fool. Yaah, tis thing is overpriced. I expected it to be $200, tops. But, uh, way to trot out quasi-racist stereotypes with your “starving Africans” remark, douchebag. So I guess I should feel guilty now about the $3500 I spent on my replica Japanese sword collection or the $6500 I’ve got invested in my Mac system?

    Oh, you’re right … I DO feel guilty for those starving Africans.


  4. This is a great idea, but all that is needed at the moment (to keep price down) is a panel of, say, 10 keys on the left or right of the main keyboard area which can change colours, change images, etc.

    This would make the keyboard a lot less expensive, and allow for greater adoption by computer-using customers and developers, who all need to get used to this new possibility.

    It’s too much, too early. Let’s hope Apple does something with this technology.

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