$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. 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.


  2. 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.

  3. Did it occur to anyone that Reality Check might simply be joking a little bit? It’s a way of commenting on the lofty price of the keyboard, not a indictment of those who spend a lot of money for things.

    Then again, I could be wrong.

  4. My prediction: 7 units sold, then a markdown to $1132.49. Then 13 units sold. Then a markdown to $992.18. Then 25 units sold. Then a markdown to $599.25. Then 41 units sold. Then a markdown to $375.15. Then 42 units sold. Then . . .

    Out of business.

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