$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. For example: How about stopping our own drug companies from developing GM crops under the guise of starving Africans?

    If African Countries take up the GM crop, they will only be able to achieve a single harvest, the next time they plant the seeds they have saved from the previous harvest as they currently do, the new seeds will not germinate unless they buy expensive activators to activate the growth gene.

    Then they have to buy weed killer which will not target the GM plants, but all other plants being killed will deny pollen and nector to bees, butterflies, ants and birds like the Humming bird that feeds solely on nector, because when the harvest is done, the soil will be left barren, when weeds would come into their own.

    I write this based on the canadian farmers who were forced to pay compensation to Monsanto for growing genetically modified plants. These farmers were organic farmers who had the misfortune of their plants being pollinated by GM crops that were supposedly miles away. Of course we conveniently forget that pollen can survive for hundreds of years.

    What legacy are we leaving our children by allowing these to occur in uncontrolled experiments?

  2. I think part of the LED funtionality is to assign different icons to different keys with different tasks to them, and be able to switch to and from specific layouts for different apps.

  3. While it is expensive I don’t think many people here get the idea. Yes your Macbook Pro does come with led lit keys. But this keyboard you can change the keys. Like say you were playing WoW you can change the A key to have the left arrow .. or a bomb or a spell .. whatever you want. They key’s have lcd screens in them

  4. People here are missing the point, or else not reading the full article. Apple’s keyboards with ambient light sensors just brighten in dim light. On this keyboard each key displays a changeable image. It does NOT have a fixed letter. In other words, if I wanted the keyboard to display Chinese characters (or Kanji, or Cyrillic characters) instead of the Latin (Western) alphabet, I just flip a switch in System Preferences. It’s like the old OS 9 Key Caps desk accessory — on the actual friggin’ keyboard! How cool is that?

    Or say you are using Photoshop and flip a setting and each of keys now display on icon that shows what function each key is assigned to, like Cut, or Paste, or Crop. Or you’re in a FPS and the keys display icons for forward, backwards, change ammo, shoot, etc.

    Now are we getting it?

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