$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 did Art Lebedev arrive at that price?

    Honestly, I not trying to be a smart $%^.

    Is it because of production costs?

    Is it because it was designed by Artemy Lebedev?

    Is it because it is a work of art?

    Short run manufacturing?

    Is each one hand made?

    Is it because the parts are expensive?

    The store at their site says that the next “lot” will be arriving in December of 2007. Is the keyboard already being manufactured in China?

  2. Whilst some of you get the OLEDs, most of you are too young to remember the original keyboards were around the same price (more actually, esp’ in todays money)when first released – yes, I do mean the most basic board you can imagine.

  3. Sorry, but I’ve never seen so many stupid comments together. Most of you doesn’t even know what to do with this keyboard. While I was Googling to find smth like this. You see, people of the Pentium 2 era, today each program has its own keyboard shortcuts, and you cannot remember everything. Let aside programs for video editing, design and photography, engineering, etc. etc. This keyboard is the future, you can bet on it. The matter is that is just expensive. If it was in the $150-300 range I would have bought it (depending how much the board can recognize which program I am on to light the right figures).

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