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$1000 Optimus Popularis Keyboard Gets a Shipping Date

By - Source: Artlebedev | B 51 comments

It may be more expensive than your PC, but at least it looks good!

Last summer, we heard about Art Lebedev Studio's Optimus Popularis keyboard concept, a shockingly expensive peripheral that replaced traditional keyboard buttons with customizable OLED screens. Originally planned for a late 2010 release, the keyboard was pushed back along with news of a new six LCD keypad hopping into production as well.After years of waiting, it looks like Lebedev is finally ready to reveal its final product, the updated Optimus Popularis that is now officially available for preorder. Although the device won't ship until June 2012, you'd better act quickly as the price is expected to jump 30% after the preorder period. That's assuming you have $1100 sitting around waiting to be spent, of course.

So what could possibly make a keyboard worth more than $1000? How about 262,144 unique colors, a backlit LCD screen, a 64x64 pixel grid for each key and complete customization. Each key can be set up with custom static images, gifs or even mov files with a frame rate of up to 10fps. Lebedev likes to describe its keyboard as "A million keyboards in one" and we couldn't agree more, especially since the price tag feels like a million keyboards smacking your wallet across the face.

But for the individuals who enjoy owning diamond studded computer mice and gold plated iPhones, the Optimus Popularis will be an excellent addition to the family of things to show off. If you're ready to part with $1086/€747, or if you just want to drool at a few more pictures of the Optimus Popularis, head on over to Lebedev's preorder page here.If the price tag of the Popularis is a bit too intimidating, perhaps you'll enjoy the Optimus Mini Six Keypad, with six fully customizable keys at the cost of $376 or €258. The Mini Six won't be shipping until as late as November 1, 2012 but the preorder is available now along with the Popularis.

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    JOSHSKORN , December 23, 2011 11:35 PM
    If this actually becomes popular, this will be a prime (ouch, you didn't see that, Hasbro) example as to how stupid our society has become, always spending exorbitant amounts of money on "making you look good". They should just call this the Kardashian Keyboard.
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    nikorr , December 23, 2011 11:09 PM
    Dying to get one.... Not.
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    nikorr , December 23, 2011 11:09 PM
    Dying to get one.... Not.
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    Tmanishere , December 23, 2011 11:19 PM
    Wow, pretty... pretty damn expensive.
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    shine8210 , December 23, 2011 11:24 PM
    Logitech G19 FTW!!!
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    JOSHSKORN , December 23, 2011 11:35 PM
    If this actually becomes popular, this will be a prime (ouch, you didn't see that, Hasbro) example as to how stupid our society has become, always spending exorbitant amounts of money on "making you look good". They should just call this the Kardashian Keyboard.
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    Ninja Pants , December 23, 2011 11:39 PM
    The Optimus Maximus is $1,800 so compared to that I guess it could be considered good value? Too bad about the design though, looks terrible, not at all ergonomic and its not a full keyboard. If your rich and stupid stick with the Maximus.
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    clivene09 , December 23, 2011 11:45 PM
    This should be the docking keyboard for the Transformer Prime.
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    ukraine01 , December 23, 2011 11:47 PM
    Can be useful for video/music editing on PC if you can define each key with its special function or effect that you create.
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    amuffin , December 24, 2011 12:05 AM
    I'm waiting for the chinese rip off of this. 1000 seems kind of steep.
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    alidan , December 24, 2011 12:08 AM
    ukraine01Can be useful for video/music editing on PC if you can define each key with its special function or effect that you create.


    not to mention custom images for each key so you don't have to memorize the layouts,
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    mildgamer001 , December 24, 2011 12:13 AM
    what...the...hell? even that 6 key, useless little white turd cost more than my laptop and desktop combined!!! and if you are going to spend 1000$ on a keyboard, at least get a full one thats say, i dont know made of marble and platinum?
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    kronos_cornelius , December 24, 2011 1:03 AM
    Clearly none of the engineering working on this keyboard are touch typist. The reason touch typing makes you productive is because you don't have to constantly look down to type. Therefore, optimus keyword = suboptimus productivity.
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    intel4eva , December 24, 2011 1:14 AM
    I forgot to mention this, but the keyboard looks way too thick. Like, waaaaay too thick.
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    jonathan1683 , December 24, 2011 1:37 AM
    what an ugly hunk of junk I wouldn't for 50 bucks for it.
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    jsc , December 24, 2011 1:47 AM
    Another solution looking for a problem.
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    thesnappyfingers , December 24, 2011 2:01 AM
    oops! spilled my coffee.
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2011 2:14 AM
    Want a million keyboards in one? Get a Das Keyboard.
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    Darkk , December 24, 2011 4:09 AM
    This isn't something for the average user. I can see this being popular for specialized applications such as kiosks at the mall or at a convention to assist people using their application.

    Darkk
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    tlmck , December 24, 2011 4:17 AM
    Yep! Those ought to fly off the shelves just like the new Commodore computers.
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    lathe26 , December 24, 2011 5:13 AM
    The problem with these keyboards is that most of the time you are looking at your monitors, not the keyboard. In a game, if you take your eyes off the screen, you're dead.

    That said, these would be great for complex editing software (ex: music or video editing) and would work for _some_ game situations (ex: for infrequently used keys such as "bury army mine").
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    nebun , December 24, 2011 5:17 AM
    now this is the ugliest thing i have ever seen....why does it cost so much?
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