updated 04:20 pm EST, Thu February 21, 2008
Optimus Maximus Ships
Art Lebedev Studio today announced that it had at last begun shipping the Optimus Maximus. The anticipated keyboard builds OLED displays into the keys that can change depending on the context; Photoshop can replace normal letter keys with editing icons, for example. Also unique to the Maximus are ten keys designed just the Optimus' features and the ability to create custom profiles that can in turn be traded through removable SD cards. The controlling Mac OS X and Windows software, Optimus Configurator, also ships today.
The USB 2.0 keyboard currently sells for $462 and is shipping first to customers who began pre-ordering the keyboard last year; users who ordered a stripped-down version with passive keys will have to wait a month due to quality issues, the company says.