The Optimus Maximus keyboard was the most buzzed about product upon the announcement made by Russian company Art. Lebedev Studio last 2008. It may have looked standard, but its OLED feature is patterned on each of its keyboard, making it one for the books.
Perhaps another eyebrow-raising fact about the Optimus Maximus keyboard is that it comes with a hefty price tag of $1,500 when it first came out. So aside from its OLED technology, what else can one expect from this innovative keyboard? Read on and find out.
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The main feature of the Optimus Maximus is the OLED screen, which lights up as bright as expected. User interaction is greatly observed with this keyboard, and it works by showing the current function of the keys. An example is when users press the shift key, prompting the keyboard to automatically display uppercase letters.
The OLED screen is capable of displaying just about anything. Static keys become a thing of the past with GIFs and even MOV formats. It is also capable of using any language like Ancient Greek, Georgian, Hiragana, and Arabic, to name a few. Computer programmers can also take advantage of the fact that the Optimus Maximus can be customized to use HTML codes and math functions. For normal users they also can change the layout from QWERTY to DVORAK according to their preference.
The Optimus Maximus also comes with a software to be able to program each button to display whatever layouts the user chooses.
Aside from its ability to customize with just a simple click on the button, users can enjoy the quality of OLED. But as most products in the market are nowadays, there are a couple of disadvantages some customers have encountered with the Optimus Maximus.
For one thing, the space between the keys is limited, making it not ideal for typing. It is also loud and heavy, even to the point of being too bulky for a computer table. Do not expect the Optimus Maximus to be wireless technology, as it requires wiring to be connected to your computer and comes with an AC adapter as well.
As for OLED technology, the image does not fit the whole key and is not known to last very long compared to LCD. But don’t fret, experts are looking forward for it to improve and release more revolutionary models in the future.
Just in case you are interested in the Optimus Maximus despite its setbacks, the keyboard requires the following specs to work:
- Windows XP/ Vista/ Mac OSX 10.4.8
- 20 MB disk space
- 256 RAM
Unfortunately, you can only get the product from resellers nowadays since production of this model has been discontinued since 2014. However, the Optimus Popularis has taken its place and features a large LCD screen under a sleek transparent keyboard instead of individual OLED keys.