Keyboard Envy


We got it bad.  Check out this keyboard aptly named “Optimus Maximus”

The king of keyboards sports every feature you could possible imagine including the ability to program each key individually, display current system stats such as CPU usage on a key, play a gif or screenshot on a key, and blow up the world with the press of a button. This keyboard will strike fear into the heart of your enemies and envy in the fingertips of your friends.

With the price of this keyboard over $1500, you can either pay your mortgage this month or sit at the helm of ultimate nerdiness. I don’t think my wife is gonna let me sit at the helm…

Thinkgeek.com and two other places I checked said they were sold out. I found the Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard available on Amazon.com, but there was only 1 left- either it’s very popular or very expensive to manufacture.

Here are the specs:

Product Features

  • Revolutionary Keyboard Features a tiny OLED screen on each key. 113 screens total.
  • Each key can be individually programmed to perform a series of functions, open an application or run an Applescript (Mac only)
  • Various System Monitor functions can dynamically display on a key including CPU usage, CPU temperature, Network Speed, and Memory Usage
  • Play a GIF animation or Quicktime movie on a Key
  • Paint images across all keys at once in your image editor of choice
  • Key sets can be linked to an application, so whenever you open that app the appropriate keys come up
  • Powerful layer function allows you to combine existing key sets in different ways
  • Use any language with the appropriate key images including Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Quenya, and Hiragana.
  • Display notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions or any other special symbol.
  • Any key (or to be exact, a unit consisting of a cap, a microchip and a display) can be easily removed by hands to be cleaned or replaced
  • Built in USB hub
  • SD Card Slot for Storing keyboard Settings

System Requirements

  • PC with installed OS Windows XP or Vista, with a USB 1.1 (or better 2.0) port; Mac OS X 10.5.1 or higher.
  • At least 20 MB of free space on hard drive.
  • At least 256 MB of RAM.

Product Specifications

  • Keyboard Dimensions: Length 537 mm, Width 173 mm, Height 38 mm
  • Key Dimensions: 20.2 x 20.2 mm
  • Display Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 mm viewable area on each key
  • Display Resolution: 48 x 48 pixels per key
  • Frame Rate: 10 FPS
  • Color Depth: 65,536 Colors
  • Viewing Angle: 160 degrees

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA.

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