Before we bring the hate upon the Optimus keyboard, there is a bit of news that came about today. On December 12 Art.Lebedev will be accepting 103 pre-orders for the Optimus keyboard. The keyboards will ship "about May 2007" and will have a price tag of... (are you ready for this?) ... $1,200. Yes. Twelve hundred fucking dollars—pardon my French. It may be a joke by Artemy Lebedev, but regardless of the $1,200 price tag or not, the Optimus keyboard is heading in a downward spiral.
The announcements today are simply the cherry on top of the sundae why the Optimus keyboard has already failed six months before anyone actually has it. But the price isn't the only reason...
It was way back in mid 2005 when the initial prototype renderings were released. This was when I was just a mere intern, rubbing the feet of our higher ups at the time. We received roughly four million e-mails about this keyboard. People were pretty impressed, hell I was a bit star-struck myself. A keyboard with customizable LEDs keys? Wowz0r Batman!
The initial renderings were amazing and too good to be true, I guess. The keyboard itself was beautiful, not to mention the individual color OLED screens that accompanied every key that are fully customizable. The Art.Lebedev guys had a lot on their plate producing an actual keyboard like this.
Little did they know that this task would be a hard one to pull off. A year and a half later we finally understand the Optimus, which is a keyboard with black & white LCD screens that will likely be no better than the quality of the handheld solitaire game that your grandma is obsessed with. Don't believe me? Look.