Optimus Popularis keyboard gets better looking, closer to reality

Art Lebedev's Optimus Maximus keyboard is pretty slick, but c'mon, let's be real: blowing over $2,000 on a keyboard is hard to justify. The little brother of the Maximus, the Popularis, is now up for pre-order, and it's just as good looking but way more affordable.

Like the Maximus, every single key on the Popularis keyboard is comprised of a 64x64 pixel OLED screen that you can customize to display whatever image you want, or even video at up to 10 frames per second. You won't get as many buttons on the Popularis as on the Maximus, but instead, you'll get an LCD strip between the number keys and function keys that acts as a secondary, programmable display.

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Drool. Not bad for a budget keyboard from Art Lebedev, right? And it only costs about half as much as the Optimus Maximus, putting it at right around $1100 for all you cheapskates out there. In fact, you might as well order two of them so that you can use the first one as a doorstop or to prop up that wobbly table leg or something. Pre-orders are open now, and the keyboards should be shipping by the midle of next year.

Art Lebedev, via Engadget

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