We love the Optimus Maximus keyboard and I presume all sane-minded readers share our touchy feeling inclinations. Still, it's expensive and nothing more highlights this than the company's latest attempt to make it less so...
Aware that the majority of us are penny pinching chaps and chapettes with barely two coins to rub together, creator the Art Lebedev Studio has come up with 'configurations' designed to lower the cost.
As such the Optimus Maximus keyboard is now available with different arrays of 'active buttons' (ie its OLED programmable ones) meaning that owners can choose to leave other, less used, areas as standard keys. Four configurations are available starting with just the spacebar (which seems rather pointless to me), the left side strip of hotkeys, only the letter keys or the full shebang.
How does this price out? Well, having OLEDs on every key works out at an incredible €1,256, just the letters brings that down to €802, the hotkeys selection comes to €481 and the solitary spacebar option is €371. Yep, we're still in Ouchville. If there is to be a so-called 'sweet spot' however it is probably just the letters since the rest seem to be fairly obvious and easily programmable/memorable keys on any standard keyboard.
Funnily enough, should you somehow rustle up the necessary readies for your chosen option you'll still have to wait until the next shipments arrive in February. This is because, no matter how expensive or obscene something may be - if it is desirable there are always many people out there with more money (and faster access to it) than you.
Sorry guys. Hard Facts of Life Lesson #106.