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TechSpot: OCZ Sabre OLED Gaming Keyboard review

Art Lebedev Studio created a whirlwind of excitement when their Optimus Maximus keyboard concept surfaced in 2005. The peripheral touted a full set of OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) buttons that were 100% user-customizable and downright amazing-looking.

I had the opportunity to see it in person at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show as well as get some hands-on time with its little brother, the Mini Three. The hype was real and the technology very cool indeed. I wanted one, as did nearly everyone else -- that is, until the company revealed how much it would cost. Priced at over $1,400, the Optimus Maximus remains more fantasy than reality, as the closest most users will come to it are the photos and videos available online.

Fortunately for those interested in OLED keyboard technology, Art Lebedev isn't the only player around. OCZ Technology recently released their Sabre OLED Gaming Keyboard, which features a bank of nine programmable OLED keys and a significantly cheaper price tag.

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I'm still not sure how this is at all useful. The keys have custom pictures on them or something. I'm sorry but if you are looking at your keyboard for a button instead of the screen you are going to get wtfpwned.

A guy at my work got one of those wow themed gaming keyboards a few years ago from a family member for christmas. It was hideous. But we ended up having a lot of fun switching out the secretary's keyboard for it.

jesus... that's 135 dollars?

that's a rip off for sure. because for gaming a quality mouse if far better than a quality keyboard.

ThaCrip said,
jesus... that's 135 dollars?

that's a rip off for sure. because for gaming a quality mouse if far better than a quality keyboard.

And it doesn't look like that good a keyboard either...

Cursor and home blocks are in the wrong* place. Fire it into the sun!

(*I don't care how many recent keyboards have done it; it's still wrong and pointless, all to save 3cm of width, and then they add a huge amount of width on the left side? WTF!)