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Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Two Optimus posts in one day almost smacks of Maximus hype, but it's Friday and we do have some slick new renders of the recently-christened Aux.  Optimus have tweaked the design from its initial, Pultius form: gone are the odd gaps between the columns, and an extra USB port has been added to the back.  Optimus originally suggested that the USB could be used to daisy-chain multiple keypads together.

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Optimus Aux is new name for Pultius OLED keypad

Optimus Aux is new name for Pultius OLED keypad

Optimus Labs' Pultius prototype - a numeric keypad using the OLED-embedded keys from the company's full-sized Maximus keyboard - will likely be released with the name Optimus Aux, according to the latest post on the company blog.  The fifteen key add-on will offer a lower-priced point of entry to people wanting customizable keys but unable to afford the full Maximus.

 

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Dell Inspiron 910 netbook confirmed for Thursday 4th says WSJ

Dell Inspiron 910 netbook confirmed for Thursday 4th says WSJ

Dell having grudgingly confirmed that the Inspiron 910 netbook is coming this week, now the Wall Street Journal has stepped in with an email from Box.net that confirms it will specifically drop on Thursday 4th.  Box.net, an online file store and collaborative workspace, was also confirmed to be preinstalled on the netbook

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard: 9.3mm deep with backlit keys

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard: 9.3mm deep with backlit keys

Logitech have announced their thinnest ever wired keyboard, the blandly-named Illuminated Keyboard at just 9.3mm deep.  As the title suggests, the keys are all backlit; they also use Logitech's PerfectStroke technology, so even though there's minimal depth there should still be reasonable typing feel.

Microsoft debuts SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard

Microsoft debuts SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard

Microsoft debuted the SideWinder X6 gaming keyboard today at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. The keyboard and mouse are designed specifically for gaming, but also have features that will work well with everyday activities.

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Freestyle Solo Keyboard for Mac users

Freestyle Solo Keyboard for Mac users

I have always cared just as much about my technology accessories as I do about the tech items themselves. I'm not really sure why, but I'm highly particular about what I pair together. Which means I always like checking out even boring accessories like keyboards.

Optimus Popularis 3D prototype shot released

Optimus Popularis 3D prototype shot released

After teasing with a foam mockup, Art Lebedev Studios have released the first 3D prototype shot of the in-development Optimus Popularis keyboard.  The keyboard is shorter than the original Optimus Maximus, with the extra row of shortcut keys moved from the left of the main keys to above the function keys.  However it seems to share the same each-key-a-display setup, although the space key display is now full-length rather than the small square OLED on the Maximus.

Optimus Popularis sub-$1k follow-up to Maximus shuns OLED

Optimus Popularis sub-$1k follow-up to Maximus shuns OLED

Art Lebedev Studios, the team behind the Optimus Maximus keyboard, have released some fresh (if scant) detail on their next project.  Named Optimus Popularis, as the name suggests it's another keyboard but one aimed more at general consumers.  Estimating a sub-$1,000 final pricetag, it apparently won't use OLEDs for the keys but "will be based on a totally different principle".

AlphaGrip bulbous UMPC concept: more buttons than sense

AlphaGrip bulbous UMPC concept: more buttons than sense

It must be galling for all the smartphone and UMPC manufacturers who have tried so desperately to slim their products down into wafer-thin tablets, when actually what's needed is a huge, ergonomically-bulging game-controller-on-steroids.  At least, that's what designer of the AlphaGrip Handheld Computer believes; their entry for the Next-Gen PC Design competition is reminiscent of an XBox 360 controller only with masses of buttons and chording keys underneath for text entry.  There's even a flip-up touchscreen display, flanked by - you guessed it - more controls.

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

What's the coolest keyboard that you've seen? I wouldn't be surprised if you said the Optimus Maximus. Honestly, that's probably the coolest one I've ever seen too. It seems that ThinkGeek is pretty impressed with it as well, so impressed, that they have decided to add it to their site for purchase.

Saitek PK17U Cyborg gaming keyboard – might come alive and blind you with its lights

Saitek PK17U Cyborg gaming keyboard – might come alive and blind you with its lights

This keyboard almost scares me a little, I mean its certainly intimidating to look at. It has too much lighting, I mean there are all the lights and such on the bezel above the keys, and then there are 3 different colors of backlights that can be adjusted in brightness or even mixed in an color combination with the other two colors and then common gaming keys have their own special lighting as well as metal key caps.

Intel’s Netbook goes bye bye – now called SmartBook

Intel’s Netbook goes bye bye – now called SmartBook

Actually Intel is referring to the whole line of these notebooks as Netbooks, so technically it’s not totally gone. But, the notebook isn’t actually being manufactured by Intel so they are letting all the manufacturers of this platform of notebooks choose their own name for theirs.

Right now there is a manufacturer in Malaysia, they are calling theirs the SmartBook. There will be two different models, both with Intel Celeron processors, a half gig of RAM, and b/g WIFI.

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