If you are blessed with good memory, then you would probably remember about the major update that was bestowed upon the Mini Six and Optimus Popularis back in the month of June. Interestingly enough, Art Lebedev now makes a right comeback just slightly before the year’s end by putting its premium Optimus Popularis keyboard up for pre-order.
Pretty much similar to the striking Maximus, the new Popularis from the Russian design studio touts to be the most advanced keyboard till date. The compact peripheral features a spacious layout – with each key being assigned any function and exhibiting any image. Designed aesthetically, the new addition to the Optimus roster stands distinguished the most for endowing any language, any layout or any symbol.
Carved with aluminum and plastic, the innovative keyboard astounds performance and creativity seekers through the integration of keys that support varied forms of symbols or languages – such as math functions, music notes and images. Besides incorporating support for special symbols, the peripheral has also been engineered for Ancient Greek, Cyrillic, codes, images, Georgian, Arabian, numerals and so on. By taking advantage of this uniquely designed keyboard from Art Lebedev, users can conveniently showcase any image or character they’d like as displayed in the image below.
The upper segment of the Optimus Polaris, in particular the area between the numeral and function keys, features a space for enhanced convenience. Users will discover that a part in the upper portion has been set aside to showcase a custom range of the most important information. The ingeniously framed keyboard also boasts of its impressive 64 x 64 pixels of resolution rendered by each display key. However, the frame rate delivered by the device comes to 10 frames per second.
The Fn key, on the other hand, has been located towards the bottom left and assists in toggling the functions. By using the stated key, users are proffered the set of tools that would normally be put forth by any full size keyboard available on the market. In terms of its appearance, the keyboard sports a very usual and appealing designing with adequately placed keys. The edges of the solution have been doused in sheer white to enhance the exquisite factor while the bottom part houses an Art Lebedev Studio logo. The rest of the chassis, the keyboard area, gets settled with the black color.
As far as the accessory's specification is concerned, the new Popularis gets wrapped in the considerable dimensions that come around 11.5- x 7.3- x 0.74-inches. The systems that furthermore require compatibility with the peripheral include Mac OS X 10.5.1 or higher and Windows XP, Vista, or 7. It can even be used with USB 1.1 or 2.0 (preferably).
The new LCD-laden Optimus Popularis Keyboard can be pre-ordered through the company’s official website. However, the keyboard will indeed make a hole in the users’ pockets by asking them to shell out heavy at $1,086. According to Art Lebedev, the product’s first shipment is anticipated to arrive by the first week of June, 2012.