OP-1 won’t be cheap!

It looks like the OP-1 will retail around the $700 mark, which is more than I was expecting. More details specs for the OP-1:

OP-1 technology specs

  • 400 MHz Processor Core (800 MMACS) performance
  • 64 MB Low-Power SDRAM (12ns)
  • 512 MB Nand Flash storage
  • 24-bit 96kHz ADC/DAC
  • USB 2.0 high speed (OTG)
  • 3.5 mm Input, Output
  • Built-in microphone
  • High output mini speaker 8 Ohm 1 Watt
  • 3-axis accelerometer (G-force) sensor
  • Worldwide FM band support (64-108 MHz)
  • Amoled display running in 60 fps
  • 320 x 160 pixel resolution
  • Color Depth: 16.7 M
  • Contrast: 10000:1 (good for outdoor use!)
  • Viewing Angle: 170°
  • Life Time: 30,000 hrs
  • 2500mAh li-ion Polymer Battery

Mechanical specs:

  • Low profile keyboard module
  • Scissor-switch ultra low profile design
  • Expected lifespan of 10 million keystrokes per key
  • Industrial Grade Incremental Encoders
  • Rotational life: Up to 1,000,000 revolutions
  • Excellent indexing feel (remains consistent over life)
  • Zinc diecast and fiber enforced high performance plastic
  • Used in Avionics Operating temperature range: -40 to +85°C2.8
  • Advanced Aluminum Unibody design.
So will you be prepared to pay that much?


  1. You know, I was originally very psyched about this product but the price point totally destroys any interest. I'd love to see more mini keyboards developed in the future, like Casio and Yamaha did in the 1980s. These were wonderful toys, at a great price point, some of which had tons of interesting functionality.

    I just don't see the point of this product anymore, other than it being a very nice proof of concept product for a range of low-cost keyboards.

  2. Wow, thats less than I was expecting by a lot, I figured more like $1,100-$1,200.

    Its like Teenage Engineering climbed into my brain, took all my idea's for a perfect hardware music device and then made it happen, I can't wait for this.

  3. Yeesh. I was expecting $250, maybe $400 at most. That might push it from my 'possible' list to 'awesome but won’t ever get around to getting one' list.

    Hopefully it will take off and they’ll update pricing ala Apple did with the iPhone.

  4. I agree with Pierre.
    It's a great concept, but I just don't understand the price point.

    Why make it look old school VL-esque and slap on 700.00?!

    At best. 350.00

    Or make it an app for 1.99. ha.

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