Logitech Debuts K310 Washable Computer Keyboard

My keyboard was the death of my old laptop. I had a Dell that was a trooper in every sense of the word. It was heavy, and not very fancy, but it could withstand a lot of abuse. You know what finally ruined it? (Not for good, I still use it as a backup) A tiny bead. A minuscule bead from a necklace somehow fell underneath the “C” key. I pried up the key cover to get it out, but must have broken something along the way. The key cover never snapped back into place, and the annoyance of have to press at least three times to type a “c” finally drove me to a new computer.

Keyboards are essential to all computer functionality, and yet, they are one of the most delicate features. Logitech must share my dismay at this construction flaw, because they recently unveiled a washable keyboard that would have made it a cinch to dislodge that bead.

Logitech Washable Keyboard

Image via Logitech

Logitech’s K310 keyboard is designed to get wet, from a light spray to clear away dust, to complete submersion in sink of soapy water to clear away the remnants of your spilled coffee. According to the company, the keyboard can handle up to 30 cm (11 inches) of water and has convenient drainage holes at the back for speedy drying.

As Gizmag reports, the keys are all laser printed and UV coated to protect them from fading after repeated cleanings. Likewise, the tilt legs and overall frame are thick enough to withstand a bit of force and can resist most surface scratches. Even though this keyboard is meant to survive a plunge, it’s important not to get too rough with it. Only use warm water, stay away from abrasive cloths or detergents, and above all else, keep the USB cable dry. Now all they need to do is make it solar-powered and wireless, and I’m sold.

Available for $39.99, and no additional software required for use. Just plug and play.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog