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Dr. Sheldon Cooper approves this keyboard

If you're germophobe, you probably already know that the keyboard in your work/home office is a haven of microscopic critters that can make you sick. If you have to share a keyboard, the germs could be even more prevalent. Logitech has unveiled a new Washable Keyboard K310 that can be washed to eliminate germs and left over mess from spills. 
“We’ve all experienced that moment of distraction – followed by panic, when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard,” says Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech. “Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.”

The keyboard is designed to survive being sprayed with water or even submerged in a kitchen sink for cleaning. The keyboard can be hand washed repeatedly and completely submerged, with the exception of the USB cable, in up to 11 inches of water with no damage. The keyboard has drainage holes at the back to ease drying. The key characters are laser printed and have a UV coating to keep them from fading when washed.
Logitech also says that the keys are good for up to 5 million keystrokes so it should last for years to come.

The keyboard is expected to launch this month in the US and in October for European customers at an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: Logitech

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Looks nice and good keys?
By Belard on 8/22/2012 10:45:39 AM , Rating: 3
Lazer etched keys? So its not using decals like the keyboard crap they sell today?! Hate decals... You can drop $100 for a keyboard and they use stickers? In the 90s, they made real keys for $20 keyboards. Even a few years ago, you could get a HP $15 keyboard without stickers.

Oh well...

The design is actually attractive and would make a very good keyboard for kids. Also the white keys are a lot easier to see.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Reclaimer77 on 8/22/2012 12:11:18 PM , Rating: 1
I hate it because it's non-ergonomic. So I can't use it.

Honestly when will people get a clue and use "split" keyboard designs like the Microsoft "Natural Ergonomic" series? It's the only keyboard I can use because all non-ergonomic designs are terrible for wrist and hand pain.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Apone on 8/22/2012 12:30:47 PM , Rating: 3
I have to be honest, I type 85 words per minute and have been doing so since learning it as a kid (IBM 286 + Wordstar Typing Tutor holla'!) and have tried said ergonomic keyboards out of curiosity. The positioning feels quirky and having been typing as long as I have, I've never had any pain or discomfort with standard keyboards. Also found it difficult to use the row of numbers on top of the QWERTY line with a split keyboard. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here but I think common keyboard pain comes from improper typing hand positioning.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Reclaimer77 on 8/22/2012 12:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because you've probably always had great posture and kept your wrists straight.

Years ago my posture was crap, and I would play games for hours and hours on end in all kinds of bad positions and lazy posture. I also, big shock, type a lot. Hence I now need my ergonomic keyboard or the pains come back.

However keyboarding and "posture" isn't even taught in schools anymore, hence the "carpal tunnel" generation. I still believe it's a mistake for so many keyboard designs to completely ignore ergonomics.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Apone on 8/22/2012 2:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
However keyboarding and "posture" isn't even taught in schools anymore, hence the "carpal tunnel" generation.

Agreed but I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that many kids, teens, young adults, and even older generations still insist on typing with their index/middle fingers and thumbs. The QWERTY keyboard is ridiculously efficient if used properly....

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Manch on 8/23/2012 1:08:49 AM , Rating: 2
I can't type, at least not properly. Not for lack of trying, I just suck at it. Didnt they come out with alternate layouts for the qwerty that are supposed to be faster?

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Lord 666 on 8/22/2012 10:24:39 PM , Rating: 3
Always knew you were limp wristed. Now I am surprised .40 isn't too much kick for you.

In all seriousness and to build on the op, do you use a special chair or other aides as well or just rely on the ergonomic keyboard?

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Samus on 8/22/2012 5:09:00 PM , Rating: 2
After spending $200 on my faulty (warrantied twice now, and denied the third time) Dinovo Edge, which is an amazing keyboard when it works, I'll never buy another Logitech product again. Honestly, I've been happier with Creative audio products, anyway. My Microsoft keyboard has held up better than my previous Logitech, and my Razer mouse speaks for itself.

Not to just get rid of my Logitech Wingman 3D and find an old Sidewinder...

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By TakinYourPoints on 8/22/2012 2:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
Not a mechanical keyboard so it isn't for me. Membrane mushboards like this drive me nuts, so eh. Good if you can't keep clean I guess.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By bah12 on 8/22/2012 5:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
True, and arguably all mechanical keyboards should be submersible as well provided you dry them out well.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Ammohunt on 8/22/2012 9:07:21 PM , Rating: 2
I made the conversion back to Mechanical with Cherry Red Switches i will never go back.

RE: Looks nice and good keys?
By Omega215D on 8/23/2012 1:59:34 AM , Rating: 2
Logitech needs to make an actual gaming keyboard using mechanical keys. Their current gaming lineup uses rubber dome and cost just as much as a quality mechanical keyboard anyway.

I would go for a backlit keyboard that makes use of Cherry MX-Brown switches. Right now I alternate between my Blackwidow Ultimate (Blue switches) and MS Sidewinder X4 (dome). has a great forum in regards to stuff like this.

By TakinYourPoints on 8/23/2012 3:52:39 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see a need for Logitech to make one when there are so many other good mechanical keyboards out there, not unless they can make one with their LCD info screens that also doesn't cost $200+.

By Flunk on 8/22/2012 9:25:48 AM , Rating: 2
Keyboards get dirty because things fall down into the cracks. You would still have to take it apart to clean it properly so it being "washable" doesn't make sense because you can just take any keyboard apart, wash it and put it back together.

Take it from someone who really does clean their keyboard.

RE: Silly
By dark matter on 8/22/2012 9:47:55 AM , Rating: 3
Not that Silly. When I type, I touch the top of the keys.

As long as I can wash them, it's clean enough.

I don't know about you, but I can't get my fingers down the side of my keys to touch it.

And besides, I'm sure you could use a mild sanitizer if you were really worried about bugs.

But it's worth bearing in mind, their are millions of germs in every cubic cm of air.

AND you can be TOO clean.

I don't personally use any anti-sanitizer or keep my home like an operating theatre.

And guess what.

I don't get ill. Unlike some of my friends whose house always smells of cleaning product, and whom always seem to have a cough, cold, or other ailment.

Man up lad.

RE: Silly
By LRonaldHubbs on 8/22/2012 1:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
Look more closely at the picture. The keys are not recessed like on a normal keyboard, so you really can wash around and under them.

stop being cheap
By xti on 8/22/2012 11:36:43 AM , Rating: 2
and buy a new keyboard. they wear, get dirty, get over it!

RE: stop being cheap
By dgingerich on 8/22/2012 12:08:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's not 'cheap'. It's being environmentally aware.

Now, I'm not one who believes in CO2 causing global warming or that every chemical gets is poisoning us all the time. (We have far greater lifespans than just a hundred years ago, if industrial chemicals were so dangerous, we wouldn't be living this long.) However, I do try to avoid generating more trash than necessary, and I prefer to reduce the amount of energy we use. I also think it would be smart to get off foreign oil, as that causes many strategic issues for a country.

A washable keyboard, especially one I could put in the dishwasher, would be great. It would save a lot of trash. However, I can't do it without the ergo aspect. My hands are already messed up from decades on a regular keyboard.

RE: stop being cheap
By Lord 666 on 8/22/2012 10:27:51 PM , Rating: 2
In clinical environments, this appears to be a great inexpensive alternative to antimicrobial keyboards.

wait for it....
By Quadrillity on 8/22/2012 10:45:19 AM , Rating: 3
queue the jokes about splooge...

RE: wait for it....
By MrBlastman on 8/22/2012 3:24:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised nobody else has brought it up.

How sticky can a sticky keyboard get before you can no longer wipe to the center of the keys?

Forget washing the electronics
By Etsp on 8/22/2012 9:34:44 AM , Rating: 2
Just make it so that the key tray itself can be easily removed (with all the keys in it) with parts that won't corrode, then simply toss it in a dishwasher.

You can take a clean brush to the inside of the keyboard where "keyboard lint" may have gotten past the keyboard tray.

RE: Forget washing the electronics
By gibb3h on 8/22/2012 9:52:24 AM , Rating: 2
this was one of the major benefits of the zBoard when I bought one many years ago (I still managed to kill it with a pint of water though)

By nedsand on 8/22/2012 2:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
Why can't you submerge the cable? As long as it's dry before you plug it in, it shouldn't hurt it. Maybe I was told wrong but I thought you could throw any old keyboard in the dishwasher as long as you make sure it's completely dry before plugging it back in again.

RE: Why
By Fritzr on 8/22/2012 3:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
Most keyboards using the circuit printed on plastic membrane do not survive washing due to deposits causing shorts. Thorough rinsing of the plastic sheets sometimes fixes them, but be prepared to toss the keyboard after wetting.

The older types with printed circuit boards and key posts shorting across the printed contacts can generally survive washing.

Waiting until the keyboard is completely dry before plugging it in also helps :P

For spills, a keyboard that has a tray under the keys with a little riser around each key post to keep spills from reaching the circuitry is wonderful. Unfortunately that design is very rare (one of the things Commodore did right with their 8bit machines)

awesome keyboard!
By muhahaaha on 8/23/2012 2:31:30 AM , Rating: 1
I'll buy this! I can get it now and when I get Windows 8 and hate it, I can crap all over the keyboard, put it through the laundry, and plug it back into my faithful Windows 7 machine and continue business.

There is a God!

RE: awesome keyboard!
By muhahaaha on 8/23/2012 3:02:16 AM , Rating: 2
Besides, I heard that using a mouse with Win8 is frowned upon, and the official Microsoft term for this is "gerbiling".

Unicomp "model m"
By erple2 on 8/25/2012 12:25:04 AM , Rating: 2
I spilled a throwback dew on my Unicomp keyboard. It got down into the keys. I took out to the kitchen and ran the faucet through it to about a minute. Still works fine. That was two years ago.

I've also put cheap keyboards in the dish washer with no issues.

knock knock knock penny...
By Woobagong on 8/22/2012 10:09:53 AM , Rating: 1
There are three options available

a) Purchase this washable keyboard to get rid of germs
b) Avoid germs on keyboards generally, so a) is obsolete
c) Where did you get this nifty keyboard? Bazinga! I don't care!

By Beenthere on 8/22/2012 4:59:25 PM , Rating: 1
Having used Logitech keyboards and mice for years without issues, I was surprised and disappointed to find in the last few years that their top of the line products are totally unreliable IME. Even the warranty replacement items fail in only a few months so I no longer buy Logitech.

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