Logitech Unveils Washable Keyboard K310 for Messy Folk
August 22, 2012 9:14 AM
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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.
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8/22/2012 2:05:13 PM
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.
8/22/2012 3:05:48 PM
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)
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