Logitech creates washable keyboard for dirty typists

Logitech creates washable keyboard for dirty typists

Summary: After you get crumbs all over it, you can dunk the Washable Keyboard K310 in up to 11 inches of water.

TOPICS: Hardware, PCs

Nothing's more annoying than getting crumbs on your keyboard, especially if the build-up of foodstuff gets so bad it renders a key inoperable. For those of us messy typists, Logitech has devised a keyboard that can simply wash away all of the debris.

As its name suggests, the Washable Keyboard K310 can be placed under a faucet or dunked in up to 11 inches of water and emerge clean and still fully operational. How does it do it? In addition to a couple of drainage holes at the back of the keyboard, Logitech has laser-printed and UV-coated keys so they don't fade.

The K310 is otherwise a standard desktop keyboard, including 12 hot keys, a number pad, and plug-and-play setup via its USB connnection. (The USB cable is not washable, however.) Logitech claims the keys can handle up to 5 million keystrokes.

You can get your grubby hands on the Logitech K310 this month in the U.S. for $39.99, though the product page on the company website seems to be having technical difficulties at the moment. Logitech says the washable keyboard will be available in Europe in October. Do you need one?

Topics: Hardware, PCs

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  • perfect - washable keyboard

    I have been through so many keyboards because of our busy lifestyle and trying to eat dinner, do the computer stuff, watch cable and run after children at the same time. This is perfect. It will be the last time I have to go buy another keyboard because orange juice made the space bar jounce across the page ad infinitum. Thanks Logitech.
    Cricket Phillips
  • Great for shared computers

    Lots of fingers .... lots of dirt and germs.
  • Interesting

    Now if they made it in an ergonomic design they would have something worth buying.
  • Dishwasher

    a friend of mine had his Siemens keyboard (mechanical switches) for over 10 years and it got put through the dishwasher every 6 months or so, because it became so full of cigarette ash...

    If it was IP67 or IP68 certified, I might show more interest...
  • They had to do it

    The Logitech MK700/MK710 wireless keyboard/mouse combo is fabulous. For three months. After that, it's a POJ.

    On special at Costco, it was $50 well spent. I really nice wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo with the best feel I've ever experienced from a keyboard -- and I type a LOT. And a great optical mouse with free-spinning or detented scroll wheel.

    Works great, until the letters start to wear off of the keys, and the keys begin to stick, and the mouse begins to convert every button press into multiple click actions.

    That was my experience with the latest product from Logitech, on which I type this post.

    Why haven't I abandoned this product and moved on?

    Because when I complained, they sent me a new one, no questions asked.

    So here I sit, typing this post on a brand new Logitech keyboard/mouse, after only using the originally purchased unit for about six months.

    This keyboard has the best feel ever, and the mouse is a dream to use. Truly a breakthrough in desktop input devices...until it starts to fail.

    Is it worth the $50? Yes! I'd buy a new one every six months if they only cost $50. It's an amazing product.

    But obviously, sticking keys and bouncy buttons have no place in the world of input devices. Some people expect to pay $50 for a mouse/keyboard combo, and have it last until their dying breath.

    The wrap-up: Logitech is a great company which makes excellent products and stands by them. My guess is that they were pushed into this "washable keyboard" concept by customers like me who bought a really nice keyboard/mouse combo and expected it to last longer than six months. Never mind that I'm a sloppy eater, and that most of my breakfast crumbs may be lodged in the inner workings of my keyboard. Over the years, I've owned many Logitech keyboards and mice. My typical remedy when keys stick: pop the key caps off, wash it down with water, let it dry, put back together, and continue typing. With chicklet keys it's not so easy. Hence the current dilemma for Logitech.

    As for me, I'm keeping an eye on them, looking for the next awesome product.
  • Kensington has been doing a washable Keyboard

    for a couple of years now, only a corded one but its cheap and you can even find a demo of it being washed on youtube.
  • Great Ideas Here!

    Not only is the washable idea great, but look at the keys! Instead of the keys being slanted to direct "stuff" down into the troughs into which the keys are set, the keys are flat and square and set above the FLAT base, rather than having dirt-catching indentations into which the keys are set, like trenches built to collect debris. Kudos all around to Logitech. Now if only they would eliminate the set of DUPLICATE keys between the actual typing keys and the number pad that only serves to push the number pad so far off to the right that you have to slide the keyboard way off to the right to put the typing portion in front of you. Then the mouse is pushed practically off of the table and you have to reach WAY out to get to it. That center block of DUPLICATE keys is totally unnecessary and uncomfortably in the way.
  • Fkeys Programmable?

    I tried to ask (at Logitech) if the Fkeys were programmable, as their pre-assigned functions were of no use to me. I couldn't get any help at their site. Is this standard modus operandi for Logitech (separation from their customers)?

    A keyboard with raised rectangular keys above a completely flat base wouldn't really need to be washed. That configuration would be easy to clean with a vacuum or blower. Most keyboards have pyramidal keys inserted down into trenches in the base - all dirt & debris catchers.