Logitech’s new washable keyboard means no more crying over spilt milk (or coffee)

22 Aug 2012

Let’s face it, as much as we rely on computers throughout our daily lives, we’re not all that careful around them and accidents – and spillages – do happen. Thank heaven for the new Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, though, as we can now simply wash away the liquid perils that threaten to damage our equipment.

“We’ve all experienced that moment of distraction – followed by panic – when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard,” said 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.”

This durable full-size PC keyboard can endure more than just a light dusting. Users can rinse the K310 in the sink or even submerge it (excluding the USB cable) in up to 28cm of water. Drainage holes on the back help it to dry out, while the keys are laser printed and UV coated so that they won’t fade in the wash. This extra protection also means that they are built to last for up to 5m keystrokes.

The familiar keyboard layout comes complete with F-keys and a number pad, plus 12 hot keys for instant access to most-used applications. No software set-up is required, users simply plug in and type.

The K310 is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and is expected to be available in Europe from October 2012 at a suggested retail price of €39.99.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic