This week Logitech began taking preorders for its new washable keyboard. And when Logitech says "washable" they mean the entire keyboard can be submerged in water and survive.
The keyboard, branded the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, has been designed to be nearly waterproof. One of the images on the product's web page shows the keyboard being washed in a kitchen sink. Logitech stops short of calling the device completely waterproof, but they suggest that customers can use mild soap and a soft cloth to clean it in water no more than 11 inches deep. Oh, and the USB cable attached to the keyboard is not waterproof, so keep it out of the water.
“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.”
Drainage holes on the back of the keyboard allow the device to be dried quickly. Since Logitech expects customers to wash the K310 frequently, the keys have been laser etched and have a UV coating. The company claims that the keys can last up to five million keystrokes.
The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is already available for preorder at the price of $40 through the Logitech website and will be released in the U.S. sometime in August. Europeans will have to wait a little longer for the keyboard, which will ship overseas sometime in October.