Logitech unveils K310 washable keyboard, due in August

White on black is surprisingly good looking, and the K310 looks rather pretty.

Keyboards are an important part of any computer, for they're likely to be the thing you're interacting with most frequently. This means they're also going to be getting more wear and grime built up than most other external parts of a computer.

Cleaning a keyboard is possible, but it's not the most enjoyable job on the planet. Different advice and products are available to make it an easier task, but there's no guaranteed way to make the process easy.

Logitech might have the solution, in the form of the Washable Keyboard K310. It's a washable keyboard; exactly what it sounds like. You can even take it eleven feet underwater and still have it work, if you somehow need that functionality.

Characters on the keycaps are laser-etched, so should last for a long time. Laser-etching is very hard-wearing, so their markings should survive for years to come. They might never even fade at all, and that's an important consideration when you have to wash the keyboard.

There have been stories of mechanical keyboards surviving a trip in the dishwasher, but I'm not sure if I would ever recommend that as a solution. One of Macworld's reporters attempted this back in 2009, subjecting his Matias Tactile Pro to a deep cleansing. Washing a keyboard in such a manner would normally put it out of commission for a few days, but if it saves your preferred bit of hardware from being binned, it's worth a shot.

It is worth pointing out that Logitech aren't changing the market with this product. There have been washable and dishwasher-ready keyboards produced in the past - some of which currently retail for a lower price than the K310 is estimated at - but none of them tend to be designed in the same style.

If you're looking for a washable keyboard it might be worth waiting on the K310 to release, so you can decide with the entire market at your fingertips.

The K310 is due to release in the United States during August, at a retail price of $39.99. European buyers will have to make do with their current keyboards until October.

Source: Mashable

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heh i have an easier solution by now, i just buy cheap crappy keyboards and as soon as they start being dirty (keys getting stuck or slowly being less moveable) i just break it in half and buy a new one

Shadowzz said,
heh i have an easier solution by now, i just buy cheap crappy keyboards and as soon as they start being dirty (keys getting stuck or slowly being less moveable) i just break it in half and buy a new one
that is the typical american mentality... f*ck the environment, just buy cheap garbage that breaks/needs to be replaced every year.

darkpuma said,
that is the typical american mentality... f*ck the environment, just buy cheap garbage that breaks/needs to be replaced every year.

I don't know about the US but here we can get original branded (like Dell and A4Tech) refurbished keyboards for as low as $3, maybe even lower if you've got bargaining skills. Its quiet and looks nice. I've been using mine for almost 3 years now and apart from the Shift key sticking sometimes, it works perfectly. And I've had some rough gaming sessions on this one.

Not mega keen on that but having it washable would make sense as cleaning them can be a pain!

I'll always maintain than the Apple aluminium keyboards are some of the best out there. Hard wearing, quiet, you can type on them really quickly and they're easy to clean - simply unplug and wipe with a cloth. The keys are so slim fitting to the cut-outs not much debris gets down there, and the keys go flush with the base as you wipe over so you clean both the key and the aluminium bit between.

I use one on my Windows PC at both home and work - I love them!

I like the look of the keyboard but aren't all keyboards washable?
Take it apart and use a toothbrush on the keys?
Sure it'll take longer and chances are you'll break it.

I actually really like the look of that, sort of retro like. any idea what it's like for typing, is it comfortable, quiet?

Thats the only thing I don't like about keyboard there so darn noisy. My Logitech MX5550 is reltively quiet but not great.

I've always liked Logitech keyboards and love the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard that I currently have. But cleaning keyboards is always one of the most difficult tasks, especially when crumbs get underneath the keys.

I'm not sure I'd buy a new keyboard primarily because it's easier to clean but it would certainly be a factor. I think it looks pretty stylish.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I've always liked Logitech keyboards and love the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard that I currently have. But cleaning keyboards is always one of the most difficult tasks, especially when crumbs get underneath the keys.

I'm not sure I'd buy a new keyboard primarily because it's easier to clean but it would certainly be a factor. I think it looks pretty stylish.

Had it been wireless (in addition to washable) they'd have at least one sale - me!

Keeping a keyboard clean (especially one with tactile feedback that is decent, such as my Wireless Keyboard 6000 v.3) is a royal pain, because the same reason for the feedback greatness collects grime - key-travel. You either give up the great tactile feedback for the sake of it being easily cleaned, or you endure that it's a pain to keep clean.

Keyboards are an important part of any computer, for they're likely to be the thing you're interacting with most frequently.

Just saying.

Also, most keyboards can be washed, just so long as they get thoroughly dried!!