Product Logitech Washable Keyboard K310
Specifications Framed key design, rubberdome key technology, notification LEDS, 8-degree tilt legs, washable to 30cm (11in) of water, supports Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, USB connectivity, 3 year warranty, cleaning brush included.
WE'VE ALL been clumsy enough to knock a drink over our computer keyboard, and the aftermath is never pretty - having to detach every key independently and scrubbing in the recesses with an old toothbrush.
PC peripheral firm Logitech aimed to put a stop to that when it launched its waterproof USB keyboard earlier this year, which claims to be fully washable when such inevitable accidents occur. Being completely submergible in up to 11in of water, Logitech's K310 is also a good option for those of us who spend time shoving food down our gullets while staring at a computer screen.
Design and build
Pulling the Logitech keyboard out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is its bright blue underbelly that we assume is meant to connote the keyboard's friendly relationship with water. Lined around the edges on the back are drain holes, for spilled liquids or cleaning water to run out of.
These are broken up on the left and right by two legs that flip out so the keyboard can sit in a slightly tilted position of eight degrees from a flat surface. The legs aren't the sturdiest and we found that they had a habit it of flying off if we were too rough with them. However, during general use of the keyboard they remained intact and attached and did their job.
Turning the keyboard over you'll see that the K310's design is unique due to its widely spaced white keys, which are placed on a graphite-coloured back.
At £34.99, the K310 does feel a little cheap for the price. The plastic feels hollow and when we grabbed both ends and twisted in opposite directions it didn't feel as strong and robust as we'd like. However, we think the K310's somewhat borderline build quality is saved by Logitech's choice of colour and minimal design that gives it a premium look, despite its complete plastic construction.
Also, compared with other keyboards on the market, at £34.99 we weren't expecting premium build quality.