Waterproof Keyboard: Lather, Rinse, Type

 

There’s one experience shared among all computer users, regardless of race, gender, location, browser preference or position in the Mac vs. PC rivalry. This experience causes your heart rate to skyrocket and your stomach to drop. Nausea kicks in when you think how quickly things progressed from a-okay to “WHY IS LIFE DEALING ME THIS GIANT VAT OF LEMONS?!” You feel a panic attack on the rise, and suddenly all you can think about is the mass of digital photos, videos, term papers, and resume files that you never backed up.

You just spilled water/coffee/soda/[insert name of gross energy drink here] on your computer.

There’s no recovering.

Paper towels are doing nothing.

COMMENCE PANIC MODE.

I’ve had more than a few near-accidents with my water bottle or mug of coffee almost tipping over and flooding onto my computer. As any computer user can attest, it’s one of the top five worst feelings that a human being can experience. You cram paper towel after paper towel into the crevices of your keyboard, hoping that the ratio of towel to visible computer surface will increase the odds of salvaging your computer. Your usual logic has been replaced with vehement religious prayer, directed at any greater being that you think will listen.

It’s times like these that make the waterproof keyboard from Logitech seem like a gift from the computer gods themselves. This washable keyboard is submergible in up to 11 inches of water (take THAT, water bottle demons). Bonus points for the laser printed and UV coated keys that prevent the key text from fading. With the washable keyboard, Logitech has proven itself worthy of a brand name that I can only assume is a combination of the words “logical” and “technology.”

Logitech Waterproof Keyboard

Waterproof Keyboard by Logitech

While the waterproof nature of this keyboard provides something of a lifesaver in times of need, it touts the added bonus of providing a way to clean your keyboard. Take a look at your typing device. Look past the smooth keys and the nice black and white color contrast. See that? A remnant of your lunch today? A crumble of a mid-afternoon snack? If you’re “not a messy eater” or “don’t eat foods that crumble,” first of all – get a grip – but more importantly, you probably see the mini-dust bunnies between and under the keys. Logitech to the rescue, yet again. With a simple dip in the sink and a light scrubbing, your waterproof keyboard will be squeaky clean in no time.

You can purchase the Logitech washable keyboard on Amazon for $39.99. Worth it? Your coffee mug certainly thinks so.

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Dedication:

This post is dedicated to my dad who, for so many years, has graciously shared his computer and desk space with five computer-obsessed women (wife and four daughters) and probably had more heart palpitations than necessary as a result of our drinking and clicking. The number of mugs, water bottles, and glasses that covered the surface of his desk on a daily basis is enough to warrant him a magical keyboard like this, all to himself. Daddy, your next birthday present awaits.

Laurel Marcus

...is a design and technology enthusiast. In real life, she is a Senior Manager of SEO and Digital Experience at Tank Design in Cambridge, MA. In her spare time, Laurel likes to cook, play basketball, bike, listen to This American Life, StartUp and Reply All podcasts, and look for coffee shops that serve cafe con leche.

4 Comments

  1. As we speak I am eating breakfast and browsing on my computer–oh wait, I’m even typing now! I promised myself that with my new computer I would not mix food and browsing, a kind of computer kashrut law 🙂 But in my unorthodox ways, I’ve broken the law. That keyboard sounds great! Is it only for desktops though, or could it be used for a laptop?

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