Logitech went above and beyond the norm when it built the Washable Keyboard K310, actually living up to the meaning of the term “waterproof” for once.
Not that Logitech doesn't know how to make devices that withstand submersion. What we mean is that “waterproof” keyboards are normally just a little better prepared for spills than normal peripherals.
Fortunately, this time the company did not cut any corners, nor did it try to sensationalize the name of its creation.
The Washable Keyboard K310
really is washable. It can be taken, placed in a sink and held under the running water until all the dry juice, soda, chip bits and other filth accumulated beneath the keys is gone. There are drainage holes at the back even.
Basically, as long as the USB port doesn't get wet, the keyboard can be submerged up to eleven inches (28 centimeters).
That said, the peripheral is not bereft of the standard keyboard components nor of the unnecessary but useful extras, like app-centric media keys and a number pad.
After all, if prospective buyers are willing to pay a premium for the luxury of not having to panic when they spill their drinks during a game, they probably expect at least the basic perks of a gaming product as well.
Speaking of which, intense gaming sessions have a habit of subjecting the keyboard, particularly the arrow and WASD keys, to a lot of stress.
Knowing that, Logitech used UV-coated lettering, so that neither button presses nor water submersion may cause the letters to fade. The IT brand also promises that each key can withstand up to five million strokes.
Citizens of the United States and Europe will be able to order a Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 starting in October (2012). The price will be of $40, or 32 Euro according to exchange rates. Of course, with the British price at 34.99 pounds, European retailers may go for the rounded number (35-40 Euro), but that's still a far cry from what the likes of Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.7
and Razer DeathStalker