Logitech K310 Washable Keyboard Review
- -Washing the keyboard with soap & water keeps the device squeaky clean.
- -Comes with handy brush for stray hair, dust or crumbs.
- -Laser-etched, UV coated keys won't fade or wear off.
- -Can be found for less than $20 when on sale.
- -Doesn't feel as responsive as a mechanical keyboard.
Do you know what’s more disgusting than a toilet seat? Your computer keyboard. According to a 2011 study, your keyboard is five times dirtier than the average toilet seat with bacteria levels approximately 150 times the acceptable limit. While you can break out a disinfectant cloth to kill the majority of those nasty germs, that still doesn’t remove all the hair, food crumbs, spilled soda, dust and other particles gumming up the works; basically everything making your keyboard a hot mess of Dennis Nedry proportions.
Enter the Logitech K310 washable keyboard, a computer peripheral that can be dropped into the sink, washed and scrubbed to make sure it’s completely clean. On the bottom of the keyboard, Logitech has included drainage holes that allow water to exit the device and help the internal section dry off. You can use regular dish-washing liquid to remove soda residue, but not any type of alcohol or abrasive cleaner.
For testing purposes, I washed my Logitech K310 a few times and everything is still in perfect working order. One item of note, be sure to secure the included waterproof cap over the USB plug on the keyboard’s cord in order to keep it completely dry.
In addition to the washable design, Logitech has also included a small brush that can be detached from a clip holder on the bottom of the keyboard. It’s ideal for getting in between the keys and sweeping out anything that’s starting to collect on the keyboard. It’s really surprising how much dust, hair and other particles that collect between the keys after just a single week of use.
Regarding the design of the Logitech K310, you won’t find any back-lit keys. However, the keys have been laser etched in order to prevent wearing off. In addition, the keys have received a UV coating treatment to prevent fading over time. I’ve been using the keyboard about two to three months at this point and all the keys still look brand new.
All keys are white on a dark gray frame and the bottom of the keyboard is a bright blue color. The keyboard has a basic layout complete with a number pad on the right and standard functions tied to the F1 through F12 keys. Functions include launching programs, controlling music and volume on the PC.
Just like every other keyboard in the company’s lineup, Logitech has designed the keyboard to be completely plug-and-play with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Logitech has also included risers on the bottom of the keyboard that can be flipped out to slightly angle the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. However, if you are using a wrist rest, the angle almost feels too low and an additional riser can help alleviate this issue.
While this keyboard won’t impress a hardcore gamer in terms of functionality, it’s really ideal for a college student living in a messy dorm room or basically anyone that eats or drinks next to a PC. I’ve purchased plenty of keyboards over the years, but this is the first one that actually feels like it could last for a while; mainly because I can (somewhat obsessively) keep it clean. Keep an eye out on Ben’s when the K310 goes on sale in the $15 to $20 range.