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What’s the Difference Between Washable, Waterproof and Water-Resistant?

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Definition: There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to classifying computer peripherals as being washable, water-resistant or waterproof. Although some companies do attempt to employ fixed standards -- such as using the Ingress Protection (or IP) rating -- others companies create their own parameters and acceptable depths. The differences among the three, in general, include the following:

Water-Resistant: The computer peripheral can be wiped clean with a damp or wet cloth. It should not be damaged by sweating (often important for earphone users while exercising), and a splash of water likely won't damage it. It's not meant to take a run through a dishwasher.

Washable: The computer peripheral can be rinsed beneath the faucet and can often withstand a mild detergent. It may or may not be able to withstand a run through the dishwasher.

Waterproof: The computer peripheral can be submerged completely in water. The depth and length of time it can be submerged will vary. It can usually withstand a run through the dishwasher. It is important to note that while a peripheral may be signaled as being waterproof, its connector mostly likely will not be.

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