The Pro Fit Washable Keyboard from Kensington is a utilitarian, wired keyboard. But what it lacks in bonuses (wireless connectivity, for one), it makes up for in one key feature -- you don’t have to worry the next time you spill your coffee on it.
I’ll get right to the best part of the Washable Keyboard – you can wash it (duh). When I first unboxed the device, I immediately plugged it into my laptop to make sure it worked. The keyboard is plug and play, so no software downloads are necessary.
I then brought it my kitchen and ran it under the tap, combining two things that usually never mix -- electronics and liquid. As per Kensington’s instructions, I let the keyboard air dry and then plugged it back into my laptop … it worked!
A Germophobe’s Dream
Not only can you clean away icky germs with soap and water, but Kensington has also added what it calls “antimicrobial protection,” which it says “prevents the growth of mold, mildew and fungi.” But before you go throwing it in the dishwasher for sterilization, the keyboard does come with a few contingencies from Kensington: Water temperature should never go above 158 degrees F, and always, always keep the connector dry.
Not for the Serious Media User
The Washable Keyboard has 104 keys, which means that it’s of the no-frills variety, and there are no dedicated media keys other than the traditional F keys along the top. It is surprisingly lightweight, so it would be an option for travelers who prefer a full-sized keyboard to their laptop’s truncated one, and the keys emit quiet clicks during rapid typing.
They keyboard can plug into a USB or a PS2 port, so no wireless connectivity here. It’s also makes no claims of ergonomics, so I wouldn’t use it for marathon typing sessions.
The Price is Right (For Some)
At $39.99, you’re not going to be dropping a lot of money here. If you work in a doctor’s office, or if you’re just prone to eating Cheetos in your cubicle, this wouldn’t be a bad choice.
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