Aug. 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM ET
I keep cleaning and cleaning my keyboard, but it still looks grungy; if only I could throw that sucka in the washing machine. Of course I can't, but Logitech is coming out with one that can be hand-washed — with real water.
The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 ($39.99) is a full-size keyboard with drainage holes. There's a dunk maximum of 11 inches, so we're thinking you'd likely scrub it down in the kitchen sink.
The keys "can last up to five million keystrokes, meaning this keyboard can take a washing, as well as a pounding," the company says.
The keyboard — which is configured for Windows only — should be coming to stores in the U.S. this month and in Europe in October. It is not wireless.
There are definitely some caveats when it comes to washing this keyboard, caveats that might steer the laziest folks away from thinking all their dirty-keyboard problems are solved. Specifically, "Do not wash in dishwasher." It bears repeating, along with other helpful guidance:
Hand wash only. Use mild soap and a soft cloth in warm water less than 30cm (11 inches) deep and less than 50°C (120°F). Do not wash in dishwasher. Do not use abrasives, alcohol, solvents or harsh detergents.
And most importantly: "Do not submerge the USB cable."
How well does it work? NBC News' Rosa Golijan will be testing it out soon; watch for her video review in the next week or so. In the meantime, take a look at Logitech's promotional video: