Discuss: New Waterproof Keyboards

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August 24, 2012 at 05:42:19
Specs: Windows 7, 1.4 GHz / 5610 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll is about a newly announced fully washable keyboard. Discuss here if this product would have saved you some embarrassing moments, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
August 24, 2012 at 12:21:05
I've always found any keyboard to be washable, as long as they are properly dried afterwards (propped up over a radiator for 24 hours seems to work). A bath used to be standard treatment for keyboards that a user had spilled sugary coffee over.

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#3
August 24, 2012 at 15:44:44
One of the old-people's tv stations here was advertising something called an EZ eyes keyboard--spillproof, large print, etc.--that seemed promising but the reviews indicated they were crap and didn't last very long.

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#4
August 24, 2012 at 19:02:05
Well, since I'm 14 I haven't spilt liquid on any my keyboards, yet, but it might happen sometime in my life :).

You've been helped by a 14 year old.


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#5
August 25, 2012 at 12:43:40
I've never been a gamer so I have not had the need for any fancy keyboard or mouse. I do like an optical mouse because I got tired of cleaning the bloomin ball.

Anyway I always seem to have a spare keyboard or two. Once the wife left a milkshake on the desk that one of our cats had to try. It managed to spill almost all of it in our keyboard. When I got home the wife was almost in tears thinking she had destroyed the entire system. I just swapped it out with another one we had and got her back online. The possibly ruined one I gave a bath (really in the tub) just rinsed it with fairly warm water for a good bit. No blowdryrer just shook it out and stood it up to dry. That was in '05 and I am using it now.

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#6
August 25, 2012 at 18:07:54
Yep. I have at least three spare keyboards floating around here and have at times completely dis-assembled some to clean out the dustbunnies and foodcrumbs as well as clean off the finger grease from the keys. so far I haven't had any significant liquid spill on a keyboard but for the $40 suggested pricetag of a "washable" keyboard I simply could not justify the expenditure, when anyone can pick up a spare keyboard for about $5. Would you pay $35 to insure a $5 item? The $35 saved can go into extra RAM or better graphics, or a gaming mouse...etc. It's a bit like paying for extended warranties on electrical goods. I fail to see value in paying around 20% extra on a gamble that what I buy will break down before the extended warranty expires. If something outlasts the standard manufacturers warranty, odds are it will keep going well beyond any extended warranty period. There are of course exceptions in any set of results but the warranty companies are gambling that the failure rate in the period their "Insurance" covers will be so low they make almost 100% profit from these arrangements. Goods with high failure rates tend to suffer those failures during the manufacturer's warranty period so the insurance company still has no losses.

For me it would come down to a question of reliability. Without spilling something on the keyboard, Will the "washable" one outlast the ordinary one by a factor of 7? No
Am I likely to spill my drink on my keyboard more than 7 times during the effective lifespan of the keyboard? Again No. Does the $40 washable keyboard incorporate other functionality not provided by a $5 cheapie? Convince me.
When you look at the preliminary poll results it seems that more than 50% of respondents are clumsy enough to have had a keyboard spillage incident so one might presume there would be a ready market for the washable spill-resistant keyboard. Can it be manufactured and marketed at a price point that makes it attractive enough to sway purchasing decisions ? If the waterproofing technology is a patented design then I think the patentholder may achieve better results by licensing the design to a variety of manufacturers so waterproofing becomes say a $5 or $10 option on a range of keyboards from basic to full function gaming or specialist keyboards. So if you were looking at two keyboards One water resistant and another "ordinary" with similar appearance & functionality then a price differential in the order of 10% to 20% is low enough to sway the decision.

Up to this point it seems the only manufacturer with a ready availability of a spill-proofing keyboard cover has been Mac since they have a monopoly on compatible hardware. PC keyboards come in so many variants that no-one bothers to create spill covers. Why is it that keyboard makers haven't bothered to make & slip into the box a flexible waterproof cover as a standard accessory? surely they could be manufactured for a few cents per unit.

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#7
August 26, 2012 at 10:19:11
you can buy used keyboards at Salvation Army for $1....no need to buy a waterproof one...LOL

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