Keyboards are an integral part of our digital existence. But can your keyboards sustain water spills? Let’s find out.
By default, your keyboard is not waterproof. However, certain manufacturers today make keyboards that have different levels of water ingress protection. There are only very few keyboards that are truly waterproof, though.
If you like to sip a beverage while you are working, no matter how careful you are, occasional spills are inevitable. But how much spillage can your laptop sustain? It depends on the build and the manufacturer. Some laptops can be built to provide more water resistance than others. Here is all you need to know about waterproof keyboards.
Are Mac Keyboards Waterproof?
Contrary to what many people think, Mac keyboards are not waterproof. They are not even water-resistant. Even the very sleek looking newer keyboards of the MacBooks have tiny gaps between the keys from where liquid can enter. And just a small amount of liquid entering the gaps can damage the keyboard. Since Apple keyboards come pretty expensive, you need to be careful with liquids around your keyboard.
Are Mechanical Keyboards Waterproof?
Mechanical keyboards have removable keys that can be removed and washed with water. But what happens if you spill liquid on a plugged-in keyboard? Well, mechanical keyboards can have water-resistant variants. The keyboards have vents at the bottom for the liquid to drain out. And while not all variants are waterproof, some manufacturers make keyboards that can sustain spills.
For example, the Z80 60% RGB Mechanical Keyboard and DIERYA DK61E 60% Mechanical Keyboard are waterproof. They both come with great reviews. The holes at the bottom discharge liquid as soon as possible. Thus, water damage to the keyboard is prevented. Another example would be the EasySMX gaming keyboard shown in the video above.
Are Corsair Keyboards Waterproof?
Corsair is a leading manufacturer of quality keyboards. Not all Corsair keyboards are waterproof, though. However, they offer a range of waterproof keyboards. These keyboards provide good protection against water damage. For example, Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard provides good resistance to water and dust. Corsair K68 Gaming Keyboard is another example of a good waterproof keyboard from this brand.
Are Membrane Keyboards Waterproof?
It is possible to find rubber membrane keyboards with good water resistance. Proper sealing can make these keyboards even completely waterproof. However, not all membrane keyboards will be water-resistant. You will need to check the manufacturer’s notes on how much water spillage the keyboard can safely handle.
Customized rubber membrane keyboards with waterproof sealing is a good idea if the keyboard needs to be used in harsh environmental conditions. An example of a good waterproof membrane keyboards is Adesso Easy touch Keyboard. It provides good protection against liquids and dust. It can also withstand being submerged in water.
Is Apple Magic Keyboard Waterproof?
Apple Magic Keyboard might look extremely good, but that’s where the magic ends. It is not at all waterproof. A little liquid spilled on this keyboard can damage it (and cost you a lot of money!). You need to be as careful with the magic keyboard as you would be with your MacBook when it comes to having liquids around the keyboard.
Is MacBook Air Keyboard Waterproof?
MacBook Air keyboard is not waterproof. Water can quickly seep into the gaps in the keys and cause damage. Since MacBook Air is also an expensive machine, you need to be very careful while handling a liquid near it. A clear keyboard protector such as this one can prevent damage due to liquid spills.
Accidentally spilled water over your MacBook Air? Check out this video and follow the instructions. There is obviously no guarantee, but you just might be able to at least limit the damage to the keyboard.
Is Surface Pro Keyboard Waterproof?
Surface Pro Keyboard is not completely waterproof. So, it will not be able to sustain complete immersion in water. However, it can cope with minor spills. If it is a sticky liquid that has spilled on the keyboard, a damp rag can be used to wipe the keyboard clean. Also, it is best to allow the keyboard to dry well before using the laptop again.
Is Razer Keyboard Waterproof?
Razer makes great keyboards for gaming. Not all keyboards from Razer are waterproof. However, Razer Blackwidow Ultimate is a gaming keyboard that is waterproof and dustproof. So you can drink your favorite beverage while playing games and focus only on the games.
It comes with an Ingress Protection factor of IP54. This means that beverage spills on the keyboard won’t damage it as long as you wipe it immediately and let it dry before plugging in again.
Are Logitech Keyboards Waterproof?
Logitech makes a variety of keyboards. The brand is known for its affordable quality. While not all keyboards from this brand are waterproof, the Logitech K310 is. It is not just waterproof, it is washable, too. It can withstand any water spillage. If you spill other sticky beverages and snacks on the keyboard, you can safely wash it, too. A very durable and rugged keyboard, this is just what you need if you prefer eating while at the desk.
Are HP Keyboards Waterproof?
HP keyboards are not generally waterproof unless specified. However, the HP USB PS2 keyboard is a completely waterproof and washable keyboard. It is a mechanical keyboard. If you spill a liquid on it, all you need to do is to let it seep out of the holes, and hold it under tap water to remove the stickiness. It can be wiped clean, dried, and it’s good as new! Watch the video below.
Are Gaming Keyboards Waterproof?
It makes sense to have gaming keyboards that are waterproof. After all, what’s a good game if not accompanied by some pizza and a can of a beverage? Thankfully, there are a few gaming keyboards that come in waterproof variants. One of the best gaming keyboards is the Redimp RGB LED Gaming Keyboard. It is not a mechanical keyboard. But it has a 19-key anti-ghosting and an ergonomic design.
The Redragon K557 is also a great gaming keyboard that is waterproof. With 100% anti-ghosting and LED backlight, the keys have 6 themes of switchable colors.
Can Touchscreen Keyboards be Waterproof?
Touchscreen Keyboards are resistant to dust compared to regular keyboards. While all touchscreen keyboards might not provide water resistance, there are a few touchscreen keyboards that are waterproof. Since no physical keys are present, there is no risk of water seeping in through the gaps and damaging the circuits inside the keyboard. The only thing needed is an environmentally sealed assembly that does not let water enter.
The Cool Leaf Touchscreen Keyboard is one such example. The other is the Glass Touch Waterproof Keyboard. Compatible with both Mac and PC, these slim keyboards provide complete protection against water ingress.
Waterproof Keyboards with Touchpad
Waterproof keyboards with touchpad are very useful in harsh environmental conditions. Such keyboards are useful in industrial, food, marine, and medical industries. Such keyboards need to be waterproof and rugged so that they can withstand spills. The touchpad also needs to be responsive to touch with latex gloves.
Can Mini Keyboards be Waterproof?
Mini keyboards that are waterproof are ideal for industrial usage. The small size makes them portable and easy to use in all conditions. They are also ideal to pair with your smartphones and tablets on the go. For example, the DSI Waterproof Mini Keyboard is a good option for a fully functional keyboard in a small size.
Can Foldable Keyboards be Waterproof?
Foldable keyboards are preferred for the ultimate convenience that they provide. But what happens when you spill water on them? While not all foldable keyboards will provide protection against spillage, some manufacturers do make waterproof keyboards. Made from silicon, these keyboards can be folded or rolled up for storage. And, if you accidentally spill some water on them, they will be just fine!
For example, ProHT Foldable USB Wired Keyboard is a flexible keyboard that can be rolled up. On the other hand, the VisionTek Waterproof Bluetooth Keyboard is a foldable keyboard that folds into a small size. It is ideal for traveling.
Keyboards have become an inexpensive and easily available accessory. Thus, it is fairly easy to replace a damaged keyboard in most cases. However, having a waterproof keyboard makes things so much more convenient. And of course, if you are using an expensive keyboard, having a waterproof variant, if available, makes sense.
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