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Sticky fingers no more

Take a nice, long look in between the letters of your keyboard: yecch! Here’s how to beat the grime.

Take a nice, long look in between the letters of your keyboard: yecch! Even if you don’t eat at your computer, an astounding amount of grit and grime gets between those keys, and no amount of turning the keyboard upside-down and shaking it will get it all out. It’s nasty.

You don’t have to have OCD to want a keyboard free of germs, and the latest batch of keyboards, mice, and mouse pads from Fellowes has that in mind. The line of products feature Microban’s antimicrobial protection, which inhibits the growth of damaging microbes that can cause product deterioration–and worse. (Stroll through Microban’s Web site if you want to be put off your toast: Did you know that the average desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat?)

Its relative cleanliness aside, Fellowes’ Cordless Combo wireless peripheral setup offers a six-foot range and a standard USB plug-in. The Windows XP-compatible keyboard has an impressive array of hot keys that can be used to control your computer’s CD and DVD players, launch your e-mail program or Web browser, do common word-processing functions (cut, copy, paste), launch a calculator, and even put your PC into sleep mode.

The cordless combo also includes a wireless scroll optical mouse (with three programmable buttons) and multiple-channel RF transmission to cut down on interference.

A new keyboard isn’t exactly sexy, and the Cordless Combo isn’t cheap at $120 MSRP (though it can be found for much less). But shouldn’t you splurge a bit on something that will literally be at your fingertips all day?

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