Rugged keyboards are specialised keyboards designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures, moisture, dust, vibrations, and impact. They are typically used in industrial and military applications where standard keyboards would not be durable enough to withstand the environment.
Rugged keyboards are often constructed with heavy-duty materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, or polycarbonate. They may also feature specialised seals and coatings to protect against moisture and dust. Additionally, they may have reinforced keys and keypads to withstand heavy usage and impact.
Some rugged keyboards are also designed to be fully washable and sanitised, making them ideal for use in the healthcare and food processing industries.
There are different types of rugged keyboards available, including those with integrated pointing devices like trackballs or touchpads, backlit keys for low-light conditions, and wireless connectivity options for convenience.