My laptop had a sudden encounter with a steaming cup of hot green tea today! While checking my email early this morning, I spilled a cup of freshly brewed green tea squarely into the keyboard. In fact, the full cup splashed into the keyboard! When this occurs, you suddenly wonder if the laptop is smartly designed to divert keyboard spills away from the delicate components. In this case, it appears that it is! My Compaq Presario drained the tea (unsweetened) from the lower right hand corner of the case. When I opened it, I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of the boards, hardrive, and battery were perfectly dry. The only item reached by the liquid was the touchpad circuitry, which was now causing occasional errors when it or the mouse is used. The touchpad obviously needed to be fully dried. So, I opened the case slightly to allow air to fully circulate, and allowed it to dry fully for 4 hours. In the hot, dry Arizona 102 degree heat anything will dry out in 4 hours! Truthfully, I am pretty confident that it will be in perfect working condition after drying. I'll keep you posted!
Update: After four hours of drying time the laptop is working perfectly. That is a testament to the robust design of my Compaq Presario laptop! It appears that the rubber membrane-backed based keyboard is designed to divert spills past the components, hard drive and battery. That is the sort of feature that you never consider when shopping for a computer. However, in the twinkling of an eye, it could become the most important one!