While our very own Randy Sarafan has come up with 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer, we know that possible computer re-uses are infinite.

For this contest we are narrowing it down a bit. It is time to pull all of your old computer keyboards and mice out of the junk drawer and make something new and amazing with them!

Any re-use of a computer keyboard or mouse is eligible to win, but please keep in mind that this is a throw-down. So, when posting your project, you have to clearly pick which side it is on. An extra first prize is going to be awarded to the category with the most entries.

First prize winners will get a custom-etched Leatherman Juice S2. All winners will receive autographed copies of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and an Instructables prize pack.

Ready to start? Click here!

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to international entries. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PST, Mar. 6.

The Keyboard vs. Mouse Speed Challenge is closed.


First Prize (3 winners)

Three First Prize Winners will receive a custom laser-etched Leatherman Juice S2, an autographed copy of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer, and an Instructables Prize Pack.

Second Prize (5 winners)

Five Second Prize Winners will receive an autographed copy of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and an Instructables Prize Pack


Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Feb 21, 2011 and Mar 6, 2011 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Keyboard vs. Mouse Speed Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.