Dell KM717 Premier Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Review

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TLDR: There are a lot of great keyboard and mouse combos out there. With it's excellent feature set, the Dell KM717 might be the king of them all.

94

Overall
Score


BUILD QUALITY90

FEATURES90

SIZE & WEIGHT100

PERFORMANCE95


Finding the right keyboard for everyday use can be more difficult than you might think. The Dell Premier Wireless KM717 Keyboard and Mouse looks to provide a premium and feature rich experience to windows users for a reasonable price.

Did they set the bar too high by calling this combo “Premier”? Can Dell compete with the likes of Apple and Logitech?

Dell KM717 Design & Layout

dell km717 keyboard & mouse angle

The first thing you will notice about the KM717 combo is the design. Both the mouse and keyboard are well crafted and fit their premier moniker.

The full sized chicklet style keyboard features a smooth dark grey aluminum deck, with soft touch black plastic keys. The keys have a really slight dip in them which makes them feel more comfortable than traditional flat key caps. In addition to your standard keys you get six media control keys on the top row.

The 6 button mouse is all plastic, with a stylish “U” or banana shape. You can tell that Dell really wanted to provide something different for their premier line with this mouse. It is an interesting design choice. Like most art, it looks attractive, but some may find it difficult to use.

The top of the mouse has a soft touch coating that feels phenomenal in hand. I like the all black understated design they went with. The center button, and grey scroll wheel provide a little accent color and tie the look in with the keyboard. Thankfully there are no RGB LED’s to be found.

In addition to the normal left/right click and scroll wheel, there is also a forward and backward button on each side. Everything is easy to reach without bending your hands at weird angles.

Specifications

MaterialAluminum, Plastic
ColorDark Gray, Black
LayoutFull Sized
Mouse Sensitivity1600 dpi
Mouse Buttons6 – Non Programmable
InterfaceBluetooth, 2.4GHz Wireless
POWERKeyboard – 2 x AAA Mouse – 2 x AAA
DIMENSIONS16.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.9″
Weight13.76 oz

Keyboard & Mouse Features

dell km717 keyboard device select

After looking at the design I came away impressed, but what about the features. How does this combo set itself apart? Simply put, the multi device pairing.

The KM717 allows you to connect both the keyboard and mouse to multiple device. The switch on the top right corner of the keyboard labeled “1, 2, 3” allows you to select between the wireless receiver and two other Bluetooth devices.

dell premier km717 mouse

The best part about this feature is that the mouse can do the same exact thing. There is a center button on top of the mouse where you would typically see dpi control. This is a digital selector for the 3 inputs.

I have seen other individual components that have this feature, but to have both devices in one package with that capability is really nice. I found myself using this feature a lot more than I anticipated.

Battery Life

The keyboard in this combo is rated for a lengthy 12 months, while the mouse is rated for 6 months. I have yet to hit that mark with either device, but I will update this article when I do.

So far both devices seem to do a really good job of turning themselves off when idle so I suspect the rated numbers will be somewhat accurate.

Performance

dell km717 typing

The gorgeous design and loaded feature list are great, but the only thing that really matter at the end of the day is performance. Luckily the KM717 does not disappoint.
Pairing the keyboard and mouse was simple. Both are factory set to the plug and play USB receiver out of the box. While switching to a Bluetooth device that does not a have a profile stored results in each device going into pairing mode.

I had no issue connecting either of these units to my windows 10 desktop or Surface Pro 3.

Typing with the keyboard

The typing experience was easily the best I’ve ever had. The keys are spaced perfectly, the key travel is the perfect distance, and the feel of the switches is excellent. Every key responds smoothly and evenly. I am a huge fan of this keyboard. I immediately put my Logitech Illuminated Keyboard in the closet for storage. This thing is that good!

Using the Mouse

The Dell WM527 mouse is tough to rate. If you use a claw grip you may love this mouse. If you use any other grip you will probably hate it. Personally, I found the mouse to be fine for daily use. I had intended on using my Roccat Kova gaming mouse with the KM717 keyboard, but after using the included mouse for a few days I changed my plans.

The 1600 dpi sensor is a good one that tracks on pretty much any surface including glass. I found the mouse to be responsive and accurate as long as it was paired using Bluetooth. When using the wireless receiver I did notice some stuttering and dropouts at times.

Conclusion

dell premier km717 keyboard

Overall I loved the Dell KM717 premier keyboard and mouse. The combo delivers on everything it promises, offering a seamless way to switch between devices, with premium build quality and feel.

If you don’t think you will like the mouse, you can grab the keyboard by itself for $59.99, but I would give the mouse a shot.

Hopefully Dell will come out with and updated version of this combo that has a back-lit keyboard, and rechargeable batteries. Those are the only omissions that could make this set better.

More Info
If you are looking for more info on the KM717, can check out the video review above.

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  1. Rafael says:

    Hi Jay.
    Thank you very much for your review.
    Could you tell me if through the bluetooth connection you can connect to an ipad with iOS 9.3.5?
    Thanks

    • Jay Mattison says:

      while I don’t see any direct info on this from Dell. It is a standard Bluetooth connection, so you should be fine.

  2. plh says:

    Hi Jay,
    Thank for this great review, it seems to be a great keyboard and I’ll probably get one for myself too. I’m wondering if you can access bios on startup using the 2,4GHz connexion and dongle? Obviously Bluetooth won’t work because it needs to have drivers loaded, but maybe the more basic radio connexion works… could you let us know?
    Thanks!

    • Jay Mattison says:

      Yes you can access the BIOS with this keyboard. Obviously not through Bluetooth, but with the dongle both the mouse and keyboard will work.

  3. Aristeidis says:

    Hello. Thanks for the review.
    If I am not mistaken, usually Bluetooth works only in pairs, so one computer would typically connect only with the keyboard OR with the mouse. Can this keyboard and mouse connect to the same computer over Bluetooth simultaneously? I would prefer not to use the wireless dongle, to save one USB port (I also have an Intel Compute Stick).

    • Jay Mattison says:

      That will work fine. You can connect as many Bluetooth devices as you would like within reason.

  4. Laurette Hebert says:

    I’ve had this keyboard for 6 months and it worked fine then all of a sudden it duplicates letters and doesn’t type or there is a long delay before you type or backspace. I’ve tried cleaning it with an air can and it doesn’t help at all. The mouse stopped working a few months ago. Very disappointed with this keyboard and mouse especially for the purchase price.

    • Jay Mattison says:

      Sorry that you had such a bad experience. You should definitely RMA your set and get a new one.

  5. Erik says:

    i have the same problem as Laurette Hebert. It stops typing randomly.
    NumLock goes Continuous on/Off. Very annoying!

  6. Fabian says:

    Hi Jay,

    Could you confirm me if the keys are the same style like the macbook pro’s keyboard?

    I’m very interested on this keyboard.

    Thank you so much for this review

    • Jay Mattison says:

      I would say the texture is similar, but the key feel is very different. While the key throw is shallow, it is still deeper than a notebook keyboard. This would definitely be preferable to a MacBook pro keyboard in my opinion.

  7. Ian Strom says:

    Love this review!
    Based on it, I bought 2 of these WONDERFUL kits! They work as described in the review here, the keyboard is compact (no nonsense like in many Logitech keyboards I’ve owned, but has the full functionality).
    I highly recommend this product as it is very well priced, looks great and the keyboard is a pleasure to work with. You will find typing without looking really easy.

    Thank you TEKEVERYTHING for doing reviews on products that are great and not so “hyped” = real value.

  8. Wasim says:

    Thanks for the review, I did not knew it exist until I saw your youtube video. I love this keyboard and mouse. I own both surface and Apple mouse/keyboard. This is as good as any of them ( if not better ).

    Nice features.

    1) Connects to 3 devices at once ( a great benefit for someone who uses multiple machines or dual boot on day to day basis) .
    2) Access to function keys without hitting additional button ( Fn )
    3) Very light and responsive mouse ( compared to surface mouse )
    4) Great Linux support. Volume/print screen/home/end buttons works on Linux. Which many keyboards lack.

    Quality is very good. At the same time its half the price of the competition.

  9. W.Keyboard says:

    Great reviewed. 😀

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