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.
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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
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.
|Color||Dark Gray, Black|
|Mouse Sensitivity||1600 dpi|
|Mouse Buttons||6 – Non Programmable|
|Interface||Bluetooth, 2.4GHz Wireless|
|POWER||Keyboard – 2 x AAA Mouse – 2 x AAA|
|DIMENSIONS||16.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.9″|
Keyboard & Mouse Features
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for more info on the KM717, can check out the video review above.