Dell KB216 – a review

I was looking for a nice keyboard to complement the Logitech M325 Wireless Mouse.

However, the Computer stores seemed to have only Wireless Keyboard + Mouse combo, which would make my M325 redundant.

Dell KB216 and Logitech M325
Dell KB216 and Logitech M325

The next option, however was a wired keyboard and I saw a couple of standard Logitech ones. Next I was shown a humble box which turned out to be a Dell Multimedia Keyboard (KB216), the one I am using to write this post.

Pros

The first thing I noticed when I saw this keyboard was ‘boy this is a beauty’. It comes in chiclet key style and has a full layout. So those of you who are spoilt by the new style of keyboards in laptops will welcome this warmly. Also this design means very less key travel compared to other keyboards in this range.

Lesser key travel
Lesser key travel

Moreover, it has a nice feel to the hand which I found to be very comfortable to type on. It also has a palm rest that is available for purchase separately.

Next you might probably notice that this keyboard is rather wide. It isn’t exactly true though since it has the same width as other wired keyboards. However, it has a very small depth, which would take relatively less desk space! To be precise, it measures 44.2 cm x 12.7 cm x 2.44 cm.

The next benefit this keyboard packages is two ‘Fn’ keys, again for those of us used to laptops. This allows easy access to functions like play, pause, rewind, and fast-forward and others. There is also volume control without needing to press ‘Fn’. Nice.

The Fn key
The left Fn key

The indicator LEDs for the three locks are also present, in a subtle white colour of which I am a big fan.

White Indicator LED
White Indicator LED

Finally the price. I was able to buy this at Techzone, Sri Lanka at just Rs. 1200 (8 USD), which is very reasonable for what you are getting! If you live elsewhere, I am sure you can find it priced competitively.

Cons

Any great product should have some disadvantages, so I came up with this list:

  • Not Spill-resistant (like the Logitech counterparts)
  • Some desktop users may not prefer the lesser key travel
  • Wired (really?)

Conclusion

I have been using it for 3 days now and have had a very positive experience so far. It can be used for virtually any purpose. I have been using this primarily for programming and can safely say this is by far the best budget keyboard I have used!

Hope you find this review useful!

23 thoughts on “Dell KB216 – a review

  1. The review was simple and short, if I wanted to buy a keyboard I would look for this kind of review which gives me the necessary details.

    Nice to see you blogging again and specially keeping the blog active.

    1. Yes, Anas it is silent. The 213 has dedicated play/pause, forward and rewind keys and no Fn, also looks more compact. However I haven’t had any experience with it so cannot judge yet 🙂

  2. I was looking for video review of this keyboard (KB216) but unfortunately I couldn’t find any on YouTube. Somehow I came across your review and finally decided to get it. Thanks a bunch. Keep up the good work 🙂

  3. Good review. I’m a programmer and it’s good too know you use the keyboard for programming comfortably. However I want to know one more thing: Is this keyboard OK for gaming?

      1. I have bought this keyboard for 3 weeks. And it works great for both programming and gaming! Once again, thank you so much for your review.

  4. I bought it and realise that i can’t press UpArrow+RightArrow+”S” simultaneously..is it the same as you?

  5. I have a great problem with the wonderful Dell products: they seem to have only (ou almost) black color. I love white or grey. That is why I am always reluctant about Dell.

  6. So as a fellow programmer, I just ordered this one after searching for a quieter alternative to my mechanical keyboard. After all research it was surprisingly hard to find 1) a chiclet style keyboard with 2) no fuss about it and 3) good quality without Bluetooth related issues, etc. When I did, I was shocked by the price of this one and all the good reviews.

    I was first surprised by what they did to the Print Screen / Scroll Lock / Pause/Break keys but it only makes sense to give them a “back seat” role behind the Fn key. Easy access to volume controls would actually come more useful to me.

    Too bad the white version was only available for US / UK layouts, not Nordic (ISO)!

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