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Roundup of the Best Dell Laptop Keyboard Skins

written by: •edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 1/31/2011

If you have a Dell laptop, keyboard skins will keep your keys clean and working properly. Learn where to find them in this comprehensive buyer's guide.

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    Meritline Keyboard Skins 

    While not specifically made for a Dell laptop, keyboard skins are available at Meritline in a variety of colors, including pink, orange, purple, blue and green. These universal skins fit most laptop keyboards and are highly affordable. For around $3, you can obtain one of these skins, and standard shipping is free. The site accepts major credit cards as well as PayPal, and you can return the skin within 30 days for a refund if it does not fit your laptop properly.

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    Buy PC Supplies

    Buy PC Supplies Laptop Skins 

    If you are concerned about potential germs and bacteria contaminating your keyboard, you may prefer a keyboard skin from Buy PC Supplies. Along with standard grade skins, this retailer offers Biosafe™ Antimicrobial Skins, which not only protect your laptop keyboard from dust, dirt and spills but also prevent the growth of microorganisms. Both versions can be washed and protect keys without impeding their visibility. To see if they offer a keyboard skin that will fit your specific laptop model, type Dell into the Manufacturer box at the top of the window and then enter your model number into the Model Number box. You can also browse by manufacturer. A standard grade skin runs just over $15 and antimicrobial versions cost about $20. Discounts are offered for larger quantity orders.

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    Etsy Laptop Skin 

    Perhaps you are looking for something less practical and a little more decorative. If so, Etsy artist Lily Pang offers a creation you will love. Her laptop skins are guaranteed to fit your Dell keyboard perfectly because they are made to order. While these skins look gorgeous, they are also functional as they protect the wrist area of your keyboard from scratches caused by buttons or jewelry as well as fingerprints and smudges. You can also wipe away small spills and dirt. To order a custom-made skin, which costs just under $10 plus shipping, you must provide the artist with measurements for your keyboard and touchpad. When you select a design from the dozens offered, you may also wish to order a matching skin for the exterior area of your laptop.

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    Amazon Keyboard Skin 

    For a simple, lightweight Dell laptop keyboard skin, you need look no further than Amazon. This universal keyboard protector skin protects your keyboard from wear over time so that the letters on the keys are not worn away. It keeps crumbs, dust and other potential key-jamming junk from making its way into the crevices on your keyboard. This skin is super-thin and lightweight, so that you will hardly notice it there while you type. You can clean it with mild soap and warm water, as well. While the list price is currently right around $15, you can get your hands on one of these for closer to $5.

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