NEW DELL G3 15 GAMING LAPTOP (2019) REVIEW

NEW DELL G3 15 GAMING LAPTOP (2019) REVIEW

NEW DELL G3 15 GAMING LAPTOP

New Dell G3 15 is a 38.1 cm (15) gaming laptop engineered with 8th Gen Intel® processors, NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics card and thin design for the ultimate immersive gaming experience.

It’s got a bigger chassis than the G3 that allows for higher graphics clocks, but doesn’t have the fancy glossy shell, color variety, or i9 processor options of its older brother the G7. It’s a brilliant compromise between form and function, and easy to recommend.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

BUILD QUALITY/DESIGN OF DELL G3 15

Between the G3 15’s thick, matte curves and Dell’s glossy-blue stamp of approval smack-dab in the middle, it looks like a gray, fashionable brick. There’s very minimal branding, aside from the white G3 logo on the left of the hinge.

However, I wasn’t a fan of the blue back lighting, since blue on blue is too harsh on looking. The bezels on the 15.6-inch display had a similar distracting effect due to their chunky design.

The Dell G5 gaming is built solidly. You can access the innards by removing one screw on the bottom, giving you access to the hard drives and the two RAM slots. The keyboard deck is made of metal, and has zero flex or play to it. It also doesn’t have any kind of rubber on it, making it easy to clean.

The hinge is in the center, which some folks don’t like, but I don’t think it’ll be a problem as long as you don’t torque your laptop open by one corner all of the time.

PERFORMANCE OF DELL G3 15

The Max-Q design series from Nvidia is designed for low power consumption. It’s full desktop hardware in the smallest possible silicone package, with a power curve that’s optimized for maximum efficiency and quiet fans.

Normally, Max-Q 1060’s are clocked in the neighborhood of 1000-1200 Mhz, but thanks to the increased chassis size and cooling capabilities of the Dell G5, Dell decided to push the thing all the way up to 1600Mhz while plugged in.

Running different benchmarks, it performs about 25 percent worse than my desktop GTX 1070. It’s not at all suited to 4K gaming, and you might not always be able to turn on all of the excess Gameworks features sometimes added to PC ports….but I’ve had great results that I’m very happy with.

It crushes Dragon Age Inquisition, running without issue at 60 FPS at Ultra on a power cord and High on battery. I know that Inquisition isn’t the newest game, but it’s still quite the looker and it happens to be what I was most interested in playing for the last few days so there you go.

The finish on the chassis is matte and does an okay job of repelling finger prints, though I imagine you’ll want to wipe it down every couple of weeks.

DISPLAY

The display is…fine. It’s not amazing, but it’s not bad. The IPS screen maxes out at just over 250nits, which means it’s not the brightest screen in the world. A quick trip through the Windows 10 color calibration tool and that was fixed.

Even with the gamma set correctly, the colors are a little bland and thin on the G5’s display. It’s not something you’ll really notice unless you do a ton of color work or you’re used to a different, higher-quality monitor.

I won’t go so far as to say this is a bad display, but it’s definitely one of the only areas where you’ll really notice the lower price of this machine if you go looking for it.

GAMING PERFORMANCE DELL G3

The Max-Q design series from Nvidia is designed for low power consumption. It’s full desktop hardware in the smallest possible silicone package, with a power curve that’s optimized for maximum efficiency and quiet fans.

Normally, Max-Q 1060’s are clocked in the neighborhood of 1000-1200 Mhz, but thanks to the increased chassis size and cooling capabilities of the Dell G5, Dell decided to push the thing all the way up to 1600Mhz while plugged in.

Running different benchmarks, it performs about 25 percent worse than my desktop GTX 1070. It has more than enough power to run games at high settings at the 1080p resolution of the monitor, and should have enough power for the next couple of years.

It crushes Dragon Age Inquisition, running while not issue at sixty FPS at extremist on an influence twine and High on battery. I know that Inquisition isn’t the newest game.

But it’s still quite the looker and it happens to be what I was most interested in playing for the last few days so there you go.

KEYBOARD AND TOUCH PAD

The computer has an HDMI port and a thunderbolt capable USB-C port if you’d like to hook up an external display. It also has three more full-sized USB ports, an SD Card reader, and a headphone jack with a totally decent amp attached to it.

An Ethernet jack for those of you that demand wired internet connections. You couldn’t ask for any more ports without seeming greedy.

I like the track pad, in spite of it using a textured plastic surface. It has Windows Precision Drivers, meaning it has smooth and accurate tracking across its whole surface, and it’s pretty easy to click nearly everywhere except the very top. Palm rejection is good. I’ve had three total errors in two weeks of use.

The keyboard is really nice, with stable keys that have a soft response to them and a good amount of travel. They’re nowhere near a mechanical keyboard experience of course but I’ve had a great time typing with them for the last couple of weeks.

You can turn the brightness of the lights down, but can’t change the color. The letters on the keys are printed in a transparent red also, so if you don’t like red…be warned of that.

BATTERY LIFE

In spite of having a rather small 54Whr battery, I’m still pleased with the battery life of the G5. It gets there thanks to the aggressive power scaling that the CPU and GPU can provide. In standard web browsing/video/work scenarios, I get between 4 and 6 hours of battery life depending on how much stuff I’m doing at once, with the display at half-brightness.

For someone like me that likes to spend a couple hours a day writing on battery, it’s a perfect amount of power…but if you’re used to the all-day performance of a smaller ultra book you might be a little disappointed.

If you want to play games on the go, you’ll get around 2 hours of battery life. That might not sound like a ton, but for such a beefy laptop with a somewhat small battery, it’s actually pretty good. It runs cool enough for lap use during work tasks too…but you probably want it on a desk/table for gaming.

BOTTOM LINE

The Dell G5 gaming laptop is a really best computer at an affordable price. It crams in the latest Intel processors and Nvidia GPU’s, and pairs them with exactly what you need in other departments…nothing more, nothing less. It gets the fundamentals absolutely right and leaves everything else by the wayside.

If you just want something that gets everything right and nothing totally wrong, that’ll let you play all the latest games with graphics that comfortably outmatch the consoles with a little power to spare…the G5 is a wonderful choice.

It sits perfectly at the top of the price/performance curve, and is probably the most impressive computer I’ve ever owned. It doesn’t look that fancy, but boy is it fast for its price.

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