The Good Dell’s G5 15 is a refinement of last year’s model – the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming – but continues to offer good entry-level gaming performance with applications such as Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe NVMe, as well as memory and storage that is easily upgraded or expandable.
The Bad Some may find the color, contrast, and brightness of a full-screen display to be disappointing.
The Bottom Line The Dell’s G5 15 still rises to the top as one of the best entry-level gaming laptops you can buy, even though it’s just a minor upgrade from its predecessor.
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Dell G Series gaming laptops are part of the company’s ongoing push into gaming PCs for players of all levels and budgets. This generally translates to computers that are cheaper than computers Foreign Programs Division , but still capable of playing the latest AAA credits.
The 15.6-inch G5 starts at less than $ 1,000, £ 730, and $ 1800 is virtually the same as last year’s Inspiron 15 Laptop 7000 games, but with a new product ID and 8th generation Intel processors, and a 4K UHD display capability (though these configurations add significantly to the price). The configuration discussed here costs $ 1,049 with a six-core Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics directly from Dell, but you can also find it with a quad-core Core i5 and GeForce GTX 1060 Max Q for just under $ 950 from Amazon.
The G5 15 is great for what you get, but it has tough competition Legion Lenovo Y530 . The Nitro 5 Acer does not necessarily have the build quality of Dell, but its price starts at $ 600 for a powerful set of components and features. Likewise, the Asus’ TUF Gaming FX504GD is competitive for $ 700 and is designed for better durability. However, the G5 offers a well-rounded package at a price that makes it the best choice for an entry-level gaming laptop.
Dell G5 15 (5587)
|Price as reviewed||$1,049|
|Display size/resolution||15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display|
|CPU||2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz|
|Graphics||4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti|
|Storage||1TB HDD + 128GB SSD|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Window 10 Home (64-bit)|
A couple of bells, one or two whistles
As was the case with his predecessor Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop , much of your money goes to the processor and video card. This means that the rest of the system is not as sanded as something from Dell Alienware division or a Razer laptop . This is quite a handheld design for a gaming laptop (plus or minus depending on your preference). However, it feels strong, but part of it is its 6-pound weight (2.7 kg) and it is relatively thin for a budget gaming laptop.
Also, you won’t find a glass touchpad or a multi-colored mechanical keyboard. You get a full keyboard and numeric keypad, it is highlighted in red and the touchpad is red. The keyboard is good, maybe a little shallow and soft, but still good for typing and games. And although I wish it had discreet buttons for everyday games, the touchpad works well and I didn’t have to reach the mouse right away.
Also, the speakers did not make me come across headphones. They have a crisp clarity to the movies and music, not too bright and unusual bass to add a bit of attachment to the shots and explosions. You will hear dual fans that store things during the game, but they are not too loud. However, you probably need headphones for the best gaming and movie experience.
The full 15.6-inch IPS full HD display is decent and one of the best you will find on an entry-level gaming laptop. It does not have a large amount of color and contrast color and does not become particularly bright. Viewing out of the corner is good, however, at least you can move your head and tilt the screen without losing an image like the Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD.
Anyone who plans to use it more as a portable desktop than as a regular laptop should be satisfied with all the connectivity that Dell has packed. There are three USB 3.1 ports, as well as a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port so you can expand as much as you want and still have ports to spare. They are connected by an HDMI 2.0 output, an SD card slot, and a headphone / microphone jack. Gigabit Ethernet and dual band 2×2 802.11ac wireless as well as Bluetooth 5.0 round out the pack.
Dell G5 15 looks good for a cheap gaming laptop
Leave the six-core, take the 1060
We have tested the G5 15 configuration testing as expected. Intel’s six-core processor has outperformed other gaming laptops for up to $ 1,000, equipped with Intel’s quad-core Core i5-8300H chip. Similarly, gaming performance was on par with those systems where everyone was using GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Nividia.
However, based on how the G5’s predecessor worked with the GTX 1060, you can spend your money there, not on a Core i7 processor. (Unless, of course, you can afford both.) This will give you more room for future games. It’s also worth noting that you can easily add more storage or storage space by removing one small screw and popping out of the bottom panel.
Our standard test games BioShock Infinite and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided did well with the high settings of 1050 Ti, but Deus Ex needed a drop to average to make it smoother. I played a lot Far Cry 5 and on the G5, and although it was normal at a high level, it needed a drop to the norm to not stutter. The tear also distracted this game a bit. The PUBG and Fortnite sessions were definitely playable, though, like Overwatch, all in its native 920×180 resolution and medium detail settings.
Battery life with competitors coming in less than 6 hours. And it’s on our streaming video test, so don’t expect it for games. Basically, if you go out for the day, you probably want to bring power supply and you will definitely want this if you play.
Despite its new name, the Dell G5 15 is no different from its predecessor. In this case, this is certainly not a bad thing, since the Inspiron 15 7000 was a reliable entry-level gaming laptop, just like the G5. Of course, you can spend it two or three times and get better performance, a nicer display, and a better keyboard and touchpad, but if you can’t or don’t want to break $ 1,000, it remains a bargain.
|Dell G5 15 (5587)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2HGz Intel Core i7-8750H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti; 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD|
|Lenovo Legion Y530||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD|
|Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (late 2017)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD|
|Acer Nitro 5||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Graphics; 256GB SSD|
|Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics; 1TB HDD|