Dell G5 Review (2021) – Slim & Fast Gaming Laptop

Dell G5 Review

If you are looking for a gaming laptop that strives to maximize gaming performance rather fancy looking and stylish design, Dell G5 is your pick.

The laptop does not include extra bells and whistles, and like a good American muscular car, all of your money goes what’s under the chassis. To maximize gaming performance, Dell cuts the corners and offer an average looking machine.

If you could sacrifice some flair, you are going to enjoy superior gaming experience without spending arms and legs. Under the price of 1000 dollars, you are going to roll hands on a dedicated gaming machine powered with 9th generation processor, NVidia GeForce 1650 graphics card and much more gaming specification in the row.

The specs are great, at least better than others at the same price bracket, frame rates are above 60 fps at 1080p, and you get to hands-on a laptop that got the capability to run the latest games.

So, without any further delay, we are going to review Dell G5 15 gaming laptop and behold what the laptop brings under the hood and how the gaming experience is better than others along with other specs.

Acer Nitro 5 Hardware Specifications 
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 4.5 GHz Core i7 Family
RAM 16 GB DDR4
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Chipset Brand NVIDIA
Card Description Dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size 4GB
Wireless Type 802.11a
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2

Design & Construction

The built quality of the Dell G5 is good. At least it would not look out of the place next to the three times expensive gaming laptop.

The laptop shares a quality material built, super-rigid, unlike many premium gaming laptops they are super rigid but feel like made of cheap plastic. The Dell G5 is well-built; the front lid shares a brushed metallic black finish with only blue emblem on lid.

The hinges are great, and one can open the lid with just one hand, a little screen wobbles though. The keyboard deck is solid than expected, with little to no flexes, the little flexes are because of thickness.

There would be no sliding or slipping around on your desk because of its rubber grippy bottom. The laptop is a little bulky with 6.1 pounds of total weight, cumbersome to carry around.

Still, as it shares a good range of specs with an impressive battery run-time, you would love to carry this weight to fulfill your gaming.

With the opening of a lid, you are exposed to a thinner bezel surrounding 15.6 inches screen. Just above the keyboard, you will see a glossy finish, a similar design to the more expensive G-7 series, with an ultra-fast fingerprint scanner and logo.

Speaking about the keyboard, the keys are a little smaller than, the travel speed is good, the keys are well spaced and feedback is tactile. It features a separate Numpad, to help you in gaming and getting the job swiftly done than usual.

Yes, the keyboard is backlit enabled, not RGB backlighting but Blue. A good addition though, helps you continue your typing job without delays.

At the bottom, you would not see anything except the ventilation grills; this is because other common sections on the bottom are moved to the front of the device such as speakers.

CPU, RAM & Storage

The Dell G5 gaming laptop comes in two different configurations, one with 8th generation quad-core Intel i5-8300H and the other is 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H.

The laptop we are reviewing shares the latest specification and it is marvelous to have hands-on something integrating cutting-edge processor. The 9th generation processor really helps you going through any amount of work without getting a slow, freezing or lackluster performance.

The RAM size is 16GB DDR4, enough for a casual gamer to continue gaming, yes an avid gamer would feel the need of having more memory onboard. That can also be nailed using the extended slots, enhances the memory up to 64GB and get the job done easier than before.

The storage section fits pro gamers’ needs. It shares dual storage option 1TB SATA for storing files and folder, while 256 GB SSD storage to take care of booting, reading/writing things. At the price under $1000 having such an impressive storage option really appeals to the users.

I am thinking, how Dell is capable of cramming in such impressive features in an affordable gaming laptop.

Display

The display of this gaming laptop is a crowd-pleaser. As long as the media streaming and high-definition videos are concerned, you will have a spell-bound experience.

The bezels are too large, it seems they are there to compose the screen and fill up space around the display. They are compensating the large form factor of the laptop.

The bezels could have been thinner, they seem redundant, and it seems, the designers just threw them away, just because they got free sturdy plastic.

The screen has a Full HD panel with 60Hz refresh rates; the quality of the display is amazing. Viewing angles are impressive; you will witness a shift at extreme angles.

The display straight off the bat is dull; the experience even worsened when you go out and try to watch something in sunlight. The display completely washed out, needless to say, that’s not something for binge-watch lovers.

But, you would not face any problem in gaming, but not an option for the content creators. Still, the display is not as bad as some of the affordable gaming laptops at the same price bracket, it is above average and you would not experience lagging behind especially playing games.

Graphics card

I have mentioned this above and going to mention that once again, the brand just cut the corners to put impressive gaming features. The laptop comes powered with an NVIDIA GTX 1650 with a 4GB dedicated memory. The latest graphics card helps gamers to achieve maximum results without lagging behind.

You achieve buttery smooth frame rates just because the latest 9th generation processor and powerful graphics card aids into gaming and lets you overshoot, overplay and overrun others.

Thermals

The laptop bottom and sides as well come with large vents. The vents help to dissipate heat and never let your machine melt out.

Yes, after hours of continuous gaming sessions, the laptop may witness thermal throttling; at that point, you should give some rest and take some too. But, that’s very rare, you will witness as much as a 10-percent drop in frame rates after hours of continuously using it for gaming.

Battery

The gaming laptop is powered with a 56 watt-hour battery. The size of the battery is above average that is the ideal battery size gamers dream of.

The battery lasts as long as 4-hours in gaming and about 5-6 hours for doing CAD or Engineering Work, editing videos, watching movies and listing to the songs. That’s a pretty good range, and you will really enjoy having this battery onboard.

Guru’s Verdict

As long as gaming is concerned, the laptop passes with flying colors. It integrates a powerful GPU and it stands out in the crowd when it comes to running high-ended games with as high as 60 Hz refresh rates.

The laptop lets you run AAA titles with medium to high gaming settings. Plus, the design of the laptop is something that calls and appeals gamers, it screams gaming. A large muscular body, with a backlit keyboard, helps you stand out in gaming.

Unfortunately, it does not go plain for display. The section really disappointed us, below the average display for binge-watchers and content creators, good to go for gamers.

The laptop is good to go for gamers, checks all the boxes right and falls right on games playing.

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