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Enhance your multimedia experience with this 15.6-inch Dell G7 gaming laptop. Its VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics board provides seamless, stunning images on the Full HD display, and its hexa-core Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM handle extended multitasking. Run applications efficiently with the 256B solid-state drive of this Dell G7 gaming laptop.

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    • Dell G Series 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 256GB Solid State Drive

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (144 out of 158)

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    Features


    • Intel 8th Generation Core i7

    Windows 10 operating system

    Brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, such as the Edge Web browser that lets you mark up Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

    15.6" Full HD display

    The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

    Eighth-generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H processor

    The six-core twelve-thread processing provides maximum high-efficiency power to go. The Intel Turbo Boost technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it.

    8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

    Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

    256GB solid state drive

    While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design

    Backed by 6GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

    Built-in stereo speakers

    Stereo speakers professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio® (Windows).

    Weighs 5.8 lbs. and is 0.9" thin

    Thin and light design with no DVD/CD drive for improved portability. Four-cell battery.

    HDMI output expands your viewing options

    Connect to an HDTV or high-definition monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

    Dual-band wireless and wired network connectivity

    Built-in high-speed wireless LAN connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port also lets you plug into wired networks.

    Built-in webcam

    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

    Basic software package

    McAfee LiveSafe (12-month subscription). One-month trial of Microsoft Office.

    Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

    Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 158 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      King of Gaming / Workstation Laptops for < $1K

      Posted
      Xephyroth
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      The Dell G7 is the successor to the Inspiron 15 7000 series and does an excellent job at improving upon the previous design aesthetic while also delivering outstanding performance for the price. BUILD: In terms of the build and construction, the G7’s housing is primarily plastic, but has a rigidity that prevents it from feeling cheap. In terms of the aesthetic, Dell is going for a simpler, more elegant design that is unlike their Alienware series laptops. There’s very little about this laptop that screams “gamer”, and I certainly like that about it, as I’m not only just a gamer, but a software engineer. Laptops that one can use in professional situations as well as for gaming are becoming more popular nowadays, and Dell’s G7 is a solid response to that demand. But like any other laptop, I wouldn’t dare let this suffer a drop, as the build materials likely won’t prove to be resilient to abuse. DISPLAY: The 15” 1080p IPS display is quite good on the G7. My unit has the AUO63ED panel which people online have overclocked to 100Hz and beyond (albeit at risk of warranty). Other units have had an LG display which did not achieve such overclocks. The display is matte, so you won’t suffer from tons of reflectivity, and it gets decently bright for most situations. For gamers and typical users, you will enjoy using this display. KEYBOARD: The keyboard is one of the things about this laptop that is taking some getting used to. I’m personally accustomed to mechanical keyboards as well as chiclet keyboards. However, both other high-end laptops that I own have better key travel in my opinion, and that’s largely due to the wider spacing between the keys on the G7 as well as the minimal height on the keys. It’s not as though the G7’s keyboard is bad, but my fingers are certainly more accustomed to keys with closer travel and a slightly larger key height. The ones on the G7 are just a bit more recessed compared to what I’m used to. I do want to emphasize that these are observations and my opinions; your experience my differ from mine. Additionally, the keyboard is backlit (blue); I do wish it was white instead, as blue can be fatiguing over time, but I’m not sure if this minimal amount will result in any noticeable impact. When the backlight is on, it has two brightness modes, but there isn’t too much difference between them. The WASD keys also have blue squares around them when the keyboard is backlit, but it’s not something I noticed until just now. If they wanted it to stand out more, they should have opted for a different color like white. Another interesting note is that the keyboard backlight turns off after a minute, but will turn back on once a key is pressed. As far as I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s a way to configure this. If there was, I’d expect it to be in the UEFI/BIOS (F2 upon boot). TOUCHPAD: The G7 has a Precision Touchpad which is decently large and has good palm rejection, as well. From my usage, it’s quite responsive to gestures as well as general usage, otherwise. One thing that I don’t like as much is that there are no separate mouse left-click/right-click buttons. It’s not a big deal, but I came from another gaming laptop that had them. The G7, in contrast, has very clicky touchpad mouse buttons which some may enjoy, and others may not. If you have to work in a quiet environment, you will tapping to click instead of pressing in the integrated buttons. Other than these nitpicks, I do enjoy using the trackpad and the gestures within Windows 10. I/O: The G7 is equipped with some pretty standard I/O compared to most laptops in this price bracket and demographic. It has 3x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-C 3.1 (with Thunderbolt), HDMI 2.0, a 3.5mm Headphone/Microphone combo jack, a full-size SD card slot, and an RJ45 gigabit ethernet port. I do wish some of these ports were located on the back, just below the hinge, but that kind of design hasn’t hit the mainstream yet. STORAGE: The model I have came equipped with a Toshiba KSG60ZM 256GB NVMe SSD which claims to support 1500 MB/s read and 760 MB/s write. If you’re used to hard drives, this will be a lovely change, but if you’re used to absolute top-tier NVMe SSD’s like I am, you may consider swapping it out. It does support both an m.2 SSD (SATA or PCIe NVMe), as well as a standard SATA 2.5” HDD/SSD. By default, this the G7 has RAID enabled in the BIOS to use the Intel Rapid Storage Technology NVMe controller drivers. If you decide to swap out this drive and use manufacturer drivers over AHCI mode, do a google search on "SOLUTION: Switch Windows 10 from RAID/IDE to AHCI operation". This will let you switch to AHCI without reinstalling windows. RAM: My unit came with 8GB of RAM in total (2x4GB DIMM). This is a bit underwhelming, especially given the horsepower this machine has, otherwise. I would have liked to see 16GB. But if this product is focused on gamers, then the 2x4GB dual-channel memory configuration may have a sizeable enough impact on framerate to justify this decision. Even so, I do think 16GB is a much better choice for individuals like myself who would like to use this computer as a mobile workstation for professional purposes. In the end, I may have to shell out the additional high cost and max this machine out with 2x16GB for a total of 32GB. CPU: The i7-8750H is overkill for most people, but I’m not most people. As a software engineer, I’ve been dying to have more cores in a laptop at this price and configuration. With a total of 12 logical threads, this laptop can do heavy multitasking like running a full suite of docker containers for an enterprise environment (assuming you have the RAM to match). If you’re a game streamer using OBS or similar software that relies on CPU, you may appreciate the extra cores; however, most games won’t benefit a whole lot from the additional cores. That may change in the future, but the majority of today’s titles won’t see improvement from the increase in core count. In general, expect solid multitasking performance. That being said, this CPU runs hot, and undervolting -0.125V using ThrottleStop or Intel XTU can achieve lower thermals—especially considering that the CPU and GPU expel hot air through the same heat pipe. Just keep in mind that undervolting is done at your own risk and is not supported by the manufacturer. GAMING: The G7 is equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1060 Max Q. This puts it between the performance of the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1060. As someone who has a custom-built desktop that is much faster than the Dell G7 (but cost way more money to do so), The G7 is really an excellent value and delivers a gaming experience that I am very satisfied with. The Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark was able to pull 60+ fps while set to the Very High preset under DX12 with exclusive fullscreen, FXAA and Vsync off at 1080p. That being said, a more stable framerate with fewer skips can be easily obtained under the “High” preset or by making your own fine-tuned adjustments. Competitive eSports games will also hit well over the 60fps mark. When pushing the graphical limits, this laptop can get loud and can take some time to cooldown after a gaming session. Proper airflow/ventilation will be important in obtaining reasonable temperatures, and undervolting the CPU can also help improve this. SOUND: As far as the speakers are concerned, they’re decent. Definitely wish they had a subwoofer bass port to improve frequencies in that range, but that’s a sacrifice Dell chose to make in this design. That being said, I have used cheaper gaming laptops from 2017 which did have better bass response and got louder than the G7 while also maintaining clarity. I don’t think the G7 is disappointing on this front, but I'm also not wowed by their solution. Regardless, I'm happy enough with the solution. CONCLUSION: The G7 is an excellent deal with few compromises compared to other laptops in a similar price bracket. I’ve mostly nitpicked in this review, but despite its few minor flaws, it’s an excellent laptop; one that I’m glad to be using and wouldn’t have issues recommending for the price. In fact, I have just ordered an even faster NVMe SSD and 32GB to make the G7 my primary mobile workstation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Decent gaming laptop

      Posted
      Sixshot
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      Dell has been in the PC market for years. And they tend to make good quality desktop and laptop PCs without needing to be overly flashy. I guess that makes them more suitable to people who prefer the utilitarian style. But because Dell has been in the PC market for so long, it’s difficult to figure out what exact type and model you’re getting. The model being reviewed here is a G7 Series 15 7588. It features an Intel Core i7 8750H processor that has 6 cores capable of 12 threads of execution. In layman terms, it means it can do more without bogging down your system. It has 8GB of RAM which should allow you to run several softwares at once. However, when it comes to gaming, more is usually better. 8GB is enough for most games today. Going forward, that may change. The 8GB of RAM is rated at DDR4 2666 or PC4 21300 and is preinstalled in 2x4GB. Upgrading the memory will mean purchasing a new set (in a pair) rather than a single. For storage, a 256GB SSD is installed using a M.2 interface. Dell’s support documentation list procedures for both M.2 and SATA drives but confusingly labels the 2.5” drive as hard drive and the M.2 as “Solid State Drive.” (Note: SSD can come in either 2.5” drive form factor using SATA interface or M.2 form factor.) The laptop features a 15.6 inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution on a IPS panel. That display is powered by both Intel’s integrated graphics and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 “Max-Q” GPU. There is a dedicated 6GB of video memory which will allow the GPU to perform better without relying on system memory and its limited bandwidth. The performance review of the 1060 GPU will come shortly. On the audio side, it is powered by RealTek and has stereo speakers on the front side of the laptop. However, the laptop design itself is angled so the speakers are aimed downwards. Unfortunately, the speakers aren’t all that good and doesn’t have good range on them. They’re more on the high side and the bass/lows are very lacking. (Tested using a few Beatles songs and Luv(sic) Part 2 by Nujabes) The only way to potentially get a better audio experience will be to use your own headphones, either through Bluetooth or the 3.5mm headphone jack. Moving on, the keyboard is backlit and dims after a period of inactivity. The A, S, D, W keys have additional backlit design to let users easily find these movement keys. There is a number pad to the right. But given that this is supposed to be a gaming laptop, I wonder if this is a good design decision to include it. I suppose some MOBA players can use these for shortcuts. On the top of the keyboards are your usual function keys as well as special keys. By default, the special keys are enabled by default. To use the F1 through F12, one has to press and hold down the “Fn” key first. I’m fairly certain this behavior can be changed within the laptop’s BIOS/firmware. On the connectivity front, there is a Gigabit Ethernet port, 3 USB 3.x ports, a USB3 Type-C port with Thunderbolt, a HDMI port, and a SD Card reader. Unfortunately, I do not have any Thunderbolt devices to plug into the Type-C port to test its capability. But it is comforting to know that one can plug one to the laptop for a variety of things. The Gigabit Ethernet port worked as expected and I was able to transfer about 36GB of data from my desktop over to the laptop. The bandwidth was saturated close to its maximum speed and made transferring the entire Guild Wars 2 data file very fast. The laptop’s wireless capability is powered by Intel Wireless AC-9560, which can handle 802.11ac standards. According to the product documents on Intel’s website, it also can handle Bluetooth 5.0. For wireless networking, observed speeds topped off at around 100mbit/s. The laptop comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Home edition. This is the lowest full edition Windows 10 one can get. But at the same time, it’s a bit disappointing. While the feature differences between Home and Pro is fairly small, one feature that could be a plus for gamers is being able to defer and delay Windows Update through Group Policy. Group Policy editing is not included in WIndows 10 Home which could have helped in managing some of the other minor annoyances in Windows 10. As expected of any laptops and pre-made desktops, it comes with some additional software preinstalled. McAfee Security is also preinstalled but I have personally opted to not set it up or removed it entirely. The very thought of needing to pay after the free subscription expires bothers me. On the gaming department, I ran around in Guild Wars 2 on battery power. With that alone powering the GPU, it barely handles 30fps in crowded areas. Unfortunately, Guild Wars 2 is one of those games where you won’t get better framerate with a faster video card. Instead, it’s heavily reliant on how fast your processor is. Other games tested within the limited time I’ve spent with the laptop are “Ikaruga,” “Mark of the Ninja,” and “Dust: An Elysian Tail.” All of them performed great as expected due to the abundance of processing power of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. In terms of battery life, the laptop can get by on normal operations for 4-5 hours. In gaming, and depending on the game itself, that will knock it down even further. On the other hand, if you’re going to be gaming, your best bet is to simply plug the laptop to the AC. On battery, I was able to run Guild Wars 2 for about 30-45 minutes, plus around 30 minutes of Dust: An Elysian Tail, and a little of Mark of the Ninja and Ikaruga. This is all before the battery level got down to around 21-22%. There are negative aspects to this gaming laptop. The built-in speakers leaves a lot to be desired. Because of this, you may end up using headphones for better audio listening. The use of Windows 10 Home instead of Windows 10 Pro restricts the user’s ability to fine tune how Windows operates, especially in the update department. And then there’s the fan. With a powerhouse graphics processor like the 1060, heat is going to be a constant issue. And to cool this GPU down, fans are necessary. There are times when it can get audibly loud. This comes as no surprise for a laptop geared for gaming. Overall, this is a pretty decent gaming laptop. Granted, I do not have the latest games to push the limit of the laptop. But I am certain it can run most games at decent level. On the other hand, if top performance is what you need, then a laptop should not be the option to take. This is a mid-range gaming laptop. Also consider that this is more of a portable gaming PC than a laptop. At over 5lbs, this is probably better suited at LAN parties instead of sitting at a Starbucks.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good value, that can be improved upon

      Posted
      3Tcubed
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
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      Some things good, others not quite up to snuff. I have Dell's previous Inspiron 15 7000 this is it's successor; got to say dell got some things right and others not quite right. Let's start with memory, this unit ships with 8gb, or RAM, but it's 2x4GB sticks, if youe going to stick with 8GB this is best, but if your going upgrade to 16, a 8GB would be preferable (what the previous 7000 series shipped with), now it's faster, but the maching could use up to 32GB, and for a machine with a 6 core processor and 6GB of video memory, it would help substancially with the multi-tesking. The keyboard, in my opinion is a huge upgade, it's much firmer, the key travel is longer and the spacing of the keys is slightly further apart. The width of is a little greater, and the back-lighting of the keys is done better; the previous version looks/felt like crumbs could get under the keys, not so with the G7. The track pad is a nice size, that is well positioned, its supports windows 10 gestures; like the previous version it's a little in the clicky side, where using the lowwer buttons requires a real click, some might like this others not, but is a common Dell feature, I've grown to like. The G7 adds backlighting around the track pad which is nice. The speakers/audio is probably a step down from the previous version which had small sub woofer, which is lacking in the G7, but overall the sound was pretty good; outputing to a set of JBL BT speakers was exceptional, as was streaming to Google devices. Which brings us to the exptional WiFi in the G7, putting the G7 next to my Inspiron 7000, was suprizing; I have 500mb service, and a great WiFi network (3 separate 5G routers); from 30' away the G7 achieved almost 400mb/s whic is the fastest I'd see on my network for a non-wired device (Inspiron 7000 clocked in at 320mb/s). The wired Killer Ethernet connected to the Router hit 450mb/s, peaking close my rated speed of 500. So the networking on the G7 is most excellent. The display has a nice matt finish IPS screen, it's of angle viewing is superb, the matt finish is a welcome change over the previous hightly reflective screen, much easier to work on, especially with bright lights or sunlight. This really makes the G7 a much better desktop replacement than it's predecesor. The bezel is a little wider, which I think improves the visibility. The G7 has all the latest IO ports It has three USB-A 3.1 ports and one USB-C 3.1 (with Thunderbolt [improved]) a HDMI 2.0 port and a 3.5mm Headphone/Microphone jack with a full-size SD card slot and gigabit ethernet port (RJ45). All ports are located on the sides as cooling fans blow out the back. I find all of this good. The G7 came with Toshiba KSG60ZM 256GB NVMe SSD, which I was underwelmed by. There are much faster m.2 drives available, I found this to be a big disapointment. It does support both an m.2 SSD (SATA or PCIe NVMe), and a standard SATA 2.5” drive which can be easily added. A single screw holds on the entire back of the case, removing it and peeling off the back allows easy access to the HD bay and memory. This great feature of the G7, ease of access. Well I had a new 1TB SSD I was dying to try, I dropped it in, and, even thought it used the SATA interface, it was more then twice as fast as the installed Toshiba drive. One other great function include din the G7 is the ability to RAID the m.2 drive and the SATA drive via the Intel Rapid Storage Technology controller, this is a great feature, you should investigate further (not room here). The i7-8750H CPU is the real bright spot in the G7, I'm a software devloper and do a lot of parallel tasking development, the more cores the less sluggish a PC will seem. Windows (and othe modern OS's) have been changed over the years to be much more modular (so have many modern applications) this modularity excels with more cores/threads; at this price and configuration having a total of 12 threads, this laptop can do real multitasking very smoothly (if you have sufficent memory). This combined with Nvidia GTX 1060 MaxQ w/6GB memory allows modern games to reall run nicely on a notebook. I tried several eSports games all were very smooth, no jitter hitting over 60fps. But the cooling fans of the notebook kicked in blowing more hot air out of the back of the notebook, this is not suprising, and noise from the fans is noticable, but failrly well behaved. Make sure you don't block the rear vents. I also did some photo editing and video processing which very fast and efficient (additional memory would have helped a lot here). As I said in the begining, there is a lot to like, but a few, primarly fixable (at additional cost) issues. If you look at G7 as it needs to be upgraded to reach it's full potential, then I might recommend it. It's a top notch notebook, great screen, great graphics, nice keyboard/trackpad, that needs more memory to achieve its full potential. It's a cinch to add a top of the line SATA SSD with 1 to 4 TB storage. My biggest issue is the Toshiba m.2; the G7 deserves better and for a nominal cost Dell could have/should have provided it. Upgrading the m.2 drive requires a lot of effort to keep the installed OS, still the i7-8750H is a great advance and ultimate advantage.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Value in a Gaming Laptop

      Posted
      k1zit
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      For the money, this laptop is really tough to beat. You get high end specs at a very reasonable price. I won't go into too much detail regarding the specs as they can easily be found online, but just to highlight the careful consideration that Dell took to pick the correct specs for this laptop, I love how they decided to choose the 8th generation six core i7 8750H versus the 8th generation quad core i7 8550U CPU. Most "high end" or budget oriented "gaming" laptops in the market right now included the little brother of the 8750H which is the 8550U. Dell didn't comprise and is giving you one of the best mobile processors in the market. The rest of the specs, like the GTX 1060 with 6GBs of VRAM and speaks for itself. Couple that with a fast 256GB SSD, and you also have a laptop that boots into windows within a few seconds and also makes for some incredibly fast load times in gaming. Ok, enough about the specs, what is the actual gaming and productivity experience like? Well, let's just say it was able to handle all the games I threw at it at moderate frame rates. Impressive for a laptop at this price point. I put the laptop through the ringer and ran CS:GO, League, Overwatch, Dark Souls, Witcher 3, Quake Champions, and Bioshock Infinite. It was able to run all games in medium to high settings with an average of about 45 to 60 fps (and in some cases higher than 60 fps). This is perfect considering the display is only 60hz so any more than 60fps and it's not yielding any benefits to you anyway (unless of course you're connecting an external monitor). Speaking of the display, I was very pleased that Dell included a beautiful Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display. So glad that Dell gave us an IPS display and not TN. Being IPS, the colors look rich and vivid with deep blacks. It would have been nice to see a 120hz G-Sync panel but for the price I am willing to easily look past that. One thing I'd like to note is that during long gaming sessions or during graphically intense scenes, the fans can spin up pretty loud. However, this is expected from any gaming laptop due to the limited airflow. Dell did a good job though including performance grade fans with rear exhaust vents. This is the added bulk that you'll have to live with, but if you're a gamer, then you know that no gaming laptop is without compromise (with the exception of an ethernet port of course; I mean c'mon who wants to play an online twitch shooter over a Wi-Fi connection). In terms of build quality and aesthetics, I think Dell did a great job keeping the design clean and going with a matte black. I love that the matte black finish doesn't attract any finger print smudges. The keyboard is a dream to type on. Dell did a FANTASTIC job on this keyboard. Each key is individually backlit with a blue LED. However, I would have LOVED for Dell to have made this RGB. If not RGB, I would have preferred a white LED backlit keyboard since it's more neutral, blends in with your current decor a lot better, looks cleaner and more professional, and in my opinion, is just much easier on the eyes. In any case, the blue LEDs still do a fine job of providing stylish illumination at night. Some final features I'd like to touch on was the sound. The speakers actually surprised me a bit. They are probably some of the crispest and clearest sounding speakers I've heard on a laptop. They don't get very loud, but hit just the right volume for me. In terms of productivity, well, if the laptop can eat up any game I threw at it, you can rest assured that it will devour any heavy multi threaded applications you throw at it and is also a multi tasking beast. After all, the 8750H does have twelve threads!! The last thing I'd like to mention....THANK YOU DELL for including a 1Gb Ethernet port!!! It is a major gripe of mine when "gaming" laptops don't include an Ethernet port. A great example is the gaming laptop that one of Dell's competitors just released for fifteen hundred dollars. It appears to be a gorgeous laptop, but the only gaming you'll be doing on it is over a wireless connection. Can you imagine playing Overwatch, CS:GO, or League over a Wi-Fi connection?!?! I certainly can't. The first thing I actually look for when a vendor markets a "gaming" laptop is a dedicated ethernet port. If i see it, I know the type of thought process that went into it. And while yes, you could use a USB to LAN adapter, this setup would require incoming packets on the wire to be converted from copper (RJ-45) to the USB medium on the LAN adapter. While for most people the real world results are likely negligible, this is certainly not the case when playing fast twitch e-sport games like CS:GO. Don't get me wrong, aesthetics, thin profiles, etc. are great, but when it comes to gaming, performance always comes first. Overall, I am very impressed with what Dell has to offer at this price point. I can take this laptop on weekend trips and fire up quick gaming session at hotels. I don't have to worry about my internet connection for competitive e-sport games like CS:GO since most hotels provide a wired LAN connection.I also know that whatever task I throw at this laptop, it will easily handle it and then some!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      No Farmer In This Dell G7

      Posted
      greenrita
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      I don’t remember Quick Start being so easy. You plug in, turn on then get your hand held all the way through set up, especially great for the tech shy. And, if you do Microsoft Office, your platform populates all devices including your smartphone; so, home is wherever you are. Cloud above means less data migration headaches below. Among other favorites, my young nephew gets it on with FORTNITE. So, the house upgrade to the DELL G7 was a smart move, especially since his equipment overheats with lots of fan noise way before ready to shut down an extended play. Though the machine has a somewhat heavy, rugged exterior that exudes durability; so far, the weight may not be in its capacity to withstand abuse but in its processing power and sharp design features. A few small details: • the hinge allows the top to open without lifting the bottom off the table. • the surface deck around the keyboard doesn’t flex under pressure. • the panel display has a matte finish with good off angle viewing without glare, good for my business meetings and power point • Situated at the front edge of the unit, MAXXaudio, affords quite decent clarity for my needs and his Very pleased with the cpu’s ability to construct and deconstruct docs without resistance while moving large amounts of data with multiple open windows and apps running simultaneously. For gaming en route, the nephew offers no complaints about the display’s resolution for gaming; and, when, stationary, the interface with an external monitor for a larger view shed is an easy connect. Says thumbs up for the benefits of Shadow Play pre-installed via GeForce to: • analyze the system to judge game compatibility with available space + tolerances, capture game audio + video recordings for uploads to YouTube and the like • adjust graphics and other settings for best performance. • adjust frame rate and audio related parameters as well i.e. in BROADCASTING, fine tune how your game appears. . Happy that the back lit keyboard has a responsive feel and doesn’t misinterpret my key strokes. The back light is a nice upgrade that assists work in low light. DISPLAY SETTINGS offer a few adjustments. But, for a next generation upgrade, R+D might consider a broader range of back light color options to satisfy individual preferences, especially since light frequencies have a real impact on emotion and circadian cycles. Odd that even though the CAPSLOCK has an indicator light indicating engagement; but, the NUMLOCK doesn’t. Thankfully, G7 letters, numbers and symbols are imbedded so they won’t dissolve over time as happened with my i5. When exhausted, keys without letters are a pain. With a memory glitch, I’d have to look at the keys to summon up QWERTY. My old Dell keyboard was an easy snap’n lock to replace but not certain if this new version has a similar set up for a la cart replacement. But, under-side access to the interior is a one screw feature for those who want to enhance. Said to my nephew: “no warranty voiding manipulations allowed!”, especially since he’s already talking overclocking, thermal paste and other techie expansions to keep up with future apps after warranty expiration. He’ll have his own before that time. For now, no complaints of ghosting and throttling, especially for the fps he’s getting even while simultaneously engaged. A little disappointed with the battery life at 4-5 hrs at medium demand. Really thought battery tech is improving at leaps and bounds enough to afford longer run time at this price point. Thankfully, there’s a card reader but installation is not flush. And, no DVD/RW; so, get an external or keep the old machine for those occasions. Ports are 3 USBs, an HDMI, gaming headset, locking port. No fingerprint ID at start up, no pen or touch pad, no back flipping tablet tricks but the fundamentals are solid and a great ROI for the price point. Interesting that I don’t feel short changed moving from a 17” display and keyboard to a 15.6”. So, overall, a solid ROI. With the G7, I am an editorial speed demon for research, doc management and speaking dates when I can boot the nephew out of the gaming zone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast and welt built!

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      JamexRZ
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      This is a great laptop for a good price. Built quality is top notch, lots of plastic but its all very sturdy, with no flex. It uses the latest 8th gen 6 cores/12 threads intel cpu and a discrete nvidia geforce gtx 1060 Q. I can play all moderm games at 1080p at high settings (some can even at ultra settings, but with some effects dialed down). I didn't have any problems setting up windows and installing steam with some games. It comes with a minimum amount of crapware from factory, most are apps that will help you keep your laptop bios and drivers up to date. Only thing I deleted was McAfee antivirus (windows 10 solution is more than enough). ++PROS++ +Well built and sturdy. +Fast, can play most moderm games at 1080p at high settings. +Fast 256 Nvme SSD boot drive. +Ready to install an extra 2.5' Hard drive (I added a 2.5" Western digital blue hard drive with no problems). +More than enough usb 3.0 ports, hdmi port for gaming on a large TV. +Quiet fans when non gaming, not that loud when gaming. Laptop's cooling solution is very good. --CONS-- -New cpu is known to be a hot chip, may throttle sometimes *(check my tips below). -Gtx 1060 is Q design, meaning its a full blown 6gb desktop version, however with lower clockspeeds than a regular 1060 to save on battery. *(check my tips below). Some tips: * You can use the program Throttlestop to underclock the CPU so it would not throttle down that much, check youtuber bob of all trades for a guide on how to use it. * I was able to overclock the GPU to +200mhz core and mem, reaching higher than regular gtx 1060 speeds, temps were good. * Download program HWinfo64 and check what monitor panel you have. If you are lucky as me, you may get an AUO panel, which can be overclocked to 120 hz, with custom resolution utility. If you get a LG panel, your'e SOL.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great value for Budget gaming laptop

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      Andy
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      For around $1,000 you get a lot of bang for your buck with this laptop. Keep in mind that this review is about value for the money spent. Build: the chassis is pretty solid with an efficient cooling design. The bezels are a little big and it is a little heavy, but not unbearable or deal-breakers. Keyboard and Trackpad: The keyboard has a pretty nice feel to it when typing and comes with a numeric keypad and a very nice blue backlight. The trackpad is big and gets the job done. However the track pad buttons felt a little unnatural to click, but maybe it's just different from what I'm used to. Processor: brand new hexacore with great multi-core performance and turbo boost allows for a lot of smooth multitasking. There are some issues with throttling when running off of the battery, but those could get fixed with future driver / software updates as this is a brand new processor. RAM: comes with 8GB running at a very respectable speed of 2666 mHz. It is enough for most people, but it can be upgraded. The downside is that it comes with two sticks of 4GB so you will need to buy two sticks of RAM instead of one to upgrade. GPU: This is the Max Q version of the GTX 1060 so expect performance between that of a 1050ti and a regular 1060 but the Max Q is designed to run cooler. With a little overclocking you can get noticeably better performance. In Far Cry 4 I was able to get around 60fps on very high settings, and around 60fps with ultra settings while slightly overclocked. Even when OC'd and during long sessions temperatures never seem to get too high. However there is extreme throttling when running off of the battery, you essentially HAVE to be plugged in to game. Screen: the 1080p IPS screen displays as you would expect it. It is a great match for this laptop considering the price and the hardware; the GTX 1060 would not handle anything higher so it would be a waste. Battery: the battery does not last very long since it is only 56WHr powering a 45W TDP 6 core processor and a dGPU. And since you need the power adapter to do any gaming, expect to take it with you anytime you leave the house. Verdict: Very good buy for any casual to moderate PC gamer on a budget. Great performance without paying for extra "features" that hardcore PC gamers would look for.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Gaming and general use machine

      Posted
      Andy
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      First Impression – The Dell G7 comes in a fairly plain box with no frills… kind of underwhelming compared to some of its competitors! That’s OK, because what comes out of the box is a very nice machine that is ready to get down to business. Setup – Initial setup is typical of just about any Windows computer. In addition to the regular Windows setup routine, Dell has their own and McAfee adds even more to initialize their year of coverage. The blue color of the backlight is a pleasant shade that doesn’t distract but does make every key easy to see. Use – The touchpad is very large compared to some other brands, allowing easy multi-finger gestures. I reversed the two-finger direction for scrolling so that I can drag down to scroll down and up to go up. The keyboard has the keys in the “right” place, something I’ve come to be aggravated by with some laptops that insist on cramming keys together or putting “Home” and “End” keys as functions of other keys. The backlight turns off after a few seconds and is something that does take a little getting used to, but it comes right back on by just swiping the touchpad or tapping a key. Under normal use, the machine stays quite cool but I still use a cooler fan pad to make sure the vents remain unobstructed. Upgrading any of the parts is as simple as backing out a single screw and then unsnapping almost the entire bottom of the case. This allows complete access to the M.2 slot, RAM, HD bay, wireless slot and battery. I just wish the machine came with 16GB of RAM since there are reports of difficulties with finding compatible RAM, a machine of this level should come with more than 8GB. Specs – The G7 is slightly larger than some other 15” laptops with similar specs, but looks even larger because of the angled front and rear edges. The GPU is slightly faster on several benchmarks than an ASUS ROG with a “regular” 1060 video card, even though this is the detuned, cooler version. I updated drivers on both machines and ran them several times to be sure. Battery life is pretty impressive for normal use, but it goes away very quickly when the 1060 is used, as expected. The screen is very bright and clear, as should be with any modern machine. Connection – The wireless card is stable and connects quickly at startup. I connected the G7 to an Epson EX9220 projector wirelessly and it performed very well, without the need to run cables. As a teacher, the need to connect to my projector is extremely important. I was impressed by how easy it was to connect Windows 10 to the projector! Conclusion – I personally prefer the dark color of this model as opposed to the white version, as well as the lack of a gaudy light-up logo on the lid... it has a classy, understated look. After adding a 2.5” 2TB SSHD for storage space (screws and bracket already installed in the bay – thank you, Dell!!!), I have a very powerful machine for both work and play. I look forward to spending more time with this machine, it will be a great asset for me.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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