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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Experience for the Budget-minded Gamer

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Speed

    Last year, Dell launched their G-series laptops that focus on bringing quality gaming experiences to the value-oriented consumer who isn’t looking to pay more for the frills of high-end Alienware hardware. This year, the lower-tier G3 model gets some notable upgrades that make it a compelling choice for gamers. BUILD: The G3’s build is a confident, durable plastic design. Even compared to last year’s G7, I actually prefer the feel of the plastic on this G3. It doesn’t feel cheap, and the plastic on the lid is a matte material, unlike last year’s smoother design. That confidence holds up on the bottom of the laptop where the same durable matte plastic material is also used. They also added a texture of grooved lines on the bottom that gives it a bit more grip when you are holding it with one or two hands. You’ll also find decent size intake ventilation holes in the bottom which are also made even more effective due to the elevated blue rubber stoppers that line the corner edges that lift the laptop up—especially towards the back where the intake ventilation is. On the rear of the G3 are the exhaust fans that are somewhat obstructed by the lower bezel of the display—a design decision not found on the G5 or G7. DISPLAY: The display on the G3 is really nothing special, but it’s also not a dread to use. The display is the “BOE 0819”, which has also been found to be “BOE T1WD3-NV15N3D” online. Despite being an IPS display, the pixel response times are slower, color gamut is muted and the backlight bleeding on my unit is more noticeable compared to other IPS displays. It does seem to be brighter than last year’s model, but this choice of display isn’t ideal for hardcore gamers—it’s really a compromise for gamers who don’t mind a 60Hz refresh rate and slower pixel response times. And if for some reason you decide you want a different display on this model, online communities have successfully replaced the display in this G3 with much better, higher refresh-rate displays. KEYBOARD: The keyboard on the G3 is pleasant to use, I’ve found. Typing up this review served to be quite easy. I’d say that my typing accuracy on the G3’s keyboard is very similar to my Alienware m17. It has decent spacing between each key, which can be a huge problem for those of us who type quickly and need to be agile. As a software developer and technical writer, a bad keyboard can make me a sluggish performer, but I really don’t have any qualms with this keyboard. The keyboard is backlit with a blue color. I would have preferred white, or a least a few more options for brightness, as you only get two levels of brightness. By default, the F-keys function as the actions for controlling volume, screen & keyboard brightness, etc. If you prefer to hold the Fn key to use those actions, you can change that in the UEFI bios. TOUCHPAD: The G3 is equipped with a decent size touchpad, even larger than the one found on my Alienware m17. It uses the Microsoft Precision Touchpad driver, which is a must-have feature for gestures and reliable tracking. Some might be a bit disappointed that there are not separate left & right click buttons, as they are integrated into the touchpad, but if you’re gaming, you ought to be using a mouse or controller, anyway. I/O: The G3 has a decent selection of ports on it. On the left side is the 180W power jack, a USB-C port utilizing USB 3.1 with DisplayPort Alt Mode, an HDMI port, a Type-A USB 3.1 port, a RJ45 gigabit ethernet por, and a headphone/microphone combo jack. On the right side is the wedge lock slot, 2 USB 2.0 slots, and a standard SD card slot. I’m a bit disappointed that there 2 USB 2.0 slots. Usually 1 USB 2.0 is acceptable since many gamers have a wireless mouse dongle that would be plugged in at all times. But I don’t see a good reason for having two USB 2.0 slots Either way, I’m glad to at least see that the USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, so you could use the G3 with a USB-C dock that has a display connected. STORAGE: This model has a KBG40ZNS512G NVMe TOSHIBA 512GB drive that is quite fast. The usable capacity due to over-provisioning is 488.38 GB, however since there are additional partitions reserved for recovery purposes, the partition with Windows 10 installed is about 459GB. While there are many scenarios that one could test, I ran CrystalDiskMark and got sequential scores of 2237MBps Read / 1483MBps Write. WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY: It’s important to mention that this laptop has installed a Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 module which is a 1x1 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip with Bluetooth 5. It’s not a high-end chip like Intel’s offerings, so theoretical performance will be limited to 433Mbps. Despite that, I experienced no issues while connected to my Wi-Fi router and was able to play online games without interruption. The addition of Bluetooth 5 is also nice to see in a budget gaming laptop. While BT5 adoption is slow and limited in use-cases, I could see someone using truly wireless headphones over Bluetooth 5 to listen to music, watch a movie, or play a game. GAMING PERFORMANCE: The G3 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-9300H, 8GB of 2666Hz DDR4 RAM in a 2x4GB configuration, and a 6GB Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti w/ Max-Q Graphics. This combination is perfect for 1080p gaming. In order to achieve the best thermal performance, you can open the Alienware Command Center and then press the G-key (F7 key on the keyboard), which initiates High Performance mode. You’ll hear the fans ramp up to full speed, and it will also increase the max TDP of the CPU to allow more power & deliver higher clock speeds at the expense of heat and louder fan noise. In the latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, I was able to achieve an average of around 75fps at 1080p with all the settings maxed out with DirectX Ray Tracing disabled. Turning Ray Tracing on would see a substantial drop in framerate, but usually yielding over 35fps. With it disabled, advanced scenes with more dynamic lighting, reflections and intricate shadows would see lower averages, but usually above 60fps. My minimum fps never hit below 50fps, and typically not very long, as these dips usually only occurred in scenes with an exorbitant amount of explosions and such. Traversing buildings and open landscapes usually yield that high 75fps average, and hitting highs in the 90’s and sometimes the 100fps mark.The best experience can be found with V-Sync on and a frame rate limit of 60fps to avoid screen tearing. I also benchmarked Shadow of the Tomb Raider with every graphic setting maxed out except with Ray Traced Shadows disabled and Antialiasing set to TXAA. I also enabled the new AMD FidelityFX setting. My average hit 60fps, which was impressive, given the level of detail in the graphics. If you use Ray Traced Shadows, it will have a hit to performance if set to Ultra, so I’d recommend Medium with some tweaks to other settings to keep the framerate above 60fps. This is a game that requires balancing some settings to get stable 60fps with Ray Tracing enabled. Less graphically demanding games like Rocket League and CS:GO will achieve average frame rates far beyond the 60Hz refresh rate of the 1080p display, even when graphics are maxed out. With V-Sync off, I was able to hit well over 100fps without major dips in performance. Games like these would continue to perform well at higher resolutions like 1440p or even 4K. But with only a 60Hz 1080p display, frame-capping at 60fps with V-Sync on will yield the best experience. I also ran 3DMark which yielded the following results, which you can compare against your own: Time Spy: https://www.3dmark.com/spy/9422066 Sky Diver: https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/41354958 The summary for these scores is that the G3 is a great performing laptop for most gamers, but as with many of the 8th gen and 9th gen Intel CPU’s, it is allowed to run up to 100°C, and it definitely will if you’re running graphically demanding games with High Performance Mode enabled. The GTX 1660 Ti w/ Max-Q is a noteworthy improvement over last year’s GTX 1060 w/ Max-Q, and is a much more VR-ready GPU for those who want to play VR titles. Speaking of which, here are my VRMark results, averaging at 130fps: Orange Room: https://www.3dmark.com/vrm/41423697 As you can see from all the testing I performed, this configuration of the Dell G3 is fantastic for high performance 1080p gaming. You can play a plethora of games from competitive games to the most graphically demanding titles. And while some might argue that 16GB of RAM should be standard, I did not find 8GB to have a negative impact on my gaming experience. Either way, the RAM is upgradeable, if you choose to do so. SPEAKERS: The speakers on the G3 get surprisingly loud. While they’re not going to win any awards for sounding amazing, they still sound quite good for gaming with enough of a dynamic range to help deliver immersive experiences. You can tap into the Alienware Command Center to use some of the sound profiles and tweaks to get a sound that best suits your needs. I typically prefer a flat sound profile for music with maybe some bass boost, but you can create your own profiles based on the types of games you play, as well. CONCLUSION: The Dell G3 is an impressive budget gaming laptop. I would certainly recommend it when on sale to get the best bang-for-buck, but I have been steadily impressed with little to complain about unless you want to talk about the potato quality webcam. Overall, this is a machine that I’m sure many budget-minded gamers would appreciate.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    A Real Scorcher

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Speed

    Gaming laptops are a tough market. The portability of a laptop doesn’t lend itself to the levels of power that desktops can achieve, primarily because desktop computers have much more room for cooling solutions that keep all the components running at full speed. Even the biggest laptops have only a fraction of the cooling potential that desktops do, so compromises are the name of the game. Dell’s reputation for high-quality machines raised my hopes that the G3 Gaming Laptop would strike the right balance between performance and cost, but one critical flaw makes this hot deal of a computer into a hot mess. - Unboxing & Setup Upon opening the box, I was concerned I may had received a refurbished laptop since besides a simple warranty card, there was minimal packaging and documentation to accompany the machine and its charger. Perhaps I’ve missed a modern trend, but I was not expecting such a sparse package for a new laptop. All documentation is digital and supplied through Dell’s numerous companion applications preinstalled on the G3, or via the Dell support website. Setup for Windows 10, thankfully, is still mostly a breeze. Setup for the newest version insists on an email or phone number to use a Microsoft account with your Windows laptop, but you can still set up a local account using a bad phone or email address and selecting offline account on the next screen. Once up and running, Dell’s preinstalled software stays mostly out of the way except for the Support Assistant, which is easily muted from the Notification Center. The apps otherwise don’t seem to bog the system down. Of note, one reviewer noted the SmartByte software slowed down WiFi speeds. I uninstalled the software but didn’t see any meaningful difference in WiFi speeds. - Design & Build Quality Being on the affordable end of the gaming laptop spectrum, the Dell G3’s only premium touches are a smooth palmrest and backlit keys. The machine is fairly spartan with all-plastic construction and a single inboard hinge. Moulded, protruding rubber feet raise the laptop a fraction of an inch off the surface under it, giving additional airflow to the fans through the underside of the laptop and which vent to the rear. With the hinge open, the vents are partially blocked by the base of the screen, but the contoured design still gives the exhausted air somewhere to go. The machine’s heft lends itself to decent build quality for a plastic laptop. The hinge seems decent enough but exhibits some wobble in an open position. The chiclet-style keyboard uses rubber dome keys that aren’t too mushy nor too stiff, and the base exhibits little flex. Backlighting is the single blue color but appears even across the board. The touchpad fares worse with decent tracking but poor click actuation - it feels like there’s a single click button below the middle that uses the position of your finger on the trackpad to determine left or right click, and neither are particularly responsive even when depressing the corner of the trackpad deeply. I would recommend using a mouse when possible. - Game Performance The “Coffee Lake” generation i5 is a high performing CPU, staying fairly competitive with desktop-class CPUs by offering four cores running at up to 4.1GHz. Pairing this CPU with the NVidia GeForce 1660Ti (a Max-Q model in this machine, making it closer in performance to a desktop-class GTX 1060) balances performance pretty well - I didn’t find many instances where the CPU held the GPU back or vice-versa. Likewise, the 512GB NVMe SSD is plenty speedy, keeping load times short with enough space to download a handful of today’s biggest blockbusters. 8GB of RAM is just enough for most modern games, but 16GB may become the recommended norm and possibly a minimum within a year or two. Testing a few different games, I found peak performance was excellent for the money. All were tested at 1080p, maximum settings with FXAA: - The Outer Worlds (2019): 40-60FPS average - PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (2017): 80-100FPS - Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015): 80-90FPS - Rocket League (2015, eSports): 160-220FPS These are great *average* framerates, but sadly all of these games stuttered a lot on the Dell G3, thanks to a heap of thermal throttling. - Power, Cooling & Noise The Dell G3’s power and cooling configurations are atrocious. Out of the box, the CPU is configured for massive power and high voltages that the chip is plenty capable of handling with desktop-grade cooling, but the cooling capabilities of the laptop get quickly overwhelmed. Under constant load, even with the fans at full blast with the laptop in “G” mode (maximum power + cooling) and nothing stressing the GPU, the Core i5 will hit 100 degrees Celsius (212F) within a few seconds. At this temperature, the CPU throttles itself to a much slower speed to prevent damage, sometimes dropping as slow as 900MHz. The end result is a massive amount of stutter in games from the constantly-changing CPU speed. Worse yet, Dell’s Alienware Command Center doesn’t offer any performance adjustment options to change power modes for either the CPU or GPU. Thus the overheating is an issue most users won’t have the knowledge to fix on their own, as the only ways to improve this involve advanced configuration through tools that run the risk of voiding your warranty. I generally consider myself a computer expert but after a few days of configuration I still can’t get the CPU cool when gaming. I suspect some hardware modifications may be needed to get this to perform as expected. (I’ll be posting a followup comment in the coming days outlining the issue and potential remedies for those curious.) Strangely enough, the GPU never reaches critical heat levels and does not throttle despite not only sharing the same cooler as the CPU but being rated for nearly twice the power by wattage. The fans on the laptop are louder than I expected, coming from a competitor’s “stealth” style model with a similar CPU and GPU (which are configured to run much cooler for that machine’s weaker cooling solution). Above their minimum actuation speed, they get noisy and can be easily heard from across a room. Headphones come recommended for gaming on this laptop. - Visual & Sound The G3’s 1080p, 60Hz IPS screen is pretty par for course for laptops in this price range, and a step up from last year’s G3 model. It gets decently bright and colors are as saturated as you’d expect, with great viewing angles to boot. There’s very little color banding that I could notice even though Windows reports the screen as a panel with 6-bit color depth rather than the expected 8-bit. Sadly my G3 has some light bleed along the top right of the screen, noticeable in darker images. The speakers on the laptop get surprisingly loud at the expense of sound clarity. As expected, the bass is virtually non-existent, but mids and highs hold up quite well up until about 60% volume. Anything above that and sound begins to distort, but even at this volume the speakers are loud enough to drown out the cooling fans at full blast. The 3.5mm jack is a combination microphone and headset port. - Connectivity Dell opted to put all ports on the laptop on the sides to make room for cooling at the rear. A USB-C port featuring DisplayPort output is joined by three USB ports, only one of which is capable of USB 3.0 with the other two being 2.0. The HDMI port is handy for connecting to a TV or most VR headsets, and a slimline Ethernet port allows wired online gaming. An SDXC card slot rounds out physical connectivity. All in all it’s reasonably equipped with plenty of ports for peripherals, but at this price the set of USB 2.0 ports is a major let down. Wireless connectivity is merely adequate. The WiFi won’t win any awards for speed or latency, and bluetooth works well enough for casual gaming with a wireless controller. Most competitive players will be using wired internet connections and corded input devices, of course, so the combination WiFi + bluetooth adapter serves more for convenience than performance. - Battery & Charging Battery life on the Dell G3 is not great. With the Dell power plan and the screen at medium brightness, I got less than three hours off-charger while streaming video, with some sessions getting closer to two. If you’re looking for a laptop you can take to class or elsewhere without bringing a large power brick with you, this machine isn’t for you (and certainly not one I’d take anywhere quiet regardless given the fan noise). The 180 watt power brick does supply plenty of power for the machine to charge while being used to game, albeit slowly. Unfortunately, the power brick is going to be your only way to recharge. The USB-C port doesn’t offer Power Delivery, thus mandating one of Dell’s barrel-plug style AC adapters to charge up. - Bottom Line This was so close to being a great gaming laptop for the money. It has the right combination of hardware, build quality, and price going for it, but the Dell G3 suffers from a bad cooling and power configuration that causes it to thermally throttle when doing what it’s advertised to do - game. You’d be hard-pressed to find this machine’s CPU and GPU combination in a less expensive laptop, sure, but when the thermal throttling is this prominent of an issue, gaming on this laptop is a disappointing experience. While writing this review, I fully updated the machine using all the files provided from Dell’s website, which included a BIOS update released on November 27, 2019, to see if the thermal issues were fixed with software updates. Unfortunately they did not - the new power configuration does let the CPU run cool for a little longer, but the G3 still hits thermal throttle within a few moments. As I’m still struggling to find a solution to this issue and am eyeing disassembling the machine to apply higher-quality thermal paste, I do not recommend the Dell G3.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from YourDellTeam
      Posted .

      Turbolence,

      Thank you for your detailed review of your new Dell gaming laptop. Now that you have installed the latest BIOS version on your computer there are some additional steps that may help with the heat issues that you're facing:

      1. Open Alienware Command Center
      2. Click Thermal at the Active Default Theme and set it to Performance
      3. Restart the computer
      4. Once the computer boots into Windows open SupportAssist
      5. Go to the Troubleshooting tab and click on I want to check a specific piece of hardware
      6. Click CPU under CPU Devices
      7. Select CPU Stress Test and click Run Test
      8. Open the Alienware Command Center and go to the Fusion tab
      • The CPU peak temperature should be less than or equal to (≤) 100 ℃
      • When under high stress, the computer's average temperature can be expected to be less than (≤) 100 ℃.

      If you'd like some tips on extending the life of your computer's battery we'd recommend the following:

      Change the Power Plan:

      1. On the notification area of the taskbar, right-click the Battery icon.
      2. On the options list, click Power Options.
      3. Select a power plan on the battery meter, such as Power Saver or Balanced. Windows 10 has a built in 'Battery Saver' mode that can be activated to extend your system's battery life. The Battery Saver mode will monitor and limit background activity and other features such as push notifications. You do have the option to enable or disable this mode within settings or within advanced Battery Saver settings, you can customize the mode to best suit your needs.

      a) Click on the Action Center icon in the taskbar and select the tile for Battery Saver.
      b) If running Cortana then type Battery Saver into the search box and select from the results.
      Within the Battery Saver settings page, you will be able to turn on and off the feature and customize the feature to best meet your needs.
      c) Turn Battery Saver On or Off.
      d) Additional settings available via the Battery use and Battery saver settings links.
      e) Battery use shows further info on apps and their power usage.
      f) Battery Saver Settings screen allows you to customize further Battery Saver feature.

      You can read the full article here -  http://dell.to/2vfXWf4.

      We hope that these tips will help your computer perform the way you intended it to.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-624-9896 Dell

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Function over form

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance, Price

    PROS: * GTX 1660 Ti * 8GB (2x 4GB) RAM to utilize dual-channel out of the box * Sturdy build/construction * No HDD to slow you down * Easy to get into the laptop for future upgrades CONS: * No Windows Hello * 2 of the 3 USB Type-A ports are 2.0 * Speakers are located under the laptop --Build Quality-- The 2019 Dell G3 is "unapologetically plastic", but without feeling cheap or flimsy. The chassis is very sturdy and the screen has very little flex to it. My only real complaint about going with the plastic build is with the wrist rest: it collects fingerprints and skin oil like it's its job (so keep a microfiber cloth in you backpack). The keyboard isn't my favorite, but it's far from what I would consider to be a bad keyboard. It's comfortable and accurate for gaming and I can comfortably use the keyboard for prolonged typing. The display is a 60Hz IPS (1080p) display. It doesn't get super bright (so I would recommend avoiding working/playing near a window), but it still looks good. If you would prefer to use an external display, the G3 has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (supporting single 4k output) and an HDMI 2.0 port on the right side. The G3 does have three USB Type-A ports, but only one is USB 3.1 (on the left), the other two are 2.0 ports. This isn't a big deal to me, since I usually prefer to use the right ports for my mouse and USB headphones (so 2.0 is just fine). I'm rarely impressed with the speakers on laptops, and the G3 is no exception. The speakers are located on the bottom sides of the laptop, rather than facing you. The speaker quality isn't that great either, especially when listening to music (bass is almost nonexistent). --Performance-- Dell has brought some of their Alienware features over to the G-line with the "Alienware Command Center" (to optimize the game settings based on your system) and a dedicated "G-key" which will max out the fan speed. Speaking of the fans: they get loud, very loud. I would HIGHLY recommend using a pair of gaming headphones with decent noise-isolation. The fans do a good job though, after a couple hours of gaming, the CPU+GPU were averaging in the mid to high 70s °C. Here's how the G3 held up in the games I play: - Overwatch (ultra settings): high 60s FPS - Fortnite (high settings, with view distance on epic): high 50s FPS - Witcher 3 (mix of high and medium settings): high 50s FPS - World of Warcraft (ultra and high settings, in raids): high 40s to low 50s FPS - Guild Wars 2 (using auto-detect settings, in populated areas): mid 50s FPS --Overall-- The focus of the G3 is to allow gamers to get a decent 1080p gaming laptop without breaking the bank. Dell focused on game performance over everything else. It doesn't have a premium feel, still uses USB Type-A 2.0 ports, "only" has a 1080p IPS display, but none of those really take away from the gaming experience. All of my games run quite smooth and I have no issues with gaming on the G3 for multiple hours. A gaming laptop at this price point with a GTX 1660 Ti is a great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performance Without the Gimmicks

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance, Price

    Gaming laptops are becoming more and more popular, but not every gamer needs the power and performance of a $2,000 machine. For teenagers or casual gamers, this Dell G3 gaming laptop is an excellent entry-level option that foregoes some flashy features in exchange for an affordable yet still powerful machine. There are a couple of notable drawbacks, but this is still one of the best laptops you'll find at this price point. === DESIGN & CONNECTIVITY=== - The G3 is entirely a plastic matte black with some neon blue highlights throughout. The Dell logo on the top is reflective and switches between a green and blue shine. There is a bit of a curve to the top of the laptop, and the back of it has some distinct angles. The neon blue accent strip runs around the edge of the laptop and gives it a pretty sleek look. - The matte plastic has a tendency to pick up fingerprints and smudges and they don't wipe away very easily -- they just sort of smear. - The inside of the laptop does seem a bit cheap -- the text on the keyboard keys is neon blue and there is a rather thick bezel around the display. - The laptop feels quite sturdy and substantial -- I think it will easily survive countless trips in backpacks and everyday wear-and-tear. However, there is definitely a bit of flex if you press down too hard on the keyboard or wrist-rest area. But I don't think that's going to be a problem for most people. - The torque on the hinge is pretty tight - you can't open this laptop with one hand. It might loosen over time. - There are no flashy RBG features on this laptop, which is totally fine as an entry-level machine. Luckily, the keyboard is backlit, but you cannot change the color of the blue lights. - There are plenty of ports available on the G3. On the right: Two USB 3.1 Type-A ports. On the left: power connector, one USB Type-C (DisplayPort), one HDMI port, one USB Type-A 3.1 port, an Ethernet port, and a headphone jack. On the right: lock slot, two USB Type-A 2.0 ports, and an SD card slot. - The power brick pretty bulky must weigh half as much as the laptop itself, but that's to be expected in any gaming laptop. - Overall: There's nothing fancy to see here: this is a utilitarian-looking laptop with some nice splashes of color. But that's fine with me -- this will fit in at a company boardroom or at a gaming desk. === DISPLAY, KEYBOARD, & TRACKPAD === - The G3 is equipped with a 15.6-inch 1080p display running at 60Hz. The display is fine, but not great. Colors seem a bit muted or washed out, and there is a bit of backlight bleed around the edges. In bright rooms, it's hard to notice these faults. But in darker rooms, it's very hard to see detail in darker areas of on-screen images. It's passable for portable gaming, but I would recommend using an external monitor if you have a desk at home. - The keyboard very comfortable to type on, but it feels a little cramped. The inclusion of the numeric keypad on the right side feels a bit unnecessary in a 15-inch laptop. I would have rather gone without the number pad to give the rest of the keys more room to breath. Also, the blue keyboard backlight seems to time out very quickly and I don't see any settings to adjust this. - The trackpad uses Windows Precision drivers and works very well. But I don't like it's position on the laptop - it's not centered under the display or keyboard and feels too far to the left. - Overall: For an entry level machine, there's not much to complain about with regards to the display, keyboard, or trackpad. They will be perfectly fine on their own, and I suspect many gamers will be using separate monitors, keyboards, and mice when they are at home. === PERFORMANCE, COOLING, & UPGRADES === - Out of the box, this machine is nicely equipped: i5-9300H, 1660 Ti, 512 GB SSD, and 8 GB of RAM. These are perfectly good specs for casual gaming, though I wish 16 GB of RAM came standard. Luckily, the SSD and RAM can be easily upgraded by simply popping off the back cover. There is even a slot to add a 2.5-inch drive. - Gaming performance is much better than I was expecting. Here are some sample benchmark results (high settings): Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 74 fps; Battlefield V - 74 fps; The Division 2 - 76 fps; Fortnite - 137 fps. As you can see, there is plenty of power here to drive almost any game at 60 fps with decent quality settings. - The speakers are acceptable, but nothing more. They work fine, but there is noticeable distortion at higher volumes and they sound tinny and hollow to me. - The laptop gets warm, but never too hot during gaming. However, the fans get pretty loud, so you'll want to crank up the speaker volume or wear a headset. - Battery life is very impressive for a gaming laptop. For basic tasks like surfing the web and checking email, I've clocked over 6 hours of battery life on one charge. Gaming is obviously going to drastically reduce that number, but it's nice to know that this laptop can also get me through a full day of productivity tasks if needed. - Unfortunately, Dell has loaded this machine with tons of bloatware: trials for McAfee, games, proprietary Dell update software, and a ton of other bloat that shows up in the start menu. I was prompted 5 times in 10 minutes to sign up for a $100 McAfee subscription -- no thanks! The first thing you should do when you start up this laptop is head to the Settings menu and uninstall all of this. - Overall: Despite the included bloatware, this G3 is nicely specced out of the box and is luckily easy to upgrade in the future. My first upgrade will be an extra stick of RAM to bring it up to 16 GB. Regardless, performance is excellent for this price point and should satisfy all but the most hardcore of gamers. === OVERALL === Dell has struck a great balance of price and performance with the G3 and it represents an excellent value to budget-conscious gamers or those who simply don't need the absolute best-of-the-best. No, the G3 does not have any flashy features like RGB or a futuristic alien design. But I think most users will appreciate its understated look, and they will certainly appreciate its excellent gaming performance. It might not have the best display, keyboard, or speakers -- and I wish Dell had included 16 GB of RAM as standard -- but these drawbacks pale in comparison to the overall performance you'll get from this machine. If you can pick this machine up on sale (cheaper than it's normal $999.99 selling price), then you will make an already great value even better. Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good mid-range gaming laptop with a fair price

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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance, Price
    Cons mentioned:
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    === Summary === The Dell G3 3590 is a good mid-range gaming laptop with a decent selection of components inside. It's built entirely of plastic, but it manages to feel solid and durable with a great fit-and-finish. The display is bright and vibrant, the speakers sound surprisingly good, and the keyboard is responsive enough for enjoyable gaming. Unfortunately, it comes with two ancient USB 2.0 ports that are very slow, and its single USB-C port is not of the Gen 2 (10 Gbps) variety. The performance is fantastic but it comes at a cost to battery life. _____ *Pros: -It's made from plastic, but it's durable with a good fit-and-finish. -The speakers sound loud and clear. -The Precision Touchpad works well. -General usage performance is excellent. Fast and snappy with a quick boot time. -1080P gaming is handled smoothly and games run well. -NVME SSD is fast and file transfers finish quickly. -The bottom cover is very easy to take off for future upgrades (SATA HDD, bigger NVME drive, RAM upgrade). -You get a lot for your money (H-class Core i7, 8GB DDR4, 512GB NVME, bright screen, good speakers). _____ *Neutral: -The keyboard keys aren't very tactile and a bit wobbly. I wish its uptake rate was faster. -Although accurate and responsive, the surface of the plastic touchpad feels a bit coarse and grainy. It's not glass smooth and jarring at first. -Why does Dell include two different support apps to check for driver updates? _____ *Cons: -The battery life is poor, as expected, even when you're not gaming and just browsing the internet. === Design & hardware === Fortunately, Dell is following the trends embraced by other companies and not going overboard with the design. For a gaming laptop, the G3 is not in-your-face blingy nor overdone with garish design elements. I appreciate its subtle and modest shape and color scheme. Most people will probably glance at the Dell G3 and assume it's just a regular black laptop. I'm totally cool with that. As for build materials and quality, I found both to be satisfactory. Everything's plastic but that's okay because it doesn't feel coarse or cheap. The fit-and-finish is excellent as well. For a 15.6" gaming laptop, I found the weight to be manageable and the form factor not too bulky. The number of ports offered is good, but it's disappointing to still find USB 2.0 ports in a 2019 laptop. All the USB ports should've been minimum USB 3.1 Gen1. Even the single USB-C port is only USB 3.0 with no Thunderbolt support. There's at least a full-size HDMI port as well as an ethernet port. For a $1,000 laptop, the components Dell decided to put inside seem fair and reasonable. The 9th-gen Core i5 9300H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 memory, 512GB NVME drive, and the Geforce GTX 1660 Ti with 6GB of memory come together well to make the Dell G3 very speedy and performant. For casual PC usage, the specs of the G3 3590 are overkill. For 1080P gaming, it's great. I really appreciate that Dell made future upgrades easy to perform. The bottom cover comes off easily and all the parts you can upgrade later - SATA HDD, DDR4 RAM, NVME drive - are easily accessed. There's plenty of space to work in as well. The battery is simple to take out as well, should you need to change it out later. I wish all laptops were this easy to take apart and upgrade. === Display === Although the Dell G3 only has a modest 60Hz 1080P screen, I found it good enough in terms of color accuracy and brightness for both gaming and general usage. The backlighting is even and the contrast level is pretty good. The bezel around the screen is also decently thin for a gaming laptop, and I didn't find it distracting at all. === Keyboard and touchpad === The G3's keyboard is better than the one on my $2500 Alienware m17. The keys have good travel, feel responsive most of the time, and give good feedback. However, I felt the keys wobbling a bit during fast typing which slightly got in my way when working and during gaming. I got used to it after a while but Dell definitely could've done better by tightening things up a bit. As for the touchpad, it's been great. It's very responsive, tracks well, and all of my custom Precision touchpad gestures worked flawlessly. With that said, I wish the surface of the touchpad was smoother. If you're used to gliding your fingers on a glass-covered touchpad, the G3's touchpad surface will feel very coarse and weird at first. Once you get used to it, though, it's fine. === Performance === The Intel Core i5, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and the 512GB Toshiba NVME drive make Windows 10 run very fast. For general use scenarios, the G3 is more than fast enough. For 1080P gaming, it's also pretty good. You can't turn on every single eye-candy setting to the max and still get 60 FPS, but the nVIDIA Geforce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q will run most games very well at medium or high settings. Fan loudness wasn't much of an issue for me. It never became loud enough to become distracting and didn't force me to put on some headphones. I'm playing Darksiders Genesis on it and it runs beautifully at Ultra settings with no lag or frame hiccups. Audio is great out-of-the-box and Dell gives you the option to tune it to your liking through its Alienware FX app. Overall, I'm very happy with the G3 3590. === Battery life === As expected, battery life is just so-so on this gaming laptop. When I game off the AC charger, I could only get about 1 hour out of it. When set to 75% brightness and doing just general browsing, I got up to 3 & 1/2 hours, which isn't too bad. === Should you buy it? === Sure. For $1,000, Dell gives you a decent design with solid build quality, great selection of components, a good screen, good audio, and an easy upgrade path for the future. This laptop will last a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Play total war series on ultra

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    I didn't think this would play my total war series, but it does. Even on ultra. The fans do get loud but nothing annoying. I put it on a cool pad. And have my head phones on and game. I would think this would be a $1k at lease. I got mine on black Friday for 700 awesome deal awesome gaming laptop

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good laptop for the money

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    I was excited to get this laptop as it was my first gaming laptop. In my experience, Dell has been a very reliable brand and generally gives you good quality on a budget. Pros: -Backlit keyboard - love the blue color -Great processing speeds -HD graphics which looked amazing while streaming movies and shows -NO GLARE on the screen -Number pad was included in this layout -Overall great performance -Worked really well with games like Fallout 4 -Battery life is awesome. I was able to play for 3-4 hours without issue. -Looks cool. I really like the design of the laptop in general. Now for the cons: -The power button is hard to press for some reason, not a deal breaker, but certainly noticable -I had issues running some lower video quality games. Got a lot of stuttering while running games like What Remains of Edith Finch which doesn't really require much to run. I tested a few other lower video quality games and for some reason, it struggled. But to be honest, you buy a gaming laptop to run high quality games on it, so it's once again not a deal breaker. -If you aren't using headphones or a headset, the sound can get a little boxy and you can hear a slight rattling. -The fans are LOUD especially when you turn on the Alienware Performance Mode. Though it's a cool feature, I suggest headphones because it does get really loud. -It's heavy for a 15" laptop. I believe it weighed in at 6 pounds which is a bit hefty, but not impossible to carry around. Overall I really like this laptop. I think Dell produced a very powerful laptop for a very reasonable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good and Affordable!

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    Performance, Price

    So last year’s G3 was decent but nothing too impressive. Dell stepped up and “redesigned from the ground up.” They really changed everything from the chassis to the hardware and I gotta say I am impressed. This model comes with the 9th Gen Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Not bad at all. However, the 2019 model is anything but a spec refresh. This shows on the design which was overhauled. It really is much sleeker than the previous model. It is noticeably slimmer and lighter. It’s not light by any means, coming in at 6 pounds. I would still say it is more “portable” than its ancestors. This comes with a 512 GB SSD. You can easily take out the bottom panel and also add a HDD which is very nice. RAM is also upgradeable. Build quality is solid. The chassis is plastic. There is no keyboard or screen flex. The coating that they used can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet so I would keep a wipe handy. I have the Eclipse Black colorway. The keyboard is black with blue keys and accents. It does feel a bit mushy to type on. They have good travel and ok feedback otherwise. I did have very mild trouble with a sticky shift key, but other than that no major complaints. This model has blue backlighting which I feel can be fatiguing on the eyes. It is not customizable but I believe that the higher spec models have customizable RGB backlighting if that is important to you. The trackpad is ok. I doubt you will be using it much if you bought it for mainly gaming. Speakers can get decently loud and crispy but they do sound a bit tinny and buzzy at higher volumes. They are located on the sides and are kind of bottom firing which is not ideal. They are definitely good enough for media consumption but I would get headphones for gaming because of fan noise when running Game Shift (see below). The display is decent. It is a 60 Hz FHD IPS panel. It comes in at 250 nits of brightness which does well indoors. Pictures do look sharp although not very color accurate. I would say that the display will not blow you away but its perfectly ok for gaming basic titles. You can get a brighter 300 nits screen and 144 Hz panel with the higher spec models. The bezels are much thinner and aesthetically pleasing. The G3 has a decent selection of ports. This year it actually comes with a USB Type-C port! It also has a headphone jack, Ethernet jack, USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0, and a power port on the left. It has two USB 2.0 and a SD card reader on the right. Battery life was around 4 hours on a full charge with max brightness and casual internet browsing. It’s respectable and middle of the pack. Performance. The most important thing. First off, Dell has added something called Game Shift to the software. It is a button (F7) that you can press that quickly allows for a boost in performance. They also threw in the Alienware Command Centre which allows for fine-tuning of CPU, GPU, fan speeds, and so on. The graphics card is a Max-Q version of the 1660 Ti. While it is true that the performance lags behind the 1660 Ti, the Max-Q versions allow for thinner, quieter, and lighter GPUs which can fit in these thin chassis. When you press Game Shift, there is a very noticeable and audible increase in fan speed. This is important because this thing can really play games. It has no problems running games on high graphics. It was running Dead by Daylight at over 100 fps. It is limited by the frame rates but at the very least, there is no lag. All in all, it is a very good and capable laptop with no big flaws.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Performance at Good price

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    The G3 is a mid-tier gaming platform. They primarily focused on providing performance to pricing limbo!! And I think they succeeded The laptop at the time of release was just over the 1K price point. Leading with an i5 CPU//8GB RAM/512SSD drive paired to a 15.3" 1080 screen. It has all your expected connection ports and a full keyboard(includes numeric pad). The shell although is plastic but is very sturdy and has limited flex. I was able to put this through its paces as both a gaming platform and for work running Wireshark traces and other networking tools. It handled all tasks well with no issues. I really like the black and blue styling and the rubber feet on the bottom to keep everything in place during use. Especially in those critical gaming moments when you exert more force than normal!! I only knocked down the score to a 4 for the following reasons: 1. The audio was lacking volume (speakers on bottom)- will definitely want a set of headphones with this rig - I paired with the Astro A50 4th Gen 2. The power brick is HUGE!! 3. Power plug in is the typical half inch circle plug that comes out the side and sticks out a solid 2" - not mobile friendly 4. for a Gaming machine a few programmable functions buttons on the keyboard would have been a nice touch for quick media controls - plenty of space for this 5. Fan noise can be a bit excessive and a little loud if in a quiet environment Overall I was happy with this build and performance for the pricing point offered. Functions were on point with no lag from the machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price

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    I have a 2yr old Dell Inspiron 7559 (the Dell G3,G5 & G7 have replaced the Inspiron 7000 series - Nvidia gaming), which I had upgraded to 16GB memory with a 512GB M.2 drive and a 1TB SSD. I had recently run the Steam VR performance test on this machine and I was disappointed in the results, and I had some issues running current games smoothly. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to see how the latest Intel i5 (G9) processor and the newer GTX 1660Ti compared to what I had been using. One of the things I really like about the Dell Inspiron and G# series is that they are easily upgraded. Remove a few screws (10, none hidden), pry loose the back and you can get to everything that can be upgraded. I've had great success with both HyperX and Corsair - Vengeance memory, both have a lower CL than Dell's stock memory (at about $75 for 16GB), and both support Intel's XMP memory standard (insures it will work with latest processors at maximum speed). The HyperX memory I used to upgrade my G3 to 16GB is CL15, and Dell's stock memory appears to be CL19 at 2666Mhz - so there should be a performance difference. But first the G3 is clearly narrower (<1") and thinner (~1/4") than the Inspiron 7559, it is only hinged in the center vs all the way across. The keyboard backlight lighting on the G3 is a nice blue that shines through the keys vs white just under the keys on the Inspiron. IMHO the G3 looks much better and has a better keyboard feel. The trackpad seems to be exactly the same (except for a blue outline). The G3 has a SD card slot, 1 USB-C ports (non-thunderbolt) and 1 USB 3.1 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports+ 1 HDMI + 1 Gigabit Ethernet port + Audio port (same as Inspiron except it had no USB-C). The G3 weighs one ounce less at 5.57 pounds. Battery life will be highly dependant on the application load I found I could get about 6 hrs mixed usage from Inspiron, I'd expect the same from the G3. The G3's bezel is slightly narrower than the Inspiron, but has a matte screen vs a very shiny screen on the Inspiron. Initially I prefered the matte screen as reflections can be very annoying on the Inspiron. The G3 is a much sharper looking laptop. Attached are images of the G3 in use and with the back removed (note the 4 screws by the spine do not come out, and when prying the back off the spine should be pulled apart last (carefully). The G3, if ordered without a SSD still includes the SSD cable and screws for the SSD inside the case (well done Dell). The system can support Optane 10 memory, but not with the M.2 drive and a 2.5" drive both installed, so you can add either Optane memory or a 2.5" drive. I opted to add a 1TB Samsung EVO 860, which was immediately recognised, it just needed to be formatted and partitioned (took 30s) from Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management. On to some testing, just comparing the G3 with 8GB stock memory and 16GB CL15 memory. As expected the performance of the Processor in both configurations was excellent (1.2% better with the faster memory) The Graphics performance was essentially equal, the disk performance was 24% points higher (probably due to caching being faster). And the memory performance was 16% points higher - about what I might have expected. But seeing the memory improve the disk performance was a bit of a bonus. I then ran set of PowerUp benchmarks comparing the Insperion w/530 GPU & Nvidia GTX 930M to the G3 w/Intel 630 GPU and Nvidia GTX 1660Ti. Here the texture fill numbers and the bandwidth numbers are most telling how much faster todays dedicated graphics processors are compared to a base Intel GPU. I then ran the more substantial 3D graphics test with the Valley Benchmark v1.0, here the speed of the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti (129 FPS) clearly blows away the GTX 960M (29 FPS) this explains my failure on the Steam VR performance test. And boy did the 3D graphics look great on the G3. Considering the G3 with i5 is less than $xxx's is quite a performer for the price and for a few $s more add more faster memory for even better performance. Dell did cut few corners (losing a star), the USB 2.0 ports are a disappointment, USB-C not supporting Thunderbolt is too bad. You can't currently get a 4K display (which the GTX 1660Ti w/6GB mem could easily drive) - you can still use a 4K display externally via USB-C or HDMI. The fan is a bit loud. The sound quality is not as good as the Inspiron (it is just acceptable) - Before upgrading to the latest drivers & BIOS speakers had a hum, which the updates corrected. None of the above is a show stopper, the G3 is quite a bargain as a base system, I recommend more faster memory and adding a 2.5" SSD. The base 512GB SSD is more like 440GB partitioned & formatted and 300GB after OS installation etc. But all told it's substantially better than a 2 yr old (Dell) i7 configured almost exactly the same. So I'm now ready to find my first VR application/game, now searching for a headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast PC with room to grow

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    Design, Price, Value

    Let me start by letting you know this laptop will likely be the best bang for the buck in the under a grand PC's that can game with the big boys. Yet, it will take the better part of the day to get fully up and running like it should(most of the time passively waiting to download/install/restart). My laptop required many updates and tweaks before I could start to enjoy the laptop for serious work and play. While this is likely normal for a PC that has quite a few added parts designed to accelerate the gaming experience. It will be worth it once you get everything squared away and current. And if you are buying this laptop it's likely that you have some PC knowledge and you will be fine with all the setup questions and tweaks that might be needed before full time use. If you are a NOOB (gamer slang for the new person) to powerful computers. Maybe enlist the Geek Squad to assist you to get the most out of this laptop before leaving the store. Now, for my experience so far... Gaming: It is a really good gaming laptop. Plays the few games I already had effortlessly and on the best settings. While I don't own too many triple A game titles. All the slightly older games and few current downloaded games played very well. You will want a mouse or in my case, marble mouse to assist the gaming aim/movement. The touchpad isn't the best when the action heats up, but I never cared much for touchpads as in input for gaming(doubt any gamer prefers it). 5 stars for gaming. Styling: Subtle and very nice for grownups and also a bit of zing with blue color accent's for younger gamer crowds. This can be used just about everywhere without screaming, look at me I play games. 5 stars for styling. Non gamers: As a grown-up who also needs to work on a computer. It does all of the PC stuff you need. Plenty of processor power to Photoshop and edit video footage or simply browse the internet. Although, in time, you will likely want more RAM for overall speed increase when using multiple apps and pages. This PC can max out at 32gb (2 - 16gb sticks). But the included 8gb of RAM is a great start. 5 stars for being a computer Extras to note: The price is not cheap, but it is excellent value when you add up all the specs and what it can do in the real world other than play games on higher settings with lower lag. It is also not a light laptop. Think of this more like a desktop in a laptop form factor. It is very portable, just have a bag or backpack to ease the transport of your new toy. As for battery life, you will need power sooner than you thought if you push the performance to it's limits. I got over 4 hours of everyday use(more is possible if you go ultra low on settings and doing simple projects), but drastically saw draw down when playing games. I will liken this not so much as a negative, but you will have to decide if you want power and performance, or just hours of unplugged use. And now the little gripes that affected me and cost a star in the overall rating. Keyboard lights. Love the color. Hate the settings, or lack of settings. My keyboard backlight seemed to be set to turn off at 5 seconds. And by default this PC has no option to fix this. There is a button to turn it on/off , low/high...but nothing for how long it stays on without a key press. Dell does have a mediocre fix for it. You can download it from Dell (keyboard essentials or something like that) and with the add-on you can finally change the timeout of the keyboard to more time or never turn off, but it seems buggy when power gets low or even plugged in and charging(update might be needed). My other Dell laptops do not have this problem and it is kind of minor, but it annoyed me to the point I had to mention it. Use in the dark needs a free add-on from Dell, or just use the PC with your house lights on. The other gripe was stated at the top. Lots of updates to get started, Dell, Windows, Nvidia, various software titles...but this happens on many computers. Overall. This will likely be a good fit for any PC user in need of performance at an economical price. It's performance and price come at the sacrifice of weight and battery life and a weird omission by Dell to NOT include keyboard lighting controls from day one. The last item is minor, and may be patched in the massive amount of downloads of updates and patches you may likely need to do when you start this enjoyable laptop you should choose to buy. I got one and it still looks like the best value. Dells are hard to be beat for quality and price. And this G3 series is always evolving and much of my opinion may not be applicable for the updated G3 you buy. Sorry for the long winded review

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Performance on a budget

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    Design, Price, Value

    Dell G3 is Dell's line of affordable gaming laptops. This new 2019 model gets the basics down with a few compromises for a great price Design: A bit bulky, and over 5 Lb., in an all-plastic case, with a bit of flair with blue accents and angled back, it's built to handle the actual heat from the CPU and GPU. The keyboard is full-size island keys, including numeric keypad, with adjustable intensity blue backlighting. The trackpad is large enough, slightly to the left so it's centered below the space key. The laptop comes with a very large (And heavy) power supply, rated at 180W (Which would be needed to run the CPU and GPU at full). The laptop has an internal 3-Cell 51W battery. I couldn't remove the bottom cover because it has a hidden screw behind the label, but from what I found, the memory and SSD are replaceable, and there is also an internal, empty 2.5" HDD bay. Screen: Specs: 1920x1080 60Hz, 15.6", 6-bit depth. Matte screen, no touchscreen While the specs don't sound that impressive, in person it's actually very pleasant. The images are clear, and the matte screen is best to avoid glare, and workable angle views. CPU / Memory / Drive: 9th Generation (2019) Intel i5-9300H with four cores, Embedded 630 Display controller. 8 Gb DDR4 in two slots: 4 Gb / slot. Note that while the memory would need to be replaced to expand it, it performs better when distributed in two slots rather than single 8 Gb slot. 512 Gb M2 NVMe: This is a nice, fast drive. Larger drives tend to perform better because data is more distributed through memory blocks. Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Max-Q) Slots/Connections: - On the right, two USB 2.0 (Yes, 2.0), SD card reader. - On the left: Barrel-type power cord, One USB-C (DisplayPort), One HDMI 2.0, One USB 3.1, Ethernet RJ45, headphone jack A bit disappointed that it has no thunderbolt ports (So no eGPUs here), and only one USB-C that's also the DisplayPort. And one USB 3.1 while two other ports are USB 2.0 (Fine for keyboard and mouse), but would use one of the USB 3.1 or USB-C for a memory stick. There is a camera above the screen but with no depth sensor and no fingerprint sensor, so no option for Windows Hello. Software: Not much bloat, thankfully, except for McAfee (one-year free subscription), Spotify, Netflix, and Office (trial). The antivirus didn't pose much resistance when uninstalling, and Windows went back to Windows Defender smoothly. Then there are the typical bunch of programs from dell for software upgrades and cleanup, Nvidia tools and pleasantly surprised that it also includes the Alienware control center. The keyboard has a "G" key (Actually, F7) that enabled the performance mode with fans at full speed via the Alienware control center. Benchmark (With default settings) GeekBench 4 Single-Core: 4960 Multi-Core: 16704 OpenCL: 187427 Games: Fortnite runs smoothly at 60 FPS at 'Epic' quality VR: It can run the new Oculus Rift S. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is listed as recommended. Note that The Rift S uses both the USB 3.1 port and the USB-C port, and you'll need an (inexpensive) USB-C to DisplayPort adapter. Resuming: Current-generation CPU. Overall package is nice, except for not having enough ports and no Thunderbolt. While the screen is rather basic, is pleasant to look at, with solid colors. The Ti 1660 video card is actually pretty good for the value on this machine, which is the main reason one would get this.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gaming laptop for casual players

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    Performance, Price

    This Dell G3 15 inch gaming laptop will not disappoint especially at the price point. For this to be a gaming laptop it is pretty light. From the outside when it closed it kind of looks like a car hood from the top, I think Dell did that on purpose because when the laptop is closed it actually looks like the front of a sports car, the reason why is because between the screen hinge there are two grills for the fan exhaust, and in the center is the G3 logo it is pretty cool. This specific one has a black matte finish with blue Dell reflective logo on the outside and blue accent lines. The keyboard is backlit with blue color and it activates when typing, or when the mouse is in use. There are only two bright settings for the keyboard backlight, or you can just turn them off. On the bottom you have stereo speaker which are pretty loud in my opinion, and there blue accent rubber strips in each corner that will prevent this laptop from slipping on smooth surface. Those rubber strips not only looks nice with the blue accent, but they also raised the laptop a few centimeters from the surface allowing heat flow from the bottom grills. This machine performed very well during game play, I used Killer instinct for the test one of my favorite games. The game not only look great on the screen it played fantastic without any lag whatsoever. However, I did notice when you play on battery power the games frame rate slows drastically, even with the G mode enable I was not able to bring that frame rate back up, the only fix to this that I found was to plug it back in to the power. The booting from cold took me about 17 seconds from powering on to login, and that was without any tweaks in the OS. This laptop is configured with Intel i5 9th Gen 2.4Ghz, 8G Ram, 512 SDD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660, 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1, SD Card slot, 1 HDMI, 1 USBC Display port, 1 RJ45, and a headphone jack. For regular day use this laptop performed extremely well too, from opening and switching programs was very fast. After 3 days without plugging to the power, the battery was still at 68%. The .9mp camera took very clear photos in well lit rooms, and was great for video calling. One thing that I really missed and is lacking on this laptop is a fingerprint reader and face login you have to log in with a pin or password. The keyboard has a number pad and the screen is Non-touch. Over all this gaming laptop for the casual player will be more than enough and that’s without any tweaks, I really like the looks and performance of this machine and for that price point can’t go wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Fortnite

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    ## Performance The Dell G3 15.6 Gaming Laptop (model I3590-5988BLK-PUS) isn't a top-of-the-line gaming rig, but it holds it own and provides great performance for many games.  For example, I'm able to run Fortnite with all of the setting set to "Epic" (highest) and the game is still very fluid and looks amazing. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there is a bug that prevents the FPS from showing in Fortnite, but I would estimate it to be in the 45-55 range. The F7 key also functions as the "Game Shift" key which kicks up the fan speeds to prevent thermal throttling. The fans are somewhat noisy, so you'll likely find yourself reaching for headphones if you turn this feature on. A quick look at the specs: Intel Core i5 (Coffee Lake) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 8GB RAM (2 x 4GB for a dual channel boost) 512GB NVMe solid-state drive (with about 480GB available out-of-the-box) Design Although the exterior of the laptop is constructed of plastic, it still feels solid and should stand up against the occasional bumps and rigors of transporting it. The exterior has a nice matte finish that helps hide fingerprints. The keyboard is comfortable for both gaming and typing, with a full numeric keypad on the right. The keyboard also has a blue LED backlight that looks cool, especially at night. The WASD are clearly identified with a border. Speakers are located on the bottom and, unfortunately, sound a bit tinny and underwhelming. This is yet another reason to use headphones while gaming. The laptop is a little bulky, weighing about 5 pounds. However, this is expected since it is a gaming machine. ## Display I love the fact that the display has an anti-glare finish while still maintaining a sharp onscreen appearance. The display is IPS and looks great from an angle, with a 1080p 60Hz resolution. I also sometimes "dock" the laptop, using the side USB-C port with a hub that outputs to a 1080p monitor and it runs both displays without an issue.  The default resolution for the display is 1536x864 ## Battery Life I can typically get about 2-4 hours of battery life when gaming with this laptop. The charging brick is HUGE, which makes sense as it outputs 180 watts. The USB-C port shows a Power Delivery symbol, but as far as I know, Power Delivery specs max out at 100 watts, so you likely won't be able to charge and use this laptop at the same time if using a third-party Power Delivery charger. ## Setup Set aside about 2 hours to allow the system to perform all necessary updates, including the Windows updates. There are also several Dell driver updates that the included "Dell Update" program can perform for you. Additionally, there was a system BIOS update that required a manual installation by downloading the update directly from the Dell support website.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice price for a gaming laptop with a GTX 1660Ti

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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Price

    Dell has come up with a nice option for gamers that are looking for an affordable laptop with decent specs. The chassis is sleek and elegant looking which is a nice change from the gaudy, overstated look of many gaming laptops. Build construction seems to be quite nice and should withstand typical laptop movement, packing and use. The 9th Gen I5 processor was more than adequate and it's great to have the GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. The G3 was used on a variety of games and the results were smooth with no hiccups. Fan noise was acceptable, but perhaps some that don't use headsets may find the fan noise more noticeable. The anti-glare 1920 x 1080 screen looks good with nice color and clarity. The lack of a touch screen seems logical given this laptop is primarily for gamers. There is a built-in webcam and microphone. The 512GB SSD offers nice data access and start up speeds over a hard drive option. This laptop also features two tuned speakers that deliver adequate 3D audio for gamers. The keyboard is backlit and has a 10-key numeric keypad which is a nice option for other applications. Wireless connectivity worked great. Laptop features plenty of ports that includes one USB 3.0 type C port. If you're a gamer that is looking for laptop with a nice design, yet still portable, at a great price point to include a GTX 1660Ti graphics card, then this is a great option to consider. Just note that the G3 laptop does not include a touch screen or a dvd/cd drive, but that is not unusual for many laptops.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable Gaming Power

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    Pros mentioned:
    Performance, Price

    The Dell G3 truly delivers a powerful gaming laptop at an affordable price. While the G3 that I'm reviewing was equipped with an Intel i5 processor and not the more powerful i7 that gamers might usually turn to, the G3 delivers impressive performance. This is due in part because the Intel i5 is paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX discrete graphics. I was particularly impressed with the performance of the Dell G3 when using it to drive Windows Mixed Reality headsets. I work on Mixed Reality and the Dell G3 provides a truly affordable, while powerful, option for anyone wanting to have a laptop for gaming and XR (e.g. VR, AR and MR). Dell also delivers an excellent laptop in terms of the keyboard, touch pad and display.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    good laptop

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance

    this it a great laptop for the school great performance and great design but my laptop has a light leak in the screen and you can see it in black backgrounds

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Buy extended warranty!

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    I bought this laptop for college and some gaming! It performs all the functions adequately! However, i beg to differ with some of the reviews that indicate "sturdy built" ! Not even two months after purchase the hinge started to bind every time it was opened. The case has separated at the hinge and the hinge is coming apart on one side. I know the general thought is "no problem, just call dell and they will take care of it". This couldn't be further from the truth. I thought the warranty would cover this, but was informed it will not! However they will fix it for nothing less than $100 dollars by the time I send it to them ($39), diagnose ($65) and then repair for (?????)! Pathetic! Sad part is my brother purchased one 6 months ago and the exact same thing is happening to his! Won't be buying Dell laptops anymore, no matter how good the configuration is or how low the price is for what you get! Quality insides don't do any good if the outside falls apart!

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from YourDellTeam
      Posted .

      Gforce134,

      We're sorry to hear that this is the experience that you've had with your new computer. If you do have technical questions about your computer you can visit our Product Support Page here: https://dell.to/2NSjl8n.

      Best,
      Bryan
      1-800-624-9896 Dell

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Package and Price!!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Performance, Price

    THE BREAKDOWN: Let me start by saying that gaming laptops these days are a super competitive market. I was expecting big things from Dell on this one. Have had other Dell laptops in the past I look forward to putting this one through the paces. The packaging was very simple with nothing extra. At first when I opened the package I was thinking that I received a refurbished laptop as there was just the laptop, charger and warranty card, that’s was it. No fancy vibrant pictures or anything else just bare bones. After unboxing, I plugged the laptop in and turned it on. The Windows 10 setup was pretty easy, especially if you have an account already. I was up and running in a matter of just minutes. The design and feel of the laptop for me was great. It feels very solid even though its made of plastic. I love the blue rubber feet on the bottom and it also raises up the laptop to allow for airflow. One thing on the design for me was very lack luster and that is the fact that at the top of the keyboard the plastic goes up at an angle and creates a viewable space in-between the base and the laptop screen. It may not bother some people but I found it very distracting. The performance was very competitive among other gaming laptops in this price range. I would score it slightly higher than other laptops on this price range. Running some benchmark tests, 3D Mark and PC Mark 10, this laptop comes in slightly higher than there typical results of a gaming laptop. Played several games on max settings and averaged anywhere from 40-100FPS. One note is that when playing World of Warcraft for some reason I was getting only 40-50FPS. On this laptop I found the fans to be louder than normal. I also had a Bios update while playing a game and on restart I received the blue screen of death. I took several times going into advanced setting and finally had to just wipe it and start again. So, one note to buyers is go to the Dell support website and download all of the updates before you begin testing/playing. I thought the battery life was just ok at about 2 hours of gaming and around 3 hours of streaming video. WiFi was excellent as expected for me I was getting really good almost max throughput every day. PRO’s: -Windows 10 -15.6” Full HD Display -8GB memory -512GB NVMe solid-state drive -NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics -9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H -Backlit keyboard CON’s: -Heavy -Loud fan -Only 1 of the 3 USB are capable of USB 3.0 SUMMARY: Overall, I feel that this product worked very well and I would recommend this to a friend if they are in the market for device like this.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great beginner gaming laptop!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    So I am fairly new to PC gaming. I have been a console gamer ever since the N64 days. I work as a firefighter every third day for 24 hours, and I was packing up my xbox one every day to bring to work and then take home. I got sick of it. I have played PC games in the past such as SimCity, rollercoaster tycoon, etc. But I never had a decent graphics card to play anything spectacular. Recently I had decided enough is enough, and I cant be tied to just playing my xbox one. I researched gaming laptops for probably 3-4 months before I pulled the trigger on this one. I was trying to look for something affordable, but also did not want to compromise on performance. I personally believe this is a great mix of both. I have been playing GTAV and cities skylines with no issue whatsoever. The laptop powers on 100x faster than my last laptop, which was bought for school. It isn't too heavy and is discreet, it doesn't have that Alienware type gaming laptop look you see everywhere. I would highly recommend this product for anyone that is low to mid level gamers.

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    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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