Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop review: Good news for gaming hunters

Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop review: The G3 15 is Dell’s entry point for its gaming laptops, at least for those not sold under the Alienware Division company name . This is the step-down model of the G5 15 , which won an Editor’s Choice award from us last year, but don’t take that as a blow. Although they are low end, the G3 and G5 have some component overlap. You can basically get the same setup and similar performance for less money by going for the G3, although the design isn’t as polished or sturdy.

Dell g3 15 gaming laptop review
Dell g3 15 gaming laptop review – sarah tew/cnet

Like

  • Good performance for the money
  • Thin and light for a gaming laptop

Do not like

  • Fragile construction compared to the Dell G5
  • Display color could be better

At least that’s the case for the G3 I tested, which sells for $ 792 with current promotions, while the same mix of components in the G5 is $ 852 right now. It’s not a huge saving, but it is something. Once you get past this setup, the price difference becomes even smaller and the decision harder. Here’s why the G3 is still worth a visit.

Dell G3 15 3590

Price as reviewed 949 $
Display size / resolution 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display
CPU Intel Core i5-9300H 2,4 GHz
Memory 8 Go DDR4 SDRAM 2667 MHz
Graphic 4 Go Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Storage SSD 128 Go + disque dur 1 To
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Less is more

The newer processors from Intel and Nvidia are cooler than their older chips, which has allowed PC makers to make thinner and lighter gaming laptops. This is the case here with the Dell G3 15, which looks a lot more like a thin and light mainstream audience than what was offered at its price just a few years ago. The G3 still weighs around 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and 0.9 inches thick (21.6 mm), but that’s less than the G5 and several others in its class.

 

Thinner bezels on the sides of the 15.6-inch Full HD display help reduce the overall bulk of the G3 and give it a modern look. The display is decent and, again, much better than what you’re used to getting at this price, but it’s still one of the weaker parts of the package.

It is bright when plugged in, but decreases on battery power and the screen color is not impressive. Although it has a built-in SD card slot, I wouldn’t recommend this display for doing color-critical jobs. On the other hand, with both a full-size HDMI port and a USB-C port, you can easily connect an external display.

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The keyboard is good for both typing and gaming, but the blue markings are difficult to read when the backlight is off. Sarah Tew/CNET

More for less

The G3 I reviewed ran on a ninth generation Intel Core i5-9300H and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650. The Intel chip didn’t add much to the table compared to the eighth generation version. While it’s nice to have a latest-gen processor, you won’t see any significant performance gains. The benefits of the GTX 1650 are a bit more noticeable, giving you better frame rates than the older GTX 1050 Ti, but for about the same price. Get over $ 1,000 and you’ll find laptops with the Nvidia GTX 2060 and better.

Basically with the 1650 you’re unlikely to hit the smooth 60 fps we look for in demanding games at 1920 x 1080p resolution, but getting over 30 fps at this resolution for current titles is doable. . If you want some headroom for future gaming, I recommend saving for a G5 or other gaming laptop with at least a GTX 1660 Ti or ideally a GeForce RTX 2060.

Dell g3 3590

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There isn’t a huge price difference between the G3 and the G5, just you can use it to add more storage or memory (both are easily accessible for you to upgrade) or to get a good gaming mouse . The G3 is also thinner and lighter than the G5, and its design is also a little less “gamer”. Plus, if you’re not buying right now, you’ll want to keep an eye out for discounts down the road.

Geekbench 4 (multicœur)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

To note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R15 processor (multi-core)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

To note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Video Playback Battery Discharge Test (Streaming)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

To note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

To note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Far Cry 5 game review

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

To note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (fps)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

To note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

System configurations

Dell G3 15 3590 Microsoft Windows 10 Famille (64 bits) ; Intel Core i5-9300H à 2,4 GHz ; 8 Go DDR4 SDRAM 2 667 MHz ; 4 Go Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 ; Disque dur 1 To
Lenovo Legion Y545 Microsoft Windows 10 Famille (64 bits) ; Intel Core i7-9750H à 2,6 GHz ; 16 Go DDR4 SDRAM 2 667 MHz ; 6 Go Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti ; SSD 128 Go + disque dur 1 To
Dell G5 15 5590 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300; 8 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 SDRAM; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk0045cl Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2667 MHz; 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Ti with Max-Q design; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW Microsoft Windows 10 Famille (64 bits) ; Intel Core i5-9300H à 2,4 GHz ; 8 Go DDR4 SDRAM 2 667 MHz ; 4 Go Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 ; SSD de 512 Go
Lenovo Legion Y730 Microsoft Windows 10 Famille (64 bits) ; Intel Core i7-8750H 2,2 Hz ; 16 Go DDR4 SDRAM 2 666 MHz ; 4 Go Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ; Disque dur 2 To + SSD 256 Go

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