Dell G3 15 Review: Not a good look

Dell G3 15 Review: Not a good look

Although Dell calls it a “Thin Gaming Laptop”, this 15.6in notebook isn’t especially thin and nor does it have to be used for gaming. With Intel’s new quad-core i5-8300H processor and a 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card shoehorned into its inch-thick black plastic case, it’s what we’d call a proper old-fashioned do-it-all portable PC. Read our Dell G3 15 Review.

At 2.53kg (three bags of flour in old money), ’portable’ is arguably stretching a point, but you can certainly lug it around if you need to, and the battery lasted a commendably practical 7 hours 30 minutes in our video-playback test.

Easy to upgrade, great keyboard and performs well – but the screen is poor

Compared with slim aluminium unibodies, Dell’s G range has a more traditional construction that makes it much easier to tweak what’s inside. Undo eight screws underneath the G3 15 and you’ll find an empty 2.5in drive bay and a free SODIMM memory slot. The latter makes it easy to double the 8GB of memory, while the former provides a cost-effective way to add to the 256GB SSD.

The base model looks great value. Although the GTX 1050 graphics card is from the bottom of the GeForce range, it’ll run many 3D games on high settings at the screen’s Full HD resolution, and the rest with some options turned down, even if it won’t rise to challenges like virtual reality. It’ll also give a good boost to compatible photo- and video-editing programs.

The i5-8300H laptop processor delivers the kind of test scores we’d have expected from a mid-range desktop PC a few years ago. And although that’s still around 50 per cent below what you could expect from a similarly priced desktop PC with one of Intel’s latest full-power i5s, it’s enough to avoid any noticeable delays in general Windows tasks and cope well with more ambitious jobs.

The full-size keyboard, complete with number pad, is perfectly laid out and backlit in a fetching blue, echoed by a strip around the trackpad. Not so much effort has gone into making it produce letters when you hit it – the action is best described as limp. We’re not sure how well it would survive the hammering of either a keen gamer or a busy typist.

But it’s the screen that, unfortunately, betrays Dell’s biggest compromise. The 1920xl080-pixel resolution isn’t ultra-sharp at this size, but adequate, and although the maximum brightness is underwhelming, that’s probably not a deal-breaker.

The problem is that it covers less than half the sRGB colour range, and even the colours it does show are wrong. A Delta E score of below 1 is ideal, and below 2 is good. The G3 15 scored 7. Of course, if you only ever use your PC for web browsing and spreadsheets, it won’t matter. Even for watching films, it’s no worse than a bargain-bucket TV. But for any kind of colour graphics work, it’s hopeless.

You could plug in a decent monitor for the occasional photo-editing session – the HDMI 2 port can drive up to a 4K screen at a steady 60Hz – but that detracts from the G3’s value and flexibility.

VERDICT:

6 Total Score
Dell G3 15 Review

This is so nearly an ideal all-purpose laptop that even enables easy upgrades, but the poor screen would make us think twice

Add your review

TODAY'S BEST DEALS
$828.88 3 used from $625.00 4 new from $828.88
in stock
Dell G3 Gaming Laptop - 15.6" FHD, 8th Gen Intel...

See also THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO…OLED laptops

1 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Review

Lenovo's Legion 5 Pro is the upgraded version of our Elite-listed budget gaming laptop, so we've got high hopes for this mid-range machine. It gets off to a good start with its screen, which has an intriguing 16:10 aspect ratio. This gives you ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
8.6
2 HP Victus 16-e0097nr Review

HP Victus 16-e0097nr Review

HP's new Victus brand offers a more affordable alternative to its high-end Omen line, and this machine is one of the cheapest gaming laptops we've seen for ages. The low price doesn't mean cut-back silicon either. Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 has a ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
7.7
3 HP Victus 16-d0097nr Review: This 16-inch gaming laptop delivers solid value

HP Victus 16-d0097nr Review: This 16-inch gaming laptop delivers solid value

HP Victus 16-d0097nr review - HP's Victus 16 gaming notebook keeps your focus on the screen, not what's under your fingers. by mark hachman The HP Victus 16 joins a small but growing crop of gaming notebooks whose ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
8
Editor choice 4 ASUS ROG FLOW X13 GV301 Review

ASUS ROG FLOW X13 GV301 Review

The Asus ROG Flow X13 is one of the most exciting gaming laptops on the market right now, as it's not just a laptop. This machine is at its best when you buy it alongside the ROG XG Mobile graphics dock, which turbo-charges its gaming ability. The ...
Added to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare
8.7

ALTERNATIVE:

HP Omen 15

If you can live with a dual-core i5 processor and short battery life, you get a much better, brighter screen

SPECIFICATIONS

2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H quad-core processor • 8GB memory 256GB SSD • 15.6in 1920×1080- pixel screen • Webcam • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 5 • 2x USB 3.1 ports • SD card slot • HDMI 2 port • Gigabit Ethernet port • Windows 10 Home • 22.7x380x258mm (HxWxD) • 2.53kg • One-year warranty

Series Navigation<< Iota Slim Review: Pared-down portableAsus Chromebook Flip C101PA Review: Flipping marvellous >>

Bình Phan Đức

Bình Phan Đức

Hello, I'm the founder of this blog and a part time blogger. Find more information about me at here. You can also connect with me via Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Let us know your thoughts on a product or view reviews from our members, independent experts and other websites.

Leave a reply

Enable registration in settings - general
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare
0
Shopping cart