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Best Dell G7 Gaming Laptop Black Friday Deals and Sales 2020
With a 9th Gen Intel CPU, RTX 2060 graphics card and high refresh rate screen, the Dell G7 15 ($949 to start out, $1,399.99 as tested) offers a whole lot, including better gaming and productivity than what’s average because of this cost range. But there are more impressive options, including with an increase of colorful displays, if you’re ready to spend a bit more.
Dell went safe with the G7 15’s design, with relative sleekness as a bigger priority than flashy colors or attention-seeking accents.
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The lid features the best part, a reflective, prismatic Dell logo that’s bright blue in a few lights and sea green in others. Besides that, the only lid accents will be your fingerprints, which can be found but subtle because the “abyss grey” coloring is merely a step from black.
The hinge includes a “G7” logo that presents off the style of your Dell machine. At least the font comes with an edgy turn to it.
The Dell logo on the bezel below the 15.6-inch screen is reflective just like the one on the plastic lid, reminding us that less could be more in terms of color. The deck, also plastic, isn’t slippery, making for an excellent location to rest your wrists while typing. The most notable section of the deck is smoother and more reflective with the energy button sitting centered below the screen, practically incognito with its insufficient labeling.
It’s hard to skip the vents that line the sides, and on the sides and back you can also see somewhat of blue between those slats if you look closely. I usually appreciate seeing more color, but as a result of the subtlety these splashes of blue are harder to understand.
That same blue can be used for the port labeling, bringing more of a direct effect color-wise compared to the vents. The ports on the left side certainly are a Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Gen 1 and a headphone/mic jack. On the proper side is a 2-in-1 Sdcard reader and another USB 3.1 Gen 1. Turn the G7 15 around to gain access to the energy adapter, an HDMI port, another USB 3.1 Gen 1, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet and a noble lock slot. All USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports may charge a device regardless if the PC is off.
I was surprised by how heavy the G7 15 is (5.5 pounds) considering its sleek build. It measures 14.4 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches. That is much like similar gaming laptops, just like the Acer Predator Triton 500 (14.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches, 4.7 pounds), Lenovo Legion Y740 (14.2 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches, 5 pounds) and Razer Blade 15 (14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches, 4.7 pounds), but heavier than all of them.
Gaming, Graphics and VR
The G5 15’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB) graphics card, paired with an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, produces decent gaming performance even at high settings.
When I played Battlefield V, among today’s most demanding titles, with ray tracing at low and all the graphics settings at high, the overall game usually ran between 60 and 69 fps (fps) but went as high 80 fps and only 50 fps as I guided Deme Cisse through 1944 Provence.
With Grand Theft Auto V set to high settings at 1080p resolution, the G7 15 averaged a solid 66 fps (fps), surpassing the mainstream gaming notebook computer average and tying with the Triton 500, which includes the same graphics card but a previous-generation i7-8750H CPU. It fell just 1 fps short of matching the Legion Y740 though (RTX 2070 Max-Q and i7-8750H), but 10 fps behind the Blade 15 (2070 Max-Q / Intel UHD Graphics 630 and i7-8750H).
On the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark at 1080p resolution with the best settings, the G7 15 averaged 49 fps, again surpassing the category average and tying with the Predator Triton 500. The G7 15 couldn’t top the common frame rate posted by the Legion Y740 though.
Through the Middle-earth: Shadow of War benchmark with ultra settings at 1080p, the G7 15 output a solid 77 fps, tying just as before with the Triton 500 using its matching GPU. However, the Legion Y740 and Blade 15 averaged 10 and 14