Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop Review: Affordable, Stylish, And Powerful
Dell G7 15 Gaming: Review Summary
The Dell G7 15 Gaming that we took a look at pairs a Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory and a GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU, priced at $1,099.99. That is a reasonable price to pay for a gaming laptop with so much top-notch technology on board. In our tests, the G7 showed it was more than capable of handling games at its native 1920x1080 resolution—it averaged better than 100 frames per second in Rise of the Tomb Raider, and hovered around 80 fps in Shadow of Mordor, both the eye candy cranked up.
Let's be clear about a few things first. The G7 15 Gaming is not the fastest gaming laptop in the world. It is not made of premium metal materials, nor is it exceptionally thin and light. But for everything that it is not, the most important is that it is also not overpriced, and that is refreshing when so many gaming laptops cost more than they seemingly should just because of their premium components and glitzy lighting. Hey, we like RGB lighting as much as the next person, but it should not be an excuse to jack up the price.
Fortunately, Dell is taking an approach with the G7 15 that will likely be well-received with mainstream consumers. These are affordable laptops, and fairly powerful as well. As configured, the G7 15 Gaming we tested costs just over a grand and delivers strong gaming performance wrapped in a very stylish package. The Alpine White color option is especially eye-catching, and combined with the other design elements, that many will agree is an attractive laptop. Dell definitely gets style points here again.
Depending on what you are after, there are both cheaper and more expensive configurations available than the model we took a look at. Unfortunately, there are some quirky customization restrictions and this machine can get a bit noisy under load. However, the Dell G7 15 Gaming laptop offers convenient access to its underbelly where the RAM, storage, and battery are easily replaceable and upgradeable. This means you can play it conservative when configuring a setup, and upgrade down the line if the need or desire strikes you.
Beyond the limited customization options, there are few other concessions the Dell G7 15 imposes. Dell's G7 15 Gaming is a compelling value for cost-conscious gamers or performance enthusiasts looking to maximize their return on investment.