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Dell's new G series gaming laptops look more and more like something from Alienware

By Koh Wanzi - on 9 Jan 2019, 3:01pm

Dell's new G series gaming laptops look more and more like something from Alienware

Dell G7 15

Dell has its Alienware laptops when it wants to woo enthusiasts, but the company is looking to go after the masses as well. First introduced last year, its G series line was intended as a more budget-friendly range for mainstream audiences. At CES 2019, Dell announced updates to its G series gaming laptops in the form of fresh, new designs and NVIDIA's powerful GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs.

One of the most noticeable design changes is in the hinge, where the display panel now sits more forward, leaving some of the notebook's body to protrude out the back. That's not unlike what Dell did with the Alienware 15, and the G series is starting to look a lot more similar to its brethren over at Alienware.

Dell G7 15

The new laptops look and feel more premium, and they're also thinner than ever. The G5 and G7 notebooks are powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, up to 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and a 1TB PCIe SSD. In addition, the G7 models can also be configured with an overclockable Core i9-8950HK chip. 

There's support for dual storage configurations as well, including up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD with a 2TB HDD. 

More importantly, all of them will support up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, but Dell is also keeping the GeForce GTX1050 Ti 4GB available for gamers on a tighter budget.

The higher-end G7 line comprises two laptops, the G7 15 and G7 17, which are 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models respectively. They feature slim bezels and speedy 144Hz G-Sync IPS displays, and the G7 15 even offers a 400-nit OLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate. 

There is no support for per-key RGB customizations, but the keyboard does have four independent lighting zones. When it comes to ports and connectors, both the G7 17 and G5 15 have the same selection, including one Thunderbolt 3, three USB 3.1 (Gen 1), one Mini DisplayPort, and one HDMI 2.0 output. There's also a 2-in-1 SD card reader and a dedicated RJ-45 jack. 

The Thunderbolt 3 port is only found on the GeForce RTX models though, and the base GeForce GTX 1050 Ti version only has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alternate Mode. 

Dell G5 15

The G5 15 actually has the same selection of connectors, and the main difference between the G5 and G7 laptops is their thickness. The G7 models are thinner, so while the G5 15 measures 23.7mm thick, the G7 15 comes in at just 19.9mm thick. The G7 15 is slightly lighter too, weighing 2.62kg to the G5 15's 2.77kg. 

On the part of the G7 17, it's reasonably slim for a 17.3-inch laptop, measuring 25mm thick. It's heavy though, tipping the scales at 3.27kg. 

They also come in slightly different colors. The G7 laptops are available in Abyss Grey, while the G5 15 comes in a Deep Space Black color with blue accents. Dell is also releasing the G5 15 SE, which is basically the same laptop as the G5 15 but with an Alpine White chassis. 

The new G5 and G7 laptops are slated for availability on 29 January. Here's an overview of their starting prices:

  • Dell G5 15 (US$999)
  • Dell G7 15 (US$1,099)
  • Dell G7 17 (US$1,380)
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