Gaming laptops are generally defined by flashy LEDs and a bulky form factor that often renders them into stationary desktop PCs (more or less). However, these flashy “laptops” are outside most consumers’ budget, and it’s usually the relatively low-key offerings that satisfy the gaming needs of the masses. The Dell G3 is one of the primary gaming laptops in this segment.
The G3 is a lightweight laptop that is barely an inch thick and our particular sample costs $800 (or 80K INR) at the time of writing. As long as you’re not the kind of freak who needs to max out every graphics setting in games and still get constant 60 FPS, the Dell G3 should serve you just fine. With a few compromises, it runs most modern titles without breaking a sweat.
Under the Hood: Specs
The Dell G3 series offers a discrete GPU option upto the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q and on the CPU side both the 8th gen i5 as well as the i7. Our sample was packing an Intel Core i7-8750H processor (hex-core with HT, mind you) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
So maybe its not be the fastest gaming laptop on the block, it handles most tasks both gaming and ordinary perfectly. The i7 and 1050 Ti are backed up by 8 Gigs of DDR4 memory and a 128 GB SSD, plus a conventional 1TB HDD. If you are feeling feisty, you can opt for a hexa-core Core i7-8750H and a GTX 1060 Max-Q on the GPU side. The price also however soars up to $1,000.
The strange part is that the top-end model retains the GTX 1050 Ti and expands the SSD storage to 256 GB. The RAM is also increased to 16 GB, but given the fact that the GPU is the most important component of any gaming laptop, it doesn’t really make much sense.
The lowest part drops the 1050 Ti and downgrades to a GTX 1050, but the CPU, storage and memory all remain unchanged.
Built and Design
As already mentioned above, the Dell G3 is a modest gaming laptop with none of the fancy shenanigans that most of its expensive brethren sport. The dimensions are also fairly standard at 16.35 x 10.99 x 0.89 inches and a weight of approximately 5 pounds.
The only indicator that this is a gaming laptop are the highlighted WSAD keys. Everything else from the keyboard, exhaust, design and lighting (or lack thereof) is vanilla. Speaking of the display, it is relatively less impressive than the rest of the laptop. Dell laptops usually max out at a seriously high level of brightness. The G3 is a bit of a disappointment on that front. Shouldn’t bother you though, as long as you use it indoors with ambient lighting.
The display does have decent viewing angles native to any IPS display and the 1080p resolution contributes to a sound pixel density.
It is also worth noting that the speakers are possibly the best you’ll get in a laptop in this price range. With a mild bass and a satisfying treble, most gunshots and crunches are clearly audible.
As for I/O, you’ll find an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port and all of the regular ones (audio jack, card reader…), and in case you are wondering no, there’s no Thunderbolt port, at least not in this model.
You’re probably here to see how the G3 holds up in modern gaming titles, so we’ll do you a solid and skip the synthetics and directly head to our gaming suite.
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||45|
|Shadow of Mordor||56|
|Far Cry 5||41|
I started the testing with a fairly old Tomb Raider game. After scoring a buttery smooth 60+ FPS, I threw some newer and more intensive games into the mix. While Destiny 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fortnite got a respectable 45-50 FPS at the highest preset, Far Cry 5 barely crossed 40. That’s when I decided I was pushing my luck and dialed down the settings to high-medium and was able to get a reasonable 50+ in Ubisoft’s crazy shooter/adventure title.
Battery and Thermals
It’s no rocket science that when you game on any laptop continuously for 3-4 hours, the thing is going to heat up and potentially burn down your house if you start pushing it beyond 10-12 hours. Just kidding, but still the laptop does heat up after a few hours and it’s not recommended to keep it on your lap for long. Nothing unusual, just a precaution.
For battery, well you won’t complete Firewatch or Hellblade with one complete charge but you can play a couple of matches of Fornite or PUBG, given each match isn’t longer than 30-40 minutes. Roughly a battery life of one and a half to two under stress, depending upon how intensive the game is.
It won’t help you build a nuke or even mine cryto in the long run, but as long as you limit yourself to games at moderate to high settings, the Dell G3 makes for a solid companion. It’s not flashy or overpriced, just a practical gaming laptop for the level headed, working individual.
ProsHighly competitive pricing
Lightweight with a slim form factor
ConsCan’t build a nuke with it
Display is lackluster