When it comes into an affordable gaming laptop, then you should be very familiar with Dell is pretty well known for this case. The Inspirion series has been famous for years for making a good budget 15 inch gaming system. For under 1000 dollars, the devices is equipped with pretty high end hardware, good display, and decent design. In 2018, Dell makes improvement to their gaming line up and decided to throw the Inspirion name away and giving the G series as its new name. This thing is actually considered as big news, but it looks like they just change its name and not making so much improvement in overall of its product.
The Dell G5 15 5587 looks so similar to its old generation series in term of design and hardware specification. The same old rounded plastic case is used and even the similar GTX 1060 graphic card is featured here. Thankfully, they don’t raise the price point so I won’t make a complaint toward of this case. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works for satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
It’s completely plastic chassis here looks thick and big in my opinion. If you are familiar on seeing how small and thin the MSI GS65 Stealth 15 2018 and then you will see a completely different opposite here. The entire chassis is built from plastic and reworked with some kind of black and red finishing. The design approach looks pretty simple without any big subtle move, but I kind love of its matte surface finishing which does not leave a bad fingerprint mark. The system itself is weight for 6.1 pounds with dimension at 15.3 x 10.8 x 1 inches and I never recommend you to buy it for travel intentional purposes.
The only complaint I have in old Inspiron design is located on its build quality. This time, I notice an improvement in build quality especially on its lid cover. The lid cannot be twisted easily this time and will take some amount of power in order to do it. I am happy that Dell does not completely forget to add something new here. I just hope they could make an improvement in the chassis size for next time and I should easily recommend of this device for everyone here.back to menu ↑
Connectivity and Upgradability Option
The connectivity is probably one of the biggest selling points to have here. It has of a single Thunderbolt 3 port which is great considering you can just plug your external GPU and adding more performance here. This newly port will prevent you to make wasted upgrade in graphic card because we can just plug our external GPU. The rest of ports options are familiar and you should see of HDMI 2.0, USB type-A 3.0 ports, and mini display port. I am so surprised to find of Thunderbolt 3 port in under 1500 dollars machine as even some more expensive devices don’t have of it.
As for the upgradability option, inside you have everything in order to make a hardware swapped pretty easily. There are RAM slots available which one of them is used. We also have of 2.5 inch HDD slot and M.2 SSD slot. The default configuration is included of 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and 1TB are considered as good enough, but having a future proof upgrade is necessary as the specification for the game is keeping more demanding every year. Dell provides of good hardware upgrade support this time and could be a good consideration.
|Dell G5 15 5587 Gaming||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I5-8300H Quad Core 2.3 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch 1980 X 1080P|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||256GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
For this review, I am getting the variant Core I5 processor and GTX 1060 graphic card. We can find of various hardware configurations here included the either of Core I5 or I7 processor and 1050 TI or 1060 graphic card. The I5 8300H processor is powerful enough as it has of quad core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz. The performance here is pretty familiar with the I7 7700HQ from 7th generation. I recommend you to have this configuration because it has balance in matter of CPU and GPU performance. With upgrade possibility option in your hands, you have nothing to worry about its performance.
Furthermore, I have made some further tests to see how its GPU handling the newer games nowadays and the result is great here. Fortnite is playable at high setting with up to 100 FPS. The same case found in Battlefield 5 beta and it runs pretty smooth without any issue. Unfortunately, it misses of G Sync support and high refresh rate panel. These features are missing in this point, but considered as a normal case as I don’t similar feature found on its competitors. This is the best place to start if you just started to jump into gaming.back to menu ↑
The Dell G5 15 2018 inch does not disappoint at all if you look for performance. The hardware specification is relatively good with exception in display quality that looks quite mediocre in my opinion. For just around 1000 dollars, I think this is what the best things Dell can do here without sacrificing too many things. Compared to its competitors, you will get less than you are able to afford here. I recommend you to check it further and see how it works on you. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.