Dell G3 17 will provide a specialized gaming experience while it costs much less than the competition.
- Affordable, affordable, affordable
- Great performance for money
- Thin construction
- No USB-C
Dell G3 17 Features
- CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5); Intel HD Graphics 630
- RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2,666MHz)
- Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare LED-backlit
- Storage: 128GB SSD: 1TB HDD @ 5,400RPM
- Ports: 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x ethernet, 1 x SD reader
- Battery: 56 Whr, 4-cell Battery (Integrated)
- Connectivity: Intel Wireless 9462AC card (802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0)
- Camera: widescreen HD (720p) webcam; dual array digital mic
- Weight: 5.57 pounds (2.53kg)
- Size: 14.96 x 10.16 x 0.89 inches (380 x 258 x 22.7mm; W x D x H)
Dell G3 17 Design
The laptop is completely plastic with a matte black lid, and then a grey and black checkerboard pattern
for the interior, although it’s also available in white.
it’s got blue accenting all around, for example around the touchpad, the key, the logo under the screen and on the lid.
Despite the plastic build overall it was still fairly solid, and no sharp corners or edges anywhere.
the dimensions of the laptop are 41.5 cm in width, 27.9 cm in depth, and 2.5 cm in height,
so not exactly thin for a Max-Q laptop but not bad for a 17 inch machine.
the viewing angles on the screen were good, it looked great at just about any angel thanks to the IPS panel.
there wasn’t too much screen flex as it’s made of fairly thick plastic, and the hinge runs along the base of the laptop, further aiding stability.
opening the laptop with one finger wasn’t possible as the hinge is quite stiff,
Although i wouldn’t say it was too back heavy, i could still use it on my lap no problem.
The back is mostly smooth plastic with the G3 logo on the side,
but under the plastic are the air exhaust vents which are hidden from view, forcing air downwards out the back.
The front is also just smooth plastic.
up on the lid there’s a blue Dell logo in the center, matching the blue accenting found fingerprints show up on the lid,
Although the matte texture hides them a little compared to a glossy finish.
Dell G3 17 Ports
The AC power power adapter in cord, it’s easy to connect just plugs right in the i/o on the laptop consists of an SD card slot, a USB 3.1 port, a Kingston locking port and a badge with a g3 indication on it.
an AC power adapter with a charging light, a thunderbolt port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, two more USB 3.1 ports and a headset port.
Dell G3 17 Keyboard
the keyboard has blue lettering, so you can see it quite easily even with backlighting off, and my model also has blue backlighting, I’m not sure if that will vary between regions and models though, as my G5 didn’t have backlighting while others did.
The backlighting can be adjusted between two brightness levels or turned off using a button on the keyboard, on software control.
there’s room to adequately space out the keys, so the numpad isn’t cramped either, although we still have those annoyingly small arrow keys the other G series laptop also use.
i had no problems typing with the keyboard otherwise, here’s the key presses sound to try and give you an idea of what to expect.
there was a little keyboard flex while intentionally pushing down hard, but honestly it was fairly minor and not an issue while typing normally, overall it was quite solid considering the plastic body.
the touchpad worked alright, it’s got separate left and right click buttons down the bottom but you can left click anywhere or two finger right click anywhere.
it’s got a matte texture and wasn’t that smooth to the touch.
The power button
The power button is found towards the top right of the keyboard, and while my model doesn’t have a fingerprint reader here Dell note that it is available, so again it may vary between region or model.
Dell G3 17 Camera
in the center is a 720p camera. the camera doesn’t look too bad with some lighting and the microphone sounds decent, but you’ll be able to judge both for yourself.
Dell G3 17 Performance
I’ve measured the current colour gamut using the Snyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 91% of sRGB 68% of NTSC and 71% of AdobeRGB, so not too bad for something marketed primarily as a gaming laptop. I’ve taken a long exposure photo in a dark room as a worst case backlight bleed test, and we can see there is some bleeding. i could actually occasionally notice the top left spot even during normal usage from time to time, but this will vary between laptops. again keep in mind all of these screen results are specific to the LG panel in the 17 inch G3, I haven’t tested the 15 inch version so can’t compare them.
The speakers are found towards the front left and right corner, they sound alright, there’s no bass at all but they get loud enough and sound clear.
while playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia battery boost set to 30FPS the battery lasted for 1 hour and 14 minutes, and it sat at 30 FPS the whole time without dipping. The stress tests were done by running Aida64 and the Heaven benchmark at the same time in order to attempt to fully utilize both the processor and graphics. moving up in the graph to the red bar there was a power limit throttling present, fairly standard with the 8750H CPU under stress test l.
As games Fortnite was tested with the replay feature, and even at epic settings we’re seeing pretty nice results,
above 60 FPS averages, so it’s running quite smoothly, with frame rates available at lower settings levels,
although it’s worth keeping in mind the G3 only has a 60Hz display.
the Dell G3 gaming laptop starts out at $749