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Dell G5 15 5500 Review : Affordable RTX Gaming!

Dell G5 15 5500 Review : Affordable RTX Gaming @ 144 Hz!

The Dell G5 15 5500 is a 15.6-inch gaming powerhouse that offers affordable RTX gaming, with on-site warranty!

Find out why we gave it our Reviewer’s Choice Award, and why this could be the gaming laptop you have been waiting for!

 

Dell G5 15 Series : What Is It?

The G-Series is Dell’s range of affordable gaming laptops, with the G5 15 as the mid-range option with a 15.6-inch display.

The Dell G5 series laptops come with more powerful processor and graphics options with beefier cooling, than the entry-level G3 series.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Specifications

First, let’s take a look at the specifications of our review sample, which is the top-of-the-line model.

Dell offers cheaper configurations with a Core i5 processor, and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti or GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics.

Dell G5 15 5500
Display 15.6-inch TN display
– 1920 x 1080 pixels (141 ppi)
– 144 Hz refresh rate, 19 ms response time
– 300 nits max brightness
– 72% NTSC colour gamut
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H
– 6 core, 12 thread, 45 W TDP
– 2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz boost
Chipset Intel HM470
Memory 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2933
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB)
Storage 512 GB SK hynix BC511 PCIe SSD
Camera 0.92 MP webcam (720p video)
Audio Realtek ALC3254 with Nahimic 3D Audio
2 x 2 W speakers
Dual-array microphone
Connectivity LAN : Killer E2500 Gigabit
Wi-Fi : Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
Ports 1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x Thunderbolt 3 port
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x HDMI 2.0 port
1 x mini DisplayPort 1.4b
1 x audio port
Card Reader SD Card Reader
Security Wedge-shaped lock slot
Capacitive fingerprint reader
Keyboard 4-zone RGB Keyboard with G Key
– 18.7 mm x 18.05 mm key pitch
Touchpad 105 mm x 65 mm touchpad
Battery 4-cell polymer (68 Wh)
Charging 240 W charger
– 19.5 VDC @ 12.31 A
Dimensions 364.46 mm wide
254.0 mm deep
31.13 mm thick
Weight 2.65 kg

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Price + Availability

The Dell G5 15 5500 is available in the Interstellar Dark Cover colour, with a starting price of RM 4,499 (about US$1,083 / £847 / A$1,486 / S$1,482).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Box Contents

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes in a no-frills brown cardboard box. Inside, all you will find are these items :

  • Dell G5 15 5500 laptop
  • 240 watt charger + cable
  • Dell G5 Quick User Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Information

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Hands-On Experience!

The Dell G5 15 5500 is designed to offer RTX gaming, at an affordable price point. So the first thing you will notice its thick plastic chassis and heft.

This is no thin and light laptop, not at 31 mm thick and a weight of 2.65 kg… and that’s not even counting the large and heavy 240 watt charger!

Performance

Our review model was powered by the Intel Core i7-10750H, a 6-core, 12-thread processor with a clock speed that goes up to 5 GHz.

It’s paired with 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and the the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. More than powerful enough to handle any game you throw at it.

144 Hz Display

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with a 15.6-inch TN display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and a 144 Hz refresh rate.

Thankfully, it’s paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, which should have no problem driving the high refresh rate for most games.

Storage

The Dell G5 15 5500 is spacious enough to support both a M.2 socket (for a PCIe SSD), as well as a 2.5-inch drive bay (for a hard disk drive).

Our review sample came with the 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD from SK hynix. Dell also offers a 512 GB Intel Optane storage option in some countries.

This is more than enough storage for a gaming laptop, but if you need more, there is a 1 TB SSD option, as well as a 2 TB hard disk drive option.

Next Page > Dell G5 15 5500 : A Closer Look!

 

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Dell G5 15 5500 : A Closer Look!

Available Ports

One advantage of not going thin and light is the additional ports. On the left side, you will find these ports (from left to right) :

  • its barrel power port,
  • a Mini DisplayPort 1.4b port,
  • a HDMI 2.0 port,
  • a USB 3.2 Gen 1 PowerShare port,
  • an RJ45 LAN port, and
  • a Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C) port.

On the right side, you will find the following (from left to right) :

  • an SD card reader, which supports SD, SDHX and SDXC cards,
  • a 3.5 mm earphone + microphone jack,
  • two USB 2.0 Type A ports, and
  • a wedge-shaped security lock slot

Keyboard + Touchpad

Thanks to its larger form factor, Dell could fit a full keyboard with a numeric keypad, and a horizontal key pitch of 18.7 mm.

The keyboard is backlit in blue by default, with WASD key highlights. But it can be programmed to support any RGB combination, in up to 4 zones.

It has a pretty small touchpad – just 105 x 65 mm, and it’s offset to the left, which makes it a little awkward to use, unless you are left-handed.

But this isn’t a big problem. This is a gaming laptop, and you will definitely be using a mouse.

RGB Lighting

Complementing the RGB keyboard lighting is an RGB LED light strip along the front edge. This is arguably the Dell team’s only concession towards pointless gaming bling.

Some gamers will argue that it will give a more immersive gaming feel. Whatever rocks your boat, my friend.

Fingerprint Sensor

Dell offers an optional fingerprint sensor integrated directly into the power button, right above the keyboard. There is no IR camera option for face recognition.

We highly recommend adding this feature, as it allows for convenient logging in and greater security especially in public – there’s no need to type in your password.

Webcam + Microphones

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with a basic webcam, capable of recording 720p video. As well as two microphones – one on each side of the webcam.

This is hardly the ideal setup for video streaming, but it is perfectly adequate for gamers who just need to use it for video chats.

Note that it doesn’t come with a privacy cover, only a status light to let you know when the webcam is activated.

Speakers

The Dell G5 15 5500 comes with two side-firing speakers with a 2 watt output.

Powered by the Realtek ALC3254 with an integrated amplifier, they are loud and offer pretty decent sound quality.

Killer Connectivity

Our premium model comes with a Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN connectivity. Otherwise, you will receive Realtek Gigabit LAN, which isn’t bad at all.

Wireless connectivity is provided through Killer 1650i, which offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

The basic models though come with Qualcomm DW 1820, which offers Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, as well as Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Surface Temperatures

An important criteria that many potential buyers forget to check for in a gaming laptop is “how hot does it get?

What’s the use of buying a powerful gaming laptop if it literally burns your hands while you game?

Take a look at the surface temperatures of the Dell G5 15 5500, with an ambient temperature of 29.8°C.

As you can see, the G5 15 5500 can get pretty toasty, with the temperature of the keyboard reaching a peak of just under 52°C.

On the underside, it peached a peak of 54.3°C in the middle. It is definitely not advisable to game with it on your lap!

We highly recommend you pair the Dell G5 15 5500 with a good laptop cooler, or play in an air-conditioned room. That will greatly reduce its contact temperature, and allow for hours of comfortable gaming.

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Dell G5 15 5500 : Performance

Our Dell G5 15 5500 is the top-of-the-line model, powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H.

This is high-powered 45 watt processor with 6 cores and 12 threads, and a 2.6 GHz clock speed that ramps up to 5 GHz during intensive tasks.

The processor has Intel UHD Graphics built-in, but switches to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory) for gaming and more strenuous graphics work.

Our review sample came with 16 GB of DDR4-2933 memory, and a 512 GB SK hynix PCIe SSD. Keeping all that powered is a large 68 Whr lithium-ion battery.

Work Performance : PCMark 10

The Intel Core i7-10750H is about 13% faster than the Intel Core i7-10510U, which is a 25 watt processor, with 4-cores and 8-threads.

It is, frankly, overkill for basic work applications, but will be very helpful in tackling compute-intensive tasks, like rendering videos.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 offers 6X more graphics performance than entry-level graphics like the GeForce MX250.

It is roughly between the performance of the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and the desktop GeForce RTX 2060.

That means it will not only easily handle games at the display’s native 1080p resolution, it can deliver higher frame rates to take advantage of the higher Hz refresh rates it supports.

Gaming Performance : 3DMark Time Spy Extreme

We also ran a Time Spy Extreme test for those who are thinking of hooking up this laptop to an external display.

Performing between the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and the desktop GeForce RTX 2060, it can handle 1440p gaming, but at roughly half the frame rate.

Gaming Performance : Strange Brigade @ 1080p

Strange Brigade is a third-person shooter game released in August 2018. We tested it at 1080p using the Vulkan API at Ultra High settings.

As you can see, the Dell G5 15 5500 has no problem exceeding 144 fps at times, with an average frame rate of 101 fps.

Gaming Performance : The Division 2 @ 1080p

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is a newer third-person shooter game released in March 2019, with much higher graphics requirements.

Even at the Extreme graphics settings, Dell G5 15 5500 was able to deliver an average frame rate of 59 fps.

It was head-to-head with the desktop Radeon RX 5500 XT, and just 6% slower than the desktop GeForce RTX 2060.

Battery Life : Modern Office + Gaming

We locked the display’s brightness at 50%, and ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office and Gaming tests until it powered off.

The Dell G5 15 5500 lasted about 5.5 hours running Modern Office applications, but only about 77 minutes while gaming.

You can only game on-the-go for a short time. Realistically, it should be plugged in when you game.

Battery : Recharging Speed

Dell quotes a 4 hour recharging time using the massive 240 watt charger, when the laptop is completely powered off.

We are glad to report that its real-world recharging speed is much, MUCH faster. To test it in a real world setting, we started charging at 10% with the display brightness set to 50% :

  • 25% : 21.5 minutes
  • 33% : 26.5 minutes
  • 40% : 35 minutes
  • 50% : 46 minutes
  • 60% : 57.5 minutes
  • 75% : 75 minutes
  • 90% : 91.5 minutes
  • 100% : 148 minutes

It charges really fast to about 90%, taking only just over 1.5 hours. However, the last 10% took much longer – an addition 56.5 minutes!

This gives it a battery life : recharging time ratio of 2.3:1 for office work. As a rule of thumb, you will need to recharge its battery about 26.5 minutes for every hour of battery life.

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Verdict + Award

The Dell G5 15 5500 does a good job of focusing on what’s important for gamers, wasting little on pointless aesthetic bling.

Its powerful 45-watt Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics will have no problem driving its Full HD display beyond 60 Hz, no matter what game you play.

It also comes with fast networking capabilities – Killer E2500 offering Gigabit LAN, and Killer AX1650i offering Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

And we love its large number of ports – three USB Type A ports, one USB Type C port, as well as an SD card reader and both HDMI and miniDP ports.

Powering all that is a large 68 Wh battery, but here’s a reality check – you can’t really game on-the-go for more than an hour or so. All that performance comes at a price – battery life.

Realistically, the Dell G5 15 5500 should be plugged into a wall socket whenever you game.

It is also a chunky and heavy laptop, no thanks to its large battery and the much higher cooling requirements for its powerful components.

But if all you want is an affordable gaming laptop that offers powerful gaming performance and a 144 Hz display, it’s hard to beat what Dell G5 15 5500 offers.

And here is what Dell offers over other gaming laptop brands – 2 years of premium on-site service!

Whatever happens to your G5 15 5500, just call Dell Support and they will either remotely solve the problem or send a technician to wherever you are to fix it.

That’s why we have no qualms awarding it our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

Dell G5 15 5500 : Where To Buy?

The Dell G5 15 5500 is available in the Interstellar Dark Cover colour, with a starting price of RM 4,499 (about US$1,083 / £847 / A$1,486 / S$1,482).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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The Four 2019 Dell G7 + G5 Gaming Laptops Revealed!

The Dell G7 and G5 series of gaming laptops are getting a refresh! Here’s a look at what the four 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will introduce, and how much they will cost.

 

The 2019 Dell G7 + G5 Gaming Laptops

The Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops are designed to offer an affordable alternative to the premium Alienware gaming laptops. The 2018 Dell G7 15 (7588) gaming laptop we reviewed was certainly impressive in its own right.

The 17-inch 2019 Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop

The 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will be upgraded with the latest 8th Generation Intel CFL-H quad– and hexa-core processors, and new NVIDIA graphics. They will also offer optional GSYNC support and 144 Hz display panel

For the first time, the new 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will come with Alienware Command Center pre-installed, and a keyboard with customisable 4-zone RGB backlighting.

The 15-inch 2019 Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop

Dell is also introducing the 2019 Dell G5 15 Special Edition in the Alpine White colour. It has a clear panel at the bottom, to show off the blue fans of its cooling system!

 

The 15-inch Dell G5 15 Special Edition

2019 Alienware Command Center

The new 2019 Alienware Command Center that will be pre-loaded into every new Alienware and the 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will include new features like :

  • GPU overclocking and underclocking
  • Allow changes to take effect at the system level
  • CPU, RAM and GPU overclocking will now work together, in conjunction with system temperatures
The 15-inch Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop

 

2019 Dell G7 + G5 Price + Availability

In the United States, the 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will be available starting 29 January 2019, with the following starting prices :

  • Dell G7 17 : $1,380 onwards
  • Dell G7 15 : $1,099 onwards
  • Dell G5 15 : $999.99 onwards

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

  • 2019 Dell G7 15 with Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, RAM + storage options : $949.99 onwards
  • 2019 Dell G7 15 with Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, RAM + storage options : $1,179 onwards
  • 2019 Dell G5 15 with Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, RAM + storage options : $949 onwards

Here in Malaysia, the 2019 Dell G7 and G5 gaming laptops will be available at the end of February 2019. Their local price is yet unknown. We will update the article, as and when we receive new information from Dell.

 

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How Dell Helped Create Ant-Man and The Wasp!

Dell teamed up with Marvel Studios’ for the Ant-Man and The Wasp film. From Ant-Man’s and The Wasp’s suits to Hank Pym’s Lab, technology plays a lead role throughout the film.

 

Dell Helped Bring Ant-Man and The Wasp To Life!

Behind the scenes, Dell hardware played a vital role in creating the visual effects in the film. Marvel Studios enlisted VFX vendors, several of which utilised a breadth of Dell technologies, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, and Dell Precision workstations, as the core infrastructure to provide the immense computing power and storage capacity necessary for visual effects designers to bring the movie’s characters and places to life.

Among others, artists at the VFX studio DNEG relied on Dell Precision workstations for front-end operations. In their Vancouver studio alone, more than 300 Dell Precision 7910 workstations were used to create the visual effects in Ant-Man and The Wasp. They also used :

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 rack servers with MD3460 RAIDs
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge M1000e Blade Server Enclosures
  • Hundreds of Dell monitors

 

Dell’s Latest Technology Stars In Ant-Man and The Wasp!

Technology plays an integral role in the Ant-Man and The Wasp, so it’s fitting that fans will be able to see the new Dell G5 15, a powerful gaming laptop, and the award-winning XPS 13, on the big screen when the film hits theaters. In the film, Dell devices make several appearances in settings like Hank Pym’s lab and at the X-CON security offices.

 

The Dell “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Advertising Campaign

Dell just launched a global advertising campaign around the Ant-Man and The Wasp movie. The campaign integrates the new Dell G5 Gaming Laptop and features print, digital advertising, and out-of-home placements. Marvel Studios fans can also catch a glimpse of the new Dell G5 Gaming Laptop in Dell’s newest TV spot.

 

Marvel Custom Comic Book Featuring Dell Computers

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Ant-Man and The Wasp fans can now enjoy even more Ant-Man and The Wasp adventures with an exclusive custom comic featuring Dell computers. The comic is distributed both digitally on marvel.com/dell and on Dell social channels.

 

Ant-Man and The Wasp World Premiere

Dell’s new G series high performance gaming laptops played a leading role at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp on June 25 in Los Angeles. Guests walking the red carpet had an opportunity to feel like they have shrunk… next to a giant 7’ Dell G5 15 laptop.

 

Dell G-Series Price + Availability

The new Dell G-Series Gaming Laptops are now available at the following prices :

  • Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop, starting at RM3,209
  • Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop, starting at RM3,769

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2018 Alienware & Dell G-Series Gaming Laptops Revealed!

Dell just launched six new Windows 10 gaming laptops based on the new 8th Generation Intel Core processors – the 2018 Alienware 15 and 17 laptops, and the new Dell G-Series gaming laptops. Check out the full details below!

 

The 2018 Dell Consumer & Gaming Tech Briefing

Dell invited us to an exclusive tech briefing on their 2018 consumer and gaming devices. We recorded it so you can join in the tech tech briefing yourself, as well as the Q&A session!

 

2018 Alienware 15 And 17 Gaming Laptops

The 2018 Alienware 15 and 17 gaming laptops come with the new 8th Generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors with up to 6 cores, enabling overclocking up to 5.0 GHz for the first time. To extract maximum performance from the Intel processors, Alienware added the improved Cryo-Tech v2.0 cooling technology, with 50% thinner fan blades and a vapour chamber.

Alienware also incorporated the next-generation Alienware Command Center that helps novice and experienced gamers optimize, overclock, and tune Alienware PCs and peripherals. The new Alienware Command Center also gives gamers complete control over the 2018 Alienware 15 and 17 laptops’ 13 programmable lighting zones that support full RGB values with up to 16.8 million colors.

In addition to the iconic space grey colour, the 2018 Alienware 15 and 17 will also come in a new Epic Black colour option.

 

New Dell G-Series Gaming Laptops

Dell announced the new G-Series of affordable gaming laptops. These new game-ready laptops are equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs, 8th Gen Intel Core processors, thermal management solutions, intelligent content prioritization software, anti-glare IPS panels, and other complimentary features.

Dell G3 15 and 17

  • Coming in 15 and 17-inch sizes, Dell G3 15 and 17 laptops are powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 up to 1060 Max-Q, up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, dual fans and dual drives with SSD options
  • Their 2×2 WiFi antenna design provides great wireless performance, while the SmartByte software prioritizes gaming and video content keeping them smooth, even during large file downloads
  • Encased in a refined chassis with a silky matte exterior finish, the laptops boast a sleek 22.7 mm (15″) / 25 mm (17″) profile
  • The Dell G3 15 is Dell’s thinnest gaming laptop to date
  • Dell G3 15 will offer three color options (Black, Recon Blue, Alpine White) and Dell G3 17 will offer two color options (Black, Recon Blue)

Dell G5 and G7 15

  • The Dell G5 and G7 15 come in a sleek 25 mm thin 15-inch chassis, with powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPUs with Max-Q Design technology
  • The systems feature 6GB GDDR5 dedicated memory, up to 6 core performance with 8th Generation Intel Core processors (with up to Core i7 on the G5 and i9 on the G7), dual fans, and dual drives with SSD options
  • The Dell G7 15 will offer optional 8th Generation Intel Core i9 CPU and UHD display (3840×2160) configurations, available in late April 2018
  • Killer 1×1 networking optimization (supporting up to 2×2) or SmartByte software responsively prioritize content downloads for liquid smooth gaming and streaming
  • Designed to push heat and noise away from the user, Dell equipped a front air intake and rear exhaust vent to the laptops’ frames to keep players cool, and able to game longer
  • The Dell G5 and G7 15 will also offer an optional IPS UHD 4k panel for a premium on-screen experience
  • Dell G5 15 is available in either Standard Black or Beijing Red flavors, and Dell G7 15 is available in either Standard Black or Alpine White

 

Pricing & Availability

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These Dell gaming laptops are available with immediate effect :

  • 2018 Alienware 15 and 17 are available in US, China and Europe, starting at $2,399.99 and $3,699.99 respectively
  • Dell G7 15 is available globally starting at $1,099.99

These Dell gaming laptops are available starting 16 April 2018 :

  • Dell G3 15 and 17 will be available globally starting at $749.99 and $1,099.99 respectively
  • Dell G5 15 will be available globally starting at $949.99

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