The Dell G7 15 is a mid-size gaming laptop with middle-of-the-road GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics, middling battery life, and—you guessed it—a mid-range price tag of $1,200. But this system boasts a stellar feature that sets it apart from the crowd: a hex-core, benchmark-crushing Core i7 processor that’ll thrill content creators. Indeed, the G7 15’s overall performance is only a step or two behind that of our current 15-inch gaming laptop, the thinner and lighter MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, while costing about $600 less. Among our quibbles: a dim screen and an occasionally too-hot chassis.

This review is part of our best gaming laptops roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. 

Price & specifications

We tested the $1,199 model of the Dell G7 15 (Model 7588), which comes with Intel’s hex-core Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 128GB solid-state boot drive and a traditional 1TB hard drive for data. With a total of 12 processing threads (thanks to Intel’s Hyper Threading technology), the G7 15 packs in an eye-popping amount of multitasking power, as we’ll see once we get to our benchmarks.

On the visual side, the G7 15 boasts a 15.6-inch anti-glare full-HD (1920×1080) IPS-technology display, plus an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 processor with 6GB of GDDR5 RAM and Max-Q design (which puts a lid on performance to cut power consumption and heat output). Sitting in the middle of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 10 Series video cards, the GTX 1060 with Max-Q reliably delivers 60 fps and up for most current top-tier games.

You can knock about $120 off the price tag of our G7 15 review unit by snapping up a model with 8GB of RAM rather than 16GB, while the priciest version swaps in a beefier, overclockable hex-core i9-8950HK processor. There’s also a G7 15 laptop with a 4K display (plus the standard i7-8750H CPU) for $1,499. Incidentally, every laptop in Dell’s G7 15 line comes with the same GTX 1060 graphics card with Max-Q design.

Design

Measuring 15.32 x 10.82 x 0.98 inches and weighing a substantial but not prohibitive 6 pounds, 4 ounces (or 7 pounds, 2 ounces with the chunky 180-watt AC adapter), the Dell G7 15’s heft paradoxically makes it feel thinner than you’d expect. That said, the G7 made for a tight squeeze in my 15-inch laptop bag.

dell g7 15 vent grille detail Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

The twin cooling vents in back of the Dell G7 15 look understated, yet awesome.

Available in “Licorice Black” and “Alpine White” flavors (we tested the Alpine White variety), the Dell G7 15 boasts a sporty yet understated look. The plain, somewhat inconspicuous lid is offset by a slanted front edge that boasts a nifty black grille, while the twin cooling vents in back look elegant and powerful.

Opening the lid reveals a relatively thick bezel (about three-quarters of an inch along the top and sides, plus an inch at the bottom) around the 15.6-inch display, plus a smooth, jet-black palm rest that’s slightly indented around the keyboard.



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