The gaming world has long been divided into two sides: lovers of compactness and the ability to play on the road, and connoisseurs of full-sized powerful units in home PCs. The debate about what can be a laptop powerful and competitive in comparison with a full-sized computer is still taking place. Today I want to consider one of the laptops, which, with its price tag ($ 1200 at the time of writing this review), can compete with home computers in the same price segment.
Configuration and equipment
In the updated line of Dell G3 laptops, in addition to the configuration that I have, there is also an option with a weaker Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and an intel i5-9300H processor
Brief technical characteristics of DELL G3 3590
|Intel Core i7 9750H (2600 MHz)
|128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB)
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Screen refresh rate
|144 Hz, IPS matrix
|4 hours (4255 mAh)
|Windows 10 Home
|USB 2.0 Type A x 2, USB 3.1 Type A, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI output,
I won’t say that I have a rich package, along with the laptop there was only a cord and a 180W power adapter.
Design and ergonomics
Are there any lovers of minimalism here? So the laptop is made just in this style. Strict white color of both the top and bottom panels with small blue inserts (as for me, a rather successful combo). The back panel is made of soft-touch plastic with the Dell logo and two decorative lines.
From the inside, the laptop is already black in combination with blue accents. All that adorns its interior is the power button, the G3 branding, and the blue Dell lettering on the screen frame.
One hinge right in the center immediately catches the eye, which holds our screen. There are doubts about the practicality, but there is no doubt that it is beautiful! The laptop itself has small bevels on the upper side, thanks to which a certain levitation effect of the monitor turned out.
On the back side there are only cooling gills.
Several ports on the right, namely: 2xUSB 3.0 (Type-A), an SD card slot and a hole for a lock.
On the left side are: power connector, USB Type-C (DisplayPort), USB 3.1, RJ45, HDMI 2.0, and a combo headset jack.
The webcam is located on a fairly thin frame of the screen.
With regards to the keyboard and touchpad, here Dell repeats the same mistake from year to year. The main problem with Dell gaming laptops is the location of the touchpad relative to the keyboard. When playing games and a typical hand position (WASD), it is possible to accidentally press the pad or move the pointer.
As you can see in the photo, half of the palm occupies 30% of the touchpad. I don’t know why the designers moved the touchpad here, while any competitor’s touchpad is located 2-3 cm to the right of the cherished keys.
As for the keyboard itself, everything is quite successful and pleasant. Membrane keyboard with white backlight and moderately large and quiet keys. It is commendable that pressing is clearly felt and there is no feeling of excessive lightness. Also, the technology of independent processing of clicks will help in intensive games, where every combination is important.
Removing the back cover will not be any problem, which is a big plus in case of replacement or upgrade of components. Here we have access to two fans, a battery, an SSD drive and all the important organs of a laptop.
The G3 display is built on a budget IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This matrix covers only 59% sRGB. In games and everyday use with such indicators it is quite comfortable and the difference is almost not noticeable. It is important that the picture is not blurred at the corners and does not fade. When working from the network, it gives out an average of 240 nits of brightness, while from the network it drops to 170.
The main advantage of this display is the refresh rate. 144Hz for a budget laptop is a definite plus. Currently, monitors with 60 Hz are already outdated, and more expensive ones with 240 Hz, in my opinion, do not make any sense at diagonals less than 17.
Autonomy and heating
Since I have a laptop, I also checked the work away from outlets. In this case, I did not resort to special tests, because I do not think this is correct. I checked the laptop as much as possible by loading it with the game, browser and third-party programs ( Discord | Obs ). As a result, I got quite modest results. At maximum load with max. performance, the laptop lasted 2h 26m. In the battery saver mode, the full battery lasted me 4 hours. It is possible that my battery is already tired with time.
During the moments of peak loading of the laptop, it heated up to 75 degrees. The heat source is located under the monitor on the top side of the laptop. The keyboard did not transfer heat in any way and it was pleasant to use it, but it was no longer possible to put it on your knees.
The main issue was the choice of the Core i7-9750H in the budget G3, whose performance is the same as that of the Core i7-8750H. As a result, we get a new laptop that is inferior in performance to older models, such as the Alienware m15, which is more powerful than modern devices based on the i7-9750H.
CPU test in Geekbench 5
Also benchmark Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Max-Q) GeekBench 5
Well, where are we without Cinebench r15 and the newer R20
As a result of all the tests, it becomes clear that the processor for a budget laptop is quite impressive. However, I repeat that the choice of a more expensive processor is not clear if it is possible to reduce the cost of a laptop without losing performance.
A fairly fast drive also contributes.
It is certainly not striking in its values, but it is quite a fast SSD that does an excellent job with all tasks.
Tests in games
All tests were carried out by me in modern rather demanding games. There will be no screenshots, because everyone already knows what the game looks like.
All results are divided into 3 categories ( FHD ultra| FHD medium| FHD low)
PUBG: Ultra 60~70 FPS | Medium 90-95| Low 144+ (There were some frame drops in the game)
Call of Duty MW 2019: Ultra low 60FPS (frame limit in the game itself)
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts: Ultra 45FPS| Medium Low 60Fps (Restriction in the game)
Far Cry 5:Ultra 55-60 FPS | Medium ~65| Low ~80
Metro: Exodus:Ultra ~15-20 FPS | Medium 30-40 | Low ~50
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order: Ultra ~15-20 FPS | Medium 30-40| Low ~50
As a result, the result can be considered normal. Of course, there is nothing to be amazed at, but you can still play new items. I did not see high values of the frame counter, but for example, in MP shooters with minimum or medium settings, the picture is quite competitive.
In sum, we have a fairly compromise laptop. Pretty good looking and comfortable for everyday use. Despite some shortcomings on the keyboard, it is quite suitable for gaming pleasure. Of course, you won’t get a huge FPS value, but at medium settings it’s quite possible to play all the latest innovations. Still, when purchasing a laptop, we sacrifice performance a little, but we get a competitive car with the ability to travel and not be tied to one place. In tests, it showed itself very well and it can be considered as a replacement for a home PC.