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Jinoy Jose P | Updated on November 21, 2018 Published on November 21, 2018

The Dell G3 gaming-plus laptop offers premium specs at affordable rates and does not compromise on performance

The market for gaming laptops is seeing a lot of action these days, with a series of machines sporting swashbuckling specs invading the space. Leading the charge from the front are the likes of Asus, Dell and Acer with their affordable power horses. Dell’s G3 series of gaming laptops, with a starting price tag of ₹69,090, try to make quality gaming notebooks at affordable rates, taking on Asus’ Republic of Gamers series, Acer’s Nitro notebooks and more.

The Dell G3 is a strong laptop even though it looks thin and sleek. The overall design is not a great improvement from Dell’s previous gaming editions but the thin form factor is a stealer. If you are a fan of, say, Dell XPS 13 and 15 (which had better looks with small body and short bezels), you may not find the G3’s design impressive enough.

The device has some great specs for the price. The Dell G3 has a full HD IPS 15.6 inch screen, which is big and broad enough. The display is sharp and crisp (1920 x 1080) ) but colours are rendered with some difficulty at times, especially when you play fast, high-graphics games for long hours. The review unit sports the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor (6-Core, 9MB cache) and has 8 GB RAM (DDR4, 2666MHz). It runs on Windows 10 Home Plus edition. The graphics department is supported by Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti card with an extra 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory. The graphics performance is quite impressive considering the seamless gaming experience Dell G3 offers.

In fact, the laptop offers good refresh rates which help enhance the gaming experience several times higher than its predecessors. The device doesn’t heat up even during long hours of gaming or streaming thanks to the dual fans.

The Dell G3 has a 128 GB Solid State Drive along with a 1TB (5400 RPM) hard drive. Gaming puritans may sulk at the 128GB SSD but our experience suggests that it does not affect the booting or gaming experience. Dell has not given an optical drive with the G3, which will make it a bit difficult if you want to play some vintage games. If you’re a gaming buff you’d know how important a role the keyboard plays in its performance; the Dell G3 doesn’t compromise even for a bit on the comfort quotient when it comes to the keyboard. The keyboard is super easy to negotiate, and looks nice with the blue backlight. There are two useful HDMI 2 ports that support 60Hz 4k output. This helps users enjoy some cutting edge visuals while streaming from other devices.

The edges of the G3 are thick while the bottom is thinner at the front. The touchpad is placed a little towards the left and the fingerprint scanner is in the top right corner. It is easy to find thanks to the fingerprint emblem on its side. The charging cable has a neat blue ring towards the front end, which adds to the mood, especially at night.

Dell offers you the option to personalise the G3 with colours such as black, recon blue or alpine white with matte exterior finishes and blue gaming accents.

Verdict: The Dell G3 is great at gaming and can be a powerful multitasker. It fits your wallet and does not compromise on specs and style.

Price: Starting at ₹69,090

Pros: Strong and thin body, value for money, good performance, impressive battery life

Cons: Colours need enhancement, low SSD storage, design needs improvements

Published on November 21, 2018
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