Dell G5 15 SE: The cheapest high performance gaming laptop
Dell G5 15 SE: The cheapest high performance gaming laptop 
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Dell G5 15 SE: The cheapest high performance gaming laptop : This is the Dell G5 15 SE and this is a device that I think is going to be the cheapest high performance gaming laptop for the whole year. I think this is gonna be the king 4 value now in order to achieve.

This price point of $870 dollars. I think in order to hit this price point. They had to do two things one good thing one really good thing and one less good thing.

Dell G5 15 SE CPUs



The good thing is that it's running an AMD CPU. The best way to get value and also an AMD GPU. This is actually the world's first gaming laptop that's running both the combination now. It’s not just the fact that it's running them.

Individually right AMD CPUs are great. AMD's new GPUs are also great but the combination of the two allows them to do something pretty interesting, something called smart shift. We’ll get into that but that is what makes the performance on this thing so good.

The second thing that they've done which is not as good is that they've the build the build on this machine is not my favorite. It’s not just like the aesthetic. I don't love the aesthetic but it's also the material choices itself.

Dell G5 15 SE Performance


Let’s talk about performance first because that's the most important thing my unit is running the 8 core 4800H from AMD a very capable processor. It’s good for games it's great for any kind of application that can make use of lots of cores.

This thing pushes out really good numbers for a CPU the base model runs the 4600 H it's a similar type of architecture. It was the same architecture but it's got 6 cores instead of 8 that six core chip is gonna be just as good as an eight core for the vast majority of games.

But they both share the same GPU this and the base model have the 5600 M from AMD a very capable graphics chip. There’s actually the first laptop of reviewed with that chip inside it and it really surprised me as to how good it is.

It’s similar to an art 626 IMac’s slightly better in many cases but not as good as let's say at 2070 max Q the numbers. We’re seeing here are incredibly good for an 872 dollar laptop and remember its Dell. This is a company that puts their stuff on sale really often like summer sales back-to-school stuff Black Friday stuff holiday stuff.

How to reduce performance speed


I wouldn't be surprised. We can pick up the base model for like 700 bucks sometime in the fall. The thermal performance is pretty good it hits like 84 85 degrees at peak. So it's reasonably well managed but you do need to have the fans cranked to hit that there's like a G button.

which enables game shift and it's just faster fans for the system you get the best possible performance when that's enabled but the fans are relatively loud now. This system because it's running an AMD CPU and an AMD GPU.

It uses this tech from AMD called smart shift it's something that is unique to a mean. You can only use this stuff when you're running the combo and it basically redistributes power to whatever you're doing.

Dell G5 15 SE specifications

Processor:
AMD Ryzen R7 4800H
Graphics:
AMD Radeon Rx 5600m
Memory:
16GB
Display:
15-inch IPS-level, up to 120Hz
Resolution:
15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 144Hz
Storage:
512 PCIe M.2 SSD
Battery:
68WHr
OS:
Windows 10 Home/Professional 64 Bit
Dimensions:
 .85" (21.6mm) x 14.4" x 10" (254mm)
Weight:        
 5.51lbs
Warranty:
One year limited


so if you're playing a game and it's more GPU dependent it'll pump more wattage to the GPU to give you the best possible performance in that particular scenario. But let's say you're doing video editing a more CPU dependent thing.

It’ll pump more wattage to the CPU. It’s basically free performance it's not huge. I'd estimate it to be like five 10% based on what AMD is said but itis a bonus to the system. So that's the good stuff performance is great then not so good stuff build.

Dell G5 15 SE design


Let’s talk about that this is a laptop that looks cheap I mean it is cheap. It’s not a super expensive gaming laptop but there's something about the design language and the color choices and the material choices that they have on this thing that just exaggerated the cheapness of it now.

I'm someone that cares about aesthetics on my tech right not everyone does and if you don't. Then you can skip this part of it but the even the color. Let’s just start there the color of this thing is this like light gray material that looks like at one point was like a nice shiny material.

But just got scuffed so badly it became this dull flat gray but at the same time. it still has that rainbow holographic Dell logo at the front the bottom is also this weirdly like two-toned half Matt half super glossy plastic also in gray.

Dell G5 15 SE display


You have a pretty solid screen units running the upgraded 144 hertz panel. It’s fast it's pretty bright reasonably color accurate. I like it especially for the price now.

The base model has a 60 Hertz screen right now which isn't great for gaming. but if I'm not mistaken that panel supposed to be upgraded to a 120 Hertz panel sometime in the summer without changing that starting price.

So if you're someone who's gonna pick it up right now. I would either pick up this display like the upgraded versions or hold off a little bit to wait for that 120 Hertz supply to come into place.

Because you just don't want to be paying for a gaming laptop of this caliber with a 60 Hertz screen just doesn't make sense.

Dell G5 15 SE keyboard


Let’s talk about the keyboard it's a pretty good keyboard. I like it but it's a little cramped because of the number pad there are people that always want number pads and their devices. I see it all the time or comments.

I personally never use these things but if you want one this system has one. But for the people that don't use the number pads and they're just using the keyboard. It does feel a little bit tight not the layout like.


The layout is spacious enough it's just on the left side where your hand is for the WASD Keys. There’s very little space left on this device for you to place your wrist on while you're playing games.

It’s just this little tiny island of wrist rest the keys themselves are fine like it's like a very comfortable typing experience. The keystroke is pretty responsive could be a little bit faster.

But I think most people will enjoy this keyboard the touch pad is nothing. I can complain about its plastic but it does the job and it's got Windows precision drivers which is always a win. The port selection is quite good.

Dell G5 15 SE: The cheapest high performance gaming laptop
Dell G5 15 SE: The cheapest high performance gaming laptop 


HDMI and USB port


This device has got an Ethernet jack it's got three display outputs. So it's got an HDMI and we need display and a display port that comes out of use BC. It also has three USB a ‘sand an SD card slot that is stacked it's a pretty solid port selection.

It does not support thumb ball three though it's not a huge deal. I feel like in this day and age Thunderbolt 3 has become less valuable. Especially on a gaming device like this now inside you have access to your two RAM slots you’re a Wi-Fi card it's a killer card.

Dell G5 15 SE battery life


So you can replace that if you would like it's got a 68 WHr battery. I think this is the bigger battery this got me 5 and a half hours of battery life which is respectable right considering everything that’s going on in here.

Graphics card


It’s got two NVme drives and you can also see the thermal system with the three heat pipes and then on the left and right you have the speakers. They don't sound great they sound exactly how you would expect an eight hundred and seventy dollar gaming laptop to sound like.


But that is the Dell G5 15 SE a very powerful device for the money. I think this is going to be a very difficult device for other competitors to beat in terms of that price to performance ratio.

It’s just really good when you combine the AMD CPU and GPU together but it's got some quirks right for one. I don't love the design to the hinge and if you do pick up one of the base model which is actually pretty good.

I would wait a little bit until you can get the better screens like that and once when you heard screens. You’d love to see you guys next time

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