Last year Dell streamlined its Inspiron gaming lineup with the new G-Series tagline. It wasn’t a huge upgrade apart from the inclusion of 8th Gen Intel processors. Most of the design language, thermal solutions, including the display and keyboard remained exactly the same. Seems like Dell wanted to clear out the naming hassle before they gave their gaming series a proper upgrade including a 4-zone customizable RGB keyboard.
In comes the new Dell G5 and the Dell G7, a proper upgrade to the whole Inspiron Gaming series since the very beginning (Inspiron 7559). That’s saying a lot but it’s true. The Dell G7 sported the best GPU in the Inspiron lineup up till now. That was the GTX 1060 Max-Q, which has now been upgraded to an RTX 2080. Certainly, we do not know how the RTX 2080 performs, but even a poor guess shows it should be at least twice as fast if not more.
Dell Inspiron G7
The new Inspiron G7 comes in two different sizes, one with a 15-inch (7590) panel and the other is 17-inches (7790). For those who were excited about the OLED panel, it’s only coming to the 15-inch variant with UHD resolutions at 60Hz. The FHD panel, on the other hand, comes in both 60Hz and 144Hz for both the 15-inch and 17-inch models. Here is a table I made explaining this in a better way.
Dell G7 Display
60Hz refresh rate
144Hz refresh rate
|UHD resolutions (3840×2160 pixels)|
FHD resolutions (1920×1080 pixels)
Moving on to internal specs, the Dell G7 is now available in three different CPU choices. The first is an 8th Gen Quad-Core i5-8300HQ, the six-core i7-8750H or the overclockable i9-8950HK. That’s quite the selection for all the potential customers out there. If we talk GPUs, it’s an even larger selection. GPU choices include the GTX 1050Ti, RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q or the RTX 2080 Max-Q. Seems like Dell is going all out with the customizations.
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The GPU and CPU can be paired with either 8 or 16GB of RAM with you can expand later on. As for storage, you get dual storage options with a maximum of 1TB NVMe SSD and 2TB HDD. If you thought these were the only customization options, well you are wrong. Dell is actually letting you choose between a 4-cell 60Whr battery or a larger 6-cell 90Wh battery on both the models. Sadly, with all these customization options, Dell is only offering one color option, Abyss Grey.
Connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Gigabit Killer Ethernet, and Dual-band Wi-Fi on all models. Ports include HDMI 2.0, 3x USB 3.1, microSD card reader, wedge lock and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C) is also available, but only on RTX enabled versions. Pricing for the base models begins at $1,099 for the Dell G7 15 while the G7 17 starts at $1,380.
The Dell G5 offers relatively fewer options to choose from, the first being it’s 15-inch display. The same can be configured at [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] The CPU options also follow the same, with either a Core i5-8300HQ or the Core i7-8750H. However, no compromises have been made in the GPU department. The choices still include the GTX 1050Ti, RTX 2060, RTX 2070 Max-Q and the fastest of all the RTX 2080 Max-Q.
The Dell G5’s RAM, storage, connectivity, and ports selections also remain identical to the newer G7. The one aspect the G5 outshines it’s elder brother is the option to choose from two colors instead of one. The regular G5 will come in a Deep Space Black Shade color, while the G5 SE, which probably stands for “Special Edition” is also available in Alpine White. Pricing starts at $999 for the base model.
All variants of the laptop will go on sale starting January 29th, 2019.