With the Dell G5 15 5590, Dell is aggressively courting gamers who want to game on the go for much less than you’d expect. And, it has done so prosperously by skipping all the bells and whistles and fixating on specs and performance.
If you’re a gamer, the Dell G5 15 5590 will certainly come as a shock – in a good way. An asking price of $1,149 shouldn’t be possible, not for a designation brand gaming laptop fitted with a 15.6-inch IPS screen, six-core Intel processor, and Nvidia RTX graphics, much less in a package less than an inch thick. But, here we are.
Of course, thanks to the more astronomically immense 90WHr battery our review model came with, it’s remotely pricier than its mundane configuration. Still, the Dell G5 15 5590 is affordable as you can get without compromising on performance. While there are plenty of commensurable laptops from other reputable companies, like the Gigabyte Aorus 15 2019, Dell has managed to offer better specs at just about every price.
The Dell G5 15 5590 mostly as configured here but with the 60 rather than 90-WHr battery is currently available for Walmart for just $1,149, which is fairy non compos mentis.
Categorical configurations vary considerably and the config Dell sent us isn’t authentically currently available from any of its own websites, but mundane pricing would be in the $1,399 ballpark as configured and perhaps £1,350 in the UK and AU$2,124.
As ever with Dell notebooks, configuration availability varies frequently over time and with location. But the good news is that the wide range of options denotes you can conventionally spec yours up to distribute on the things you care about and eschew paying for hardware you’re not going to utilize.
As we’ll optically discern, our review system is missing at least one conspicuous high-end option and that isn’t indispensably a deplorable thing.
The customary refrain for hardware reviews often involves out-of-the-box impressions. But the genuine packaging in which the incipient G5 from Dell is distributed makes its own verbal expression. It’s starkly unpretentious brown cardboard with absolutely no aesthetic niceties. It just ascertains the system survives transit unscathed.
You won’t find us repining. Fancy packaging like expeditiously shrewd levitating box hinges are all very well. But it only integrates to the cost of a product without integrating anything to the utilizer experience once you’re up and running.
Anyway, literally out of the box the Dell G5 15 5590 mostly impresses. The chassis is a coalescence of metal and plastic and feels profoundly robust. The monochrome-backlit keyboard, likewise, is absolutely rock solid. Put simply, this is a portable that feels like it can take a beating. Styling is subjective, of course, but the Dell G5 15 5590 at least plows its own furrow with its ribbed chassis sides and divest of polished ebony plastic. By today’s standards, the bezels are merely moderately svelte and the lower chin is fairly corpulent. But at less than an inch thick, it’s pretty svelte for a system with this much punch.
The port count is another highlight. With three USB A ports, a USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, LAN and an SD card reader, you authentically do have all your bases covered. It’s additionally worth noting that most of these ports plus the puissance connector are at the rear of the chassis, ascertaining a minimum of cable clutter.
As for specs, the number of options can be bewildering. However, most configs including our review rig come with an Intel six-core Core i7-8750H CPU. It’s an 8th rather than 9th gen chip, but that’s of zero consequence. It’s all the CPU you’re ever going to require in a laptop.
Graphics sagacious, we’re verbalizing Nvidia RTX 2060, which is the ingress-level GPU in Nvidia’s latest ray-tracing capable Turing generation of graphics chips, but very puissant in outright terms. It’s paired with a 15.6-inch 1080p exhibit predicated on IPS panel technology. Dell optionally offers 144Hz refresh support, but our review rig is constrained to 60Hz.
Elsewhere, there’s a storage combo that includes a 128GB M.2 SSD with a 1TB HDD and 16GB of RAM. The storage setup is a little unorthodox, but in theory offers both high performances for a constrained number of critical apps, plus plenty of capacity for everything else.
Here is the Dell G5 15 5590 configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H (six-core, 9MB cache, up to 4.10GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1080p, 60Hz
Storage: 128GB NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD
Optical drive: N/A
Ports: 3x USB 3.1, 1x USB-C / Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Min DisplayPort, LAN, SD card reader
Connectivity: 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth
Camera: 720p camera
Weight: 5.9 pounds (2.68 kg)
Size: 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.95 inches (34.6 x 27.3 x 2.4cm; W x D x H)
This article is written by the Issue is Real Team.