DellL G5 15 Review | A Compact Gaming Powerhouse Laptop From Dell

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Here is our Dell G5 15 Review for those who are looking the best Dell laptops. With the Dell G5 15 5590, Dell is aggressively appealing to gamers who want to play games on the go at a much lower cost than you might expect. And, it did so by skipping all the bells and whistles and focusing on specs and performance.

If you’re a gamer, the Dell G5 15 5590 is sure to be a shock – in a good way. Can’t get the asking price of $1,149, not for a name-brand gaming laptop equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS display, a six-core Intel processor, and Nvidia RTX graphics, much less in a package less than an inch thick.

Of course, thanks to the larger 90WHr battery that our review model comes with, it’s a bit more expensive than the normal configuration. However, the Dell G5 15 5590 is the most affordable you can get without compromising on performance. While there are plenty of comparable laptops from other reputable companies, like the 2019 Gigabyte Aorus 15, Dell has managed to offer better specs at every price point.

Dell G5 15 Review

Price and availability

Dell G5 15 Review

The Dell G5 15 5590 is mostly configured here but with a 60-battery rather than a 90-WHr currently on sale to Walmart for just $1,149, which is a bit bad.

Specific configurations vary considerably, and the one Dell sent us isn’t currently really available from any genuine website, but the regular price will be at $1,399 as configured and possibly as much as $1,399. $1,350 in the UK and AU$2,124.

As always with Dell laptops, configuration availability frequently changes with time and location. But the good news is that the many options mean you can often designate your own to deliver the things you care about and avoid paying for hardware you won’t be using.

As we’ll see, our review system lacks at least one obvious premium option, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.


The usual rule of thumb for evaluating hardware often involves impressions out of the box. However, the actual packaging in which the new G5 from Dell is delivered makes a statement of its own. It’s a perfectly elegant brown tone and without any aesthetic appeal. It just ensures that the system survives in transit without being harmed.

You won’t find us complaining. Fancy packaging like the smart fly box hinges are all very good. But it just adds to the cost of the product without adding anything to the user experience once you’re up and running.

Anyway, literally, the Dell G5 15 5590 mostly impresses. The chassis is a mix of metal and plastic and feels extremely solid. Likewise, the backlit monochrome keyboard is completely solid. Simply put, this is a mobile device that feels as if it were defeated.

Of course, style is subjective, but the Dell G5 15 5590 at least makes its own with its ribbed bezel and glossy black plastic strip. By today’s standards, the bezels are only moderately thin and the lower chin is quite fat. But at less than an inch thick, it’s pretty slim for a system with this much punch.

The number of ports is another highlight. With three USB A ports, one USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, LAN and an SD card reader, you really have all your docks. It’s important to note that most of these ports along with the power connector are on the rear of the chassis, ensuring minimal cable clutter.

Dell G5 15 Review
Dell G5 15 Review

Specs appeal

As for specs, the number of options can be confusing. However, most configurations including our review rig come with a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H CPU. It’s an 8th-gen chip, not a 9th-gen, but that’s of no consequence. That’s all you need the CPU in a laptop.

In terms of graphics, we’re talking about the Nvidia RTX 2060, which is the entry-level GPU in Nvidia’s latest generation of ray-tracing Turing graphics chips, but very powerful in terms of looks. It is paired with a 15.6-inch 1080p display based on IPS panel technology. Dell optionally offers 144Hz refresh support, but our review system was limited to 60Hz.

Elsewhere, there’s a hybrid storage that includes a 128GB M.2 SSD with a 1TB HDD and 16GB of RAM. The memory setup is a bit unusual, but in theory offers both high performance for a limited number of critical applications, plus plenty of space for everything else.

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