Dell G3 15 3500: A budget gaming laptop with an unobtrusive design!.
Well, what else to do at home on the “remote” or, if unlucky, on self-isolation, in fact?
Today we have on the test just the solution for such a case – an economical gaming laptop company Dell with a moderate price tag. This is the initial 15-inch model from the 2020 G-series G-series, the Dell G3 15 3500.
Dell G3 15 3500 comes with a Neutral Design and Good Build Quality
Laptop though and gaming, but the design of this in the company Dell for the year in a row decide clearly not to emphasize. This leaves additional advantages. Laptop-space from a backpack in the office to pull out somehow a little awkward, and the G3 3500 with its unobtrusive design like and looks interesting, and does not shout at the same time, “Alarm, the gamer in the building!”
There are two colors. The black note looks a bit boring, but white is good as we have on the test. And with small blue inserts (logo, rubber legs, sidestroke of the work panel around the perimeter), this color is combined much better. Unfortunately, everything is black on the dashboard and around the display, but the choice is correct from practicality.
I lived together with the Dell G3 3500 for over a month, and during this time, there were no questions about the quality of assembly and materials. Yes, the computer is almost entirely made of plastic, but neither the lid nor the work panel gets dirty. On white surfaces of fingerprints do not remain, and on the black half-gloss of the work panel, they are almost invisible and, if anything, erased without problems.
The test “on the MacBook” computer does not pass – the main part of the laptop has to be slightly adhered to when opening the lid: hinges are quite tight. But they keep the lid securely in almost the entire range of disclosure up to 140 degrees, except, of course, the most minimal sharp angles.
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The computer weighs about 2.3 kilograms, plus add to this traditionally weighty for laptops of this class power supply. I wouldn’t want to wear it all from home to work and back every day. There is nothing to quibble with formally – all budget gaming laptops with portability are about the same. After all, they are mainly focused on moving within the apartment, and with this complexity does not arise.
Dell G3 15 3500 comes with Plenty of Ports
It would be strange to give the game laptop ports – sizes allow you to roam. In the case of the Dell G3 3500, that’s the way it is. On the left side of the case are a power adapter connector, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.1, RJ-45 network, and USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support. There are two USB 2.0, a combined audio connector, and a reader for the SD card on the rights.
However, keep in mind that this set of interfaces is not relevant for all versions of the G3 3500, but only for configurations with GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 graphics. You won’t find the Mini DisplayPort in the younger versions, and the USB Type-C will be DisplayPort-enabled, not Thunderbolt 3.
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As a wireless module, the developers chose Intel Wireless AC 9462 – quite a budget solution, but I had no problems. In the older model with THEX 2060, it seems that you can meet Intel AX201, which is good for working in Wi-Fi 6 networks when they finally replace the current standard. And Bluetooth 5.1 is also there.
Dell G3 15 3500: Great configuration and Powerful Performance
Talk about the laptop’s conf: with a story about what can be inside it in principle. There are two variants for processors: Intel Core i5-10300H and i7-10750H. There are already four graphics cards to choose from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 1650 Ti, 1660 Ti, or RTX 2060. The manufacturer puts the operating in the base either 4/4 or 8/8 GB. Either SSDs at 128, 256, 512, 1024GB can be used for data storage or SSD plus HDD per terabyte. The second bundle is not very successful to my personal taste because the laptop becomes heavier, and the “screw” eats up part of the space for the battery. In such laptops, there is a less capacitive battery.
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Our specific test configuration of the G3 3500 is a kind of “golden middle” of the end of 2020. On the one hand, its price tag either does not go beyond $850 or is slightly knocked out for them. On the other hand, this is enough to run absolutely any games in High settings (or sometimes even on Ultra High) with a comfortable frame rate – that is, about 60 or more. Here’s inside the Intel Core i7-10750H, GTX 1660 Ti, 4/4GB RAM, and 512GB SSD.
During testing, I ran on high settings, and that’s what the average frame rate per second in them turned out. It is important to consider that in many games today, 8GB of RAM are frankly small, and if there were 16 GB of operative inside, it would have a noticeable impact on the results.
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla — 49 fps;
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey — 57 fps;
- Metro: Exodus — 56 fps;
- Far Cry: New Dawn — 75 fps;
- Dota 2 — 125 fps;
- Death Stranding — 87 fps.
In general, the performance is all right, and the backlog for the future is also: for at least two years in this configuration will be absolutely relevant. Plus, it is always possible to independently finish the operatives.
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The maximum limit is modest – only 16 GB, but the Internet is full of confirmations that 32GB will also work. Plus, you can replace the SSD, and in the test version for them, there are two slots M.2. This is another argument for not paying any attention to the SSD HDD configuration at all. Yet the slow and constantly groaning hard drive in the laptop is the last century.
But what the questions have arisen, is to the noise of fans. No gaming laptop can be quiet simply by definition. But with the G3 3500, playing with headphones was much nicer than without them. Of course, the case heats up, but personally, I did not cause discomfort at any time – the top panel remains just warm. If we talk about the graphics card’s heating, it rarely passes for 70 with a few degrees. But the processor warms significantly stronger and, accordingly, frequencies regularly fall below 4 GHz at the stated ceiling of 5 GHz. There is an opinion that this is not a question of the cooling system’s quality but a question of firmware and management of the “stone” auto-gon. If you want, you can limit this option through special utilities, but I always want to dig into them.
Dell G3 15 3500: Screen
With the screen at The Dell G3, 3500, things are quite tricky. Or rather, with displays. Displays with a very different matrix can be installed on the same laptop but with the same resolution 1920 × 1080. There are three options: with a 60Hz upgrade rate and 72% NTSC color space, 120 Hz and 45% NTSC, and 144 Hz with 72% NTSC. The maximum brightness they have is 300, 250, and 300 nits, respectively. The first two I did not see live, so I can not say anything concrete about them, but the third was just on the test laptop, and it is perfect.
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As a type of the panel in all cases, the manufacturer declared WVA, which is already much better than TN. Well, in general, gaming laptops with IPS are not such frequent guests in the market. Especially in the economic segment, which is up to $850.
The maximum brightness of 300 nits really holds. To the uniformity of the test sample’s illumination, I had no questions: at night in the dark fell in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla without problems and with pleasure. To the corners of the view to find fault with me, too, I failed – the screen skewered and so, looked at it from different angles, and the picture remained normal. Black is not perfect here, of course, but it’s not a flower or design machine. And overall, there’s almost 100% of sRGB’s color coverage – it’s a narrower color space than the NTSC, covering it at just about 72% of the specifications. And for the game laptop, it is perfect.
The screen cover, by the way, matte, which is also a big plus – there will be less glare.
Dell G3 15 3500: How do you tell the difference between displays in a store or when choosing online?
Just look at the stated frequency of the update and, of course, check that everything fits in when buying or delivering an order. Of course, I recommend looking at the top version with 144 Hz and 300 nits. Even if the update you do not need increases, the brightness and good color coverage will not be superfluous. They’re usually equipped with the Dell G3 3500 versions with GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060. However, the version with 60 Hz and 300 nits also deserves attention. But why you need a bunch of 120 Hz and 250 nits – it is unclear.
Dell G3 15 3500: Not a gaming keyboard, but Comfortable
Keyboard from the time of the Dell G5 5590, which we overlooked last year. It doesn’t seem to have changed at all. At least the location of the keys looks the same. The feeling of printing is similar. Gamers who are used to separate game keyboards with hefty square buttons, of course, will be uncomfortable. Well, I have such bulky and clicking keyboards never liked, and even at the stationary computer, I have an “Apple” Wired Keyboard.
So I have no complaints about the island buttons with a shallow move. Resistance is enough to prevent random positives from occurring, and a block separated from the rest of the buttons with arrows, albeit small, is a good thing. The buttons themselves are slightly reduced relative to the standard, but you quickly get used to it.
A touchpad with narrowed keys is also a plus, especially in the office. By the way, note that the illumination here is the most usual – with two levels of intensity of blue. The official website says RGB, and it does exist, but only on laptops designed for the U.S. market. In Russia, the RGB range of G 2020 appears, starting with the Dell G5 5500.
The touchpad doesn’t seem to have changed either. It’s shifted to the left, which may not suit you if you’re left-handed. Most likely, this decision is explained by the features of the internal layout of components. In games, this touchpad mouse will not replace (as on any other laptop), but for office tasks and web surfing, it is quite suitable – discomfort when working with it does not arise.
Dell G3 15 3500: By class standards, Autonomy is above average
Few people expect good autonomy from the gaming laptop, especially since without a connection to the outlet, graphics card and processor will still reveal its potential well, if at least a third. However, in office-entertainment scenarios for someone, it can be important.
I usually measure it this way: I turn on the Full-HD movie on looped playback, put maximum brightness and detect time. The Dell G3 15 3500 lasted a full five hours, which is not bad. For example, last year’s G5 15 5500 with a 90Wh battery discharged in 4 hours – and this is even though the new G3 has a smaller battery of 68Wh.
Conclusion: Should you buy Dell G3 15 3500 Gaming Laptop?
Of course, the best gaming laptop in the world does not exist. But if we proceed from the task to pick up something for games in Full HD on high settings for the next couple of years, the Dell G3 3500 amazingly became one of the main favorites. The value of money, opportunity, and quality here turned out to be successful.
Naturally, it is best to look towards this review’s configuration with the GTX 1660 Ti graphics card and 144Hz display. Sometimes there are actions, and it turns out cheaper. If instead of i7-10750H, choose i5-10300H and display with a speed of 120 Hz but the same graphics card.
Dell G3 15 3500: Specifications
- Processor: Intel Core i7-10750H;
- Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB;
- RAM: 2/4GB;
- Data storage: 512GB on SSD;
- Screen: 15.6 inches, WVA, matte;
- Connectors: USB 3.1, two USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, RJ-45, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, combined audio input, SD reader;
- Communications: Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 6);
- Weight: 2.34kg
- Battery: 68Wh.