Dell’s new G series laptops pair gaming specs with cheap plastic

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Dell is moving its line of "Gaming Series" with the Inspiron brand and is building a new line of laptops with specific budget for players. The G3, G5 and G7 laptops have access to the Nvidia GTX 1050, 1050 Ti and 1060 Max-Q GPUs, eighth-generation Intel processors (up to the new six-core Core i9 CPU in G5 and G7), an optional 4K display in the G7, and a 17-inch version of the G3. The G5 and G7 even have Killer networks.
The G3 starts at $ 749, the G5 starts at $ 799, and the G7 starts at $ 849. The base models have slow-spin hard drives and limited RAM, but SSDs are available in more expensive SKUs.

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What's the trick? A lot of fragile plastic. I had the opportunity to play with a preproduction G3 15, and its screen had enough flexibility to take pride in a 2009 netbook, the touchpad could hardly be used, and the keyboard had a horrible, sticky feel. The best thing you can say about the construction of the laptop is that it is relatively thin for a gaming machine.
Now that there are many good portable gaming options at the $ 999 mark, it would have to be quite difficult to get money for one of these inexpensive machines. But if you need the most portable GPU and CPU for your money, and build quality is not a concern, Dell's new G-series and its "performance-inspired" fake carbon fiber aesthetic would be worth investigating.
There are supposed to be limited configurations available today, and more options will be available on the 16th of this month.


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