In my review of Alienware M15 R6 I said here that it was one of the best gaming notebooks today and that, at least in the short term, it was worth more than paying to build a desktop with similar configurations, with due proportions. If you don’t remember, I’ll leave the link here for you to see later.
But unfortunately not everyone has the power to spend R$ 13,000 to enjoy some games in their free time, right? Me included. So Dell decided to send me an option from their catalog that is for those who are on a tighter budget, but still want to be able to enjoy the latest games with great quality. I’m talking about the Dell G15, which I tested over the last month and I can tell you that I honestly don’t owe much to my more expensive brother, see?! Come with me and I’ll explain.
Screen, hardware and software
Let’s start with the specs. The G15 has a number of different options, but they all come with 15.6-inch Full HD screens. Refresh rates range from 120 Hz on models with AMD’s Ryzen 5 or Intel’s Core i5 processors to 165 Hz on AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Intel’s Core i7 options. Those from Intel are 11th generation, by the way.
In terms of memories, they all come with a 512 GB SSD, accompanied by options of 8 or 16 GB of DDR4 RAM in models with Ryzen 5 or Core i5 processors. In versions with Ryzen 7 or i7, it always has 16 GB of RAM. On video cards, models with the most basic processors are accompanied by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, with 4 GB of VRAM, while the most powerful models come with the RTX 3060, with 6 GB of VRAM. The network card is WiFi 6 compatible and the operating system can be the Ubuntu flavor of Linux on the most basic models, or Windows 11 on any of them.
Dell G15 (2021) Technical Specifications
- Screen: 15.6 ”WVA LED (16: 9), Full HD (1920×1200 pixels), 120 or 165 Hz, 250 or 300 nits and 3 ms
- Processor: options with AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, Ryzen 7 5800H, Intel Core i5 11400H and i711800H
- Video card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4 GB GDDR6) ou RTX 3060 (6 GB GDDR6)
- RAM: 8 or 16 GB of DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32 GB)
- Storage: SSD PCIe NVMe M.2 com 512 GB
- Webcam: 720p
- Connectivity: placa de rede Killer Wireless AX1650 (2×2, WiFi 6) e Bluetooth 5.2
- Operational system: Ubuntu Linux 20.04 or Windows 11 Home Single Language in Portuguese
It’s worth mentioning that Dell still sells versions of the G15 that come with 10th-generation Intel processors and the GeForce GTX 1650, and these versions are much cheaper. But for the more that these CPUs still give a broth, the older video cards deliver a much more limited experience than the RTX 30 line, so I couldn’t recommend those based on my experience with this one, which is the model with the best Intel processor, more RAM and the best video card in the family. It would have to be a totally separate review for the most basic model.
And with this model here the performance was great. I was able to enjoy the rest of my Xbox Game Pass Ultimate free trial to run titles like Forza Horizon 5 and Age of Empires 4 without choking, and the notebook held up without choking and even making less noise than I expected during gameplay. And then I was able to enjoy free games from Epic Games, such as Rocket League and Genshin Impact, among others, all with the maximum graphics and also without the least suffering.
Yes, the G15 gets a little hot and you can hear the fans working, especially in longer sessions and in the most demanding games, but nothing that affects performance or bothers the hands. His cooling system does a good job. Overall, the gaming experience was very close to what I had with Alienware, considering current games. The bigger brother of the etezinho line would do better even more in the medium to long term.
A more visible point of difference between the G15 and its Alienware sibling is in aesthetics. This one is as big and heavy a notebook as the M15, but it’s even thicker and comes with a much more sober look, in black and without decorative LEDs or very bold features on the case. Aside from the keyboard, which is backlit by zone-customizable LEDs, the most “gamer” design element in quotes here is the little orange G in the keyboard’s corner and side. And that’s okay, especially if the part you care about is spending less without losing much performance.
- Dimensions (L x D x E) and weight: from 35.72 x 27.21 x 2.49 and up to 2.65 kg
Going back to the keyboard, the keys are well spaced and good for both gaming and typing, but if you had plans to take advantage of the more sober style of the G15 to use it for work too, it’s good to keep in mind that the keyboard doesn’t come standard. ABNT Finding the accents in it is rather boring for that reason, which is a problem when writing a text, but it doesn’t bother in the game.
And about the available ports, they are the ones that are appearing on the screen now and I won’t talk about it here because it’s too many acronyms to talk about at once. I’ll just comment that I thought it had enough USB ports and I didn’t miss anything.
Portas do Dell G15 (RTX 3060):
- 1x USB-A 3.2 com PowerShare
- 2x USB-A 3.2 or 2x
- 1x USB-C 3.2 com Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort 1.4 e Power Delivery de 15W
- 1x HDMI
- 1x Ethernet with RJ45 rating
- 1x global headset connector
- 1x power input
About the battery, here we have the same standard as always seen in gaming notebooks, which is a duration of close to six hours unplugged when you’re just browsing the internet or using simple programs like the office suite. At the time of the game, then without plugging in the socket it will be just that, an hour. To play for real you will need to take the brick of the socket with you, which also weighs a little over a kilo. Who said gamers don’t do weight training.
- Battery with a capacity of 86 Whr
It is worth it?
Remember that in the Alienware M15 review I gave an example to show that, at least in the short term, as much as paying R$ 13 thousand for that model was expensive as hell, it ended up being more worth it than trying to assemble a desktop with configurations similar? Well then, in the case of this one, this is even more true, since the more powerful models have an overall experience that is still very close to what we saw in the other one, only costing much less, R$ 9 thousand. It’s still very, very expensive, don’t get me wrong, but it’s definitely better value for money overall. And those who want to spend a little less can find more modest family members starting at R$6,400 and who will still have a pretty cool performance in most games.
Official prices on 01/12/22:
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, 8 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050: R$ 6.398
- Intel Core i5 11400H, 8 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050: R$ 6.499
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050: R$ 7.398
- Intel Core i5 11400H, 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050: R$ 7.549
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: R$ 8.999
- Intel Core i7 11800H, 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060: R$ 8.999
And I just don’t include models with older processors and the GTX 1650 here because then the hardware ends up limiting the machine’s possibilities more, but if you research and find that this is good for you, you can spend even less. And so everyone can be happy playing wherever they want.
But that’s my opinion, so feel free to disagree and explain your reasons politely in the comments below. Enjoy and tell us what you think of the Dell G15!