As cool as it is to show powerful and expensive gaming notebooks, the best selling models are those with input graphics cards and this is the case of the Dell G3 3500. It has a 15-inch Full HD screen, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4 GB for her alone, 8 GB of RAM for the rest of the PC and it even offers an NVMe SSD instead of the traditional HD, which is always great.
Helping with the work to even run the latest games is a 10th generation Intel Core i5. The notebook is gamer yes, but with a less aggressive look when compared to Alienware from Dell itself. Is it worth saving a few bucks by taking this entry-level model? Does he run the games well? I’m André Fogaça and I spent the last few weeks with this notebook on my desk, to answer all this.
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Design and Connectivity
The closed Dell G3 3500 can look good on the desktop. It doesn’t have that more aggressive face of other gamer models and also doesn’t abuse the lighting, so much so that the company’s logo doesn’t blink or stay lit. It is normal for other non-gamer computers of the same brand. The only different detail here is a thin blue line, also without light, that goes all around the notebook.
On one side, Dell put slot for SD cards, output for headphones and two USB 2.0 ports. On the other comes the power, HDMI 2.0, plus a USB that is now 3.2 superspeed, network cable and a USB-C that unfortunately isn’t Thunderbolt 3. This standard could allow a GPU upgrade with an external card, but not here.
Dell hits and misses the air vents and intakes to cool the entire system. In this G3 she made a mistake by leaving everything to the rear and in a smaller size. Gamer notebooks are powerful and deliver impressive performance, which is why it’s important to have a generous airflow, as the components are squeezed into such a small space.
In addition, hot air is blown against the base of the monitor, warming this location. I imagine Dell knows that this detail doesn’t affect the screen’s life, but I prefer solutions adopted by the company in other models of the G line. In them the air is expelled backwards and not with a barrier throwing part of the flow upwards.
Around here the keyboard gets quite hot, a problem that could be solved with more hot air vents, like last year’s G5 5590. The problem with this G3 with the heat is bigger than just warming up the hand, but I count more in the gaming part.
screen and audio
The G3 3500 uses a 15.6-inch panel with Full HD resolution and WVA technology, with anti-reflective coating and 250 nits brightness. These data corroborate the proposal of a more entry-level notebook, the simple ones. I don’t believe WVA is a problem, but I felt the brightness could be higher.
I know well that a gaming notebook is not the kind of portable PC that will sit outside on a sunny day. But if you find yourself in this situation, you’ll find that 250 nits is not enough, even with the good work of the anti-reflective coating. Playing or working in a room with indirect sunlight, or artificial light, is a much nicer setting.
The color reproduction is good for this type of model and the player will certainly be happy with the 120 Hz refresh rate. The display doesn’t support G-sync, so if you want to make sure no images get cropped on yours front, it’s better to plug in an external monitor anyway.
Closing the image and sound part, the Dell G3 3500’s audio is output with the help of two speakers pointing lower at a 45-degree angle. They fulfill the basics for those who want to show something to those around.
keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard chosen by Dell Pro G3 3500 has illumination on each key and comes in standard ABNT2 with “Ç”. It’s comfortable for work and game time, but it can be less exciting for those looking for faster answers in games. The touchpad, on the other hand, is spacious enough to provide comfort at various times. But playing is a mouse thing.
Ah, centered at the top of the keyboard is the on and off button, with an extra biometric reader function. Recognition is fast and it helps when logging into Windows.
The Dell G3 3500 comes with Windows 10, but what you really want to know is if it runs games, right. Well, for that it takes advantage of a more basic set for gaming, which includes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4GB to itself, Intel Core i5 10300H processor with four cores and 8GB of RAM. The set says right away that it doesn’t face games with a resolution higher than Full HD, but that’s okay since that’s the amount of pixels on the laptop’s screen.
Starting the tests, I put a MOBA in style League of Legends, which is the Heroes of the Storm. The game is lightweight and runs easy even on older computers. It wasn’t a problem on the G3 3500, which with all the internal adjustments possible for the game, managed to display rates between 90 and 120 fps in many moments.
Still in a competitive game scenario, I opened another one from Blizzard: overwatch. This is a slightly heavier game that requires more hardware. By configuring the settings called Epic, the G3 3500 managed between 60 and 80 fps. To reach 120 fps of the screen, it is necessary to change some game settings.
Moving on to another competitive one, but much heavier, I tested Warzone in Call of Duty. The game opened suggesting adjustments for the medium and a few details in high. I managed 50 fps averages with this setting, with a few moments of pain. The ideal here is to lower the resolution scale to 90% or 85% and thus gain some extra frames.
Leaving the competitive scene, I tested the known and loved GTA 5. The game opened suggesting everything in normal, but I put all the adjustments almost at the maximum. The result was 40 and 50 fps on average. With a few adjustments here and there, you can raise this rate, no problem.
Far Cry 5 ran well with everything in ultra and high definition textures. The average rotated between 45 and 60 fps in the game’s own benchmark tool.
To close with synthwave key, I put cyberpunk 2077. The game is very heavy and new, it’s running well on PCs and around here I was surprised. The initial suggestion of the game was to have the default settings set to medium and the game ran well at 30 fps.
All tests were done in Full HD, with 100% scale for resolution. In all scenarios the Dell G3 3500 got quite hot, especially on the right side of the keyboard. As the fingers are on the left, I didn’t feel the heat bothering me.
Now, going back to the small space to get out hot air, in games you can find a problem, which is the drop in performance caused by temperatures above 90 degrees on the graphics card or processor. It didn’t happen to me very often, as I spent less than half an hour on each game at once, but if you decide to jump into a game for hours and hours, you may experience system hiccups from time to time.
This is an unsolvable dilemma, as you can’t make extra space in the case and redirect the airflow already created by Dell to the two fans. Speaking of opening the notebook, it’s possible to upgrade RAM and storage, but taking out all the screws and opening the bottom is a lot of work. Go carefully.
Dell G3 3500 with GTX 1650 Ti: is it worth it?
The Dell G3 3500 is a good gaming notebook for those who are low on money and still want to play something with nice graphics, even going to newer titles. The 120 Hz screen still calls for a faster-response competitive, fitting in well with the current gaming landscape.
The hardware fits the proposal well, ranging from the video card, amount of RAM or even the processor, but the problem here is precisely the hot air output. It’s too small for a product that certainly won’t run games for just half an hour, but for hours at a time.
What catches my attention is that Dell has better solutions in other models of the same G line, with exits to the sides while the back also does the job. This significantly increases airflow and ensures more consistent performance for longer. It makes no sense to economize at this point, as two extra holes in the housing are enough.
Anyway, the choice to put SSD in right away is pretty cool, but I felt that Dell could make a change: lower the SSD from 512GB to 256GB and put a 1TB hard drive for games. I managed to install only the games I tested, leaving 24 GB out of the 512 GB. And look at Warzone I chose only the battle royale, I left the entire campaign and other multiplayer modes aside.
The suggested price of the Dell G3 3500, with the tested configuration, is R$ 6,300. Looking at the competition, prices are very close. Models from Samsung, Lenovo and Acer deliver more efficient cooling system, which is important, but none of them works with the GTX 1650 Ti and yes with the version without the suffix. There are improvements in the model chosen by Dell, which is also the only one delivering 512GB on SSD.
Anyway, it is important and is competent against competitors, but the cooling system bothers me a lot. If you can spend more and be able to find it, Dell’s G5 models don’t suffer from the same problem.
- Screen: LCD WVA, 15.6 inches, resolution 1,920×1,800 pixels (Full HD), 250 nits brightness, anti-reflective layer
- Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-10300H up to 4.5GHz, 8MB cache
- RAM: 8GB of 2,933MHz DDR4 (expansion possible up to 16GB)
- Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD (with additional slot)
- Drums: 51 Whr
- Connectivity: HDMI (1) 2.0, USB 2.0 Type A (2), USB-3.2 SuperSpeed Type A (1), USB-C with DisplayPort (1), Headphone Connection, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, Ethernet
- Operational system: Windows 10 Home (compatible with Windows 11)
- Others: 720p webcam, SD reader, Wedge lock slot, speakers (2), print reader, backlit keyboard
- Dimensions (height, width and depth): 2.16 x 36.55 x 25.4 cm
- Weight: 2.34 kg
Dell G3 3500 (GTX 1650 Ti)
- 120 Hz screen
- Design fits in hybrid use
- Keyboard with “Ç”
- Meets requirements for entry-level notebook gamer well
- Cooling system is very bad
- Performance is inconsistent due to heating
- USB-C is not Thunderbolt 3