$700 + tax | Dell G3 3579 (15.6″) | GTX 1060 6GB Max-Q, I5-8300H, 1080p IPS

$700PerformerI5-8300H2.464kg (5.43lbs)
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The Dell G3 3579 is Dell’s current generation midrange stylish gaming laptop. It is part of the “G” series and is the less gamer-centric of them all, in terms of looks and thermal solutions, making it more attractive for those who look for the gentler looks. It comes in several variants, and the one linked to here has the top GPU option of a GTX 1060 Max-Q 6GB.

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The GTX 1060 6GB Max-Q performance is adequate for very high graphic settings @1080p gaming, even in most demanding games. It performs around 20-30% better than the GTX 1050 Ti and around 20-30% slower than the GTX 1060 6GB (mobile version). For example, in a game where GTX 1050 Ti averages at 50FPS, the GTX1060MQ should complete 60FPS.

Thermals are quite mediocre and the G3’s CPU can get quite hot easily and throttle. However, it seems that the latest bios update resulted in better clocks for gaming workloads.

Connection ports selection is on the basic side and you won’t find Displayport or Thunderbolt (which is available in the I7 + GTX1060MQ variant). HDMI 2.0 is there though.

Display quality is typical for such a gaming laptop, which means you get a basic IPS with low color palette coverage, limited brightness. No PWM is in use, which is good (no flickering).

Battery running times are only ok with around 4 hours of casual office work with web browsing (using Chrome).

Keyboard is mediocre as well, with insufficient resistance, key stability and feedback.

Bottom line, although the G3 is far from perfect (and I made it clear in the review), for those who look for a cheap gaming laptop without the gaming looks, that’s a very good option and generally would suffice, also because there aren’t really alternatives with such a horsepower for this type of laptop. The screen can be replaced manually for those who want a higher quality display.

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I5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti
Dell G3 3579