Recently I purchased the Dell G3 3590, well, in this very month. It did cost me a lot, give the fact that I upgraded the RAM to the highest possible, along with a 1TB HDD as well. Well, so not wasting much of time on the first paragraph, and let’s dive into how the Dell G3 3590 is and performs in day to day life, in this short review. At the end of the post, I will let you know what are the specifications I took.
Dell G3 3590 – Hardware Specifications.
The G3 3590 is an entry-level gaming laptop from Dell. The G3 sits right in the entry point of affordable ( why they tag it as an affordable anyways?) gaming laptops, after which, you have the option to move higher on to G5 and the highest G7 7590. Unfortunately, Dell didn’t launch the G5 laptops in India. After G-series, comes the renowned Alienware series.
The G3 3590 is a 2019 model and comes with two processor choices. You can choose between the i5-9300H, which is a 45W processor, with 4 Cores and 8 Threads. The processor comes with a base clock of 2.40GHz, with Max Turbo up to 4.10GHz. Inbuilt is an 8MB L3 Intel Smart Cache. The other processor is an i7-9750H, which is also a 45W processor and comes with 6 Cores and 12 Threads. The base clock speed of the processor is 2.60GHz and Max Turbo up to 4.50GHz. Inbuilt is a 12MB L3 Intel Smart Cache.
The G3 comes with a minimum of 8GB of DDR4-2666MHz RAM. There are two SODIMM slots, which makes the RAM user-upgradable. By default, you will get the 4GBx2 RAM sticks inside even the highest specification model. After that, you can upgrade the RAM in either 12 GB DDR4 (1 x 4 GB + 1 x 8 GB), 16 GB DDR4 (2 x 8 GB), 16 GB DDR4 (1 x 16 GB), 32 GB DDR4 (2 x 16 GB).
By default, the G3 will come with 512GB of WDC-SN520 NVMe drive and has a slot empty for a 7mm 2.5-inch HDD. Both of them are easily upgradable by the user. However, upon purchase, you have to shove in an HDD as per requirement, since most models don’t have one pre-installed. Do note, the HDD should be a thin one, for example, Seagate Barracuda drive. They are excellent drives with a Cache of 128MB and comes with a maximum of 5TB in size. But there is a slight problem. This laptop can handle only up to 2TB of HDD, and 1TB of SSD on the NVMe PCIe slot. Also, you can remove the SSD and install an M.2 Intel Optane Module as per your requirements.
The laptop has three different options for the keyboard. You can get the Standard, non-backlit keyboard, which is rarely available. The other one is the standard Blue Backlit keyboard, which is available most of the time, and the last one is the Four-Zone RGB Keyboard, which is color changeable using Dell Alienware Command Center, which is pre-installed on the system.
Display and Graphics.
The G3 comes with an integrated GPU and a dedicated GPU. The integrated GPU is the Intel UHD 630 which is available in both i5 and i7 SKUs. The dedicated graphics differ, however. You have the choice to select between a GTX 1050 3GB, GTX 1650 4GB, GTX 1660Ti with Max-Q 6GB or an RTX 2060 (Max-Q, most probably) 6GB. Other than the GTX 1050, you will get an additional USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 3 with DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. Other than the GTX 1050 and GTX 1650, all of them are having GDDR6 VRAM, whereas the former two have GDDR5 VRAM.
There are three different types of display available. The standard display is an IPS Backlit LCD panel with 220nits brightness, with FHD resolution and color gamut of NTSC 45%. To be honest, this display is not meant for content creators, for example, those who use Photoshop a lot. The response time of the display is 35ms, with 60Hz refresh rate, and 700:1 contrast ratio, The second display is a bit brighter, around 300nits, and has a similar response time. However, the color gamut is of NTSC 72%.
The third display is the higher model, which has a color gamut of NTSC 72%, 800:1 contrast ratio, 300nits brightness, and 144Hz refresh rate, although you get only 143.998Hz 😂. The response time is the lowest, around 9ms. The power consumption of the last display is around 7.8W, in comparison to the base model of 4.2W, and the later one has a power consumption of 6.2W.
None of them has Touch support and is an Anti-Glare, Matte finish panel.
Dell G3 3590 – Review.
The Dell G3 is an entire plastic build. Plastic, yet sturdy to be honest. The Top panel has a matte texture. Which makes the laptop look a bit simpler, yet beautiful. The shape of the laptop isn’t completely a rectangle, however, more of a design like a clam.
On the left side, you will get most of the ports. Starting from the extreme end, you get a barrel-shaped charging port, charging LED, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 with DisplayPort. This DisplayPort can be used to connect a Type-C Display, or transfer data with a 10Gbps transfer rate, or connect a VR! Yes, this laptop supports VR as well.
A USB 3.1 Gen 1 port is also present, along with a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an Audio/Mic combo jack. You will also find one of the speakers on the left side.
On the right side, you get a wedge-shaped security lock slot, and two USB 2.0 ports, with a full-size SD card reader. There is another speaker on the right side as well.
The front of the laptop is plain and has no ports available, however, on the backside, you get two fan vents for the dual CPU fans installed inside. On the display hinge, placed center, you have the G3 written in White.
A simple blue plastic ribbon runs around the bottom section of the chassis.
On the inside, you will get a full-size keyboard with 102 keys with RGB backlight, depending upon the type of keyboard you chose. The WASD keys are having a white border painted as well. There is a bit of keyboard flex, thanks to the plastic build, but it is still good enough. The keyboard has a good key travel, and is soft on typing.
The keyboard also supports AlienFX API, which lets you select the lighting of the keyboard (on Four-Zone RGB keyboards only), however, most features like Macros are missing. Maybe these are only for Alienware?
The Keyboard also has G key (F7) or the Game Shift Key, which increases the power usage of the CPU and GPU and fan speed of the laptop to a certain extent, ensuring good gaming performance. However, the Game Shift Mode only works when you are using heavy software such as games. The F10 key is used for turning the backlight of the laptop on/off.
The trackpad is large enough. Unlike Alienware, which uses glass-based touchpads, the G3 comes with a plastic touchpad, but with Windows Precision drivers, and is simply amazing. It also has that powdered-glass look but feels smooth enough.
On the inside, You get an i7-9750H processor clocked at 2.6GHZ, with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz. It has 12MB of Smart Cache as well. There are three different WiFi card option as well. However, my laptop got Qualcomm QCA9377, which has a max speed of up to 433Mbps. However, you can change it to an Intel 9560 or Intel AX200 WiFi Card as well. The later one has WiFi 6.
Now coming to the display. The model of mine has the highest of the lot, which is 144Hz, a 15.6-inch display, which is an IPS LCD Backlit display. No backlight bleeding is there. Even if it’s there, it’s not noticeable. It has a narrow bezel on the left and the right. On the top, you get a Webcam, along with an LED light, and two microphones. The laptop also comes with Intel Smart Sound Technology-based Microphone Array.
The laptop also comes with the Alienware command center.
It allows you to set up your PC according to the game you play. It also allows overclocking, however, the i7-9750H isn’t overclockable, so as the i5-9300H.
For security, there is a Fingerprint scanner integrated inside the power button and supports Windows Hello login as well.
For power, the G3 3950 comes with a 3-cell Smart Battery with 51Wh in total. Although not much of capacity, the battery does charge with the Fast Charging, called the Express Charging. And the power brick, oh boy, it’s massive. I have got the 180W power supply, and its way too bulky, but not as bulky as the one with Area51-M.
The laptop does get heat up on the full load, especially near the top section, below which there is the CPU fan. But gaming on High-Performance mode and Game Shift simultaneously, the heat is controlled to a considerable level.
The laptop is good enough for both day to day life and gaming. Several game titles, especially the AAA titles give at least 60FPS gameplay.
The model I have comes with 144Hz display, i7-9750H processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2666MHz. It also has GTX 1660Ti with Max-Q Design with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM.
Out of the box, it came with 8GB of 4GBx2 RAM, which I changed to 32GB in 16GBx2 configuration. Since the laptop comes with a smaller battery, there is a 2.5-inch 7mm HDD slot, so I shoved in a 1TB 128MB Cache Seagate Barracuda HDD. A 512GB NVMe drive is present inside as well.
The entire system along with the upgrade cost me around ₹1,35,500, inclusive of all taxes.
Is this laptop justified? Let us know in the comments!
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