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Dell G7 15 Inch Gaming Laptop Review

The Zephyrus G14 continues to annihilate the G7 in 7-zip, thanks to its higher core count and finer process node. Speedometer sees more or less the same result, with the G7 ending up at the bottom of the chart.

The WebXPRT 2.0 browser benchmark sees the Dell G7 register its maiden win with a notable lead over both the G14 as well as the Surface 3.

Graphics and Gaming Performance

In 3DMark TimeSpy, the Zephyrus levels with the Dell G7 in the GPU tests despite featuring the more efficient Max-Q variant of the RTX 2060, while decimates it in the CPU test with a lofty lead of nearly 50%.

Dell G7
Dell G7

The GPU frequency charts of the two laptops are interesting. Despite being a lower TDP design, the RTX 2060 Max-Q on the G14 sticks close to the 1.5GHz mark on the core, just like the G7. Both CPUs ran pretty hot during the CPU test, with the GPU on the G7 being a tad bit toastier than the G14.

Zephyrus G14

Firestrike shows similar results, except the results are even more skewed towards the Zephyrus G14. The 14″ ASUS notebook beats the 15″ Dell G7 is not only the CPU physics test, but also edges past in both the GPU tests. This is quite strange since it features the Max-Q variant of the RTX 2060 while the G7 includes the full-fledged mobile variant.

The GPU frequency charts once again reveal that there’s no actual difference between the standard and Max-Q versions of the RTX 2060 in this case with both of them clocking just over the 1,600MHz mark.

G7
G7

Once again, the GPU on the G14 runs a fair bit cooler than the G7 despite being faster and exhibiting identical clock speeds.

Zephyrus G14

Unsurprisingly, the same results are once again brought forth in the gaming benchmarks, with the Zephyrus G14 and its RTX 2060 Max-Q beating its higher-TDP sibling on the G7 by as much as 40%.

Conclusion: Why is it so Expensive?

The only advantage the Dell G7 has over the Zephyrus G14 is with respect to its display. The 144Hz panel should appeal to the FPS gaming audience, and its super-loud speakers also have a certain…appeal. At the end of the day, my gripe with the G7 is with respect to its price. It should actually be priced close to the $1,200 mark as it performs much worse than rival offerings in its present price range.

PS: This laptop has a gigantic adapter with a gorilla-sized plug. I had to order a third-party replacement to be able to use it with one of my inlets. This makes it not very portable. You won’t find any extension cord or adapter on the market that fits this abomination of a plug.

Dell G7 15" Review

Performance - 60%
Display - 70%
Build - 85%
Battery - 70%
Portability - 50%

67%

Only for the Hardcore Dell fans

The only advantage the Dell G7 has over the Zephyrus G14 is with respect to its display. The 144Hz panel should appeal to the FPS gaming audience, and its super-loud speakers also have a certain...appeal. At the end of the day, my gripe with the G7 is with respect to its price. It should actually be priced close to the $1,200 mark as it performs much worse than rival offerings in its present price range.

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Further reading:

ASUS Zephyrus G14 Review: AC vs Battery Performance

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Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.

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