Dell made some big announcements at CES this January, including a completely renewed gaming lineup. From launching a brand new design language called ‘Legend’ to refreshing its budget-friendly G-Series, there was much to be excited about. Today, we focus on the new G-Series, especially the Dell G7 15 7590 gaming laptop.
Dell’s new G-Series model is thinner than its predecessor, and features more aggressive design. They also got a few features that were previously only available with the expensive Allenware series, such as four-zone RGB backlighting, high refresh-rate screens, and Alienware’s command center software. Probably the biggest change is the support for high-grand GPUs, as the previous G-Series was limited to only mid-range options.
It’s time to take the Dell G7 15 7590 for a spin and see if it’s worth asking.
Dell G7 15 7590 Design
The Game Dell G7 15 7590 is too thin for a gaming laptop, measuring a smidgeon below 20mm in thickness. Other dimensions are much less compact, partly thanks to the almost thin Bezels on display. This makes it easy to slip the laptop in and out of a backpack. However, around 2.5kg, it is still heavy, which is noticeable when you hold it or carry it around your bag.
Dell has gone with a dark gray color scheme, or as ‘Abyss Gray’ calls it, with blue accents for logos, keyboards and port labels, and even exhaust vents and hatsink. The contrast is subtle but we think this understated confidential look works well. Laptops have plenty of almost all vents for airflow.
The Dell G7 15 7590 has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (one of which supports PowerShell to charge the device even when the laptop is off), Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, 3.5mm headphones, and some ports on the side. / Microphone combo port, and a full sized SD card slot.
There is a single power LED on the left. The remaining ports are placed in the back, between the two exhaust vents. These include Kensington lock slot, Gilbit Ethernet by Killer Networks (E2500V2), mini-displayport, third USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, HDMI 2.0 and power connector.
The model we are reviewing Dell G7 15 7590 has a full-HD (1920×1080) 15.6-inch IPS panel. a 144Hz refresh rate. The high refresh rate is immediately noticeable in Windows, and makes the UI feel more spontaneous and responsive.
The panels have good viewing angles and color reproduction, and the matte finish does not attract many fingerprints or reflections.
Brightness is very good. When using this laptop in an ideal office environment with bright overhead lights, we think the 20-30 percent brightness level is sufficient. The display is well protected thanks to the metal lid, and you get thin bezels all around. Dell has managed to shake an HD webcam into very good bezel, which is nice.
Single hinge offers good torsion and opening of the lid is a matter of opening because of the heavy base. The keyboard area is wide enough for a full size keyboard with a keyboard pad.
The distance between the keys is good, and the directions are not squeezed together. The model we are reviewing has blue backlighting for all keys and can be adjusted by two levels. If you like a keyboard with RGB backlighting in all four regions, you can do it.
The Dell G7 15 7590 also has a power button fingerprint sensor. There is ample space for a palm-rest area, which has a metallic finish. The trackpad is fairly wide, the tracking smooth, and doesn’t require much effort to press the buttons. The trackpad often found something ‘sticky’ when moving the cursor, and we noticed that it only highlighted the text when the cursor is over.
Nahimik has front-firing stereo speakers with sound center software to tweak in-game audio. It is accessible through Dell’s Command Center software. You won’t find any quick access panel at the bottom of this laptop for RAM or storage access.
Overall, the Dell G7 15 7590 is well-built, shows privacy and offers a good selection of ports. In the box, you’ll find a 180W power brick, mostly with a warranty leaflet and a quick-start guide.
Dell G7 15 7590 Specifications and Features
The Dell G7 7590 is available in multiple configurations and has an 8-inch Intel Core i7-8750H hex-core CPU with multi-threading and a base clock speed of 2.2GHz. Dell recently announced that it is refreshing gaming laptops with Intel’s 9th-generation CPS and will also offer Nvidia’s 16-series GPUs as an option, but there are times when these variants will come to India.
The two RAM slots are populated with only 16GB of DDR4 (2666 MHz) RAM stick. It has a 256GB NVMe SSD that has Windows 10 installed, as well as 1 Toshiba mechanical hard drive.
The star feature of this G7 15 variant is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 RAM.
This GPU is based on Nvidia’s latest Turing architecture, which supports better performance than previous series, as well as advanced features like Ray Tracing and DLSS. We’ve taken a deep dive into this new architecture and its features, which you can read about here.
You can combine Intel UHD Graphics 630 on the CPU, which is automatically selected when running non-graphics intensive programs.
Connectivity options on the Dell G7 15 7590 include 2×2 MIMO antennas and dual band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Bluetooth. Contains a 60WHR, 4-cell battery.
On the software front, there are a few pre-installed applications from Windows 10 Home 64-bit and Dell. You will also find some third-party programs such as McAfee LiveSafe’s 12-month subscription and Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial.
The software from Dell contains an updated program and a few useful tools. Mobile Connections lets you receive calls and answer phone messages from your laptop, SupportAssist helps you troubleshoot issues, and the Alienware Command Center organizes your games and lets you monitor system temperature.
The next program was exclusive to Alienware laptops, but now G-Series owners can take advantage of it. The first tab automatically lists games installed from Steam, and you can add games yourself. The ‘Fusion’ tab of the software allows you to monitor CPU and GPU temperature, switch power profiles, choose audio profiles for different game generations, and enable custom virtual frequently sound effects for more realism in games. Well-designed and easy to use software.
Dell G7 15 7590 Performance and battery life
The Dell G7 15 7590 has no issues adjusting to regular PC workloads. The laptop boots up very fast, and you’re ready to go about your business in a minute. SSD is the primary reason for this graduation.
In addition to Windows 10 and the default program, you still get enough space to install some big games. We had plenty of games to test because we were only able to put a few on the SSD, and had to dump the rest on a 1TB mechanical drive. Loads of apps as well as ample RAM thanks.
We used the laptop in our office for our regular work and never had a real problem. The keyboard traveled well, and the type for long stretches was not even fatiguing. We wanted something a bit more sculpted than flat. Blue backlighting is cool to the eye and even spreads across the key.
For logging in to your system, Firefox Sensor works with Windows Hello. If the load is not loaded on the battery or main power, the laptop runs fairly cool and silent. There are instances where you listen to fans for a brief moment, but they cool down pretty quickly.
Benchmark and real-world performance are very good. We found a trace time of 1 minute and 48 seconds in the POVRA, while the Coinbench R20 posted single and multi-threaded CPU test scores 408 and 2702,
respectively. Peacemark 10, we got 4,892 points, while 3DMark Time Spy got 5,772 scores on the benchmark. For our real world tests, a 3.2GB folder of compressed files takes 3 minutes and 57 seconds to compress, and encoding a full-HD video clip on MKV takes about a minute.
The actual power of this laptop lies in gaming. Being our first laptop with the GeForce RTX-Series GPU, we have a few titles such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider (SOTR), Battlefield V and Metro: Curves, which support Nvidia’s DLSS and / or ray tracing features. SOTR supports Deep Learning SuperSampling or DellSS,
which render games at lower resolutions and then use AI to fill in missing pixels, so that the frame rate can play any game.
We averaged 62fps on the game’s built-in benchmark in native full-HD resolution, using the highest quality setting enabling TAA anti-aliasing. However, it was off to DLSSA and Ray Tracing. With the ‘Ultra’ preset and DLSS off set Ray Rashed Shadow, the framerate went to 42fps. Launching DLSS didn’t help much here, as the average framerate on the benchmark went up to only 43fps.
While running through the Peruvian jungle the framerate has become quite a bit objectionable in real-world gameplay, but it was consistently above 40fps, even hitting 60fps sometimes.
Metro: Express supports both ray tracing and DLSS and they can be switched on or off individually. For some reason, the game’s built-in benchmark continues to crash, so we’ve ended up playing through the initial level of our own game, keeping an eye on the framerate through the GeForce experience overlay’s FPS counter.
By disabling ray tracing, we easily average above 60fps. Setting it off to ‘Ultra’ level and DLSS, the framerate has dropped quite a bit, averaging about 35fps.
The game looked stunning with more realistic lighting, but the gameplay was not smooth. With a bit of help from DLSS we got an instant boost to the framerate, which averaged around 45-50fps. The game still looked good but certain edges and objects would appear a bit soft. Of course, it was only noticeable because we found it but otherwise it didn’t really stand out.
Battlefield V is one of the first games to support Ray Tracing for realistic imagery. It has also been patched to support DLSS. When cracked with graphics in Ultra Preset, we were able to average around 45-50fps with Rare Tracing, but DLSS was off. Even at this seemingly playable framerate, the gameplay was overwhelming. Switching to DLSS over advanced stuff is a bit tricky, and the framerate shoots up to 60-65fps immediately.
In other claims titles, the Dell G7 15 7590 provides equally good performance. We were able to average 41fps of Assassin Creed: the source and field of view exceeded most with the ‘Ultra’ graphics presets. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we got 42.5fps with our Dox 12, 2x MSHA Anti-aliasing, and Ultra Presets,
which is very good. Finally, at Farcri5, we averaged 67fps on the ‘Ultra’ presets with a graphics set built-in benchmark.
During gaming, we found that the palm-rest area of the laptop did not heat up but the keys did get heated.
The upper area of the keys gets quite heated and so does the bottom of the laptop. Fan noise can be a problem if you are not wearing headphones. The fans are very loud, which is a little confusing when you are using laptop speakers. Thankfully, as soon as you leave a game, they jump down pretty quickly.
Speakers offer appropriate spatial segmentation after you enable 7.1 channel simulation from the Command Center software. The speakers get higher, but in games, we would like some more volume. Although they are good enough for video and song.
Battery life is a bit weak, which we were expecting. In our usual Battery Eater Pro test, the laptop lasts for 2 hours and 59 minutes, which is not bad.
However, with actual usage, working within Chrome, streaming music via Spotify, and backlight on level one, we were able to get more than three hours of runtime before we could get a low-battery alert. Bundled chargers can top the battery up in about two hours.
The Dell G7 15 7590 is the first laptop with the GPFRS RTX GPU that we tested, and there are a limited number of games that support Rey Tracing and DLSS, but we’re pretty impressed with what we’ve seen so far.
GeForce RTX GPUs are expensive and laptops with them are still relatively new in the Indian market, so you have to pay a slight premium. The Dell G7 15 7590 configuration that we reviewed will give you a cool look back.
1,57,400. It’s the same story with laptops from other manufacturers. Asus ROG Strikes Hero II, HP Woman 15, and MSI GL73 G7 15 7590 with almost the same core configuration, same ball-park price range.
The Dell G7 15 759https://www.dell.com 0’s battery doesn’t have a great life, it gets pretty heated while gaming, and fans are confused if you’re not wearing headphones.
However, the gaming performance is solid, the display is bright and lively, and you get a great suite of software programs that have a great keyboard plus bundle.
Also, unlike the other models mentioned, which shout “Look at me, I’m a gaming laptop,” the Dell G7 15 has a fuzzy look, which we really like. This means you can easily use it in the office environment without drawing attention to the neglect – as long as those exhaust fans feel it.