Dell G5 SE

Dell is a popular brand in India that is known to provide decent products in the Indian market. Dell’s line up of the XPS series for working professionals, Alienware series for hardcore gamers, and the most famous Inspiron series targeting budget to premium segment are one of the top-ranked, appreciated products in India. But how does the new Dell’s G5 Special Edition fare in India? Is it better than the Acer Predator Helios 300 and the Lenovo Legion Y540? Let’s find out as I’ve come with comprehensive research done on the product.

PRICE

No clear pricing as of now,
Rs.1,10,000 expected

ORDINARY TECH RATING SCALE (OTRS)

I understand it can get a little tricky even for a tech reviewer to exactly explain how they feel a particular aspect of a gadget is. Top reviewers get to have their hands on a lot of products and they’ll have to explain how they feel about a particular aspect of a product through words. I study the emotion, enthusiasm, and use of strong words by a reviewer and convert that into a number system ranging from 0 to 10 with 10 being perfect and 0 being the opposite.
Dell G5 SE
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Specification review

Design language and appearance

  • 2.49 Kg of body weight.
  • 36.5 cm length x 25.4 cm depth x 2.15 cm height.
  • The design language is quite outdated and a little boring. Does not scream gamer on the face and can easily blend in with the office environment.
  • Bezels are quite thin for 2020.
  • There’s a light-reflective Dell Logo on the top of the lid and there’s a G5s branding on the backside of the hinge.
  • One AMD Ryzen and one Radeon graphics stickers on the body.
  • The top bezel houses a 720p camera.
  • The right side of the laptop houses a standard SD card reader, headset jack 3.5 mm, two USB 2.0, and a Wedge lock slot.
  • The left side of the laptop houses a Power-in port, mini DP, one HDMI 2.0, one SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 1, one RJ45 Ethernet port, one USB-C DisplayPort Alt-Mode only.
  • There are no heat vents to the side.
  • Single display hinge in the center of the laptop.
  • Two heat-out vents to the back of the laptop on either side of the hinges.
  • Two heat intake vents on the bottom chassis of the laptop.
  • 4 zone backlit keyboards with decent typing experience.
  • A large plastic trackpad with precision drivers.
Dell G5 SE
Image Credit: Dell.com

In my opinion, the design of the Dell G5 SE is quite good. It does not scream gamer on the face and can be easily blended in with the office. The entire laptop is made out of plastic so this needs to be kept in mind. I’m quite okay with the design personally, but I did notice that most of the top reviewers hated the design and appearance. So, I believe it’s wiser to prefer the Dell G5 on your own accord since looks are quite clearly subjective in this case.

People are fairly happy with the typing experience that Dell offers with their G5 Se. I couldn’t find proper key travel details but do take it from me that it’s totally fine and one could get a good experience with it.

The trackpad is entirely built out from plastic and apparently, it feels cheap to use but nonetheless, gets the job done decently. Nothing much to complain here about the trackpad.

There’s a minor design flaw that needs to be noted. The flaw is that when you open the laptop display, the design is such that hinges pivot the display over the heating vent making the hot air gets slightly obstructed by the intervening display lid.

Display

  • The Dell G5 Se comes with a 15.6 inches Full HD Display.
  • Resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  • 144Hz high refresh panel, 60Hz on lower variants.
  • 91% RGB
  • 61% sRGB
  • 65% NTSC
  • 70% DCI-P3
  • 106% sRGB reported(whoa!!)
  • The peak brightness of 306 nits reported.
  • 840:1 contrast ratio
QuotesOTRS
-Dave Lee “Fast, pretty bright and reasonably color accurate, I like it especially for the price”8
-OwnorDisown “colors are okay” pretty much okay”7
-PcMag “you’d expect from an entry-level panel, but not just the bare minimum”7
-All Others7
Average score = 7.25

Clearly, the display is one of the brighter sides of the Dell G5 Se with most of the reviewers liked it for the price range. The Dell G5 Se has one of the brightest displays at this price segment surpassing the Acer helios 300 and the Lenovo Legion Y540. Color accuracy and color production are pretty good as far as I can feel from what the top reviewers have to say.

AMD has its own solution for screen tearing known as the AMD Freesync technology. Apparently, the Dell G5 Se comes with a licensed Freensync screen but it’s not yet activatable in the command centers of games.

Overall, in my opinion, the Dell G5 Se comes with one of the best displays at this price segment, and personally, I have no complaints too in this regard.

Build quality

Let’s see what the top reviewers have to say about the build quality of Dell G5 Se.

QuotesOTRS
-Dave lee” the build on this machine is not my favorite” also the material choices” laptop looks cheap” everything exaggerates the cheapness of the laptop”4
-PcMag “The build quality good not amazing but pretty basic”7
Average OTRS = Not clear

I’m highly surprised to see that not much clarity has been provided by any top reviewers other than Dave lee regarding the build quality of the Dell G5 Se. Dave Lee wholeheartedly disliked the build quality and material selection by Dell for this laptop. Dave lee clearly says that the design and feel scream poor and low quality in the face.

Dell G5 SE

The entire body of the Dell G5 Se is made out of plastic. Do note that the Lenovo Legion Y540 is also made entirely out of plastic but apparently, the Legion Y540 has better sturdiness and premium feel than the Dell G5 Se. Other reviewers mentioned the laptop build is okayish for the price but Dave Lee’s words still ring in my head.

Overall, in my opinion, the build quality of the Dell G5 Se falls in the average to the below-average segment. So, if premium feel is a must for you, then the Acer Helios 300 and Lenovo Legion Y540 are much better options.

Performance

  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit English
  • AMD Ryzen™ 7 4800H Mobile Processor on top models.
  • This comes with 8 cores and 16threads.
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H Mobile Processor on the lower models.
  • This comes with 6 cores and 12 threads.
  • AMD Radeon™ RX 5600M graphics card on all the models.
  • DDR6 memory type GPU.
  • AMD Smartshift.
  • 8GB, 2x4GB, DDR4, 3200MHz on the only lowest model.
  • 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4, 3200MHz on all the other models.
  • 256GB, 512GB and 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive.
  • 802.11AC WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0.
  • 51Wh battery.

Benchmarks

  • PcMark 10 (overall score) = 5666
  • PcMark 8 (storage test score) = 5020
  • Cinebench R15 score = 1834 (whoa!! massive)
  • Handbrake 1.1.1 score = 29
  • 3DMark graphics test sky driver overall score = 33,935
  • 3DMark graphics test Fire strike overall score = 15,546
QuotesOTRS
-Dave lee “this thing pushes out great numbers from the CPU”” the performance is great”9
-Jarrods tech ” performance is quite good without even the fans going crazy”8
-OwnorDisown “7
-PcMag “you get better than 60fps gaming in the modern titles but you do need to tweak a little”8
-All Others8
Average OTRS = 8

Undoubtedly, an Ordinary Techie Rating Score of 8 is pretty impressive for a gaming laptop in this price segment. The new AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs are killing Intel in the market right now. The new AMD Ryzen 4800H present in the top two models of the Dell G5 Se performs better than top-level Intel i7 10th GEN processors. Although Intel has a stronger single-core performance by a small margin, the AMD Ryzen completely knocks Intel processors out of the park. The 4000 series of AMD processors is the king in the mobile processor(laptop) market right now.

The GPU in the Dell G5 is yet another stellar performance for the money. The AMD Radeon RX5600 is a beast for the price point. Packing in with 6GB DDR6 memory type, the Radeon RX5600 supposedly performs a little above the Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q. Expect great performance with the Dell G5 in the gaming section. What’s more interesting is that AMD announced their Smartshift technology which has also been packed inside the Dell G5 Se which should greatly manage power efficiency and power distribution.

Dell G5 SE
Photo Credit : Gizbot.com

The thermals in the Dell G5 Se do not seem to the best. Already, the Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors are power hungry and are known to get super hot. Jarrod’s tech and OwnorDisown demonstrated how the Ryzen CPU hit 100 Degree Celcius under intense CPU workload benchmarks. Passive cooling is suggested for the Dell G5 Se but overall, it won’t be a big deal as most of us are not going to push the CPU to its limit. The Ryzen 4800H demonstrated a massive 105W TDP which is achievable thanks to the AMD Smartshift technology.

The battery of 51Wh is being provided with the Dell G5 Se which actually does well for a gaming laptop. Reviewers reported a decent 7 and half hours of video playback. So, the battery aspect of the Dell G5 Se also seems to be pretty good.

What is the AMD Smartshift technology?

AMD had recently announced their new Smartshift technology which acts as an advanced power connection link between the CPU and GPU to maintain efficient power distribution with the two. What the AMD Smartshift does is that it smartly distributes the limited power within the CPU and GPU whenever the direct need for the two is required independently. For example, when we perform a CPU intensive workload, the AMD Smartshift smartly diverts more power towards the CPU and cuts off/minimizes the power supply to the GPU. Similarly, when we perform a GPU intensive workload like gaming, the AMD Smartshift smartly pushes more power towards the GPU and cuts off/minimizes the power supply to the CPU, thus actively playing the role of power distributor in the AMD Smartshift enabled laptops.

Do note that only a completely AMD powered laptop supports the new AMD Smartshift technology. AMD CPU with Nvidia GPU or Intel CPU with AMD GPU does not apply for the AMD Smartshift technology integration.

Dell G5 SE

OVERALL pros

  • Probably the most powerful laptop in this price segment.
  • Good display quality and brightness levels.
  • Decent keyboard with good typing experience.
  • Performs really well with even minor fan speeds.
  • AMD Smartshift technology.
  • Relatively, long battery life.
  • Good range of port selection with an added card reader.
  • Aggressive pricing.

OVERALL cons

  • Plastic nonpremium budget screaming build.
  • Design language may not be liked by many as it looks dated.
  • Thermals need improvement as CPU reaching 100 Degree is quite dangerous during extreme CPU loads.
  • Trackpad feels plasticky and cheap.
  • Apparently heavier than every laptop in this price segment.

CONCLUSION

In my honest opinion, the Dell G5 Se is a beast of a laptop with the best performance in this price segment, but all this performance comes at a cost of poor build quality and cheap-feeling design elements. Luckily, the display is of good quality as the color accuracy is decent and comes with a high contrast ratio and high brightness levels.

Overall, If you’re in need of a very powerful mid-budget laptop and do not care for looks or aesthetics, the Dell G5 is unbeatable in this price segment. If aesthetics also play an important role in buying a laptop, then you might want to consider the Acer Predator Helios 300 and the Lenovo Legion Y540 as well.

Cheers!!!

By Jayesh

Hi there!! I'm Jayesh, a Super tech enthusiast who spends a lot of his time obsessing over gadgets, watching reviews, and hands-on experience from various people on the internet( Tech YouTubers generally) as I'm not lucky enough (yet) to own it all for myself. I'm sharing my tech knowledge coming from my obsession over youtube tech reviewers to help friends and family decide on a product.

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