8.7 Awesome

Dell G7 7588 is suitable for routine tasks as well as hardcore gaming. It is an upgraded version of Dell Inspiron gaming series with a better build quality and features including latest Intel Core processors, fingerprint scanner, and an optional 4K display. The TechSeer gives it an 8.7 out of a solid 10.

Dell G7 7588 2018 Review

The powerhouse Dell G7 7588 was launched with G5 in 2018. They are similar in design but Dell G7 7588 comes with better features. Its performance is remarkable compared to Inspiron 15 7000 and Dell G3/G5 due to a better processor and a robust hardware. The chassis is 99% plastic but the build is nicely structured layers by layers from inside. A Blue Backlit has helped Dell gave this laptop a better look just like we have seen on the Alienware R5 2018. The screen is independent of the viewing angle that enhances the gaming experience. A 4K UHD option is available if you chose to configure or upgrade.

We are disappointed at the battery time which could be a bit better. There is a slight color mismatch between the keyboard area and bezels. Made up of a flimsy plastic, the elegant and sleek Dell G7 7588 is available with a starting price of $999 USD or $2229 AUD. That is a lot of Australian dollars, guess Dell is making huge jumps on these conversion rates. You can finance the laptop from Dell USA but it is currently unavailable in Australia.

Pros:

  • Intel Core i9 processor
  • Improved chassis and keyboard deck doesn’t have much flex now
  • Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Reasonable fan noise
  • Quick charging, 25% in 15 minutes

Cons:

  • Plastic feel
  • Thick bezels
  • Slight color mismatch between bezels and the keyboard area
  • Blue backlit could be a problem if you’re a night owl

Design

Dell G7 7588 comes in two different colors; Alpine White and Licorice Black. The best thing about these new beasts is their slim body structure compared to old-school gaming laptops. This makes them pretty handy to take anywhere unlike Alienware or MSI machines. The body is made of flimsy plastic which justifies its price. If you are seeking a laptop for Gaming and for everyday use; Dell G series is one of the best options out there. It has nine ports including 3 superspeed USB 3.1, 1 HDMI 2.0 port, noble lock security slot, Type-C Thunderbolt 3 with support for 40 Gbps, headphone/ mic jack, power jack, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 and a 2-in-1 SD/Micro-media card reader. The keyboard is of standard size with blue backlit. Durable magnesium alloy braces the system for exceptional rigidity and a luxe palm rest with a brushed metal finish completes the ultra-sleek look. Also, see PlayStation VR Headset Review.

Display and Webcam

The Dell G7 7588 comes with a standard display of 15.6 inches. Anti-glare technology is used for the display. You can view the display from various angles but at a cost of brightness. The base model comes with a FHD 1080p resolution which is standard for a laptop like this. But you can upgrade it to 4K. This can change your gaming experience to a whole new level. But you won’t get a good fps rate and your battery may drown very fast in the 4K version. We are disappointed that there is no option to upsize the screen. The Dell G7 7588 model we reviewed was Full High Definition.

  • Display: 1920*1080
  • Brightness: 250 nt
  • RGB: 74%
  • sRGB: 58%

We have seen better RGB and ARGB ratio in high-end machines such as MSI GS65 Stealth Thin which has both of them almost equal to 100% but then again that machine can cost you around 3000 USD. A standard 720p webcam is installed for video calling with dual array Digital microphone.

Keyboard, touchpad, and Audio

Make every click count on a keyboard built with multiple layers of reinforcement, 1.4mm keystroke travel and blue backlighting with WASD keys give it a fascinating touch. Dell G5’s keyboard has a red backlit which makes it difficult to identify the buttons but Dell G7 7588 blue backlit has covered the issue. The keystrokes are a little bit softer and are not responsive as some of the high-level gaming laptops. We sure cannot expect a mechanical keyboard like the one in Gigabyte Aorus X9 2018 in this price range. Dell G7 7588 is integrated with two tuned front firing speakers by Waves MaxxAudio Pro to improve clarity. The touchpad got windows precision drivers with a plastic surface. Trackpad gives you an ease and you don’t rush towards mouse unlike in Dell G3. G7 comes with a fingerprint scanner which is on the left side of the power button. The upfront speakers quality is nice but there is no sub. Also, see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review.

Gaming and Graphics

The machine is equipped with latest Intel processors for multi-core applications. The GTX 1060 with Max-Q design technology could be better with GTX 1060 but due to its slim design; a Max-Q design was needed. Dell G7 7588 comes with a super 6GB GDDR5 video memory (VRAM) for better and lag-free gaming experience. We saw the same card on Alienware R3 but without a Max-Q design. It can get up to 120 fps playing Fortnite and around 87 fps on Resident Evil 7. Oculus Go and HTC Vive are compatible with Dell G series as all of them meet their minimum requirements:

  • Nvidia GTX 1060
  • Intel i5-4590
  • 90 FPS solid gameplay
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Windows 7.1 or above

Performance

Super-fast processors on Dell G7 7588 allows you to play the games of your choice without feeling any lag. The aggressive sub-1″ design is equipped with huge cooling vents and dual-fan cooling technology to ensure your system never buckles under a load of demanding games while still staying cool and quiet. We played Fortnite and Call of Duty WW2 on Dell G7 7588 during our tests and found no lags with medium settings. However, it displayed some signs of lag and heat when we ran WW2 on maximum settings.

Game FPS
Overwatch 187 fps on ultra settings at 1080p
Doom 75 fps on ultra settings at 1080p
The Witcher 3 65 fps on ultra settings at 1080p
PUBG 51 fps on ultra settings at 1080p

Battery Life and Heat

Dell G7 7588 is equipped with a 56Wh power which is not a big one hence justifying its average weight. The laptop has 4-hour battery life on average with medium brightness and normal use. The Thermals are also excellent with no throttling and stress tests unlike what we found in MSI GS73 Stealth. We sensed heating levels rising during hardcore gaming but dual-fan technology kept it under control. Also, see State of Decay 2 Review.

Specs table

Dell G7 Dell G7 7588 15 Specifications
Type Gaming Laptop
Processors I7-8750H (4C / 8T – 3.9 GHz Turbo) (up to i9) i7-8750H (6C / 12T – 3.9 GHz Turbo) (up to i9)
Memory 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666 (32GB maximum, sold separately)
Network Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet 802.11ac, Dual Band, 1T/1R, Bluetooth 5.0
Internal Storage SSD 256GB solid state drive
HDD 1TB 5400RPM Hard drive
Graphics
  • NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics with Max-Q Design Technology
  • Up to 6GB GDDR5 video memory
Expansion Slots 1 x 2-in-1 SD / Micro Media card reader
Display
  • 15.6″ IPS FHD (1920×1080) or 4K UHD display
  • HDMI 2.0 for 60Hz 4K output
  • Anti-glare panels for wider range of environments
Ports and Connectors
  • 1 x HDMI (v2.0)
  • 3 x USB 3.1
  • Type-C TB3, 40 Gbps TB (Thunderbolt) and DP(DisplayPort)
  • Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 * 1
  • Noble Lock Security Slot * 1
  • Power/DC-in Jack * 1
  • 2-in-1 SD / Micro Media Card reader
Input Device
  • Standard full-size spill-resistant keyboard with numeric keypad
  • Blue Backlit
Camera Integrated Widescreen HD (720p) with Dual Array Digital Microphone
Power
  • 56Wh, 4-cell
  • Quick-charge battery, 25% in 15 minutes 180W AC Adapter (w/ GTX 1060)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 
  • Height: 0.98″ (24.95mm)
  • Width: 15.32″ (389mm)
  • Depth: 10.82″ (274.7mm)
Weight 5.82lb (2.63Kg*)
Price (Starting) $1079 USD

Configurations

Dell G7 7588 base model comes with Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB 2666MHz RAM that can be maximized to 32GB. There are two slots for RAM. There is no pre-installed SSD and only 1TB HDD is installed with 8GB Cache. The maxed out specs includes an i9-8950H processor with 16GB 2666MHz RAM and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD. It is first Intel processor out there with 6 cores and 12 threads for mega-tasking performance for the latest AAA games and VR.

Verdict: Dell G7 7588

Dell G7 7588 is suitable for routine tasks as well as hardcore gaming. The plastic build made is better than its variant G3 and Inspiron Gaming series. The chassis in the keyboard has been reinforced in a better and well-structured way to improve the gaming experience. The hinge is more stiff and robust and the panel has improved too. It comes with a new blue backlit and an option to upgrade to 4K display. But it still looks like a cheap Inspiron with an average battery life. It is recommended for hardcore gamers due to maxed out latest Intel Core processors and cheap price. The TechSeer will give it an 8.7 out of a solid 10.

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