Dell G7 7700 Gaming Laptop Review – Big RGB = Big Gains?
Mine has some fair specs for a gaming. Laptop Ive got RTX 2070 graphics, no Max Q here, but Dell do also sell it with max q or super options. So dont get confused. You can check out different hardware options and updated prices linked in the description.. The G7 is made out of aluminium and plastic. Its got a matte black finish, which isnt completely smooth its got a light. Texture feeling to it. Build quality seems fair, but I did find the front corners sharp feeling., My G7 weighed in at 6.5lb or under 3kg. Then, with the massive 240 watt power, brick and cables for charging were looking at 8.9lb or 4kg. Based on the measurements. It doesnt seem too large for a 17 inch machine, but it felt big to me. I dont know maybe 17 inch laptops just arent for me. Its not thick though, and has 7.5mm thin screen. Bezels. Mine has a 17.3 1080p 144Hz display, but theres no option of disabling Optimus, so no G, Sync. Ive measured the screen's average grey to grey response time at just under 8ms theres, a link in the description. If you need an explanation on these numbers. When we compare it against other panels, its in the similar sort of 7 to 8ms range, as many others tested. Dell advertise it at 9ms, so this seems fair. There is also an optional 300Hz panel, though so expect different results with that. Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 95 of sRGB 69 of NTSC 73 of AdobeRGB and 73 of DCI P3.
At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 332 nits in the center and with a 10201 contrast ratio, so decent results for a gaming, laptop. Backlight bleed wasnt great. The top and bottom spots were occasionally noticeable when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptops and panels.. As weve got the hinge in the middle of the lid, there was some flex when you go out of your way to move it. The keyboard itself. Didnt have much flex, but there was quite a bit just below it, but none of this was noticeable during normal everyday use. Theres, a 720p camera above the display in the middle, no Windows, Hello, support.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like. This is what it sounds like to type on the keyboard, and this is what it sounds like if we press the G key which will boost the fan speed.. So you can still hear me. Ok over the fan noise., The keyboard has 4 zones of RGB lighting with a few effects. Available. All keys and secondary key functions are illuminated and the keyboard was fine to type with a solid average experience heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The power button is found towards the top right corner and it doubles as a Fingerprint scanner., I didnt find it to work that well, it seemed to fail at reading my finger more often than not. Theres, also some air ventilation above the keyboard.
. The precision touchpad clicks down anywhere and feels great its super smooth and also on the larger side, compared to 15 inch options. No problems to note. The matte black finish does ok at hiding fingerprints and dirt as the texture isnt completely smooth, though it can be a little harder to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, the power input air vent, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A port and 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right from the front theres, a full size, SD card slot, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A port and air vent. On this side. Too. There are more exhausts on the back on the left and right then more IO from left to right. Weve also got a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port with Thunderbolt, 3 and DisplayPort support. It cannot be used to charge the machine followed by mini DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 outputs third, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A port and gigabit ethernet port facing upwards, so you can easily unplug without lifting the machine.. In my 2070 model, all three display outputs are wired directly to the Nvidia graphics and bypass optimus, but it sounds like this, and the port selection may vary based on the GPU. You select., When you open the lid. This back part also seems to fold in and out. Opening the lid also powers. The machine on which I think is a nice feature. Given chances. Are you want to use it when you do this, but you can disable it through BIOS.
. The front has an RGB light bar which can be controlled alongside the keyboard through the Alienware command center software.. Both the front bar and keyboard lighting turn off when the lid is closed and seem to time out. After about a minute, I didnt find an option of extending this in software or through BIOS.. The F7 key turns both the keyboard and front bar on or off brightness and speed are controlled through software.. Underneath has some air intake vents towards the back.. Getting inside was easy. Just remove 6 phillips head screws then undo the 2 down the front corners which dont come out of the panel. They instead raise it up for easy. Access. Inside weve got the big battery down the front instead of a 2.5 drive bay, two M.2 storage slots above it to the left two memory slots in the middle with dual channel memory and the WiFi 6 card to the right of that.. Note that up the back, only the left side is actually using the side vent to exhaust air. The right isnt utilized., The two 2 watt speakers are on the front towards the left and right sides.. I thought they sounded pretty good, definitely above average, with some bass. Loud enough at max volume, but the latencymon results werent looking good., The G7 is powered by a 6 Cell 97Wh battery Ive tested it with all RGB lighting off background, apps, disabled and screen at 50 brightness.. The results were quite good when compared against other laptops, especially considering the higher wattage GPU, so it must do a decent job at sticking with the iGPU.
, It lasted for about 8 hours in the YouTube playback test and 2 hours in the gaming test. Lets check out. Thermals next. The Alienware Command Center software lets you swap between four performance modes: quiet, cool, balanced and performance.. Youve also got the option of pressing the G key above the keyboard to the left, which enables high performance mode and increases fan. Speed.. None of these modes applied any overclocks to the GPU.. Undervolting was disabled with the latest BIOS and I didnt see a way of enabling it. The idle temperatures were good. With a 21 degree Celsius, room stress tests were done with Heaven, GPU test and Aida64 with CPU. Only checked while gaming was done with Watch Dogs 2.. The GPU was thermal throttling at 86 degrees celsius, which was happening in balanced and performance modes in either workload, while the CPU was also thermal throttling at 99 degrees, though this was removed by using the cooling, pad., Cool and quiet modes were much lower comparatively so youve Got some options.: These are the clock speeds. Seen from these same tests. In general, were looking at around 3.6GHz over all 6 cores on the processor, not too sure why balanced. While gaming was 3.9, it was also thermal throttling there. I think the CPU was boosting for a longer period than usual.. The GPU shown in the green bar was down when it was thermal throttling, then doing the best with the cooling pad.. These are the power levels reported by hardware info.
So, although the RTX 2070 isnt max q and can run up to the 115 watt power limit, I was only really seeing this when using the cooling pad it wasnt, sustainable, otherwise, in any of the modes due to CPU or GPU thermal throttling. Heres. How CPU only performance looks in the different modes, with the GPU now idle and heres? How the best case result stacks up against others. A decent score for the 10750H, though I still havent tested all that many yet and its lower when compared to 6 core Ryzen options. When idling the keyboard was around the usual 30 degrees Celsius, or so that I Typically see., With the stress tests running in quiet mode, its getting to the mid 40s in the middle cool mode is a little cooler as the fan speed increases, but clockspeeds remain the same. Balanced mode is warmer and now in the low 50s, then performance mode is Similar still cool wrist rest area, but the middle is starting to feel uncomfortable. Wasd was just warm though. Lets have a listen to fan noise.. It sounded silent to me when idling, then it got progressively louder stepping up through the different modes but wasnt as loud as most other gaming laptops when at maximum. Now lets check out how well this config of G7 performs in games and compare it with some other Laptops. In Battlefield 5 Ive got the G7 highlighted in red.. The results seem reasonable for a 115 watt, RTX 2070 when compared to others its about the same as the Eluktronics MAX 15, just below it granted with last gen CPU 10th gen.
Reviews of that are on the way., Its being beaten by the lower wattage Max Q option in the Lenovo 7i. Just above it, though, as that machine lets, you disable optimus a feature. The G7 does not offer.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings in the built in benchmark., Again its basically right on par with the Max 15 just below it, but can be beaten by smaller, Max Q machines granted. This is more of a CPU test, and many of those do have 8 core options either way, not quite as bad as the Scar III with same powered, GPU. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset., Not Too much has changed. The G7 is again slightly ahead of the Max 15 and Scar III by one to two frames, while the other options are still ahead., So I suppose somewhat average for a 2070 machine and not too bad just nothing really impressive either. Given the larger 17 inch size., If you want more results, Ive tested the G7 in 22 games at all. Setting levels check out the card in the top right corner or link in the video description.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review.
Videos at 4K and a lower time is better here, so the G7 is doing quite well compared to others, but at the same time, the Y540. With lower specs was only just behind., Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark, which also accounts for things like live playback rather than just export times.. In these tests a higher score is better, and the G7 is closer to the middle of the pack, but that lower spec Y540 is scoring the same.. The results were similar in Adobe Photoshop, though it was a little under the other 10750H laptop tested with a lower GPU, just above it, the MSI GL65.. The G7 moves up a few places in DaVinci Resolve, as this is more of a GPU focussed test, though it is being beat by other lower powered options with Ryzen processors. Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used Crystal disk mark to Test the storage and the 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD was ok, nothing impressive.. The SD card slot was on the slower side, but still preferable to not having one at all. The card. Doesnt click in and it sticks out a fair bit. For updated prices check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. The lower 1660 Ti config starts at 1450 USD while the config Ive tested. Here, though, with double the storage space is 1760 USD, then more for the Super option or 8 core CPU.
. The options are a bit different here in Australia were looking at under 3000 AUD when on sale for the config Ive tested.. With all of that in mind, lets conclude by summarising the good and bad aspects of the G7 gaming laptop to help you decide if its worthwhile. The front RGB light bar will of course come down to personal preference, but you can disable it if its, not your Thing., I thought it was a bit strange that there was no clear way of preventing the lighting from turning off when youre, not using it, though, as it automatically turns off after a minute.. Overall, build quality is decent, though there is some flex to both the screen and keyboard. If you go out of your way to look for it and the sharp front corners werent great., The performance in games is comparable to other. Similarly, specced gaming laptops, though, as we saw internal temperatures, could run quite hot, with both GPU and CPU thermal throttle limits being hit.. Like many other G series, laptops Dell have a high 100 degree thermal cap, which should offer more performance at the expense of heat, but I didnt really see the performance to be all that different to others. It performs how youd expect a 6 core i7 to perform. Maybe Ive just been spoiled by all the Ryzen options.. The screen was decent for a gaming, laptop good colour, gamut, brightness and contrast ratio and the response time wasnt too bad for a 144Hz panel either.
But you do also have that optional, 300Hz upgrade., The keyboard and touchpad were fine. The speakers were well above average and sounded good for a laptop. The IO selection was fairly decent, though a faster SD slot would be nice.. The fingerprint scanner wasnt great, but the battery life was very impressive for a machine of these specs.. All things considered, I think the G7 is a decent gaming. Laptop just expect high temperatures when youre loading it up in the highest performance modes. To be clear, Im talking average performance when compared to other machines with the same specs. The i7 and 2070 combination offer excellent performance in most cases, but, as we saw throttling, could prevent full performance of the 2070 in some instances.. Let me know what you thought about Dells new G7 gaming laptop down in the comments.