Surely you heard about American Alienware. Once under the wing of this company created one of the first gaming laptops. In 2006, ten years after its founding, Alienware was bought by Dell and acquired the status of a subsidiary, retaining the brand and relative independence. The irony is that over time, “alien products” got into the big leagues and received corresponding prices. Dell has taken over the market for more budget solutions. So there were Dell G-series laptops.
My acquaintance with the Dell G5 5587 began with a box of plain brown cardboard. Inside, a weighty laptop (2.6 kg) and a 180-watt power supply.
It seems that when the company's engineers were asked to develop a bright design for the gaming laptop, they understood the task literally. They coped with the task! The red cover of the G5 5587 is striking from afar. For lovers of the classics, this model is also sold in discreet white and black colors.
Despite the angular appearance, the laptop is designed quite successfully and, in some aspects, even practical. For example, the power button is recessed, which eliminates accidental clicks. The Dell G5 5587 offers a little more than universal USB 3.0 alone: a full-sized port for an Internet cable, card reader, HDMI 2.0, and, of course, minijack.
Not without one strange constructive solution. The manufacturer left one LED indicator on the front of the laptop. Usually, the LED indicates the state of the built-in battery, and after pressing Fn + H, it starts flashing when the OS accesses the hard drive. Interesting.
The body materials, plastic and metal, for inspection turned out to be small and durable, but the protrusions and faces can collect a lot of scratches when not used properly. We note a small backlash of the touch panel and if not for this, the touchpad could be unambiguously praised - it has a large area and is shifted to the left, under the thumb of the left hand, which is convenient.
The layout of the keyboard unit, in general, is standard, only Enter is highlighted in the form. Despite the reduced size of the keys, especially the functional ones, typing on the Dell G5 5587 is convenient. Short stroke of keys contributes to this. Built-in backlight with two gradations of brightness is almost indistinguishable during the day, but at dusk and in complete darkness it is certainly useful.
Usually I find out the exact configuration of the computer from the manual or from the manufacturer’s website, but you can’t help but look at the components with your own eyes, when everything that separates access to them is the only screw with a cross hat.
The laptop cooling system consists of two heat pipes and two fans, one for each processor - Intel Core i7-8750H and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics card.
Dell G5 5587 costs a lot of passive cooling for a long time and does not make noise beyond measure with an average load, but after warming up during a benchmark or game, it reaches full speed, about 40 dB.
Sound. The built-in speakers play loudly and without falsity, but they do not convey the depth of the bass, replacing them with medium frequencies.
If the processor and video card cannot be replaced, then the Dell G5 5587 RAM (16 GB DDR 4), 256 GB SSD, 1 TB hard disk, battery and even a radio module can be easily dismantled by a person without any experience in handling electronics. Such ease of disassembly is welcome.
In the configuration that fell into my hands, the Dell G5 5587 scores a lot of “parrots” in benchmarks and produces a high frame rate in most game tests. With it, you don’t have to think about whether a new game will start, the only question is the quality of the graphics and frame rate.
Perfectly optimized for maximum audience reach, World of Tanks on the Dell G5 5587 works predictably without any problems at around 90 frames per second with the best graphics possible. Similarly, the laptop behaves in the gorgeous Alien: Isolation.
The pair of Intel Core i7-8750H and GeForce GTX 1060 becomes more complicated where increased processor performance is required, for example, to calculate the behavior of a large number of NPCs, as in HITMAN (about 60 FPS at maximum settings) or whole armies, as in Total War: Warhammer II (19 FPS - at maximum, about 60 FPS - at medium).
The competitive game about the brutal battles of samurai, Vikings and knights - For Honor works fine on the Dell G5 5587 until you turn on the excess anti-aliasing sample, while DOOM on ultras basically holds 60 FPS, but sometimes freezes for a moment or two . Thus, with a direct comparison, the Dell G5 5587 is not inferior to competitors from the same weight category and is even comparable in performance with more expensive gaming laptops.
With a 56 Wh battery, the Dell G5 5587 was tough. In the role of a device for printing, web surfing or reading, he can work on a single charge for a whole working day. A full battery charge is enough to view a couple of three-hour blockbusters, but satisfying the appetites of the GeForce GTX 1060 at full load is noticeably more difficult and you can play no more than on other gaming laptops - about three hours.
15.6 ”IPS-matrix looks adequate. Resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, stable colors, high color accuracy, weak glou effect, wide viewing angles - undoubted advantages. Alas, the color gamut is limited, the brightness and contrast could be higher.
For a device whose main purpose is to work with multimedia content, an understated gamma is a drawback. For example, with such a screen it will be uncomfortable to play stealth actions (the same Alien: Isolation) and other games with dark locations, watch horror and noir detectives.
After all the tests, the Dell G5 5587 seems to be a worthy choice for a practical buyer. Yes, there are some questions to the screen, on the other hand, we get a successful design, a long battery life and a powerful hardware configuration.
Final rating: 8 out of 10.Related materials: