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Dell's budget gaming laptop gets a facelift and a new name

A 17-inch model and a slim 15-inch profile debut in Dell's G series gaming laptops, nee Inspiron.

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Slim G3 15

The entry-level model in the series is thinner than ever, and adds blue backlighting to the formerly red-heavy color scheme. 

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Dell G3 15 connections

While slimmer than its Inspiron ancestor, the G3 retains the same decent set of connections. USB-C/Thunderbolt is an option on the G3, however.  

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G3 17

A new 17-inch size joins the lineup, though it's not as thin as the smaller model, it's still not bad.

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Blue backlight

Here it is in action.

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G gaps

The G5 and G7 don't have a full edge-to-edge hinge on the lid.

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Dell G5 and G7

Look at that profile.

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Dell G series badge

Dell tries to up the cool factor with a very un-Dell-like new badge. However, it does have a very Dell-like pattern on the inner surface.

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G5 and G7

The higher-end models keep the ventilation grilles in the back and front.

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Fingerprint sensor

For your secure login pleasure.

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Dell G7

A rim around the inside edge adds a little je ne sais quoi.

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There's that rim again.

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G5 and G7 back vent

It's exhausting.

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Ports

On the G5 and G7, the USB-C port is included, along with the Ethernet jack, USB 3.1 Type-A and SD card slot.

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Camera

It's at the top of the display rather than the bottom, the silly spot where Dell has been putting its cameras on the mainstream models.  

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Black is a new black

The G series gets a darker shade of not-pale.

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Numeric keypad

Yes, it is.

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New Command Center software

The updated Command Center for the Alienware systems has a surprisingly subdued design, but a lot more control over the settings for individual games.

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