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Dell's Latest Budget Gaming Laptops Are Surprisingly Exciting

With the latest Intel, AMD and Nvidia chips, Dell's G series is breathing new life into budget gaming laptops.

Joshua Goldman Managing Editor / Advice
Managing Editor Josh Goldman is a laptop expert and has been writing about and reviewing them since built-in Wi-Fi was an optional feature. He also covers almost anything connected to a PC, including keyboards, mice, USB-C docks and PC gaming accessories. In addition, he writes about cameras, including action cams and drones. And while he doesn't consider himself a gamer, he spends entirely too much time playing them.
Expertise Laptops, desktops and computer and PC gaming accessories including keyboards, mice and controllers, cameras, action cameras and drones Credentials
  • More than two decades experience writing about PCs and accessories, and 15 years writing about cameras of all kinds.
Joshua Goldman
2 min read
Dell G15 and G16 Gaming Laptops open and on a white table.

The 2023 G15 in pop purple with a neo mint thermal shelf.

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Entry-level gaming laptops aren't typically exciting to look at or use. Dell's G series has been an exception over the last several years as these models moved closer to being like lower-end Alienware laptops, Dell's premium gaming brand. But at CES 2023, Dell showed off redesigns that give the laptops a look all of their own. 

Read more: The Wonders of CES 2023: 3D Laptops, Wireless TV and Shape-Shifting Screens

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The new G15 and 16-inch G16 have chunky, angular bodies with two-tone designs. The G15 features a choice of a 15.6-inch 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution with a 120-hertz refresh rate and 250-nit brightness or 165Hz with sRGB 100% color coverage and 300-nit brightness. The 16-inch G16 changes to a 16:10 aspect ratio with a 2,560x1,600 resolution and either a 165Hz (100% sRGB) display panel or an optional 240Hz (100% DCI-P3) display.

The G15 in purple and G15 in white on a white table.
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The laptops will be available with a range of Intel 13th-gen Core processors up to the i9-13900HX, up to 32GB of memory and up to 2TB PCIe NVMe solid-state storage. AMD processors will be available also and you'll be able to upgrade memory and SSDs on your own, too. The laptops will also ship with next-gen Nvidia RTX graphics but there's no word just yet on which chips will land in which model.   

The cooling system is improved, too, with a vapor chamber and thermal interface inspired by those used in the higher-end Alienware gaming laptops.   

The right side of the 2023 Dell G16 gaming laptop on a white table.
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Outside of screen size, the distinguishing feature between the two models comes down to more subtle features. Those include wired and wireless connectivity, port assortment and keyboard backlighting options. With the G16 you can even choose a Cherry MX mechanical keyboard.  

Dell G15 and G16 Gaming Laptops' keyboard on a white table.
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Dell's G series is already a favorite of ours, and the new designs only add to its likability. These are gaming laptop you'll want to buy, not just ones you'll only choose because of the price. They're something all their own, and not just cut-rate versions of Alienware models. 

The new models are expected in the spring, with the Dell G15 starting at approximately $849 and the G16 starting around $1,499, No word on UK or Australia availability and pricing but the price for the G15 converts to approximately £705 or AU$1,250.