Dell has refreshed its range of gaming and productivity-oriented laptops with Intel’s new 8th Generation processors, and we’re here to tell you what we think about the two most exciting new models: the G5 15 and the XPS 15 9575.
Dell G5 15 vs XPS 15
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The designers of gaming laptops don’t have it easy. On the one hand, they have to appeal to hardcore gamers, who often want to stand out from the crowd and make it abundantly clear to everyone that they’re part of the gaming community. On the other hand, they must always strive to also please casual gamers looking for a versatile laptop to edit Excel spreadsheets during the day and score headshots at night.
The G5 15 strikes a perfect balance between being showy and practical. It’s available in multiple colors, with each color featuring matching accents. While fairly thick, the laptop doesn’t feel bulky at all because of its sharp angles and minimalistic design. If you take this laptop outside with you, the average observer won’t categorize you as a gamer, but your fellow gamers will know.
The XPS 15 is a sleek convertible designed with business users and demanding professionals in mind. It’s made of CNC machined aluminum and carbon fiber and features a beautiful edge-to-edge display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
As far as Windows laptops go, the XPS 15 is among the prettiest ones, but underneath its stylish exterior hide gaming-grade hardware components that put it in the same league as the G5 15. The main difference between the two laptops is their price. While the G5 15 can be yours for under $1000, the XPS 15 will cost you over $2,000.
Ports and Inputs
The G5 15 offers a respectable selection of ports, as a proper gaming laptop should. There is one headphone/mic jack, three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, including one with PowerShare, one USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port with support for 40 Gbps Thunderbolt and DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.0 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, a port for charging, and a 2-in-1 SD card reader.
Because the XPS 15 is considerably thinner than the G5 15, it comes with neither an Ethernet port nor a full-sized USB Type-A port, and not even an SD card reader. It does, however, come with two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port with support for 40 Gbps Thunderbolt and DisplayPort on each side, one Noble lock slot, a MicroSD card reader, and a dedicated headphone/mic jack.
In terms of input methods, the XPS 15 stands out with its MagLev keyboard, which uses magnets instead of metal springs or plastic domes to keep the keys in the normal position. The new technology allows Dell to make the keyboard 24 percent thinner without compromising the typing experience.
If you’re willing to pay about $1,000 extra, you can get the XPS 15 with a stunning 4K display. The G5 15 is only available with a 1080p display, probably because it wouldn’t make sense to offer a version with a higher resolution display considering how powerful the laptop is.
While the XPS 15 is similarly powerful as the G5 15, it’s likely that professional and business users will be fine with downscaling the 4K resolution to 1080p when playing games and will overlook any image artifacts it may cause.
Both the G5 15 and the XPS 15 ship with Intel’s 8th generation processors, but each with a different one. The G5 15 has the Intel Core i5-8300H, while the XPS 15 has the Intel Core i7-8705G. In terms of their raw processing power, the Intel Core i7-8705G has a lead over the Intel Core i5-8300H, but the difference between the two processors isn’t massive as they both have 8 logical cores and reach a Turbo Speed of over 4 GHz.
The G5 15 uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of video memory, whereas the XPS 15 uses the Radeon RX Vega 870 with 4GB HMB2 video memory. When measured using a graphics card benchmark, the difference between the two cards is roughly 30 percent in favor of NVIDIA, and it shows in games as well.
If high frame rates are your top priority, then a proper gaming laptop like the G5 15 will serve you great. But if gaming is just one of many things you want to do on your laptop, we’re confident that the XPS 15 will make you happy.
There’s a lot to like about Dell’s current line of gaming-ready laptops. For not much money, the G5 15 offers a whole lot of fun, and we can definitely see this laptop becoming one of the best-selling gaming laptops of 2018. The XPS 15 is like a businessperson with full-sleeve tattoos under their black suit, professional and exciting at the same time.