Last week Dell announced some interesting new additions to its G-lineup. Headlining the announcement was a totally redesigned G7 gaming laptop as well as two new gaming monitors, an update to the G5 gaming PC and brand new Alienware mechanical keyboard.
This is in addition to the new Dell G5 adds to the family of exciting and affordable gaming machines for those who can’t afford the pricier Alienware counterparts but want the same Dell assurance of quality.
Dell G7 15/ 17 gaming laptop
For the G7 15/ 17, Dell went back to the drawing board to give the laptop a refreshing new design and powerful new Intel and NVIDIA processors. The G7 has a sleeker, sharper design that clearly shows its relation to the Alienware m15 and m17 laptops. Slimmer bezels, a solid hinge and an RGB light strip on the front of the chassis are the more obvious changes.
At 20.5mm, the new G7 is 4mm thinner than its predecessor. The screen bezels have also shrunk from 9.5mm to 6.5mm on the G7 15 and 8.16mm on the G7 17.
For internals, Dell is pairing the latest 10th Gen Intel Core CPU’s (including an option for the most powerful i9 variant) with NVIDIA GeForce cards ranging from GTX 1660Ti to RTX 2070 Super. Both variants of the G7 come with Full HD 1080p displays with the option of 144Hz or an absurdly fast 300Hz refresh option – is perfect for competitive gaming on the go.
The G7 is available now in Australia/ New Zealand for a starting price of $2,399AUD
G5 – the desktop not the laptop
You might be surprised to learn as I was that the G-line isn’t just about laptops but there’s a desktop too. The G5 is a compact desktop PC with 10th Gen Intel CPU’s and a choice between NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon RX 5600 graphics cards. The tower is designed for easy upgrades thanks to a tool-less entry.
The G5 has a very unique and distinctive front panel that has a staggered cross pattern with an angled RGB strip that’s fully customizable via the Alienware Command Center software. The G5 also comes with the option of a clear glass side panel so you can ogle at the components.
The new G5 will go on sale in Australia/ New Zealand from 21 July starting around $1,599AUD.
New Dell 27 Gaming monitors
Alongside the new PC’s, Dell has announced two brand new gaming monitors to compliment your hardware – the flat S2721DGF and the curved S2721HGF. The new monitors both come in the same size at 27-inches and have the ultra-thin three-sided bezels for the maximum display area. They both share the same OSD navigation with a rear-mounted joystick and short-cut buttons. Both monitors support AMD FreeSync Premium (Premium Pro for the HDR-enabled S2721DGF) and is also NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible so whether you are team green or team red, you’ll get the most out of it.
Where the two monitors diverge is the choice of panels.The S2721DGF flat gaming monitor has an IPS LCD with a Quad HD 1440p resolution running at a speedy 165Hz refresh with a 1ms response. The panel has a peak brightness of 400 nits which safely puts it in the VESA DisplayHDR 400 classification so you can enjoy some quality HDR gaming and content. Creators will appreciate the color accuracy of the panel – 98% DCI-P3 color space. The S2721DGF will sell for $899.99 AUD starting 28 July worldwide.
The curved S2721HGF has an FHD VA panel which means a much lower colour accuracy at 83% NTSC but is also substantially cheaper at $599AUD. The VA panel may be less colour accurate but with a stronger 3000:1 contrast ratio, it will likely look extremely punchy with better contrast between light and dark image areas. Surprisingly, this panel is slower than the IPS of the S2721DGF monitor. At only 144Hz with a 4ms response, this is odd since VA panels are often easier to get in much faster refresh than IPS panels. S2721HGF curved gaming monitor is available for $599.99 starting 21 August.
New Alienware gaming keyboard
And the good times keep rolling with a brand new AW410K Alienware RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This $329 AUD keyboard uses Cherry MX Brown switches for that tactile feedback without being noisy. The keys are full-height with a life span rating of 100 million keystrokes. The AW410K has fully programmable keys with per-key AlienFX RGB lighting.
And of course, it has staples like 100% anti-ghosting with NKRO, height adustability and USB passthrough.
The new keyboard goes on sale worldwide on August 4th.