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Dell G5 15 SE (2020) Review Rundown

DellPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Good gaming performance for its price
  • OK battery life
  • Affordable for a gaming laptop
Cons**
  • Not very powerful
  • Limited options

Summary

Dell G5 15 SE (2020) is a great mainstream gaming laptop thanks to its wild CPU performance, awesome battery life, and bright 15.6-inch display. Powered by up to AMD Ryzen 9 4900H mobile processor and Radeon RX 5600M graphics, the G 15 SE 5505 can deliver higher performance in some games at an even lower price point.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
Dell's latest gaming laptop has a top-of-the-line 8-core processor and a 144Hz display. The base price is $900, but you can get cheaper Intel models for around $1,000. The screen showed a lot of backlight bleed at the top, which will vary from unit to unit. Dell updated the touchpad to a nicer model.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Num Lock

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Dell G5 SE is a great value compared to what you get from Nvidia for the same price. It's not the most powerful graphics card in the world, but it can handle most modern games. SmartShift uses AMD's Infinity Fabric on both ends to push more power to either the CPU or GPU as thermal headroom allows.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No G-Sync

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Dell G5 15 SE transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 6 minutes and 43 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark. Its 512GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in 12.4 seconds, translating to 410 megabytes per second. After it continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, its battery lasted 7 hours and 14 minutes.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K display
  • Strong CPU and GPU performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Chunky chassis
  • Mediocre speakers

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The new Dell G5 15 SE hits a lot of the marks you'd want for an entry-level gaming laptop. It doesn't feel cheap, delivers solid frame rates at full HD, includes plenty of ports, and has good battery life. The performance of gaming is thanks to AMD's chip, but the graphics performance isn't a chart-topper.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid 1080p gaming performance
  • Solid battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre build quality
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Dell G5 15 SE has a lot of power and puts in a competent performance when it comes to gaming on the higher end, even if it's not going to win the race. For non-graphics-intensive tasks, it really does shine. This is the first gaming laptop to feature AMD's SmartShift technology, which helps the laptop manage the power distribution. The laptop gets noticeably hot under strain, both on the underside and on hot spots around the keyboard.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Poor thermal performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Dell G5 15 SE has a 144Hz FreeSync display and a 51Wh battery. Its 15.6-inch 1080p VA display looks crisp and has great viewing angles. There are side-mounted speakers located near the rear of the keyboard. The trackpad, while it supports Windows Precision drivers for intuitive scrolling and gestures, is far too small.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • Poor trackpad

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The G5 15 SE packs Dell's Game Shift technology, which allows you to activate a special high-performance mode by hitting the “G Key” (or F7) When activated, Game Shift kicks the machine's fans into overdrive to keep the laptop cool during demanding gaming sessions. The G5's 512GB SSD copied about 5GB of files in 12.4 seconds, for a fairly quick transfer rate of 400 MBps.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
  • Colorful display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • RGB lighting
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre battery life

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Dell G5 15 SE is the first laptop with AMD's SmartShift technology, sharing power between the processor and graphics card. It runs hot, and the keyboard felt cheap against my fingers. The software preloaded on the G5 is a mix of useful utilities and extra bloat. For the money, you get strong performance, as well as battery life and a decent screen.
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Pros[**]
  • Strong performance
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Runs hot

References

1. ^ Dell G5 15 SE review: 1080p power for little more than peanuts. cnet. 2020-10-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Dell G5 SE gaming laptop review: Peak AMD. digitaltrends. 2020-06-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Dell G5 15 SE (2020) review. laptopmag. 2020-07-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Dell G5 15 SE (2020) Review. pcmag. 2020-05-29 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Dell G5 15 SE (2020) review. techradar. 2020-07-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Dell’s G5 15 SE is both an affordable and excellent gaming laptop. theverge. 2020-07-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Dell G5 15 SE (2020) review. tomsguide. 2020-05-31 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Dell G5 15 SE Review: AMD’s SmartShift Meets a Hot Potato. tomshardware. 2020-06-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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