Dell G7 17 RTX 2060 Gaming Laptop £1299 @ Dell
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Dell G7 17 RTX 2060 Gaming Laptop £1299 @ Dell

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One of the cheapest RTX 2060 laptops I've seen, hopefully get some good feedback if it's a good deal, I'm after a new laptop


Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop
NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX2060
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 8300H Processor (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
Windows 10 Home 64bit
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS 300-nits Display
8GB, 1x8GB, DDR4, 2400MHz
128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive (Boot) + 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" SATA Hard Drive (Storage)
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RickDoyle23 m ago

That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money. I know …That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money. I know the PS4 isn't the pinnacle of gaming prowess, but it's still a capable machine, even in 2019. Is this future proofed for several years, do you think?


Difficult to say. The PS4 doesn't have a screen. Also it doesn't have a battery. I think a better comparison might be with a Vauxhall Zafira, a second hand one will cost about six times this, but you can fit 7 people in it... But again, no screen. It's a minefield.
60hz screen - what is the point to have a powerfull gaming laptop with that refresh rate screen?
8gb ram in 2019? a joke
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bitcoin517 m ago

Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well …Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well worth the money, but I cannot understand, why they went to all this trouble, with the new 17" G7 and did not stick the UHD 4K panel in it!!! I have seen the i7 variant of this and it looks stunning and just flies, so should imagine for gamer's it will be heaven, the i5 is not far behind it and for a lot less, you get the same screen and 2060 gpu in this deal ;-)Are you a gamer or just want a decent fast laptop?


Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !?
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zebz0014 m ago

Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen ! …Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !? [Image]


I'm not sure how this myth gets around. Honestly if you compare two identical laptops side by side and one has a 4k panel it's a night and day difference.

Not that I'm actually that fussed about having 4k on a laptop screen, I'd rather have 1080p with a better battery life myself.
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Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well worth the money, but I cannot understand, why they went to all this trouble, with the new 17" G7 and did not stick the UHD 4K panel in it!!! I have seen the i7 variant of this and it looks stunning and just flies, so should imagine for gamer's it will be heaven, the i5 is not far behind it and for a lot less, you get the same screen and 2060 gpu in this deal ;-)

Are you a gamer or just want a decent fast laptop?
bitcoin53 m ago

Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well …Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well worth the money, but I cannot understand, why they went to all this trouble, with the new 17" G7 and did not stick the UHD 4K panel in it!!! I have seen the i7 variant of this and it looks stunning and just flies, so should imagine for gamer's it will be heaven, the i5 is not far behind it and for a lot less, you get the same screen and 2060 gpu in this deal ;-)Are you a gamer or just want a decent fast laptop?


I'm a gamer, I had the 1060gtx Hp Omen, but I couldn't get the temps down to what I was happy with, sent it back for a refund and am now looking for something new
GAMMO12 m ago

I'm a gamer, I had the 1060gtx Hp Omen, but I couldn't get the temps down …I'm a gamer, I had the 1060gtx Hp Omen, but I couldn't get the temps down to what I was happy with, sent it back for a refund and am now looking for something new



Dells in general are not good with heat, but the new Alienware M15 and M17 are supposed to have made a breakthrough in the heat department. Unfortunately they are rather expensive at the moment compared to the more budget friendly gaming laptops.
60hz screen - what is the point to have a powerfull gaming laptop with that refresh rate screen?
8gb ram in 2019? a joke
cold
bitcoin517 m ago

Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well …Lovely, lovely bit of kit, for the money, the build and the card, well worth the money, but I cannot understand, why they went to all this trouble, with the new 17" G7 and did not stick the UHD 4K panel in it!!! I have seen the i7 variant of this and it looks stunning and just flies, so should imagine for gamer's it will be heaven, the i5 is not far behind it and for a lot less, you get the same screen and 2060 gpu in this deal ;-)Are you a gamer or just want a decent fast laptop?


Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !?
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GAMMO14 m ago

I'm a gamer, I had the 1060gtx Hp Omen, but I couldn't get the temps down …I'm a gamer, I had the 1060gtx Hp Omen, but I couldn't get the temps down to what I was happy with, sent it back for a refund and am now looking for something new


Well if you had that and took it back, you will need to spend a bit more, the chip in the HP blows this out of the water!

How about the new, as in new Y740 with the 2070 or even the 2080 in it, yes they are more, but other than alien wear ones, not a lot to choose from, personally, would not spend £1500-2000 on a laptop top, unless its top of the shout cpu and a real UHD, not 4k screen in it...

Is your budget the same as the 15" Omen you had?
dasBOT1 m ago

60hz screen - what is the point to have a powerfull gaming laptop with …60hz screen - what is the point to have a powerfull gaming laptop with that refresh rate screen?8gb ram in 2019? a jokecold


CPU bottleneck as well with a gpu like that
bitcoin53 m ago

Well if you had that and took it back, you will need to spend a bit more, …Well if you had that and took it back, you will need to spend a bit more, the chip in the HP blows this out of the water!How about the new, as in new Y740 with the 2070 or even the 2080 in it, yes they are more, but other than alien wear ones, not a lot to choose from, personally, would not spend £1500-2000 on a laptop top, unless its top of the shout cpu and a real UHD, not 4k screen in it...Is your budget the same as the 15" Omen you had?


Yeah, I got the omen for £1124 after a 10% discount, I can get this with a 10% discount through a scheme I'm in, didn't really want to spend much more than £1200 tbh
zebz0014 m ago

Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen ! …Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !? [Image]


I'm not sure how this myth gets around. Honestly if you compare two identical laptops side by side and one has a 4k panel it's a night and day difference.

Not that I'm actually that fussed about having 4k on a laptop screen, I'd rather have 1080p with a better battery life myself.
zebz0015 m ago

Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen ! …Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !? [Image]


Well I would not know, I have a 55" UHD monitor, connected to a 17" UHD Titan in front of me and they both look fine and a lot clearer than any other res, than a rubbish chart tells me they do up close!!!
GAMMO3 m ago

Yeah, I got the omen for £1124 after a 10% discount, I can get this with a …Yeah, I got the omen for £1124 after a 10% discount, I can get this with a 10% discount through a scheme I'm in, didn't really want to spend much more than £1200 tbh


Great price, well if its the same price you are spending, then the Dell is your moneys worth, if you can stump up the extra, would get the i7 variant, as you will not be happy with the i5 after the power of the omen!
bitcoin52 m ago

Great price, well if its the same price you are spending, then the Dell is …Great price, well if its the same price you are spending, then the Dell is your moneys worth, if you can stump up the extra, would get the i7 variant, as you will not be happy with the i5 after the power of the omen!


I totally agree 🏻
How does a Predator Helios compare to this?
With that cpu, 8gb RAM and 1080p 60Hz the 2060 is basically in this for marketing as it’s not going to get fully utilised.
zebz00144 m ago

Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen ! …Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !? [Image]



Have to say. I can tell the difference between 1080p and 4K panels both at a resolution of 1080p on 13.3 / 15.6 / 17.3 screens. 1080p 100% and 4K 200%. My eyesight isn't the best either. Maybe its Windows 10 rendering? But certainly 1080p is no where near as smooth as a 4K screen.
Edited by: "SteamyWee" 2nd Feb
Wow, great price! Wasn't expecting 2060 laptops to come in under £1500.
Chuck in another 8gb if you really have to.
There's still 1060 laptops costing this and even with an i7 this will be far quicker.
That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money.

I know the PS4 isn't the pinnacle of gaming prowess, but it's still a capable machine, even in 2019.

Is this future proofed for several years, do you think?
RickDoyle23 m ago

That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money. I know …That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money. I know the PS4 isn't the pinnacle of gaming prowess, but it's still a capable machine, even in 2019. Is this future proofed for several years, do you think?


Difficult to say. The PS4 doesn't have a screen. Also it doesn't have a battery. I think a better comparison might be with a Vauxhall Zafira, a second hand one will cost about six times this, but you can fit 7 people in it... But again, no screen. It's a minefield.
Josh.Rogan5 m ago

Difficult to say. The PS4 doesn't have a screen. Also it doesn't have a …Difficult to say. The PS4 doesn't have a screen. Also it doesn't have a battery. I think a better comparison might be with a Vauxhall Zafira, a second hand one will cost about six times this, but you can fit 7 people in it... But again, no screen. It's a minefield.


Can I have a glass of what you've been drinking please?
dasBOT1 h, 40 m ago

60hz screen - what is the point to have a powerfull gaming laptop with …60hz screen - what is the point to have a powerfull gaming laptop with that refresh rate screen?8gb ram in 2019? a jokecold


You think a 'powerful gaming laptop' is going to reliably get over 60FPS even at 1080p? 60hz is fine, particularly as it's G-Sync
Edited by: "khamito" 2nd Feb
RickDoyle36 m ago

That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money. I know …That's like six times the price of a PS4. That's a lot of money. I know the PS4 isn't the pinnacle of gaming prowess, but it's still a capable machine, even in 2019. Is this future proofed for several years, do you think?


I imagine this will be capable of playing any game released over the next few years at 60fps at pretty much max settings (bar the pointless ray tracing) at 1080. May need another 8gb at some point, but every current game will do 60fps, even with 8gb (and you're not simultaneously streaming, hosting virtual machines and performing an index rebuild on a 300gb database.
jaydeeuk16 m ago

I imagine this will be capable of playing any game released over the next …I imagine this will be capable of playing any game released over the next few years at 60fps at pretty much max settings (bar the pointless ray tracing) at 1080. May need another 8gb at some point, but every current game will do 60fps, even with 8gb (and you're not simultaneously streaming, hosting virtual machines and performing an index rebuild on a 300gb database.


Thanks for replying, but I didn't understand much of that.

If anyone wants me, I'll be in the PS4 deals enjoying only having to contend with the technicalities of a power cable, HDMI cable and external HDD.
RickDoyle6 m ago

Thanks for replying, but I didn't understand much of that. If anyone wants …Thanks for replying, but I didn't understand much of that. If anyone wants me, I'll be in the PS4 deals enjoying only having to contend with the technicalities of a power cable, HDMI cable and external HDD.


you asked for it rick,they are ultra knowledgeable on here.in all departments
I fail to see the thirst for 4K on diddy 17 inch screens. Yes you can tell the difference on such a small screen because you are close to it, yes I would prefer maybe 1440p at 17 inches but truth is 4K is demanding at the best of times.....for a top end desktop PC. None of these laptops are going to be able to achieve high settings in 4K on most modern games and maintain 60FPS. Let alone games coming out in the next couple of years.

It's personal preference I understand that. But for me 1080 locked 60FPS with maxed out settings is very nice. 4K/30 with lowered settings- not so much. Despite having a nice new generation GPU the latter is the most common scenario at 4K for an RTX2060 mobile machine.

Take the 1080p with all the bells and whistles at rock solid framerates and love it. Native 4K can (and should) wait another generation for laptop gaming.
zebz0012 h, 29 m ago

Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen ! …Maybe because your eyes won’t notice the difference on such small screen !? [Image]


Depends on your vision. Having done a blind test on the 4k panel on an xps 9570, with 200% scaling and turning it to 1080p, I could tell the difference instantly 5/5 times sat just over a foot away.

If not for gaming, UHD are better for just general use. On a 15 inch screen I'd scale to 150 and have more screen real estate.
Edited by: "gm89uk" 3rd Feb
Don't see what the issue is with the CPU or the RAM? My desktop has an i7-4770K , 8GB RAM and a GTX1080. I can run any game at decent frame rates on my 1440p Monitor. The i58300h is near enough the same power as my ageing CPU but the RTX2060 mobile isn't as powerful as my graphics card. If i can run any game fine at 1440p (or my Samsung Odyssey VR) why shouldn't this laptop be fine at 1080p 60htz? Voted hot by the way as this is a cracking deal, brand new model, better than a 1070 for just £1299.

If anyone believes the excellent i5 8300 isn't strong enough Dell offer this model with the i7-8750H for £1449.00.
Edited by: "Azwipe" 3rd Feb
vulcanproject6 h, 42 m ago

I fail to see the thirst for 4K on diddy 17 inch screens. Yes you can tell …I fail to see the thirst for 4K on diddy 17 inch screens. Yes you can tell the difference on such a small screen because you are close to it, yes I would prefer maybe 1440p at 17 inches but truth is 4K is demanding at the best of times.....for a top end desktop PC. None of these laptops are going to be able to achieve high settings in 4K on most modern games and maintain 60FPS. Let alone games coming out in the next couple of years.It's personal preference I understand that. But for me 1080 locked 60FPS with maxed out settings is very nice. 4K/30 with lowered settings- not so much. Despite having a nice new generation GPU the latter is the most common scenario at 4K for an RTX2060 mobile machine.Take the 1080p with all the bells and whistles at rock solid framerates and love it. Native 4K can (and should) wait another generation for laptop gaming.


But people don't just buy a gaming laptop for gaming. They will do other things on it as well and a 4k screen is vastly better for everything else in terms of real estate and visual clarity. You also have the choice then if you want to knock the resolution down to 1080p when you play games, which is always an option on pc.

Personally though, it looks like you're sacrificing everything here to get the 2060. Weaker processor, screen and ram for a better card? Not for me. Though maybe if you're a gamer that needs portability this would be your thing?
khamito4 h, 41 m ago

You think a 'powerful gaming laptop' is going to reliably get over 60FPS …You think a 'powerful gaming laptop' is going to reliably get over 60FPS even at 1080p? 60hz is fine, particularly as it's G-Sync


Lol you seriously need to read what you've said over and over again.
Josh.Rogan8 h, 1 m ago

Difficult to say. The PS4 doesn't have a screen. Also it doesn't have a …Difficult to say. The PS4 doesn't have a screen. Also it doesn't have a battery. I think a better comparison might be with a Vauxhall Zafira, a second hand one will cost about six times this, but you can fit 7 people in it... But again, no screen. It's a minefield.


How much RAM is in a Zafira?
Watch out they don't just send the screen
why on earth would something like this only have 8gb of ram
bitcoin511 h, 46 m ago

Well I would not know, I have a 55" UHD monitor, connected to a 17" UHD …Well I would not know, I have a 55" UHD monitor, connected to a 17" UHD Titan in front of me and they both look fine and a lot clearer than any other res, than a rubbish chart tells me they do up close!!!


Very true, all true resolution snobs know that if you were serious it would have been in an excel sheet. No one can argue with an excel sheet.
kamikazilucas2 h, 3 m ago

why on earth would something like this only have 8gb of ram


Because as a gaming laptop it only needs 8gb of RAM. My PC runs games at 1440p and a 2880x1600 Samsung Odyssey VR with 8gb of RAM. If you need more for some reason it's simple enough to upgrade.
Bought my Asus 17" in Dec 2016 for £1100 and that came with i7 6700hq 16gb ram gtx 1060 6GB. This has got to be the closest thing for the 20 series two years on so I'll give it heat considering the 2060 compares to the 1070-1080, not that that I'll be changing anytime soon

For pure gaming 8GB is fine, 16GB is more for running things whilst gaming or debugging with Visual Studio like I do or content creating.

Surely you can chuck another 8GB stick in at a later point if RAM is such a big concern for everybody.
Edited by: "rizydude" 3rd Feb
rizydude44 m ago

Bought my Asus 17" in Dec 2016 for £1100 and that came with i7 6700hq 16gb …Bought my Asus 17" in Dec 2016 for £1100 and that came with i7 6700hq 16gb ram gtx 1060 6GB. This has got to be the closest thing for the 20 series two years on so I'll give it heat considering the 2060 compares to the 1070-1080, not that that I'll be changing anytime soon For pure gaming 8GB is fine, 16GB is more for running things whilst gaming or debugging with Visual Studio like I do or content creating.Surely you can chuck another 8GB stick in at a later point if RAM is such a big concern for everybody.


mobile rtx 2060 is not the same as desktop version. laptop rtx 2060 is a bit slower then gtx 1070 in games ... miles behind gtx 1080
for esport games and older games 8gb is fine but for new AAA titles it is a limitation.
johnw846 h, 3 m ago

But people don't just buy a gaming laptop for gaming. They will do other …But people don't just buy a gaming laptop for gaming. They will do other things on it as well and a 4k screen is vastly better for everything else in terms of real estate and visual clarity. You also have the choice then if you want to knock the resolution down to 1080p when you play games, which is always an option on pc. Personally though, it looks like you're sacrificing everything here to get the 2060. Weaker processor, screen and ram for a better card? Not for me. Though maybe if you're a gamer that needs portability this would be your thing?


First problem is people think 4K is the be all and end all. That it miraculously makes everything better. It doesn't. A quality FHD display is way more preferable than a cheap 4K panel. For example when gaming at 1080p on a 4K screen this close the upscaling is very ugly. You are trading off a lot of visual fidelity for multi tasking. You spent all that money on a gaming laptop and everything you play is massively upscaled and blurry.

I also get what you're trying to say about using it besides gaming, but in practice you don't get 'more real estate'. Long experience with 1440p screens of this size tells me this never mind the machines I used with 4K screens. Many old reliable apps have issues with the GUI scaling, you have to scale it rather a lot for it to be usable with the track pad on the go. Even with a mouse the screen DPI is so high that you are working in tiny zones if are trying to multitask. 200+ percent screen scaling is basically the norm. This especially applies if you don't have perfect vision and want to avoid eye strain!

So you get more real estate to work with practically on a 32 inch 4K screen, not a 17 inch one.

The screen is simply too small for the resolution to be that usable, 4K screen and powerful GPU hugely sapping on battery. Ultimately you have to make a compromise, and if you are buying a gaming laptop then you are better off with a 1080p screen and going with the frame rates and unscaled games. 1080p is hardly a handicap to the kind of work the majority of people might do, they were probably using less resolution on a windows laptop just 5 years ago!

If you're buying something to occasionally game but do a lot of work on as you suggest, then you probably shouldn't be buying a laptop like this.
Thanks for this, can also get 10% student discount for anyone with access to a student email address I’m between the i7 16GB G7 at £1370 and the Alienware m15 with similar specs but just a 256ssd and no option for a hdd (around £200 more after discount - G7 has ssd and 1tb hdd). Any advice on main differences and whether it’s worth the extra?
vulcanproject1 h, 6 m ago

First problem is people think 4K is the be all and end all. That it …First problem is people think 4K is the be all and end all. That it miraculously makes everything better. It doesn't. A quality FHD display is way more preferable than a cheap 4K panel. For example when gaming at 1080p on a 4K screen this close the upscaling is very ugly. You are trading off a lot of visual fidelity for multi tasking. You spent all that money on a gaming laptop and everything you play is massively upscaled and blurry.I also get what you're trying to say about using it besides gaming, but in practice you don't get 'more real estate'. Long experience with 1440p screens of this size tells me this never mind the machines I used with 4K screens. Many old reliable apps have issues with the GUI scaling, you have to scale it rather a lot for it to be usable with the track pad on the go. Even with a mouse the screen DPI is so high that you are working in tiny zones if are trying to multitask. 200+ percent screen scaling is basically the norm. This especially applies if you don't have perfect vision and want to avoid eye strain!So you get more real estate to work with practically on a 32 inch 4K screen, not a 17 inch one.The screen is simply too small for the resolution to be that usable, 4K screen and powerful GPU hugely sapping on battery. Ultimately you have to make a compromise, and if you are buying a gaming laptop then you are better off with a 1080p screen and going with the frame rates and unscaled games. 1080p is hardly a handicap to the kind of work the majority of people might do, they were probably using less resolution on a windows laptop just 5 years ago! If you're buying something to occasionally game but do a lot of work on as you suggest, then you probably shouldn't be buying a laptop like this.


Totally disagree with the 200% scaling. I use 125% when I had a 4k laptop screen. Now have the surface book and I use it at native. I have good vision admittedly (for now!), but there is a marked difference between 1080p at this screen size and 4k scaled to look like 1080p. If you're into photo editing or video editing too, it makes a massive difference. Your situation might be different but 1080p is going to be limited for quite a lot of people. 5 years ago I was using a 1080p laptop and I always hated the lack of screen space. The surface book nailed the perfect balance for me and I imagine a lot of other people.

However I do agree that for a gaming only laptop 1080p probably makes more sense providing you never use it for anything media productivity wise. I'd be seeing the pixels all over it though, when using for anything but games.
johnw8411 m ago

Totally disagree with the 200% scaling. I use 125% when I had a 4k laptop …Totally disagree with the 200% scaling. I use 125% when I had a 4k laptop screen. Now have the surface book and I use it at native. I have good vision admittedly (for now!), but there is a marked difference between 1080p at this screen size and 4k scaled to look like 1080p. If you're into photo editing or video editing too, it makes a massive difference. Your situation might be different but 1080p is going to be limited for quite a lot of people. 5 years ago I was using a 1080p laptop and I always hated the lack of screen space. The surface book nailed the perfect balance for me and I imagine a lot of other people. However I do agree that for a gaming only laptop 1080p probably makes more sense providing you never use it for anything media productivity wise. I'd be seeing the pixels all over it though, when using for anything but games.


Quite a bit of software has problems with scaling. Windows does not do GUI scaling at all well, and a raft of software is not well adjusted for it at this level since 4K screens connected to a PC is still rather new. The experience is kind of unpolished. Even later revisions of stuff like Photoshop CC have a fixed UI scaling option of 200 percent in the settings for when you use it on a 4K display. You might use 125 percent for a 4K on a 17 inch screen but I would say you are in a tiny minority! That's way too small for such a little screen. You must have either eagle eyes working for more than an hour with that or a nose short enough to press to the screen. I have neither.

I don't believe this machine is a good choice for a 4K screen as a gaming laptop. I get why a few people will go on about it, because it's HUKD and they don't really understand the practicalities of actually using a laptop like that or the trade offs you have to make.
ritchiedrama9 h, 53 m ago

Lol you seriously need to read what you've said over and over again.


Lol you seriously need to read what you've said over and over again.

The mobile rtx 2060 is running at 33% lower core speed and half the TDP of the desktop version, it's going to be thermal throttling and isn't going to be getting much over 60fps in modern games at high detail. It might not even get 60fps if the thermal throttling is bad. There is no point in a 144hz screen in a gaming laptop if the laptop will struggle to get much over 60fps.

It should be slightly superior than the desktop 1060 if it doesn't thermal throttle, which makes it solidly a 60fps 1080p graphics card.
Edited by: "khamito" 3rd Feb
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