I’d like to be able to play games wherever I go — provided some stable internet connection. I’d also like to have enough power to afford a device that allows me to do so. But in this world we live in, gaming laptops are things that are just out of our reach. Still, it shouldn’t stop us from trying to save up for them.
One such device is the Dell G7 15, a seemingly compact yet powerful gaming machine. The biggest and most powerful member of the Dell G series certainly brings a lot to the table. Performance and portability are its biggest selling points, especially for the on-the-go gamer. But does it really make the cut?
Let’s find out more about the Dell G7 15.
It comes in a slimmer metal finish compared to previous Dell gaming laptops
It has an NVIDIA RTX 2060 inside for unrivaled gaming performance
Ports for power, connectivity, and storage are placed at the back
It also has a customizable RGB-backlit keyboard
Hefty performance all around
Don’t let the slimmer body fool you; the Dell G7 packs a pretty hefty package. It comes with a 9th generation Intel i7 processor inside, a staple across gaming devices. I got around to doing research, Excel spreadsheets, and some video editing with this device. This, along with 16GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD inside, and you get that kind of speed and power.
Applications load fast, and I almost experienced no lags in trying to do multiple things at once. I even tried loading almost 30 tabs of Google Chrome, while doing some light video editing on Premiere Pro. This device simply does not have the word “lag” in its dictionary as even the most stressful situations keep it going.
Fiery gaming performance
I already knew what I’m getting with an RTX 2060 inside any gaming machine. True enough, my expectations for the highly touted gaming card were met when I tried it on this device. Gaming on this device felt like a visual experience that seemed too real. Color grading for games on the RTX 2060, to me almost comes close to the true colors of objects.
Colors aside, gaming performance with the RTX 2060 was phenomenal. I literally did not experience any lag with all the games I tried on this device, from AAA games to those that require little graphical power. Also, I noticed that visually, nothing was sacrificed for all the power it wields — which is the ideal situation anyway.
Of course, there’s always a caveat to nice things like ultra-powerful gaming performance. Like most gaming machines, this thing gets pretty damn hot when you play for too long. I personally felt uncomfortable after playing for three hours around the WASD keys. That specific part of the keyboard felt like a frying pan, possibly telling me to take a break from playing Fortnite.
Charging up so quick, it makes you play more
Now, obviously gaming laptops have historically low battery lives. Playing on the Dell G7 for the recommended three hours already drained its entire battery so much. When I wasn’t fully using this device for gaming, I got about four to five and a half hours worth of usage before a full drain. These numbers, honestly don’t provide much in terms of long-lasting performance.
One silver lining to it all is that the device comes with a 60Wh battery that supports quick charging. And that’s not just from the proprietary charging port at the back; even the USB Type-C port to its side allows you to charge the device. The device reached close to 30% within 20 minutes, which is pretty decent compared to the other devices out there.
Of course, the charging brick that comes with the device isn’t so light. Figuratively, this 180W charger packs the necessary juice to supercharge the device. Quite literally, its weight didn’t bother me as much, and I’ve felt heavier chargers in the past.
The cooling system that’s a little too hot at times
With all that power inside, you need a cooling system that settles everything inside. The Dell G7 has powerful fans inside that basically push all the hot air out. I thought it was a good touch that the Alienware Command Center allows you to control those fans. But, there were a couple of things that bothered me with this cooling system.
First off, in the times I didn’t play games, the fans somehow throttle out of the blue. I don’t know if that’s how these fans work, but I would be deeply concerned if upon startup the fans start to throttle. Second, the fans do take time to throttle when you start playing games, which limits performance overall.
Finally, even while the fans are able to push hot air out, it takes a while for the device to cool down. I get it, you have to be patient — especially when you’re gaming nonstop for three hours. But it wouldn’t hurt for the device to cool down a little faster than that. It’s things like this, along with the fans being loud that leaves you scratching your head a little bit.
Is this your GagdetMatch?
Starting at Php 113,990, the Dell G7 just proves to be one hefty machine. Great performance is already expected from this device, and it surely did not disappoint. This gaming machine comes in a package that just screams power, and I would surely recommend this device to most on-the-go gamers out there.
Of course, it’s simply not perfect. This device does not simply last long enough for you to game full time. Apart from that, it gets pretty damn hot when you play for too long. Even with a quick-charging port and an two-fan cooling system, these simply are not enough.
But you get past that, and the Dell G7 truly serves up one game-ready device. While it is one hefty price tag, the investment looks very promising.
ASUS ROG Strix G review: Power that’s just ice cool
Looks pretty damn good in Glacier Blue
I normally get gaming laptops in some matte black finish. Something about that color screams “gamer” to me, especially with its subdued vibe. Getting it in any other color just draws too much attention, especially when you want to game in peace.
Then I turn to the ASUS ROG Strix G G531, and no the “G” does not stand for “Glacier Blue. It comes in two colors: the usual black finish and a special Glacier Blue variant — which I have. Let’s face it, underneath this icy cold Glacier Blue variant is one powerful machine from the hardware to a wide selection of ports.
But is this really all for show?
This particular unit comes in a special Glacier Blue finish
It comes with an NVIDIA RTX 2060 inside
It has an RGB-lit system, from the bottom to the keyboard panel
Connectivity, display and power input ports are placed at the back
Power beneath aesthetics
As expected, overall performance for the ASUS ROG Strix G is phenomenal. For working professionals like myself, 16GB of RAM is already a huge luxury to have. All that power enables greater productivity, especially when you need multiple applications opened all at once. It’s an excellent choice for productivity enthusiasts.
Coupled with a 512GB SSD storage plus 1TB of added storage further bolsters this machine. All that storage can handle applications for professionals, content creators, and gamers alike. Fast read times on the hard disk complements the 16GB RAM nicely. Basically, I get to open 30 tabs of Google Chrome, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, and the system is still fast enough to run.
Gaming with ice in your veins
It’s no surprise that an NVIDIA RTX 2060 is powerful. I don’t even have to go into detail just how great its power can be. On this device, however I have mixed feelings over it. First off, it plays your usual graphic-heavy games pretty well. Fortnite: Battle Royale records close to xx FPS set on Epic, while Apex Legends peaks at 57 FPS set close to maximum.
Even on games with minimal graphical power required, the GPU performs above and beyond. Frames load smoothly especially during high leverage moments when you’re really into the game. My eyes kept up with what’s happening every time I get into some intense build battle with sweaty players online.
However, I felt that the RTX 2060 could do more with other hardware present. This laptop only comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, which is pretty decent. However, it literally caps a lot of your games to a threshold for your frame rate. ASUS actually has laptops similar in hardware to the ROG Strix G that offer displays with higher refresh rates. It would have been nice to offer a 144Hz refresh rate to this laptop instead of just to its 17-inch brother.
Properly cooled so you don’t accidentally burn yourself
With gaming laptops like the ROG Strix G, a great cooling system is a must. I’ve tested a lot of cooling systems for gaming laptops in the past, so I’m already expecting a hot mess. Except that, well the ROG Strix G actually proved me wrong.
The dual-fan cooling system blasts hot air at the back and at the right side (the side without any ports). The device heats up as expected when you’re going full on gamer mode or when you open heavy duty applications. What I found great about it is that the moment you stop using those applications, the device cools down relatively fast.
On most gaming laptops, I waited for an hour to an hour and 25 minutes before I wouldn’t accidentally burn myself a bit. With the ROG Strix G, it cools down in a matter of 30 to 45 minutes. Furthermore, only the top portion of the main chassis heats up, leaving your keyboard to remain cool. It stays as cool as its Glacier Blue color suggests, and to me it’s fantastic that ASUS designed it this way.
Other features that are either red hot or ice cool
For this device, anything cool is preferably how you want it. For example, I’m personally a fan of the way they integrated RGB into the laptop. From the keyboard to the three sides of the device, this device demands attention. Not everyone would like it, especially when you’re out in a Starbucks somewhere. You can dial the colors down — as long as you get the black one.
Another thing I liked about the ROG Strix G is its overall build. Putting all the display, power, and connectivity ports at the back of the device was a nice touch. To me, it keeps a lot of the wires out of the way on a normal desk setup. Also, I love the way they did the hinge for the lid and body.
But, there is one thing that proves to be red hot, it’s close to being a red flag — the laptop’s battery life. I only got around close to five hours for productive use, with that time cut in half when gaming. I literally need to bring the charger around if I want to work for longer hours.
Putting it all together
At PhP 99,995, the ASUS ROG Strix G G531 in Glacier Blue fuses aesthetic and performance together. Performance-wise, this gaming laptop provides just the power you need for any task. Gaming on it full time is where it truly excels, all thanks to the NVIDIA RTX 2060 inside.
On top of all of that, it cools down faster after playing for a long time, something not a lot of gaming laptops possess. The overall build supplements proper cooling for the device so you don’t have to worry about things heating up unexpectedly.
Overall, this is one wonderful device to have for productive and gaming use. If you don’t mind adding a little style to your gaming habit, consider getting this cool Glacier Blue variant.
ASUS TUF Gaming joins season of giving
With their Share 2019 Plus promo
The holiday deals keep coming and ASUS TUF Gaming is joining in with their Share 2019 Plus promo.
Under this holiday deal, purchasing various ASUS TUF Gaming laptops will net you any of the following: Sperry Gift Certificates, JBL Clip 2 Speakers, or even game codes for Borderlands 3 or The Outer World. The promo will run from November 30 to December 31.
Here are the participating ASUS TUF Gaming laptops.
|FX505DD-AL272T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||8GB||512G PCIE2||GTX1050 3GD5||PhP 41,995||
|FX505DD-AL233T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||8GB||1TB||GTX1050 3GD5||PhP 40,995||
|FX505DD-AL127T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||GTX1050 3GD5||PhP 38,995||
|FX505DY-AL117T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||512G PCIE2||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 37,995||
|FX505DY-AL080T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 36,995||
|FX505DY-AL026T||15″ FHD||IPS 120HZ||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 36,995||
|FX505DY-BQ121T||15″ FHD||IPS 60Hz||R5-3550H||4GB||1TB||RX560X 4GD5||PhP 35,995||
Some important details to take note of:
Claiming of hard bundle items (Sperry Gift Certificates or JBL Clip 2 Speakers) will start on December 2, 2019 and will end on February 28, 2020. Claiming can be done at ASUS Philippines, 4/F Hanston Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City on weekdays, between 10:00AM-4:00PM. The following documents need to be presented:
- Original collection receipt
- Photocopy of customer’s twovaid IDs with signature
- Photocopy of the representative’s two valid IDs
In case the buyer cannot make an appearance at the claiming site, they must send the following information and documents to [email protected]:
- Name as found on the original collection receipt
- Complete shipping address and contact details
- Store of Transaction
- Clear photo of original collection receipt
- Photocopy of the customer’s two valid IDs with signature
- Photocopy of the representative’s two valid IDs
Buyers will receive confirmation two to five working days after sending the e-mail. Only valid claims will be tagged as eligible for the program.
Bundle items will be sent directly to the assigned shipping address within 30 days of validation. Only purchases done within the period stipulated in #1 can be valid. Game bundle can be claimed through the official AMD Philippines claiming website.
Bundle items are not transferrable nor convertible to cash. Any incorrect information submitted to ASUS Philippines will void eligibility. Any re-processing outside operating procedure will be subject to charges and fees will be shouldered by the buyer.
Lastly, existing replacement and repair mechanics will be applicable once the unit has been availed. Standard warranty terms will also apply to all accessories purchased during the same transaction.
See the participating stores here.
How to up your real-life stats
Because leveling up shouldn’t just be in game
Gamers spend countless hours choosing and dressing up their in-game counterparts. They spend even more hours grinding to level-up and get enough in-game money to change their look and up their stats.
We get it. You like to get your game on. But believe it or not, gaming isn’t everything. At some point you’re going to have to step out onto the real world. When that time comes, you have to make sure you’re also properly equipped.
Here’s how you do it.
Build your character
You might not want to admit it but things can get toxic in game. After all, you’re represented only by your avatar and your in-game name. This environment and attitude should stay in the game.
Life is not a competition. Be kind. Your real-life persona should be different from your in-game character. Nice guys only finish last if they expect to be rewarded for it. Being kind and nice is the reward.
Get some new threads
Donate that oversized shirt to charity and get yourself one that actually fits you well. It doesn’t even matter what season we’re in. If you look hard enough, you’re bound to find something that will look good on you.
Find clothes that you look and feel good in. You don’t always have to compromise style for comfort.
Make it a habit to “clean up nicely”
The first thing that people will see is your face. And if you’re spending hours upon hours in a dark room in front of your TV, chances are it’s affecting how you look.
Take care of your skin with Master Whitening Plus. With ZEROil, anti-bac, and glutathione complex, it removes deep-seated dirt and oil. It also helps prevent blackheads/whiteheads, plus helps whiten skin too. And you need to do this consistently!
On top of that, it would be helpful if you can get a regular haircut, find your signature scent, shave for a cleaner look and, nail your hand-care routine. Grooming is cleanliness and everybody likes clean.
Train your body
Sometimes we get too engrossed in what we’re playing and end up foregoing certain things. We skip and trade actual meals for quick and easy junk food. While it’s probably okay to have a day or two like this, it’s important to balance things out.
Make time to prepare home cooked meals because junk food can’t and shouldn’t sustain you. It’s also important to pick a workout you like. Whether that’s some good ‘ol running or playing a sport you enjoy, it’s pertinent to get those muscles working and that heartbeat racing.
It’ll give you more energy and make you feel good. And when you feel good, it will show and people will notice.
Work on your craft
Be interesting. Learn about things you can be passionate about. Sure, there’s gaming and your job but it won’t hurt to pick up another hobby or two.
Perhaps you can learn how to play a musical instrument, paint, get into building Gundam plastic models. Whatever you’re into. Don’t hesitate to step out of your comfort zone.
Oh and read current events. And just flat out read more than just headlines. Read the actual stories. You’ll be more informed and this will help you hold your own in conversations. Smart IS sexy.
It’s not just about looking good. You need to feel good about yourself. Keep all of these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to a more well-rounded version of you. When you do, your confidence will shine through. And that confidence is the best thing to equip yourself to get your charm ratings up.
To make sure you maintain those charm ratings though, make sure you keep learning more about Master by visiting their official Facebook page.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Master Philippines.
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