In addition to the Alienware M15 R5 Ryzen Edition, Dell is also launching a more affordable 15-inch Dell G15 Ryzen Edition gaming laptop. It’s for people who still want to experience AMD’s fast Ryzen 5000 H-series processors, along with an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics chip, but for less. If the M15 R5’s $ 2,229.99 starting price is too high, the G15’s $ 899.99 entry-level setup might be a more reasonable price to jump into.
The speckled design of the G15 may sound familiar to you. That’s because Dell has already launched the Intel-based version of this model, but first in China. This new Ryzen-based laptop will also land in China for the first time on April 30, followed by a May 4 release elsewhere in the world.
The starting setup of the G15 Ryzen edition will be fairly barebones in terms of RAM and storage, shipping with 8GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe M.2 capacity. It also packs a lot of power for a $ 900 laptop, with a Ryzen 5 5600H hexa-core processor and an Nvidia RTX 3060 with 6 GB of VRAM. If you want something more powerful, the CPU can be tweaked to the Ryzen 7 5800H octa-core CPU, RAM can be added (via Dell or by opening the laptop itself), and you can configure it with up to 2TB of solid state storage. The more powerful processor can also come with a larger six-cell 86Wh battery, although you get a three-cell 56Wh package for the $ 900 mark.
At launch, the G15 can also be configured with a 120 Hz refresh rate FHD panel with a fairly standard brightness of 250 nits, or a brighter 300 nits screen with a faster refresh rate of 165 Hz. Dell says a screen with a refresh rate of 360 Hz will be available later in the spring. Dell says the new G15 has adopted an “Alienware-inspired” thermal design to run it efficiently, and it certainly looks good. It will come in at least two speckled colors, one green and one gray at launch. An all-black model will be available later this year.
This laptop comes with a non-backlit, spill-resistant keyboard as standard, but there are some upgrades you can make here. The first step up adds orange backlighting underneath the entire keyboard and highlights WASD. If orange doesn’t do it for you, there’s a four-zone RGB backlit keyboard you can customize for a more colorful presentation.
If the Ryzen Edition G15 is anything like last year’s G5 15 SE in terms of performance, then I’m delighted to test it. Assuming this is the case, even the lower model should be fairly powerful for people trying to stretch their dollar as far as possible.
If you really want the Intel version, Dell says a variant of it will launch in the US on April 13 for $ 799.99, but it will feature a last-generation 10th Gen Intel processor. Dell has included this piece of information practically as a footnote, to give you an idea of how much emphasis it puts on Ryzen this time around. The starting model has a Core i5-10200H quad-core CPU with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics chip. Upgrading can get you the much more powerful Core i7-10870H octa-core CPU with the RTX 3060, and you can get Thunderbolt ports. Dell did not share the price for the high-end Intel model.