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Dell G7 15 Laptop: i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060 6GB EXPIRED

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Best Buy.com has Dell G7 15 Laptop (I7588-7385BLK-PUS) on sale for $879.99. Shipping is free, alternatively, store pickup is free. Thanks delz4stelz

Note, available w/ open-box from $791.99.

Specs:
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H
  • 15.6'' 1920x1080 Display
  • 8GB DDR4
  • 256GB SSD
  • GTX 1060 6GB Max Q GDDR5
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Windows 10
    • 3x USB 3.1
    • 1x USB Type C
    • 1x HDMI
Also available, Best Buy.com has Dell G7 15 Laptop (I7588-7378BLK-PUS) on sale for $1049.99. Shipping is free, alternatively, store pickup is free.

Note, available w/ open-box from $944.99.

Specs:
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H
  • 15.6'' 1920x1080 Display
  • 16GB DDR4
  • 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • GTX 1060 6GB Max Q GDDR5
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 4-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Windows 10
    • 3x USB 3.1
    • 1x USB Type C
    • 1x HDMI
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Dell G7 7588 Gaming Laptop: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core, 15.6'' 1080p IPS, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060 6GB Max Q GDDR5, Thunderbolt 3, Backlit Keyboard, 4-Cell, Win 10 (Licorice Black) $879.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell...Id=6212436

*Open Box Excellent / Certified $791.99 - $817.99

Model: I7588-7385BLK-PUS

Dell G7 7588 15 Laptop: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core, 15.6'' 1080p, 16GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1060 6GB Max Q, Type-C, Win 10 (Licroice Black) $1049.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell...Id=6212435

*Open Box Excellent / Certified $944.99 - $975.99

Model: I7588-7378BLK-PUS
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I tried the G7 with 16gb in the last Best Buy deal. I currently have the HP deal from MicroCenter.

I think the HP Omen beats it in every way.

Here are my thoughts:

Battery
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The G7 has a smaller battery, much smaller. It does however have Optimus (switches between the GPU integrated with the CPU, and the dedicated Nvidia).

The HP has a bigger battery. And no Optimus. However, in some ways this is a plus. I don't think it's a huge hit to the battery life to leave out Optimus and it keeps you from having issues with applications that will have trouble with the switching.

I like that I can get better battery life out of this HP without having to resort to Optimus. It is definitely much better than the G7 was, due to the much larger battery in the HP.

Keyboard
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I absolutely hated the color of the G7 keyboard lights. It's like this neon-blue and it really stressed my eyes. There is no way to change the color. I would rather just have the lights off all the time due to the color.

The Omen allows you to change the color of the keyboard lights to just about anything, with several zones. I don't care about the zones, but it is great to be able to pick a less fatiguing color.

Otherwise, the keyboards are similar in feel between the two.

Screen
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Both screens suck. The HP is a little better but not by much. In general, it would be great if MicroCenter had different screen options for for HP. I know they are coming out with the different screens soon and I am tempted to return this and wait until they do. However, If I spend $300-$400 more just for a screen, maybe it would be better just to use that money for an external monitor instead.

The HP and Dell screens are adequate for general tasks involving text, and web surfing.

No light bleed with either, although the screens don't have much brightness. As a side note, the XPS 15 9570 had horrible light bleed on the two I tried, even when I lowered the brightness way down.

Build Quality
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Both are about the same. They each have metal decks and plastic everywhere else. The G7 had more sharp edges to its deck than the HP. In general, very close here.

Noise
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Both can be dead-silent at idle. As I type this, the HP is making no noise at all. The 7200rpm drive has spun down, the fans are off, and it's silent. The G7 would do the same thing.

Most of the time the HP has a slight noise from either the fan, or the hard drive (not sure which one). The G7 I think was silent more often when idle.

However, the G7 was probably the noisiest under load that I have heard so far. Whereas the Omen is very, very quiet. The fans on the HP have this woosh-quality rather than a whine. Much more pleasant and in general quieter. When leaving idle, the G7 would spin up all of the sudden full blast and then ramp down, whereas the HP builds from a low fan to a higher one.

I think HP did a great job with the acoustics of the Omen.

Cooling
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The G7 does a little better here. Its fans are noisier. It's close though. Under load, the HP is much quieter and is very, very close in cooling. But, you'll save maybe 5-10C on the CPU with the G7. But, you'll need earplugs or good isolating headphones. The noise of the G7 was beyond what I would be able to tolerate. But, it did seem to cool better.

There were no shut-downs or major throttling with the HP. It just ran hotter than the G7. I don't see the difference as a big deal here.

Just as a side note, I tried the XPS 15 9570 also. It has horrible cooling. Throttling was very bad. Plus it was pretty noisy under load. Not as noisy as the G7, but still noisy. I liked that it would perform as well as the i7-7700HQ under load, but now after trying more laptops with an i7-8750H and better cooling, I have changed my mind. I would much rather have a slightly bigger laptop and be able to take advantage of the power of the 6-core i7-8750H than have something that throttles down so much, it negates the benefits of the newer generation CPU.

Trackpad
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They're similar. I like that the HP has dedicated buttons. I wish more manufacturers would do that again. Both trackpads were decent. I like the HP a little bit better, beyond the buttons. It just seems a little smoother and more responsive.

Performance
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Very similar between the two. The HP has the full 1060 GPU. The G7 has a little bit better cooling so maybe less throttling under load. But, really maybe a few percentage points difference between them. Nothing I think you'd notice outside of benchmarks.

Build Quality and Long-Term Reliability
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I have no idea but wish I did. I do know that after the light bleed and coil whine (mouse-like sounds at random times) with both the XPS 15 9570s I tried, I don't think much of Dell. My last computer was an HP gaming laptop (purchased at the end of 2011) and it had its issues (flex issues, driver issues due to the at-the-time new Optimus). It died a month ago. And thus started my quest for a new laptop.


Well, there's more I could cover but those are the things that I pay attention to. Given the deal on the HP, if you have a MicroCenter nearby I don't know why anyone would go for the G7 instead.
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Great deal but I'd be weary of the quality after having the predecessor ( Inspirion 7599) experiencing numerous quality problems throughout the 2 years I've had. Not only has the hinge broke but the back light bleed is bad ( I suspect that one varies though). Is the warranty just 1 year? If so, it might be worth getting that extended. Well, at least I wish I got mine extended.
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If you have a Microcenter nearby this is a much better deal ..

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...er_-_Black
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Great deal much better thab last one.
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Best buy reviews suggest there to be issues with the fan?
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Couple of best buy reviews mention description being deceptive regarding clock speeds of GPU and CPU
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Wonder how a 1060 Max Q that's 10-15% slower than a regular mobile 1060 compares to a 1050ti.
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Wonder how a 1060 Max Q that's 10-15% slower than a regular mobile 1060 compares to a 1050ti.
Found the answer: 1060 Max Q is the winner.

See: https://youtu.be/2afayQ4E-VY
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Wow this looks like a great deal... I was thinking of getting an alienware.. but it looks like the specs are mostly the same...

Anyone have any input? G7 vs alienware.
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Wonder how a 1060 Max Q that's 10-15% slower than a regular mobile 1060 compares to a 1050ti.
Nvidia GTX 1060 (Mobile Max-Q) vs GTX 1050-Ti [userbenchmark.com]

According to UserBenchmark the 1060 Max-Q is about 30% faster the the 1050 ti
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Nvidia GTX 1060 (Mobile Max-Q) vs GTX 1050-Ti [userbenchmark.com]

According to UserBenchmark the 1060 Max-Q is about 30% faster the the 1050 ti
Nice tyvm
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Great deal but I'd be weary of the quality after having the predecessor ( Inspirion 7599) experiencing numerous quality problems throughout the 2 years I've had. Not only has the hinge broke but the back light bleed is bad ( I suspect that one varies though). Is the warranty just 1 year? If so, it might be worth getting that extended. Well, at least I wish I got mine extended.
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Thinking about pulling the trigger, but wondering if I should hold out for a bit more...?
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Does it have 2 x 4GB ram or 1 x 8GB ram?
is the 256GB SSD M.2 or Sata?
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I second the recommendation for extended warranty. Haven't used an XPS or G series specifically, but had 2 Alienwares in the past and maybe just my luck, but they seemed to have something dumb happen less than 1 month after warranty period. Their customer support is great. They'd mail me flash drives with restores/drivers/etc. but the DAY that warranty ends, they're completely worthless. -like they won't even give the simplest verbal advice.
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