Dell's new G series laptops are for gamers on a budget

Dell isn't only focusing its efforts on the new XPS 15 today – gamers are in for a treat as well. The company has taken the wraps off of a slate of new and refreshed gaming PCs, including a lineup aimed at the budget crowd.

Perhaps most interesting is Dell's G Series, which is made up of four "wallet friendly" laptops meant for gaming on the go. On the lower end of the spectrum are the Dell G3 15 and 17, which, as the names suggest, come in at 15-inches and 17-inches, respectively. On the inside, both are powered by Intel's eighth-generation processors, with up to Core i7 options available. In terms of graphics, the laptops include NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 up to 1060 Max-Q GPUs. That's rounded out by up to 32GB of RAM and 1080p displays.

Meanwhile, the Dell G5 and G7 15 step things up a notch by offering up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i9 processor and a 4K display option. The 15-inch devices can also pack up to 32GB of RAM, along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, or 1060 Max-Q graphics. The laptops also incorporate front air intake and rear exhaust in a bid to keep temperatures low.

The G3, G5, and G7 models all include Dell's SmrtByte software, which the company says will prioritize video and gaming content to keep them running smooth.

Moving to the upper end of the gaming spectrum, Dell has also unveiled some updates to its Alienware 15 and 17 models. Both laptops now come with Intel's eighth-generation Core i5, i7, and i8 processors. Dell also says it has managed to improve the cooling technology in both models with 50 percent thinner fan blades and a vapor chamber on the CPU. Altogether, Dell is claiming a 10 percent performance boost from the updates.

On top of the physical changes, the Alienware 15 and 17 also now include the next version of Dell's Alienware Command Center. The updated software includes controls for optimizations, overclocking, and the Alienware 15 and 17's programmable lighting zones. Lastly, both laptops will also now be available with an "Epic Black" color option.

Alienware 15, 17

Pricing and availability

Dell says that the Alienware 15 and 17 are available now at its website starting at $2,399, with additional, cheaper configurations coming April 10. Meanwhile, the Dell G7 15 is available today as well, starting at $1,099.99 at Dell. Likewise, additional configurations will be available starting at $849.99 on April 10. Both will be available at Best Buy as well.

The Dell G3 15 and 17, along with the Dell G5 15, will be available on April 16 starting at $749.99, $1,099.99, and $949.99, respectively. Additional configurations will be available "soon," Dell says.

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