Our opinion on the Dell G15 5520-971
Creator-oriented gaming laptop, the Dell G15 5520-971 with a 15-inch Full HD anti-reflective screen whose 120Hz frequency improves fluidity in games, benefits from increased responsiveness thanks to its fast 512 GB SSD storage, a backlit keyboard or USB-C and Wi-Fi connection -Fi ax This versatile laptop designed to create and play with Windows 11 is powerful thanks to its hybrid Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor and 16 GB of RAM that accelerates multimedia processing like the NVIDIA graphics card Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti-ray- tracking capable of running maximum game.
Dell G15 5520-971 specifications
|screen(s)||15.6” Full HD LED 120Hz 250cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-glare/matt)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.4 GHz, 8E 1.8 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR5 4800 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|plug||3 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C, HDMI 2.1|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Sound system||2 speakers (2 x 2.5W)|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 56Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.52 kg / 357.3 x 272.1 x 26.9|
Dell G15 5520-971 against the competition
Dell G15 5520-971 is now available on Darty and Fnac. It meets many competitors in its category, where it is one of the only ones that offers such a new processor (Alder Lake) and runs on Windows 11.
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Chassis, connector, screen on Dell G15 5520-971
With its dark design with angular lines, this versatile laptop-oriented creation and game has an original gamer look.
Partially located on the back, the connection integrated in this designer gaming laptop is good, consisting of a USB-C, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, a convenient HDMI video output to easily connect this computer to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports, but also 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected.
Of course, you can backlit the keys on the chiclet keyboard, which is useful for better distinguishing them in the dark.
Gamers will appreciate that the 120Hz frequency on the screen is higher than the standard 60Hz, as it improves the fluidity of games. With its Full HD resolution and 16:9 format, the screen is well suited for displaying High Definition content such as videos. If its viewing angles fall short of those provided by IPS, they are nonetheless comfortable. In any case, the screen with its anti-reflective treatment provides better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors). In the end, the screen adopts specifications that are lower than what we have the right to expect at this price level.
Performance, autonomy for Dell G15 5520-971
The Dell G15 5520-971 is aimed at those looking for a versatile 15-inch performance laptop geared toward creating and gaming.
Built around an Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor and 16GB of RAM, this creative gaming laptop delivers total power capable of satisfying demanding users.
Creatives will especially appreciate this core because it guarantees faster processing than a classic Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4. The difference is noticeable in areas that use CPU and RAM resources using multicore – and therefore the 14 hybrid cores in Alder-H – such as video editing, photo editing or 3D rendering.
In addition, the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card accelerates processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Adobe Photoshop/Premiere or Sony Vegas.
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere will also be interesting for gamers. Thanks to it, we can actually indulge in a maximum of games, as long as we accept settings under the titles that require graphic resources to achieve good playability.
Specifically, the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti is activated/deactivated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology, depending on the tasks performed.
It turns out that the Iris Xe graphics solution integrated in the Alder Lake Core i7 is used as much as possible by Optimus, although it is much less powerful, because it uses little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this range, you can expect approximately 5 hours of battery life with light use.
It is of course possible to view pictures and videos, but also to indulge yourself with modest games, whether with the Iris Xe or the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti.
On the storage side, there is a 512 GB SSD, which corresponds to what hard drives offer as standard. However, if you need more space, you can use an external storage device such as a USB-C / USB 3.0 device to achieve fast transfers.
In any case, an SSD is silent, but also uses less energy than a hard drive, which is more robust and much faster.
In practice, the SSD ensures much better responsiveness and agility on a day-to-day basis, which in particular implies a faster arrival on the cards for online games or even much faster game/software launches, processing and start/stop.
Finally, in the case of heavy stress (eg gaming, treatments), expect this versatile laptop geared towards creation and gaming to warm up and be heard.
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to limit temperatures (remember to check the measurements carefully!).