Dell’s G16 is its first crack at making a 16-inch, 16:10 gaming laptop

Dell heard our call for more laptops with tall displays in 2021 and finally heeded it a year later. It’s launching the Dell G16 (model 7620) on July 21, starting at $1,399.99 and going up, and the screen seems to be most of the story here. Instead of a 15.6-inch 16:9 aspect ratio display that Dell has traditionally used in its earlier models, this is the first crack in a 16-inch model with a larger 16:10 aspect ratio display. Almost everything else is a known amount from the G15’s April launch, but I’ll go over it again later.

Like screens we’ve seen in gaming machines from Lenovo, Acer and more, this is a QHD Plus display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, along with a refresh rate of 165 Hz. Are 160 extra vertical pixels really worth all the fuss? Yes. It’s a very minor change indeed, but I can’t imagine anyone turning down extra screen space. Depending on your usage scenarios, that could mean seeing more tweets at a glance in your spare time and seeing more of a critical spreadsheet while working without scrolling. In addition, the bottom bezel is significantly smaller than on the G15, as seen here. Settling for a 16:9 aspect ratio becomes very hard to go back to once you get a taste of 16:10.

While the Dell G16 model can be configured with Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti (up to 140W graphics power), the base model comes with an RTX 3050 Ti and a smaller 56 Whr battery. Each model includes Intel’s Core i7-12700H processor, along with the same 16-inch non-touch screen display. There are choices in terms of RAM and storage, though, with configurations starting at 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage (it supports up to 32GB and 2TB respectively). Another thing to note is that the base model with the RTX 3050 Ti lacks Thunderbolt 4, while the more expensive options have one. Dell does not share pricing for the individual configurations.

Dell G16 close up on trackpad

I’m surprised Dell didn’t take this opportunity to expand the trackpad size of the G16 as well. Compared to how roomy the screen and keyboard are, the trackpad looks almost comically small.

Hopefully this change to extend the screens vertically bodes well for major changes to the Alienware line of gaming laptops later in 2022. It’s true that not every game comes with support for a 16:10 aspect ratio (at worst). case you’ll see some black bars at the top and bottom of the ones that don’t), but the support is good enough that most gamers should see an advantage in their gaming experience.

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