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This forum spotlight covers impressions of the new Dell G7 15 gaming notebook, troubleshooting Bluetooth connections, budget notebooks for Photoshop, and portable anti-malware tools.
Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop Impressions
Member @Felix_Argyle has posted positive impressions of the new Dell G7 15 (7590) gaming notebook. Short of stepping up to an Alienware, this is Dell’s top-end gaming notebook offering, ahead of their G3 and G5 series. It starts at $999 with an Intel Core i5-9300H processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card. The highest-end configurations have up to a Core i7-9750H processor and RTX 2080 8GB Max-Q graphics.
According to the impressions, the G7 15 offers a mature design, solid build quality and keyboard, and a good-looking 240Hz display. On the downside, it has middling performance due to its TDP-limited GPU and a strained cooling system. It also lacks Nvidia G-Sync technology and can’t fit a second M.2 style SSD.
The member replaced the stock thermal paste with positive effects on the cooling system, allowing it to run without thermal throttling. (Our forum members posted some tips on applying thermal paste.)
Click here to see the Dell G7 15 (7590) on Dell’s website.
Troubleshooting Bad Bluetooth Connections
Forum member @King_Wolf reported issues maintaining connection to Bluetooth devices after replacing the Wi-Fi card in his notebook. The Wi-Fi performance, however, was much better than before.
It turned out that connecting the laptop’s single wireless antenna to the other connection hole on the wireless card drastically improved Bluetooth performance. The replying members advised that installing a second wireless antenna in the notebook would do wonders for connection strength.
The $800 Photoshop Notebook
Not all notebooks are cut out for professional photo editing, especially those that are priced south of the four-figure mark. But member @Xathos asked for exactly that, a budget notebook with a 13- to 16-inch screen. The top recommendation from our forum members was the Dell XPS 15, which can be had in the Dell Outlet for around the member’s budget. Its screen is its biggest selling point, in this case.
The screen should take priority when it comes to photo editing. The processors found in today’s mainstream notebooks, like Intel’s 15-watt U-series chips, are generally suitable for Photoshop usage. When your budget is limited, it’s a good idea to find a notebook that can be upgraded later. This way, you can prioritize the screen and the processor (which generally aren’t upgradeable), then drop in your own member (RAM) and storage later.
Running Anti-Virus From a Flash Drive
As a friends and family computer fix-it guy, member @ben2go asked for anti-virus and general anti-malware software recommendations that could be run off a flash drive. This way it would be easy to take a suite of tools from computer to computer to repair them without needing to do much on the computer itself.