The Good The LG Gram 17 has a nice 17-inch display and excellent battery life, but it weighs as much as a typical 13.3-inch ultraportable. It also has excellent day-to-day performance and an excellent range of ports, including Thunderbolt 3.
The Bad The Gram 17 is expensive and, between its size and lightness, feels poor quality. Speakers and keyboard could be better.
The Bottom Line Tired of working on a small laptop screen, but do you need the weight of an ultraportable laptop? The LG Gram 17 is your answer.
When does an ultraportable laptop have a 17-inch display? When it was made by LG. At 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg), the company’s largest Gram 17 laptop for 2019 weighs less than 15.6 inches (excluding its own Gram 15 ), which averages 13.3-inch ultraportable. It also has an amazing battery life of just over 12 hours, making it one of the top 10 laptops with the longest battery life we tested with two other LG Gram models .
In addition to its high quality display, lightweight body and long battery life, the Gram 17 is a fairly average ultraportable laptop. But it comes with a hefty price tag of $ 1,700, which roughly translates to £ 1,350 in the UK and $ 2,475 in Australia. (Costco members can get a $ 1500 version with 256GB of memory instead of 512GB.) It’s not a blow to the device, but you won’t find it on other ultraportable versions down to the device’s integrated graphics.
The Gram 17 is essentially the same as the 15.6-inch Gram 15 in 2018/2019, with only a larger display. LG has updated the 15th with the same eighth generation Core i7 processor as the 17th. If you’re not big-screen, they should have similar performance, although I would expect an even better battery life from the Gram 15. Also last year’s Gram 15 was $ 500 cheaper, and I guess the new performance isn’t $ 500 better.
Is this real?
Whenever I handed someone a Gram 17 or any of the other LG Gram laptops, they couldn’t believe it was a real laptop. The response is even greater in this 17-inch model because it is so light for such a large display. No matter how well it works (and it was good in our tests), for the weight of the laptop and its perceived quality, for most people, there is a disconnect, especially considering the $ 1700 price tag.
LG Gram 17
|Price as reviewed||$1,700|
|Display size/resolution||17-inch 2,560×1,600 display|
|CPU||1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U|
|PC Memory||16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz|
|Graphics||128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
An ultraportable 13.3-inch laptop made of aluminum Dell’s XPS 13 it will inevitably feel more solid than gram 17. Gram mass not only expands over a larger area, its magnesium nano-carbon shell is just not as rigid. Thus, despite being made of metal and built to pass seven standard MIL-STD-810 tests to bring it durability to the military level, the Gram does not feel sturdy. And as one of my colleagues put it eloquently, “it’s cheap, whimsical shit,” even if it’s metal.
While this is a strict assessment, the Gram is not a reliable laptop. It will be just fine on a daily itinerary, but the lid has a great deal of flexibility to it, so I wouldn’t just put it on display, put too much pressure or weight on it, or go out of your way to abuse it.
The display itself is of high quality for its class with strong color and contrast characteristics. It’s not the brightest screen, but the glossy combat combat was some kind of thing. I would not recommend working in the sun.
While it brings a good experience of watching YouTube and movies, it is not enough to listen to any audio through its weak speakers. To be fair, several thin laptops have good speakers. LG has built-in DTS headphones: X processing to improve audio quality through the headphone jack and microphone jack.
Other ports and connections include two USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, a microSD card slot, HDMI output, and USB-C Thunderbolt 3. Although many laptops in this class go to USB-C ports for charging, the Gram 17 comes with an adapter power supply that uses an old plug connector. However, you can still charge this laptop via its USB-C port. During testing, I used a Tylt battery to keep the gram on the go.
In this 17-inch model, LG used the same keyboard as the 15.6-inch gram. This is decent, but if you score heavily when you type, like me, it does not provide the most comfortable experience. Plus, although most of the keys are large enough, Enter and Backspace are just a little too small, which causes me to miss them from time to time. Not a breakthrough, but something you may need to tweak. On top, it has two levels of backlight.
The accurate Windows touchpad is smooth and responsive. However, it takes a second to run a palm check, so if you press the palm of your hand as you type, it is likely that you move the cursor before it stops.
LG Gram 17 is an unbelievably light laptop
Great battery life, despite the large screen
The Gram 17 has a newer 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620. Usually, with this size laptop you get some discrete graphics, but that’s not the case. If you expect a power plant to be simply because of its screen size, you will be disappointed. The components focus on medium home, office and school work, such as word processing, web browsing, and email. However, it does have enough muscles to handle to promote more complex work, assuming it’s not too intense graphics.
Where a gram is the real winner is the battery life. It worked at 12 hours 12 minutes on our video streaming test. Most 17-inch laptops are built for high performance, so battery life like LG’s is not audible at this size. Hell, more than 12 hours of battery life is unusual for laptops of any size.
The most convenient for travel is a 17-inch laptop
As with the 15.6-inch Gram 15, if you want a large screen, long battery life and lightest weight on the go, the Gram 17 is the answer. Not surprisingly, LG can keep the body lightweight while maintaining productivity and battery life. LG also has to agree, given its $ 1,700 price tag. It has a few drawbacks, like the keyboard and speakers, but otherwise, LG has made another reliable ultraportable laptop with a big screen, even if it doesn’t necessarily feel “solid”.
|LG Gram 17||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD|
|LG Gram 14||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD|
|Samsung Notebook 9 Pro||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Lenovo Yoga C930||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 12GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)||Apple MacOS Mojave 10.14; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1,536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD|