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LG Gram: Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board
July 16, 2017

Let’s check out this ultraportable.

The LG Gram was met with decent reviews the first time it was introduced. It wasn’t perfect, but it offered one of the best experiences on an ultraportable notebook. This year comes a refresh of their ultraportable line, but is the LG Gram worth the money? Let’s find out.

Weighing more than just a kilogram, the LG Gram is incredibly light and thin, and even with a huge 15-inch display it’s easy to carry it around with one hand without fear of dropping it. The hard shell exterior of the laptop looks sturdy, but the screen itself at times feels that it is not. When opening up the notebook there are times when you feel the screen will bend because of the plastic material used on the exterior.

The island-style backlit keyboard is wide and comfortable to type on, and I love that they’ve included a numerical keypad as well. The trackpad’s size is big enough to accommodate various clicks and swipes, but I’d prefer to have a huge trackpad just like the one found on Apple’s MacBook Pro. The integrated webcam is also situated below the screen (instead at the top). There’s also integrated stereo speakers that while it lacks bass, delivers sonics in an acceptable way or if you want to be discreet, you can use the DTS Headphone: X-enhanced audio port.

But the smaller trackpad may be due to the fact that the excellent 15.6-inch full HD display is actually a touchscreen, meaning you can easily navigate through Windows 10 using your fingers. I’ve owned touchscreen notebooks before, though I’ve barely used them, mostly because I don’t like seeing fingerprints and smudges littered on my screen.

The LG Gram has enough ports to keep any user happy: there’s a microSD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port and a new USB Type-C port to make it futureproof. There’s also an HDMI out for connecting the notebook to a compatible display.

This particular LG Gram we reviewed comes with an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with 8 GB of RAM ad Intel Graphics 620. There’s also a 512 GB SSD along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A USB-C to Ethernet dongle is also included in the package if you miss using wires.

The specifications are good enough to make this an everyday notebook for work or at home. Checking emails, doing less intensive tasks like basic image editing was handled decently by the LG Gram. But since it uses only integrated graphics, other tasks such as image manipulation and video editing will be slower than the usual.

I’ve used the LG Gram primarily for typing in my work and doing mostly productivity tasks and it worked perfect for me. Even carrying around the notebook in meetings was breeze thanks to its lightweight design.

The best part of the LG Gram? Battery life. It’s simply great – normal usage on this notebook yielded almost 10 hours of battery life, no kidding. That’s a great feat considering how thin the notebook is. Of course, results may vary depending on how you use the LG Gram, but overall it has one of the best battery life we have seen on an ultraportable.

The LG Gram delivers everything you need from an ultraportable: compact and great battery life. Despite some design flaws, it still ranks as one of the best ultraportables we’ve tested.

by Victor Philip Ortiz

Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech – you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.