The LG Gram is the company’s version of Apple’s MacBook Air – it’s designed to be thin, light and offer a fast performance. It does succeed on a majority of aspects, but just like first generation devices, it does have its flaws.
When you first hold the LG Gram in your hands, you will immediately notice how thin and light the product is. It weighs just under a kilogram, which makes it lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air.
Part of the lightweight design may be due to the carbon and lithium magnesium frame used by the notebook, but to be honest it just feels like it’s made of plastic – not that it’s bad, though at times you can hear creaking noises that somehow give it a less premium feel.
Other than that, the LG Gram is a great piece of hardware, right down to the specifications. Our test unit came with a 15-inch full HD screen running on an Intel Core i5 processor with 4 GB of RAM with a 256 GB solid state drive. This is enough to drive Windows 10 flawlessly when used for everyday tasks.
The LG Gram also has two USB 3.1 ports along with a USB Type-C port. There is also HDMI for connecting to compatible displays plus a micro SD card reader. A webcam is also present, but it’s located at the hinge of the notebook. It’s an odd location, so most users might have a hard time adjusting to it.
Using the notebook is a breeze – the screen itself gets extra points since it perfectly displays the right colors and the right level of blacks. Even the island-style keyboard is easy to type on.
Then again, considering the specifications, the LG Gram does have its limits, especially when doing intensive stuff like video editing and the like. This notebook isn’t made for that, so don’t expect any high-end games to run on it.
The LG Gram promises about 7 hours of battery life but in real world tests, I’ve gotten a maximum of about 5 and a half – below of what we’ve expected from an ultraportable.
As a first generation ultraportable from LG, the Gram is already good. It has it flaws, but I’m sure the company will be improving it with successors.