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The LG Gram 16 Versus the Dell XPS 15: Which is the Winner?

There are different reasons to buy a 15-inch-class laptop. Maybe you’re looking for extra power, which tends to be more available in this size of machine or larger. Or maybe you’re simply looking for more screen real estate than that provided by 13-inch laptops. Either way, great 15-inch choices are available, ranging from budget machines to portable workstations.

Dell has its XPS 15, which, when we reviewed it, was our pick for the best 15-inch laptop, and LG has its Gram 16. The latter has a 16-inch display that’s just a fraction of an inch larger than Dell’s 15.6-inch panel, but that’s not the only difference between the two. The question is: Does the Gram 16 have what it takes to dethrone the king?

Specs

  LG Gram 16 Dell XPS 15
Dimensions 14.01 x 9.58 x 0.66 inches 13.57 x 9.06 x 0.71 inches
Weight 2.62 pounds 4.5 pounds
Processor 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10300H
10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H
10th-gen Intel Core i7-10875H
10th-gen Intel Core i9-10885H
RAM 16GB RAM 8GB to 64GB RAM
Display 16-inch 16:10 non-touch IPS 15.6-inch 16:10 touch or non-touch IPS
Resolution WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Full HD (1,920 x 2,160)
4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Storage 1TB SSD Up to 2TB SSD
Touch None 10-point touch optional
Ports 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB-C, full-size HDMI, micro SD card slot, 3.5mm headset 2x USB C with Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-C, SD card slot, 3.5mm headset
Wireless Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
Webcam 720p HD 720p HD
Operating system Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home or Pro
Battery 80 watt-hours 97 watt-hours
Price $1,700 $1,049+
Review 4 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Design

The first major difference between the two laptops is in their physical designs. The XPS 15 is built with a combination of aluminum (on the lid and chassis bottom) and carbon fiber (on the palm rest and keyboard deck), and it’s solid as a rock. There’s no twisting, bending, or flexing anywhere. The Gram 16, on the other hand, is made of magnesium alloy throughout its chassis, and it’s not the thickest metal we’ve seen. That results in a lid that’s incredibly flexible and a keyboard deck that depresses with minimal force until you can feel the components beneath it. The Dell is the more robust-feeling machine, despite LG passing its laptop through military standards testing.

Why the difference? Simply put, LG was aiming for an incredibly light laptop, and it succeeded. The Gram 16 is a paltry 2.62 pounds while still housing 80 watt-hours of battery capacity. Compare that to the XPS 15 that weighs 4.5 pounds with its 95 watt-hour battery. The Gram 16 is also thinner at 0.66 inches versus the XPS 15’s 0.71 inches. Both are very similar in their other dimensions, thanks to enjoying displays with 16:10 aspect ratios and tiny bezels. The LG is just a bit deeper, thanks to the extra 0.4 inches of diagonal screen space. LG had to give up something to make such a thin laptop, and a perception of fragility is the result. Holding the XPS 15 in your hand gives an impression of durability that the Gram 16 lacks.

You can get the XPS 15 in two color schemes, a silver aluminum chassis with a black keyboard deck and a white exterior with a white interior. The Gram 16 offers a choice between white and black (we reviewed the white version). Dell’s machine is sleeker and more elegant, with more aggressive lines and angles that all work together to make for a very attractive laptop that still doesn’t attract attention to itself. LG went for a “minimalist straight-lined design” that’s meant to “reduce distractions,” which shows in the Gram 16’s simplicity. It’s not as attractive as the XPS 15, but it’s not a bad-looking laptop by any means. If you really don’t want your laptop to be the center of attention, then the Gram 16 is your choice.

When it comes to connectivity, the Gram 16 is the winner — surprisingly, given how much thinner and lighter it is. It offers up two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A 3.2 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Compare that to the XPS 15’s two USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, a single USB-C 3.1 port, a full-size SD card reader (which creative types will appreciate), and that’s it. You’ll be far less likely to grab for a dongle with the Gram 16. Both laptops offer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 wireless connectivity.

Performance

Dell XPS 15 side view.

Another area of divergence is performance. The XPS 15 uses 10th-generation Intel 45-watt H-series CPUs (we tested the Core i7-10875H) and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics, compared to 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU with Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. While the Gram 16 can handle demanding productivity tasks with no problems, it struggles with handling apps that really tax the CPU and GPU. The XPS 15, on the other hand, can handle much more demanding apps and provides significantly more power on the go.

Consider our Handbrake test, which encodes a 420MB video as H.265. The XPS 15 required just over two minutes to complete the process, compared to the Gram 16 at over three and a half minutes. Handbrake is very CPU-intensive, and this is a significant difference in performance. We didn’t test the two laptops using all the same benchmarks, but we have no doubt that the XPS 15 would dominate in each.

If you use an app like Adobe Premiere Pro that can utilize the GPU to speed up certain processes, then the XPS 15 benefits again from its decent discrete GPU. The Gram 16’s integrated graphics can’t keep up, and you’ll find editing large photos and rendering video to be so much faster with the XPS 15.

Even gaming tips in the XPS 15’s favor. It can run modern titles at 1080p with decent (but not top-notch) graphical detail, making it a highly portable midrange gaming machine. The Gram 16, simply put, cannot run modern titles with any playability.

Display

Dell XPS 15 display view.

The XPS 15 offers a few 16:10 displays, including a non-touch full HD (1920 x 1080) panel, a touch-enabled full-HD screen, and a touch-enabled 4K (3840 x 2160) display. The Gram 16 comes with just one 16:10 option, a WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display. We tested the XPS 15 4K panel — that’s the best comparison given the Gram 16’s higher-than-FHD resolution.

The Gram 16’s display was colorful at 88% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, with color accuracy of DeltaE 2.67 (1.0 is considered excellent) — not the best result. The XPS 15 4K registered 100% of both color gamuts and demonstrated excellent accuracy at 0.65. The Dell will make creative pros a lot happier.

The Gram 16 was also quite a bit less bright at 313 nits, just beating out our 300-nit threshold. The XPS 15, on the other hand, was a very bright 443 nits. But it was in contrast where the Gram 16 fell the flattest, coming in at just 830:1, where a good premium display should exceed 1000:1. The XPS 15’s display offers up a 1480:1 contrast ratio, which is excellent for an IPS display.

Both laptops benefit from the taller 16:10 aspect ratio that’s great for productivity work. But the XPS 15’s display is top-notch and, like the laptop’s performance, meets the needs of creative types where the Gram 16 does not.

Keyboard and touchpad

LG Gram 16 keyboard view.
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Both the Gram 16 and the XPS 15 sport typical island keyboards with black keycaps and white lettering to go with consistent backlighting. They both enjoy good key spacing, comfortable key sizes, and plenty of travel with comfortable bottoming actions. The XPS 15, though, has a lighter, crisper switch mechanism that’s more comfortable to use over time than the Gram 16’s heavier feel. If you like more feedback from your keypresses, then you’ll prefer the Gram 16’s keyboard, but most likely, you’ll like the XPS 15’s lighter touch.

Both laptops also enjoy large touchpads, although the XPS 15’s touchpad makes more use of the available palm rest real estate. Neither is too small, but the Dell wins out on sheer size. Both use Microsoft Precision touchpad drivers, and so both respond well to Windows 10 multitouch gestures. The XPS 15 wins out in that it offers a couple of touch-enabled display options, where the Gram 16 is non-touch-only. That’s a bummer today when most laptops at least offer touch as an option.

Finally, the Gram 16 and the XPS 15 both embed fast and accurate fingerprint readers in the power buttons to support Windows 10 Hello password-less login. Both were quick and precise, and so there’s no difference there.

Portability

LG Gram 16 side view.
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We’ve already covered the differences between these two laptops in terms of their thicknesses and weight. The Gram 16 is by far the easier to carry around.

It also trumps the XPS 15 in battery life by a wide margin. You can get better battery life out of the XPS 15 if you opt for an FHD display, but it’s unlikely to match the Gram 16 even then. The LG is one of the longest-lasting laptops we’ve tested, doubling the Dell’s longevity in our web browsing test and tripling it in our video looping test. If working away from a plug is important to you, then the Gram 16 is the better choice.

The XPS 15’s power and build quality beats out the Gram 16’s thin and light chassis

LG kept things simple with the Gram 16, offering a $1,700 single configuration with a Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and the 16-inch WQXGA 16:10 IPS display. That’s an expensive laptop.

Dell, on the other hand, offers far more options. You can spend as little as $1,050 for a Core i5-10300H, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a non-touch FHD display, or as much as $2,899 for a Core i9-10885H, 64GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and a 4K touch display. That makes the XPS 15 both easier to get into and more expensive at the high end.

There’s really no contest. While the Gram 16 is an incredibly thin and light laptop given its screen size, and it provides good performance and excellent battery life, the XPS 15 is more durable, offers a better display, is vastly more powerful, and offers more configuration flexibility. Dell hasn’t lost its top spot.

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LG Gram 17 (2021) Review: Large and Light On Its Feet

“The LG Gram 17 is one of the best 17-inch laptops you can buy.”

  • Exceptionally light
  • Fast when set to performance mode
  • Excellent display
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Feels a little flimsy
  • Too expensive

Sometimes you want a larger display than you’ll find on the typical 15.6-inch (or 16-inch) laptop. Maybe you’re a heavy multitasker and want to position more windows on your display without feeling cramped. That’s where 17-inch laptops come in, and while there aren’t that many to choose from outside of gaming laptops, there are a few good options to consider.

One such option has been LG’s Gram 17, which like all Gram laptops aims to pack as much machine into as light a chassis as possible. The 2021 version ups the display ante with a 16:10 aspect ratio that adds even more vertical space for getting your work done.

I looked at the LG Gram 17 configured with a Core i71165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and a 17-inch 16:10 display with a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) resolution. This configuration retails for $1,800, meaning it’s solidly in premium territory and takes on a potent rival, the excellent Dell XPS 17. Does the LG Gram 17 have what it takes to compete?

Design

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The LG Gram 17 lives up to its promise of packing a large display into a light chassis. It weighs just 2.98 pounds, which is remarkably light for such a large laptop. By comparison, the Dell XPS 17 weighs 5.53 pounds with touch and its 97 watt-hour battery option (the Gram 17 has an 80 watt-hour battery). Even the non-touch XPS 17 with the 56 watt-hour battery weighs 4.65 pounds.

In overall dimensions, the Gram 17 is 14.97 inches wide by 10.24 inches deep by 0.70 inches thick, compared to the XPS 17 at 14.74 inches by 9.76 inches by 0.77 inches. As another comparison, the HP Envy 17 is 15.71 inches by 10.2 inches by 0.76 inches and weighs 6.02 pounds (note that the Envy 17 has a 17.3-inch display). Clearly, LG accomplished something special here.

The LG Gram 17 doesn’t have the same sense of solidity that other laptops enjoy.

How did it manage to make the LG Gram 17 so light? The key is the magnesium alloy used in the laptop’s chassis. That’s a light metal to begin with and LG doesn’t use a lot of it. This affects the perceived build quality, with an extremely bendable lid and a keyboard deck and chassis bottom that give off quite a bit of flexing. Magnesium is a strong metal, and so it’s not that the LG Gram 17 isn’t robust, but it doesn’t have the same sense of solidity you’ll get from the XPS 17 or even the midrange priced Envy 17.

The aluminum used in the other laptops weighs more and feels more robust. LG did run the Gram 17 through MIL-STD-810G military testing, so there’s some objective data that it can take a beating. I’ll also note that even though the base is exceptionally light, the lid opens with one hand and is only the tiniest bit wobbly in use.

LG Gram 17 2021 closed, sitting on a brick walkway.
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Aesthetically, the Gram 17 is about as conservatively designed as you can get. It’s all black with just a simple “gram” logo in chrome on the lid. Otherwise, there are no embellishments and the laptop’s lines are simple. It’s not a bad-looking laptop by any means, but it also lacks character. The Dell XPS 17 and the HP Envy 17 are more noticeable and, I daresay, quite a bit more attractive. The Gram 17 does enjoy small bezels, so it looks modern in that respect — and of course, those small bezels help keep the chassis size manageable.

Despite its thin frame, the Gram 17 enjoys a nice mix of connections. On the left-hand side are a full-size HDMI port and two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support (one of which is needed to power the laptop), to go with a 3.5mm audio jack. On the right-hand side is a Kensington lock connection, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, and a microSD card reader. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 provide wireless connectivity.

Performance

A close-up view of the LG Gram 17's keyboard and logo centered under the display.
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My review unit was equipped with an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7, which is common on premium laptops and tends to provide solid productivity performance. I’ve noticed that performance can vary across laptops with this same chip, and so I was curious to see how the LG Gram 17 would perform given a larger chassis that should provide plenty of room for cooling. LG provides a utility to adjust performance versus heat and fan noise, and it has a noticeable effect. Most manufacturers provide such a utility today, and not all of them have a significant impact on performance — I’ll only mention them if they impact our benchmark results. HP is another vendor whose “performance” mode makes a meaningful difference in some (but not all) of its Envy and Spectre laptops.

In its “optimal” mode, the Gram 17 is in line with much of its Tiger Lake competition. In Geekbench 5, it did well on the single-core test and fell behind some of the competition — such as the Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 — in the multi-core test. Switch to performance mode, though, and the Gram 17’s score jumped to 1563 and 5,473. In our Handbrake test that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, it was behind the pack but again did slightly better in performance mode at 197 seconds. Switching to Cinebench R23, the Gram 17 was again at the low end in optimal mode but was the fastest Tiger Lake laptop in our comparison group in performance mode (,375 in single-core and 4604 in multi-core).

The LG Gram 17 was a competent performer.

Finally, in PCMark 10, it wasn’t a leader in optimal mode and its performance mode made no difference in the score — something I’ve seen with other vendors’ performance tuning utilities. An example is the HP Spectre x360 14 that also showed no improvement in PCMark 10 in its performance mode, although it was significantly faster in that mode in all the other benchmarks. The Gram 17 did well in the Essentials portion (web browsing, videoconferencing, etc.) but fell behind in the Productivity and Content Creation portions.

Overall, the Gram 17 was a competent performer that will handle all your productivity tasks with ease. Switch to performance mode and you’ll hear the fans spin up more often (they’re not terribly loud), but you’ll get a meaningful boost in performance. I’ll note, though, that you’ll get much better performance out of the Dell XPS 17, which matches its larger display with a much more powerful CPU and GPU combination. The Gram 17 is best for productivity users who want a larger display, as opposed to the XPS 17 which is intended to provide a larger canvas to creative professionals.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake (seconds) Cinbench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
LG Gram 17 2021
(Core i7-1165G7)
1503/4606 222 1323/3912 4880 1480
Dell XPS 17 (Core i7-10875H) 1315/7959 109 N/A N/A 5801
LG Gram 16 (Core i7-1165G7) 1394/4137 213 1394/4137 4827 1390
Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 
(Core i7-1165G7)
1554/5603 N/A 1308/4062 5159 1800
HP Envy x360 15
(Ryzen 7 5700U)
1198/6790 116 1258/8131 5419 1471
HP Envy 15 (Core i7-10750H) 1274/5542 139 N/A N/A 5123

The Gram 17 isn’t a gaming laptop, given its Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics. It achieved an average score in the 3DMark Time Spy test in optimal mode and a much stronger 1802 score in performance mode. In Fortnite, the utility’s impact was even more pronounced. It managed a paltry 12 frames per second (fps) in 1080p and high graphics, and 13 fps in epic graphics in optimal mode. That’s way behind the rest of the Tiger Lake competition.

Switch to performance mode, though, and it jumped to 29 fps and 19 fps, which is much more competitive. Of course, those aren’t impressive scores either, and so you’ll be limited to older titles or running newer titles at low resolutions and graphical detail.

Display and audio

A close up shot of LG Gram 17 2021 laptop open, placed on a brick walkway.
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A large, expansive display doesn’t do much good if it suffers from poor quality. Fortunately, LG chose a quality panel for the Gram 17, starting with its 16:10 aspect ratio that, in a 17-inch display, offers a great deal of real estate.

According to my colorimeter, the display exceeds our 300-nit threshold at 343 nits, making it bright enough for most inside lighting conditions. The contrast was close to our preferred 1000:1 ratio at 930:1. The Dell XPS 17’s 4K display is superior at 491 nits and 1,530:1, while the Gram 17’s smaller sibling, the Gram 16, was close at 313 nits and 830:1. The Gram 17’s results are well in line with what’s expected from a premium laptop today.

In terms of colors, the Gram 17’s display hit 88% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, which is better than the 75% and 95% premium laptop average and close to what creative types desire for photo and video editing. The XPS 17 was once again much better at 98% and 100%, respectively, while the Gram 16 was the same as the 17-inch model. The Gram 17’s color accuracy was good at a Delta E of 1.3 (less than 1.0 is considered excellent), while the XPS 17 came in at 0.37 and the Gram 16 an inferior 2.67.

Overall, this was a delightful display to use for everything most users will throw at it. Productivity was enhanced by the aspect ratio, good contrast, and above-average brightness while viewing photos and video was an enjoyable experience thanks to the wide and accurate colors. Anyone who wants to do occasional photo and video editing — keeping in mind the performance deficit compared to a laptop like the XPS 17 — will find this display to do well in a pinch.

The audio is nice and clear, with pleasant highs and mids and just a touch of bass. At the same time, the two downward-firing speakers don’t get very loud, and there’s just a touch of distortion at maximum volume. You’ll be happy with the occasional YouTube video, but for Netflix binging and music, you’ll probably want a pair of headphones or Bluetooth speakers handy.

Keyboard and touchpad

An LG Gram 17 2021 keyboard.
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The keyboard has comfortable spacing with large keycaps and includes a numeric keypad, with a light touch and sufficient travel. The typing feel is marred only by a slightly abrupt bottoming action — I usually appreciate some bounce at the end of a keystroke, but here there’s just a little too much. I could type at full speed on the keyboard but got the impression I might get fatigued after long typing sessions. The Dell XPS 17’s keyboard has a more comfortable action as does HP’s keyboard on its Spectre and more recent Envy laptops.

The touchpad is large but could be larger given the copious amount of palm rest available. It’s a Microsoft Precision model, which is universal at this point, making Windows 10’s multitouch gestures accurate and precise. The keyboard layout, specifically the inclusion of a numeric keypad, pushes the touchpad off-center, which takes some getting used to. If you use the touchpad as a guide for finding the home row on the keyboard, you’ll need to adjust your practice or find yourself typing the wrong letters. The display does not support touch, which I always miss on a laptop.

Windows 10 Hello support is provided by a fingerprint reader built into the power button, which is the best place. You can power on the Gram 17 and log in with one touch, and that’s so much more convenient than hunting for a fingerprint reader sitting somewhere on the keyboard deck or — worse yet — embedded in the touchpad. The reader was fast and accurate throughout my testing.

Battery life

An LG Gram 17 2021 open, placed on a brick walkway.
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Somehow, LG managed to pack in 80 watt-hours of battery capacity and still maintain the Gram 17’s light weight. That’s a fair amount of energy, and so I was hopeful that LG’s usual excellent battery life would apply.

And that’s exactly what I found. Starting with our web browsing test that loops through a series of popular websites, the Gram 17 lasted for 13.25 hours, which is a very strong result. The Dell XPS 17 managed less than half as long at just under 6.5 hours, while the Gram 16 was a bit stronger at 13.8 hours. In our video test that plays a Full HD Avengers trailer until the battery runs out, the Gram 17 went for a spectacular 21 hours, compared to the XPS 17 at just 9.3 hours and the Gram 16 at an even better 24.4 hours.

On a single charge, the LG Gram 17 will get you through a full workday and well into the evening.

I also ran the PCMark 10 Gaming test that stresses the CPU and GPU, and the Gram 17 almost made it to five hours. That’s one of the longest results in our database and is just seven seconds less than another leader, the Gram 16. We didn’t test the XPS 17 in PCMark 10. The result was likely a combination of the large battery capacity and the optimal setting that didn’t run either the CPU or GPU at full speed.

Finally, in the PCMark 10 Applications test that’s the best indication of productivity battery life, the Gram 17 achieved just under 14 hours. That’s a strong score that’s in the top tier of laptops we’ve tested, but not as strong as I expected. The Gram 16 hit 17.8 hours, for example.

Overall, the Gram 17 is a long-lasting laptop despite its large, high-resolution display. It will get you through a full workday and well into the evening, and you’ll probably have a few hours left over the next morning.

Our take

LG accomplished its objective of creating a large-screen laptop with good performance and outstanding battery life that doesn’t weigh a ton. You’ll want to switch to performance mode for the most speed and you’ll endure a bit of fan noise, but it’s worth it. For the most part, this is a laptop that lives up to its promise and then some.

Whether it’s for you, though, comes down to whether you’re okay with a metal chassis that demonstrate a fair amount of flexibility. LG passed the Gram 17 through military-level testing for durability and it survived, so that means the laptop is likely plenty robust. Still, you won’t get that warm and fuzzy feeling of durability as you handle the Gram 17.

Are there any alternatives?

The Dell XPS 17 offers the same 16:10 aspect ratio display that’s also higher quality, and you’ll get a faster laptop with a more potent GPU. It’s also much heavier and doesn’t even approach the Gram 17’s battery life. To fully leverage the XPS 17’s power, you’ll also spend hundreds more.

Next, you could consider the slightly smaller LG Gram 16 if you don’t need quite so much screen real estate. It also offers great battery life and suffers from the same flimsy feel, but it’s another lightweight offering that offers a lot of power and longevity without the weight.

The XPS 15 and the MacBook Pro 16 are also speedier laptops with smaller displays and might be good options. Again, if you don’t need the largest display, then these two machines should be on your list.

How long will it last?

The Gram 17 doesn’t feel like it’s as robust as the premium laptops it competes against, but if you trust the MIL-STD-810G rating, then you might be comfortable with the laptop’s longevity. It’s certainly equipped with up-to-date components. You won’t like the one-year warranty, though.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The LG Gram 17 puts a large and lovely display into your hands without weighing you down, and you’ll love the spectacular battery life.

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LG Gram 2-in-1 review: A convertible laptop with plenty to like

Convertible laptops usually come with more compromises than the LG Gram 2-in-1 does.

Despite having a 14-inch screen, the LG Gram 2-in-1 (model 14T990) is lighter than most 13-inch notebooks. It spares you the thick display bezels and performance drawbacks that often apply to laptops with 360-degree rotating screens. It doesn’t even suffer from weak battery life or limited ports.

These qualities literally come at a high price, though, with the LG Gram 2-in-1 retailing for $1,500. While that’s reasonable for a laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB of storage, you can’t configure cheaper models by cutting back on storage or CPU speeds.

There are a few design drawbacks. The keyboard runs shallow, and the speakers are some of the worst you’ll find on a high-end laptop. If you can look past those shortcomings, the LG Gram 2-in-1 provides a great combination of screen size, portability, and battery life that just may be worth the premium price.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go to that story for information on comepeting products and how we tested.  

LG Gram 2-in-1: Price, specs, ports

As of now, LG offers only one version of the Gram 2-in-1, with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB solid state drive, and a 14-inch 1080p display. A fingerprint reader is embedded in the power button, and the webcam is a standard 720p resolution with no Windows Hello face recognition.

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The LG Gram 2-in-1 includes a proprietary charger, but it does support USB-C charging.

For inputs and outputs, the LG Gram 2-in-1 has two USB-A ports (one on each side). There’s also a single USB-C port, and it’s not Thunderbolt 3-compatible. Although you can use USB-C for charging, the Gram ships with a proprietary charger, which isn’t as nice as having a pair of USB-C ports and a universal charger. On the plus side, the Gram has a full-sized HDMI output, MicroSD card slot, and headphone jack. There’s also a USB-C-to-ethernet adapter in the box, though it supports only 10/100 Mbps speeds.

The Gram 2-in-1 even comes with a stylus—a hefty aluminum pen that uses Wacom’s AES 2.0 tech, which supports 4,096 pressure points and tilt shading. Flip the screen around into tablet mode, and you can draw or sketch ideas on the 14-inch screen. Unfortunately, the Gram doesn’t include any kind of dock or magnetization for the stylus, and applying moderate pressure to the screen creates a distortion effect around the pen, so serious artists will probably want to look elsewhere.

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LG Gram 17 review: A big-screen laptop that’s incredibly lightweight

While reviewing the LG Gram 17, one thought persisted: Why aren’t people freaking out over this laptop?

Here we have a notebook with a gorgeous 17-inch display and monster battery life, yet at 2.95 pounds, it’s almost as light as a 13-inch MacBook Air. Factor in a cool and quiet chassis, a silky-smooth trackpad, ample storage, and plenty of ports, and you have a big-screen laptop with none of the usual big-screen trade-offs—well, aside from its steep $1,699 list price (though we’ve noticed a lower price on Amazon).

To be sure, the LG Gram 17 isn’t perfect, because no laptop is. It doesn’t have the best keyboard, its design feels a bit bland, and speaker quality is downright terrible. But when you’re working in luxurious comfort on an almost desktop-sized display and getting well over a full day’s battery life to boot, the LG Gram 17’s handful of issues have a way of receding into the background.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

Tech specs

As the name suggests, the LG Gram 17 has a 17-inch, 2560-by-1600 resolution display, and it comes in one configuration, with an 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of DDR-2400 RAM, and a 512GB solid state drive. A fingerprint reader is built into the power button on the top-right corner of the keyboard, but there’s no face recognition to go with the 720p webcam. Keep in mind also that this is a traditional clamshell laptop, with no touchscreen.

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The LG Gram 17 has a proprietary charger, but you can use USB-C in a pinch.

On the laptop’s left side, you’ll find Thunderbolt 3, a USB 3.0 Type A, HDMI, and a DC input for the Gram’s proprietary charging brick. (The laptop can also take a charge through the USB-C port.) The right side includes two more USB 3.0 Type A ports, a headphone jack, and—in what increasingly seems like a rarity on consumer laptops these days—a MicroSD card slot. One might nitpick the lack of USB-C on both edges, but this is a solid arrangement of ports overall.

Design and display

The vast majority of 17-inch laptops aspire to be desktop PC replacements, with spinning hard drives, discrete graphics cards, and sometimes even old-school optical disc drives. By contrast, the LG Gram 17 aims to hang with smaller thin-and-lights, making it one of the most unique laptops available today.

Just looking at it, you’d expect something much heavier, so when you pick it up, its lack of density is wow-inducing. (I know this, having foisted the laptop upon various friends and family members during my time reviewing it.) The laptop is fairly slim as well, measuring 0.7 inches at its thickest point.

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The LG Gram 17 cuts a slim figure for such a large laptop.

The display itself is no slouch either. I’m a fan of the 16:10 aspect ratio for laptops in general, and on a 17-inch screen that amounts to a half-inch of extra vertical screen space compared to typical 17.3-inch laptops with 16:9 aspect ratios. Meanwhile, the 2560-by-1600 resolution display makes everything look sharp, and we measured a peak brightness of 362 nits, which is on the high end for any laptop.

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LG Gram 16 Review: Very Light and Incredibly Long Lasting

LG Gram 16 review: The lightest and longest-lasting in class

“The Gram 16 packs a whole bunch of battery life into an incredibly light frame.”

  • Incredibly light
  • Thin bezels, slim chassis
  • Spectacular battery life
  • 16:10 display is a boon to productivity
  • Well-rounded ports
  • Display has inferior contrast
  • Lid and keyboard deck are too bendy
  • Lacks performance upgrades

The Guinness Book of World Records officially recognizes the LG Gram 16 as the lightest 16-inch laptop. At 2.62 pounds, I’m not surprised it’s earned the distinction.

LG’s Gram laptops have always been designed to be as light as possible (hence the name). That’s as true of the 17-inch model as it is the 13-inch, and across the board, they’re among the lightest laptops you can buy. This year, LG added a new size, the Gram 16, to take on the MacBook Pro 16 and serve as a middle ground between 15- and 17-inch machines.

In the past, LG’s larger laptops have suffered from not offering an increase in power, putting them at odds with laptops like the Dell XPS 17 and MacBook Pro 16. The LG Gram 16 still doesn’t have discrete graphics, but the $1,700 review configuration I tested still had plenty of goodies packed inside, including a Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 16:10 IPS screen. Does LG have a winner on its hands?

Design

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The Gram 16 feels incredibly light. Pick it up and you immediately think it’s empty inside. But it’s not — even at just 2.62 pounds and with a full complement of state-of-the-art components, it still manages to pack in a significant 80 watt-hours of battery.

We’ll cover battery life in depth later on, but suffice it to say that the LG Gram 16 is a battery life champion. The XPS 15 with 86 watt-hours of battery capacity weighs in at 4.5 pounds — and man, can you feel the difference. A larger display and nearly half the weight? I’ll take it.

Note that the MacBook Pro 16 with 100 watt-hours of battery life (the most you can take onto an airliner) weighs 4.3 pounds. Even the much smaller Dell XPS 13 weighs in at 2.8 pounds.

How did LG make the Gram 16 so light? Mainly, it’s the magnesium alloy chassis that trims off the pounds. And it’s not thick magnesium alloy either, which you can tell when you bend the lid with minimal force and push on the keyboard deck until you hit the components below.

Viscerally, the Gram 16 comes across like bendable plastic.

The bottom of the chassis resists flexing, but the rest of the chassis has a lot of give to it. That’s the price you pay to have such a light machine — although LG did subject the laptop to MIL-STD-810G testing to military standards of durability and reliability.

Intellectually, I know this is a robust laptop — maybe not so much as the XPS 15 or the MacBook Pro 16, but it’s not going to blow apart in a stiff breeze. Viscerally, though, it comes across like bendable plastic. Kudos to LG for somehow managing to design the hinge to remain in place and yet still open with one hand. There’s not a lot of weight holding the bottom of the chassis in place.

Thanks to some very small bezels, the Gram 16 is only a bit wider than the XPS 15 at 14.01 inches versus 13.57 inches, with the MacBook Pro 16 coming in at 14.09 inches. It’s a bit deeper at 9.58 inches compared to the XPS 15 at 9.06 inches and the MacBook at 9.68 inches. At 0.66 inches thick, the Gram 16 slots in between the XPS 15’s 0.71 inches and the MacBook Pro 16’s 0.65 inches. The Dell XPS 17 is also in the same ballpark thanks to its tiny bezels and a very slim design — 14.74 inches wide, 9.76 inches deep, 0.77 inches thick, and 5.53 pounds with a 97 watt-hour battery.

Putting it more simply, these are very similarly sized laptops, and they all look quite modern. The Gram 16 is the plainest of the group, though, with its simple silver chassis and complete lack of adornments. That’s on purpose — LG describes it as a “minimalist straight-lined design” intended to “reduce distractions.”

Both the XPS 15 and 17 with their sleeker lines and the MacBook Pro 16 with its understated elegance are better-looking machines. Note that the Gram 16 is also available in white and black color schemes — those might add a bit of panache.

Ports and connectivity

Connectivity is a strength, with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, two USB-A 3.2 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack. That beats the XPS 15, which has two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, a single USB-C 3.1 port, and no HDMI port.

The MacBook Pro 16 is all-in on Thunderbolt 3 ports, with four of them.

The Gram 16 also enjoys Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for up-to-date wireless connectivity.

Performance

The Gram 16 I reviewed used the Core i7-1165G7, a popular Tiger Lake processor that provides solid productivity performance and can dip into low-end content creation. As most manufacturers have been doing lately, LG provides a utility that allows switching between quiet, optimal, and performance modes. Switching between them adjusts performance against fan noise, and in the case of the Gram 16, you’ll want to make use of the utility.

The use of a U-series CPU is important here — most larger laptops, like the Dell XPS 15 and 17 and MacBook Pro 16, use 45-watt H-series CPUs that are much faster for the creative pros who typically choose laptops at these sizes. This is particularly true when you consider the GPU, where the Gram 16 is limited to Intel’s Iris Xe graphics, which are nowhere near as fast as the discrete graphics available in the competition.

In optimal mode, the Gram 16 is an underwhelming performer. As with most such utilities, this didn’t show up in Geekbench 5, where there wasn’t much difference between modes — the Gram 16 is a solid performer in this benchmark, coming in a few points above laptops like the Dell XPS 13 and the Razer Book 13 (which uses the faster Core i7-1185G7). The XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 16 use 45-watt 10th-gen H-series CPUs and, as mentioned, are much faster as a result.

In our Handbrake test, though, which encodes a 420MB video as H.265, the Gram 16 took over 3.5 minutes in optimal mode and just under three minutes in performance mode. Both scores are within about 10 seconds of the Dell XPS 13, and faster than most other laptops with the same CPU. The XPS 15 finished in just over two minutes. We didn’t test the MacBook Pro 16 using the same version of Handbrake and so can’t provide that comparison.

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In Cinebench R23, the Gram 16 was slow at 4,137 in multi-core mode and 1,394 in single-core mode in the optimal setting. That’s well behind laptops like the XPS 13 and Razer Book 13. In performance mode, though, the scores jumped to 4,718 and 1,415. These aren’t the fastest we’ve seen — the HP Spectre x360 14, for example, scored 4,847 and 1,404 in its performance mode — but it’s in line with the rest of the field. We didn’t test either the XPS 15 or the MacBook Pro 16 in Cinebench R23, but we guarantee they’d both be faster thanks to their more powerful CPUs.

Don’t buy this laptop expecting powerhouse performance.

Finally, I ran PCMark 10’s Complete benchmark and didn’t see much difference between optimal and performance modes. The Gram 16 scored 4,887 in performance mode in the overall score, and 9,687, 6,886, and 4,749 in the Essentials, Productivity, and Content Creation tests, respectively. These scores are good for the CPU, with the Spectre x360 14, for example, scoring 4,796, 9760, 6340, and 4,837.

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Overall, the Gram 16 provided snappy performance throughout my testing. It’s exactly what I expected to see in a laptop with its specifications, and I never experienced anything that gave me pause about the laptop’s performance even in optimal mode — with one exception.

That exception is regarding the Intel Iris Xe, which should provide gaming performance close to an entry-level discrete GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce MX350. Here, the Gram 16’s optimal mode fell well short, scoring just 1,390 in 3DMark’s Time Spy test. That compares to the XPS 13’s 1,589 in its equivalent mode and is well behind most other Intel Iris Xe laptops. Switch to performance mode, though, and the score jumped to 1,801, well ahead of most other Tiger Lake laptops not running Intel’s Iris Xe Max GPU.

In Fortnite, the Gram 16 managed only 13 frames per second (fps) in 1080p and high graphics — most Intel Iris Xe laptops topped 30 fps with the same settings. In performance mode, the Gram 16 hit 33 fps, which is only average for the class but much better than in optimal mode.

I didn’t bother test the Gram 16 using our creative content benchmarks because of the lack of discrete graphics and lower-wattage CPU. It just can’t compete with the XPS 15 and 17 and MacBook Pro 16 for creative professionals, which is one of the primary demographics of larger-screen laptops. Don’t buy this laptop expecting powerhouse performance.

Display

Laptops with taller displays — 16:10 or 3:2 — are increasingly common, and it won’t be long before the old-school 16:9 widescreen display is in the minority. The Gram 16 features a 16-inch 16:10 display running at a WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) resolution. Thanks to small bezels, you’re immediately faced with a large, luxurious expanse for getting real work done.

Unfortunately, the panel itself is a mixed bag compared to other premium laptops. On the one hand, it enjoys a wide color gamut at 88% of AdobeRGB (75% is closer to average for all but the best displays) and 100% of sRGB. But those colors aren’t particularly accurate at a DeltaE of just 2.67 (1.0 or less is considered excellent). The XPS 15’s 4K display came in at 0.65 and the MacBook Pro 16 managed 1.41.

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The display’s brightness came in at 313 nits, just meeting our preferred 300-nit threshold. The XPS 15 4K put out 442 nits and the MacBook Pro 16 was a nit brighter than the Dell at 443 nits. Where the Gram 16’s display really suffers is in its contrast, which was just 830:1. Good premium displays these days exceed a 1,000:1 contrast ratio — the XPS 15 4K comes in at 1,480:1 and the MacBook Pro 16 at 1,250:1.

I enjoyed the Gram 16’s display for its size and aspect ratio, and I was fine with its colors and brightness — but then again, I’m not a creative pro, so wide and accurate colors aren’t that important to me. I noticed the low contrast, though, because black text didn’t pop the way I like against white backgrounds. Even so, most people will find the display to be pleasant enough for their productivity work and media consumption.

Audio quality was just OK, with sufficient volume for YouTube and the occasional Netflix binge and without significant distortion. Mids and highs were clear, but bass was missing. The XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 16 offer better sound quality, particularly the MacBook, which boasts some of the best audio quality you’ll find on a laptop.

Keyboard and touchpad

The Gram 16 has a fairly typical island keyboard with nicely consistent backlighting. The black keycaps are a good size and have comfortable spacing, and the switches are precise, with plenty of travel and a comfortable bottoming action. My only problem with the mechanism is the amount of pressure needed to engage a keypress — the keyboard felt stiff to me, in contrast to the crisp and snappy action on the HP Spectre line and the MacBook’s Magic Keyboard. If you like a lighter touch, then you might not prefer this keyboard.

LG gram 16 laptop
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The touchpad is large due to the expansive keyboard deck — although there’s space for an even larger touchpad. Its surface is smooth and comfortable for swiping and has excellent Windows 10 multitouch gesture support courtesy of Microsoft’s Precision touchpad drivers. I liked the touchpad quite a bit and appreciated the relatively quiet buttonless clicks. What I didn’t like was the nontouch display — I much prefer touch displays for scrolling with my thumb, which is even more helpful on a taller display.

Windows 10 Hello support is provided by a fingerprint reader built into the power button. It logged me in quickly and painlessly, without a single failure to recognize my finger. I would have liked to have had facial recognition as well, but LG chose not to include it.

Battery life

As mentioned before, the Gram 16 manages to pack in 80 watt-hours of battery capacity despite its incredibly light weight. At the same time, it has a fast CPU and a high-resolution 16-inch display. I wasn’t too sure what kind of battery life to expect.

What I certainly didn’t expect is some of the best battery life we’ve seen. In all our tests, the Gram 16 lasted an exceptionally long time, coming in either as the longest-lasting laptop or in the top tier.

Starting with the PCMark 10 Gaming test that stresses the CPU and GPU, the Gram 16 lasted for five hours. The next-closest laptop is the XPS 13 Full HD+ that lasted a full hour less. In the PCMark 10 Applications test that’s the best measure of productivity longevity, the Gram 16 managed almost 18 hours, which is more than three hours longer than the next best, Lenovo’s Yoga 9i 14. In third place is the XPS 13 at just under 11 hours.

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In our web-browsing test, which loops through a series of popular websites, the Gram 16 made it to almost 14 hours. Among Intel laptops, only the Samsung Galaxy Flex 13 came close (in fact, it lasted exactly as long). Only ARM-based laptops have lasted longer, including Apple’s M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13. The XPS 15 we reviewed included discrete graphics and lasted just seven hours, while the XPS 17 with discrete graphics lasted just over six hours. You can buy both of these laptops with integrated graphics and they’d likely do much better.

Finally, the Gram 16 lasted for roughly 24.5 hours in our video test that loops through a Full HD Avengers trailer. The Lenovo Yoga 640 with a 10th-gen Core i3 is the closest competitor at 23 hours, and the Dell Latitude 7410 2-in-1 with its low-power display lasted for just under 22 hours. Again, you have to switch to an ARM processor to get better battery life in this test. As with our web-browsing test, the XPS 15 trailed at just over seven hours, and the XPS 17 lasted over nine hours.

Simply put, the Gram 16 exhibited spectacular battery life. In fact, it was a real pain to review — I had to wait over 60 hours for all the battery tests to complete. For the typical productivity user, though, you’ll likely make it through two full workdays before needing to plug in.

Our take

The LG Gram 16 is almost unbelievably light to have such an expansive display and incredibly long battery life. I wasn’t enamored with the keyboard, and the best performance required turning on performance mode and putting up with a bit of fan noise. But I could live with those flaws to have a laptop that I wouldn’t have to worry about plugging in for days and that I’d barely notice in my backpack.

My biggest issue with the laptop, though, is how flimsy it feels. I don’t want to overstate things — the laptop feels robust unless you purposely twist the display or press harder than usual on the keyboard deck. But we do these things in reviews and so we notice them. Whether the typical user would notice — or care, given that the laptop meets military specifications for robustness — is an open question.

Are there any alternatives?

The Dell XPS 15 offers a display that’s also in the 16:10 aspect ratio and provides much better quality in its 4K variant. It’s also almost twice as heavy even though its display is a bit smaller, and it can’t come close to matching the Gram 16’s battery life. You’ll also pay about $300 more for a similarly equipped XPS 15.

Next up is the Apple MacBook Pro 16, which has a more elegant look and feel, as well as a much better display and spectacular sound. It’s also much more expensive, and it, too, can’t come close to matching the Gram 16’s longevity.

Finally, you can get a slightly larger display with the XPS 17, and much faster performance, in a package that’s only slightly larger than the Gram 16. You’ll spend more money, though, and again, battery life will suffer.

The XPS 15 and 17 and the MacBook Pro 16 are also much faster than the Gram 16 thanks to more powerful 45-watt CPUs and discrete GPUs. That’s something to consider when you’re choosing between those two options and the lightest and longest-lasting laptop in this class.

How long will it last?

I’ve already said it — the Gram 16 doesn’t feel like it’s as robust as many other premium laptops if you go looking for flaws. If you trust the MIL-STD-810G rating, though, you can feel confident that it will withstand some abuse. It’s covered by the industry standard —  and too short — one-year warranty.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The LG Gram 16 is a solid productivity performer with stellar — really, unparalleled — battery life, and it’s so darn light. Just make sure you note the performance differences compared to other similarly sized laptops.

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LG Gram 14 review: This thin, light 2-in-1 boasts exceptional battery life

The LG Gram 14-inch laptop we tested may not be the fastest we’ve seen, but with its Intel Core i7 Comet Lake CPU, it offers solid mainstream performance in a durable 2-in-1 design. It also boasts a bright full-HD display with impressive viewing angles.

The Gram really comes into its own in the battery life department, making it a great choice for productivity-minded professionals who don’t want to be tied down by an AC adapter. You’ll see us compare it to two other convertibles we’ve reviewed recently—the budget-friendly Lenovo Yoga C740 (currently $790 on Lenovo.com) and the similarly priced Lenovo Yoga C940 14 (currently $1,430 from Microsoft.com). Both those competitors earned high ratings from us (as does the LG Gram) and are well worth considering, but the Gram beats them both on battery life. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

Configuration

LG sells two versions of its latest 14-inch 2-in-1 Gram. First, there’s the model that we’re reviewing here (14T90N-R.AAS8U1), which is $1,400 as a Costco exclusive with a 10th-gen Core i7 Comet Lake processor, integrated Intel UHD graphics, a 512GB solid-state drive, and 16GB of RAM. The second model (14T90N-R.AAS9U1) is identical save for a larger 1TB SSD and a $1,600 price tag. LG also offers a pair of 15-inch Gram models with stepped-up Ice Lake CPUs starting at $1,300, but the 15-inch versions are conventional clamshell laptops, not 2-in-1 designs.

Let’s take a closer look at the specs for our review unit:

  • CPU: Quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen
  • Wireless networking: Wi-Fi 6
  • Battery capacity: 72 watt-hour
  • Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 2.46 pounds

There are a few key specs worth calling out here, starting with the CPU. The Core i7-10510U is a 10th-gen Comet Lake Intel CPU, but it represents only a modest bump over older 8th-gen Whiskey Lake chips such as the Core i7-8565U. The Core i7-10510U is built on the same 14nm architecture as its 8th-gen predecessors, rather than the 10nm process of Intel’s latest and greatest Ice Lake CPUs. It also hits the same base clock and only a slightly higher boost clock than its 8th-gen ancestors (4.9GHz, versus 4.6GHz for the Core i7-8565U).

To say that the Core i7-10510U is roughly equivalent to its 8th-gen counterpart isn’t a knock, however: The older chip was (and is) a dependable workhorse when it comes to daily computing tasks as well as CPU-intensive chores. We expect no less from this Comet Lake processor.

We also like the generous 16GB of RAM (perfect for smoothing out multitasking hiccups) and the roomy 512GB SSD. The Wi-Fi 6 support means the Gram will be ready once you upgrade to a router that supports the latest and greatest Wi-Fi standard.

Best of all, check out that 72-watt-hour battery capacity, pretty impressive for a 2-in-1 laptop that weighs less than 2.5 pounds. That means we’re looking for impressive numbers from the Gram when it comes to battery life. However, cramming such a big four-cell battery into the Gram’s svelte chassis also (probably) means you’ll have to accept some performance trade-offs to keep things cool under the hood.

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2021 LG Gram laptops are now available in the US

PCs, particularly laptops, have experienced a surge last year, mostly due to new work and education arrangement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although analysts predict the high numbers won’t last long, PC makers are nonetheless putting out as many devices as they can while the positive situation lasts. Just last month, LG announced the latest models in its Gram line of lightweight laptops and most of those are now available for purchase in the US, at least if you’re not aiming for the 2-in-1 convertible kind.

Although they are no longer the sub-1kg notebooks LG once boasted, save for at least one model now, the LG gram still falls under the thin and light category of laptops. For this year, LG not only expanded the line to welcome 16-inch sizes while bidding farewell to the 15-inch models, it also stretched the screens to an all-new 16:10 aspect ratio. LG promises not only more screen to view but also more space for larger and more ergonomic keyboards and touchpads.

The 2021 Gram lineup also boasts of Intel’s Evo Platform certification, running on the 11th-gen Intel Core processors which also brings its much-touted Iris Xe graphics. That’s not the discrete Iris Xe Max, though, but it should still be an upgrade for some graphics and gaming applications. The larger models also boast 80W batteries advertising up to 22 hours of use, at least for the 16-inch models.

The 14-inch 2021 LG gram comes at just 999g (2.2 lbs) and has the lowest starting price of $999. On the other end of the spectrum is the lone 17-inch model at $1,799. All configurations for the LG Gram 14, Gram 16, and Gram 17 are now available for purchase.

What’s still missing are the LG gram 2-in-1 options that come in 14 and 16-inch sizes. These won’t arrive until the middle of March and will carry price tags ranging from $1,699 to $1,999.

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