LG gram 17-There aren’t many 17-inch gaming laptops, but with the Gram 17, we’re here. Last year, the South Korean company released a 15-inch version of this laptop, which is simply called LG Gram, and was one of the best-rated laptops of 2018,
with massive battery life and a stunning, high-quality screen. Suffice it to say,
LG Gram 17(2020) review:
what you need to know
LG Gram 17 (2020) launched in Expert Reviews Labs from South Korea,
it is a 17-inch Ultrabook with an impressive 2560 x 1600 pixels IPS display and an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor. It runs on 16 GB, has 512 GB SSD (SATA 3) storage space,
and despite its unusually large dimensions, its weight is only 1.33 kg. You will not find a lighter or smoother 17-inch laptop. LG Gram combined a glorious 15.6-inch screen with a slim body,
but it still amazes us with the epic battery life. This is a challenge for a 15.6-inch laptop, but it is an almost impossible task for a 17-inch screen,
where the screen is a massive pull force. The big question is: Can LG re-engineer the laptop last year?
LG Gram 17 review: Price and competition
There is only one form of LG Gram available at the time of writing this report,
which makes my job as a reviewer – and your work as a potential buyer – much easier. It is not uncommon for a laptop to come with dozens of configurations and possible prices,
making the LG Gram 17 (2020) simple and not as real as the fresh air. LG imposes a fee of $ 1699 on Gram 17,
although you can expect the UK price to drop slightly thanks to a good old currency conversion;
the first LG Gram was $ 2000 but it was launched in the UK at a price of 1449 £.
LG Gram 17 competitors clung to the hardest. All of the 17-inch laptops we reviewed in the past two years have served as gaming PCs and therefore cannot be compared in terms of price performance. Drop down to 15in laptops,
though, and there are a number of ultrabook competitors on the market. Of course, there is the original LG Gram, which was launched at a price of 1500 pounds, but it only has an FHD screen on the Gram 17 board from 2K, and the Intel Core i7-8550U processor is much slower.
Consumers looking to the LG Gram 17 can also think about the latest Dell XPS 15, which we have reviewed for £ 1,879 – it’s a stunning and terribly powerful machine with an i7-8750H processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti processor. The Dell XPS 15 is still one of our favorite laptops, although it is recognized that the model we have reviewed is a higher price than the LG Gram 17.
LG Gram Thin and Light Laptop – 17-inch IPS WQXGA screen (2560 x 1600),
Intel Core 8 i7 8565U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, up to 19.5 hours battery,
Thunderbolt battery 3 – 17Z990-R.AAS8U1 (2019)
LG Gram 17 review: design
The stylish and lightweight design of the LG Gram 17 is one of the biggest selling points. As you can see the photos here,
it’s a pretty good looking laptop, and it’s equally enjoyable. It is a deceptive light for its size and it surprises everyone who captures it. I mentioned the amazing weight-to-size ratio earlier; for sure,
this is a 381 x 266.7 x 25.4 mm (WHD) laptop that weighs just 1.33 kg. This is amazing compared to a laptop like Dell XPS 15 or 15 2 in 1, both of which are over 2 kg.
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the added screen size makes the Gram 17 less passenger-friendly than the original LG Gram, which also weighed less than 1.09 kg. Small bags may have difficulty grasping the extra dimensions of the Gram 17,
as was the case with the laptop bag in my business case. You may also want to protect it. The LG Gram 17 body is made of a very light metal alloy (nanocarbon mixed with magnesium), but while the base feels comfortable and sturdy,
the laptop cover is very flimsy. It looks good but can be swayed like a piece of cardboard. However, the hinge is well designed and raises the screen smoothly with one finger.
It’s not an edge-to-edge display, but I do think the edges are still elegant, especially on the sides. The LG winking logo is at the bottom of the screen, with the HD webcam placed in the middle and center. This is a point above the Dell XPS 15,
the camera still embarrassed at the bottom of the screen to create a dual reputation chin effect. LG doesn’t offer any alternative colors besides the regular silver color that you see here,
which is disappointing – the dual color scheme of the XPS 15 is more interesting.
The port mode in Gram 17 has not changed from the smaller model. On the left there is an HDMI 2 port and a USB Type-C slot with thunderbolt 3 port. There is also a power port and a single USB 3.1 socket,
with two others on the opposite side next to a microSD reader, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a security lock slot.
Poor sound quality was the only real reason for grams. Unfortunately, the same is here. Downward-facing amplifiers are pushed up against the laptop surface,
which increases volume but increases sound quality. The music looks muffled and messy, and the more tools you get. The distinction between bass levels is practically nonexistent.
The laptop headphones will never give you the best sound quality in the world,
but you do not want the right to watch a movie or listen to music unless you have good headphones or easy-to-use external headphones. It’s really shameful because the viewing experience on that screen is really great.
LG Gram 17 review: keyboard and touchpad
With these big dimensions, there’s luxurious space for the keyboard, touchpad and palm rest. If anything, it is very far from the keyboard stretch from the bottom edge of the base. I love the keyboard, and I would be totally happy to write on it all day.
The nice key spacing and layout (complete with NumPad) is pretty standard. Keep it along with the first LG Gram phone,
they are identical. The fingerprint reader built into the power button is still here too.
meanwhile, it is large in size and actually wider than the 15-inch LG. Silky smooth and very delicate,
it’s a good experience as you wished for a premium laptop. The left and right diving board works well as well. In general, it’s just a well-organized group.
An annoying feature,
migrated from the previous Gram, is LG’s use of an on-screen frame that appears every time you press Caps Lock or explode.
Noise sits in the middle of the screen for three seconds before fading, and there is no clear way to turn it off in the keyboard settings.
LG Gram 17 review: big screen
The main attraction here is, of course, the stunning 17-inch IPS display, which has all the features you might want to display on the screen: vibrant, crisp, vivid and with high contrast to boot ratio.
4K may not be, but HDR video streaming capabilities are even more important. The screen resolution of 2,560 x 1600 pixels is more than sufficient for a panel of this size,
and because of the display quality,
you can get an original movie experience with this laptop. This comes from a movie that usually refuses to watch a movie on anything smaller than a 50-inch screen.
Dive into the numbers, the screen remains equally impressive. It has a 89.6% SRGB series coverage and a very accurate E delta rate of 1.54 – almost every color is dead,
regardless of some black shades. 1554:
1 contrast ratio helps instantly “pop-up” pictures with a maximum brightness of 397.3cd / m2 more than enough for any enlarged environment, possibly direct sunlight. I wish the painting was less a reflection, but this is frankly my only and secondary preference in that.
LG Gram 17 review: performance and battery life
The LG Gram 17 is not the fastest laptop on the market, but for its price,
it does a pretty good job. Under the hood is an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 – 8565U quad-core processor with integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics, plus 16GB RAM. In the tests, the performance was respectable,
achieving a score of 90 in the 4K Mixed Media Test. This is a noticeable improvement in the LG Gram’s total of 74, but obviously, it doesn’t have anything with incredible speeds from the Dell XPS 15 or 15in MacBook Pro. Mind it more expensive, especially pro.
LG has managed to use a 512GB SSD storage space,
which is SATA Type 3. The industry standard for premium laptops has evolved into PCIe, and SATA 3 shows the right to life in file sequencing tests. In the AS SSD standard,
LG Gram achieved a 518MB / s sequential file read speed and 468.4MB / s files written. These are very shocking results, as the chart below stands out. Take the Dell XPS 15, for example, that has speeds of 2,292MB / s and 1,009MB / s in the same standardized tests.
Playing games on LG Gram 17 is hardly a revolutionary experience. The laptop only has a built-in Intel UHD 620 GPU to stabilize just 1GB RAM, so you can’t expect the world. Some games can run to a decent level. At 1080p,
the DiRT Showdown indicator averaged 28fps in high settings,
and at 720p it rose to 43fps. It’s more suitable for likes of Minecraft and The Sims rather than Battlefield V or Apex Legends, but in low settings, it can get away with the most demanding nicknames.
Razer Blade Stealth 13,
which contains Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics in addition to the i7-8565U chip (as in Gram 17), has achieved GFXBench results twice as much as Gram 17 (see chart below). This indicates how far the GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 will take you.
One of the joys about sharing the LG Gram 17 with its 15-inch predecessor is battery life, which is incredible. It is also no less than 11 hours and 16 minutes, which is the time taken for in-depth battery testing at Expert Reviews.
The first LG Gram was the third tallest laptop we ever tried – see more in the best article on laptop battery life – and the impressive endurance of LG Gram 17 puts it fourth.
The energy efficiency of this laptop is a real achievement, even considering the added screen size and a more powerful CPU. If you want a plus size laptop that lasts all day, LG Gram 17 is obviously the right device for you.