LG launched the new laptop LG GRAM 17 and this is the LG GRAM 17 review.
The LG Gram 17 is the latest device in the company’s lightweight laptop lineup. While it may not be quite as compact and portable as the LG Gram 14 and LG Gram 15.
It remains a fantastic alternative for those wanting to watch Netflix on a sizable Quad HD screen without compromising on back-relieving portability.
Importantly, the LG Gram 17 continues to offer similar high-powered performance to its siblings.
Its processor is powerful enough to blitz through office work, and its integrated Intel UHD Graphics GPU appears to have enough grunt to cope with basic media work although AAA gaming is certainly out of question.
LG has been forced to make compromises to ensure this huge 17-inch laptop weighs little more than a kilogram.
but it’s still miraculously impressive you can slip it into a rucksack and forget it’s even there during the commute.
Lets first check out the key Specifications of this lg gram 17 first on our LG Gram 17 review.
Lg gram 17 specifications:-
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8565U 1.8GHz
- Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2400MHz)
- Screen: 17-inch QHD (2560×1600) IPS LCD
- Storage: 512GB M.2 SATA SSD
- Optical drive: none
- Ports: HDMI, micro-SD, USB 3.1 x3, USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 adapter for RJ45 Ethernet, headphone jack
- Connectivity: 802.11 A/C (2X2), BlueTooth v5.0
- Camera: HD webcam
- Security: Fingerprint sensor, Kensington lock
- Weight: 2.95 pounds (1.34kg)
- Size: 15.0 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches (38.1 x 26.67 x 1.78cm; W x D x H)
- Battery: 72Wh
Price and availability
The LG Gram 17 review.
It is hardly a budget laptop. Its one and only configuration, which is fitted with an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics, 16GB of RAM and 512GB solid state drive, costs $1,699 (£1,199, A$2,699).
All things considered, that’s more than a fair price. Not only are you getting a beautiful 17-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS LCD display and a reliable fingerprint sensor.
but also a rugged body as well as its extremely portable, thin and light design on a 17-inch laptop.
Again, to put that into perspective, the productivity machine HP ZBook 17 G6 with the same amount of storage and RAM will cost you $2,099 (about £1,618, A$3,110).
This configuration has a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 chip and slightly better graphics, which give it a bit of an advantage, but it also only has a 1080p IPS screen with 300 nits of brightness.
On the other hand, a Razer Blade Pro 17 with the same processor as the HP ZBook 17 G6 and powerful graphics made for gaming.
but also the same amount of storage and memory, will set you back a whopping $2,499.99 (£2,399.99, AU$4,299).
Closer to the LG Gram 17’s price point is the HP Elite Dragonfly, which currently tops our best laptops list.
Primarily aimed at traveling professionals, an HP Elite Dragonfly with the same processor, integrated graphics and memory currently sits at $1,629 (£1,618, AU$2,770). And, it only has a 13.3-inch Full HD touch display.
The same LG Gram 17 configuration is available in the UK for £1,199.
While it doesn’t seem to be available on the LG AU website, the same configuration is also on hand in Australia from third-party sellers at A$2,699.
Lg gram 17 review of display
Indeed, while size does matter, with the LG Gram 17 having the edge over most lifestyle laptops with its 17-inch screen.
The actual display quality is arguably more important.
There’s not much point of a larger display if the picture is washed out and the colours look muddy.
Fortunately, this isn’t the case with the LG Gram 17.
In fact, every reading via the colorimeter suggests the LG Gram 17 has one of the very best all-round displays seen in a lifestyle laptop.
Especially as you’re getting a Quad HD resolution that offers substantially more pixels than a standard Full HD monitor.
With an sRGB colour gamut coverage of 93%, the LG Gram 17 boasts a punchy screen with enough colours to accurately display the likes of digital comic books.
This means this laptop is perfectly capable of satisfying the needs of digital artists.
Predictably, the 64.9% Adobe RGB and 67.4% DCI-P3 scores aren’t so impressive, though, which means the LG Gram 17 lacks the colour gamut coverage to accurately present photographs and videos.
This is only really an issue for professional photographers and videographers but since the lg Gram 17 is a lifestyle laptop, it was never expected to reach such lofty creative standards.
If you’ll simply be using this laptop to browse the web and watch Netflix, the Gram 17 passes with flying colours.
A max brightness of 373 nits easily beats the average 300 nits, so overbearing sunlight shouldn’t prevent you from seeing any on-screen action.
The 0.25-nit black level also fits into the target range, resulting in a superb contrast ratio of 1466:1.
This means there’s an eye-pleasing difference between those dark and bright scenes, resulting in a more vivid picture.
The white visual colour temperature is also crucial for a good display, since it considers how neutral white lights look.
Have a reading too low, and the screen will look warmer with red shades creeping in.
Have a reading too high, and the opposite will happen with cool-blue lighting having a detrimental effect on the picture.
Laptop manufacturers will aim for a 6500K white visual colour temperature figure for the purest image possible.
The LG Gram 17’s display achieved a score of 6162K, which is within touching distance of the golden standard.
This means the LG Gram’s colour temperature looks as natural as daylight, presenting images more or less as the director intended for all your favourite TV shows and films.
Overall, then, the LG Gram 17 has a fantastic display.
Flick on BoJack Horseman or Tuca & Bertie and you’ll immediately notice the exuberant candy-coloured animations on show.
Plus, considering this is a lifestyle laptop and not a machine for gaming or media editing, I really can’t find flaw with this display.
LG GRAM 17 Review of Built and looks
Using a special metal alloy comprised of nano carbon and magnesium, the LG Gram 17 is ridiculously light given the size of its display.
It weighs 2.95 pounds, which makes laptops with smaller 15-inch screens seem overweight.
This is definitely not the thinnest system in its class, though, as the chassis is 0.7 inches thick.
I used it on my bus commute, and even though the display is huge, the chassis is compact enough that it wasn’t encroaching on the passenger sitting next to me.
However, I found myself lowering the screen brightness so no one could snoop on my screen 😜.
Despite being so light, the LG Gram 17 doesn’t feel chintzy. The base felt solid when I picked up the unit.
However, on our LG Gram 17 review we noticed some flex on the deck when pressing down on keys.
LG says this laptop is built to comply with the 810-Gmilitary ruggedness standard.
which means that it should be able to withstand shock, vibration and dust without a problem.
Aesthetically, the Gram 17 is a bit too MacBook-ish for my tastes.
Dark silver with a black keyboard, where have I seen that before? And while the bezels around the display aren’t chunky, they’re thicker than those on the XPS 15.
Heat on Lg Gram 17
Although you may not use the Lg Gram 17 in your lap that often, it should stay cool to the touch.
After playing a full-screen HD video for 15 minutes, the underside reached only 89 degrees.
We consider anything above 95 degrees uncomfortable.
The area between the G and H keys got to 94 degrees and the touchpad hit just 80 degrees.
Lg gram 17 review of battery life
The battery on this laptop was glorious.
My testing involved running a constant video stream from YouTube over WiFi as well as having Word and 10 browser tabs open as well as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
I set the battery saver mode on, which also dimmed the brightness.
Here, the laptop lasted over 13 hours before dying. Which is a brilliant result.
I was never worried about it failing me during a day away from power.
Lg gram 17 review of performance
The LG Gram 17 definitely isn’t the fastest laptop in its class, partially because it doesn’t offer discrete graphics.
It’s equipped with a Whiskey Lake 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD with IntelUHD620 graphics.
In my testing, I found the Gram 17 swift in keeping up with my usual workload.
With 25 tabs open in Google Chrome and Spotify streaming in the background.
I had no problem hopping between tabs and then streaming trailers like Spider-Man: Far From Home on YouTube.
On Geekbench 4, the lg Gram 17 turned in a score of 13,557, which is above the premium laptop average of 12,479.
The Kaby Lake-powered HP Spectre x360 15-inch also turned in a higher score (15,340).
It was a similar story with our video-editing test. The lg Gram 17 was better than average but behind the fastest premium laptops.
When transcoding a 4K video to 1080p in the Handbrake app, it took the LG system 19 minutes and 18 seconds.
The LG Gram 17 didn’t take that long to match 60,000 names and addresses in Excel, totaling 1 minute and 18 seconds.
The typical premium laptop takes 1:31. However, LG’s closest competitors took under a minute.
I was hoping for a faster SSD from the Gram 17.
On our file copy test, we saw a data rate of just 203 MBps. That’s less than half the premium laptop average of 527 MBps.
You can play some casual 3D games on the Gram 17, as evidenced by our playthrough on the Dirt 3 racing game.
The laptop averaged 54 frames per second on low settings and 1080p resolution.
Still, that’s 20 frames below the average.
In the lg gram 17 review we can say the webcam on it is decent, but nothing more.
I used the HD webcam for a few Google Hangout meetings, and it did a nice job capturing the red and blue in my shirt.
but the white drawstrings on my hoodie got blown out. I also noticed some noise in the image.
Keyboard and trackpad
In our lg gram 17 review we saw that the LG Gram has the same style of keyboard as its LG laptop brethren.
Keys are nicely spaced out and feature a decent amount of travel.
I’m a big fan of them, and while the feedback isn’t incredibly clicky, the keyboard is still perfectly adequate for hammering out essays.
There’s even enough room on the keyboard to fit a number pad here, something the recent LG Gram 2 in 1 misses out on unfortunately.
This may be a minor point, but I appreciate that the function key and corresponding function symbols are clearly signposted in orange.
Making it immediately obvious which button alters volume, adjusts brightness or activates flight mode.
You’re also able to toggle the keyboard’s backlight on and off via the function key.
When turned on, a bright white light glows beneath the keys. It’s subtle, but looks great and comes in handy when sitting in the dark.
The last fancy keyboard trick here is the fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button.
It means you don’t have to enter a password every time you log in, simply requiring the press of your finger on the power key.
Success was a little hit-and-miss. I was forced to type in my PIN on the odd occasion, especially if there was any residue on my fingers.
Sadly, the lg Gram 17 doesn’t support Windows Hello facial recognition, so you can’t sign in by simply grinning at the screen.
My one gripe with the keyboard layout is that the Backspace key has been reduced width-wise.
As a result, muscle memory meant I kept accidentally hitting the “=” key when trying to delete typos, which became a niggling annoyance.
Of course, use the lg Gram 17 frequently enough and you’ll eventually adapt.
Regarding the touchpad, nothing about its use really comes to mind.
It was responsive, adequately large and smooth to the touch. I can’t think of any flaws.
Ports on LG GRAM 17
It’s weird to see a laptop with a proprietary charging port these days, but there it is on the left side of the Gram 17. (You can use USB-C for charging, though.)
That left side also houses a full-size USB 3.0 port, Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C and an HDMI port. Two more USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack and a microSD card slot line the right side.
I would have liked to see one more Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting to a growing array of accessories, but it’s not a dealbreaker.
Speakers and software
Windows laptops seldom shine on speaker quality, but the LG Gram 17 stands out for being worse than most.
Bass lines are almost indiscernible while listening to music, and audio overall sounds strangely muffled, as if you’re talking to someone over the phone.
Even just listening to people talk on YouTube, sound quality was more on a par with a smartphone than decent laptop or tablet speakers.
Along a somewhat similar line, I expect most Windows laptops (except Microsoft Signature Edition ones) to include some level of bloatware, but LG’s software suite has one unusual quirk.
Its Support Center software shows information only in Korean in the system tray. The laptop also includes a “Reader Mode” feature that gives the screen a reddish tint, which is fine.
but it has a bad habit of nagging you to use it via notifications, and Microsoft’s built-in Night Light does a better job.
Fortunately, LG’s bloatware can be removed without incident.
Lg gram 17 pros :-
- Incredibly slim and light for a 17-inch.
- Lots of power for productivity.
- Affordable price.
Lg gram 17 cons :-
- Aging processor at this point.
- Sound distorts slightly at the highest volume.
The LG Gram 17 has an impressive display of what laptop makers can achieve if they focused solely on shaving pounds and inches.
It’s incredibly thin and light for something packing a 17-inch screen, and is a gorgeous canvas for movies and multitasking.
But it lacks the power you’d need for taking tasks like video editing or serious gaming and these are things people actually want a big screen for.
If you’re looking for a big laptop to carry around when you travel, but don’t need it to handle anything too demanding, the Lg Gram 17 is a solid choice.
But most people would be better served by a more powerful 15-inch notebook.
I’m truly impressed by what LG was able to do with the Gram series, even as I struggle to understand why someone would need to lug around such a large screen.
The best uses for big displays are demanding tasks like video or graphics editing, and those processes require more muscle than the Lg Gram 17 offers.
Ultimately, the Lg Gram 17 seems more like a way to show what laptop makers could do if all they cared about was shaving off inches and pounds.