LG Gram 15″
Hello! Guys, Today, I’m going to take a look at LG Gram 15-Inch review. It’s very lightest laptop in comparison to other laptops. It’s been updated for 2017. So, let’s find out the full specs and conclusion of this laptop-
It uses their magnesium carbon nanotube material again a super Lightweight metal alloy. But they’ve done a respectable job with the build on the 15-inch. The top deck doesn’t have much flex, for now, light the device is. The bottom panel also is much better than I expected. The hinge is well made and it’s actually one hand operable despite being so thin, it’s pretty cool. The screen and top panel still have more flex than I’d like but unless you’re really rough on this device. You’ll be fine. Now, the reason why they go with this magnesium alloy is so that they can make this laptop extremely light.
It’s 2.16 pounds, so that’s just barely over aa kilogram and it starts at 1200 dollars depending on specs. So, by comparison when you take an equally specs XPS 13 that’s 2.7 pounds for a 13.3-inch screen. The LG Gram is 2.16 pounds with a 15.6-inch screen. It has a lighter weight with a significantly bigger screen and when you hold it, it’s awesome. It’s incredibly light and easy to carry around. It doesn’t feel like an indestructible tank but if you’re trying to get to this weight there’s not much more you can do.
The Port selection is pretty good for this device. The right side of the device, Micro SD slot, Audio jack, a bunch of USB-A Ports, HDMI and one USB-C port. It doesn’t support thunderbolt 3 but they’ve included an Ethernet dongle. If you want to get inside, It actually quite difficult to open up. You have to remove some rubber feet. Some hinge covers and then pry the bottom panel off. It can be done though inside you’ll see a single slot of DDR4 RAM, my unit has 16 gigs. The storage uses an SATA interface the speeds are actually very fast for SATA3 but it’s still limited, it’s no NVMe.
Open the screen you can see that the bezels are really thin. It rivals the thin bezels of the XPS line from DELL. The display is a 1080p IPS panel, glossy finish and it’s a touchscreen. It gets reasonably bright. Bright enough for any kind of indoor work. The viewing angles and the color gamut are also not bad.
The Webcam is located on the bottom hinge because of the bezels, so you have that upward camera angle again.
The Keyboard is back with this year that’s another big thing that LG address. the main keyboard area is pretty comfortable to use the keys only have 1.1mm of travel. Not a lot but they feel responsive enough and it’s roomy. There’s number pad on the right but the keys there feel cramped to me. I don’t ever use those keys. So, I’m not the best judge of them. But if you need a number pad for work this has one of them.
The Trackpad is okay, for the most part, tracking is accurate and the click mechanism feels good. It uses Elan drivers. I wish it was using Windows precision drivers but these ones aren’t bad.
Processor & Performance: –
In terms of performance, this unit is running a KabyLake i7 with the HD 520. It’s a very snappy system when doing work, browsing the web or watching videos. Gaming performance isn’t amazing, this is not a device for a pro-gamers. But the HD 520 can get playable frame rates in lighter games on low settings. If you want to edit videos, I’d stick with 1080p footage. 4k video is going to be choppy and definitely put your footage on an external drive. The thermals are respectable this time.
It obviously gets warm when you push it hard but nothing uncomfortable. The Fans don’t come on often even when they do. They’re still pretty quite and when I run heavier benchmarks on this thing there is CPU throttling with not bad considering the form factor and when I run the stress test from 3D mark It passes. Which is really weird to see on an Ultra-light laptop.
The speakers are good. They don’t sound amazing in terms of audio quality, I mean, they are small Ultrabook speaker. But they clear enough and they position them in a way to actually fire outwards toward the sides. So that the stereo effect is really pronounced on the system.
The battery has been upgraded to 60-watt hours, a massive improvement over 35 watt-hours of the older model. And this battery was one of the biggest complaints about the previous generation. And LG listened, they made it significantly better so right now on this model. I’m able to comfortably get eight hours of regular use with the screen at 250 Nits. And this is just regular work if you want to watch movies or if you want to lower the screen brightness. You’ll get longer battery life, especially with the KabyLake chip. But the important thing is that you can go through a full day of use without bringing your charger around.
Overall, That’s the 15-inch LG Gram and my kind of find it weird that more companies don’t make devices like this. I mean you can find 13-inch, thin and light Ultrabook everywhere. If you’re looking for something with a bigger screen this is one of very few. With the Gram, you’re getting a magnesium alloy casing with decent build quality for its weight. The 15-inch touchscreen is above average. The brightness, color accuracy, and the viewing angles are all pretty good but it’s not perfect. The Keyboard is comfortable to use and the backlighting is a very welcome addition this year. The Trackpad is nice to use, there’s nothing I dislike about it.
The Kaby Lake CPU and HD 520 are great performers for light to moderate tasks and are well cooled. The RAM and the storage are replaceable if need be but it’s not easy to get in there. And then powering device is a 60-watt-hour battery that will comfortably get 8 hours of real usage. So, the 2017 LG Gram much improved, significantly better battery life, The kabyLake upgrade is nice, The backlit keyboard is nice. But for me, the extended battery life is just that brings this laptop from a cool kind of niche product to something that I would openly recommend to anyone who’s looking for something that’s thin and light with the big screen.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|LG Gram 15-Inch||Rs. N.A.|
|LG Gram 15-Inch||$ 1249.99|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wireless- Intel Dual-band Wireless- AC7265 (802.11 ac 2×2, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Combo)
-Bluetooth (BT 4.0)
|BODY||Dimensions- 14.08 x 8.99 x 0.66-inches
|DISPLAY||Type- IPS LCD, FHD (1920 x 1080p)
Graphics- Intel HD Graphics 520,webcam-HD(720p)
|PROCESSOR||OS- Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
CPU- Intel Core i7-6500U with 4MB Cache, 2.5GHz (Turbo up to 3.1GHz)
|MEMORY||Total Memory- 8GB, DDR3L 1 600MHz
Hard drive- SSD SATA3, 512GB
|PORTS||-HDMI, USB 3.0 Type-C, 2-USB 3.0, USB 2.0, microSD, RJ45Ethernet, Headphone jack, DC-In|
|SOUND||Stereo Speakers, Cirrus logic DAC|
|POWER||Battery- 2-Cell (Li-Po, 4495 mAh/34.61Wh)
Adapter- AC, (40W 2Pin)