Price: $ 1700
Ultra-light laptops are nothing new, but finding a 17 inch notebook this light is incredible. If you want a spacious screen and a laptop that is hard to beat, it's hard to beat LG Grams 17.
Here's what we like
- Shockingly lightweight
- Fast hardware with a sharp screen  Good keyboard and tramway,
And what we don't
- Battery life is largely not near LG's claims
- Poor network driver
- Can use more USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports
One of the more unique laptops in recent years is the LG Gram series which includes a range of ultra-light notebooks. Gram laptops offer advanced internals, good battery life, and true to their name – the lightest possible weight LG can handle. In previous years, 13, 14 and 15-inch models have been seen, but LG presented the 17-inch variant in 2018.
What makes the 17-inch variant remarkable is that it weighs in at 2.95 pounds. To put it in perspective, Dell's much-loved (and small) Dell XPS 13 one of the best rated lightweight laptops weighs 2.65 pounds. For just under 0.3 pounds increase, gram 17 gives you a radically larger screen and a spacious keyboard.
I recently bought LG Gram 17 and have used it as my only computer for a month. It reminds me a lot about what I wanted on a computer: a giant screen (big enough that I don't even bother with an external monitor anymore) enough power for some of the heavier tasks I use a computer for and good battery life. More than anything else, it makes it easy to make it easy to hold my backpack without forcing myself, and it is gratifying to get the laptop out of my bag and start working.
Design: Plain, But Serviceable  Left side ports: power, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI and Thunderbolt 3
LG gram 17 is an adjacent laptop, with the light gray exterior for it to mix in most coffee shops and libraries. The left side of the laptop contains a charging port, a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, an HDMI port, and a Thunderbolt 3 port that can also be used for charging. I would have gladly done away with the charging unit and the HDMI ports in exchange for more Thunderbolt 3 or even USB-C 3.1 ports, but unfortunately.
The right side includes a Kensington lock slot, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 3.5 mm headphones and microphone jacks and a micro-SD card slot. Included in the box is a USB-C to Ethernet dongle, but it only goes up to 100 Mbps.
The screen is a 16 × 10 aspect ratio unit with a resolution of 2560 × 1600. It is a 2K resolution, and I think it is the sweet spot for what LG wanted to achieve: text and images are very sharp, but with less cost and power consumption than a 4K panel. Display angles are large, and there is not much glare under bright light.
The webcam is above the screen, as it should be. The webcam does not offer Windows Hello authentication, but more of it in an instant. The webcam resolution is disappointing at just 720P, so you may want to use an external video conferencing camera.
Heading down from the screen and the webcam you will find the keyboard and trackpad, and I love the LG layout included here. The keys are well separated and there is plenty of room for the number pad. The arrows are not trapped in other symbols, so it is easy to know them when I need to navigate a document. There are two levels of backlighting (plus off), and I saw no problem with the lighting being uneven. The inclusion of the numbering means that the trackpad is not centered under the letter keys, but I adjusted quickly enough.
In the upper right corner of the keyboard piece, you will find the Hello compatible fingerprint sensor window embedded in the power switch. There is no delay between pressing your finger and the computer's unlock, and the switch is far enough away from not accidentally pushing it.
I wish the touchpad was bigger, but there is enough space to navigate and use gestures. These gestures come with courtesy of Microsoft's Precision drivers, which some portable manufacturers ( cough cough ) still do not include. The guests and the navigation speed can be adjusted via the setting app, and the trackpad has just the right number of clicks. While I always prefer my reliable trackball, the trackpad is large enough so that the trackball is not mandatory.
What is inside: Top Tier Parts, but integrated GPU
A screen of 16:10 means that it provides a little more vertical space than most laptops with 16: 9 screens. Again, it does well for productivity, as you can see more lines of text or multiple rows in an Excel sheet. However, the brightness of the screen is weird: the weakest setting is light enough to comfortably use it during the day, while the maximum brightness is conspicuous. The good part of this is that I can enjoy battery savings to have the screen at its smallest.
LG adds some software out of the box, most of which are useful. Microsoft Office is preinstalled, but there is no trial: you need an Office 365 account or license key to use it. You will see messages for LG reader mode, which do not offer anything other than Windows 10's own night light. The LG Update Center is used to control the BIOS and other driver updates, while the LG Control Center is used to set the function key lock and change any other settings on the device.
LG cites battery life at "up to" 19.5 hours, but I've been on average nearly 12 in writing in Google Docs, surfing the web, or streaming video from Plex or Netflix. This is still over other 17-inch laptops I've used, which is even more impressive considering the size and weight of the grammar. There is more space inside that would have allowed LG to include a larger power package, but it would have made the machine heavier. All needs will vary, but I think LG struck a good balance between low weight and long battery life.
This is strictly a clamshell laptop and doesn't even have a touch screen. This didn't bother me at all, but if you like to use a touch screen for listing or content creation, you want to look elsewhere.
What needs to work: Port selection and initial setting
Despite my delight with this laptop, there are some things I would change. I already mentioned the port layout, but it is worth repeating. Sending a laptop with a charger in 2019 is just stupid and I would be happy to upload the laptop from either the left or right side as most Chromebooks can.
My biggest frustration with this laptop was the out-of-box network driver. This means that the notebook will start more than it should be, and even when you get all the updated installations, it will lead to a frustrating experience. Take the latest network drivers from Intel's website before making any additional settings, and you'll be much happier.
Should you buy it? Yes!
LG Gram 17 is sold for $ 1,700, while other 17-inch models from Dell, HP and others can be up to $ 1,000 less if you find the right deal. The cheaper models have their own compromises, it is in specifications, weight or battery life.
Before I grammed, my computers were a Google Pixelbook and a Dell Inspiron 17. I took Pixelbook most places because it was nice and light, but the smaller screen made me less productive when I sat down at work. The smaller screen also made watching movies and TV shows on the less than ideal. The 17-inch Inspiron had the opposite problem: it gave me enough room to work, and the big screen was a joy to watch video on. But it took my back every time I took it, and it was difficult to throw around when I used it at home.
Gram 17 is the perfect center for me. I will repeat this: it is easy to keep it in my bag all day and it gives me plenty of room to work when I sit down for a few hours. The ability to run around a lightweight laptop that meets all my needs is amazing.
Let me think I'm joking how big a game switch has been for me: I could sell my home desktop and monitor Inspiron and Pixelbook, and just have a computer to keep loaded, updated and with me everywhere I go. Ending and keeping only those things that "spark joy" is quite a rage right now and LG Gram 17 has definitely made me quite happy in the worse mess and the increased tool.
How much you value and other factors are up to them, but for me, the combination of good battery life, powerful accurate hardware to do what I need, a big screen and the light weight make it well worth asking the price. There are small quibbles I have with this machine, but if you want a superlight Windows laptop that works well and has a giant screen, gram 17 is hard to beat.
] Price: $ 1700
Here's what we like
- Shockingly lightweight
- Fast hardware with a sharp screen  Good keyboard and trackpad
And what we don't
- Battery life, while good, is nowhere near LG's claims
- Poor network driver
- can use more USB-C / Thunderbolt 3- gates