What makes the LG Gram 17 a headline today? After all, there is no shortage of thin, crisp notebooks or high performance power laptops in the market. Thanks to LG, their consumers do not have to opt for either/or anymore. It’s extremely unlikely to come by an ultrabook that has a tremendously wide display and adds value to portability as well. Due to which, most 17-inch laptops ever introduced have been crafted in a way that categorizes them as desktop replacements only, and are built so as well. Other 17 inch laptops are more performance oriented and are shipped in bigger, bulkier molds. But LG has taken an initiative to look outside this pigeon hole.
The new LG Gram 17 is focused towards road runners who seek handiness in their everyday machine more than anything, but are somehow forced to settle for smaller displays. Or either have to sacrifice performance or power for a sharper output. LG has successfully found a middle ground and blended them both in the same package. Here’s everything you need to know about LG’s latest innovation.
Display and Exterior
So, the rumors have finally proven to be accurate. With a 17.3-inch screen 2560×1600 resolution, and 16:9 aspect ratio, the laptop weighs just 1.33 kgs. Thickness rounding to be 0.7 inches and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. In hindsight, the equipment comes closer to 13-inch and 15-inch laptops in terms of footprint and compactness.
Power, Processing, and Battery
It’s good to see that to maintain a certain weight benchmark, LG didn’t cheap out while assembling the insides of the LG Gram 17. The device packs a quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake-U) processor having a TDP of just 25 W, base frequency of 1.8 GHz and up to 4.6 GHz in the Turbo mode.
Complimenting the processor is a 16GB DDR4-2400 installed RAM along with a 512GB SATA SSD. The only thing that is missing is a discrete GPU that kind of rules out gaming enthusiasts as the target audience of this machine. It comes with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics instead. Probably to avoid compromising its size and thickness.
The battery backup is as solid as the device itself and can give an average of up to 19.5 hours. But many techies are skeptical of this claim and think it’s going to leave them disappointed.
Handling the connectivity is a wireless network card 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, with three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C connector that doubles as a charging port. There is also a dedicated power connector. The device also lacks a RJ45 jack for a network cable, which is a letdown, but does include a slot for the use of microSD memory cards
Price and Availability
Looking at the price tag does leave us disheartened as it rules out another segment of users as the target audience: the budget users.
The starting price for this sleek machine is $1,699 and it’s available on Best Buy right now.
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