We don’t get to see laptops with a 17-inch display every day due to their bulkiness. Instead, this is steadily turning into the exclusive preserve of desktop PCs. However, LG is out to rock the boat with the launch of the latest Gram laptop. The LG Gram 17 defies the ods to come with some degree of portability, in terms of its weight.
The LG Gram 17 features a 17.3-inch screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. The laptop weighs just 1.33kg which is almost similar to those of many 13-inch laptops. Thus, this is a big laptop that could still pass as a portable one. The Gram 17 design includes a dark silver Carbon Magnesium alloy chassis that is only 17.8 mm (0.7 inches) thick. The chassis is notably thinner than most 15-inch notebooks. Specifically, it is thinner than the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15.
Furthermore, the LG Gram pack a quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake-U) processor and LG’s UHD Graphics 620 iGPU fires up the graphics. Th processor is paired with a whopping 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM as well as 512 GB SATA SSD. Unlike the vast majority of 17-inch notebooks, the LG Gram 17 does not have a discrete GPU, which will be missed by gamers and performance enthusiasts, but that has helped to keep the weight and power consumption on the low. LG claims the battery can last up to 19.5 hours on a single charge but failed to disclose the battery capacity.
For connectivity, the LG Gram 17 comes with a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C connector that can be used for charging the laptop. The laptop can also be charged using the dedicated power connector. The device also packs an HDMI output, a microSD slot, and a TRRS jack for headsets. You also get a webcam fitted with an IR sensor for Windows Hello as well as a fingerprint reader, bringing two forms of biometric authentication.
Talking about the price, the LG Gram 17 is no way in the budget category. It comes with a price starting at $1,699. It is presently available to buy at BestBuy.