LG Gram 17 (2021) review: a class of its own – The Verge7 min read


Ive checked out plenty about what its like to utilize, hold, and type on an LG Gram in the past, but that didnt eliminate from the excellent impression it made when I used the new Gram 17 for the very first time– especially this bigger design. The Gram 17 has a grandiose 17-inch display screen, yet its only three pounds, which is light enough for me to carry around one-handed. Its keyboard is a happiness to type on with a surprising quantity of tactility and travel in the keys, and the battery life lasts longer than an entire day of work, even much of a second one, too. Its a peaceful laptop, and even under pressure, its fans werent loud enough for me to hear when.
The Gram interacts its most significant selling points– lightness and durability– so effectively that it outperforms some continuing minor issues. These are crucial things for any laptop computer to get right, let alone one that has a bunch of additional genuine estate that ought to be used to avoid defects like these.

Brink Score

8.5 out of 10

LG loaded in a great deal of keys here, however its not as realistically set out as it might be.

While running my typical collection of around 10 tabs in Microsoft Edge for work, with Slack and Spotify running in tandem, efficiency didnt stutter at all. This is the bare minimum of competency tests for laptops, so for something more demanding, I exported a five-minute, 33-second test file from our Verge video team through Adobe Premiere Pro. Last years model took 30 minutes to do this, however this one gets it carried out in around 11 minutes. That does not compare laptop computers that put more of a focus on power typically at the expense of heft, however its sufficient of an improvement to make the Gram 17s price a little simpler to justify. Razers Book 13 with the exact same processor fared almost a minute quicker with this test, but the Gram is on par with the newest Dell XPS 13 and Asus ZenBook 14.

The secrets have a 1.6 mm travel and feel tactile to type on.

On the ideal side, the Gram 17 has two USB Type-A ports and a microSD card slot.

Good Stuff

The 16-inch Gram is lighter and less costly, yet it features the exact same style, screen size, port selection, battery capacity, and specifications (aside from having significantly less storage) for $1,399. You can discover one that has the same 1TB storage as the Gram 17 for $1,599. If the Gram 17s $1,799 rate is too costly, at least you have an option thatll likely deliver the exact same excellent results.
If the price isnt an issue and you want a surprisingly portable and powerful laptop computer with an extra-large screen, the Gram 17 is in a class of its own.

With that exact same batch of apps I discussed previously, the Gram 17 lasted a whole workday and well into the next, around 12 or so hours later on. It includes the very same 80Wh battery as last years model, which is still excellent considering the Gram 17s lightweight profile.
Comparable to the 2020 variation is its USB-C charging. LG now consists of a 65W USB-C power adapter instead of the 48W charger that delivered with the previous model. It can faster recharge with the consisted of brick (which is no larger than a compact power bank), however it still takes a few hours to refill it entirely.
That summarize the most significant changes to this years Gram 17. There are a few smaller tweaks I liked, too. The plan of ports has actually been shifted around in a more logical layout. On the left side, theres a Thunderbolt 4 port (it can be used for charging, data, or linking to a screen), one USB-C 4.0 Gen 3 port, a headphone combo jack, and an HDMI port. Over on the right is where youll discover two USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports beside a microSD card slot and a Kensington lock.

This new design for 2021 is primarily a spec update, not a design overhaul compared to the 2020 version. But its a great upgrade, at that. Within LGs sole $1,799 Gram 17 configuration (its been available for $1,699 considering that late March), theres now an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 quad-core processor that guarantees– and in fact delivers– much better efficiency and longer battery life than the 2020 model my coworker Monica Chin reviewed. Additionally, this designs faster 4,266 MHz LPDDR4X RAM, of which it has 16GB, most likely contributes because speed increase. Its not a drastically various computer system to use than previously, but it can hold its own more reliably this time around.

Light-weight develop
Better battery life and efficiency than the 2020 model
Fine-tuned port design
Fans run very silently

The screens large size and 16:10 aspect ratio provide content a lot of space to breathe.

If youre shopping around for 17-inch laptops, youll be hard-pressed to find anything lighter than the Gram. If you get an XPS 17 model like the one we evaluated in July 2020, itll weigh nearly as much as two Gram 17s at 5.53 pounds.
As my associate Monica Chin discussed in her evaluation of the 2020 LG Gram 17, this laptop computer isnt a looker. The Gram has a hard magnesium alloy-clad body, but it looks and feels plasticky.

The Thunderbolt 4 port, USB-C 4.0 port, earphone jack, and HDMI port are on the left side.

The fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button works as meant consistently.

The design of the Gram doesnt stand apart, however some individuals may like that.

Keyboard layout problems persist
Trackpad has palm rejection concerns
Its costly
I d like a matte display screen choice

Bad Stuff

The 720p web cam produces a fuzzy image, but its functional quality.

Something minor that I want LG provided with this model is the choice for a matte screen. Its rare for ultrabooks to have them, but I find it tough to remain concentrated on whats occurring on the screen when I can see a reflection of all my apartments happenings gazing back at me. Wherever you use this laptop, glare could be a big issue, like it can be with a TELEVISION. This doesnt take away from the Gram 17s display screen being sharp and brilliant. Its a WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS non-touch panel from the businesss own screen division, and it makes whatever look excellent with 99 percent DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. LGs Gram 2-in-1 laptop computers feature them if a touchscreen is crucial to you. LG was among the very first Windows laptop makers to relocate to a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the Gram 17 has one, too. It gives you a little bit more vertical realty to deal with on the screen compared to 16:9 displays. Its most advantageous for performance (you see more details at as soon as, so less scrolling is needed), but youll have black letterboxing for many full-screen videos you view.
The Gram is short on bloatware, which I like to see. It ships with Amazons Alexa built-in, though it needs activation prior to you can use the service. A couple of other preinstalled apps consist of McAfee LiveScan and a suite of creator tools from CyberLink. Compared to some other laptop computers Ive used just recently, like Acers Predator Triton 300 SE, the Gram doesnt push pop-up notices in your face relatively every time you use it.

Photography by Cameron Faulkner/ The Verge

Ive checked out plenty about what its like to use, hold, and type on an LG Gram previously, but that didnt take away from the remarkable very first impression it made when I used the brand-new Gram 17 for the very first time– particularly this bigger model. That does not hold a candle light to laptops that put more of a focus on power normally at the cost of heft, but its adequate of an improvement to make the Gram 17s cost a little easier to validate. If you get an XPS 17 model like the one we reviewed in July 2020, itll weigh practically as much as 2 Gram 17s at 5.53 pounds. As my colleague Monica Chin discussed in her evaluation of the 2020 LG Gram 17, this laptop computer isnt a looker. LG was one of the very first Windows laptop makers to move to a 16:10 element ratio, and the Gram 17 has one, too.

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