The main goal of LG’s Gram line of laptops is to provide thin, light computers with good performance and long battery life. Instead of striving to exceed the best laptops, they focus on finding the ideal ratio between speed and size.
This most recent Gram 17 is not an anomaly. This is without a doubt one of the lightest and most durable laptops in the big-screen market, weighing 2.98 pounds in a 17-inch chassis. It accomplishes that mix without costing an enormous amount of money; Grams are available for as low as $1,899. Although those aren’t low costs by any means, the Gram is far more reasonably priced than the XPS.
The LG Gram 17 Pro is a low-key beast of a laptop, which is what you hope to get from LG’s decision to slip an Nvidia RTX 3050 graphics card into the thin black chassis of the 17-inch Gram. No other laptop packs this much power into a big-screen laptop that is so light.
LG Gram 17 Pro
LG Gram 17 Key Specifications
- Display: 17.0-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS
- Processor: Intel Core i7-1360P
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
- RAM: 16GB,32GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 1 x 1TB SSD, 2 x 1TB SSDs
- Ports: 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack, 1 x microSD card reader
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1
- Webcam: 1080p with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
- Dimensions: 14.91 inches x 10.19 inches x 0.7 inches
- Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Battery: 90 watt-hours
Design and Build
At the core of the LG Gram 17 Pro’s design philosophy is its incredible lightweight construction. Weighing a mere 3.2 pounds, it challenges the notion that a 17-inch laptop must be bulky. Crafted from a magnesium alloy, the laptop achieves a seemingly impossible balance between featherweight portability and unwavering durability.
The LG Gram 17 Pro appears functionally identical to the LG Gram 17, which makes sense since at 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches it’s basically the same size. This new Pro model is about half a pound heavier though, weighing 3.2 pounds to the original LG Gram 17’s 2.7 pounds
The Gram 17 Pro is fairly flexible, just like the majority of laptops made up of magnesium alloy. The keyboard deck is fairly flexible, and the lid twists with some force. That’s not to say it’s not a sturdy laptop; rather, it feels less resilient in comparison to workhorses like the Dell XPS 17 and Apple MacBook Pro 16. Although it’s convenient that the hinge allows for one-handed opening, which is nice, but there’s quite a bit of wobble while using the laptop.
The sleek and slim profile of the LG Gram 17 doesn’t compromise its structural integrity. The magnesium alloy chassis not only contributes to its lightweight nature but also provides a solid foundation that withstands the rigors of everyday use.
Beyond its weight and structure, the design of the LG Gram 17 extends to its immersive 17-inch display. The bezels are meticulously minimized, maximizing the screen real estate and creating a visually stunning experience.
The Gram 17 Pro features a numeric keypad in addition to a spacious keyboard with large keycaps. The only issue is that the switches are abrupt and don’t have the same snappiness as laptops from competitors like the Apple MacBook and Dell XPS models. Sometimes, after extended typing sessions, you might find the keyboard to be a little tiring. Furthermore, despite being responsive and smooth, the touchpad is quite small, with there being plenty of space for a considerably larger touchpad.
Carrying a 17-inch laptop has never been this effortless. The LG Gram 17’s design doesn’t just stop at being lightweight; it’s about empowering users to carry a portable powerhouse wherever they go. The laptop’s design doesn’t scream for attention; it quietly exudes sophistication, making a statement with its understated elegance.
Display and Audio
The centerpiece of the LG Gram 17 Pro is undoubtedly its expansive 17-inch display, a canvas that breathes life into your digital world. With a breathtaking 17-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) 144Hz IPS LCD display, every pixel becomes a work of art.
The immersive experience is further heightened by the ingeniously minimal bezels surrounding the display. LG’s dedication to maximizing screen real estate creates an almost borderless visual spectacle, drawing you into the content without any distractions.
Navigating through different environments is a breeze with the LG Gram 17 Pro’s adaptive brightness feature. Whether you’re outdoors under the sun or indoors with dim lighting, the laptop intelligently adjusts its brightness for optimal visibility.
The display’s color accuracy is equally impressive, while it may look a bit more oversaturated than the IPS display on the XPS 17 or the mini-LED display on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the LG Gram 17 Pro’s screen can display over 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut — a feat Apple and Dell’s big-screen laptops can’t match.
Beyond the captivating visuals, the LG Gram 17 Pro takes the auditory experience to new heights. The built-in stereo speakers deliver a rich and immersive audio experience The LG Gram 17 Pro boasts a pair of 3W stereo speakers that can provide powerful sounds without distortion. Our review unit’s music quality was fairly good even while moving between rooms.
The LG Gram 17 Pro doesn’t just stop at delivering impressive audio; it hands you the reins to customize your auditory experience. With a suite of sound settings, you can tailor the audio profile to suit your preferences. From enhancing bass for a cinematic feel to fine-tuning treble for crystal-clear vocals, the laptop’s audio customization options ensure that you’re in control of your auditory journey.
At the core of the LG Gram 17 Pro’s performance lies an Intel Core processor, a true workhorse that propels this laptop into a league of its own. With Intel Core i7-1360P processing power, it’s finely tuned to cater to the demands of various users – from creative professionals engaged in resource-intensive tasks to business enthusiasts navigating through seamless multitasking.
Our LG Gram 17 Pro laptop’s 13th Gen Intel CPU, GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU, and 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM make it more than capable of handling daily tasks and a bit of light gaming.
With a maximum turbo frequency of 5.0GHz, the Intel Core i7-1360P engine found inside LG’s Gram Pro 17 boasts 12 processor cores in total—four performance cores and eight efficiency cores. It proves its capabilities as a chip in both single- and multi-core applications.
Complementing the robust processor, the LG Gram 17 Pro integrates SSD storage options and ample RAM, working in tandem to elevate operational efficiency. The inclusion of SSD ensures swift boot times, rapid application launches, and seamless file transfers. Paired with generous RAM configurations, the LG Gram 17 Pro becomes a multitasking marvel, effortlessly juggling between applications without missing a beat. It’s a performance symphony orchestrated to enhance your productivity.
What sets the LG Gram 17 Pro apart is its intelligent adaptive power settings. The laptop intuitively balances performance and battery life, optimizing energy consumption based on the user’s current demands.
Ports and Connectivity
The LG Gram 17 Pro embraces the future with its USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 support. These versatile ports not only facilitate high-speed data transfer but also open the door to a myriad of possibilities. Thunderbolt 4, in particular, enhances connectivity, allowing users to daisy-chain multiple devices, connect to high-resolution displays, and power up their peripherals with unprecedented speed and efficiency. It’s a nod to LG’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements.
While the LG Gram 17 Pro embraces the future with USB-C and Thunderbolt 4, it doesn’t forget the classics. Multiple USB-A ports ensure that you can effortlessly connect your existing peripherals without the need for adapters. This blend of modern and traditional connectivity options showcases LG’s dedication to user convenience,
The LG Gram 17 Pro doesn’t stop at USB ports; it presents a comprehensive suite of connectivity options. The inclusion of an HDMI port allows users to easily connect their laptops to external displays or projectors, expanding the possibilities for presentations or entertainment. Additionally, the presence of a MicroSD card slot speaks to the needs of content creators, enabling seamless file transfers from cameras and other devices.
In an era where wireless audio is gaining prominence, LG recognizes the enduring importance of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Whether you’re an audiophile seeking high-fidelity sound or just prefer the reliability of wired connections, the LG Gram 17 Pro ensures that you can plug in and enjoy your audio experience without compromise.
In the realm of wireless connectivity, the LG Gram 17 Pro stands out with its support for Wi-Fi 6. This advanced wireless technology delivers faster speeds, increased capacity, and improved performance in crowded spaces.
Because of its big, bright display, discrete graphics, and potent processor, the LG Gram 17 holds the potential for high power consumption, giving you the impression that its battery life is poor.
However, this laptop’s sizable 90-watt-hour battery solves that issue. We put the Gram through our typical battery test, which involves switching between tabs in a web browser until the battery runs out, and it took 14 hours and 30 minutes. Compared to the Acer Swift 3 OLED, which lasted only five hours and 51 minutes, and the Dell XPS 13 Plus, which lasted seven hours and eighteen minutes, that is significantly better.
Apple’s MacBook Pro 14 M2 Pro is in another league, delivering over 24 hours of battery life, or ten hours more than the LG Gram 17. However, MacBooks are exceptional performers because Apple Silicon can use as little as a few watts of power in less demanding scenarios.
Nevertheless, the LG Gram 17 has outstanding battery life for a Windows laptop. Windows laptops can have longer battery lives, but this is sometimes at the expense of a significant drop in performance. For instance, the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s has a battery life of more than 18 hours, but it only received a 2722 multi-core score. For most users, the Gram 17’s performance and battery life balance works better.
If you want a Windows laptop with as large of a screen as possible, your options are basically the Dell XPS 17 or the LG Gram 17. The choice between the two is quite straightforward. If you care more about power, go XPS; if you care more about portability, go Gram.
When it’s time to unwind, the speakers and screen provide excellent visual and audio quality for watching movies. The spacious display and full keyboard also make working and web browsing comfortable. Playing a wide range of games on this laptop is also possible thanks to its powerful mid-tier 13th Gen Intel CPU and GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, though you’ll have to adjust the settings to get the high framerates that a 144Hz display can produce.
Comparing the LG Gram 17 Pro’s performance to rivals of a comparable size and cost, it is perhaps a bit lackluster. For almost the same price, you can currently purchase the Dell XPS 17(2022), which delivers superior performance than the Gram 17 Pro due to a more potent CPU and more RAM. But Dell’s laptop is heavier by almost two pounds and has a screen with less resolution and a lower-quality webcam.