The LG Gram 17, like the company’s other super-lightweight Gram laptops, messes with your mind. It’s got a 17-inch screen, yet at 2.95 pounds weighs less than many 15-inch laptops and nearly the same as some 13-inch models. Having recently reviewed the airy Acer Swift 5, I find the Gram’s efficiency even more impressive — but it’s also far more expensive. The only configuration that LG offers is $1,699.99, which nets you an 8th Gen Core i7 chip, 512GB of storage, and 16GB of RAM. Instead of offering multiple SKUs, LG apparently decided on one size that should fit most (who can afford it). Right now, the laptop is discounted a bit to $1,549.99.
The main question to answer for yourself is whether you can settle with a smaller laptop screen. If you can, there are better options for the same money. But if not, there’s nothing else quite like the Gram 17 on the market.
- Beautiful 17-inch screen in a laptop so light it feels fake
- Excellent performance for everyday PC usage
- Nice selection of ports including Thunderbolt 3
- There’s a lot of flex
- No dedicated GPU despite high price
- Display isn’t a touchscreen
- Truly horrendous speakers
As with LG’s other Gram machines, the 17-inch version has a nanocarbon magnesium exterior that, to anyone holding it, might as well be plastic. That’s due to the texture, but also to the amount of flex you’ll sense when hammering away on the keyboard deck. Even the top display casing will easily bow if you put pressure on it. But if you believe LG, you needn’t worry about how pliable the Gram 17 feels: it’s rated for MIL-STD 810G durability and designed to endure a tumble here and there. So yes, a laptop can be tough even if it’s not sturdy and doesn’t inspire confidence.