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Apple"s Táo MacBook Pro 16-inch may be big, but there"s a bigger máy vi tính in town. Okay, so there are plenty of bigger laptops around, but the Máy tính LG Gram 17 is not only larger, but it"s also much lighter. It offers a gorgeous, gigantic 17-inch screen that you can take with you, just in case you need a roomier canvas on the go. LG has proven it can fit a big screen in a small package, but the Gram 17 doesn"t pack the performance punch you might expect from a system this kích thước. So the question is, who needs a screen this large in a thin-and-light frame, but not the horsepower that usually goes along with it?


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At 2.9 pounds, the Gram 17 is lighter than the 4.4-pound Dell XPS 15 or the 4.3-pound MacBook phiên bản Pro 16. It"s even lighter than the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, which weighs 3.4 pounds. Though, the Apple máy tính is a hair slimmer at 0.64 inches compared to lớn the Gram"s 0.7, and the XPS 15 also comes in at 0.7 inches. Given the LG laptop"s larger surface area, though, it cuts a sharper profile. My favorite of the lot is still the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, which is the thinnest at 0.57 inches.

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The whole reason the Gram 17 is so light, other than to lớn demonstrate LG"s ability khổng lồ engineer such a thing, is to lớn allow people lớn carry around a huge screen with them without straining their shoulders & arms. If you need a large canvas for making sales presentations, for example, & you don"t want lớn lug an external monitor, this could come in handy. Otherwise, it"s hard to lớn imagine any other scenario where you"d pichồng the Gram 17 over another máy tính.

Even though it fit snugly into lớn my largest tote, the Gram 17 was quite unwieldy khổng lồ carry around. I actually opened it up on the train to get some work done, và found myself poking the passengers beside me because the máy tính xách tay spilled over the boundaries of my seat. It"s definitely a lot easier to carry around than any other 17-inch notebook & I"m more likely to lớn bring it to a meeting than, say, an Alienware or ROG of the same screen size. But I"d always pick a 15-inch system or smaller lớn take on the go.

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Though the magnesium frame is incredibly light, it does feel a little cheap và fragile compared lớn the more tank-like build of other 17-inch laptops. Still, LG said the Gram 17 meets military-spec standards for durability. And though I didn"t have the guts khổng lồ toss this thing around too much, it did remain in near-perfect condition even after I stashed it in my giant purse & jostled around sometimes-violent strangers on the Thủ đô New York subway. I also tried lớn twist the Gram 17 & the machine did give sầu a little, but that teeny bit of flex is something I"m willing to live sầu with as a trade-off for such a light toàn thân.

Because there"s so much room on the Gram 17, LG was able lớn cram a generous array of ports. There"s three USB 3.0 Type A ports, a USB C slot, an HDXiaoMI socket, an Ethernet port, as well as a micro SD thẻ reader và a headphone jaông xã. Though, this thing is so big it almost feels like there"s still room for a CD ROM drive, if you remember those.

Display

The Gram 17 offers a reasonable resolution of 2560 x 1600, which translates lớn a spacious 16:10 aspect ratio. The nice thing about this is that it lets you open up a ton of apps & multitask like a legover. You can quarter up the display và have four apps running at the same time, or you can vì what I did, which was open up multiple reference pages for specs & articles, side by side while banging out a Đánh Giá. That real estate is incredibly useful for serious multitasking.

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I also lượt thích that the display was really bright and colorful. Images from a sample 4K video clip on YouTube looked straight up gorgeous. Plus, I could place the Gram 17 on the table in a khách sạn room, và still clearly see characters from my favorite TV shows from the bed about six feet away.

Keyboard và trackpad

Because it has such a sharp protệp tin compared lớn rival 17-inch systems, the Gram 17 also has far less depth to lớn offer in its keyboard. That isn"t khổng lồ say that the buttons here are quite as shallow as the Macbook Air"s, but don"t expect the cushy travel you get from most systems this form size. There"s still some depth here & the snappy feedback makes typing more comfortable.

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Since there"s plenty of room on the deông xã itself though, LG saw fit to squeeze in a numpad và as well as a handy power button at the top right corner that also housed a fingerprint sensor for convenient logins. Yet, the company made some curious decisions in the layout. Specifically, the Enter và Backspace keys are smaller than usual. Because of that, these keys require a little more reaching than I"m used to lớn, and instead of hitting Enter, I ended up inserting a lot of quote marks. I also found it hard lớn reach for the delete key, which sat all the way to lớn the top right of the backspace button.

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The trackpad, on the other h&, benefitted from the extra space. This glass-covered surface is generously sized và I never ran out of room while scrolling through pages or pinching to zoom, và the cursor was consistent & responsive.

Performance và battery life

Oddly, with such a roomy chassis, you"d think that LG would find enough room to lớn squeeze in a more powerful graphics card. But, because the Gram 17 is so thin, there isn"t a lot of room for a sophisticated cooling system that needs to accompany those. Instead, it comes with an Intel UHD 6đôi mươi GPU. Now I"m not the most hardcore gamer or Clip editor -- my most demanding task was running the occasional game of Overcooked, so this held up for most of my workloads. Those expecting more beef will likely be disappointed.

PCMark 10Geekbench 5 (Compute)ATTO (top reads/writes)
LG Gram 17 (Hãng Intel Chip Core i7-8565U, UHD 620)3,1744,676504.43 MB/s / 442.47 MB/s
Surface Laptop 3 15-inch (Ryzen 7 3780U Surface Edition, Radeon Vega RX11)4,12412,4141.9 GB/s / 801 MB/s
Dell XPS 15 (2019, Hãng sản xuất Intel i9-9980 HK, NVIDIA GTX 1660)5,1935,5172.05 GB/s / 1.10 GB/s

The laptop"s CPU is an eighth-generation quad-core Intel Chip Core i7 processor, và it performed decently for the most part. It had no problem with my usual workload, which includes multiple browser tabs while sneaking in a few episodes of The Good Place on Netflix in the background. But the computer did stutter when I tried khổng lồ jump between folders while unzipping three folders at the same time. Though, that"s more a sản phẩm of the slow SSD than the CPU -- on our disk speed benchmark, the Gram 17 was only about half as fast as the competition.

It"s not an apples lớn apples comparison, but consider a recent notebook of a similar kích cỡ like the Macbook Pro 16. It packs a six- or eight-core i7 or i9 chipphối with AMD"s Radeon Pro graphics options, so you"ll have plenty more power for demanding tasks. Other 17-inch laptops tover to be gaming laptops & are often complete tanks lượt thích the Alienware Area 51m, and paông xã much more muscle into heftier frames. At $1,700, the Gram 17 also costs about a thousvà bucks less than these two laptops. It"s also a completely different kind of machine. You"re better off thinking of it as a thin-and-light mainstream máy vi tính with a big screen than a large notebook packing powerful guts in a thin-and-light frame. It"s almost lượt thích a bigger Surface Laptop 3, which starts at $999 và uses AMD Ryzen processors.

Battery life
Máy tính LG Gram 1712:55
Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch)7:50
Dell XPS 15 (2019)13:29
Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch11:20

Since most 17-inch laptops tend to just sit on your desktop, battery life usually isn"t a priority for these machines. Yet, the Gram 17 managed to clock almost 13 hours on our battery chạy thử. That"s about an hour longer than the Macbook Pro 16, but a half hour shorter than the XPS 15. The Alienware Area 51m meanwhile lasted a hilarious 1.5 hours.

Wrap-up

I"m truly impressed by what LG was able khổng lồ vì chưng with the Gram series, even as I struggle khổng lồ underst& why someone would need to lug around such a large screen. The best uses for big displays are demanding tasks like đoạn Clip or graphics editing, và those processes require more muscle than the Gram 17 offers. Ultimately, the Gram 17 seems more lượt thích a way lớn show what máy tính xách tay makers could vì if all they cared about was shaving off inches và pounds.