LG gram 17 (2020) Assessment

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

LG is again with a refreshed vary of its gram laptops for 2020 and that is arguably essentially the most svelte 17in laptop computer you should purchase, now with 10th-gen Intel processors.

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

It is maybe nonetheless a distinct segment product, with most patrons choosing a 13- or 14in display screen however within the bigger 17in market, LG has carried out an awesome job. It is partly about whether or not you want a display screen this huge and whether or not you possibly can afford it.

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

Design & Construct

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

That is largely a case of a spec refresh, so the design of the LG gram 17 is just about unchanged from final yr’s mannequin. You’ll have to play spot the distinction to note the adjustments, even after reviewing the earlier mannequin we didn’t see them instantly.

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

Nonetheless, that is not a foul factor actually as it is a good trying laptop computer that is well-made on the entire. The principle chassis feels sturdy even when the magnesium alloy seems and seems like plastic. The display screen is fairly flexible so it is a good job it is not a contact show, however it is a sacrifice to maintain the burden down.

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

LG Gram 17 (2020) Assessment

The keyboard has been improved, particularly on the quantity pad finish the place the ‘0’ and ‘Enter’ keys are considerably bigger. As are ‘+’ and ‘-’, which have additionally been moved to the facet. A number of different keys right here have been reshuffled and all of it makes much more sense.

On the principle keyboard, the ‘Shift’, ‘Enter’ and ‘Backspace’ keys are all barely greater in accordance with LG however we’ve not observed the distinction. Sadly the arrow keys all stay tiny and awkward.

Improved numpad apart, the keyboard has a springy really feel with an honest quantity of journey, which is able to seemingly divide the gang. Many will choose one thing extra crisp. A much bigger drawback, no matter your desire, is how far off to the left the principle keyboard is. It feels odd and can take a while to your fingers to get used to the place keys are.

As soon as once more, we discovered the row of operate buttons helpful and the identical is true of the two-level backlight anf the fingerprint scanner embedded into the facility key.

The trackpad stays bigger than most and works extraordinarily effectively with a pleasant responsiveness to common and gesture enter. It is somewhat wobbly and barely off heart, however not sufficient for it to really feel bizarre just like the keyboard.

The burden has elevated however solely by zero.03lb so it nonetheless is available in at below 3lb, or 1.35kg. Nonetheless an astonishing achievement for a 17in laptop computer with an honest battery measurement.

Display screen & Audio system

The show stays the identical as beforehand so, as you possibly can guess from the gram 17 identify, it’s 17in in measurement. Small bezels imply the laptop computer doesn’t really feel too big.

It’s an IPS LCD panel with good viewing angles and a strong WQXGA (2560×1600) decision. It’s bought a very good mixture of brightness, color and distinction so will probably be appropriate for a variety of duties.

A side ratio of 16:10 retains a pleasant stability between work and play, however the show just isn’t touchscreen if that’s necessary and the shiny end means you possibly can simply be distracted by reflections.

We would like an improve within the audio division however the two audio system are nonetheless mounted on the underside of the laptop computer and are fairly weedy each when it comes to the quantity of energy on provide and the standard.

Specs & Efficiency

Arguably the principle improve for this yr’s mannequin is a brand new Intel processor, leaping from Eighth-generation to 10th. Right here we have now the Core i7-1065G7 clocked at 1.30GHz, capable of Turbo as much as three.9GHz.

There’s nonetheless 16GB of RAM nevertheless it’s even quicker 3200MHz DDR4 Twin Channel and there’s now double the storage with two 512GB SSDs utilizing speedy NVMe know-how.

That is a pleasant quantity of inside upgrades, accounting for the worth improve.

With out getting too slowed down within the specs and benchmarks, the takeaway right here is that it’s quicker than the earlier mannequin by an honest quantity. Nonetheless, you may get related or higher computing efficiency from varied rivals.

You’ll be able to see the outcomes beneath in comparison with the Lenovo Yoga C740, Acer Swift 5, Asus ZenBook Flip 15 and Huawei MateBook X Professional. A few of which have devoted GPUs, serving to rather a lot with graphically intensive duties.

These, nonetheless, are usually not extraordinarily gentle 17in laptops.

Battery life

One component that LG has improved is the battery lifetime of the gram 17. Effectively in concept anyway because the capability has gone from 72- to 80Wh. Nonetheless, LG solely touts 17 hours in comparison with 19.5 of the earlier mannequin.

Regardless, in our video loop take a look at we discovered the 2020 mannequin lasted precisely the identical period of time as its predecessor at bang on 16 hours. That’s nonetheless a tremendous end result and approach forward of the overwhelming majority of laptops in the marketplace.

You’ll be able to cost to 25% in 30 minutes with the provided barrel adapter. This retains the USB-C port free, however that can be used for charging if you want.

Connectivity & Ports

As we simply talked about, there’s a USB-C port right here and it nonetheless gives Thunderbolt three speeds. The HDMI port additionally stays and the three USB-A ports have been bumped to three.1.

A MicroSD card slot is useful and there’s additionally a headphone jack. If you could join an Ethernet cable you need to use the provided adapter which plugs into the USB-C port.

The LG gram 17 already had Bluetooth 5.zero however Wi-Fi has been upgraded to Wi-Fi 6 (11ax), though we don’t suppose many customers will discover a distinction simply but and your property router is unlikely to have this normal anyway.

Worth & Availability

You may get the LG gram 17 within the US already and prices a barely eye-watering $1,849. That’s $150 greater than final yr’s mannequin.

Within the UK there are two fashions obtainable with a selection of Core i5 or Core i7 processors. The cheaper mannequin is simply obtainable by way of Amazon on the time of writing with a odd RRP of £1,415, though is definitely promoting it for £1,266.

The Core i7 possibility I examined is £1,549.99 which is the precise value for those who get it from Argos. Nonetheless, Amazon has it for simply £1,408 offering an honest saving.

In comparison with earlier gram fashions, this yr’s is much extra aggressive with regards to value. For context, the Dell XPS 17 for 2020 has arrived at a cool £2,599.


It is somewhat onerous to attain the LG gram 17, however we have awarded it 9/10 and a Beneficial award as soon as once more. 

LG may not have fastened all the issues from final yr’s mannequin however this already wonderful laptop computer combines an enormous 17in in an unbelievably gentle chassis, now with imrpoved efficiency due to a variety of inside upgrades.

The 10th-gen Intel chip gives a pleasant leap and though battery life stays at 16 hours, that also beats most different laptops in the marketplace.

This does come at a better value, however stays the perfect 17in laptop computer you should purchase if that is what you are available in the market for. In any other case, there are many 13-15in rivals (together with different gram laptops) which supply a high-level expertise at a cheaper price.

Try our round-up of the finest laptops to see what else would possibly go well with you.

LG gram 17 (2020): Specs

Home windows 10 Dwelling
17in (2560×1600) IPS LCD panel

Intel Core i7-1065G7 (1.3GHz, Turbo as much as three.9GHz), L3 Cache 8MB, 15W

Intel Iris Plus Graphics

16GB DDR4 Twin Channel RAM (3200MHz)

1TB SSD (M.2 NVMe)


USB three.1 Kind-C (Thunderbolt three)

3x USB three.1

MicroSD card reader

three.5mm headphone jack
USB-C to Ethernet port

2x 1.5W stereo audio system

HD webcam

802.11ax Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.zero
80Wh lithium-ion battery

381 x 261 x 17.78mm

Magnesium Alloy
1 yr elements and labour guarantee


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