The LG Gram 17 (2021) is the latest variant of the company’s so-far superb lineup of productivity-oriented laptops that focus on being as light as possible above all else. Powered by Intel’s 11th-generation mobile chips,it’s a laptop that mostly allows for fast, hassle-free productivity,making your daily workload a seamless experience at the office or at school.
While the LG Gram 17 (2021) isn’t going to win any awards for style, it does offer pure function, poising it as one of the best choices for everyday workplace use. If you can stomach the price.
Last year’s Gram17 cost just over $1,749 for a similar spec. That ran on a 10th-gen Intel i5 CPU, so we’ve seen a bit of a price hike going to the Intel Core i7- 1165G7 CPU. Other LG Gram 17 (2021) configurations are also available. There’s a 512GB SSD config that costs a little less,at $1,749, and a 256GB version, which costs even less,at $1,699. Honestly,though, if you’re already spending that much, plumping up the extra cash for the 1TB version seems like a solid deal.
Your immediate reaction when you first pick up the LG Gram 17 will almost definitely be how light it is. Weighing in at 2.98 pounds, the Gram 17 is fascinatingly lightweight, especially impressive given the extra bulk that the 17-inch screen provides.You might think that such a lightweight design comes at the cost of durability.After all, heftier laptops can give users peace of mind when it comes to preventing accidental damages.The LG Gram 17, however, is still impressively sturdy,featuring a full aluminum body that’s resistant to drops, dust, and other common forms of wear and tear.
What It Carries
The laptop’s feathery weight pairs perfectly with its general swiftness,too. Backed up by Intel 11th-generation processing power and a speedy PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD, it boots up impressively fast. Another area where it absolutely excels is in its superb battery life. This is nothing new for the LG Gram series,but this latest model goes above and beyond even its predecessors in that regard, lasting just shy of 14 hours.
So, it’s impressed us from a design perspective, but it’s no slouch under the hood, either. Intel’s 11th-gen quad core eight-thread CPU does a great job at multitasking, enabling you to juggle multiple projects on the go, especially with that ridiculously fast RAM. It’s also whisper-quiet, at least with our time working with the laptop on a day-to-day basis,with only slight humming and heat buildup registering during our benchmark tests.
Its physical look isn’t going to wow everyone when opened up. In fact, it’s rather inconspicuous.The laptop’s aesthetic design is so plain that you probably wouldn’t give it a second glance, unless you get to see its gorgeous screen inaction. At a resolution of 2560×1600,the WQXGA LCD screen is big for a reason, and from a productivity standpoint, it’s hard to beat. The heightened clarity offered by that resolution means you have more real estate to play with, and thanks to its IPS tech, color really pops, too.
It is best for
As a laptop made for work, gaming and school use, it certainly gets the fundamentals right. One drawback,however, is that the LCD screen is prone to some screen glare, which can prove to be distracting in brightly lit office environments.
So, the question is,should you buy the LG Gram 17 (2021)? Well, if you’re sick of laptops with poor battery life, and you commute a lot and need a high- performing device for general everyday work, with a quality screen on top, it might be perfect. But if its size is an issue, you may be better off with the LG Gram 15, or one of the smaller variants of this super lightweight design.
- CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7(four-core, eight-thread)
- Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
- RAM: 16GB LPDDR4X O 4,266MHz
- Screen: 2560×1600 IPS panel
- Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 SSD
- Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 2x USB 3.2-A, 1 x microSD slot, 1 x audio jack
- Connectivity: Intel Wireless-AX201 Dual-Band (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1