The new LG Gram is a sequel to a long line of ultra light laptops with high end specs, but this year, the Intel 1260p delivers a geekbench score higher than that of the new M2 Macbook Air, but what are the compromises?
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ADDITIONAL REVIEW NOTES:
Apple is making some disruptive laptops, so if you are going to make a laptop more expensive than, say an M2 Macbook Air, it needs to be really unique. LG thinks they’ve done it, with the new 16 inch LG Gram. Now if you are thinking this is just another LG gram, hang in there. I’ll get to the benchmark speed testing in a minute, but let’s start with the bread and butter of this laptop. As the name suggests, this is one of the lightest laptops I’ve ever held and it boasts a high resolution 16 inch touch screen, surprisingly mechanical keys, impressive new software, and of course, an absolute powerhouse under the hood, all in less than 3.26 pounds. But is this all too good to be true?
Ultra light!!!! 3.26lb (MBP 16 is 4.8) [47% heavier]
Claimed 18.5 hrs video playback [my testing showed about 9 hrs with full brightness, volume, and high fan mode]
Magnesium alloy body looks like plastic, but it is stronger and lighter
Passed military grade durability testing
2560 x 1600 so somewhere between 1080 and 4k
New pen apps are good for notes, but I still just use onenote on all my devices
Feels decent enough. Two buttons, works well for drawing or handwriting notes
I wish there was another type-c on the right side
I thought we had a fingerprint sensor on the power button…?
VERY clicky keys. These probably have the most resistance of any laptop I have used recently. I’ve been seeing a trend away from the super sleek and quiet.
More laptops like to have the mechanical key feel. I love how HP does it (sounds and feels pretty mechanical, but still low travel and quiet enough)
These are loud and sound/feel A LOT like the big mechanical keyboards some people love. I could get used to this though
My typing speed is honestly pretty quick. The more I type, the more I like these keys
AI background blocking
Intel i7 1260p with 12 cores and 16 processors… that’s a lot!
Geekbench score: 1735 single, 9763 multi-core in performance mode
Surface Laptop 4: 1402, 5083
Galaxy Book Pro 360: 1542, 5011
M1 Max MBP: 1774, 12,621
M2 Macbook Air: 1865, 8965 according to Mr Macintosh online
Ideal for students, productivity, travel, and even most video editing
* LG SMART ASSISTANT
This has lots of settings to adjust the display, keyboard, microphones, and more
There are great presets too!
Choose cooling mode for fans
Choose display warmth, color range, and touchscreen on/off
Enable or disable mic and camera easily
Control keyboard lighting and timing, or set custom hot keys
Battery and power controls, including the option to charge devices when the laptop is off
AI noise canceling and speaker optimization (for video calls)
I recommend going into task manager and disabling some of the LG stuff like PCMover PopUP, MS Teams,
Comes with Disney+, McAffee, and other crap software that LG added to subsidize the laptop
LG Glance (privacy, other eye tracking stuff)
Plenty of screen wobble, especially if you use a riser and no separate keyboard
A little bit of a fingerprint magnet on the outside
This is expensive
There is a lot of flex
One of the world’s lightest 16″ laptops
Incredibly fast based on the geekbench testing
Flexibility is good for durability – less likely to crack – my wife had last year’s model and it is still doing quite well
LG’s control panel is great
Pretty decent battery life given the large display and thin/light body
If you are more expensive than Apple laptops, you REALLY need to do something to justify yourself. This has a large touchscreen, a pen, and a super light design
But for less money, you can get an M2 Macbook Air with a much sturdier build
This laptop was sent to me at no cost from LG. This did not affect my review in any way. All opinions are my own.
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