LG Gram 2020: Lightest Laptop in the World

LG Gram 2020: Lightest Laptop in the World

This is the 2020 LG gram 17-inch laptop. This year however they tweaked a bunch of stuff. There’s a bunch of cool stuff going on.

What’s New in 2020 LG Gram:

Most of the changes are on the inside. It’s not the easiest thing to get into. Inside there are a couple of things that haven’t changed. They still have a single RAM slot. You get 8 Gigs that are on board as well as a single slot. You can upgrade if you want. There’s also the Wi-Fi card. It is running the latest Intel card that supports Wi-Fi 6. But there are three big changes on the inside that are fantastic.

Disk Drive:

The first one is the drives. This system is now running finally PCIe NVMe. Which means that they’re super fast. The old LG grams, basically every single LG gram that’s ever come out has run these slower SATA drives. Which were weird to put into such a premium device like this. These are now running super-fast PCIe drives.


LG Gram 2020: Lightest Laptop in the World

Battery:

The second big change they’ve made is the battery. This is now an 80-watt hour battery, last year was 72. Therefore that’s like a 10% increase. But it is noticeable so battery life on this is a nine and a half hour system. Which is very impressive for a 17-inch screen.

Thermal System:

The third change and this is the most important one. It’s the thermal system. So last two years ago and the model from last year didn’t have great thermals on the 15-inch model. Because it’s just a super-thin device. That’s super light, you’re limited. They have changed the fan to the point where would now call it a good performance. It’s not an amazing performer. It’s still an LG gram. So in the realm of ultrabooks, it is average maybe even slightly below average. Because the Graham uses a 15 watt CPU instead of the more common 25 watts.

LG Gram Configuration:

There are LG Gram configurations listed below.

CPU of LG Gram:

But this year it can finally maintain a slight turbo clock unlike before. These are running the 10th Gen Intel CPU. So they have pretty good CPU performance and significantly better GPU performance than their previous generations. So they’re good for photo editing and usable for video editing. But because of the lower CPU wattage, it is not as powerful as some other ultrabooks. But the overall takeaway is that this is a way better performer than any other LG gram previously.


Gaming:

The gaming performance is okay. It is playable for games that aren’t super demanding but it’s not a gaming laptop. This one is silent. It’s an inaudible fan on idle and even unloads. It’s a very quiet system.


LG Gram 2020: Lightest Laptop in the World

The screen of LG Gram:

So let’s take a look at the screen. The screen is now if you’ll notice. This screen is a 16×10 aspect ratio instead of your standard 16×9. So you get a little bit more vertical room and it’s a huge screen at 17 inches. It’s a solid screen. It’s 1440p good brightness, good color accuracy. This resolution and aspect ratio combo is relatively unique to this device. It’s an LG panel on the LG laptop. But it’s just a nice screen for people that are into any kind of creative work or productivity-focused workflows.
This large 17-inch screen is its most unique feature. It’s a big screen in a 1.4 kg laptop just to put this into perspective. This weighs less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro this is under 1.4 kg. The MacBook Pro is slightly over three pounds. It’s super lightweight for having such a large screen.


Durability:

The way they’ve been able to achieve this lightweight is through builds in particular. The material they’re using it’s this magnesium alloy. They’ve used it in all of their previous LG grams as well. It’s not a particularly rigid material. It has the flexibility to it. It’s got some bend but it lasts very durably. This material holds up well over time but it’s not a super stiff laptop.



Speakers of LG Gram:

The speakers are located on the bottom again. They don’t sound great but don’t expect too much from them. The keyboard is something they’ve also improved a little bit their old one like the 17-inch model from last year. The same keyboard layout. They didn’t take advantage of the larger chassis and they just stuck the 15-inch keyboard into the 17-inch chassis. This year to take advantage of the wider space. So the layout is a little more spacious the backspace and Shift key are full-size keys and there’s also a bigger number pad. If you’re a number pad user and there’s also a fingerprint sensor in the top right corner of the keyboard.

Trackpad:

It is a good trackpad. It’s got a glass surface, a nice texture. If you’re coming from a MacBook and somehow you’re interested in this big-screen device. This isn’t as good as a MacBook trackpad. If that’s like the gold standard. But it’s a good track.


Ports of LG Gram:

Two things are important here. The Thunderbolt 3 port supports charging again. But they still have a regular barrel plugged AC adapter. I think on a device like this, they should just have a USB C charger to use PC charge everything. It’s got three USB’s which is nice. And a micro SD slot. The overall port selection on this device is fair.

Conclusion:

They’ve done a good job this year so if you’re interested in something that’s super thin super light. It’s the lightest 17-inch device in the world right now. And has good performance considering what you’re getting.

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