Every year, LG updates its Gram laptop range. The most recent product refresh adds five new models, including two exchangeable 2 in 1 variant. All have svelte forms and are provided with 16:10 aspect ratio displays, Iris Xe GPUs, and Intel Tiger Lake 11th generation processors.
+Solid performance from 12th Gen Intel CPU
+Long battery life
+Superlight at just under 3 pounds
+Full HD webcam
-No discrete GPU for gaming
LG GRAM 17 (2022) SPECS
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1260P|
|RAM (as Tested)||16 GB|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)||1 TB|
|Screen Size||17 inches|
|Native Display Resolution||2560 by 1600|
|Variable Refresh Support||None|
|Screen Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Graphics Processor||Intel Iris Xe|
|Wireless Networking||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6E|
|Dimensions (HWD)||0.7 by 14.9 by 10.2 inches|
|Operating System||Windows 11|
|Tested Battery Life (Hours)||20 Hours|
The LG Gram 17 (starts at $1,599.99, $1,799.99 as tested) defies convention with a giant 17-inch screen, complete keyboard, and numeric pad, and performance that just won’t quit is one of the lightest laptops available. The latest model improves on last year’s model with a 12th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and battery life that lasts longer than 20 hours while still being the lightest 17-inch laptop you can buy. It’s simple to call this our favorite big-screen ultraportable laptop when you add a few updated features, like a 1080p webcam.
Two key characteristics identify Gram 17. Weight, or lack thereof, is the first. It is around the same dimensions as the Dell XPS 17 (9720), measuring 0.7 by 14.9 by 10.2 inches (HWD), but weighs 2.3 pounds less. It weighs just under three pounds, which qualifies it as an ultraportable laptop—a remarkable accomplishment given that most computers in this category have far smaller screens.
The magnesium alloy chassis, which not only manages to lose weight but also withstand some punishment enough to pass MIL-STD-810 durability tests for shock, vibration, temperature, and other factors, is mainly responsible for its featherweight appeal. The Gram 17 can endure life on the go, but it isn’t sturdy enough to qualify as a laptop. The jet black finish will keep it appearing professional at all times.
The other defining feature is the 17 inch display. With a 2,560 by 1,600 pixel resolution, it’s a better than full HD display with decent 350 nit brightness and great clarity thanks to IPS panel technology. A screen this big offers plenty of visual real estate for everything from web browsing and media streaming to photo editing and detailed work with documents and spreadsheets.
We were generally happy with the panel’s performance during our testing. It features some of the highest color loyalty you can get with 100% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 color reproduction, and the IPS screen appears even better thanks to a non pensive coating that removes glare. The only thing it doesn’t have is touch functionality.
The Gram 17’s speakers are its only flaw; they only have a pair of 1.5 watt stereo speakers that produce mediocre sound. The volume can reach rather loud, but you’ll be better off using headphones or external speakers because the sound is weak in the mid-and high range and has little to no bass.
The LG Gram 17’s 17-inch display and light design are its two best selling features. They turn it into the unique 17-inch laptop that is still considered ultraportable. The 2022 LG Gram 17 has back with much more to offer, but that was already enough to earn the model last year’s top ratings.
Improved performance and even longer battery life are two benefits of new Intel hardware, while special security rates like a 1080p webcam and Windows Hello facial credit make it even simpler to protect your work. The excellent 17-inch display and carbon magnesium alloy build of the Gram 17 remain among its best traits.
It is a laptop that performs admirably on all counts, offering strong performance and excellent usability in a robust yet incredibly movable package. This time, it’s a touch more pricey, but it’s still our top pick for large screen general purpose laptops.