LG gram 15.6” Ultra-Lightweight Touchscreen Laptop w/ Intel® Core™ i7 processor and Thunderbolt™ 3, 8th Gen., Windows 10 Home, 15.6 Inch Full HD IPS Touchscreen,72Wh Lithium Battery (up to 16.5 hours), Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface,16GB RAM & 1TB SSD | Fingerprint IDWhen LG first launched its ultra-light LG gram line of laptops back in 2016, we were hugely impressed that the firm had created a 15-inch laptop that was no heavier than a 13-inch model. It was an incredible sight to behold (and hold).
However, in 2018, the value prospect of a featherlight 15-inch laptop with a seriously premium price and few other features has lost of bit of its luster. That is, in the face of laptops that may not be as light, but bring forth far more power and versatility for the same amount of cash or less.LG has just one, single configuration of the 15-inch LG gram, which will either please you for its simplicity or infuriate for its lack of choice you may be used to. The laptop goes for $,1999 (about £1,499, AU$2,639) and includes everything seen in the sidebar, plus some features worth digging into. The nano-carbon magnesium frame is still present, albeit now clad in a deeper, tarnished bronze color on the lid and base. Of course, the laptop is incredibly light still, otherwise it would have to change its name. There is a lot to be said for having a laptop of this size feel like essentially nothing in your backpack.
The gram’s keyboard remains spacious, punchy and deep in travel – it feels substantial and comfortable despite the lightness you may otherwise associate with weakness. As for the touchpad, it’s just fine. It tracks well and offers a satisfying click when pressed, but perhaps it could be a bit larger.
For such a light device with razor-thin bezels, LG has also managed to include several ports – not to mention a webcam in the space where it should remain on all laptops: above the screen. The webcam is serviceable but rather pixelated for a 720p resolution.Naturally, just beneath that tiny webcam is the star of the show: the 15.6-inch, 1080p IPS touchscreen. This display is straight up gorgeous, making all sorts of movies and photos look fantastic.The new LG Gram 15 weighs just over a kilogram (~2.2 pounds), which is one of the lightest 15-inch notebooks currently on the market.
The LG Gram 15 Z980, which is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8550U processor, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD.The 15Z980 is made of a nano-carbon magnesium alloy, a material that we have primarily seen used in high-end business notebooks. The base unit is strong and cannot be twisted, but we can leave a temporary impression in the case by applying only moderate pressure. This is also the case with the display lid. However, the latter is considerably more flexible. The cover visibly twists even when just opening the device with one hand. Overall, the magnesium is high quality and strong, but its flexibility makes the case feel cheaper than those made from aluminum, for example.