LG Gram 15 Review: The LG Gram 15 offers laptop buyers a large 15-inch screen at a weight they will have to carry to believe. This slim marvel weighs just 2.16 pounds, making it the lightest notebook with this size display we have ever examined. While the original 14-inch Gram appeared like an Apple MacBook copycat, the Gram notebook has an almost-bezel-less display that makes it more compelling. Plus, in contrast to a lot of super thin laptops, the LG Gram 15 has a full set of ports. The only issues holding this laptop back from greatness are its moderate build quality and average battery life.
LG Gram 15 Review – Specifications
Processor Intel Core i5-6200U @ 2.30 GHz
RAM 8 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD
Display 15.6-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080)
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 520
Dimensions 14.08 x 8.99 x 0.66 inches/ 2.1 pounds
LG Gram 15 Review – Design
The LG Gram 15 combines design cues from among the best laptops available on the market into a fairly package. This notebook’s almost bezel-free display recalls recent Dell XPS notebooks, and its thin curves remind me of Apple’s MacBook Air.
Sadly, the laptop’s magnesium alloy lid and deck flexed when I applied pressure. LG claims the Gram is sturdy. However, its boast that the notebook is made from “the same materials found in race cars” doesn’t inspire confidence. The laptop’s hinge feels tighter than the original 14-inch Gram’s. However, its display nonetheless bounced when I used it in my lap.
For such a skinny and light-weight notebook, the Gram comes with a proper set of ports. LG Gram 15 comes with a USB 3.0, HDMI and USB Type-C ports on the left facet. A micro-SD memory reader, a USB 3.0 port, headphone jack, security slot, and USB 2.0 port sit on the notebook’s right facet. The Gram’s 0.9-megapixel webcam sits in the center of its hinge and makes selfie pictures a bit difficult.
Weighing about 2.16 pounds, the LG Gram 15 is half as heavy as the Dell XPS 15 (weighing 4.37 pounds), HP Spectre x360 (weighing 4.2 pounds) and Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW (weighing 5 pounds). Measuring just 0.66 inches thick, it’s about as thin as those notebooks. Samsung’s upcoming 15-inch Book 9 is almost as light as the Gram 15 at 2.84 pounds.back to menu ↑
LG Gram 15 Review – Keyboard and TouchPad
Once we test a laptop this thin, we’re not surprised to find a shallow keyboard. The Gram 15’s keys have a mere 1.1 millimeters of the key journey (we hope to find between 1.5 to 2 mm). Although the keys require a suitable 60 grams of force to actuate, I nonetheless “bottomed out” (pressed against the lower part with too much force), making typing uncomfortable. LG gave the Gram 15 a full keyboard and a number pad, but it inevitably shrank the Backslash, right Shift, Backspace and Enter keys to fit both.
This notebook’s 4 x 2.6-inch buttonless touchpad has a good feel to every click, and it precisely registered my input. It also registered three-finger swipe gestures after I enabled that option in the Elan Smart-Pad driver settings. We would favor it if LG centered the pad under the G and H keys, as it sits below the J and H keys.back to menu ↑
LG Gram 15 Review – Display
The LG Gram 15 comes with an edge-to-edge 15.6-inch display which looks stunning when I watched the latest Thor Ragnarok Trailer on it. The Gram’s display can emit as much as 246 nits (a measure of brightness), the same amount as the HP Spectre x360 (246 nits). The Asus ZenBook Pro (289 nits), Dell XPS 15 (382 nits) and average mainstream laptop (252 nits) shine more brightly. I noticed decent viewing angles, with colors staying intact at 50 degrees to the left or right.
The LG Gram 15 provides Reader and Movie display modes for “optimal screen conditions” in a system tray utility. Reader mode changes its color profile output to a warmer array of colors for less eye pressure. However, it also makes the display harder to read in direct daylight. LG claims that Movie mode delivers “vibrant, lifelike colors,” however I only observed that the preset dimmed the display by a small factor.
Based on our colorimeter, the Gram 15’s display can produce as much as 100.6 % of the sRGB color spectrum. That’s more than the typical mainstream notebook (86.1 %) and the XPS 15 (72 %), however less than the ZenBook Pro (110.6 %) and the Spectre x360 (119 %). The Gram 15’s rating of 3.5 in the Delta-E rating for accuracy (where closer to zero is best) isn’t great. Dell XPS 15 (0.5) is better. However, the Asus ZenBook Pro and Spectre x360 are worse than the LG.back to menu ↑
LG Gram 15 Review – Graphics and Audio
Armed with Intel HD 520 built-in graphics, the LG Gram 15 could only run moderate games like Asphalt 8 or the preinstalled Candy Crush Soda. The LG Gram scored 53,664 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark test, which is lower than the typical mainstream notebook (72,103), in addition to the Dell XPS 15 (116,309), HP Spectre x360 (64,632) and the Asus ZenBook Pro (118,086).
The LG Gram’s sliver-size audio system produced unsurprisingly small results. Even with the volume set at 100 %, the laptop could only fill a small conference room with its poor translation of Nikka Costa’s “Like A Feather.” Ms. Costa’s high-pitched vocals came through clearly. However, the laptop’s distorted percussion took the kick out of the track’s bass.back to menu ↑
LG Gram 15 Review – Hardware and Performance
The Gram doesn’t win any performance contests. However, it packs enough muscle to maintain you productive throughout the day. Our LG Gram 15 test unit got here with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD drive, a configuration that supports intense multitasking. I noticed no lag when I split ran a dozen Chrome tabs and a streaming 1080p video on YouTube in one of the Chrome tab. The LG Gram 15 sped along when I started a full-system scan in Windows Defender and opened Pictures, Notepad, Camera and Candy Crush Soda Saga.
The LG Gram 15 may have sacrificed some efficiency to make its weight, scoring only 5,831 on the Geekbench 3 performance test. That’s far below the category average (8,711), the Core i5-6200U-powered HP Spectre x360 (6,376), the Core i7-6700HQ-powered Asus ZenBook Pro (11,472) and the Dell XPS 15 (13,023).
This notebook’s SSD is nothing to boast about either, as its transfer speed of 147.9 MBps is way lower than those in the Asus ZenBook Pro (462.7 MBps) and Dell XPS 15 (339.3 MBps). The Gram 15 is in the same ballpark as the HP Spectre x360, though.
The LG Gram 15 15 took a reasonable 4 minutes and 32 seconds to finish the spreadsheet macro test by matching 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffice Calc. That’s less time than the typical mainstream notebook (5:08), close to the HP Spectre x360 (4:31) and longer than the Dell XPS 15 (2:00) and Asus ZenBook Pro (3:41).
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LG Gram 15 Review – Battery Life and Heat
You might smile while you carry the LG Gram. However, that expression will turn to a frown once you run out of juice very quickly. The laptop lasted just 6 hours and 2 minutes on our Battery Test ( that includes continuous Internet browsing at 100 nits). The Asus ZenBook Pro (8:00), HP Spectre x360 (8:27) and Dell XPS 15 (10:26) all lasted much longer.
While thicker laptops often heat up on their undersides, the LG Gram 15 gets warm on its top and bottom. After streaming 15 minutes of full-HD video on YouTube, the laptop’s keyboard registered 98 degrees Fahrenheit and underside registered 97 degrees that broke our 95-degree consolation threshold. Though, the notebook’s touchpad registered 87 degrees.back to menu ↑
LG Gram 15 Review – Configuration Options
LG retains things simple with configuration options for the Gram 15. The $1,100 Core i5-powered, entry-level mannequin comes with a 256GB SSD, whereas the $1,500 LG Gram 15 packs a Core i7 CPU and a 512GB SSD. Both have 8GB RAM.back to menu ↑
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The lightest 15-inch laptop we have ever seen (by a huge margin), the LG Gram 15 is a powerful feat of engineering. The $1,100 mannequin we examined provides solid Core i5 performance and a stunning display. However, its magnesium-alloy physique has an excessive amount of flex, and its battery life doesn’t measure up to competing notebooks.
For $399 more, you will get faster performance and longer battery life with the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW. However, it’s heavier than two Gram 15s. The Dell XPS 15 (examined at $1,800, beginning at $1,000) provides a similar bezel-less display and longer endurance. However, it’s more than 2 pounds heavier than the Gram 15. Overall, the Gram 15’s shockingly low weight and big, vibrant screen make it a very compelling laptop.back to menu ↑
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