LG Gram 17″ Notebook Review: Generous Screen Is Like That [análise/vídeo]

LG may not be the most remembered brand when it comes to notebooks, but with laptops LG Gram, the company tries to turn this game around. Launched in Brazil in May, the 2020 and 2021 models of the line attract attention due to their ultra-slim format, the screen with a 16:10 ratio in the larger versions and the structure that combines lightness with resistance.

This is the review of LG Gram Titanium 17 Inch (17Z90N). In addition to the giant screen, the model has a 10th generation Core i5 chip, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 80 Wh battery and a host of other features.

The suggested price (not considering retail rebates) for all of this is R$9,999. Is it worth spending this amount? And how does LG Gram face the daily routine? Is the overall performance convincing? Can the battery stay away from the socket for a long time? Follow me on the next few lines to find out.

Review of 17-inch LG Gram on video

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Design and Connectivity

The 17-inch LG Gram is a great notebook. And large notebooks tend to be heavy, but that’s not the case here: the model is just 1.35 kg. It’s lighter than many smaller laptops out there.

This is mainly due to the notebook’s body, made of a metallic alloy that combines magnesium and nanocarbon. In addition to making the equipment lighter, this material is quite resistant.


17-inch LG Gram Titanium (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Not by chance, the LG Gram received the military certificate MIL-STD-810G, which indicates that the equipment performed well in pressure tests, high and low temperatures, vibration, impacts and others.

Connectivity is another strength of the model. It starts with support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 standards. The number of ports is also interesting. The right side houses two USB 3.1 Type A ports, the connection for headphones and microphone, plus a microSD reader. The left side has another USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port and a Thunderbolt 3 compatible USB-C port.

17-inch LG Gram Titanium (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

17-inch LG Gram Titanium (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

There was no network cable connection, right? Sure, but the notebook comes with an Ethernet adapter for the USB-C port that worked without any problems in the tests.

Ethernet / USB-C adapter (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Ethernet / USB-C adapter (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Screen, webcam and audio

The screen is by far the most notable feature of the LG Gram. This is a 17 inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels and a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of the traditional 16:9 one. This last detail indicates that the screen has more height and is therefore able to make optimal use of the front space.

17-inch LG Gram has a 16:10 screen (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

17-inch LG Gram has a 16:10 screen (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

The effect of this is felt in practice. When you open the notebook, you are faced with a “giant” screen which, as such, is great for those who deal with extensive spreadsheets or want a notebook that offers a good experience with videos, for example.

It’s not just because of the size. The resolution of 2560×1600 pixels may not have the density of a 4K panel, but it can display images with rich details. Also, colors are displayed with a nice level of saturation, not to mention that you can adjust the temperature in the LG Control Center app.

LG Gram Screen (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

LG Gram screen has 16:10 format (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

One downside is that this screen has no glare protection. This feature can be a nuisance in some situations, especially when you look at the display from different angles. Fortunately, the screen brightness, up to 300 nits, manages to alleviate this problem somewhat.

The LG Gram also features a 720p webcam. It’s good enough for you to attend meetings on Zoom, for example, but it doesn’t impress in any way. For a premium notebook like this, the camera could be 1080p and, by the way, work with Windows Hello, do you agree?

LG Gram's webcam is not impressive (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

LG Gram’s webcam is not impressive (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Two audio outputs with DTS:X Ultra positioned on the bottom of the laptop ensure an interesting sound experience. The sound is reproduced clearly and you can even notice some details that are normally only noticeable with headphones. The only downside is that the maximum volume is not the loudest.

One of the notebook's audio outputs (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

One of the notebook’s audio outputs (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint reader

It’s likely that you only need a few minutes to sympathize with the LG Gram’s keyboard. The component has several qualities. For starters, the key spacing and key size are just the right measurements for comfortable typing, whether you have big or small hands.

The keyboard is wide and very comfortable (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

The keyboard is wide and very comfortable (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Also, the keys are firm to pressure, but not overly so. This allows you to feel the keys better when typing without looking at the keyboard and thus typing ends up being faster.

Let’s also take into account that the main keys have a curved surface that, despite being very discreet, contributes to making the keyboard more comfortable.

Note that the main keys have a slight curvature on the surface (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Note that the main keys have a slight curvature on the surface (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Of course the LED backlight with two levels of intensity is also a welcome feature, as is the numeric keypad on the right, after all, space for keys is not lacking here.

I would be even happier if the Left Shift key and arrow buttons were bigger, but these are mere details; the size of these keys does not interfere with typing.

Ah, the on and off button has a fingerprint reader that is very fast in reading and barely fails. Without any exaggeration, this is one of the most accurate readers who have been through here.

Numeric keyboard and fingerprint reader (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Numeric keyboard and fingerprint reader on the on / off button (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

The touchpad also looks good. The component has a smooth surface that responds very well to touch, even for Windows gestures. The ample size helps, as does the firmness of the clicks, which makes the touchpad feel robust.

A feature that draws attention is the fact that the touchpad is almost centered. It is very common that, in large notebooks, the component is aligned with the alphanumeric keyboard. On the LG Gram it’s different: the component is aligned in relation to the entire keyboard, being slightly shifted to the left.

The LG Gram touchpad (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

The LG Gram touchpad (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Another interesting detail: the touchpad can be disabled at any time, just press the Fn + F5 keys.

Performance, battery and software

The LG Gram tested here is a notebook that was released in other countries in 2020. That’s why it comes with the Core i5-1035G7, a 10th generation processor — if you want an 11th generation chip, go for an LG Gram of the Black 2021 line, which is already available in Brazil.

But do not worry. The Core i5 that equips this LG Gram is from the previous generation, but it is still competent. This processor is designed to prioritize low power consumption and thus not generate much heat — in fact, the laptop doesn’t get very hot. But overall performance can be somewhat affected by this.

I used LG Gram to edit text in Word, browse Chrome (almost always with several tabs open), watch videos in full screen, edit an image here, another there, listen to music on Spotify, whatever. In none of these tasks the notebook showed slowdowns or crashes.

Switching between multiple open windows or between different browser tabs were also uneventful tasks. The fact that the notebook comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD favors performance. The latter can be expanded: the LG Gram comes with a free M.2 slot. There is also an expansion slot for RAM memory.

LG Gram (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

LG Gram (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Coming back to performance, the Core i5 can handle demanding applications like Photoshop, but within certain limits. The game Asphalt 9: Legends, which we’ve always tested around here, runs well with the graphics on medium, but even at this level you can see some drop in frame rate.

As expected, the Core i5 makes the LG Gram not consume a lot of energy. The battery has 80 Wh. The tests were done with 4h40min of Netflix video playback in full screen and maximum brightness, one hour of browsing via Chrome, about 15 minutes of Asphalt 9: Legends and 30 working in Word.

I started with the battery at 100% and the power saving settings turned off. After testing, the load dropped to 8%. Based on this, you can say that the autonomy reaches something between 7 and 8 hours with moderate use, an estimate that is not bad at all.

The recharge time from 5% to 100% was 2h30min with the equipment turned off. The notebook can be recharged via the USB-C port, but it comes with a conventional charger.

In terms of software, it is worth noting that the laptop leaves the factory with Windows 10 Home and some LG’s own applications, such as the LG Control Center, which allows you to configure the power mode, screen and other parameters.

LG Control Center and reading mode (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

LG Control Center and reading mode (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

There’s even a reading mode app that warms the screen temperature for visual comfort, but it’s not much different from Windows 10’s nightlight mode.

And, yes, there are antivirus trials around here.

Is the LG Gram Titanium (17Z90N) worth it?

Look, LG may not have done well in the cell phone market, but good notebooks the company knows how to do. The LG Gram tested here is proof of that: the model has a light but robust finish, comes with a decent amount of ports, the keyboard is comfortable and backlit, the fingerprint reader is incredibly fast and the battery doesn’t hurt in terms of autonomy.

Performance is consistent, but it’s plausible to opt for a Core i7 model if you have very heavy applications in mind.

The screen, on the other hand, is a show in itself: the component is large in size, comes with a great resolution and displays vivid colors. LG could have taken care of the issue of reflections, but this problem does not make it difficult to use the equipment.

I missed a fancy webcam and speakers with a little more volume. But these are small details if we take into account the positive features of the model.

LG Gram (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

LG Gram (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

In the end, what weighs against the LG Gram is the official price — without considering any retail discounts — of R$ 9,999. If, on the one hand, the notebook has a premium profile, on the other, this value is so expressive that it requires you to research well before closing the purchase.

For example, is it not the case to opt for a MacBook Pro of the current generation, which has a smaller screen, but has the powerful M1 chip and is more or less within this price range? If performance is more important and you do well with macOS, this might be the best choice.

But, if what you want is a Windows-based notebook that is light, robust and generous on the screen, the LG Gram is really one of the best options available in Brazil today.

Technical specifications

  • Screen: IPS LCD, 17 inches, 2560×1600 pixels resolution (WQXGA), 16:10 format, 300 nits brightness, DCI-P3 99%
  • Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G7 with Intel Iris Plus Graphics GPU
  • RAM: 8GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 (with free slot for expansion)
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD (with additional M.2 slot)
  • Drums: 80 Wh
  • Connectivity: HDMI (1), USB 3.1 Type A (3), USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 (1), Headphone connection, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Ethernet (via USB-C adapter supplied with notebook)
  • Operational system: Windows 10 Home
  • OthersFeatures: 720p webcam, microSD reader, Kensington lock slot, speakers (2) with DTS X: Ultra, MIL-STD-810G certified, print reader, backlit keyboard, magnesium and nanocarbon housing
  • dimensions: 380 x 16.8 x 263 mm
  • Weight: 1.35 kg

17″ LG Gram Notebook

pros

  • Screen with optimal use of front space
  • Very light notebook for its size
  • good set of connections
  • Large, comfortable, backlit keyboard
  • Battery with plenty of autonomy

cons

  • The notebook deserved a better webcam
  • The screen could have anti-reflection treatment

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