The LG gram notebook series has been making waves since 2016, with each year’s iteration making it more refined and is an easy recommendation for an ultraportable. For 2019, LG made their gram larger than ever before and a new 2-in-1 variant that makes it the most versatile gram ever. Shown here is the gram 2-in-1 in its tablet mode with the keyboard swept all the way back. It is really light and bezels around the screen are kept as slim as a traditional notebook.
The biggest drawback for most 2-in-1 convertible machines has been their unwieldy handling over a non-convertible variant. Either too heavy, too big or too thick, or worse yet, all the mentioned. The LG gram 2-in-1 retains everything we love of the normal gram notebooks – thin, light, durable, powerful for everyday use with the longest battery life in its class - and LG has somehow magically made it in a convertible form factor too.
Only 1.145kg in weight this 14-inch convertible is just a wee bit heavier than the normal gram 14 (995g), so you really can’t feel the added heft. As mentioned earlier, it will retain its hallmark traits with a 72Wh all-day battery life claim (just like the other gram notebooks) and is even certified for MIL-STD-810G standards of ruggedness too!
Under the hood, it features an 8th Gen. Intel Core i5/i7 CPU of the recently launched Whiskey Lake variety. Like the current gram notebooks, it will come with a baseline config of 8GB in single channel-mode, but you can top it up to 16GB which will then operate in dual-channel mode. Storage options can be a 512GB SSD or up to 1TB using two SSD slots.
Size-wise, it is almost the same as the existing LG gram 14 notebook since the gram 2-in-1 also sports a 14-inch IPS panel with FHD resolution. The difference is this has touchscreen integration, covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the notebook is even bundled with a Wacom AES 2.0 Pen supporting 4,096 pressure levels, tilt detection for sketching and note-taking.
On the left profile of the notebook, you’ll find the power inlet, a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen-1) port and status indicators. These standard sized ports are a saviour when trying to connect to a variety of peripherals without using adaptors.
Over on the right side, you’ll find a microSD card slot, a sleep button, 3.5mm audio jack, and another USB 3.0 port. No Thunderbolt 3 support, so take note.
Here's the new hinge design that made the LG gram 2-in-1 convertible a possibility. We're most impressed that the convertible nature of the notebook didn't add to the screen bezel size (which usually happens with most other convertibles). Also note the exhaust vents for the notebook.