LG gram 14 review: An unbelievably light 14-inch notebook
Performance & Conclusion
The LG gram 14 is powered by a Core i7 version of Intel's Tiger Lake processor. It also has 16GB of memory and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. We will be comparing its performance against that of other ultraportable notebooks like the Acer Swift 5, Dell XPS 13, Razer Book 13, and more.
The notebooks will be tested using the following benchmarks and applications:
- PCMark 10
- Cinebench R23
- Geekbench 5
- WebXPRT 3
- Tomb Raider
Here’s a quick recap at how the LG gram 14 stacks up against its competitors:
|Acer Swift 5||14-inch, Full-HD, touchscreen||Intel Core i7-1165G7||16GB||1TB SSD||Intel Iris Xe|
|ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight||14-inch, Full-HD||Intel Core i7-1165G7||16GB||1TB SSD||NVIDIA GeForce MX450|
|Dell XPS 13||13.4-inch, 4K+, touchscreen||Intel Core i7-1165G7||16GB||512GB SSD||Intel Iris Xe|
|Huawei MateBook 14 AMD||14-inch, 2160 x 1440 pixels||AMD Ryzen 5 4600H||16GB||512GB SSD||AMD Radeon Vega 6|
|Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon||13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels||Intel Core i7-1165G7||16GB||512GB SSD||Intel Iris Xe|
|LG gram 14||14-inch, Full-HD+||Intel Core i7-1165G7||16GB||512GB SSD||Intel Iris Xe|
|MSI Prestige 14 Evo||14-inch, Full-HD||Intel Core i7-1185G7||16GB||512GB SSD||Intel Iris Xe|
|Razer Book 13||13.4-inch, 4K+, touchscreen||Intel Core i7-1165G7||16GB||512GB SSD||Intel Iris Xe|
As you can see from the graphs below, the LG gram 14 often finds itself in the middle of the pack. It was neither the fastest nor the slowest. If performance is a priority then you'd be better off with notebooks like the Acer Swift 5 or Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon. Where the gram 14 really excels is power efficiency and battery life, which you will see in the battery life section below.
Note: Battery tests were conducted using PCMark 10's battery benchmark with display set to 100% brightness.
With its large 72Wh battery (largest in its class), the LG gram 14 lasted an incredible 702 minutes which is very nearly 12 hours. Mind you, the test was conducted with the screens at maximum brightness, so if you were to use it at more typical levels, you could feasibly stretch the gram 14's battery life to close to 20 hours. Even when running the more intensive Gaming workload the gram 14 could last over 3.5 hours.
LG's best effort yet
LG decision to focus on lightness and portability when it decided to reenter the market is paying off now. It’s quickly becoming the first name people think of when they are looking for the lightest possible notebook. However, for the past few years, that has come at the compromise of performance.
The latest Z90P 2021 version of the gram 14 ducks this tradition. This new model is easily the company’s most polished ultraportable notebook yet, blending decent performance with incredible battery life and terrific usability. There are lighter and thinner notebooks but they don’t have the ports that gram 14 has and consequently requires their owners to carry dongles. The gram 14, though, has both USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and USB-A ports, and it’s the only notebook in its class to do so.
At S$2,199, it's also quite reasonably priced. As it is, my only real gripe with this notebook is that it doesn’t have a higher resolution display nor is the display touch-capable. All in all, this is a very solid option especially if you are looking for a notebook that doesn't require dongles to work, is super light and has great endurance.