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LG gram 14 review: An unbelievably light 14-inch notebook

By Kenny Yeo - 10 Oct 2021

Performance & Conclusion

Performance analysis

Most of these notebooks are powered by Intel's latest Tiger Lake processors.

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
  • 3DMark
  • Tomb Raider

Here’s a quick recap at how the LG gram 14 stacks up against its competitors:

Model Display Processor Memory Storage Graphics
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.

 

Battery life

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.

The latest gram 14 is LG's best ultraportable yet. Performance is now a lot more competitive. If only it had a better display.

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.

 

You can find the LG gram 14 on the LG Official Store on Shopee here.

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8.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 8.5
  • Mobility 9.5
The Good
Generally good performance
Good build and very light
Good selection of ports
MIL-STD-810G certification
Impressive battery life
The Bad
Performance throttling can be quite severe
Keyboard feel slightly cramped
Display resolution could be better
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