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LG gram 17: A 17-inch notebook you’ll want to carry around

By Kenny Yeo - 28 Jun 2019


The latest addition to the gram family is also the largest. (Image source: LG)

What’s this?

Say hello to the gram 17, the newest addition to LG’s gram notebook lineup and also the lightest 17-inch notebook in the world. It was first unveiled at CES 2019 earlier this year but it is now available locally.


How light is it?

It’s an unbelievable 1.34kg heavy. To put this number into context, consider that no other 17-inch notebook is even under 2kg. Consider also that at 1.34kg, the gram 17 is only slightly heavier than most 13-inch ultraportable notebooks.

Here’s a table comparing the weight of the gram 17 against other popular 13, 15, and 17-inch notebooks. It's not exhaustive but it should give you a good idea of just how light the gram 17 with its expansive display.

Weight Comparison
Model Weight
LG gram 17 1.34kg
17-inch notebooks
Aorus 7 2.5kg
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 2.7kg
ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 2.1kg
MSI GS75 2.28kg
Razer Blade Pro 17 2.75kg
15-inch notebooks
Aorus 5 2.15kg
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro 1.83kg
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 1.88kg
Dell XPS 15 1.8kg
LG gram 15 1.08kg
MSI GS65 Stealth 1.9kg
Razer Blade 15 2.03kg
13-inch notebooks
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro 1.37kg
ASUS ZenBook 14 1.09kg
Dell XPS 13 1.23kg
LG gram 14 970g
MSI Prestige PS42 1.19kg
Razer Blade 13 1.28kg


How did LG do it?

The gram 17 uses the same ultra-light material as its smaller siblings do. So, like the gram 13, 14, and 15, the gram 17’s chassis is made using a blend of magnesium and carbon fiber. For reference, here's our comparative review of the previous set of the LG gram 13, 14 and 15 notebooks launched late in 2018.


It's so light but how is it just as strong?

A sticker on the gram 17 proclaiming its ruggedness.

Yes, it is. Again, like the rest of the gram lineup, the gram 17 meets the U.S. MIL-STD-810G standard, meaning it’s shock, dust, temperature, and vibration resistant. Hard to believe a notebook this light, can be that durable? This demo from last year's LG gram unveiling should cast out any doubts you might have:-


I read that the gram 17 has a compact 15.6-inch body, is that true?

Not exactly. The gram 17 has super-thin bezels to reduce its overall footprint and it is compact for a 17-inch notebook. But to say that it has a 15.6-inch chassis or that it is as compact as modern 15-inch notebooks is a bit of a stretch. That said, it is just about as big as an Aftershock W15 from about four years ago, so there's some truth to its marketing. I'll let the numbers speak for themselves.

Footprint Comparison against 15-inch notebooks
Model Width (cm) Depth (cm) Footprint (in cm2)
LG gram 17 38.1 26.6 1,013.46
Aftershock Nova 15 35.9 25.8 926.22
Aorus 5 35.9 25.3 908.27
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro 34.9 24.1 841.09
ASUS ROG Strix Scar II 36.1 26.2 945.82
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502 36.0 25.2 907.2
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 36.5 24.1 879.65
Dell XPS 15 35.7 23.5 838.95
Razer Blade 15 35.5 23.5 834.25
Aftershock W15 (from 2015) 38.6 26.2 1,011.32

That said, the gram 17 is compact when compared to other 17-inch notebooks. Here’s another table.

Footprint comparison against 17-inch notebooks
Model Width (cm) Depth (cm) Footprint (in cm2)
LG gram 17 38.1 26.6 1,013.46
Aftershock Slate 17 39.9 26.8 1,069.32
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701) 39.9 27.2 1,085.28
ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 41.1 27.0 1,109.7
MSI Stealth GS75 39.6 25.9 1,025.64
Razer Blade Pro 17 39.5 26.0 1,027.00


I hear you say thin bezels, so is the webcam in the right place?

If by "right" you mean above the display, then, yes, it is in the right place. Unfortunately, it's just a plain HD camera and doesn't support Windows Hello.


Right, so how thin is it?

Here's the gram 17 (17.4mm) next to an iPhone XS Max (7.7mm).

It's 17.4mm thick. It's really slim for a notebook in its class and it has the benefit of being able to accommodate full-size ports, which I'll talk about more later.

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  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 9.5
The Good
Unbelievably light
Good battery life
Good offering of ports
Thunderbolt 3 support
Large display with vibrant colors
16:10 aspect ratio
The Bad
Below average performance
Magnesium body feels plasticky
Display is glossy and highly reflective
Trackpad could be larger
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