Thin, light and powerful, here’s how LG gram is redefining Ultrabooks
Thin, light and powerful, here’s how LG gram is redefining Ultrabooks
When getting a new notebook, the fundamental question one would need to ask is if you need a gaming capable one or a more compact and portable workhorse. The two notebook types are made for a very different group of users. Very often, the gaming class notebook has miserable battery life, and its build also makes it a chore to lug it around all day - even the newer portable gaming notebooks.
But what if we told you that you could potentially get the best of both worlds? The LG gram was explicitly made for all-day portability with battery life that's miles ahead of other notebooks. The 2018 edition of the gram 15 even has a Thunderbolt 3 port that can help you transform it into a bona fide gaming machine when you connect it to an external graphics dock!
Here are the four aspects that make the LG gram unique in its field.
Unbelievably light and strong
At just 965 grams for the gram 13, 995 grams for the gram 14 and 1,095 grams for the gram 15, the LG gram family is one of the lightest notebooks in the industry. Many ultrabooks are nowhere near these figures.
How do they manage to be this light? The answer lies in the notebook's nano-carbon and easily formable magnesium alloy chassis, which is exceptionally light, but strong. These materials are often used in leading car designs like in electric vehicles and it helps make the notebook frame 20% stronger than standard magnesium bodies.
To get an idea exactly how light the LG gram is, we passed around a unit in the office and the reactions from our colleagues are simply a testament to its lightweight:-
Did we also mention it's strong? It can withstand over 200kg of force on its cover! To give you added assurance, the 2018 LG gram notebooks have all passed MIL-STD-810G tests, which is a US Military standard that focuses on a product's ability to withstand the rigors of environmental conditions that it would be subjected to in its service life.
In the case of the LG gram it was submitted to 20G of shock at the corner of the notebook, and drop tested to survive over 1.2 meters repeatedly, withstand low pressure, high and low temperature use for hours, blowing dust at wind speeds over the device for 12 hours (inclusive of salt fog sprays) and put up with vibration over a range of frequencies on all three axis for three hours.
Powerful with all-day battery life
Despite the slim and lightweight nature of the notebook, it packs in where it matters most like offering Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 and Core i7 processor options, all equipped with a massive 512GB of SSD storage. What’s more, there’s an additional M.2 SATA slot to add even more storage if needed. The 2018 LG gram notebooks are updated with 8GB of DDR4 memory, which is dual-channel capable by adding in another memory stick.
Complementing the strong processing subsystem is a massive 72Wh battery across all three LG gram notebook sizes – gram 13, gram 14 and gram 15. That’s double the battery capacity of the previous gram 13, and up to 20% more battery for the other two notebook sizes. This helps LG champion the all-day battery life headline feature and deliver more powerful processing capabilities introduced on the 8th generation Core processors handily as we’ve found out from our detailed assessment. In lighter usage and based on MobileMark 2014 testing from LG, the gram 13, gram 14 and gram 15 can last up to 22.5, 21.5 and 19 hours respectively and that’s truly a class leader for such a thin and light ultrabook.
Connectivity for any occasion - without adaptors
As ultrabooks pursue thinner form factors, increasingly, many are omitting commonly used connections for USB Type-C ports only. While it helps notebooks look cleaner and sleeker, it forces users to pursue the dongle life and always have multi-port adaptors. This negates the point of having to buy a thin and light notebook only to be saddled with add-ons that you need to pack and add to the clutter and weight.
Fortunately, the LG gram’s design has been thoughtfully planned to incorporate almost every commonly used port like two USB 3.0 Type-A ports that are immediately compatible with any USB device on the market. Complementing them is also a Type-C port to interface with much newer USB devices and charge your phone. Need to quickly hook up your notebook to the projector or meeting room’s display? A full-sized HDMI port takes care of that. There’s even a microSD card slot to either add even more storage to your notebook or quickly transfer gigabytes of photos from your phone or camera without having to lug around a multi-card reader.
On the gram 15, you get an extra USB 3.0 Type-A port and its Type-C port doubles up as a Thunderbolt 3 port. What this means is that the gram 15 is expressly suited for content creation tasks by hooking up dual 4K screens to it or even a 5K monitor thanks to the 40Gbps of data throughput capable on a Thunderbolt connection.
You could also hook up Thunderbolt 3 based RAID storage arrays for nearline storage or even direct video editing of massive content. The possibilities don’t just end there. If you’re video editor by day and a gamer by night, take heart that the Thunderbolt 3 equipped LG gram 15 can interface with an external graphics dock and instantly double up as a credible gaming machine. Depending on the GPU equipped in the eGPU, you could game with these online multiplayer games or indulge in more graphically intensive ones like Deus Ex:Mankind Divided.
Comfort features for all
Beyond impressive specs and capabilities, don’t forget the basics like a good screen since that is what you would be looking at all day. The LG gram notebooks are equipped with Full HD resolution IPS displays that can display sRGB color space with over 96% color gamut for a crisp and sharp display with great viewing angles that foster group work and discussions.
Reading volumes of text? To read them with less stress and eye fatigue, the LG gram is also equipped with a Reader Mode function that cuts down the blue light output of the screen to give you a more pleasant reading experience at a touch of a function button; far more convenient than having to deal with the display setting options. Want touchscreen functionality too? The smaller LG gram 13 has that covered.
Another comfort feature that’s gaining traction is keyboard backlighting and the LG gram notebooks have two levels of brightness to suit your preferences. This is great when you have to work at the bed next to your sleeping partner, on a plane and just about anywhere else where the environment is dark without having to constantly hit the wrong keys.
This year’s LG gram notebooks also incorporate biometric login for all models for faster, hassle-free logins to your system. It even works great when your system is on sleep as a single touch of the power button is adequate to power on the notebook and logs you in simultaneously. How’s that for convenience?
Summing it up, the LG gram notebook is possibly the most all-around thin and light notebook capable of all-day usage, power when you need at your fingertips, top-notch connectivity, strong build to counter mishaps and a wealth of comfort features where you least expected to redefine what it means to own a modern-day ultrabook. Check out all the models and options available from LG at https://www.lg.com/sg/laptops.