Due to their size and lack of portability, 17-inch notebooks are not exactly popular among road warriors. Instead this is largely the domain of desktop replacement-class machines, which in turn has caused 17-inch laptops to  be built bigger still in order to maximize their performance and emphasize the replacement aspect. Every now and then however we see a 17-inch laptop that still tries to be reasonably portable, and this is the case with LG's latest gram laptop, which hit the market this week.

Equipped with a 17.3-inch screen featuring a 2560×1600 resolution, the LG gram 17 comes in a dark silver Carbon Magnesium alloy chassis that is only 17.8 mm (0.7 inches) thick, which is thinner than most 15-inch notebooks (in fact, this even thinner than the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15). Meanwhile, the laptop weighs 1.33 kilograms (2.95 pounds), which is in line with many 13-inch mobile PCs. As a result, while the 17-inch gram still has a relatively large footprint, its still a relatively portable laptop.

Moving on to the guts of the unique laptop, the LG gram 17 is based on Intel’s quad-core Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake-U) processor with the company’s UHD Graphics 620 iGPU, and is paired with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM as well as 512 GB SATA SSD. Unlike the vast majority of 17-inch notebooks, the LG gram 17 does not have a discrete GPU, which will be missed by gamers and performance enthusiasts, but the removal of which helps keep weight and power consumption down for road warriors.

When it comes to connectivity, the LG gram 17 has a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C connector that can be used for charging (there is a special power connector too), an HDMI output, a microSD slot, and a TRRS jack for headsets. The notebook is also outfitted with a webcam featuring an IR sensor for Windows Hello as well as a fingerprint reader, thus offering two ways of biometric authentication.

Specifications of the LG gram 17
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different products will offer different configs
LCD Diagonal 17.3"
Resolution | Brightness | Features 2560×1600
Wide viewing angles
Color Gamut 100% sRGB (?)
Touch Support ?
Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass NBT (?)
CPU Core i7-8565U (4C/8T, 8MB, 1.8/4.6 GHz)
Graphics UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2400 (onboard)
Storage 512 GB SATA SSD
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, and GPS options I802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
USB Type-A 3 × USB 3.0
Type-C 1 × USB 3.1 Gen 1
Thunderbolt -
Card Reader microSD
Camera Front Webcam with IR sensors
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack
Other Sensors ?
Battery 4-cell, up to 19.5 hours
Dimensions Width 38.1 cm | 15 inches
  Depth 26.67 cm | 10.5 inches
  Thickness 1.778 cm | 0.7 inches
Weight 1.33 kilograms | 2.95 pounds
Launch Price Starting at $1,699

One of the key features of this year’s LG gram laptops is a high-capacity battery, which in the case of the 13.3 – 15.6-inch models allows up to 22.5 hours on one charge. LG does not disclose capacity of the battery it uses for the LG gram 17, but only says that the machine can operate for up to 19.5 hours on a charge.

LG’s gram 17 notebook is currently available from BestBuy for $1,699, which looks like a rather competitive price for a laptop that weighs like a 13-inch machine, yet features a 17-inch display panel.

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Source: Best Buy (via Tom’s Hardware, Liliputing)

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  • Sttm - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Looks good. Only wish it had a massive track pad... all that wasted space. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    That's a really lightweight laptop for its size. I prefer 11 - 14 inch screen sizes, but not everyone does so it is nice to see LG is offering options. The trackpad could do with a pair of physical buttons though. There are some situations where they would be helpful. Reply
  • joelypolly - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    I wish it didn't have the num pad the the keyboard is centered Reply
  • p1esk - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    I will buy it as soon as it becomes available. The only downside it does not support 5k display (according to Intel). Reply
  • nicolaim - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Quite appealing. Too bad the SSD is SATA and there are so few USB-C ports. Looks like no charging over USB-C either :( Reply
  • jmunjr - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - link

    It is likely SATA for battery life, but every other 2018 Gram supports NVMe x4 SSDs and it's fairly easy to add or swap it out. Yep, they all have two m.2 slots, so you can have two separate SSDs on any LG Gram, though only one port is x4.

    I have been using the 14" one the past week and it is very slick. I am impressed. Great laptop.

    USB-C charging is supported, even this article mentions it.
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  • Tams80 - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    It would be nice to see a more powerful, but still thin and light version. A Ryzen U APU or an MX150. Perhaps with a full size microSD card slot and an extra USB-A port, and a larger trackpad. Reply
  • tipoo - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    A 17" that weighs less than a 13" rMBP is pretty mind blowing, and intriguing. But the prior models had some hinge issues, has that been redesigned? Reply
  • FrustratedTechy - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Wow.. put a nvme in this and a trackpad with real buttons, and make sure it runs quiet and cool - and I'll buy 2, so when the first one wears out I'll be protected against the fact that no one is making the laptop I want to buy. Reply
  • jmunjr - Saturday, December 08, 2018 - link

    You can add an NVMe SSD no problem. It's not that hard and fully support (x4). Note I said ADD, because there are two m.2 slots, though only one is x4, the other is x2. Reply

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