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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  • asmian - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Nice to see some love for 16:10 display aspect ratios again. ;) Let's hope for more... Reply
  • niva - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    I was going to say that. This machine looks perfect. It also has a big battery due to the larger footprint despite the thin chassis. Way outside my budget but whenever I need a laptop I'll seriously entertain it. Reply
  • Chaitanya - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Sadly its a LG laptop. Certainly nice to see old trend of 16:10 displays picking up some momentum. Reply
  • PaoDeTech - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Agree: 16:10 is better for productivity and web. Reply
  • HardwareDufus - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Couldn't agree more on the 16:10 ratio! Reply
  • bubblyboo - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Oh dang didn't even notice that. At 17 inches the 1440 res might even be usable at 100% scaling. Would have even gotten one if it had Raven Ridge or an MX150. Reply
  • StevoLincolnite - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Yeah. Would have been great if it had the Ryzen 2700U as an option. Reply
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Friday, December 07, 2018 - link

    Damn...I really wouldn't mind seeing that panel in a machine that sacrifices light weight in favor of lower cost and better internals. Reply
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, December 06, 2018 - link

    Looks pretty good. Thin, but thick enough for real full-size USB 3.0 ports (3 of them to boot).

    Bottom of the laptop looks kind of barren. Probably could've utilized more of the space for an even larger trackpad, although I personally use a mouse all the time anyways. Would've also preferred full-size SD card slot, rather than microSD.
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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

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