LG Gram 17 17Z90N-V.AA55D
Reviews for the LG Gram 17 17Z90N-V.AA55D
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Positive: Big screen; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/27/2020
The latest to join the LG Gram family is the LG Gram 17 17Z290N-V.AA55D. This device was acknowledged as being capable of handling the most important aspects of mobile computing with aplomb. This laptop can be by far regarded as the lightest laptop with a 17-inch screen and the longest-lasting power source. The phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ seems to suit this laptop well, as the LG Gram 17 definitely does not offer much attraction in terms of its external design. This laptop obviously lacks the exceptional features that can be found on Dell’s XPS 15 and the HP Envy 13. Overall, the device carries a simple dark grey design with the word “gram” inscribed on the top. Due to its lack of colour, one can easily call it unattractive, the same way some one would do with the Apple MacBook 15. However, once the laptop is lifted, there is definitely an appreciation for its appeal. As mentioned earlier, this LG Gram 17 is the lightest 17-inch laptop out there, weighing only 2.96 lb., which is around 0.07 pounds lighter than the smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro. It measures 15.0 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches and is therefore slightly bigger than the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro.
As for connectivity, the Gram 17Z90N has most of the ports users might need now and beyond, including three USB-3.1 ports, a single Thunderbolt-3 via USB Type-C port that supports charging, a single HDMI port, a headphone jack and a micro-SD card slot. In addition, there is also a single USB-3.1 adapter for RJ45 Ethernet. While it is undeniable that the LG Gram 17’s thin and rugged design may be the main selling points, the display would definitely give users more reason to choose it over its closest rivals. One of the best things about this laptop has to be its 17-inch QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS LCD display. It is set in a 15.6-inch form factor and a 16:10 aspect ratio, which provides an even bigger canvas and improves the overall user experience. The screen is incredibly bright and delivers high-quality pictures with 359 nits of brightness, a 1600p resolution, and it covers over 90% of the colour gamut.
In terms of its keyboard, it definitely feels comfortable and has a nice tactile feel. The decent travel makes it comfortable to use for productivity. The same extends to the trackpad that works well, although it has a bit more give than expected. In addition, there is a unique fingerprint reader on the power button which is quite reliable for secure logins. As for the performance, the LG Gram 17 (17Z90N) is a laptop created to be a workhorse. Therefore, it has been equipped with the latest 10th generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, Iris graphics, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD (slotted in two 512GB modules). In terms of its battery, LG claims that the laptop’s 80Wh battery lasts up to 17 hours on a single charge, which definitely improves the overall productivity and usage time. Overall, the LG Gram 17 is definitely a great choice for users, although depending on their need.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
LG introduced its Gram laptop to the world four years ago with the intention to produce notebook as featherweight as possible. With the same noble intention of making it as light as possible, LG has brought forward its 2020 Gram lineup into the market. The extremely light weight of the laptops is due to the fact that the laptops are built with a specially designed, innovative magnesium-alloy frame. Apart from the light weight, this new series has also retained its Gram’s hallmark feature by retaining the svelte form factor. However, this new 2020 series has gone through quite a number of upgrades to cater for the high price tag.
The new Gram series has been introduced with four models which ranges from 14 inches to 17 inches display size along with a 2-in-1 system embedded within it. This opens the possibility for users to choose the best model which caters the individual’s preference and personal interest. As far as the battery capability is concerned, it should be noted that the 14 inches model has retained a similar battery size as the Gram series predecessor which is 72Watt-hour battery. While the 15 inches and 17 inches model cater an 80Watt-hour battery, the 14 inches model is believed to be able to operate at its best with the smaller battery due to its smaller display size. As for the 80 Watt-hour battery, LG claimed that it can provide 17 to 18.5 hours battery life after full charging. However, the real experience with the battery longevity still needs some testing in real-time with real user experience.
Despite the varying battery sizes, all four models of the Gram 2020 laptops have been enhanced with a ‘Mega Cooling’ thermal management system. This is known to be able to improvise the entire user experience and the overall performance of the models. The 17 inches model is incorporated with 16GB of RAM while the other models comes in with 8GB of RAM. The 17 inches model do have some variation due to its bigger display size. Even with the display resolution, the 17 inches sports a 2560 x 1600 display while the other models carry 1920 x 1080 display. This will obviously cater for different viewing quality and user’s viewing pleasure as well. But again, the experience itself is entirely subjective depending on the taste and interest of the individual involved.
In addition to the ones mentioned above, the Gram 2020 lineups also feature Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3 port. While some might not consider the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 a must, those who are gamers at heart would definitely rejoice with this addition in the laptop built. The reason being is that Thunderbolt 3 allows the connection to a more powerful external GPU which is worthwhile when it comes to gaming needs for some users. So, the Gram 2020 series can cater for both personal and professional use as well.
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