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LG Gram 17 with an RTX 2050 - Maybe too light?

LG Gram 17 with an RTX 2050 - Maybe too light?
LG Gram 17 with an RTX 2050 - Maybe too light?
A 17-inch laptop with a dGPU, weighing only 1,407 grams. Hardly any other device in our database boasts so much potential power while remaining as light and compact as this 17-inch laptop with a QHD display. But, is the LG Gram 17 useful in everyday life?

With the Gram series, LG shows that it is technically possible to create the lightest and most compact laptop. In doing so, LG has gone for high-tech materials and top-of-the-range hardware. However, in our LG Gram 17 with GeForce RTX 2050 review, the concept's weaknesses shine through.

Firstly, there is the light metal, magnesium case. At first, this feels high-quality but, after a short time, it becomes clear that the LG Gram 17's is not particularly robust. The display as well as the laptop's base can be easily twisted. Nevertheless, it's worth noting that the keyboard's stability has improved significantly since the 2021 LG Gram model. This is now helped by a built-in stand.

LG Gram 17's flexible display
LG Gram 17's flexible display

With an Intel Core i7-1260P and RTX 2050, many laptops are capable of high-level performance. However, this means operational heat has to be dissipated. In the LG Gram 17, there is practically no space for an efficient cooling system. The powerful hardware has to make do with little electrical power and this leads to a laptop which gets quite warm during use but doesn't deliver the kind of performance you would expect from an Intel Core i7 or an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050. This is shown, among other things, by the similarly light Lenovo Yoga Slim Carbon.

Cinebench R15 Multi Continuous Test

LG Gram 17Z90Q-E.AD78G Intel Core i7-1260P: Ø1242 (1192.82-1489.2)
Samsung Galaxy Book2 15 Intel Core i7-1260P: Ø1115 (963.74-1308.56)
Asus ExpertBook B5 Flip B5602FBN Intel Core i7-1260P: Ø1613 (1568.63-2022.76)
LG Gram 16Z90Q Intel Core i7-1260P: Ø1029 (774.98-1497.06)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 13IAP7-82U9005FGE Intel Core i7-1260P: Ø1408 (1365.51-1802.61)

At the end of our review, the question arose whether or not LG overshot the mark. It goes without saying that the LG Gram 17 is slim and light. But, it's still not exactly portable as the magnesium case doesn't appear to be particularly stable. On top of that, the laptop is noisy and there are many other small annoying points. For anyone on the go who doesn't pay too much attention to every gram, there are probably cheaper alternatives worth taking a look at. Even though a few of the laptop's models are considerably cheaper at the moment.

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Marc Herter, 2023-03- 9 (Update: 2023-03- 9)