Amia DalveySeptember 30, 2022, 17:31:53 IST
Every traveling professional who needs to carry a laptop wishes one thing. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to sacrifice power, processing power, or even battery backup? The Gram series of laptops appears to have been built to meet exactly these requirements. I just got the latest 14″ version of the series and would like to share my experience with it.
Design and Communication
The LG Gram 14 laptop weighs only 999 grams. Yes, you read that correctly – one gram is just shy of a kilogram. Jokes aside, it has a simple yet elegant design and is very comfortable when carried. At the same time, with a thickness of 16.8 mm, it is very thin and does not feel good. Surprisingly, it also has a US military-grade MIL-STD 810H standard certification, which has passed 7 durability assessment tests. Want durability? You have hardness.
The keyboard layout is standard for 14-inch laptops, and it has a fairly large touchpad. Backlit keys have appropriate strokes. No complaints there. When it comes to communication, most bases are covered. Besides the HDMI port and card reader, there is a 3.5mm jack for connecting wired headphones or headphones.
With two USB 3.2 Type-A ports on one side and two Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports on the other side, it supports multiple interfaces including charging and display. Wireless connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi that supports up to 6E standards and Bluetooth 5.1. It should now cater to both classic and modern communication needs.
As the model number suggests, the LG Gram 14 has a 14-inch screen with an IPS panel and a WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio). It supports a peak brightness of 350 nits, a contrast ratio of 1200:1 and 99% DCI-P3 coverage. The color reproduction is impressive, as is the contrast. Anti-glare coating keeps reflections and glare in place. However, the viewing angles aren’t the best I’ve found on an IPS screen. However, laptops don’t really matter.
By the way, there are some interesting screen related privacy features. You can set your screen to lock or turn off automatically when you move away from your laptop, or set it to dim when you take your eyes off it. But the best thing is to warn you or dim your screen when someone else is staring at the screen over your shoulder. People do it without your consent, don’t you hate it?
Hardware, Storage, and Performance
The LG Gram 14 is powered by a 12th generation Intel Evo Core i7-1260P processor with 16GB of dual-channel LPDDR5 RAM clocked at 5200MHz. Storage is handled by a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD solid state drive. The complete setup is very powerful for most of the game blocking tasks with this laptop.
The Intel Iris Xe graphics chip isn’t good enough for meaningful gaming. Yes, it can handle quite well some casual games and some games that are a decade old, but it can’t handle newer games. When it comes to productivity and media consumption apps, it goes well. Whether you’re opening 50 tabs in your browser, editing photos, or streaming content, the LG Gram 14 can handle it all with ease.
It’s also great for entertainment, with a pair of 1.5W tweeters underneath providing pure stereo sound, and DTS:X Ultra compatibility adding depth to your sound. Ironically, this laptop feels better on a table or desk than on your lap. Full HD camcorders are very good and offer some great tricks.
Software and backup battery
This laptop runs Microsoft Windows 11 Home and comes with a 30-day trial of Office 365. LG also bundles several in-house tools to perform different tasks. The LG Gram 14 is powered by a 72Wh Li-ion battery and comes with a 65W USB-C power adapter. But if your workload is not too heavy, you may not even need to carry it.
LG claims a very ambitious 23.5 hours of battery life on a full charge. Of course, this is under “test conditions” which include less than half the brightness, no wireless connection, and no laptop speakers are used for audio. Realistically, a laptop battery can comfortably last a day (8-10 hours) if you’re not playing under normal load. This is impressive. However, your mileage may vary depending on the purpose you are using this laptop for. The standby time is also good, and the battery doesn’t drain that much after you’ve been in sleep mode for an entire day.
Price and final thoughts
The LG Gram 14 laptop (14Z90Q-G.AH75A2) is priced at Rs 1,05,999 and comes with a 3-year onsite warranty and is often under Rs 6,000. It weighs less than a kilogram and sells for less than 100,000 rupees. Yes, they are expensive, but they offer a lot of unique items and it is difficult to find something similar for much cheaper. It is the perfect combination of durability, power and battery backup. But if the game is at the top of your wish list, look elsewhere.