Light As A Feather
HWM Singapore|August 2019

LG gram 17.

Kenny Yeo

The gram 17 is the latest member to LG’s lineup of unbelievably light notebooks. It was first unveiled at CES 2019 and it stole headlines for being the lightest 17-inch notebook in the world. Despite its massive 17-inch display, the gram 17 weighs just 1.34kg. To put this number into context, consider that no other 17-inch notebook that is on sale now that is even under 2kg. Consider also that at 1.34kg, the gram 17 is only slightly heavier than most 13-inch ultraportable notebooks. In short, it’s an engineering marvel.

Like the smaller gram 13, 14, and 15 notebooks, the gram 17’s astounding weight was achieved using ultra-light materials in its construction. The chassis is made using a blend of magnesium and carbon fiber. It feels like plastic to the touch and flexes a little if sufficient pressure is exerted. To assuage would be customers, LG says the gram 17 meets the stringent U.S. MIL-STD-810G standard, meaning it’s shock, dust, temperature, and vibration resistant to a high degree.

As for thickness, you are looking at a measurement of 17.4mm — impressive for a notebook in its class. It also allows the gram 17 to have a good assortment of full-sized ports including three USB-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1) ports, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, one HDMI port, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack.

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