LG Gram 17 17Z90N Review: A light and mobile 17-inch laptop with a 16:10 display

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The LG Gram 17 is designed for mobility from the beginning. The hardware of the laptop is covered by an elegant and compact metal case that brings about 1350 grams (~2.98 lb) to the scale. An 80-Wh battery ensures runtimes of about 11 to 12 hours in practice. 

The battery can either be charged via the included proprietary power supply or using a USB charger that is plugged into the Thunderbolt 3 port. The latter also offers the option for a docking solution or connecting an external GPU to the notebook.

While the built-in Core i7-1065G7 processor offers sufficient performance for office and Internet applications, it does not use its full capabilities. The benchmark results hardly differ from the Core i5-1035G7 equipped LG Gram 15. Since the advantage of the Core i7 turns out very low, a Core i5 model is recommended to potential Gram 17 buyers. LG seems to have given priority to silent operation over maximum performance. The laptop hardly produces any noise and only warms moderately at most.

The display in the 16:10 format represents the highlight of the laptop.

The display scores with ample brightness, a good contrast, stable viewing angles, decent color reproduction, and acceptable color space coverage. Unfortunately, LG has decided to use a display model with a reflective surface, which runs counter to the mobile aspirations of the laptop. A matte display should also be offered here. Nonetheless, after a short time of using it, you would not want to miss the additional height offered by the panel compared to a 16:9 display. We hope that other manufacturers will also return to the 16:10 display format again. 

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