LG has announced several new Ultrabooks labelled under the Gram series. They are going for a very lightweight and portable design, hence the name. There will be two models, with a 13.3-inch and 14-inch available starting today.

Both models feature a 1920x1080 IPS display, and weigh in at just 980 grams for either model, so there is no weight penalty going with the larger device. They are just 0.5” or 12.5mm thick, so they should have no issues with portability. The chassis are made out of carbon-lithium and carbon-magnesium which should result in a pretty strong frame despite the light weight and thin dimensions. LG has also managed to go with a minimal bezel of just 7.2mm on the sides, much like the Dell XPS 13, but they have kept a top bezel in order to fit the webcam. The 13.3-inch version will be offered in white, while the 14-inch version will be gold.

LG Gram 13

Despite being very thin and light, both models will be offered with Intel’s 15w processor lineup. The base offering is the Broadwell Core i5-5200U which is 2.2 GHz and a turbo to 2.7 GHz, and the 14-inch model will also be offered with the Core i7-5500U which is 2.4 GHz to 3.0 GHz. Memory is 8 GB of DDR3L which is listed as single channel, but being soldered on it could actually be dual-channel and only hands on with the device could determine that. Storage is 128 GB of SSD, with the i7 model doubling that to 256 GB.

There is HDMI, dual USB 3.0, and a SDXC card reader as well which should be enough for most tasks, and there is also a micro USB connector which can be used with the included 10/100 Ethernet adapter. It would have been nice to see Gigabit here, but that can’t work on a micro USB port and LG must not have wanted to tie up one of the USB 3.0 ports. Wireless is provided by the Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-7260 wireless card, but I would have preferred to see the 7265 model here.

LG Gram 14

Packing all of this into a small frame, light weight, and thin device is a pretty nice feat, but the one thing that seems to have taken a hit is the battery. LG rates both models at 7.5 hours of use, but the battery is just a 35 Wh model so it has a pretty big disadvantage over other Ultrabooks.

LG Gram
  LG Gram 13 LG Gram 14
Processor Intel Core i5-5200U
2.2-2.7 GHz 14nm
15W TDP
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.2-2.7 GHz 14nm
Intel Core i7-5500U
2.4-3.0 GHz 14nm
15W TDP
Memory 8GB DDR3L
GPU Intel HD 5500 Gen 8
Display 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS 14.0" 1920x1080 IPS
Storage 128 GB SSD 128-256 GB SSD
I/O 1 x micro USB
1 x HDMI
1 x SDXC
2 x USB 3.0
Dimensions (mm) : 302 x 213 x 12.5
(inches) : 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.5
(mm) : 325 x 226 x 12.5
(inches) : 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.5
Weight 980 g / 2.16 lbs
Battery 35 Wh, up to 7.5 hours
Price $899 $999-$1399

Perhaps most importantly, the LG Gram series will be sold through the Microsoft Store, which means they will be sold as “Signature PCs” from Microsoft. This means that there will be no extra software installed out of the box other than necessary utilities to function with the hardware. When you see the state of some PCs sold, with so much software installed that it would take you hours to clean it all off, this is a nice benefit and well done to LG for going down this route.

The LG Gram is available starting today.

Source: LG

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  • SilthDraeth - Monday, September 28, 2015 - link

    LG actually has been making laptops for a while. But they are mainly available in Korea, or shipped in. My brother actually has what is probably one of these, but the South Korean model, as he lives in South Korea and works as a teacher. Reply
  • nerd1 - Monday, September 28, 2015 - link

    They have been available in korean market since 2013 I think. I think they are at least better than new macbook while weighing almost the same. Reply
  • coburn_c - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    Australia. They are just now bringing them to America, I think they would have been much more successful a year and a half ago, but it's still a great screen in a great package. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Monday, September 28, 2015 - link

    "and there is also a micro USB connector which can be used with the included 10/100 Ethernet adapter. It would have been nice to see Gigabit here, but that can’t work on a micro USB port and LG must not have wanted to tie up one of the USB 3.0 ports"

    Why did they use a micro USB port? Type-C would be more appropriate and would work fine with gigabit.
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  • mikedageek - Monday, September 28, 2015 - link

    Would be nice to see a dark gray version in the US. I'd totally get that despite the battery life. Also the white version that goes for $899 looks different on the sides, comparable to the Samsung ATIV, don't like that look. Reply
  • flashbacck - Monday, September 28, 2015 - link

    Available today? Nice! Looking forward to reviews. Reply
  • kspirit - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    One reminds me of the Ativ Book 9 design from the side. The other looks like the Elitebook Folio. The originals are some A+ designs. Let's how these stack up in the reviews. The battery tho :/ Reply
  • zdma - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    It may be slightly lighter than a Mac, but the construction is flimsy. Every review says the screen and keyboard bends like crazy. I have yet to see an Ultrabook that's light as a Macbook, and doesn't flex. Anyways, I think I'll get an iPad Pro ;) Reply
  • cobrax5 - Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - link

    The Asus ZenBook UX305 (or something like that) offers a Broadwell CoreM, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, and 1080P IPS for $700. I think it's the best deal for a passively cooled ultrabook (I'm a big fan of no moving parts). Although I haven't looked into it, this LG must be actively cooled, and that's great for "power" usage, but for normal office tasks, a passively cooled CoreM is enough. Besides I'd rather have a bigger SSD for $100 less... Reply

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