LG Gram 16 2-in-1 evaluation: Skinny, gentle, and long-lasting

LG Gram 16 2-in-1

MSRP $1,500.00

“The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is not overly highly effective, however velocity and battery life are the place it excels.”

Professionals

  • Strong productiveness efficiency
  • Glorious battery life
  • Skinny and lightweight
  • Excellent show
  • Engaging minimalist design

Cons

  • Not a creator’s large-screen laptop computer
  • Some bending and flexing

LG’s Gram laptops are centered on one major trait. They’re meant to be light-weight, and the bigger they’re, the extra totally different that makes them from the remaining of the sector.

Take the brand new LG Gram 16 2-in-1, for instance. Whereas most laptops within the 15-inch to 17-inch vary concentrate on efficiency, with quick CPUs and discrete GPUs, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 makes use of processors like Intel’s Twelfth-gen Core i7-1260P which can be often aimed toward skinny and lightweight machines with smaller shows. That makes it greatest for productiveness customers on the lookout for a bigger machine —  not a lot for these modifying video all day.

I reviewed the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 with a Core i7-1260P, Intel’s built-in Iris Xe graphics, and a 16-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS show. Pricing remains to be being decided, however the Gram 16 2-in-1 begins at $1,500 and runs to $2,100. That makes it a premium laptop computer that competes with the perfect mainstream 16-inch machine. Normally, it’s certainly a light-weight large-screen laptop computer that gives strong productiveness efficiency — however it is advisable to know what you’re in for.

Design

LG Gram 16 2-in-1 back angled view showing the lid and a small part of the keyboard.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is comprised of a magnesium alloy chassis and aluminum lid, which accounts for its gentle weight of simply 3.62 kilos. That’s considerably lower than different 16-inch, 360-degree convertible 2-in-1s, comparable to the MSI Summit E16 Flip at 4.4 kilos and the HP Spectre x360 16 at 4.45 kilos. The LG and MSI are equally skinny at 0.67 inches, whereas the HP is thicker at 0.78 inches. For a large convertible 2-in-1, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is undoubtedly simpler to hold round than most.

Nevertheless, the magnesium alloy has one weak point that sometimes exhibits up in LG’s Gram laptops. It’s not as inflexible because the aluminum utilized in the Summit E16 Flip and the Spectre x360 16. The Gram 16 2-in-1 has some bending within the chassis backside and flexing within the keyboard deck, whereas the opposite 2-in-1s don’t. Even the aluminum lid is a bit versatile.

Whereas LG submits the Gram 16 2-in-1 to army requirements testing for robustness, it merely doesn’t really feel as strong as its major competitors. That doesn’t imply it’s not well-built, however when you’re on the lookout for a laptop computer that looks like it prices $1,500 or extra, then the Gram 16 2-in-1 will disappoint. The hinge is simply the tiniest bit stiff, requiring a second hand to carry down the underside of the chassis proper as you method straight upright, and it holds the show firmly in place in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes.

Aesthetically, the Gram 16 2-in-1 can be very conservatively designed. It’s a strong “Obsidian Black” shade all through, with a subdued brand on the lid that’s barely seen. Its angles are minimalistic, giving it a simple and streamlined look. That compares to the intricate, rose gold edges of the Spectre x360 16 and MSI Summit E16 Flip. The Gram 16 2-in-1 isn’t a standout within the seems to be division by comparability, but it surely’s not a bad-looking laptop computer both. LG made some small show bezels, which offer a contemporary look and reduce the general chassis measurement.

A single USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 drop-jaw port on the right-hand side of the LG gram 16 2-in-1.

A microSD card reader and two USB-C 4 portsThunderbolt 4 support and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left-hand side of the LG gram 16 2-in-1.

Connectivity is minimalist as properly, with a single USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 drop-jaw port and a microSD card reader on the appropriate. The left aspect homes the 2 USB-C 4 ports with Thunderbolt 4 help, in addition to the three.5mm audio jack. Wi-fi connectivity is offered by an Intel AX211 card offering Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 help.

Efficiency

The LG gram 16 2-in-1 folded backwards using the keyboard as a stand.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

There’s little question that the Core i7-1260P is a quick CPU for productiveness duties. It’s a 12-core (4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 16-thread processor operating at 28 watts, making it the sooner of Intel’s choices for thin-and-light laptops. In our restricted testing of the CPU thus far, it’s exceeded its Intel Eleventh-gen counterparts by a good margin and competes strongly in opposition to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5000 collection in all however multithreaded, CPU-intensive duties. Within the case of the LG Gram 16 2-in-1, meaning it beats the Ryzen 7 5800H within the Lenovo IdeaPad Sim 7 16 Professional in Geekbench 5, however falls properly behind within the CPU-intensive Cinebench R23 rendering benchmark and in our Handbrake take a look at that encodes a 420MB video as H.265.

The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is a productiveness powerhouse.

I’ll notice that LG has a utility, now fairly frequent amongst laptop computer producers typically, that may change thermal modes from low (minimal fan noise and minimal efficiency), regular (a stability of fan noise and efficiency), and excessive (the perfect efficiency with essentially the most fan noise). The leads to the desk beneath had been generated in regular mode. In efficiency mode, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1’s multi-core Cinebench rating jumped to eight,396, and its Handbrake rating dropped to 113. These are extra aggressive with the Ryzen 7 chip and considerably sooner than the 35-watt Intel Core i7-11370H and Core i7-11390H.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is one other laptop computer in our comparability group utilizing the Core i7-1260P. In its efficiency mode, its Cinebench rating elevated to eight,979 multi-core and its Handbrake take a look at dropped to 101 seconds, making it sooner than the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 when velocity is of the essence. The Samsung Galaxy Guide 2 Professional carried out equally in its default mode to the LG gram 16 2-in-1 in efficiency mode.

These laptops had been pretty tightly grouped within the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, which supplies an concept of light-weight productiveness efficiency. No laptop computer’s efficiency mode made a lot of a distinction right here, so outdoors of the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional, this benchmark didn’t differentiate between machines.

Finally, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is a productiveness powerhouse that can meet essentially the most demanding customers’ wants. It’s not as quick for artistic duties, notably because it lacks a discrete GPU that will velocity up functions like Adobe’s Artistic Suite. That makes it greatest suited to non-creators who desire a bigger show for extra environment friendly multitasking.

Geekbench
(single/multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single/multi)
PCMark 10
Full
3DMark
Time Spy
Fortnite
(1080p Epic)
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P / Iris Xe)
1,682 / 9,0351371,524 / 6,3145,4041,74615 fps
Samsung Galaxy Guide 2 Professional
(Core i7-1260P / Iris Xe)
1,709 / 9,4571141,637 / 8,0665,585N/AN/A
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P / Iris Xe)
1,717 / 9,2311301,626 / 7,2105,7601,65812 fps
HP Spectre x360 16
(Core i7-11390H / RTX 3050)
1,506 / 4,9381821,547 / 5,5625,1103,45337 fps
MSI Summit E16 Flip
(Core i7-1195G7 / RTX 3050)
1,607 / 6,0961781,589 / 5,3445,6814,13852 fps
Acer Swift 3 16
(Core i7-11370H / Iris Xe)
1,613 / 6,1191591,568 / 5,8065,4911,91124 fps
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H / RTX 3050)
1,415 / 7,5061021,419 / 11,2626,2904,22340 fps

The Gram 16 2-in-1 isn’t a gaming machine given the Intel Iris Xe built-in graphics. It scored simply 1,746 within the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark (1,919 in efficiency mode) and managed solely 15 frames per second (fps) in Fortnite at 1200p and Epic graphics (20 fps in efficiency mode). That’s on the low finish of Intel Iris Xe graphics, which we’ve seen with different Intel Twelfth-gen laptops. It’s doable that Intel’s graphics drivers nonetheless want some work.

Show

Close up on the LG gram 16 2-in-1's display.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The Gram 16 2-in-1 incorporates a 16-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS show that appears brilliant and colourful out of the field, with true blacks for an IPS show. I loved utilizing it throughout my testing, though I admit that I’ve been spoiled by OLED shows which can be far more beautiful.

Based on my colorimeter, that is a top quality show for a premium laptop computer — with a few weaknesses. First, its brightness is nice however not nice at 323 nits, which exceeds our 300-nit threshold however is on the low finish of our comparability group. Its colours had been wider than the premium common at 87% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, however its accuracy was decrease than I like at a DeltaE of two.82 (lower than 1.0 is taken into account glorious, and lower than 2.0 is taken into account good). Its distinction was 1,230:1, larger than our most popular 1,000:1 and good for an IPS displa,y however with out the inky blacks that OLED shows present.

With higher accuracy, the Gram 16 2-in-1’s show could be ok for creators, however as is, it’s greatest for productiveness customers and media customers. I’ll fee the show as superb.

Brightness
(nits)
DistinctionsRGB gamutAdobeRGB gamutAccuracy DeltaE
(decrease is healthier)
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(IPS)
3231,230:1100%87%2.82
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
40628,380:1100%95%0.87
HP Spectre x360 16
(OLED)
35424,610:1100%97%0.89
MSI Summit E16 Flip
(IPS)
4821,140:1100%89%1.12
Acer Swift 3 16
(IPS)
3341,530:1100%77%1.11
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional
(IPS)
4201,310:1100%77%1.59

Keyboard and touchpad

The LG gram 16 2-in-1's keyboard deck.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The usual island keyboard with black keys and white lettering has much less spacing in the standard portion because of a numeric keypad on the right-hand aspect. The keys are a lot massive although, and general, it’s a well-known format that shouldn’t trigger any points. Nevertheless, the change mechanism is underwhelming, with shallow depth and a harsh bottoming motion. It’s not essentially the most snug keyboard for lengthy typing classes, and the Spectre x360 16, for instance, has a a lot better model.

The touchpad is decently sized, however there’s loads of area on the keyboard deck for an excellent bigger space. It’s clean and responsive with Microsoft Precision touchpad help, and its complete floor is clickable with a quick and quiet response. If it had been somewhat bigger, I’d fee it as glorious, but it surely’s nonetheless a superb touchpad.

The LG gram 16 2-in-1 sits like a tablet with a stylus on top.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The show is touch-enabled, and it helps LG’s lively pen that’s included within the field. It is a massive 2-in-1, nevertheless, so utilizing the pen for inking in pill mode requires resting it on a floor. This isn’t a slate you may simply carry round in a single hand whereas writing with the opposite. The 16:10 side ratio does make for a extra pure (i.e., much less slim) writing floor than an old-school 16:9 laptop computer would supply.

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Battery life

The LG gram 16 2-in-1 in a tent fold.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The Gram 16 2-in-1 packs an 80 watt-hour battery into its skinny and lightweight chassis. That’s not essentially the most battery capability we’ve seen in 16-inch laptops, however this one doesn’t have the highest-powered elements, nor a power-hungry 4K+ or OLED show. And LG’s Gram collection is understood for its glorious battery life, giving me some confidence that the Gram 16 2-in-1 would do properly in our testing.

In case your workload isn’t too heavy, you could even make it properly right into a second day’s work earlier than needing to cost up.

And certainly, it did. It lasted for 11.5 hours in our web-browsing take a look at that cycles by way of a collection of in style and sophisticated web sites, beating out its closest competitor, the HP Spectre x360 16 (with an OLED show), by almost two hours. That’s a robust rating on this take a look at, although not the strongest we’ve seen. The Gram 16 2-in-1 was extra spectacular in our video take a look at that loops an area Full HD Avengers trailer, lasting for nearly 18 hours and rating among the many longest-lasting we’ve examined. The Spectre x360 16 fell behind by almost 5 hours.

Within the PCMark 10 Purposes battery benchmark that’s the perfect indication of sunshine productiveness longevity, the Gram 16 2-in-1 made it to 16.5 hours, the third-longest consequence we’ve seen and almost double the following closest in our comparability group. And within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery take a look at that primarily signifies how exhausting a laptop computer works whereas on battery, the Gram 16 2-in-1 was once more the longest-lasting at 2.75 hours.

General, the Gram 16 2-in-1 has glorious battery life that guarantees all-day productiveness after which some. In case your workload isn’t too heavy, you could even make it properly right into a second day’s work earlier than needing to cost up.

Net lookingVideoPCMark 10 PurposesPCMark 10 Gaming
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
11 hours, 31 minutes17 hours, 58 minutes16 hours, 39 minutes2 hours, 46 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 minutes12 hours, 45 minutes8 hours, 32 minutes2 hours, quarter-hour
HP Spectre x360 16
(Core i7-11390H)
9 hours, 47 minutes13 hours, 3 minutesN/AN/A
MSI Summit E16 Flip
(Core i7-1195G7)
8 hours, 1 minute10 hours, 42 minutes6 hours, 42 minutes2 hours, 17 minutes
Acer Swift 3 16
(Core i7-11370H)
8 hours, 42 minutes12 hours, 56 minutes9 hours, 32 minutes1 hour, 48 minutes
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H)
8 hours, 5 minutes11 hours, 48 minutes9 hours, 17 minutes1 hour, 35 minutes

Pricing and configurations

The Gram 16 2-in-1 shall be offered completely at Costco, with configurations starting from $1,500 to $2,100. We don’t have particulars but on specs, pricing, or availability, however we’ll replace this evaluation as soon as we obtain extra info.

Our take

LG Gram 16 2-in-1 front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 succeeds in its major goal of offering a skinny and lightweight large-screen convertible 2-in-1 that’s nice for productiveness work. It’s quick sufficient to deal with demanding productiveness workflows and it’s a long-lasting machine, making it nice for getting work completed on the go. Nevertheless, it’s not an ideal choice for creators, on account of its built-in graphics and a show that’s not correct sufficient for precision artistic work. However that’s OK, as a result of there’s worth in utilizing a large-screen laptop computer for productiveness and media consumption.

Are there any alternate options?

In all probability the perfect direct competitor right now is the HP Spectre x360 16, which affords a superior OLED show and a extra elegant design. It’s not as quick at productiveness duties, however because of its discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, it’s sooner at gaming and at operating artistic apps that may use the GPU.

The MSI Summit E16 Flip can be another choice. It has a wonderful 16-inch 16:10 IPS show of its personal, and even though it’s nonetheless operating an Intel Eleventh-gen CPU, it offers strong productiveness efficiency. Just like the Spectre x360 16, it has an RTX GPU and so is a greater laptop computer for avid gamers and creators.

If a clamshell laptop computer is extra up your alley, then the Dell XPS 15 OLED makes for a strong various. It has a greater construct high quality and a luscious show, and it offers a lot better efficiency in artistic apps and gaming because of its up to date 45-watt Intel Twelfth-gen CPU and RTX 3050 Ti graphics.

How lengthy will it final?

Though the Gram 16 2-in-1 demonstrates some bending and flexing, it’s constructed of high quality supplies and can face up to typical laptop computer abuse. It’s well-equipped with the newest elements and may final for years of productive work. The industry-standard one-year guarantee is disappointing, as normal.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure, in case your workflow is generally productiveness duties and you would like a big convertible 2-in-1 that doesn’t weigh loads.

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