Best i5 11th Generation Laptop | Lg Gram 16 Review 2021
The LG Gram 16 is an Intel Evo-verified laptop. The Evo platform is sort of a guarantee that for battery life, responsiveness, and wireless and wired connection speeds among other things. Because of the focus on mobility, though, the overwhelming majority of Evo laptops are small, with 13- or 14-inch displays. The Gram 16 is currently the only Evo clamshell with a 16-inch display. Despite the bigger screen, it’s still one of the lightest Evo laptops at only 2.6 pounds (1.2 kilograms). It has incredible battery life, too.
Lg Gram 16 experience
The 16-inch size is new for the Gram lineup and while the configuration replaces the 15.6-inch Gram 15, which is still available but wasn’t updated to Intel’s 11th-gen processors. Other than the size, though, this Gram is pretty much like the others.
The chassis is made from magnesium alloy. That keeps it lightweight but also doesn’t give it the solid feel or stiffness of an aluminum laptop. There is noticeable flex in the keyboard deck and lid (you definitely want to avoid picking this up one-handed by the display). Still, as with other Grams, it is strong enough to pass seven military-grade durability tests including ones for shock and vibration, so it’s built for a commute or travel.
Although its weight makes it nice for travel, LG includes a full port assortment, including two Thunderbolt 4 ports that makes it easy to connect to an external monitor or two, a keyboard and mouse, external storage, and more. The laptop charges extremely fast through its USB-C ports and runs for a long, long time. I never had any problem getting through a workday on the battery alone and it ran for 14 hours, 37 minutes on our streaming video test.
More laptop makers are moving away from widescreen 16:9-ratio displays in favor of 3:2-ratio displays or a 16:10 ratio like the Gram 16’s. The 2,560×1,600-resolution display gives you a bit more vertical space to work than a widescreen display. It’s a perfect middle-ground for mobility and screen size. It’s a high-quality screen, too, with excellent color and contrast performance, even if it’s not the brightest. If you work next to a window or out in the sun you’ll be fighting reflections off its glossy coating.
LG redesigned its keyboard for this model and it shows. It not only feels better with a comfortable firmness to the keys and a fair amount of travel, but it looks nicer, too. A responsive fingerprint reader is built into the power button so you can turn it on and sign in with a single press. And, for added privacy, pressing the F4 key lets you kill the mic and webcam (I wish LG had upgraded the webcam to 1080p resolution, though).
The touchpad is 16:10 to match the display, but its increased size and position puts much of it under your right palm. This can lead to accidental brushes or clicks if you tend to drag your right palm while typing. The precision touchpad is otherwise nice to use.
Performance from the LG Gram 16 was right where it should be for its components. (You can see how it stacks up compared to similarly configured systems in the performance charts below.) With its 11th-gen i7 processor and 16GB of high-speed memory, you’re not going to have any problem tackling everything from productivity tasks to light photo and video editing. What’s nice is the performance remains snappy whether you’re plugged in or not.
While responsive, phone-like performance is part of the Evo promise, it’s still somewhat of a surprise when a laptop actually delivers on it. It’s even nicer when it happens on larger devices like the LG Gram 16. It lands perfectly in that middle ground between the feel of a smaller laptop and the workspace of a larger one. You just have to be prepared to pay for it.
Lg Gram 16 Features
Lightweight recognized by Guinness World Records
16 (40.6cm) LG gram is newly engineered to increase your productivity with a 16:10 professional display, productivity-enhancing design, and powerful processors while remaining faithful to its lightweight body. So you can get heavy work done anytime, anywhere.
16:10 screen is designed for your productivity offering a full grasp of more information on a page – 11% more screen real estate compared to 16:9 ratio. And the 4-way slim bezel provides an immersive experience.
WQXGA (2560×1600) High Resolution
WQXGA (2560×1600) display provides clear and vivid color, featuring twice the resolution of Full HD. So it enables you to perform tasks efficiently – such as typing, retouching, or even coding.
DCI-P3 99% (Typ.) Wide Color Gamut*
The new LG gram accurately represents your creative ideas and the colors you intended, thanks to the industry-standard DCI-P3 99% (Typ.) that delivers a wide range of color gamut.
Slim Design for Your Productivity
Reduced bezel and body size make 16Z90P more compact, compared to older models. And the minimalist straight-lined design in addition to the hidden hinge reduces distraction so raise your focused immersion.
Up to 22 hours All-day Battery Life
16 (40.6cm) LG gram offers an 80Wh battery with a high capacity to last up to 22 hours battery life from a single charge. So it facilitates your seamless performance from anywhere during your working hours.
The above battery life describes the maximum capacity based on the MobileMark 2014 results. Actual battery life will vary from specifications depending on model, setup configuration, applications used, features utilized, and power management settings.