LG Gram 17Z90P – 17″ WQXGA (2560×1600) Ultra-Lightweight Laptop, Intel Evo with 11th gen CORE i7 1165G7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Alexa Built-in, 19.5 Hours Battery, Thunderbolt 4, Black – 2021 17Z90P-K.AAB8U1 model.
An ultra-lightweight laptop that has a 17-inch display and as light as a 13-inch ultrabook. This 2021 Black LG Gram is the only 17-inch laptop in the market that can deliver both performance and portability. The elegant look, and premium quality finish, that’s the first thing that stands out to me.
Included in the box is an absurdly compact power plug with its nice-rounded edges, which is a proper USB-C charger. This USB-C charger can charge your laptop quickly and easily, meaning you can also charge your laptop much faster.
At a glance, due to its weight, you will feel that it does not have much inside. However, this Gram packs full-blown serious hardware under the hood. Let’s start with the important specs list below.
|Title||LG Gram 17Z90P - 17" WQXGA (2560x1600) Ultra-Lightweight Laptop, Intel evo with 11th gen CORE i7 1165G7 CPU , 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Alexa Built-in, 19.5 Hours Battery, Thunderbolt 4, Black - 2021|
|Processor||11th Gen of i7-1165G7 (2.8 GHz/4.7 GHz, L3 Cache 12MB)|
|Screen||Non-touch 17.0″ WQXGA IPS Display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, DCI-P3 color gamut, 400 nits brightness, and 16:10 Aspect Ratio|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
|Memory||16GB LPDDR4X 4266MHz|
|Connectivity||1x full-size HDMI, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2x USB 4.0 Gen 3 Type-C, 1x 3.5mm audio, micro-SD card slot|
|Other features||720p HD Webcam, MIL-STD 810G Military Grade, DTS:X Ultra, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint reader, Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Positives and Negatives||VIEW|
There are a lot of nice features on this device. These are key benefits that you will be amazed at.
One of the big selling points of this laptop is the weight and the screen. We will cover the screen soon. But for the weight, it’s remarkable. Weighing in at only 2.98 lbs or 1.35 Kg which is half the weight of most 15″ gaming laptops!
And your older laptop now (even 15-inch one) feels like a tank when compared to how light this LG gram is. LG made the body of this laptop from Magnesium Alloy which is why this device is absurdly light.
With this form factor, you can lift the hinge with only one hand, effortlessly.
In short, this LG Gram 17Z90P – 17″ WQXGA (2560×1600) is an ultra-lightweight laptop. It’s a powerhouse 17-inch laptop that weighs a 13-inch Ultrabook. The portability is amazing.
2560×1600 17” WQXGA IPS Screen with 16:00 Aspect Ratio
We have talked about the lightweight of the 17Z90P-K.AAB8U1 LG Gram, which is insanely light. Now we will talk about the screen, which is absurdly gorgeous. Although it does not have a touchscreen, this black LG Gram 17Z90P offers a monstrous 17.0″ WQXGA (Wide Quad Extended Graphics Array) IPS screen.
This display has a 2560×1600 resolution that has double the resolution of the Full-HD screen. This means it has a top-tier level of color clarity and brightness. Movies and photos look remarkable on this 2k panel.
Furthermore, the screen also has a 16:10 aspect ratio. This means it gives you more real estate of the screen which is helpful to edit content or photographs. For a home office, the wider resolution helps your productivity. You can comfortably split your documents (Microsoft Excel or Words) and other windows, for instance, the Zoom chat window at the same time.
Color accuracy is very good, it has 100% sRGB, and about 400 nits screen brightness, it also has a 99% DCI-P3 color gamut, which is great to edit photos and videos.
The 4-bezels are all thin, unlike most laptops that have 2 thins bezels, this one has thin frames on all 4 bezels. When you watch videos or movies, it feels like you are not wasting any space of the display.
Despite having a really thin top bezel, LG still manages to include the 720p HD webcam.
Serious Internals Powers This LG Gram 17Z90P-K.AAB8U1
This 17-inch 2021 LG Gram features 16GB onboard LPDDR4X memory at 4266MHz, this is a smoking fast RAM speed. NotebookCheck.net has currently written how this LPDDR4x-4266 RAM is faster when it is combined with the 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake-U processors, like the CPU that this laptop has. The 16GB will meet all of the requirements for both casual gamers and intermediate PC users. Let’s keep in mind that a lot of gaming notebooks come only with 8GB of RAM.
To help the memory performing faster, this ultra-lightweight laptop comes with 11th gen Intel i7-1165G7 CPU, which is the latest generation of Intel chip to this day. This 2.8GHz/4.7GHz processor is apparently faster than the previous generation the 10th Gen 17 CPU.
And what cool with this chip is, it comes with the innovative discrete GPU the Intel Iris Xe Graphics so you can play casual games even at 1080p with adequate framerates.
For the storage, you will be getting a monstrous 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD, this is massive storage for its price. This SSD has a faster read/write speed compared to an HDD or SATA drive, hence everything runs very quick (in seconds) with this laptop.
If you desire, you can also add another SSD if you run out of storage, which I do not think you will. But, it’s always good to have the option to add storage.
Great I/O Ports Selection
When it comes to ultra-thin notebooks or ultrabooks, the ports I/O selection has often been very limited, but not with this 2021 LG Gram 17Z90P-K.AAB8U1. LG generously put a good amount of ports. I have never seen an ultra-thin ultrabook with this amount of I/O, so I really appreciate it.
On the left-hand side, you will get a standard full-size HDMI port, 2x USB Type-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. With its USB Type-C ports, you will get USB 4.0 Gen 3, with Thunderbolt 4, supports eGPU, multi-display output, and capability to charge the device.
On the right-hand side, there are 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a micro SD card slot, and a Kensington lock.
Without using adapters and cables, you can easily connect the full-size HDMI port to any kind of projectors, this is something that any business users will also appreciate.
Moreover, LG includes Wi-Fi 6 (2×2, BT Combo) and Bluetooth 5.1 version on this laptop, so you will get a secure and robust signal or connection from an access point, even from a long distance.
High-End Trackpad & Keyboard
For the keyboard, this black 2021 17-inch LG Gram has a pretty good one. It has white backlit LED lights that you can adjust its brightness or disable and there is also a number pad. The keys feel very tactile and have a 1.6mm travel distance, which is 0.2mm more than last year’s model with their 1.2mm keys travel. They are also very accurate and respond very well.
Moving to the trackpad, this LG Gram 17Z90P model features a spacious and slick glass trackpad on board. Since it supports Microsoft Precision Driver, all of your multi gestures will be registered very well.
Furthermore, there is a nice extraordinary power button that also acts as a Fingerprint reader button which is located on the top right-hand corner of your keyboard. This means, it will allow Windows Hello logins to bypass entering a password, which is cool and easier. Just hold your power button for a second and it will log you in all in a single step within seconds. If your PC sleeps, and you want to log in again, just touch your power button. This is a neat addition to this Gram.
Long Battery Life
Same as its predecessor, this 17″ LG Gram 17Z90P-K.AAB8U1 comes with an 80Wh battery. This battery combined with the 11th Gen Intel i7 CPU, which is proven to be more power-efficient, this laptop can deliver better battery life than its competitors. LG advertises that this laptop has approximately 19-hours battery life, and that is probably true in their test drive with a certain condition such as lowering screen brightness and the apps they are using while testing.
With a combination of streaming videos, web browsing, and office work, you will get 10-11 average hours on a charge. If you lower your screen brightness and change certain settings, you will probably get more hours. Intensive computing works, like intensive video editing, gaming for long hours is going to drain your battery faster. However, all in all, this laptop will not disappoint you when it comes to battery life.
Is this 2021 LG Gram well worth it?
Yes! To be honest, with this price range, you will find a lot of good Ultrabooks. However, they won’t give you an absurdly gorgeous 17-inch panel, the 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM, and the latest generation of Intel i7 CPU, and very good build quality. You will be getting these with this LG Gram 17.
The other deciding factor is the size and battery life. It’s rare to find a 17-inch Ultrabook that is crazy light. Most 17-inch notebooks are gaming laptops. But gaming laptops have a bulky form factor and their battery life is not really desirable. In terms of weight, this one is years ahead of its competitors, and it has superb battery life.
In short, if you are looking for a top-of-the-line laptop, that is exceptionally engineered and capable, give it a try, this 2021 LG Gram 17Z90P-K.AAB8U1 delivers.