Lately, LG’s Gram laptops have been incredibly basic. There is a Grams 17 – which we really liked in the past – a grams 16, a Grams 15and a Grams 14 (with some minor variations here and there). They’ve always been essentially the same package: incredibly, incredibly, mind-numbingly light devices with excellent battery life and an otherwise unremarkable chassis.
This year, the Gram family gets a little more complicated. LG has added two new branches to the tree. The more interesting one – which I’m also a little nervous about – is the LG Gram Style.
The best way I can describe this is that LG appears to be trying a Dell XPS 13 Plus. The Style, which includes 14-inch and 16-inch options, has what LG describes as “a ‘hidden’ haptic touchpad with soft LED backlighting.” The LEDs light up when you touch the area (which they didn’t on the Plus). While the addition of a haptic touchpad can be crucial to making devices as thin as possible, it also makes for a clicking experience that can take some getting used to. I will also say that while a non-delimited touchpad may be fine for your dominant hand, which probably instinctively knows where to click, I would expect your non-dominant hand to make a mistake from time to time if its click services are required. Ask me how I know.
The other funky thing about the Style is the finish. The claim is that the colors of these laptops will “shift dynamically; move and change depending on the light and angle.” Now, LG hasn’t given us many photos to verify if this will actually work and/or look desirable at all, but I’m hoping to get some hands-on time with a device soon to get a better idea. Anyway, most of the Grams I tested were a bit of a dull gray or black, so I welcome all the new shades.
The other notable addition to the Gram line is the new 16-inch Gram Ultraslim. This looks like a more traditional Gram, but it is, as the name implies, quite thin. Specifically, it’s 10.99 millimeters, or just 0.43 inches, thick. That makes it the thinnest Gram model ever and almost certainly one of the lightest laptops you can buy (special to size). It’s a hair thinner than both Samsung’s 15-inch Galaxy Book2 Pro and Apple’s 13.6-inch MacBook Air, both of which are devices essentially built around their thinness.
LG has also refreshed the regular Gram 17, 16, 15 and 14 we know and love, featuring Intel’s new 13th Gen Core processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU options. Variable refresh rate and Dolby Atmos are also supported for the first time this year.