LG Gram 16 / +See display combo review: the 16-inch laptop and its secondary display

LG’s Gram laptops got a new release recently, with the new range including 14-inch, 15-inch, 16-inch and 17-inch laptops, as well as 16-inch and 14-inch 2-in-1 models . We start by reviewing the LG Gram 16 (2022). The 16-inch screen size is becoming popular, as many consider it ideal for combining work and play. However, to fulfill this need, a laptop must be powerful and light with good battery life. Let’s see how the €1600 LG Gram 16 (2022) fares.

LG Gram 16

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Although the LG Gram 16 (2022) has a hefty price tag, it includes a 16-inch +View display sold separately for €330. My test kit came with the screen and the necessary USB-C connection cable. The +View screen’s 16:10 aspect ratio and 2,560 x 1,600 resolution match the laptop’s display exactly, and I found it easy to use them together.

The most striking feature of the LG Gram 16 (2022) is how light this laptop is: weighing in at 1,199 kg, it puts many small laptops to shame, let alone other 16-inch devices. Despite this, LG managed to make the chassis tough enough to pass the MIL-STD 810G test. The design is clean and crisp, while the deep black color is understated.

Open the clamshell and the 16-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio, 189ppi) and matte finish makes a good impression. The maximum brightness of 350 nits on the IPS screen is a bit low and no touch functionality is offered. But you get good color gamut support (99% DCI-P3) and narrow bezels all around.

The speakers are not quite up to the screen. The grilles are on the underside of the chassis, where their audio outputs are flush with the user’s desk or lap; with the laptop resting on softer surfaces, there was noticeable attenuation of the sound. The maximum volume level is acceptable, but if you are interested in sound with rich bass, you may be disappointed.

LG has found space above the screen for a 1080p webcam as well as an IR camera, a setup used in an interesting attention-sensing app called LG Glance by Mirametrix.

LG Gram 16 (2022): LG Glance

LG Glance uses webcam and IR camera to provide security and other features by sensing your attention. Photos: Sandra Vogel

For example, by tracking your head and eye movements, the software can transfer what you’re working on between the laptop and the +View display and move the mouse cursor according to where you are. Privacy controls can detect if someone else is looking at the screen over your shoulder and blur the content, blur the screen when you look away, and turn off the screen if you step away from the laptop – thus pausing any video. A control panel allows granular control over these features, and I found them all to work very well.

LG Gram 16 (2022): keyboard

The backlit keyboard includes a separate numeric keypad to the right of the main QWERTY keys. Image: Sandra Vogel

There is a full-size backlit keyboard with a separate numeric keypad whose keys are slightly narrower. The enter key is elongated but only one height and I found my right little finger hitting the 7, 4 and 1 keys more often than I would have liked and I found “https://www.zdnet.fr /” instead of the delete key and ‘-‘ instead of the backspace key with disappointing regularity. You’ll get used to it over time, but the learning curve can be frustrating.

The keys themselves are quite easy to touch, with little resistance when pressed and a fairly strong rebound. The hollow “noise” produced by typing is quite pronounced, even for a light-touch typist like me, and the noise could annoy colleagues in a quiet room. The touchpad is large and responsive, although the number pad off-centers it from the space bar, which can take some getting used to.

LG Gram 16 (2022): Ports

Left side (top): HDMI, 2x USB 4/Thunderbolt 4, 3.5 mm audio in/out. Right side (top): MicroSD card slot, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×1. Photos: Sandra Vogel

LG equips the Gram 16 (2022) with a 12th generation Intel Core i7-1260P processor, 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. The operating system is Windows 11 Home. We had no performance issues running common workloads during the test period, but its integrated GPU (Iris Xe Graphics) may struggle with graphics-intensive tasks.

There’s a decent amount of ports and connectors, including a MicroSD card slot – something you don’t often see on laptops. There are also two USB-A ports, a full-size HDMI port, a 3.5mm combo audio jack and a pair of UDB-C (USB 4/Thunderbolt 4) ports, one of which is occupied while charging. The laptop is charging. Wireless connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi 6E (with support for 6GHz frequency as well as 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies) and Bluetooth 5.1, but there is no NFC.

Although the LG Gram 16 (2022) comes with a high-capacity 80 Wh battery to power the 16-inch display, the company’s claimed battery life of up to 20.5 hours is optimistic. In my usual testing – three hours of working with web apps, streaming video and music, and using web browsers – a full charge dropped to 66%, suggesting full battery life of just under nine hours. If you need a full day of work with this laptop, keep the charger handy.

The charging speed is reasonably healthy. When I started charging the battery at 26%, it reached 34% in 15 minutes, 43% in 30 minutes, and 55% in 45 minutes.

Found

The LG Gram 16 (2022) is remarkably light, making it extremely portable for a 16-inch laptop. Its MIL-STD 810G certification helps it in this regard as well. The screen lacks a bit of brightness, but is otherwise very good, and LG’s camera-based security features are welcome.

The speakers leave something to be desired, and I have used better keyboards – but I could live with that in the long term. The provision of a second screen is attractive: some will find it very useful, but others may find it redundant.



LG Gram 16 (2022) specifications

  • Processor Intel Core i7-1260P
  • GPUs Intel Iris Xe Graphics (integrated)
  • ram 16 GB (LPDDR5)
  • Storage 1 TB (M.2 NVMe)
  • Stock expansion Micro SD
  • BONE Windows 11 Home
  • Screen size and type 16 inch IPS (non-touch)
  • Solution 2560 x 1600 (16:10, 189 ppi)
  • Brightness 350 nits
  • Contrast ratio 1200:1
  • Choice of colors 99% DCI-P3
  • Wireless WiFi 6E (802.11ax; 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB 2x USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2×1), 2x USB-C (USB 4/Thunderbolt 4)
  • hdmi Yes
  • Speakers stereo, 2x 1.5W
  • 3.5 mm audio jack yes (audio input/output)
  • webcam IR FHD with dual microphone
  • Keyboard full size, backlit, with separate numeric keypad
  • Navigation precision touchpad with scroll and gesture functionality (131.5mm x 82.6mm)
  • Battery capacity 80Wh
  • Battery support (claimed) 20.5 hours
  • Power supply 65W USB-C PD adapter
  • Accessories USB-C to RJ-45 adapter
  • Dimensions 354.6mm x 242.1mm x 16.76mm
  • Weight 1,199 kg
  • Robustness MIL-STD-810G
  • Pre-installed software Microsoft Office 2016 (30 day trial), DTS X:Ultra, Virtoo by LG (selected countries), McAfee Live Safe (30 day trial), Cyberlink Power Media, Photo Director LE, Power Director LE, Audio Director LE, Color Director LE , LG Smart Assistant, LG PC Care, LG PC Manuals, LG Update & Recovery, LG Glance by Mirametrix, PCmover Professional
  • Price €1600

LG Gram 16 – Best prices:

  • Amazon

    1399.99

  • Darty

    1399.99

  • Fnac

    1399.99

  • Fnac marketplace

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  • Amazon Marketplace

    2196.00

Source: “ZDNet.com”

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