LG gram 17 unboxing and first impressions

At CES this year, LG announced two new laptops: the gram 14 2-in-1 and the gram 17. The former is the company's first convertible, and the latter is the firm's first 17-inch laptop. As usual, both of them are the lightest in their class. I reviewed the gram 14 2-in-1 a few weeks ago, and now it's time for the big one.

The gram 17 has some big improvements over other LG laptops that I've reviewed. For one thing, it has a 2560x1600 display, rather than the usual 1080p. That also gives it a slightly taller 16:10 aspect ratio, an odd choice considering that its convertible is still 16:9; after all, convertibles are more likely to benefit from a taller screen, since they tend to go into portrait orientation.

Another improvement is that this has a full Thunderbolt 3, whereas traditionally, LG has stuck with USB 3.1 Gen 1 for the USB Type-C port.

But most importantly, LG says that the gram 17 is a 17-inch laptop in a 15-inch footprint. That means that you're that much more likely to be able to fit it in your bag.

As usual, there's only one configuration. It includes a Core i7-8565U - which is from the Whiskey Lake family - 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. That model will run you $1,699. Check out our unboxing video below:

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