Choose a laptop Inevitably involves a A matter of settlement. A lightweight, easy-to-carry device means a small screen and a narrow keyboard. A larger laptop typically provides room to expand and more power, at the expense of portability. What should you do on the go? Is there the best of both worlds out there somewhere?

Enter LG with it Gram Pro 17And I wouldn’t dream of burying the bulb in this one: At 18mm thick and weighing just 2.8 pounds, it’s the thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop I’ve ever seen, and it’s not even close.

Some points of comparison to start, in case you think I’m being dramatic. 17.3 inches Acer Nitro 17 I recently reviewed it and it weighs 6.3 pounds and is 34mm thick. Back in 2018, HP’s Omen The only instrument even on the field is the odd ball HP Specter foldable. Thanks to the removable keyboard, it weighs 3.5 pounds and is 23mm thick, though this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison.

That’s kind of the point. There is no comparison for this laptop and no meaningful reference point. Upon opening the box, I felt like someone was scamming me. Was a plastic baby toy somehow shipped to me instead of Windows laptop? Where is the usual one-pound energy brick? LG has made iterative versions of this Laptop from 2019but even the older models don’t reach the featherweight status of this 2024 model.

Side view of a thin black laptop partially opened

Image: LG

Aside from being impossibly light and thin, what do you get with the new Gram Pro 17? The Intel Core Ultra 7 155H CPU is backed by 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD (oddly configured as two logical disks), and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card. It’s a pretty old GPU Which, I’ll go into more detail soon. The bright IPS display offers a resolution of 2460 x 1600 pixels, but it’s not a touchscreen (to keep things thin).

The selection of ports, arranged on either side of the device with none on the back, is good but not great. You get two USB-A ports, two USB-C 4.0 ports, and a full-size HDMI port. You’ll need one of the USB-C ports to charge using the included AC adapter.

LG’s design here is simple, all matte black, powder coated with gentle curves in the corners and nothing in the way of flourishes outside of the ‘Gram’ logo at the top. There’s space for a (rather slim) numeric keypad to the right of the wide keyboard, although key travel is necessarily restricted by the device’s extreme thinness.

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