LG Gram 16 2-in-1 front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.

LG Gram 16 2-in-1

MSRP $1,500.00

“The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is not overly highly effective, however pace and battery life are the place it excels.”

Professionals

  • Stable productiveness efficiency
  • Glorious battery life
  • Skinny and lightweight
  • Superb show
  • Enticing minimalist design

Cons

  • Not a creator’s large-screen laptop computer
  • Some bending and flexing

LG’s Gram laptops are targeted on one major trait. They’re meant to be light-weight, and the bigger they’re, the extra totally different that makes them from the remainder of the sector.

Take the brand new LG Gram 16 2-in-1, for instance. Whereas most laptops within the 15-inch to 17-inch vary give attention to efficiency, with quick CPUs and discrete GPUs, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 makes use of processors like Intel’s Twelfth-gen Core i7-1260P which might be normally aimed toward skinny and lightweight machines with smaller shows. That makes it finest for productiveness customers in search of a bigger machine —  not a lot for these enhancing video all day.

I reviewed the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 with a Core i7-1260P, Intel’s built-in Iris Xe graphics, and a 16-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS show. Pricing remains to be being decided, however the Gram 16 2-in-1 begins at $1,500 and runs to $2,100. That makes it a premium laptop computer that competes with the very best mainstream 16-inch machines. Normally, it’s certainly a light-weight large-screen laptop computer that gives stable productiveness efficiency — however you could know what you’re in for.

Design

LG Gram 16 2-in-1 back angled view showing the lid and a small part of the keyboard.
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The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is comprised of a magnesium alloy chassis and aluminum lid, which accounts for its mild weight of simply 3.62 kilos. That’s considerably lower than different 16-inch, 360-degree convertible 2-in-1s, such because the MSI Summit E16 Flip at 4.4 pounds and the HP Spectre x360 16 at 4.45 pounds. The LG and MSI are equally thin at 0.67 inches, while the HP is thicker at 0.78 inches. For a sizable convertible 2-in-1, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is undoubtedly easier to carry around than most.

However, the magnesium alloy has one weakness that typically shows up in LG’s Gram laptops. It’s not as rigid as the aluminum used in the Summit E16 Flip and the Spectre x360 16. The Gram 16 2-in-1 has some bending in the chassis bottom and flexing in the keyboard deck, whereas the other 2-in-1s do not. Even the aluminum lid is a bit flexible.

While LG submits the Gram 16 2-in-1 to military standards testing for robustness, it simply doesn’t feel as solid as its primary competition. That doesn’t mean it’s not well-built, but if you’re looking for a laptop that feels like it costs $1,500 or more, then the Gram 16 2-in-1 will disappoint. The hinge is just the tiniest bit stiff, requiring a second hand to hold down the bottom of the chassis right as you approach directly upright, and it holds the display firmly in place in clamshell, tent, media, and tablet modes.

Aesthetically, the Gram 16 2-in-1 is also very conservatively designed. It’s a solid “Obsidian Black” color throughout, with a subdued logo on the lid that’s barely visible. Its angles are minimalistic, giving it a straightforward and streamlined appearance. That compares to the intricate, rose gold edges of the Spectre x360 16 and MSI Summit E16 Flip. The Gram 16 2-in-1 isn’t a standout in the looks department by comparison, but it’s not a bad-looking laptop either. LG made some small display bezels, which provide a modern look and minimize the overall chassis size.

Connectivity is minimalist as properly, with a single USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 drop-jaw port and a microSD card reader on the correct. The left aspect homes the 2 USB-C 4 ports with Thunderbolt 4 help, in addition to the three.5mm audio jack. Wi-fi connectivity is supplied by an Intel AX211 card offering Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 help.

Efficiency

The LG gram 16 2-in-1 folded backwards using the keyboard as a stand.
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There’s little question that the Core i7-1260P is a quick CPU for productiveness duties. It’s a 12-core (4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 16-thread processor working at 28 watts, making it the quicker of Intel’s choices for thin-and-light laptops. In our restricted testing of the CPU to this point, it’s exceeded its Intel Eleventh-gen counterparts by a good margin and competes strongly in opposition to AMD’s Ryzen 7 5000 sequence in all however multithreaded, CPU-intensive duties. Within the case of the LG Gram 16 2-in-1, which means it beats the Ryzen 7 5800H within the Lenovo IdeaPad Sim 7 16 Professional in Geekbench 5, however falls properly behind within the CPU-intensive Cinebench R23 rendering benchmark and in our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265.

The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is a productiveness powerhouse.

I’ll word that LG has a utility, now fairly widespread amongst laptop computer producers usually, that may swap thermal modes from low (minimal fan noise and minimal efficiency), regular (a stability of fan noise and efficiency), and excessive (the very best efficiency with probably the most fan noise). The leads to the desk beneath had been generated in regular mode. In efficiency mode, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1’s multi-core Cinebench rating jumped to eight,396, and its Handbrake rating dropped to 113. These are extra aggressive with the Ryzen 7 chip and considerably quicker than the 35-watt Intel Core i7-11370H and Core i7-11390H.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is one other laptop computer in our comparability group utilizing the Core i7-1260P. In its efficiency mode, its Cinebench rating elevated to eight,979 multi-core and its Handbrake check dropped to 101 seconds, making it quicker than the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 when pace is of the essence. The Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional carried out equally in its default mode to the LG gram 16 2-in-1 in efficiency mode.

These laptops had been pretty tightly grouped within the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, which provides an thought of light-weight productiveness efficiency. No laptop computer’s efficiency mode made a lot of a distinction right here, so outdoors of the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional, this benchmark didn’t differentiate between machines.

Finally, the LG Gram 16 2-in-1 is a productiveness powerhouse that may meet probably the most demanding customers’ wants. It’s not as quick for artistic duties, significantly because it lacks a discrete GPU that will pace up functions like Adobe’s Inventive Suite. That makes it finest suited to non-creators who need a bigger show for extra environment friendly multitasking.

Geekbench
(single/multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single/multi)
PCMark 10
Full
3DMark
Time Spy
Fortnite
(1080p Epic)
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P / Iris Xe)
1,682 / 9,035 137 1,524 / 6,314 5,404 1,746 15 fps
Samsung Galaxy Ebook 2 Professional
(Core i7-1260P / Iris Xe)
1,709 / 9,457 114 1,637 / 8,066 5,585 N/A N/A
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P / Iris Xe)
1,717 / 9,231 130 1,626 / 7,210 5,760 1,658 12 fps
HP Spectre x360 16
(Core i7-11390H / RTX 3050)
1,506 / 4,938 182 1,547 / 5,562 5,110 3,453 37 fps
MSI Summit E16 Flip
(Core i7-1195G7 / RTX 3050)
1,607 / 6,096 178 1,589 / 5,344 5,681 4,138 52 fps
Acer Swift 3 16
(Core i7-11370H / Iris Xe)
1,613 / 6,119 159 1,568 / 5,806 5,491 1,911 24 fps
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H / RTX 3050)
1,415 / 7,506 102 1,419 / 11,262 6,290 4,223 40 fps

The Gram 16 2-in-1 isn’t a gaming machine given the Intel Iris Xe built-in graphics. It scored simply 1,746 within the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark (1,919 in efficiency mode) and managed solely 15 frames per second (fps) in Fortnite at 1200p and Epic graphics (20 fps in efficiency mode). That’s on the low finish of Intel Iris Xe graphics, which we’ve seen with different Intel Twelfth-gen laptops. It’s attainable that Intel’s graphics drivers nonetheless want some work.

Show

Close up on the LG gram 16 2-in-1's display.
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The Gram 16 2-in-1 incorporates a 16-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS show that appears shiny and colourful out of the field, with true blacks for an IPS show. I loved utilizing it throughout my testing, though I admit that I’ve been spoiled by OLED shows which might be far more beautiful.

In line with my colorimeter, it is a high quality show for a premium laptop computer — with a few weaknesses. First, its brightness is sweet however not nice at 323 nits, which exceeds our 300-nit threshold however is on the low finish of our comparability group. Its colours had been wider than the premium common at 87% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, however its accuracy was decrease than I like at a DeltaE of two.82 (lower than 1.0 is taken into account wonderful, and fewer than 2.0 is taken into account good). Its distinction was 1,230:1, greater than our most well-liked 1,000:1 and good for an IPS displa,y however with out the inky blacks that OLED shows present.

With higher accuracy, the Gram 16 2-in-1’s show could be ok for creators, however as is, it’s finest for productiveness customers and media shoppers. I’ll fee the show as superb.

Brightness
(nits)
Distinction sRGB gamut AdobeRGB gamut Accuracy DeltaE
(decrease is healthier)
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(IPS)
323 1,230:1 100% 87% 2.82
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
406 28,380:1 100% 95% 0.87
HP Spectre x360 16
(OLED)
354 24,610:1 100% 97% 0.89
MSI Summit E16 Flip
(IPS)
482 1,140:1 100% 89% 1.12
Acer Swift 3 16
(IPS)
334 1,530:1 100% 77% 1.11
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional
(IPS)
420 1,310:1 100% 77% 1.59

Keyboard and touchpad

The LG gram 16 2-in-1's keyboard deck.
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The usual island keyboard with black keys and white lettering has much less spacing within the conventional portion due to a numeric keypad on the right-hand aspect. The keys are lots giant although, and general, it’s a well-known format that shouldn’t trigger any points. Nonetheless, the swap mechanism is underwhelming, with shallow depth and a harsh bottoming motion. It’s not probably the most snug keyboard for lengthy typing classes, and the Spectre x360 16, for instance, has a significantly better model.

The touchpad is decently sized, however there’s loads of house on the keyboard deck for a good bigger space. It’s easy and responsive with Microsoft Precision touchpad help, and its complete floor is clickable with a quick and quiet response. If it had been somewhat bigger, I’d fee it as wonderful, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an excellent touchpad.

The LG gram 16 2-in-1 sits like a tablet with a stylus on top.
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The show is touch-enabled, and it helps LG’s energetic pen that’s included within the field. It is a giant 2-in-1, nevertheless, so utilizing the pen for inking in pill mode requires resting it on a floor. This isn’t a slate you possibly can simply carry round in a single hand whereas writing with the opposite. The 16:10 side ratio does make for a extra pure (i.e., much less slender) writing floor than an old-school 16:9 laptop computer would offer.

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Battery life

The LG gram 16 2-in-1 in a tent fold.
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The Gram 16 2-in-1 packs an 80 watt-hour battery into its skinny and lightweight chassis. That’s not probably the most battery capability we’ve seen in 16-inch laptops, however this one doesn’t have the highest-powered parts, nor a power-hungry 4K+ or OLED show. And LG’s Gram sequence is understood for its wonderful battery life, giving me some confidence that the Gram 16 2-in-1 would do properly in our testing.

In case your workload isn’t too heavy, chances are you’ll even make it properly right into a second day’s work earlier than needing to cost up.

And certainly, it did. It lasted for 11.5 hours in our web-browsing check that cycles by way of a sequence of well-liked and sophisticated web sites, beating out its closest competitor, the HP Spectre x360 16 (with an OLED show), by almost two hours. That’s a powerful rating on this check, although not the strongest we’ve seen. The Gram 16 2-in-1 was extra spectacular in our video check that loops a neighborhood Full HD Avengers trailer, lasting for nearly 18 hours and rating among the many longest-lasting we’ve examined. The Spectre x360 16 fell behind by almost 5 hours.

Within the PCMark 10 Functions battery benchmark that’s the very best indication of sunshine productiveness longevity, the Gram 16 2-in-1 made it to 16.5 hours, the third-longest end result we’ve seen and almost double the subsequent closest in our comparability group. And within the PCMark 10 Gaming battery check that primarily signifies how laborious a laptop computer works whereas on battery, the Gram 16 2-in-1 was once more the longest-lasting at 2.75 hours.

General, the Gram 16 2-in-1 has wonderful battery life that guarantees all-day productiveness after which some. In case your workload isn’t too heavy, chances are you’ll even make it properly right into a second day’s work earlier than needing to cost up.

Internet searching Video PCMark 10 Functions PCMark 10 Gaming
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
11 hours, 31 minutes 17 hours, 58 minutes 16 hours, 39 minutes 2 hours, 46 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 minutes 12 hours, 45 minutes 8 hours, 32 minutes 2 hours, quarter-hour
HP Spectre x360 16
(Core i7-11390H)
9 hours, 47 minutes 13 hours, 3 minutes N/A N/A
MSI Summit E16 Flip
(Core i7-1195G7)
8 hours, 1 minute 10 hours, 42 minutes 6 hours, 42 minutes 2 hours, 17 minutes
Acer Swift 3 16
(Core i7-11370H)
8 hours, 42 minutes 12 hours, 56 minutes 9 hours, 32 minutes 1 hour, 48 minutes
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 16 Professional
(Ryzen 7 5800H)
8 hours, 5 minutes 11 hours, 48 minutes 9 hours, 17 minutes 1 hour, 35 minutes

Pricing and configurations

The Gram 16 2-in-1 can be offered completely at Costco, with configurations starting from $1,500 to $2,100. We don’t have particulars but on specs, pricing, or availability, however we’ll replace this evaluation as soon as we obtain extra info.

Our take

LG Gram 16 2-in-1 front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.
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The LG Gram 16 2-in-1 succeeds in its major goal of offering a skinny and lightweight large-screen convertible 2-in-1 that’s nice for productiveness work. It’s quick sufficient to deal with demanding productiveness workflows and it’s a long-lasting machine, making it nice for getting work finished on the go. Nonetheless, it’s not an amazing choice for creators, on account of its built-in graphics and a show that’s not correct sufficient for precision artistic work. However that’s OK, as a result of there’s worth in utilizing a large-screen laptop computer for productiveness and media consumption.

Are there any alternate options?

Most likely the very best direct competitor at the moment is the HP Spectre x360 16, which provides a superior OLED show and a extra elegant design. It’s not as quick at productiveness duties, however due to its discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU, it’s quicker at gaming and at working artistic apps that may use the GPU.

The MSI Summit E16 Flip can also be another choice. It has a superb 16-inch 16:10 IPS show of its personal, and though it’s nonetheless working an Intel Eleventh-gen CPU, it supplies stable productiveness efficiency. Just like the Spectre x360 16, it has an RTX GPU and so is a greater laptop computer for players and creators.

If a clamshell laptop computer is extra up your alley, then the Dell XPS 15 OLED makes for a stable different. It has a greater construct high quality and a luscious show, and it supplies significantly better efficiency in artistic apps and gaming due to its up to date 45-watt Intel Twelfth-gen CPU and RTX 3050 Ti graphics.

How lengthy will it final?

Though the Gram 16 2-in-1 demonstrates some bending and flexing, it’s constructed of high quality supplies and can stand up to typical laptop computer abuse. It’s well-equipped with the most recent parts and may final for years of productive work. The industry-standard one-year guarantee is disappointing, as ordinary.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure, in case your workflow is usually productiveness duties and also you need a big convertible 2-in-1 that doesn’t weigh loads.

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