Today, when we think of a travel laptop, the word sacrifice is always linked to the final result. And it is that manufacturers are often forced to sacrifice different aspects of the equipment to get a model that can be transported easily and that withstands the type. For example, you can opt for a much lighter laptop but with fewer connectors and a tighter autonomy. Or a laptop with a lot of autonomy but heavier.
The LG Gram range and more specifically the LG Gram 15Z990 break with this trend . It makes no concessions aside from not having a dedicated graphics card, which is very unusual for ultraportable computers. The key to this team is to combine a lightweight design with great autonomy and a screen with very thin frames. And all this without giving up connectivity. Qualities that make it one of the most interesting travel notebooks on the market. Its price starts at 1,250 euros.
LG Gram 15Z990 datasheet
|screen||15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), 96% sRGB color spectrum|
|Processor and RAM||Up to 1.8 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7-8565U (up to 4.6 GHz)|
Up to 16GB RAM
|Internal memory||Up to 512GB PCIe SSD and up to 2TB HDD|
|Graphic card||Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Battery||21.5 hours of use (maximum)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Connections||3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C compatible with Thunderbolt 3, 1 X HDMI, Headphone slot, microSD card reader|
|Design||Nanocarbon magnesium alloy, with blue backlit keyboard (two intensities)|
|Dimensions and weight||35.76 x 1.65 x 22.84 centimeters (1.09 kilos)|
|Outstanding features||Infinity display, MIL-STD 810G military certification|
|Price||From 1,250 euros|
The secret is in the nanocarbon
The design of the LG Gram 15Z990 could not be understood without the material that the Korean company has used to build it. The nanocarbon and magnesium alloy is responsible for achieving the balance between a very light and resistant equipment. Capable of passing up to seven endurance tests from a military test including drops from more than one meter or salt water spray (salt is corrosive).
Ultimately, this 15.6-inch laptop only weighs 1.09 kilos. In its design, the reduction of the screen frames has also played a key role, allowing you to enjoy this format in a size more typical of 14 or 13-inch laptops. And perhaps the other great virtue of the Gram's design is that it has not been chosen to reduce the size and number of connectors, as is the case in other proposals.
The problem with replacing normal USB ports with USB Type-C ports right now (the connector that most mobiles use today) is that there are hardly any peripherals with this technology. The vast majority of mice or USB sticks still use the traditional port, and having to use adapters is a hassle.
And here we find another of the great problems that manufacturers face when creating an ultraportable. The LG Gram 15Z990 surprises a lot because instead of limiting the battery to a usual time, it extends it to more than double. On paper, this laptop can last up to 21 1/2 hours of use on a single charge. Of course, it is a theoretical time that is rarely going to be met, but we have managed to work with the computer for more than eight hours a day and still have rope for a while.
With these points and maintaining good power with Intel Core i7 processors and up to 16 GB of RAM , the LG Gram 15Z990 becomes an excellent travel laptop, for those users who really want to forget about the charger during a long flight or a day of work. Of course, in return it requires a good investment, 1,250 euros for its starting configuration and 1,600 euros if you want to get the model with 16 GB of RAM .