Due to their size and lack of portability, 17-inch notebooks are not exactly popular among road warriors. Instead this is largely the domain of desktop replacement-class machines, which in turn has caused 17-inch laptops to be built bigger still in order to maximize their performance and emphasize the replacement aspect. Every now and then however we see a 17-inch laptop that still tries to be reasonably portable, and this is the case with LG’s latest gram laptop, which hit the market this week.
Equipped with a 17.3-inch screen featuring a 2560Ã—1600 resolution, the LG gram 17 comes in a dark silver Carbon Magnesium alloy chassis that is only 17.8 mm (0.7 inches) thick, which is thinner than most 15-inch notebooks (in fact, this even thinner than the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15). Meanwhile, the laptop weighs 1.33 kilograms (2.95 pounds), which is in line with many 13-inch mobile PCs. As a result, while the 17-inch gram still has a relatively large footprint, its still a relatively portable laptop.
I’m genuinely surprised LG decided to put this 17-incher on the market – consider it a sort of spiritual successor to the 17″ PowerBook G4, in my view one of the best laptops ever made. It seems like the market has pretty much settled on 12″-13″, with a few professional and low-end laptops offering a 15″ screen. I hope this LG laptop is at least even a modest success, because I’d love for more 17″ laptops to make it to market.