so last year’s lg gram 17 wasn’t bad it wasn’t the greatest ultrabook on the market but it was okay right there’s just a lot of little things that i wanted them to fix and this year they’ve changed a lot it’s just a much better performing laptop and there’s not a lot of ultrabooks like this like honestly how many other 17-inch ultrabooks that you can think of weigh under three pounds and there’s a market for people who want something light with a massive display the first thing you’ll notice is they change the color tones like it’s no longer that typical silver we saw on previous models they now gave you the option to buy it in all black and i think this looks absolutely clean and classy one of the biggest complaints from last year’s model was the flexible lid it’s still flexible in 2021 but it’s not nearly as bad as the previous model one of you guys asked me last year whether this would crack if you place it in your bag and had lots of books on top and last year’s model did not do that and this year’s model does not do that either now
just like the previous model you have tons of i o on the left hand side you have a full size hdmi two thunderbolt 4 ports and an audio jack on the right hand side you have your noble lock two usb ports and a micro sd card slot again i said this last year there should be a full size sd card slot because this chassis is so big that there’s room to put one so you can still open up the laptop with one hand there’s a bit of screen wobble but nothing to be too worried about it’s a lot better than the previous version it looks like they tightened up the hinge keyboard so much nicer to look at i don’t know if you guys remember but the previous models had yellow text on the keys and i just thought it looked absolutely gross this is just white lettering on black keys and it just looks super clean and because this is such a big deck none of the keys looks squished and because of that you have a space for a numpad touchpad very big it doesn’t look that big because it’s such a big deck but it’s a big touchpad very similar to the touchpad size on a dell xps 17 lg sticker guy this guy is incredible because this is hands down the best sticker placement i have ever seen these two stickers are literally matched
perfectly every other laptop manufacturer usually has these things crooked so lg sticker guy i hope you’re getting paid enough because you’re doing a great job the other big update is the display it’s still a 16×10 which i really like it’s 17 inches but they improve the color accuracy it’s much better this year and same with the color gamut the brightness is similar to the 20 20 models at around 400 nits but overall it’s a much nicer display to look at the only complaint is that it’s still very glossy like no matter where you tilt the display you can see reflections like crazy it’s not touch so if that’s something that’s going to bother you you might want to look at the lg gram 14 instead the bezel sizes are smaller like cleaner 90 screen to body ratio just giving you a more appealing look the webcam is still 720p doesn’t have windows hello embedded to it but i feel like this is a missed opportunity for most laptop vendors people are working from home they’re doing zoom calls put a 1080p webcam in your laptops you do have windows hello but it’s embedded into the power button which is also your fingerprint scanner performance on the other hand is really interesting because the simple update from the 10th gen to 11th gen intel processor paired with the newer iris xe graphics chip offered a nice improvement compared to last year like take a look at mozilla firefox it took me 109 minutes to compile with the graham 2020 compared to just over 50 with the 2021.
now granted an amd processor is still going to give you much better results when it comes to compile time so if you’re a developer stick to amd but the thing is lg is marketing this towards creators and it’s a decent ultrabook for creators but it still performs a bit slower compared to the intel ultrabook competition it’s not bad it’s just it’s still below what’s out there same with adobe premiere pro if you plan on editing video i still think you should find something with a dedicated gpu but if you need to do a simple 1080p edit this will be able to handle it just fine and the reason why lg’s performance is just under the competition is because they’re prioritizing fan noise over everything else even on performance mode the fan is still below 40 decibels which is fantastic for my ears but if i’m trying to squeeze everything out of this ultrabook it’s kind of hard to do when you’re keeping the fan noise or the fan speed that low just by looking at these internals we can see why the gram 17 doesn’t allow clock speeds to get too high for too long the cooling solution is just not adequate enough there’s only one fan and one heat pipe i would have loved to see two heat pipes and two fans you do have two storage slots one is populated the other one is empty if you want to expand down the road all the ram is now soldered on to the motherboard with previous models you can upgrade at least one stick wi-fi card is soldered on too but that shouldn’t be a big deal considering this is wi-fi six and the battery is still 80 watt hours and i only got just under 10 hours of use with the 2020 model but with the 2021 model i’m getting just under 18 and that is absolutely incredible speakers sound good but they don’t sound as good as a macbook air or macbook pro 13.
so here’s the thing i think the gram 17 the 2021 model is a massive improvement compared to its predecessors but i still don’t think it’s a laptop for creators i feel like this is the perfect laptop for someone who wants the biggest screen as possible who wants to travel light as possible someone who’s crunching excel sheets all day maybe they’re just browsing the web and they’re attending zoom calls and and possibly dabbling into a little bit of development and editing the odd 1080p video that’s what this laptop is great for and it does this by giving you a massive beautiful color accurate display insane battery life while all keeping the weight under three pounds now if you have any more questions about this let me know in the comments section down below if you enjoyed the video hit the like button if you’re new to the channel subscribe and i’ll see you guys in the next one