LG Gram Pro 2-in-1 hands-on: A lightweight convertible laptop gets a better, faster OLED screen

Lg Gram Pro 2 In 1 Hands On A Lightweight Convertible Laptop Gets A Better Faster Oled Screen

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In recent years, LG has rolled into every CES with an update to its Gram series of super thin and light laptops. And each time, I delight in seeing how hard (or easy) it is to squeeze in a quick arm workout on the showfloor with the newest version. This year at CES 2024, the company is launching a pair of Pro models that feature upgraded OLED panels that support touch input and variable refresh rates. They also come with Intel’s Meteor Lake processors and up to NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 graphics cards.

This generation of LG’s Gram Pros come in 16- and 17-inch models, with OLED and IPS display options to choose from. The company also upgraded its stylus so it recharges when magnetically attached to the laptops. The stylus available at the showfloor was not working, so I wasn’t able to see if its slimmer body affected the writing experience at all. Plus, the sample model of the Gram Pro 2-in-1 also stuttered every now and then when changing the screen’s orientation as I flipped it between landscape and portrait modes.

LG Gram 2-in-1

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I’m willing to chalk that up to the units running pre-production software, which is also why I didn’t get to check out the software features that LG is rolling out with these laptops, either. For one thing, the Gram Pros’ processors are equipped with Intel’s AI Boost, which is supposed to help the machines perform AI tasks more quickly. LG is also offering its Link software that can let you use Windows, Android and even iOS devices as companion secondary displays to the Grams. Neither of these features were shown off at the CES 2024 demo area, though.

What I did get to check out in person is the build, which an LG representative told me is more durable than before. It uses a nano-magnesium alloy, and impressively houses a dual-fan cooling system. For a system that contains that hardware, and includes two USB-A, two USB-C and an HDMI port (along with a headphone jack), the 17-inch Gram Pro that I picked up was surprisingly sleek. It has a contoured edge that is thicker at the port end and tapers off to a strikingly sharp end.

The LG Gram Pro 2-in-1 folded with its screen facing up, resting on a person's arm as the other hand interacts with the display.

Photo by Cherlynn Low / Engadget

The 2-in-1, which only comes in a 16-inch size, has won a Guinness World Record for “lightest 16-inch 2-in-1 laptop.” It weighs 3 pounds, which made it not at all challenging for the bicep curls and shoulder presses I was doing with it. But that also means it won’t add too much to your load when you’re on the go.

We’ve had concerns with the Gram laptops’ build quality in the past, as they’ve been so thin that their chasses have exhibited flex. This year’s model is similarly sleek, with a profile measuring 12.4mm, and it has a nano-magnesium frame like the non-2-in-1 version. The unit I checked out certainly felt a little stronger than those I’ve seen in previous years, but I can’t give you specifics since I wasn’t trying hard to break it.

You can choose between OLED or IPS panels, with the former offering a variable refresh rate between 48 and 120Hz and the latter stretching that range to 31Hz and 140Hz. The Gram Pro series will be available in February and start at $1,499. For more details on what’s new with the 2024 Gram Pro laptops, check out our news post here.

We’re reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.


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