LG Gram 14 (14Z90Q) Overview: Finest Home windows Various to the MacBook Air?
Skinny-and-light Home windows laptops or Ultrabooks have been round for a very long time, and though we have seen and examined some actually good merchandise through the years, they’ve usually been costly and have struggled to supply comparable battery life to Apple’s MacBook laptops. Nevertheless, Intel’s twelfth Gen processors promise an enormous leap ahead when it comes to battery life and effectivity, particularly for laptops based mostly on the up to date Evo platform. We have already seen one instance of this with the Samsung Galaxy E-book 2 Professional 360 (Overview), and at the moment we’ll be looking on the LG Gram 14 (14Z90Q).
LG’s premium thin-and-light Gram sequence is full of options and has good specs, however most significantly, guarantees 20+ hours of battery life. It is out there in three display screen sizes and at the moment we’ll be reviewing the 14-inch mannequin, which is essentially the most compact of the lot, weighing lower than 1kg. The LG Gram 14 has all of the elements to be the proper journey laptop computer, however is it?
LG Gram 14 (14Z90Q) value in India
The LG Gram 14 variant that I’ve is the top-end one (14Z90Q-G.AH75A2) with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It has an MRP of Rs. 1,49,000 in India however is formally out there at a market value of Rs. 1,05,999 (and even barely much less throughout gross sales). There’s additionally a Core i5 variant of the Gram 14 with 8GB of RAM however the identical quantity of SSD storage. LG has extra variants of the Gram 16 and Gram 17 laptops (with 16-inch and 17-inch screens respectively), that value a bit extra.
LG Gram 14 (14Z90Q) design
The LG Gram 14 is barely out there in black and has a really understated design. The entire laptop computer has a matte end with sharp traces and only a ‘Gram’ emblem in chrome on the lid. LG has made it a degree to spherical off the perimeters so this system would not really feel uncomfortable to carry or use in your lap. The very first thing that actually struck me the second I took it out of the field was how extremely mild it’s. LG says it weighs 999g, however I discovered it to be a bit much less at round 967g, based on my kitchen scale. The Gram 14 can also be very slim when closed, measuring simply 16.8mm. It is solely a tiny bit wider than the brand new M2 MacBook Air (Overview) however due to the decrease weight, it feels much more compact and is way simpler to journey with.
The LG Gram 14 makes use of a 14-inch IPS show with a full-HD (1920×1200 pixels) decision and a 60Hz refresh price. The 16:10 side ratio provides you a bit extra vertical room, and it makes use of the DCI-P3 color profile by default, for wealthy and vibrant colors. The display screen additionally has an anti-glare matte end, so reflections from brilliant mild sources aren’t an enormous trouble. The Gram 14’s display screen has slim bezels on all 4 sides, however LG has nonetheless managed to suit a webcam and an IR digicam for Home windows Hi there above it.
The bottom of the LG Gram 14 appears like plastic, however the keyboard deck is product of a single piece of metallic. For a 14-inch laptop computer, I am genuinely shocked to see the variety of ports LG has managed to slot in. On the left, there is a full-sized HDMI output, two USB 4 Sort-C (with Thunderbolt 4) ports, and a headphone jack. The best facet has two USB 3.2 Sort-A ports, a microSD card slot, and a Kensington lock slot. I do not assume many individuals would wish to hold a USB hub together with this laptop computer, except you want a full-sized SD card slot. LG features a Sort-C to Ethernet adapter within the field.
The keyboard on the LG Gram 14 has well-spaced keys with two ranges of white backlighting. The keys may have been a tad bigger in my view, however I received used to them after a number of days. The route keys are separated from the remainder of the keyboard so they’re simple to search out and use. The facility button sits almost flush with the body so you will not mistake it for another key, which is a pleasant contact. There is no fingerprint sensor embedded in it, however that is superb since there’s face recognition. The Gram 14 has simply two white standing LEDs; one close to the facility button and the opposite between the 2 Sort-C ports. The trackpad is decently sized and monitoring is clean.
LG Gram 14 (14Z90Q) specs and software program
The LG Gram 14 unit that I am reviewing has an Intel Core i7-1260P processor which has a complete of 12 CPU cores and helps 16 threads. The CPU consists of 4 efficiency cores with a max turbo frequency of 4.7GHz, and eight effectivity cores with a max turbo frequency of three.4GHz. The processor has built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics, and the Gram 14 would not have any devoted GPU. There’s 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a Samsung 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD. The laptop computer additionally has Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, two 1.5W audio system for stereo sound, and a 2.1-megapixel full-HD webcam.
The LG Gram 14 is MIL-STD-810G licensed for sturdiness and ruggedness, which implies it ought to be capable to face up to pretty excessive and low temperatures, and shock from unintended drops. The laptop computer encompasses a 72Wh battery and ships with a 65W USB PD (Sort-C) charging adapter.
My unit of the LG Gram 14 got here working Home windows 11 House. You will get quite a lot of third-party software program preinstalled, resembling 30-day trials of Microsoft Workplace 365 and McAfee Reside Protected, the DTS X:Extremely app, PCMover Skilled, and a bunch of Cyberlink applications resembling ColorDirector and Audio Director.
LG additionally bundles a few of its personal apps resembling Sensible Assistant, which is a really effectively designed app for customising system and battery settings, and Virtoo by LG which helps you to switch information in addition to ship and obtain textual content messages by way of your telephone. The latter did not appear to work very easily with an iPhone and although I used to be in a position to see my picture library by way of the Home windows app, it could not sync my textual content messages.
There’s one other fascinating app referred to as Look by Mirametrix, which tracks your presence utilizing the webcam so it might mechanically pause a video once you look away and resume playback once you’re again, and in addition blur the display screen if it detects that you’ve got walked away or one other face is within the neighborhood, to forestall snooping. All these options labored fairly effectively after I examined them, and did not appear to have a significant influence on battery life both.
LG Gram 14 (14Z90Q) efficiency and battery life
I used the LG Gram 14 for work and catching up on motion pictures and TV reveals, and the expertise throughout my evaluation interval was excellent. The show has excellent viewing angles and I discovered the 350 nit brightness to be ample for indoor use. In reality, my solely criticism is that I want I may have dialled the brightness down a bit decrease than the allowed minimal stage, because the display screen could possibly be a bit too brilliant in the dead of night. The colors are wealthy and a bit too vibrant, which isn’t an issue when watching movies, however this is not essentially the most colour-accurate show for work.
I discovered the keyboard on the LG Gram 14 to be excellent for typing. The keys have an honest quantity of journey and are not very noisy. The backlighting is even and is not distracting at night time. The Gram 14 confirmed no indicators of overheating with informal workloads, with solely a small space on the underside, close to the vents which will get barely heat. The laptop computer ran silently when working most duties and even on the highest fan velocity setting, I solely heard a faint hum.
Benchmark numbers had been fairly stable too. The LG Gram 14 posted 468 and a couple of,250 factors in Cinebench R20’s single-core and multi-core CPU exams. The laptop computer scored 5,120 in PCMark 10 and 12,992 in 3DMark’s Evening Raid check scene for built-in graphics. Actual-world exams additionally yielded good outcomes. It took simply 2 minutes, 9 seconds to compress a 3.76GB folder of various information utilizing 7zip. Rendering the BMW check scene in Blender took 9 minutes, 7 seconds, and encoding a 1.3GB AVI file to a 720p H.265 MKV file in Handbrake took 58 seconds.
In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core exams, the LG Gram 14 scored 1,034 and three,151 factors respectively. To place issues into perspective, Apple’s M1 SoC within the 2020 MacBook Air (Overview) scored 1,749 and seven,728 factors respectively.
The LG Gram 14 shouldn’t be designed for gaming however it might simply deal with informal titles from the Microsoft Retailer resembling Asphalt 9: Legends, if you could cross time. Easy video games from Steam must also be playable. Fortnite ran at 1080p utilizing the Medium visible preset, however not with out jerks and stutters. Dropping the decision made the gameplay smoother. This recreation additionally brought on the bottom of the Gram 14 to get very popular and it wasn’t snug to make use of on my lap after a degree.
Media seems to be good on the LG Gram 14’s show however the identical can’t be stated for sound from the stereo audio system. Even at excessive quantity and with the DTS X: Extremely enhancement enabled, sound was muffled and unclear. The webcam produced first rate high quality video for calls, and even in dim lighting there wasn’t an excessive amount of noise or distortion.
The LG Gram 14 delivers excellent battery life for such a slim and light-weight Home windows laptop computer. I used to be in a position to get by way of one full work day on a single cost and nonetheless have about 20 p.c cost remaining on common. LG’s claimed battery life might be not possible for real-world utilization, however I nonetheless assume most individuals are going to be proud of 8-10 hours of runtime from a laptop computer that weighs lower than 1kg. Within the demanding Battery Eater Professional benchmarking app, the Gram 14 lasted for 3 hours, 45 minutes, which is superb. Charging the laptop computer totally took lower than two hours, and you’ll cost it as much as 58 p.c in an hour utilizing the bundled charger.
The LG Gram 14 makes for a terrific work laptop computer as it’s compact and light-weight, performs effectively, and has excellent battery life. The stereo audio system are its solely actual weak level, and barring that there is little or no to complain about. The laptop computer additionally gives a wide variety of ports, a crisp and vivid show, and a few helpful software program. The Core i7 variant is a bit costly, however you possibly can all the time go for the decrease variant to suit your finances.
Whereas there are a lot of laptops out there which are additionally based mostly on the Intel Evo platform, only a few come near the Gram 14’s ultra-low weight, which is what makes it particular. Apple’s M1-based MacBook Air continues to be a powerful contender at this value stage, however in the event you want a Home windows 11 machine, the LG Gram 14 is a wonderful different.