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LG gram Pro 16 review: Sleek but pricey

LG gram Pro 16 review: Sleek but pricey

LG gram Pro 16

I have always wanted a sleek and lightweight work laptop that's also capable enough to run games. Something like the LG gram Pro 16, which despite being really thin and light, manages to squeeze in a dedicated Nvidia graphics chip. It's not all sunshine and roses, though. Heat, battery life, and the laptop's premium pricing may deter potential buyers.

Quick specs

  • 16-inch 2,880 x 1,800-pixel OLED screen
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor with 32GB system memory, 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics
  • 1.28kg
  • 90 watt-hour battery

LG's gram laptops have always been extremely sleek and lightweight. The LG gram Pro 16 is no different, clocking in at just 1.28kg, and measuring around 13mm thick. There's just a hint of flex in the chassis, but overall, the build quality is good. LG says the laptop has passed seven durability tests according to military standards, though the warranty doesn't cover any damage if you try these tests on your own. My matte black review set, though, picks up a fair amount of fingerprint smudges. Despite the slim profile, LG manages to fit in two full-size USB-A ports, a HDMI port, and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

The LG gram Pro 16 comes with an 16-inch glossy OLED screen with a sharp 2,880 x 1,800-pixel resolution. So you can expect excellent viewing angles and deep blacks. This 16:10 display offers a bit more screen real estate so you can see slightly more content without scrolling as much — good for productivity apps. It's also adequately bright at 400 nits, with 100% DCI-P3 coverage. Above the screen is an infrared webcam that supports facial recognition. This 1080p webcam offers decently-crisp images, albeit with some noise.

LG gram Pro 16
The laptop doesn't open flat. This is about as far as it goes. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

More importantly, this webcam also enables the LG Glance by Mirametrix feature. We talked about it previously in this video, but basically, LG Glance is a presence detection technology. For example, it can lock the laptop for security when it detects that there's no one in front of the device. Or blur the display when it detects an onlooker who could be snooping the contents of your screen. The feature is responsive, and seems accurate, though it will obviously affect battery life.

The speakers, though, aren't quite loud enough to my taste. I had to turn the volume to 100% to get what I would consider an acceptable movie viewing experience. The LG gram Pro 16 does support Dolby Atmos, and I could hear the spatial effect (more of the surround, and not so much the height) in movies like Netflix's 6 Underground.

LG gram Pro 16
Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

While the LG gram Pro16 comes with Intel's latest AI-enhanced Core Ultra 7 processor, it doesn't seem to be an “AI PC”. For one, it doesn't have a dedicated Windows Copilot key, unlike other AI PCs that I have seen. However, it does support Windows Studio Effects, which enables webcam enhancements like automatic framing and portrait blur.

But more impressively, LG managed to fit an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 in this sleek ultrabook, albeit it's an entry-level graphics chip. This means this laptop offers a bit more gaming and content creation capabilities than an integrated version. Do note that the LG gram Pro 16 runs warm in games, and there appears to be some throttling after a while. It did clock a decent 30fps in Watch Dogs: Legion at 1080p with the settings at High.

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However, battery life seems to have taken a hit with the inclusion of the Nvidia graphics chip. In our usual video playback test at maximum brightness, the LG gram Pro 16 lasted just five hours. That's significantly shorter than the 7hr 44min achieved by last year's LG gram Style in the same test. Of course, you'll likely get a lot more uptime for typical productivity workloads.

At S$3,299, the LG gram Pro 16 is as expensive as you'd expect from a premium ultrabook. The latest Dell XPS 14, for example, is S$3,799, but with a faster Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics. It's also heavier at around 1.7kg. But the LG gram Pro 16 feels like a niche product. It's a bit more capable than similar (and much cheaper) lightweight laptops like the Acer Swift Edge 16, but it's not powerful enough to attract prosumers shopping for a gaming or content creation notebook — the Dell XPS 16 is a better option. LG's pricing certainly doesn't help here. But if you do happen to like what LG is offering, you can snag the laptop on Shopee and Lazada.

Note: Review unit provided by LG.


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Verdict



CAN BUY...BUT

Sleek, premium, but pricey

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