LG Gram Style: Elegance Meets Performance in Stunning Laptop

  • Sleek Design, Mesmerizing Aesthetics: LG Gram Style wows with its iridescent lid and palm rest, constantly shifting colors.
  • Vivid Display, Impressive Audio: 16-inch OLED display offers sharp images, while audio quality surprises with rich sound.
  • Performance Quandary, Battery Brilliance: Performance hindered by thermal issues, but the laptop shines with over eight hours of battery life.

In the ever-evolving landscape of laptops, where performance and aesthetics are constantly jockeying for attention, LG’s latest offering, the LG Gram Style, enters the scene with a promise to be the best of both worlds. This laptop, part of LG’s acclaimed Gram series, aims to captivate South African users with its breathtaking design while delivering the performance they demand. But does it truly deliver on its claims? Let’s dive into the story of the LG Gram Style.

A Design that Defies Expectations

The LG Gram Style arrives with a design that immediately captures attention. The iridescent lid steals the show, transitioning from a pure white hue to a mesmerizing interplay of blue, orange, and pink, depending on lighting and angle. This visual spectacle extends to the palm rest, creating a harmonious and striking overall look. It’s like owning a laptop that constantly shifts its appearance, keeping things fresh and engaging.

To add to its allure, the laptop’s lightweight construction (2.76 pounds) continues the legacy of the Gram series, making it effortless to carry around. This, combined with the elegant color-changing chassis, positions the Gram Style as a head-turner that also understands the modern user’s need for portability.

A Visual Feast and Auditory Delight

What’s under the lid is just as captivating. The 16-inch display takes users on a journey of visual brilliance, boasting a 16:10 aspect ratio, a 3200 x 2000 pixel resolution, and a 120Hz OLED panel. The result is crystal-clear images, vivid colors, and the signature deep blacks that OLED technology delivers. Whether you’re editing photos, streaming videos, or simply browsing the web, the Gram Style’s display makes every visual experience come alive.

But it’s not just about the visuals. The laptop surprises with unexpectedly good audio quality, turning its slim design into an impressive soundstage. Billie Eilish’s melodies come through with remarkable clarity, capturing her breathy voice and nuanced tones. This attention to audio quality ensures that entertainment is an immersive experience, even without external speakers.

A Keyboard Made for Typing Enthusiasts

Typing aficionados will appreciate the keyboard’s tactile and responsive nature. The keyboard offers ample travel and a satisfying click, providing a typing experience akin to mechanical keyboards. Typing-intensive tasks become a pleasure, making the Gram Style a potential boon for writers, content creators, and students.

The Enigma of the Invisible Touchpad

As the saying goes, not everything that glitters is gold. In the case of the LG Gram Style, this sentiment holds true for its innovative yet divisive touchpad. While the concept of an invisible touchpad is intriguing, the execution leaves much to be desired. Users encounter issues with false touches and require excessive force for clicks. This hiccup in an otherwise smooth user experience is a point of contention that LG will need to address in future iterations.

Performance Quandary

Powered by a 12-core Core i7-1360P processor, paired with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage (in the reviewed model), the Gram Style sets high expectations for performance. However, the laptop’s slim profile presents a challenge in managing thermals, leading to instances of elevated temperatures during resource-intensive tasks. This thermal limitation can impact performance during sustained heavy usage, including video editing and demanding software tasks.

Battery Life: A Shining Light

A shining light amidst the performance quagmire is the Gram Style’s commendable battery life. With an 80Wh battery at its core, the laptop consistently delivers over eight hours of usage on a single charge. This endurance is a welcome relief, especially for users on the move or working remotely. However, some critics argue that LG could strike a better balance between performance and battery life by opting for lower-powered processors.

The Verdict

The LG Gram Style enters the South African market as an intriguing proposition, blurring the lines between aesthetics and performance. Its iridescent design, stunning display, and impressive battery life make it an attractive option for those who value style and portability. However, its Achilles’ heel is the touchpad, which, while visually impressive, falters in practicality.

The Gram Style’s performance, while capable, grapples with thermal limitations in its slim chassis. Despite this, it manages to carve a niche for itself, excelling in office tasks and offering commendable battery life.

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