If you want a Windows laptop with as large of a screen as possible, your options are basically the Dell XPS 17 or the LG Gram 17. The calculus between the two is quite straightforward. If you care more about power, go XPS; if you care more about portability, go Gram.
This latest Gram 17 is no exception. At 2.98 pounds in a 17-inch chassis, this is without a doubt one of the lightest and longest-lasting laptops in the big-screen sphere. It achieves that combination without asking a fortune in price — my unit (with a 12th Gen Core i7-1260P, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage) is currently listed at $1,799, but Grams are available for as low as $1,599. Those certainly aren’t cheap prices, but they make the Gram miles more affordable than the XPS.
For those seeking the extra space of a 17-inch screen without the extra weight that comes with many big-screen rigs, the LG Gram remains the unambiguous choice. While the product has its limitations (especially when it comes to performance), there’s really nothing else like it on the market. Here’s what you can expect if you buy the thing.
The primary draw of the LG Gram 17 is that it’s under three pounds. I cannot overstate how light this thing feels. When you pick this up, it feels like you’re picking up a hollow chassis with nothing inside. I would sometimes worry that I’d forgotten to put it in my backpack when I was carrying it around. This thing is light.
that the Gram’s thinness is not as exceptional — at 0.7 inches, it’s not too far off the thickness of the XPS 17. But if you’re going for a 17-incher, I don’t imagine that backpack space is your biggest concern.)