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article imageLG's new notebooks offer 'near-edgeless' touchscreens

By James Walker     Jan 6, 2017 in Technology
LG has announced a refreshed range of Windows 10 laptops that come with almost edgeless touchscreens designed for pen input. The ultra-light machines come in three different sizes and are designed for people who need to work while on the go.
The 2017 LG Gram line-up was announced at the CES technology show in Las Vegas this week. 13.3-inch, 14.0-inch and 15.6-inch models are available, each featuring minuscule display bezels that place the focus firmly on the content on the screen.
The range comes equipped with Intel's 7th-generation Core i7 processors and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. SSD storage is offered in configurations up to 512GB. There's support for USB-C and Thunderbolt connections and a large 60W battery for all-day usage.
The 13.3-inch and 14.0-inch Grams support LG's "Daylight Mode." This intelligently boosts the screen's brightness to keep it viewable under bright outdoors conditions, letting you work or play in the sun. All three laptops are light enough to keep with you all day, with the two smaller models weighing 940 grams and 970 grams respectively. The 15.6-inch version weighs just under 1.1 kilograms.
LG Gram 2017
LG Gram 2017
LG has attempted to blend productivity, style and performance together with the new Gram range, a common theme at CES this year. The virtually bezel-less touchscreen lets you make notes using Windows Ink without being encumbered by the edge of the display. There's also a backlit keyboard for typing in dim conditions and a fingerprint sensor for use with Windows Hello.
The Gram received a positive reception immediately after its launch. However, it has since become the subject of controversy due to a questionable marketing claim by LG. In its original CES announcement, the company claimed the 14-inch laptop said last 21 to 24 hours on a single battery charge. It's since emerged an inaccurate decade-old benchmark was used to generate the result.
LG Gram 2017
LG Gram 2017
In a South Korean press release that LG later published, the company dropped its "all-day" claim and stated the Gram actually lasts 17 hours on a charge. That figure was generated by a newer version of the same benchmarking software.
It may take some independent testing to verify how long the Gram's battery really lasts. Above 12 hours is regarded as excellent for a notebook PC though, so the Gram is certainly going to be one of the most enduring machines around.
The 2017 Gram will be offered in three colours, dark silver, shiny white and metal rose. All will come with a metallic finish. Pricing and availability is yet to be announced with LG only saying it'll be at a later date.
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