LG Gram 15Z980

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show the quad-core note­book loi­ter­ing with its fel­low in­te­grated-gpu sys­tems. Un­sur­pris­ingly, the Dell XPS 15 9560 with its dis­crete Ge­force GTX 1050 graph­ics chip leaves every­one else in the dust.

BAT­TERY LIFE

While it’s been con­tent to hang in the mid­dle of the pack in our other bench­marks, the LG Gram surges ahead in our bat­tery drain test.

We test bat­tery life in note­books by loop­ing a 4K video with screen bright­ness at about 250 nits (which means, for the Gram, crank­ing up the bright­ness all the way) and the vol­ume set at the half­way mark, with ear­buds at­tached.

With its score of 710 min­utes, or just short of 12 hours, the LG Gram and its roomy 72Whr bat­tery noses ahead of such

PROS

en­ergy-ef­fi­cient dual-core sys­tems as the Mi­crosoft Sur­face Lap­top and the LG Gram 14, while thor­oughly out­last­ing the tur­bocharged but power-hun­gry Dell XPS 15, which barely lasted 5.5 hours in our bat­tery life test.

BOT­TOM LINE

The 15-inch LG Gram isn’t the fastest 8th-gen­er­a­tion quad-core lap­top we’ve tested, but it’s cer­tainly one of the light­est, and its stel­lar bat­tery life makes up for its mod­est per­for­mance short­falls. The Gram’s cramped key­board takes get­ting used to, how­ever, and bud­get-con­scious lap­top shop­pers may balk at the $2,000 price tag. • All-day bat­tery life

• Slim and su­per-light

• Solid ar­ray of ports, in­clud­ing Thun­der­bolt 3

CONS

• Mid­dling per­for­mance among quad-core 8th-gen

note­books

• Nu­meric key­pad cramps neigh­bor­ing keys

BOT­TOM LINE

The 15-inch LG Gram isn’t the fastest 8th-gen­er­a­tion quad-core lap­top we’ve tested, but it’s cer­tainly one of the light­est, and its stel­lar bat­tery life makes up for its mod­est per­for­mance short­falls.

$1,199

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