LG adds three Grams of Broadwell to its ultrabook lineup


— 5:29 PM on September 28, 2015

LG is stepping lightly into the ultrabook arena with two models in its "gram" lineup. Light as feathers, the Gram 13 and Gram 14 are only half an inch thick, weigh 2.2 lbs (980 g), and pack 1920x1080 IPS displays with thin bezels.


The magnesium-alloy Gram 13 is powered by a Broadwell Core i5-5200U with two cores and four threads, clocked at 2.2 GHz base and 2.7 GHz turbo speeds. The CPU is accompanied by 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SATA SSD. Network connectivity comes by way of an Intel 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi adapter and a 100Mb Ethernet port that uses a micro-USB adapter cable. Speaking of ports, there are also two USB 3.0 connectors, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI output. The machine measures 11.9" x 8.4" x 0.5" (or 30 x 21.4 x 1.3 cm).

The sexy beast above is the Gram 14. Although it's fairly similar to its 13" little brother, there are a few differences. The top lid is made out of carbon-magnesium alloy, while the main body's material is lithium-magnesium. LG makes two versions of this model: one with the same Core i5-5200U CPU and 128GB SSD as the Gram 13, and a more powerful version with a 256GB SSD and a Core i7-5500U. Both versions have 8GB of RAM, and the audio circuitry gets an upgrade to Wolfson DACs, which promise clearer sound. The Gram 14 measures 12.8" x 8.9" x 0.5" (32.5 x 22.6 x 1.3 cm).

LG claims the battery in all of these Grams will last 7.5 hours with mixed usage. The Gram 13 costs $900, while the Gram 14 will set you back $1000 for the Core i5 version and $1400 for pocket rocket with the Core i7 CPU and 256GB SSD.

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