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LG Gram 2-in-1 (14 inch, 2019) review: An ultralight 2-in-1 laptop with simply great battery life

As you might expect from a display manufacturer, the 14-inch full-HD IPS touchscreen has good color performance, boosting its usefulness for creatives. It's not the brightest display, which no doubt helps your battery life, but you'll be fighting reflections indoors and out. Pen input was smooth and responsive, although the tip provides little friction making it feel like writing on glass, not paper. Also, there's no garage or holder to stash it when not in use. 

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LG includes its active pen. 

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Tougher than you'd think

Just in case you were concerned about the Gram 2-in-1's sturdiness, it is made from magnesium alloy and the display is covered in Gorilla Glass. LG runs it through seven military-grade durability tests including ones for shock and vibration, too. I wouldn't be too rough -- it's not a rugged laptop -- but it's solid for a daily commute. 

One of the few downsides to being so thin is lackluster speaker performance. The Gram's are fine in a pinch, but it's no surprise LG built-in DTS Headphone: X processing for improved audio quality through the combined headphone and mic jack. 

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Ready to stream for hours and hours. 

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Not light on performance

With there only being one configuration of the Gram 14 2-in-1 available, it's a good thing the performance didn't disappoint. The components are geared for average home and office uses like word processing, web browsing and email, but with enough muscle to push through more demanding work assuming it's not too graphics intensive. 

It won't get bogged down if you have a dozen tabs open in Google Chrome with some other applications running in the background. Streaming video and music are no problem either. And it'll handle casual photo and video editing without choking, though for large, high-resolution images and video, you'll want something with discrete graphics

Like its clamshell laptop linemates, battery life is the big advantage of the Gram 14 2-in-1. On our video streaming test it ran for 12 hours, 35 minutes. In my anecdotal testing, I was able to get through an entire work day with time to spare for my hour commute home. 

Geekbench 4 (multicore)

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
15050
LG gram 14 2-in-1
14392
Lenovo Yoga C930
13978
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)
7870

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore)

Lenovo Yoga C930
635
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
520
LG gram 14 2-in-1
509
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)
253

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Video playback battery drain test (streaming minutes)

LG gram 14 2-in-1
755
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
750
Lenovo Yoga C930
746
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)
646

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

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