LG Gram Ultraslim vs.  MacBook Air: the battle of the thinnest |  Digital trends

LG Gram Ultraslim vs. MacBook Air: the battle of the thinnest | Digital trends

The Apple MacBook Air M2 delivered a complete redesign of the iconic machine as it lost the wedge and adopted the boxier and simpler design of the newer and larger MacBook Pros. It’s also shrunk significantly to 0.44 inches, making it one of the thinnest laptops ever.

LG just announced an even thinner laptop at CES 2023, the Gram Ultraslim. At just 0.43 inches diagonal, it also weighs just 2.2 pounds and still has a much larger 15.6-inch display. Which thin and light laptop is better?

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LG Gram Ultraslim Apple MacBook Air M2
Dimensions 14.02 inches x 8.95 inches x 0.43 inches 11.97 inches x 8.46 inches x 0.44 inches
Mass 2.2 pounds 2.7 pounds
Processor Intel 13th Generation Raptor Core P-Series Apple M2 Octa-core CPU, Octa-core GPU
Apple Me octa-core processor, 10-core GPU
Graphic Design Intel Iris Xe Apple M2
FRAME 8 GB
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB
16 GB
24 GB
Display 15.6-inch 16:9 Full HD (1920 x 1080) OLED 13.6-inch 16:10 2560 x 1664 Liquid Retina IPS
Storage space 256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
2TB PCIe SSD
Touch No No
Ports 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1x USB-C 4
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
Webcam 1080p 1080p
Operating system Windows 11 macOS Monterey
battery 60 watt hours 52.6 watt hours
Price Be determined $1,200 and up
Evaluation Not yet reviewed 4 out of 5 stars

Design

We don’t know much about the construction of the Gram Ultraslim, although considering the light weight and large display, we’re guessing it’s magnesium alloy. In our experience, magnesium laptops tend to bend and bend, especially when they have larger displays, but the overall strength of magnesium still makes them durable. The MacBook Air M2 is an all-aluminum laptop, but its lid is slightly curved.

What’s really remarkable, though, is that LG managed to make the Gram Ultraslim even thinner than the MacBook Air M2 with a 15.6-inch display versus the MacBook’s 13.6-inch panel. And at just 2.2 pounds, it’s a full pound lighter. The Ultraslim is wider and deeper than the MacBook, though not as deep as I expected given the larger display. In any case, it won’t weigh you down as much as the denser MacBook Air M2. The comparison will become even more interesting later this year when Apple is expected to launch a 15-inch version of its MacBook Air.

In terms of aesthetics, the MacBook has Apple’s minimalist design that’s elegant without being over the top, and comes in four colors: Midnight, Starlight, Space Gray and Silver. The Gram Ultraslim is a simple piece of notebook with extremely narrow edges and notches that house the USB-C ports and audio jack.

LG Gram Ultraslim side profile.

We don’t know anything about the Gram Ultraslim’s keyboard or touchpad, but we do know that the MacBook Air M2 has an Apple Magic Keyboard and a haptic touchpad. Both are among the best you’ll find on laptops today, so LG has a pretty high standard to live up to.

Connectivity is surprisingly similar, with both laptops limited to USB-C. You get two with Thunderbolt 4 on the MacBook and the same number on the LG, plus a USB-C port 4. Many 15-inch laptops have some legacy ports, but that’s not the case with the Gram Ultraslim.

Both laptops have 1080p webcams, which is becoming the new standard for premium laptops. LG includes some additional privacy tools, such as LG Glance, which will lock the laptop and put it to sleep when the user leaves the area, and wake it up and log in again when the user returns.

Performance

MacBook Air lid and keyboard.

The MacBook Air M2 uses an Apple M2 ARM processor with an 8-core CPU and 8-core or 10-core GPU. It delivers superior productivity that strongly rivals Intel’s 12th generation processors, along with potentially better creative application performance thanks to the optimizations built into the M2 CPU.

The Gram Ultraslim will use Intel’s 13th generation P-series processors, which means it will run at 28 watts and feature up to 14 cores (six powerful and eight efficient) and 20 threads. Intel predicts a 10% increase in performance, so the MacBook Air M2 will likely maintain its competitiveness against Intel’s latest.

The MacBook Air M2 provides excellent battery life that few Intel-powered laptops have been able to match. With a battery capacity of just 60 watt hours, the Gram Ultraslim is unlikely to keep up. We’ll expect a much longer lifespan from the MacBook Air M2, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Display

MacBook Air M2 screen.
MacBook Air M2

The Gram Ultraslim has a 15.6-inch OLED display that certainly delivers excellent color and contrast compared to the MacBook Air M2’s 16:10 2560 x 1664 IPS panel. However, the LG screen is only Full HD (1920 x 1080), which means it won’t be very sharp, and oddly enough, it’s in the old 16:9 aspect ratio, which isn’t so good for productivity. This is a disappointing choice, given that the industry has moved to 16:10 and 3:2 aspect ratios.

So the Gram Ultraslim has a larger OLED panel that has a lower resolution and is not as tall as the MacBook Air M2. If you absolutely need wide, accurate colors as well as the deepest contrast, then that might be enough to give the Gram Ultraslim the edge, but most productive users will appreciate the higher aspect ratio and sharper panel that the MacBook Air M2 provides. .

Different machines with lots of unknowns

LG Gram Ultraslim on the demo table at CES.

Apart from both being incredibly thin laptops, there are quite a few differences between the LG Gram Ultraslim and the Apple MacBook Air M2. LG is bigger in width and depth thanks to the larger display, providing an incredibly thin and light entry into the 15-inch notebook class. On the other hand, the MacBook Air M2 is one of the best 13-inch laptops you can buy.

We’ll have to wait for more details and, more importantly, our review of the LG device before we can say which laptop is the ultimate winner. However, the MacBook Air M2 is still in first place.

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