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LG gram 14 (2023) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed May 30, 2023 at 11:05 am
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 29, 2023 at 03:09 pm
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8.4
School
6.2
Gaming
7.5
Multimedia
8.0
Workstation
8.2
Business

The LG gram 14 (2023) is a high-end Windows ultraportable laptop that replaces the LG gram 14 from 2022. It's identical to its predecessor in design, as it's only an internal upgrade to Intel 13th Gen. CPUs. You can configure it with an Intel Core i5-1340P or i7-1360P CPU, up to 32GB of memory, and up to 1TB of storage. It has a 16:10 FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS display with full DCI P3 coverage, a 1080p webcam, and a facial recognition IR camera. Ports include two USB-As, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, an HDMI, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section below.

Our Verdict

8.4 School

The LG gram 14 is great for school use. It's very portable, thanks to its compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts around ten hours of light use. Its 14-inch display looks sharp, provides just enough room for split-screen multitasking, and gets bright enough for use in well-lit settings. The keyboard feels spacious and tactile, and the touchpad is responsive. It's available with Intel 13th Gen. P-series CPUs, which can handle fairly demanding workloads; however, you can only get this laptop with integrated graphics, so it isn't ideal for students in technical fields that require lots of GPU processing power.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts around 10 hours of light use or video playback.
  • CPU can handle some demanding workloads.
  • Sharp and bright display.
  • Spacious and tactile keyboard.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks.
  • Webcam image looks underexposed and washed out.
6.2 Gaming

The LG gram 14 is mediocre for gaming. While its Intel 13th Gen. CPU can handle demanding tasks like gaming, you can only get this laptop with integrated graphics, which aren't powerful enough to provide smooth gameplay in graphically intensive games. Also, the display has a 60Hz refresh rate, a slow response time, and doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing. On the upside, it has tons of ports for peripherals and external monitors, and it doesn't get overly hot or loud under load.

Pros
  • CPU can handle some demanding workloads.
  • Spacious and tactile keyboard.
  • Fast SSD.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks.
  • CPU throttles under load.
  • Soldered RAM.
  • 60Hz display with slow response time.
  • No VRR support.
7.5 Multimedia

The LG gram 14 is good for media consumption. It's very portable due to its compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts around ten hours of video playback. Its FHD+ display looks sharp and gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings, but it isn't ideal for dark room viewing, as its low contrast makes blacks look gray. Unfortunately, while the speakers get very loud, they sound hollow and lack bass.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts around 10 hours of light use or video playback.
  • Sharp and bright display.
  • Speakers get very loud.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Speakers sound unnatural and hollow.
8.0 Workstation

The LG gram 14 is very good for use as a workstation. Its Intel 13th Gen. CPU performs well and can handle demanding tasks; however, it throttles under load, leading to inconsistent completion times when performing heavy, sustained tasks like video rendering. Also, its integrated graphics perform poorly and aren't suitable for anything that requires lots of GPU processing power. You can do some color work, though, as its IPS display has full coverage of the DCI P3 color space. It has a comfortable keyboard, a fast SSD, and numerous ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 and an HDMI port.

Pros
  • CPU can handle some demanding workloads.
  • Spacious and tactile keyboard.
  • Display is suitable for content creation.
  • Wide port selection includes Thunderbolt 4.
  • Fast SSD.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks.
  • CPU throttles under load.
  • Soldered RAM.
8.2 Business

The LG gram 14 is great for business use. It has a compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts around ten hours of light use. Its 14-inch display provides enough space for split-screen multitasking and gets bright enough to combat glare. The keyboard feels spacious and tactile, and the touchpad is responsive to all movements and gestures. Its Intel 13th Gen. CPU can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. It has a great 1080p webcam for video calls and a wide port selection, including two Thunderbolt 4 and an HDMI port. It isn't very serviceable, though, as accessing the internals is hard, and the memory isn't user-replaceable.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts around 10 hours of light use or video playback.
  • Sharp and bright display.
  • Spacious and tactile keyboard.
  • Wide port selection includes Thunderbolt 4.
Cons
  • Soldered RAM.
  • Webcam image looks underexposed and washed out.
  • 8.4 School
  • 6.2 Gaming
  • 7.5 Multimedia
  • 8.0 Workstation
  • 8.2 Business
  1. Updated Aug 29, 2023: Added mention of the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) as an alternative with a discrete GPU in the GPU section.
  2. Updated Jul 07, 2023: Added mention of the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) as an alternative with a higher refresh rate.
  3. Updated Jun 08, 2023: Added mention of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023) as an alternative with better performance over time in the Performance Over Time section.
  4. Updated May 30, 2023: Review published.
  5. Updated May 24, 2023: Early access published.
  6. Updated May 19, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  7. Updated May 11, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  8. Updated May 05, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the LG gram 14 (model 14Z90R-K.AA75A9) with an Intel Core i7-1360P CPU, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, 16GB of memory, and 512GB of storage. The CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below. Our review applies only to variants with a model number starting with '14Z90R'.

Screen
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1200 60Hz
CPU
  • Intel Core i5-1340P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1360P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 5.00GHz, 18MB cache)
GPU
  • Intel Iris Xe (integrated)
Memory
  • 8GB LP-DDR5 6000MHz
  • 16GB LP-DDR5 6000MHz
  • 32GB LP-DDR5 6000MHz
Storage
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe Gen. 4 x4 NVMe SSD
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen. 4 x4 NVMe SSD
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen. 4 x4 NVMe SSD
  • 2 x 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen. 4 x4 NVMe SSD
Color
  • Obsidian Black
  • Snow White

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The LG gram 14 is a great laptop overall. It provides a good user experience with a nice screen, a comfortable keyboard, and good thermal and noise handling. Its magnesium alloy chassis makes it one of the lightest laptops in its class. It's even lighter than the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) and the Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022), which are smaller 13-inch laptops. However, its lightweight design comes at a cost, as it doesn't feel as solid as other premium laptops with a full aluminum chassis.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best laptops, the best laptops for college, and the best business laptops.

Dell XPS 13 (2021)

The Dell XPS 13 (2021) and the LG gram 14 (2023) are both premium ultraportable laptops that provide a similar user experience. Although the LG is a larger 14-inch laptop, it's lighter than the Dell, weighing only 2.1 lbs. The LG has a wider port selection and is available with faster Intel 13th Gen. CPUs; however, the Dell laptop's display gets brighter to combat glare.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023)

The LG gram 14 (2023) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are both high-end ultraportables that provide a similar user experience. However, the ASUS is a 2-in-1, while the LG is a standard clamshell model. The ASUS' OLED display is better for media consumption, especially if you like viewing content in the dark, and its 90Hz refresh rate makes the system feel more responsive. On the other hand, the LG has longer battery, lasting two hours more than the ASUS.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023) and the LG gram 14 (2023) are high-end ultraportables that offer a similarly premium user experience. The gram 14 is lighter, making it easier to carry around, and its battery lasts a little longer. However, the ThinkPad X1 offers more configuration options, like a sharper 2.2k or 2.8k OLED display and lower-power U-series CPUs. Also, the ThinkPad X1 is available with LTE support.

Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)

The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) and the LG gram 14 (2023) are both great high-end ultraportables. The MacBook Air has a sturdier build, and it provides a better user experience with a brighter, sharper display, a larger haptic touchpad, better-sounding speakers, and a better webcam. It doesn't get as hot under load, and unlike the gram 14, it's a fanless device. However, the gram 14 has longer battery life, and its USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports can output a video signal to multiple displays, whereas the MacBook Air is limited to a single external monitor.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022)

The Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) is marginally better than the LG gram 14 (2023). The Apple has a sturdier build, a sharper, brighter display, and a better webcam. However, the LG has a wider port selection and supports more external displays, whereas the Apple can only output a video signal to a single external display. Also, the LG is lighter, even though it's a larger device overall.

LG gram 17 (2021)

The LG gram 14 (2023) and the LG gram 17 (2021) are similar overall. The gram 17 has a larger and sharper 17-inch screen, making it a better option for multitasking, although its larger size also means it isn't as portable. On the other hand, the gram 14 is available with much faster Intel 13th Gen. CPUs, and its HDMI port supports HDMI 2.0 standard, whereas the gram 17 is limited to HDMI 1.4. The gram 14 is lighter since it's a smaller device, but the gram 17 is still very portable, as it weighs only 3.1 lbs.

Acer Swift 14 (2023)

The LG gram 14 (2023) is better than the Acer Swift 14 (2023) for most uses. The LG has a better keyboard and touchpad, longer battery life, and a more compact and lightweight design. However, the Acer has a better 1440p webcam and is available with faster H-series CPUs. The Acer's display gets brighter, but its glossy finish doesn't handle reflections as well as the LG.

HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023)

The LG gram 14 (2023) is better for general productivity, while the HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) is better if you have a slightly more CPU- or GPU-intensive workload. The LG is thinner and lighter, making it easier to carry around, and its battery lasts almost twice as long as the HP's. Additionally, it has a more comfortable keyboard and a smaller but more responsive touchpad. On the flip side, the HP is available with a much nicer OLED display, more powerful Intel H-series CPUs, and discrete NVIDIA GPUs. It also doesn't throttle as much under load.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The LG gram 14 2023 has a simple, business-oriented design. It has a wedge shape chassis with ports on both sides, thin bezels, and an island-style keyboard with boxy keys. On the bottom, you can find the speakers near the front and air vents near the back. There are also air vents on the back of the laptop. It's available in two colors: Snow White and Obsidian Black.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is great. The chassis is a magnesium alloy, which helps keep the weight down. The laptop feels sturdy overall; it just doesn't have the hefty feel that we often associate with premium laptops like the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022). There's some flex on the lid and display but almost none on the keyboard deck. The finish is relatively scratch-resistant, and while it does pick up some fingerprints and smudges, it's nowhere near as bad as other laptops with a dark-color finish, like the LG gram 17 (2021). The feet feel strong and adhere firmly to the bottom of the laptop.

9.1
Design
Hinge
Range
140°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The hinge is outstanding. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and it's very stable, exhibiting no wobble at all, even when typing aggressively.

9.1
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
0.7" (1.7 cm)
Width
12.3" (31.2 cm)
Depth
8.4" (21.4 cm)
Volume
68.4 in³ (1,121.2 cm³)
Weight
2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
Charger Size
4.1 in³ (67.2 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The LG gram 14 and its power adapter are very compact and lightweight.

5.8
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
6.5
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
2
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
No

The LG gram 14's serviceability is sub-par. It uses standard Philips screws, but you must remove the feet first to get to the screws. Also, the bottom panel bends easily, so you must remove all the screws before removing the panel. Once inside, all the replaceable components are easily accessible. LG doesn't provide a service manual.

Design
In The Box

  • LG gram 14 laptop
  • 65W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
161 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
90%

The LG gram 14's FHD+ display looks very sharp and provides just enough space for split-screen multitasking. Its 16:10 aspect ratio is better suited for productivity than a standard 16:9 screen, as the increased vertical space allows you to see more information when reading a document or website, reducing the need to scroll.

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The LG gram 14 is only available with a 60Hz display. Its slow response time causes noticeable ghosting, which isn't ideal for viewing fast-moving content or gaming. If you want a productivity laptop with a higher refresh display, check out the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023).

7.6
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,504 : 1

The display's contrast ratio is good for an IPS panel but is still relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. This level of contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings.

7.2
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
323 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
23 cd/m²

The display gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings but not outdoors in broad daylight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing, as it causes less eye strain.

8.4
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
3.29%
Indirect Reflections
2.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.58%

The display's reflection handling is great. Reflections aren't a problem when viewing light-color content with the screen at maximum brightness; they're only distracting when viewing dark-color content.

5.8
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
2.104%

The display's black uniformity is sub-par. Clouding is minimal, but there's visible backlight bleed at all four corners of the screen.

6.9
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
31°
Color Washout From Right
28°
Color Shift From Left
30°
Color Shift From Right
34°
Brightness Loss From Left
35°
Brightness Loss From Right
33°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
38°
Gamma Shift From Right
35°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out relatively quickly as you move to the side, so you need to be more or less directly in front of the screen to get the best accuracy.

6.5
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28°
Color Washout From Above
25°
Color Shift From Below
27°
Color Shift From Above
29°
Brightness Loss From Below
32°
Brightness Loss From Above
29°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
27°
Gamma Shift From Above
25°

The display's vertical viewing angle is okay. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image dims and washes when viewing from above and below, so you need to look at the screen more or less straight on to see an accurate image, which can be hard in tight places where you don't have much room to tilt the screen, like on a bus or airplane.

6.9
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
2.85
Avg. Gamma
2.07
Avg. Color dE
4.2
Avg. Color Temperature
6,946.4 K

The LG gram 14's display accuracy is okay out of the box. The white balance inaccuracies are minor and hard to notice. Color accuracy isn't bad; it's mainly the reds, greens, and yellows that look inaccurate because the default color profile targets a wider color space, oversaturating those colors. The color temperature is slightly cooler than the standard 6500K target, giving the image a slight blueish tint. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve; dark scenes look too dark, and bright scenes look too bright.

9.4
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.96%
sRGB uv
99.83%
Adobe RGB xy
87.63%
Adobe RGB uv
92.55%
DCI P3 xy
99.34%
DCI P3 uv
98.95%
Rec. 2020 xy
73.18%
Rec. 2020 uv
76.3%

The LG gram 14 has an outstanding color gamut. It has full coverage of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces, making it suitable for viewing and producing SDR and HDR content. Its Adobe RGB coverage is excellent but not enough for professional print photography as it can't produce the saturated greens that define Adobe RGB.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

Interface
8.2
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
72 gf
Actuation Force
35 gf
Pre-Travel
1.36 mm
Total Travel
1.8 mm

The LG gram 14 has a great keyboard. The layout is fairly standard, and while key spacing is a little tight, it's fine for a 14-inch laptop. The keycaps feel high-quality, and the keys are stable. As for the typing experience, the keys have a lot of travel and provide satisfying tactile feedback; however, they require a fair amount of force to actuate, which might cause some fatigue over time. Typing noise is relatively low and isn't bothersome in quiet settings.

8.2
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.5
Size
12.2 in² (78.4 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is great. It's reasonably large, and it tracks all movements and gestures well. There aren't any issues with palm rejection or actions like dragging and dropping. The click mechanism feels satisfying, but you can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad.

8.4
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
78 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
5.3 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-1.3
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
344 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.6 dB

The LG gram 14's speakers get very loud with minimal dynamic compression at max volume. They deliver speech clearly; however, they sound hollow and slightly unnatural, with almost no bass, so they aren't ideal for music or movies.

7.8
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.0
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
Yes

The webcam's video quality is good. The image has a fair amount of fine details but looks slightly faded and underexposed. Voices sound loud and clear over the microphone; there's just a little static background noise.

Connectivity
9.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.0
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
MicroSD UHS 1
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
Yes

The port selection is outstanding. Both USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen. 2 data transfer speed of up to 10Gbps. The USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two 4k displays at 60Hz), DisplayPort Alt Mode, and Power Delivery. The latter allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-enabled devices connected to the port.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i7-1360P
Core Count
12
Thread Count
16

The LG gram 14 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-1340P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1360P (12 cores/16 threads, up to 5.00GHz, 18MB cache)

Both CPUs are designed for thin and light laptops. Intel's P-series processors a step up from the U-series typically found in most ultraportables, as they have more cores and operate at a higher wattage of 28W. Like Intel's 12th Gen. processors, the Core i5-1340P and i7-1360P have a hybrid architecture with a mix of performance and efficiency cores. They both have four performance and eight efficiency cores; their clock speeds and cache memory size are the only differences between them. These P-series CPUs can handle general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, video playback, and more demanding tasks like photo and video editing. The Core i7 is faster, although the performance difference isn't significant.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Iris Xe Graphics
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The LG gram 14 is only available with Intel Iris Xe graphics. This integrated GPU is designed to handle light tasks like web browsing and video playback, not demanding workloads like video editing or 3D graphics. You can play some older or puzzle-like games, but you'll likely have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphical settings to get smooth gameplay. If you need a thin, light laptop with a discrete GPU, check out the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023).

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
8 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5
Speed
6,000 MHz

You can configure this laptop with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM. The memory is soldered onto the motherboard and isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
410 GB
Drive 1
Samsung MZVL2512HCJQ-00B00
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure this laptop with 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage. The Samsung drive is an M.2 PCIe Gen. 4 NVMe SSD. The storage drive is user-replaceable, and there are two available slots. There's also an option for two 512GB, which you can set up in a RAID array for better performance.

Performance
9.0
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,801 points
CPU Multi-Thread
8,963 points
GPU Compute
20,182 points

The LG gram 14's overall score in Geekbench 5 is outstanding. The Intel Core i7-1360P performs well in single- and multi-threaded workloads, making it suitable for general productivity tasks and more demanding workloads like programming and video editing. However, there are faster CPUs on the market, like the H-series CPUs typically found in mobile workstations and gaming laptops. The Core i5-1340P is only slightly slower. As for GPU computing tasks, the CPU's integrated Iris Xe GPU performs poorly. If your workload needs a lot of GPU processing power, it's best to get a laptop with a discrete GPU or an Apple MacBook Pro with an Apple ARM-based SoC.

9.7
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,705 points
Multi-Thread
9,717 points

The LG gram 14 performs exceptionally well in the Cinebench R23 benchmarks, making it suitable for 3D graphics rendering and other related workloads. The CPU throttles under load, so you aren't getting the full CPU performance. If you want even better performance to get the fastest render times, you'll have to get a laptop with a better cooling system and an H-series CPU, like the Intel Core i9-12900HX in the MSI Raider GE67 HX (2022).

7.6
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
4.8 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The LG gram 14 performs well in Blender; however, it's best to get a laptop with a discrete GPU if you need to render images professionally. Even an entry-level GPU, like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, can render images much faster than the CPU.

5.7
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
21,591

The LG gram 14 performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Its Intel Iris Xe isn't bad compared to other integrated graphics, but it's starting to show its age and isn't fast enough to provide smooth gameplay in graphically demanding games. It can only handle simple, puzzle-like games or older titles at 1080p, and even then, you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphics settings to get playable frame rates.

9.4
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
834.4 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
4,549.1 MB/s
Random Write Speed
99.9 MB/s
Random Read Speed
68.9 MB/s

The SSD's performance is outstanding. Its fast read speeds allow the system to boot up, launch apps, and retrieve data quickly. The sequential write speed is slow for a PCIe Gen. 4 SSD but still plenty fast for a general productivity laptop. Also, remember that this is the 512GB SSD; the 1TB drive is likely faster, as larger capacity SSDs typically perform better.

8.7
Performance
Battery
Capacity
72 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
10.9 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
10.0 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.4 hrs
Charge Time
2.4 hrs

The LG gram 14's battery life is excellent. It lasts easily through a typical 8-hour day of light productivity. The battery life for video playback is particularly noteworthy and among the best for Windows laptops.

2.0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
12 fps
1% Low
7 fps
0.1% Low
3 fps
1% Low Delta
63 ms
0.1% Low Delta
308 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
27 fps

Borderlands 3 isn't playable. The gameplay is extremely choppy, even with low graphical settings. The Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU can't handle such a graphically demanding game. You can expect the same performance in other similar titles.

4.1
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
20 fps
1% Low
12 fps
0.1% Low
10 fps
1% Low Delta
31 ms
0.1% Low Delta
47 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
81 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.79 s

Civilization VI is choppy at 1080p with high settings, but you can get much smoother gameplay if you lower a couple of graphical settings. The average turn time is okay and within the expected range for an Intel 13th Gen. processor. The Core i5 is only slightly slower.

5.8
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
68 fps
1% Low
28 fps
0.1% Low
22 fps
1% Low Delta
21 ms
0.1% Low Delta
32 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
125 fps

CS:GO runs poorly at 1080p with high settings. Although the average frame rate is good, the game stutters a lot due to frame drops. It runs more smoothly with low settings, but there are still noticeable stutters. The Core i5 will perform slightly worse.

3.1
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
19 fps
1% Low
12 fps
0.1% Low
7 fps
1% Low Delta
35 ms
0.1% Low Delta
91 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
29 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs poorly at 1080p with high settings. The Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics can't maintain playable frame rates in this and other similarly demanding games.

7.9
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
29 °C (84 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
45 °C (113 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
40.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The LG gram 14's keyboard is cool when idle and only gets mildly warm under load, not enough to cause discomfort. The fan is audible at full speed but isn't distracting at all.

7.2
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
90 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
14% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
83 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
4% loss

The performance over time is decent—both the CPU and the GPU throttle under load. The CPU's performance is somewhat inconsistent, leading to unpredictable completion times in heavy, sustained workloads. The GPU's performance loss is minimal and isn't noticeable. If you want a similar laptop with better performance over time, check out the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 (2023).

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The LG gram has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • Clipchamp: Video editing software.
  • Dolby Access: Adds Dolby Atmos support and lets you set up Dolby Atmos devices.
  • Intel Connectivity Performance Suite: Lets you tweak network settings to improve performance.
  • Intel Graphics Command Center: Lets you adjust the display's contrast, color, saturation, power management, and video enhancement settings.
  • Intel Unison: Lets you connect your smartphone to the laptop, allowing you to send and receive messages, view photos on your smartphone, and transfer files, similar to the MyPhone app.
  • Laplink PCmover Professional: Lets you transfer programs, files, and settings to a new PC.
  • LG Glance by Mirametrix: Software application that adds attention-sensing capability. When enabled, it can automatically lock your computer when you walk away, pause a video or blur the content when you aren't directly looking at the screen, or move windows from one screen to another.
  • LG PC manuals: User manual.
  • LG Security Guard: Monitors suspicious activities when the user is away from the laptop.
  • LG Smart Assistant: Lets you change the fan and power settings, enable dark mode, toggle USB-C offline charging, and enable AI noise canceling.
  • LG Update & Recovery: Checks for software and driver updates. It also lets you backup your data in case of system failure.
  • McAfee LiveSafe: Antivirus and internet security software. Requires subscription.
  • Realtek Audio Console: Audio settings.
  • Solitaire Collection: Solitaire and other casual games.
  • Spotify: App for the music streaming service.
  • Sync On Mobile: Lets you send photos and videos from your smartphone to the PC.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition

The LG gram 14 has a Windows Hello facial recognition IR camera. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize Windows Store purchases, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.