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REVIEW small and the

REVIEW small and the layout is US. At this price it’s no surprise that the keyboard is backlit and you can choose from two different levels of brightness. Moving onto the trackpad which is the same as before, so it’s a reasonable size, suitably responsive and supports multi-finger gestures. It’s decent and we’re pleased LG has fixed the issue we had before where the trackpad would often confuse two-finger scrolling for zooming – especially annoying when browsing the web. Display The display is one area that hasn’t had an upgrade, so if you have last year’s gram 15 then the experience is going to stay the same. It’s a decent screen and this model is 15.6in, despite the laptop being compact and insanely light as we’ve detailed. It’s still Full HD (1920x1080, 141ppi) and although you might want 4K at this price, it’s not massively needed and will only drain the battery faster. The display is an IPS panel so offers good viewing angles and whatever you’re doing on the gram 15 looks crisp and colourful. It’s also touch sensitive which we find more useful on a laptop these days, especially for scrolling – the feature just isn’t ideal here with the bendy lid. There are only really a couple of small downsides 22 TECH ADVISOR • MAY 2018

REVIEW here and that’s the reflective coating and the fact it’s maximum brightness is 255cd/m 2 which is fine for indoor usage but needs to be a lot higher for harsher conditions. Performance One of the headline upgrades here is the inclusion of a new Intel 8th-generation processor. The LG gram 15 Z980 comes with a Core i7-8550U, which runs at 1.8GHz and can Turbo Boost up to 4GHz. Not only is it faster than the previous generation but it jumps to quad-core and eight threads. The slightly cheaper model mentioned earlier has a Core i5-8250U instead. Once again you get 16GB of RAM (2x 8GB) – it’s faster DDR4 2,400MHz, too – but now the LG gram 15 comes with a 1TB of storage which is double last year. That’s plenty of space for most people and comes in the form of two 512GB SSDs (M.2 SATA). As you can see in our benchmark results, the new model provides decent gains over last year’s laptop. 3DMark Skydiver MAY 2018 • TECH ADVISOR 23

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