I'd buy this 17-inch Windows laptop over a MacBook Pro 16 – here's why

LG Gram 17 (2022) looks like the boss of large-screen Windows laptops – ideal if you don't want a MacOS machine

LG Gram 2022
(Image credit: LG)

I've been a long-time Mac user, so I'm embedded in MacOS. But not everyone is and, having started a new job as Tech Editor here at T3 recently, I've had to convert over to Windows as my daily driver. 

Which is why, when LG announced its 2022 Gram series of laptops last month, my eyes were immediately drawn to the LG Gram 17. As its name suggests, it's a 17-inch laptop, so a bit of a behemoth – but, as T3's review of the 2021 model attests, it's a through-and-through five-star product. 

LG Gram 17 vs MacBook Pro 16

So here's the thing: if someone plonked a couple of grand on my lap and said "you have to buy a laptop," I'd want a larger-screen model anyway, so the 17-inch LG Gram would be an obvious go-to on my shopping list. 

Well, it would be, except for whatever reason it, along with the 16-inch model, aren't yet confirmed for release outside of LG's native South Korea. C'mon LG, please give the global public a date and a price tag, because this isn't a laptop to ignore. 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro? I like it, sure, but as Windows takes over my life I'm just less sure. I've not been convinced by Apple's own silicon having used an M1 machine for some time, which would often see Finder crash for me, plus I know plenty of other video editors who have issues with workflow in Final Cut Pro. 

LG Gram 2022 with second screen

(Image credit: LG)

LG Gram 17: Headline spec

One appeal of the LG Gram 17 is that it can be kitted out with an Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2050 GPU. Sure, Apple's M1 Pro impresses on paper, but as pointed out above, I've not been 100 percent convinced by its user experience at all turns (which isn't a criticism of its core power potential by any means). 

The LG Gram's screen, at 17-inches, is obviously massive too. Its WXQGA resolution (that's 2560 x 1600 pixels) does cram in a decent amount of resolution, although Apple fans will be crying out that it's less than the MacBook Pro 16's Liquid Retina XDR display (not only 3456 x 2234 pixels, but a mini-LED panel, so much brighter too). Okay, so Apple does have the ticket in this regard, I can't deny that.

But even so, if you're looking for a big-screen Windows dream, I think LG isrightup there for 2022. If, that is, a global release happens. Until then, however, bagging the 2021 model would be a very fair shout for non-MacOS users... especially given how its price has dropped!

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.