LG is the latest manufacturer with no gaming pedigree to enter the market for laptops designed specifically for gamers, joining Acer, Lenovo and others. The company just announced this UltraGear 17G690Qhis first gaming laptop and one developed on the basis of his highly regarded Gram line of portable PCs.
The announcement comes a few weeks ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the 17G90Q is expected to be on display. LG took on the challenge of cramming larger, hotter components into the super-slim Gram chassis, which is even harder given that the 17G90G is built around a massive 17.3-inch display. LG had already refined its slim design with the Gram 17, which in its latest iteration manages to weigh just under 3 pounds and be just 0.70 inches thick.
One reason the Gram 17 was able to remain relatively petite was that it relied on Intel’s integrated graphics rather than offering a discrete card. That’s a no-go for any gaming rig, though, so the addition of the high-end Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU gives the UltraGear 17G690Q its gaming prowess, but also extra weight. That includes the vapor cooling system that LG had to install inside the laptop to manage the heat from the graphics card, not to mention the larger 93Wh battery to provide more portable power. The result is that the 17G90Q bulks up to 5.8 pounds while its dimensions expand to 0.84 inches thick.
While this is certainly bulkier than most laptops, it’s also a bit lighter than an equally sized Razer Blade and over a pound lighter than Alienware’s x17 R1 system. Nonetheless, it still offers other top-end components to complement the GeForce RTX 3080, such as an 11th Gen Intel Core Tiger Lake H processor, either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of solid-state storage with a Dual drive design.
The UltraGear 17G90Q includes many of the other expected features of today’s gaming laptops, such as B. Intel’s killer wireless technology, 1ms response time and 300MHz refresh rate from its Full HD screen and a keyboard that lets you control the color of the backlight by key. It also packs some of the niceties for everyday laptop use, like a Full HD webcam, a fingerprint reader on the power button, and a range of ports including a USB Type-C connection with Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 support, HDMI out, Ethernet port, and a microSD card reader.
Although LG has already provided plenty of information on the Ultragear 17G90Q, some key missing information – such as the exact Intel processor included and pricing information – could become available when CES starts in the first week of January.