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LG Gram Laptop: Intel Core i5-8250U, 13.3" 1080p IPS Touchscreen, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Type-C, Win 10 $799.99 + Free Store Pickup @ Costco

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LG Gram Laptop: 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core, 13.3" 1080p IPS Touchscreen, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Type-C, Backlit Keyboard, 4-cell, Win 10 (Dark Silver) $799.99
https://www.costco.com/LG-gram-13...08483.html

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Very tempted. Need a linux machine for programming during commute 1.5 hours each way. Not sure about this, dell xps or x1 carbon. At this price it's more comparable to xps refurb one. Big battery is a plus, but just not sure about build quality.
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Very tempted. Need a linux machine for programming during commute 1.5 hours each way. Not sure about this, dell xps or x1 carbon. At this price it's more comparable to xps refurb one. Big battery is a plus, but just not sure about build quality.
I have the 14" version that I bought (at full price) a few months ago, and Ubuntu 18.04 has some major problems with sound. To the point that I decided to not install it for now. Didn't attempt to fix the issue.
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Is the USB-C thunderbolt? And can you charge the laptop through it?
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Is the USB-C thunderbolt? And can you charge the laptop through it?
No
Yes
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Pay a little more and get yourself a Dell XPS 9370. Gram is not in the same league in terms of worksmanship and durability. I have both.

The Gram flexes, creaks, screen is wobbly, key caps aren't durable, material is cheap and extremely easy to scratch, it's not even close.
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Pay a little more and get yourself a Dell XPS 9370. Gram is not in the same league in terms of worksmanship and durability. I have both.

The Gram flexes, creaks, screen is wobbly, key caps aren't durable, material is cheap and extremely easy to scratch, it's not even close.
Dell XPS is nice if you get one that doesn't have defects, but their QC is horrible in my experience. My XPS 9370 had an insanely loud fan (had to have been defective) right out of the box. Sent it back and got a different laptop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1NAZZn6q8o

The inspiron 5000 I had before it got a CPU error and wouldn't boot after 7 months of extremely light use. I still need to get around to claiming a warranty through my credit card company but I don't even know if it's worth the effort.

I personally would trust LG over dell for laptops. Even if you were to get the XPS 13 that is worth getting, it's not going to be within this price range.
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Just a heads up - this model probably has 4gb of the RAM soldered on, so adding an 8GB stick will only bring you to 12gb, if that matters to you. LG really frustrated me with the decisions they made on this line. Giving only the 15" a tb3 port, and choosing to solder 4gb of ram onto the main board of the lower tier i5 models caused me to not consider them.
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Just a heads up - this model probably has 4gb of the RAM soldered on, so adding an 8GB stick will only bring you to 12gb, if that matters to you. LG really frustrated me with the decisions they made on this line. Giving only the 15" a tb3 port, and choosing to solder 4gb of ram onto the main board of the lower tier i5 models caused me to not consider them.
The spec sheet linked in the Costco listing confirmed 4gb soldered.
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I think LG Gram are pretty fragile and have flex while typing. Is it true for this latest generation too? Soldered 4GB RAM also handicaps it
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I think LG Gram are pretty fragile and have flex while typing. Is it true for this latest generation too? Soldered 4GB RAM also handicaps it
I don't think that keyboard flex is as much of a concern with the 2018 model. Most people note the screen flex, but flexion and/or rigidity of a chassis aren't necessarily indicative of durability, although the heavier, more rigid chassis of the Dell and HP Spectre will definitely feel more premium.

But again, both the XPS and Spectre x360 (in my experience) have horrible quality control, and in the case of the HP, horrible thermals.
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I don't think that keyboard flex is as much of a concern with the 2018 model. Most people note the screen flex, but flexion and/or rigidity of a chassis aren't necessarily indicative of durability, although the heavier, more rigid chassis of the Dell and HP Spectre will definitely feel more premium.

But again, both the XPS and Spectre x360 (in my experience) have horrible quality control, and in the case of the HP, horrible thermals.
I think for this price, Lenovo Yoga Y370 seems like a better deal [the one @ BB for $650]
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I think LG Gram are pretty fragile and have flex while typing. Is it true for this latest generation too? Soldered 4GB RAM also handicaps it

flexing dependong on the chassis actually helps with durability in terms of drops than a hard case of plastic housing.It's not ultra durable from all types of drops, but it shouldn't be prone to cracks. Plus it keeps the laptop lighter. Aluminum is preferred but it does add weight. If the weight and thin form factor isn't a major benefit, then I recommend getting a slightly thicker laptop for a better price so you can get better internal specs
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laptops are so ugly nowadays
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The spec sheet linked in the Costco listing confirmed 4gb soldered.
Does "4 GB x 2" necessarily mean soldered? No matter where I look, I'm not seeing anything about 12GB max or "user-upgradeable", only "not specified by manufacturer". Although I did find a pretty old review with limited UPC/SKU that said users "can expect fixed RAM" without actually verifying that they opened it or even had this item in-hand/"hands-on".
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