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I never thought I'd say this but it's really hard to make the case for this laptop as long as the Motile R5 is out there. The Gram 15's screen is ~20% larger but in every other way the two match. Resolution, CPU, weight. Benchmarks are close too, both single and multithread, and the Motile has the edge in GPU fwiw even though neither is a gaming machine. Both are largely metal too, and slim.

I just cannot see how the LG Gram is worth more than double the Motile - almost three times the price when the Motile goes back on sale. Either LG's profit margin is huge, or else Motile has very slim margins.
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The most attractive part of LG Gram is its lightweight and long battery life. I don't think they are not comparable to Motile.
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I never thought I'd say this but it's really hard to make the case for this laptop as long as the Motile R5 is out there. The Gram 15's screen is ~20% larger but in every other way the two match. Resolution, CPU, weight. Benchmarks are close too, both single and multithread, and the Motile has the edge in GPU fwiw even though neither is a gaming machine. Both are largely metal too, and slim.

I just cannot see how the LG Gram is worth more than double the Motile - almost three times the price when the Motile goes back on sale. Either LG's profit margin is huge, or else Motile has very slim margins.
I saw your comment and looked into this and the Motile seems too good to be true. A lot of reviews and comments saying poor support from the manufacturer regarding drivers and then issues with windows updates bricking it. Any comments on that? I am considering this machine instead of microsoft surfaces for some very light work and minimal processing.
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I saw your comment and looked into this and the Motile seems too good to be true. A lot of reviews and comments saying poor support from the manufacturer regarding drivers and then issues with windows updates bricking it. Any comments on that? I am considering this machine instead of microsoft surfaces for some very light work and minimal processing.
I haven't seen anything about updates breaking it. The main problem here is price. Something has to give. You can buy two Motile R5 and a spare R3 for the price of this Gram. The needed drivers are all in various threads here in SD, and if something actually breaks, you have two and a half laptops for the same cost.

And reviews on the Gram say it's pretty, but not "three times the price" pretty.

It just seems that the Walmart captive brand competes very well with the Gram. I was in the market for a Gram but I'm waiting now for a Motile.
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Hard to argue with the comparisons to the Motile, though I haven't used one for first hand knowledge. I do own a 13" and 17" Gram and absolutely love them. Best laptop I've ever owned. Light, powerful, great build quality, battery life - it really is a great laptop.
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Hard to argue with the comparisons to the Motile, though I haven't used one for first hand knowledge. I do own a 13" and 17" Gram and absolutely love them. Best laptop I've ever owned. Light, powerful, great build quality, battery life - it really is a great laptop.
Any idea if this laptop in OP could handle triple AAA games? New ones like Far Cry V, Fallout 4, Shadow of War, GTA V, Doom and etc.?
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It's a regular price due to LG got refresh gen in a few days. Plus there is no TB3 on 8265U version. Not worth it.
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Any idea if this laptop in OP could handle triple AAA games? New ones like Far Cry V, Fallout 4, Shadow of War, GTA V, Doom and etc.?
There is no dedicated graphics card on the unit posted by OP (or the ones that I own), so no, not well at least. That said, to get a laptop capable of that, you either add tons of weight, price, or both. All about trade-offs.

Also, another post mentions the upcoming refresh and they are correct. Expect to pay a premium for those new models for a while. Definitely an upgrade, but not sure how noticeable it will be on day to day use. This model is very snappy and has awesome battery life already.
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There is no dedicated graphics card on the unit posted by OP (or the ones that I own), so no, not well at least. That said, to get a laptop capable of that, you either add tons of weight, price, or both. All about trade-offs.

Also, another post mentions the upcoming refresh and they are correct. Expect to pay a premium for those new models for a while. Definitely an upgrade, but not sure how noticeable it will be on day to day use. This model is very snappy and has awesome battery life already.
Hmmm...I should've jumped on that Walmart gaming laptop deal without a doubt. Bummer, I'm guessing I missed out hoping for a better deal :/
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way too much for a I5
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If you people think the build quality and weight of the 'motile' are anywhere remotely comparable to this lg gram, you are sorely mistaken.. just a fact
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I never thought I'd say this but it's really hard to make the case for this laptop as long as the Motile R5 is out there. The Gram 15's screen is ~20% larger but in every other way the two match. Resolution, CPU, weight. Benchmarks are close too, both single and multithread, and the Motile has the edge in GPU fwiw even though neither is a gaming machine. Both are largely metal too, and slim.

I just cannot see how the LG Gram is worth more than double the Motile - almost three times the price when the Motile goes back on sale. Either LG's profit margin is huge, or else Motile has very slim margins.
1. Motile (assuming the 14") runs AMD.

The LG runs Intel and CRUSHES the AMD for video encoding using Intel Quicksync. Minutes instead of hours.

2. This is a 15", the Motile is a 14".
To properly compare, use the LG Gram 14.

Biggest difference besides Intel?

2 lbs lg gram 14 vs 2.5 lbs Motile.
25% heavier is why it's cheaper.

(Which is why anyone can get a similar spec'd regular 15" notebook at 5lbs for $200-250.)

A lot more expensive, lighter body materials.

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Overall, the LG Gram series are among the lightest laptop models widely available - essentially macbook air You'd have to go with a Microsoft Surface to get a much lighter computer.
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Motile looks good for the price but battery life is miserable according to reviews. You'll have to carry the power adapter around
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Had an LG gram for 2 years abd still works great. Absolutely best laptop I've ever owned and its so lightweight with a strong build quality. I would by one again if I needed another laptop.
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