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Costco Members: LG Gram 17" Laptop: Intel i7 1065G7, 512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM EXPIRED

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Costco Wholesale has for its Members: LG Gram 17" Laptop (17Z90N-R.AAC8U1) on sale for $1099.99. Shipping is $9.99. Thanks cobelali

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  • Intel Core i7 1065G7 1.3GHz Processor (10th Gen)
  • 17" 2560x1600 WQXGA IPS Display
  • 512GB NVMe. M.2 Solid State Drive SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM (3200MHz)
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • Intel WiFi w/ Bluetooth 5.0
  • 2-Cell Lithium Ion battery (80Wh)
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
    • Inputs
      • 3x USB 3.1
      • USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3 Interface
      • HDMI
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I've seen this model for $1250 at Costco before ($250 off) but never $400 off. This is super light and not much bigger than a 15.5" when closed.

The sale STARTS October 28th.

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-17...36334.html

Processor & Memory:

10th Gen Intel® Core i7-1065G7 Processor 1.3GHz

16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM


Drives:

512GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive

No Optical Drive


Operating System:

Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64-bit)


Communications:

Integrated HD Webcam

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 WLAN 2x2 + Bluetooth 5.0


Audio

2x 1.5W Stereo Speakers


Graphics & Video:

17" IPS LCD WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Display

Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics


Keyboard:

Backlit Keyboard

Fingerprint ID


Ports & Slots:

1x USB 3.1 Type-C

3x USB 3.1

1x HDMI

1x Headphone-out

1x RJ-45

1x Micro SD


Power Supply:

2-Cell 80 WHr Battery (Up to 17 Hours)


Additional Information:

Dimensions: 15.0" x 10.3" x 0.7"

Approximate Weight: 2.98lbs
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I thought the same thing of how wonderful it was....then I noticed I was losing battery life (3% a day) so I sent it in for repair. After sending it back and forth at over 3 times and 3 months later LG admitted it was a lemon and will refund my money. After many months of no response to emails or text from RA dept I was finally able to grab a dept that moved me forward and resolved my issue. Bought an MacBook Pro with 1TB running boot camp so now my cheap A$$ every year replacement HP, Dell, LG, days are over with.
In all of my years of Windows laptops I don't replace them every year. That comment is ridiculous.
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In all of my years of Windows laptops I don't replace them every year. That comment is ridiculous.
I was replacing them because something always seemed to be breaking on them. I guess you keep damaged goods.
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Own this exact laptop and I've posted about it several times. Best laptop I've ever owned. Fast, powerful (but no dedicated graphics, which has not been an issue at all for me), super long battery, and crazy lightweight. Highly, highly recommend at this price.

I upgraded the ram to 40gb (8+32) and a 2 tb nvme. Glad to answer any questions.
How long have you owned this laptop?
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I got mine in January. I had a 13" Gram for a year or so before that and it was great too. I gave it to my parents when I upgraded and it is still going strong too.
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The only good feature about this LG Gram 17 is the light weight......that is all.
To control heat and fan noise LG has unfortunately and very sneakily has throttled down the Intel CPU, yes they made it slower and weaker, this is really bad news.
The built-in graphic chip is not powerful, so you cannot play demanding PC games, it is OK for light and normal computing.
LG supplies a horrible and slow Ethernet adapter, this poor adapter sucks, on my super fast Gigabit Internet connection, when I normally connect at over 900 Mbps, this garbage adapter can only connect around 30-40 Mbps, that is more than 30 times slower, a big yuck.
The battery life is advertised to be around 17 hours. This is a complete lie and a myth. My new laptop's battery life was only around 6 hours only.
If light weight is needed then consider this laptop....otherwise just forget about buying this model as there are much better and more powerful laptops for about the same cost....although they will be heavier.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you ever decide to upgrade the memory and/or SSD drive you will be voiding the LG warranty. I confirmed this critical information with LG Support.
LG highly recommends not to upgrade until you own it for one year, that is when the warranty expires. Be very careful. You have been warned.
I did not like or enjoy this very over-priced and poor laptop and returned it back to Costco.
Even at the current sale price of $1,110.00 (with $10 shipping cost) plus add your local sales tax it is very ridiculously high priced laptop.
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Own this exact laptop and I've posted about it several times. Best laptop I've ever owned. Fast, powerful (but no dedicated graphics, which has not been an issue at all for me), super long battery, and crazy lightweight. Highly, highly recommend at this price.

I upgraded the ram to 40gb (8+32) and a 2 tb nvme. Glad to answer any questions.
Is your LG Gram 17 from Costco or bought it elsewhere? I am asking for two good reasons.
First: LG notified me that the Costco model 17Z90N-R.AAC8U1 can ONLY be upgraded to a maximum of 24 GB RAM, unlike other models available from other dealers which can be upgraded to a maximum of 40 GB, so the Costco model is supposedly different and unique.
Where you really successful in upgrading to 40 GB RAM? Any issues?
Please tell us here, with links, which memory module model and SSD drive model you upgraded to?
Second reason: LG also officially notified me that any upgrade or changes to this laptop's memory RAM and/or SSD drive will VOID the LG one-year warranty.
LG highly recommends NOT to do any upgrades until after one year of ownership as that is when the LG factory warranty expires.
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Is your LG Gram 17 from Costco or bought it elsewhere? I am asking for two good reasons.
First: LG notified me that the Costco model 17Z90N-R.AAC8U1 can ONLY be upgraded to a maximum of 24 GB RAM, unlike other models available from other dealers which can be upgraded to a maximum of 40 GB, so the Costco model is supposedly different and unique.
Where you really successful in upgrading to 40 GB RAM? Any issues?
Please tell us here, with links, which memory module model and SSD drive model you upgraded to?
Second reason: LG also officially notified me that any upgrade or changes to this laptop's memory RAM and/or SSD drive will VOID the LG one-year warranty.
LG highly recommends NOT to do any upgrades until after one year of ownership as that is when the LG factory warranty expires.
Your other post made it clear that you really just want to shit on this laptop. From much of what you said, I question whether you actually owned it, and if you did, had some sort of lemon. Given that, I was tempted not to respond, but on the chance others may share your questions, my responses below.

Yes. It was the Costco version, purchased in store on sale.
2tb SSD: ADATA - XPG - SX8200 Pro. I reformatted and moved the stock SSD into the other slot.
Ram: 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 CL20 SODIMM HyperX Impact
BTW, my battery life regularly gets me 10-12hours, maybe not 17, but better than any other laptop I've ever owned. Now that I think about it, that's also with the 80% charging limit enabled to preserve battery health, so it might get close if i disable that.

Works great. No issues. As for warranty and any guarantees, you're on your own. With Costco's generous return policy and my confidence in fixing hardware issues, I felt comfortable, but it is really up to you. It worked fine for me, but as with any tech upgrade, YMMV.


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Your other post made it clear that you really just want to shit on this laptop. From much of what you said, I question whether you actually owned it, and if you did, had some sort of lemon. Given that, I was tempted not to respond, but on the chance others may share your questions, my responses below.

Yes. It was the Costco version, purchased in store on sale.
2tb SSD: ADATA - XPG - SX8200 Pro. I reformatted and moved the stock SSD into the other slot.
Ram: 32GB 3200MHz DDR4 CL20 SODIMM HyperX Impact
BTW, my battery life regularly gets me 10-12hours, maybe not 17, but better than any other laptop I've ever owned. Now that I think about it, that's also with the 80% charging limit enabled to preserve battery health, so it might get close if i disable that.

Works great. No issues. As for warranty and any guarantees, you're on your own. With Costco's generous return policy and my confidence in fixing hardware issues, I felt comfortable, but it is really up to you. It worked fine for me, but as with any tech upgrade, YMMV.
Thanks a lot for replying and good luck with your LG Gram 17.
It looks like that LG is wrong with what they told me about the RAM upgrade as it seems that you do not have any issues and you were able to successfully upgrade to 40 GB.
I truly will like to help everyone here, and do not want to sound negative.
My review I believe is quite accurate and everything I wrote was what I experienced.
To help further I also found this site here that may help others:
https://jaychen.dev/2020-2019-lg-...m-upgrade/
Good luck all.
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fwiw, I've had a touchscreen on my laptop for three years and have used it maybe three times. I think they're completely overrated.
I thought the same so with my next laptop I thought i would save some money and get one without touch screen. I found myself trying to scroll up the screen when viewing a long web page. I guess it is subconscious! lol
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The only good feature about this LG Gram 17 is the light weight......that is all.
To control heat and fan noise LG has unfortunately and very sneakily has throttled down the Intel CPU, yes they made it slower and weaker, this is really bad news.
The built-in graphic chip is not powerful, so you cannot play demanding PC games, it is OK for light and normal computing.
LG supplies a horrible and slow Ethernet adapter, this poor adapter sucks, on my super fast Gigabit Internet connection, when I normally connect at over 900 Mbps, this garbage adapter can only connect around 30-40 Mbps, that is more than 30 times slower, a big yuck.
The battery life is advertised to be around 17 hours. This is a complete lie and a myth. My new laptop's battery life was only around 6 hours only.
If light weight is needed then consider this laptop....otherwise just forget about buying this model as there are much better and more powerful laptops for about the same cost....although they will be heavier.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you ever decide to upgrade the memory and/or SSD drive you will be voiding the LG warranty. I confirmed this critical information with LG Support.
LG highly recommends not to upgrade until you own it for one year, that is when the warranty expires. Be very careful. You have been warned.
I did not like or enjoy this very over-priced and poor laptop and returned it back to Costco.
Even at the current sale price of $1,110.00 (with $10 shipping cost) plus add your local sales tax it is very ridiculously high priced laptop.

When it comes to laptops, there are a lot of tradeoffs and maybe you don't like how LG handles things. In regards to throttling, heat is the bane of all laptops. It simply will not function if it gets too hot. Different manufactures handle it in different ways, weaker CPUs, throttling, bigger heatsinks/fans to cool it (more size and weight). This also affects battery life. In short, it depends on your specific needs. This laptop has the latest parts at the lightest weight! Show me something cheaper and it will likely have last gen parts.
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I have been using this laptop for 3 mos, beside a bit quirky on the keyboard layout, it is fast and meet my expection.

Windows 10 Pro
- Running VM Station Windows Server for programming
- Running Office
- Running TOS for trading

No lagging or performance issue
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an LG Gram lineup refresh is expected at CES2021 next month--including an LG Gram 16.
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First: LG notified me that the Costco model 17Z90N-R.AAC8U1 can ONLY be upgraded to a maximum of 24 GB RAM, unlike other models available from other dealers which can be upgraded to a maximum of 40 GB, so the Costco model is supposedly different and unique.
Where you really successful in upgrading to 40 GB RAM? Any issues?
Please tell us here, with links, which memory module model and SSD drive model you upgraded to?
I just want to report that I bought this exact deal from Costco online (17" Gram) and I was able to upgrade to 40GB of RAM with no problem.

I used a Samsung 32 GB DDR4 2666MHz. Got it from Newegg.

https://www.newegg.com/samsung-32...PNXBYS0908

I also added a 2TB Samsung Evo 970+ SSD and also had no problems.
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If you don't like the trackpad placement, the 2021 version is different. It is much larger and extends further to the left. You can see the 2020 and 2021 versions next to each other in this Korean video https://youtu.be/VYboJ1u8D6Y?t=1415
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I didn't like the trackpad placement but so far it hasn't been anywhere near the nuisance I thought it'd be.

And the pad is plenty big as it is. It's huge. I see no need to make I even bigger.
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