LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 Thin and Light Laptop Review

Are you a digital nomad and need to carry your laptop wherever you go? Or are you tired of  searching for a power plug instead of working because your laptop’s battery drains very fast?

If any of the above is true for you then you might want to ditch your clanky old laptop for new LG gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 laptop. These lightweight high-performance laptops put portability first and get the job done without weighing you down.

LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 Thin and Light Laptop Review

Let’s talk about what you can expect

Portability

LG 13Z980-U AAW5U1 is probably as light as a laptop can get. It weighs around only 2 lbs, making it perfect for carrying around. Unlike run-of-the-mill laptops, the laptop body is made of nano carbon magnesium alloy which makes it both light as a feather and comfortable to touch. Still wondering how light it is? Well, you can carry it with two fingers only.

LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 portability

Power

This LG Z980 series laptop is best for the people who use their laptops everyday for hours. Its 72Wh Lithium battery can provide backup up to 22 hours. That means you can work in public places without worrying about the low battery.

With that said, the actual battery life is a subject to vary. Configuration, power setting, applications running in the background and other factors can affect battery life to some extent. Most users have reported an average of 15-16 hours battery life.

Performance

LG 13Z980-U-AAW5U1 fairs well in the performance department. It comes with built-in 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM and 8th generation Intel i5 processor – though not the best but enough to give you a smooth working experience. This laptop is built primarily for internet surfing, running apps and watching videos. So you may get little disappointed if you want to play some of latest games like Dragon Age II or Witcher 3. It’s advised to keep a separate laptop for gaming instead.

performance of LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 laptop

Hard drive size is satisfactory – 256GB. It’s a strictly work laptop and it can cover your needs. But if you want more disk space then…well, you get what you paid for, right?

It has 13.3 inch full HD IPS display which supports a broad color gamut for offering you a life like great visual experience. Maximum display resolution is set at 1920 X 1080 pixels. Combined with its sounds system, you will have captivating video experience.

The laptop doesn’t get heated up much even with high workload. In occasional cases of extreme pressure, the fan turns on. The fan isn’t silent but isn’t loud either. The Fan vent openings face to the rear of the computer instead of facing down. This allows the air to escape and laptop to stay cool even when it is being used on your lap.

Durability

One thing that separates this laptop from the rest lightweight laptops available in the market is its durability. It passed seven industry grade tests and proved its military-grade durability. LG 13Z980-U-AAW5U1 is incredibly tough and fall proof – during the testing it had been dropped on the ground from 48-inch height for 26 times (Drop test standard) and it survived. The laptop also functions properly within the wide temp range of 21 degree C  to 49 degree C.

Durability LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1

Long story short, you can use it while commuting on transport without worrying about getting it damaged. Even if it falls from your hand few times, it will remain unharmed.

Features

Despite being so lightweight, this laptop is full of features.

This first feature that will draw your attention is backlit keyboard. This backlit comes handy if you are working in low light. You can even adjust the backlight brightness according to your preference. The keypad is very comfortable to use and doesn’t require your hand to travel much to reach any key.  It also has reader mode, which reduces the blue light and protects your eyes.

LG also included an HD webcam for a great video calling experience. Unlike other models of this series, the camera is no longer located on the hinge. Sounds like LG have taken account of customer feedbacks.

Windows 10(64 bit) is the default operating system – great for multitasking. A plethora of free apps is also available on Microsoft store, in case you require one.

This laptop has a pair of USB 3.0 ports which can transfer data at the rate of 5GBps. With that said, it’s not the best data transfer tech available. You can’t expect tech like Thunderbolt 3 with this laptop. An HDMI port is also there for connecting the laptop with external HD display.

LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 ports

It has also built-in DTS headphone X. This offers you an immersive audio experience of full, 11.1 channel surround movie theater, without any elaborate speaker system.

LG Gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 laptop: The good, the bad and ugly

Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad.

LG gram 13Z980-U.AAW5U1 is a sturdy, lightweight laptop for carrying around. It’s 13.3 inch display and carbon magnesium body give it a smart, trendy and premium look. You can work on it anywhere, even on transports, without worrying about the battery. It’s full HD IPS display offers crystal clear view. Performance wise also it is quite impressive. With 8GB DDR4 RAM and 8th generation i5 Intel processor, you can expect no lagging and high performance.

Its HD webcam is perfect for video calling and better than competitors’. Adjustable backlight and reader mode features come very handy if you have to work in low light. DTS Headphone X offers a rich immersive audio experience. It’s doesn’t generate much heat even when the workload is high. And heat ventilation outlet allows heated air to escape without any obstruction.

But there are few scopes of improvement. As mentioned earlier, this laptop doesn’t support latest data transfer like Thunderbird 3. USB 3.0 is good but not the best. Unlike other laptops of this series, 13.3 inch LG Z980 doesn’t have touchscreen or fingerprint reader. Hard disk drive capacity is also quite limited, 256 GB is a bit too low in my opinion. This is not suitable for gaming either – latest games like Witcher 3 may feel little lagging.