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LG’s new 17-inch Gram laptop makes me want a 17-inch MacBook Pro

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG was showcasing its  ultralight $1700 17-inch Gram laptop that, as I’ve noted previously, makes me long for a new 17-inch MacBook Pro. 

LG’s laptop (pictured) sports an eighth generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 17-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS display, a Thunderbolt 3 port, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, and a 72Wh lithium battery that purportedly runs for 19.5 hours for $1,700. It also has three USB 3.1 ports, a micro-SD port, an HDMI port, and Ethernet port. 

Imagine if Apple released a similar laptop with FaceID, a bezel-less screen, optional cellular connectivity, and expandable memory so you could use third party memory and not have to pay Apple’s outrageous prices. 

The original 17-inch MacBook Pro debuted in April 2006; it shipped in a single dual-core 2.16GHz configuration, with 1GB of RAM and an a 120GB hard drive, for $2,799. It was discontinued in June 2012.

Apple seems to have a bit of a problem in making it clear who needs a Mac laptop and who needs an iPad Pro for portable use. A 2019 17-inch MacBook Pro would certainly draw the line; it wouldn’t be the best device for carrying from room to room, but it’d be a fantastic desktop replacement. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.