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LG's lightweight Gram laptops arrive in the US

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LG's laptops are a common sight around the world, but you wouldn't know it in the US when the company hasn't officially brought its portables to the country. Well, that's about to change: the Korean tech giant has announced that it will sell 13- and 14-inch versions of its ultralight Gram laptops in the US through both Amazon and Microsoft Stores. They're still running 5th-generation Core processors, but they're otherwise no slouches -- they earn their name through an extremely light 980g (2.16lbs) body that makes many smaller laptops seem portly by comparison. You'll also get a respectable 1080p display and perks like HDMI video output and a microSD card slot.

The prices are certainly competitive, beginning at $899 for a 13-inch version with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. Move to the 14-inch model and you'll drop $999 on a base version with similar specs, or $1,399 for one with a Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD. With that said, you may want to try one first-hand first, or check reviews from other regions -- The Verge notes that the construction is "flimsy" next to a MacBook Air, and it doesn't last nearly as long on battery. Still, it's good to have a viable new choice in Ultrabooks in the States, especially when it's from a familiar name.

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