LG Ultra 16

LG Ultra 16

LG Ultra 16

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Good7.7/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.4/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.1/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.7/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.9/10
BATTERY: Excellent9.4/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Fair6.3/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.6/10
SIZE: 16"

The LG Ultra 16 is a laptop with a lower midrange price, suitable for general use thanks to its AMD Ryzen 7 processor combined with 16GB of RAM and integrated Vega 8 graphics. It's designed for good battery life with up to 17 hours of typical usage, and at 3.63 pounds, it offers decent portability. The 16-inch IPS display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution doesn't support touch but provides a 16:10 aspect ratio for more vertical workspace, which can be beneficial for both productivity and web browsing. There are no available RAM or storage slots, meaning no easy upgrades, but the laptop does have a full array of ports including USB-C and HDMI. The keyboard includes a number pad and is backlit, enhancing usability in low-light conditions. While the performance is robust for everyday tasks, intensive gaming or specialized engineering and 3D/machine learning applications may be limited due to the integrated graphics. The build is silent with fanless operation, pointing towards efficient heat management, and a comfortable keyboard contributes to an overall satisfactory user experience for typical use cases. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Good portability
  • Silent fanless operation
  • Includes USB-C charging
  • Backlit keyboard feature
Cons
  • Mediocre webcam quality
  • Limited 3D performance
  • No thunderbolt ports
  • No hardware ray tracing

Ratings by Category

Operating Noise:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Battery Life:
4.9
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.4
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use:
4.3
The LG Ultra 16 is equipped with a strong CPU and ample RAM, which handle everyday tasks smoothly, and boasts solid battery life that supports extended use away from a power source. Its lightweight design enhances portability, and the high-quality IPS display provides a pleasant viewing experience for general use.
Content Creation:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Engineering & Design:
4.1
The LG Ultra 16 is equipped with a capable processor and GPU that are well-suited for demanding engineering and design applications, and it also includes a high-quality, large IPS display with good color accuracy and resolution, which is essential for detail-oriented work. Its strong battery life supports extended use, while its slightly heavier weight and size may reduce portability, but these are tradeoffs for the performance and screen benefits which are more critical for engineering and design tasks.
Keyboard Quality:
3.8
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Build Quality:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Gaming & AI:
3.4
The LG Ultra 16 provides a moderate gaming and 3D experience because it leverages an integrated AMD Ryzen 7 7730U Vega 8 GPU, which offers decent performance but lags behind dedicated graphics cards typically found in specialized gaming laptops.
General Use Screen Quality:
3.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$679
Release Date
March 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.64''
Weight
3.63 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7730U
Graphics
Vega 8
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
17 Hours
Battery Capacity
72 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
270 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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6.5/10
Portability Score
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7.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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10/10
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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6.8/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
No
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Sebastian Jentsch | October 2022
"Unlike the gram, the Ultra PC isn't designed to be as lightweight as possible. The 16-inch laptop is a whole 400 g (0.88 lb) heavier than its 16-inch gram counterpart partly because its chassis is not made of magnesium. Other than that, the Ultra PC seems like a copy of the gram – but with longer battery life, lower noise levels, and a clean, delicate look."

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