Choosing the right Laptop screen size
and weight

Design is an important consideration when choosing a new laptop - from screen size and thickness to how it's built. Finding the best laptop weight depends on how much you’ll be carrying it around, while choosing the best screen size is all about how you'll use your laptop - whether for home working or family video calls. Make the right choice with our guide to laptop sizes and weights.

What size
Laptop do I need?

You'll want a laptop that's relatively light if you're on the move, crossing campus or heading to client meetings. Home workers too will want the best of both worlds, light enough to carry between rooms but with a large enough screen for easy group meetings.

For designers, those working on creative projects, and major multi-taskers, the larger the screen the better.

Today's large screen laptops are much more portable than they used to be. This is thanks to improved technology and innovative design - a thin body and reduced bezel size (the frame around the screen) give bigger laptops that grab-and-go-factor. Redefening portability is the LG gram laptop, packing a 17-inch screen into a 4-way slim bezel.

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Laptop size is generally measured in terms of its screen size, with three main options:

Small (14-inch)

For students and those who prioritise power in a small package. The smallest laptops are easily carried when you're on the move and fit perfectly into small spaces and home offices. Though you compromise on screen size.

Medium (16-inch)

Home office, family calls and on the go. The average size laptop, these combine portable design with a larger screen. The sweet spot for a light laptop for home life, but big enough for proper work.

Large (17-inch)

Creatives and multitaskers. TThe largest laptop screens available. Ideal for complex tasks, spreadsheets and creative projects. Though less portable than smaller laptops, you get a much bigger screen.

A Man holding the LG Gram laptop

Why choose an
ultra-thin laptop?

Laptops that are thin and light can go where you go - whether you're slotting them in your bag alongside your paperwork or switching from the home office to the kitchen.

With laptops that weigh no more than a small bag of sugar or less, you can hit the road - or go from room to room - while travelling light.

The thinnest laptops are also tough. LG gram laptops are wrapped in durable materials such as aircraft grade magnesium alloy. Light doesn't mean flimsy.

Innovative design means the most powerful Intel® Core™ processors can be packed into the thinnest, lightest laptops. Portable and powerful.

Working in a busy household? No one wants a noisy laptop when presenting or having a call with your manager. Keep meetings distraction free with the fast, silent running of SSD storage in most ultra-thin laptops.

Find out more about SSD storage

Laptop screen size:
How to measure it

Laptop screen size is measured diagonally from opposite corners of the screen. This includes just the screen and not the bezel (the metal or plastic frame around the screen edge). You can physically measure this using a tape measure.

Laptop display resolution is measured by the number of pixels. Full HD laptops have a screen that displays 1920x1080. High-end laptops can display even clearer visuals with a resolution of 2560x1600 (WQXGA), somewhere between Full HD and 4K.

LG Gram on a chair outdoors

Best laptop
Weight for me

Laptop weight is important when you're shopping for a new one. Whether you're cycling to work with it on your back every day, or moving from the kitchen to your bedroom at home.

Modern laptops are lightweight and portable. Normally, weight is relevant to screen size. But some laptops with larger screens are becoming even lighter and more portable. The average laptop weight varies depending on screen size. Generally, it is between:

  • Small (14-inch) - 1.5 to 2kg
  • Medium (16-inch) - 2 to 2.5kg
  • Large (17-inch) - 3kg

What makes laptops
heavy or light?


Premium laptops are today made from lightweight materials like magnesium and carbon fibre. They’re lightweight, durable and stylish.


Ultra-thin laptops weigh considerably less than thicker models. Thickness can depend on the internal components, ports and more. Thin laptops easily slot onto any workspace - from your office desk to your kitchen table.


Traditional hard drives are much bigger and heavier than solid-state drives (SSD). There can be an almost 0.5kg difference. SSDs are faster and lighter. Learn more about SSD Laptops.


The thinnest and lightest laptops sacrifice ports as a compromise for reducing total weight. Thunderbolt 4 is a single port the can transfer data and share screens.

Lightweight laptop

Chic and lightweight laptops are now the new standard. Technology such as SSD storage creates laptops that are lighter, thinner and quieter. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth remove the need for ports and chunky cables. Innovations like Thunderbolt 4 technology mean you can transfer data, charge your phone and display screens through a single cable.

Streaming music and movies has made traditional CD/DVD optical drives redundant. This has liberated laptop design, with models measuring magazine-style millimetres in thickness.

Powerful processing and super-sharp screens are wrapped in tough and lightweight metal casing, such as nano carbon and magnesium, that looks as good as it protects.

Redefining everything, the LG gram packs the latest design and technology into a lightweight lifesaver. The LG gram...

  • Comes in 14", 16" and 17" models
  • Puts a 17-inch screen into a 15-inch laptop body (LG gram 17)
  • Has the Guinness World Record for world's lightest 16-inch laptop (LG gram 16)
  • One of the lightest 17-inch laptops ever
  • Is slim and lightweight with SSD storage
  • Uses Thunderbolt 4 for fewer chunky ports

LG Gram on a car bonnet