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Introduction

We disassembled the LG Gram 15" to see how the Surface/MacBook competitor stacks up.

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    • Reference shot with packaging.

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    • Reference shots.

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    • We first use tweezers to remove the three plastic screw covers and five rubber bumpers.

    • We find eight Phillips screws holding the case together.

    • After removing the screws, we use picks to remove the lower case which is held in with clips.

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    • Lower case is removed to view the internals.

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    • Battery comes out easily—just 6 screws and a connector on the motherboard.

    • SSD is standard and user-upgradable.

    • RAM is also standard and user-upgradable.

    • At this time, it's cool to note that you can remove the display assembly, speakers, daughterboard, backup battery, motherboard, trackpad, and the fan.

    • Perhaps slightly more useful knowledge: The only component we cannot remove is the keyboard.

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    • We chose the fan + heatpipe combo. 7 screws and 1 plug

    • Followed closely by the motherboard. No surprises. In total < 10 screws, exactly 6 connectors, and the wireless card.

    • There were some alignment pins that required a tiny bit of finagling, but if you know they're there this will take you less than a minute.

    • Trackpad's next. It's held in with 4 screws and pops out the top of the lower case.

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    • I/O board, wireless card, speakers, and CMOS battery.

    • The speakers were held in with adhesive to supplement a pair of screws, but it peeled off the case cleanly and we could reuse it when reassembling the unit.

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    • Keyboard is hidden beneath thin-film insulator taped in place. If you're performing a keyboard replacement, you'll need to buy replacement adhesive for this film.

    • It's is held in place with 48 screws, which sounds bad, but is par for the course for a repairable laptop. Here, the lack of glue in a laptop this compact is practically a miracle.

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    • Four screws later, the display assembly is free from the lower case.

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    • The LG Gram 15" earns a 9 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • Most components are immediately accessible after removing the lower case cover.

    • RAM and SSD are user-replaceable and parts for upgrades are readily accessible.

    • Battery is also user-replaceable.

    • Only Phillips screws are used throughout the device.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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Half the ram is solderded to the main board. You cannot upgrade to faster ram because of this. If i had know this in advance i would not have bought this laptop. So 9/10 is a bit high.

Freek Compagne - Reply

It appears that the screen is still in the case in the pictures here. Hopefully that can safely be taken apart too as I just ordered a replacement screen. Seeing that this example left the screen in the case, I would agree that 9/10 repairability might be high…

Curtis O'Reilly - Reply

Hi, did you manage to replace the screen successfully?

Alan -

Bought OEM battery from encompass and replaced battery within 1.5 hours. Notice the phillips head is not the average size. I improvised that step and the tweezers step with a pocket knife (8Cr13moV). For the disconnection of the battery from the motherboard, notice that you must pull the plug out towards the direction of the battery. Breakdown pictures were helpful.

randomo - Reply

Any idea where I can get a replacement screen for my LG touch screen 15Z980-A.AAS8U1. All I see out there is a non touch screen replacement. Thank you.

Bobby Brooksbank - Reply

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