The 9 Best 17-Inch and Larger Laptops of 2020

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The Rundown
Best Overall:
Dell XPS 17 at Amazon
"The 2020 iteration of Dell’s XPS 17 embodies everything you’d expect to find in a high-end large-screen laptop."
Runner-Up, Best Overall:
Gigabyte Aero 17 at Best Buy
"The Gigabyte Aero’s 17.3-inch display wows with its detail and clarity."
Best Lightweight:
LG Gram 17 at Amazon
"The LG Gram 17 makes it uniquely easy to carry around a sharp and vivid display for watching movies and staying productive."
"A well-built laptop that makes few compromises on its specs."
Best Budget:
HP 17-X116DX at Amazon
"Doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles of machines double or triple its price, but is an outstanding choice for performance."
"With powerful 2.1 stereo speakers to create a fully immersive gaming experience."
Runner-Up, Best for Gaming:
HP Omen 17 at Amazon
"The Omen 17 from HP boasts desktop-level power within a portable laptop, and it doesn’t disappoint."
"The ASUS ROG Mothership is a big, bold gaming laptop that doesn’t hold back."
"In standard laptop mode, you benefit from its comfortable keyboard, complete with a full number pad."

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to your computer, but you’ll certainly notice a difference on the roomy screens of the best 17-inch and larger laptops. A bigger display means a more immersive experience for enjoying your favorite movies and shows. It offers more room to work, which is especially valuable if you’re working with graphics and media.

Another plus is that bigger laptops tend to come with bigger specs. When you’re not trying to minimize your laptop’s size and weight, you can pack in beefier hardware, including everything from faster processors to more powerful graphics to more spacious hard drives. That makes these larger machines some of the best gaming laptops and among the best laptops for graphic design.

But even with their extra hardware and screen real estate, the laptops on this list manage to stay compact and portable enough to take on the go. They’re ideal options for anyone looking for both size and power while not being tied down to a desktop.

Best Overall: Dell XPS 17

What We Like
  • Large, stunning screen despite relatively compact size

  • High-end graphics and performance

  • Impressive sound quality

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • No Ethernet or USB-A ports

The 2020 iteration of Dell’s XPS 17 embodies everything you’d expect to find in a high-end large-screen laptop. You can get its gorgeous 17-inch display in up to 3840x2400 pixels (slightly larger than 4K resolution), excellent for multitasking and movies. Surrounding the screen are barely-there bezels, just enough to fit in a camera at the top. The result is that the XPS 17 is essentially the size of a 15-inch laptop—perhaps even smaller. Its base configuration starts at 0.77x14.74 by 9.76 inches and 4.65 pounds, and it gets on the heavy side once you add extra features, but it’s definitely lightweight and sturdily built enough to tote around.

The XPS 17’s backlit keyboard feels satisfying and comfortable enough for a full workday, and the trackpad is huge and responsive. There’s no number pad, but speakers on either side of the keyboard that pump out impressively strong sound from two 1.5-watt tweeters and two 2.5-watt woofers. The slim profile leaves enough room for four USB-C ports and an SD card slot on the sides, but no HDMI, Ethernet, or full-size USB-A ports like there are on other larger laptops. Conveniently, Dell includes an adapter for those inputs.

You can spec out the XPS 17 with up to an Intel Core i9-10885H processor, 64GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive. This means smooth sailing with just about anything you throw at it, including multimedia and graphics work. It’s not designed to be a true gaming laptop, but the XPS 17 can still hit solid framerates with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. If you’re fine with its premium price tag, you get a real powerhouse, inside and out.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Gigabyte Aero 17

What We Like
  • Dazzling 4K HDR display

  • Fast media performance

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat heavy

If you’re going with a big screen on your laptop, you might as well get one that really shines. The Gigabyte Aero’s 17.3-inch display wows with its detail and clarity, especially if you opt for the 4K HDR model. Its brightness and wide color gamut meets the VESA DisplayHDR 400 standard, which will be well appreciated by the on-the-go graphic designers and content creators that the machine is geared toward.

The Aero 17 excels when it’s put to work, too, drawing smooth multimedia performance from its 10th-generation Intel Core i9 chip and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card. It’s perfect for creative professionals but gets the job done for most gamers as well.

On the practical side, it’s hard to enjoy high-resolution content out in the world if you keep running out of juice, but unlike other 4K laptops, the Aero 17’s battery manages almost seven hours of 4K video. There are also a wide array of ports to connect all sorts of inputs and accessories. As an aesthetic touch, RGB backlighting on the keyboard lets you map out custom colors and effects to individual keys, helpful for highlighting your most-used keys or just as some bonus eye candy.

Best Lightweight: LG Gram 17

What We Like
  • Amazingly light for the size

  • Large, bright screen

  • Impressive battery life

What We Don't Like
  • No discrete graphics card

  • On the pricey side

You don’t typically think of 17-inch laptops as small and lightweight, but that’s exactly what the LG Gram 17 manages to accomplish. Narrow bezels around its beautiful 2560x1600-pixel display give it the footprint of the 15-inch laptop, and its 2.98-pound weight puts it in a class usually reserved for 13- or 14-inch ultraportables. When you add in its lengthy battery life listed at 17 hours, the LG Gram 17 makes it uniquely easy to carry around a sharp and vivid display for watching movies and staying productive. At the same time, it’s thick enough to leave room for a full selection of inputs, including a USB-C port, three USB-A ports, an HDMI output, and a microSD card slot.

The LG Gram 17 does leave off a discrete graphics card to help keep the machine light, and our reviewer found it to be somewhat less equipped for gaming and heavy graphics work. In terms of productivity performance, though, you’re not likely to be slowed at all by the 1.3GHz 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, and generous 1TB of storage in the 2020 model. This version also updates the LG Gram 17’s design with an improved touchpad and a backlit keyboard adjusted to be more comfortable to type on.

Best Value: HP Envy 17t

Plain and simple, the HP Envy 17t is a well-built laptop that makes few compromises on its specs. Its slim footprint makes it a real alternative to Apple’s MacBook Pro, although this machine comes in almost $1,000 cheaper. It packs a 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM plus 16GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive.

Design-wise, it is a bit heavier than a MacBook at 6.75 pounds. It is housed in a sleek aluminum and magnesium chassis and has a beautiful, backlit keyboard and a large touchpad. Perhaps most gush-worthy is its 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display, which looks spectacular under edge-to-edge glass. HP has also partnered with Beats Audio for impressive bass-boosting built-in speakers. While it might not be the most travel-friendly PC given its short 1.5-hour battery life, this 17-incher makes an excellent desktop replacement.

Best Budget: HP 17-X116DX

HP’s 17-X116DX computer doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles of machines double or triple its price, but, with a price tag that’s budget-friendly, the HP is an outstanding choice for performance. Inside the PC is a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, 8GB of RAM and a DVD/CD burner for burning all your movies to the sizeable hard drive. The non-backlit keyboard adds a number pad that’s soft and comfortable for all-day typing. The 17.3-inch 1600 x 900 resolution display includes both high-quality imagery, while offering energy efficiency to help maximize overall battery life.

The 5.7-pound weight of the HP is fairly standard for the 17-inch price point, but it measures less than an inch in overall thickness. The addition of a lone USB 3.1 port adds support for high-speed, third-party data devices, including ultrafast data transfer speeds. An HDMI port also adds connectivity options to a larger display or monitor.

Best for Gaming: Dell Alienware 17 Gaming Laptop

Since its release, the Dell Alienware 17 has jumped to the top of reviewers’ lists — including ours. The Alienware 17 boasts remarkable processing power, with its Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, Nvidia GTX 1070, and a 1TB hard drive. The 17.3-inch screen perfectly showcases its 2560 x 1440 resolution and, combined with its powerful 2.1 stereo speakers, creates a fully immersive gaming experience. 

The 17’s TactX keyboard features new upgrades, offering 2.2mm of travel, n-key rollover, and storage for over 108-key commands, allowing gamers to maximize their number of actions per minute. In addition to quick tactile responses, the keyboard is reinforced with a steel-back plate, guaranteeing long-term functionality (up to 10 million keystrokes). Additionally, Alienware boasts a 6 cell 99 Wh lithium-ion battery, delivering the maximum amount of battery life legally allowed for this type of battery, and consequently blowing its competition out of the water.

The one downside to this laptop is its bulky design: the 17 is an absolute beast of machinery, weighing almost 10 pounds. The device is too heavy to carry around, but considering the hardware packed inside, the pros certainly outweigh the cons (so to speak).

Runner-Up, Best for Gaming: HP Omen 17

What We Like
  • Strong gaming hardware

  • Backlit keyboard with macro keys

What We Don't Like
  • Battery life on the short side

  • Somewhat bulky

The Omen 17 from HP boasts desktop-level power within a portable laptop, and it doesn’t disappoint. Along with a six-core Intel Core i7 chip, the base model uses an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card that’s very capable on its own right, but upgrading to the RTX 2070 configuration really helps take on AAA titles on the highest settings. Of course, the 17.3-inch display makes the experience all the more immersive, with a vivid IPS panel and a 144Hz refresh rate to keep fast action looking smooth.

The design of the Omen 17 is subtle but stylish, with both visual and practical touches to appeal to gamers. The comfortable, responsive keyboard features four-zone backlighting, outlined WASD keys, and programmable macro keys along the left side. The Omen 17’s overall build feels solid and sturdy, if not a little thick. Weighing in at over 7 pounds, it doesn’t try to be remarkably light and compact, but it’s not overly difficult to lug around. Its portability is limited by its battery life, though, lasting only a few hours while playing games or video.

Best Splurge: ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX

What We Like
  • Premium gaming performance

  • High-concept detachable design

  • Strong audio quality

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Not easy to carry around

The ASUS ROG Mothership is a big, bold gaming laptop that doesn’t hold back. It has all the high-end hardware you could hope for, starting with an 8-core Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU, factory overclocked up to 5 GHz. Paired with its also-overclocked Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 video memory, you’ll enjoy blazing framerates and smooth performance on all the latest games. 64GB of DDR4 RAM also makes multitasking a breeze, with 1.5TB of speedy solid-state storage keeping load times to a minimum. And, of course, visuals pop on the 17.3-inch screen—you can opt for 4K resolution or go with Full HD for a faster 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.

Flashy, innovative designs are common for gaming machines, but the ROG Mothership is in its own universe. The RGB-lit keyboard can detach so you can use it wirelessly (or wired through USB-C), with the key-free back half of it folding under for a better fit on your lap. The remaining display portion, where all the internal components are housed, stands up like a tablet on a kickstand. This improves air intake and helps cool the system, as well as allows the front-facing speakers to blast free and clear and loud. The unique design offers much more placement flexibility than a full desktop setup, and you can travel with the ROG Mothership if you need to. It won’t be an easy feat, though, with the system weighing 10.5 pounds, not including the two large power bricks you’ll need to attach.

Best 2-in-1: Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1

What We Like
  • Nice, large display for both a laptop and tablet

  • Strong performance

  • Responsive keyboard with number pad

What We Don't Like
  • On the bulky side as a tablet

  • Doesn’t match gaming laptops of similar size

If the idea of a large touchscreen tablet is as appealing to you as a big-screen laptop, the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 convertible is well worth a look. In standard laptop mode, you benefit from its comfortable keyboard, complete with a full number pad. Then you can fold it over on its hinge to tablet mode and hold it in your hands around the home or office. The 17-inch screen may feel a bit bulky compared to smaller dedicated tablets, but you get a luxurious amount of screen real estate to work with. Like most of the best 2-in-1 laptop tablets, you can also flip it to stand mode to watch videos with the keyboard out of the way, or prop it up in tent mode when surface space is limited, like when you’re looking at a recipe in the kitchen.

Beyond its large 2560x1600-pixel display, the Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 is also able to offer more powerful hardware than smaller tablet counterparts. The latest model can be equipped with an 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor and 16GB RAM, providing a snappy balance of performance and battery life. Opting for a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics card also allows for a respectable amount of gaming.

Final Verdict

Our top pick, the HP Pavilion, is easily the best all-around 17-inch laptop and will be the best fit for most people, regardless of whether you want a machine for gaming or work. If you're specifically looking for a great folding 2-in-1, Dell’s Inspiron 7000 may be more your speed.

About Our Trusted Experts

Anton Galang is a Lifewire writer and reviewer who began working in tech journalism with PC Magazine in 2007. He has covered laptops of all sizes and shapes, along with countless other types of consumer electronics. 

Jonno Hill has a background in design and video production, but his love of tech dates back to middle school when he built his first computer. He has tested a wide array of laptops, desktops, tablets, and other products for Lifewire.

What to Look for in a 17-Inch Laptop

Operating system - Are you an Apple fanboy or a diehard PC user? While it’s pretty easy to adjust to a new operating system these days, people tend to like to stick to what they’re familiar with. Both operating systems have their merits — with Macs being more intuitive and design-friendly and Windows being more secure and business-savvy — but the choice is truly up to you.

Processor - If you need a PC that can handle heavy-duty work, pay close attention to its processor, or CPU. The battle between the manufacturers AMD and Intel gets fiercer every day, but AMD’s CPUs tend to be a bit cheaper. If money is no obstacle, look at the number of cores it has. More cores equal a faster and more efficient processor and the high-end options out there pack up to eight cores.

Display - On a 17-inch laptop or bigger, displays can be truly dazzling, with wide-viewing angles and brilliant backlit colors. Depending on your preference, there are touch and non-touch options. Resolution can vary, with the most impressive screens measuring around 1920 x 1080 pixels.