The 7 Best 17-Inch and Larger Laptops to Buy in 2017

Want a large-screen laptop? We've got the scoop on what you need

When it comes to choosing a laptop, options like operating system, battery life or even color are often the first pieces of the decision-making process. However, there’s one selection that trumps everything else and that is size. From the super-small netbook to the not-so-portable 17-inch laptop, each size serves a different purpose with both advantages and disadvantages. In the case of larger laptops, the better viewing experience often means a portability trade-off. But sometimes that's worth it. Often overlooked in today's Ultrabook world, look at our choices for the best 17-inch and larger laptops available today.

With a 360-degree rotation design, Dell’s Inspiron 7000 is an easy choice for the best 17-inch laptop on the market today. Featuring a 17.3-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen LED backlight display, the laptop’s design allows the 7000 to flip from laptop to tablet and back again in just seconds. Regardless of which mode you’re in, the 6th-generation Intel Core i7 2.5GHz processor, 12GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive offer plenty of horsepower for both work and play.

Add in a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card and 2GB of dedicated memory and the Inspiron 7000 can also tackle some of today’s modern gaming as a bonus. Additionally, there are built-in stereo speakers with Dell’s MaxxAudio technology for improved audio performance. Weighing 6.5 pounds, the 7000 only six hours of battery life, so you might want to bring your charger if you're heading to the coffee shop.

If you’re looking for a larger laptop that doesn’t cost a fortune, the search begins and ends with Lenovo’s IdeaPad 17. Featuring a 1600 x 900 17.3-inch HD+ widescreen LED, stereo speakers and 10-key numeric keypad, there’s so much room to work with you’ll hardly know where to start. Fortunately, there’s plenty of power to get through the day with an Intel Core i5 2.3GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and 802.11ac connectivity. Additionally, there’s an included DVD-RW for burning and/or viewing DVDs.

Unfortunately, the included four-cell battery won’t offer much more than four hours of battery life (a real bummer), but it’s unlikely you’ll spend a lot of time lugging this laptop around so that’s hardly a concern. Released in late 2016, the 6.6-pound IdeaPad 17 is powered by Windows 10 and has a slew of ports (USB 3.0, 2.0, HDMI) that will more than meet your needs.

It very well might come as no surprise that the best display on a 17-inch laptop belongs to a gaming machine. Although it costs a pretty penny, the Razer Blade Pro is the be all and end all of laptop displays (it sports a 3840 x 2160 UHD g-sync touch display in a machine that’s just 0.88 inches thin). The eye-popping 4K resolution IGZO display offers 8.3 million pixels that make for an unparalleled gaming experience and stunning visual clarity.

While its price tag might keep it out of reach of most gamers (and why it didn’t win a “best gaming” prize), under the hood the Razer is in a class all its own. Powered by an Intel Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core processor, the laptop has 32GB of RAM, 2TB of SSD storage and a best-in-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card that offers 8GB of RAM (and is even VR-ready).

Labeling any 17-inch laptop as “portable” seems disingenuous at best, but the HP ProBook 470 G3 offers a 6.3-pound laptop that’s just ounces lighter than the competition. Fortunately, at this size, ounces count. Featuring a 17.3-inch LED HD+ 1600 x 900 anti-glare display, Intel Core i7 2.50GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, the ProBook 470 still offers more than enough power to get through a work day and casual use.

Released at the very end of 2016, HP’s newest ProBook offers a streamlined design while still managing to come in under one inch of thickness. The “lightweight” size doesn’t mean a lack of ports (USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA connectivity are all included on the sides of the laptop). Additionally, there’s DVD+ RW capability, as well as 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to make this machine future-proof.

When it comes to purchasing a 17-inch laptop, there’s no question a good number of buyers are interested in gaming. The 17.3-inch IPS FHD 1920 x 1080 screen size is paired with increased internal performance and offers a fantastic experience that often rivals desktop counterparts. The Asus ROG G751JY-VS71 delivers a standout gaming experience with an Intel Core i7 2.6GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The included NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M gaming card ramps up gaming performance with its own 4GB of RAM for increased horsepower.

It's important to keep a gaming computer cool and Asus does that with its intelligent thermal design (there's a rear vent that directs heat away from under the computer). Even the one-piece backlit keypad is designed with gaming in mind, featuring an ultra-responsive design and long travel for instant response. The machine also has immersive audio with a built-in subwoofer and TurboMaster technology for a real-time GPU performance boost of 5 percent.

Packed to the brim for hardcore gaming performance, the CUK MSI GE72VR is ready to tackle today’s most graphic-intensive games. Featuring a 17.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, the MSI adds an Intel Core i7 2.6GHz processor, 12GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive, plus a NVIDIA GeForce 1060 graphics card with 6GB of RAM on its own. The display itself is stunning, thanks to MSI’s TrueColor technology that calibrates and delivers vibrant colors exponentially.

Add in high fidelity speakers, a three-watt subwoofer and 20 percent better airflow for system cooling with Cooler Boost 4 and the MSI shines brightly as a gaming laptop all while weighing a respectable 8.4 pounds. Perhaps the coolest feature is that the MSI comes VR-ready, so you can explore a whole new world. The battery life is around five hours.

Dell’s entry into the 17-inch laptop space is no surprise since the company has been playing with big machines for years. The Inspiron 17, released in the last days of 2016 is an exceptionally strong offering featuring a 17.3-inch Full HD LED 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display with 10-finger multi-touch support. Buyers looking for such a large laptop want enough power to push the 17-inch display to the limits and the Inspiron 17 does not disappoint. It features an Intel Core i7 2.50 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1 TB of hard drive space and just over four hours of battery life (which is probably the laptop's biggest flaw). And with a hefty 7.4-pound weight, this is a laptop that’s designed to stay in place. However, at just over 1-inch thin, the Dell is still thin enough to look and feel a lot smaller than its footprint and, with an included 10-digit numeric keypad, there’s plenty of room for both productivity and personal tasks. Added features like 802.11ac WiFi offer both long-range performance and a future-proofed machine that will work well for years to come.


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