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

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When it comes to choosing a laptop, options such as 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.

Plain and simple, the HP Envy 17 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 beautifully backlit keyboard and 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.

The Gigabyte P57Xv7-KL2 17.3" PC is built for performance and has a Kabylake-based Intel i7 processor that pairs with a NVIDIA GeForce 1070 (8GB dedicated memory) for gaming and video editing. There’s also 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. The Gigabyte might be built with gaming in mind, but its overall performance is perfect for a multitasking world where running multiple windows and applications can quickly tax a lesser machine’s resources.

 Weighing 6.61 pounds, it’s definitely not ultraportable, but still lightweight enough to go to the coffee shop. The addition of USB 3.1 and HDMI 2.0 ports allow for both ultrafast data transfer speeds, as well as 4K Ultra-HD viewing for the fastest possible frame rates during video playback on an external monitor. The anti-ghost backlit keyboard ensures you’ll never miss a key with precise input no matter how many keys you press down at a single time. It offers a dull four hours of battery life.

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.

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With a powerhouse of components built-in, the Dell Inspiron 17.3-inch PC offers a standout display with a price tag that won’t break the bank. Powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 2TB hard drive and AMD Radeon R5 graphics card with 4GB of dedicated memory, the Inspiron performance shines with the 17.3-inch Full HD LED touchscreen. It has a 1920 x 1080 resolution alongside 10-finger multi-touch support. The highlight here though is Dell’s TrueLife color performance, which adds darker blacks and colors that will pop right off the screen during gaming or photo and video playback. With seven hours of battery life on-board, the 7.6-pound laptop is par for the course in terms of size and weight for 17-inch computers, but it comes with Dell’s MaxxAudio immersive sound.

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 you see Alienware, you can expect a top-of-the-line gaming powerhouse. The AW 17 delivers blazing fast performance, plenty of storage and a sturdy build. Housing a 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ and 6MB cache, up to 3.8GHz with Turbo Boost, 16GB DDR4 and 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD, you’ll be able to handle complex sequences on your favorite games. Of course, some of these elements are customizable, but it’ll cost you. It has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip, which isn’t as advanced as the 1080 or 1070, but keeps the machine at a reasonable price without making many sacrifices. Its expansive 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits display adds Tobii IR eye-tracking technology to further enhance your gaming experience. Crucial for gamers, the AW 17 features the upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard, which now supports n-key rollover, meaning you can enable more than 108 keys commands, and has 2.2mm of key travel to help you fire off commands fast.

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If you can look past its hefty price tag, the Razer Blade Pro is one of the best gaming 17-inch laptops on the market today. As the world’s first THX certified mobile device, this unit’s visual and audio experience will immerse you in a way that no other computer can. But before you can even get to the audio, you have look under the hood where the Razer Blade Pro really shines. It has a Core i7 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) graphics, a 17.3-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) touch display and 32GB of RAM.

The combination of the overclocked processor and desktop-class graphics card will allow the Razer Blade Pro to handle any game. Even the ultra-low-profile keyboard is award-worthy, thanks to an accurate tactile feel, anti-ghosting capabilities and 16.8 million colors for unique lighting effects. At 7.7 pounds and 8.9 inches thin, the Pro is the slimmest 17-inch gaming laptop on the market.

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