Top 10 Best 17 Inch Laptops of 2017

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the best 17 inch gaming laptops

Considering the fact that 17-inch laptops are pretty much the largest out there, you would kind of expect them to meet standards that smaller laptops do not. For the most part, large laptops boast much better specs than smaller laptops, mostly because of their size and the technologies they can accommodate. Not to say that smaller laptops can’t be good, just that they won’t really meet the standards that 17-inch laptops do.

It should also be said that although the best 15 inch laptop the market has to offer can very well meet the standards of a high-end 17-inch laptop, this isn’t true for most of them. In fact, you shouldn’t expect smaller laptops to behave the same way 17-inch laptops do, at least not when it comes to compatibility and overall performance. The main reason for this being that larger laptops pack a much better configuration, one that usually involves bigger storage space, a better processor, and a lot more RAM memory.

On a related note, let us point out that 17-inch laptops are generally considered much more suitable for gaming and entertainment purposes while 15-inch laptops seem to be the preferred choice of anyone who works in an office environment. For everyone else, especially those interested in playing the latest video games, larger 17-inch laptops are by far more popular for the reasons we already pointed out.

Hardware specifications

You must always consider the specs when buying a 17-inch laptop, because like we said, these large laptops are usually expected to reach performance levels well beyond those of smaller laptops. Not only that but they are also expected to be sturdier and to last a whole lot longer mostly because of their size. As far as specs go, however, you should expect a good 17-inch laptop to have an i7 processor and at least 8 GB of RAM along with at least 500 GB of storage.

Purpose

Another thing to keep in mind when looking for a 17-inch laptop is the reason for buying it. If you’re looking for a laptop to help you with your work, then perhaps it shouldn’t matter how good its graphics card is, nor should you be looking for a laptop advertised as a gaming device. The main reason behind this, of course, being that all components on a gaming laptop, including the motherboard, the RAM speed, and the processor, are usually much faster, thus more expensive.To give you a better idea of what the market has in store, we put together a list of the ten best 17 inch laptops money can buy.

Top 10 Best 17 Inch Laptops of 2017 Reviews

(Updated January 2017)

10Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-79LX

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The V17 Aspire from Acer is as high-end as they come as far as specs go, not to mention the long battery life and the software compatibility. It also stands out by having a 1 TB Hard Drive, a feature most laptops should have nowadays if we’re completely honest. On top of this, it has a full HD 17.3-inch screen powered by a Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB of VRAM which makes it more than suitable to play the latest video games. Overall, it is perhaps one of the best gaming laptops money can buy right now.

Pros:

– Great graphics card
– Very fast
– Decent screen

Cons:

– Difficult to upgrade
– Possible issues with the hard drive in the long run
– Kind of loud

9Lenovo Y70 Touchscreen Gaming Laptop

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Lenovo’s Y70 touchscreen gaming laptop is perhaps one of the best touch screen laptops the market has to offer at this point in time. Equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz processor and a Nvidia GTX-860M 2GB graphics card, this particular laptop will run most video games and multimedia applications out there without any issues to speak of. It also benefits from 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1 TB hard drive which is cleverly paired with an 8 GB Solid-State Drive for good measure. The only real downside is that it comes with a pre-installed 8.1 Windows OS that some users have complained can be difficult to replace.

Pros:

– Quite fast
– Decent storage
– Ergonomic keyboard

Cons:

– Poor support
– Comes with some bloatware
– Heats up

8Dell Alienware AW17R3-3758SLV

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It is expected for Alienware products to be sleek and smooth, which is exactly where this laptop stands from a visual perspective. Aesthetics aside, it is also a pretty impressive laptop as far as its specs go, thanks to a powerful Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ processor and thanks to a Nvidia GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphics card. On top of all this, it comes with a 1 TB HDD for storage and a fast 128 SSD that you can use to boast your operating system’s performance in the long run. Last but not least, it has a 17.3-inch LED-lit Truelife screen of the highest quality.

Pros:

– Impressive speed
– Good storage standards (including the SSD)
– Great screen

Cons:

– The price
– Limited support
– Difficult to upgrade

7GIGABYTE P37Xv5-SL1 Laptop

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It may be a gaming laptop by name but given its NVIDIA GTX980M 8GB graphics card, it may very well be one of the best laptops for graphic design that money can buy right now. As you would expect from such a laptop, it also comes equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7 6700HQ 2.6GHz processor, 8 GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM, a 1 TB hard drive, and a 17.3-inch screen of the highest possible quality. Overall, it might just be one of the best laptops out there.

Pros:

– Impressive graphics card
– Very fast
– Very accommodating to virtually any application

Cons:

– Quite expensive
– You would expect an SSD for this price
– Some compatibility issues in the long run

6Alienware AW17R3-1675SLV FHD Laptop

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You expect Alienware laptops to be sleek and this is exactly how this particular laptop looks like. Thanks to its 6th generation Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ processor, it will definitely run virtually any video game or application out there with no issues to speak of. To help with that, this laptop uses 8 GB of DDR4, 1 TB HDD, and a Nvidia GTX 970M graphics card. Combine that with a quality 17.3-inch FHD screen and you have yourself one of the best laptops out there.

Pros:

– Very fast RAM
– Quality screen
– Beautiful chassis

Cons:

– Battery could last longer
– Feeble screen frame
– Slow transfer speeds when copying files

5Lenovo Z70 Laptop

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It wouldn’t be too far off to call Lenovo’s Z70 the best i7 laptop in this price range. We say that because it is powered by a fast Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4 GHz processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, and an 8 GB SSD to top it off. Not only that but it also has a decent Nvidia GeForce 840M graphics card that will help you run most multimedia applications and/or video games without experiencing any real issues. Last but not least, this particular laptop may not be high-end like some of the gaming laptops on our list, but it is definitely one of the best for this price.

Pros:

– Decent storage space + SSD
– Affordable
– Quite fast

Cons:

– Comes with some bloatware
– Some compatibility issues with older applications
– Feeble keyboard

4HP Pavilion i7 Laptop

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We should start off by pointing out that this is perhaps the best budget laptop you can buy right now. Given its Intel Core i7-6700HQ 3.5 GHz processor and its 8 GB of RAM, it is perhaps the best 17-inch laptop in this price range. Another interesting feature to talk about is its BrightView WLED backlit 17.3-inch display, which is by far one of its best features. On top of all this, it also comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 Home 64-bit OS.

Pros:

– Affordable
– Great display
– Can be upgraded

Cons:

– Graphics card could be better
– Unreliable keyboard
– Not recommended for gaming

3MSI GL72 6QF-405 Gaming Laptop Notebook

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This is perhaps one of the best laptops for college students on account of its impressive graphics card and fast-moving HDD. It also has an Intel Core i7-g700HQ 2.6 GHz processor and 8 GB of RAM, which when combined with a reliable 17.3-inch screen make it one of the best laptops in this price range. One thing to point out about this particular laptop is that it will run virtually any modern video game or application with no limitations whatsoever.

Pros:

– Impressive graphics
– Stays cool at all times
– Comes with useful software

Cons:

– Short battery life
– Feeble keyboard
– Unreliable trackpad

2ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 Gaming Laptop

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The only reason we’re not placing this high-end 17-inch laptop at the top of our list is its Nvidia GeForce 960M 2GB VRAM graphics card which we believe should be better given the rest of this laptop’s specs. Speaking of which, this laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz processor of the highest standard and it has no less than 16 GB of DDR4.

Needless to say, this amount of memory makes a high performance laptop by most standards, meaning that it will undoubtedly meet anyone’s professional needs. On top of all this, it comes with a GameFirst III technology which prioritizes the flow of the game data across your network, vastly improving your gaming experience.

Pros:

– Impressive RAM capacity
– Great overall performance
– High-quality display

Cons:

– Contains some pre-installed bloatware
– Battery life could be longer
– Some people have complained about the quality of its speakers

1MSI GT70 Dominator-895 Laptop

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There is perhaps no better laptop out there than MSI’s GT70 Dominator-895, a 17-inch laptop which packs a configuration that will enable you to run almost anything in high-definition. Behind its impressive graphics stands a Nvidia GeForce GTX870M with 3 GB GDDR5 VRAM, a graphics card that will enable you to play almost any modern video game.

Also worth mentioning is that it is one of the most durable laptops out there, thanks mainly to its sturdy, long-lasting construction. On a related note, it should be said that it has a fairly decent battery life, which is no less than what you would expect from a laptop in this price range.

Pros:

– Great graphics card
– Durable construction
– Can be upgraded

Cons:

– Some possible WiFi issues
– May switch active programs at random when certain applications are running
– No mSATA slot

You should expect a 17-inch laptop to be way better than your average 15 inch laptop to a certain degree, mostly thanks to the technologies these type of laptops possess. Like we said, these large 17-inch laptops usually pack much better graphics card, faster processors, and double the RAM memory of smaller laptops.

For this purpose, you are advised to go for nothing less than the absolute best if you’re looking for a 17-inch laptop. If high performance isn’t what you’re looking for, then maybe you should be looking for for a smaller laptop instead.

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