The Best 17-Inch Laptops for 2023

If you’re a big-picture sort of person, you need a laptop to match. You yearn for a notebook (the word “laptop” is a bit of a misnomer for these bulky thigh-crushers) that not only capably replaces a desktop PC, but also gives you an easy-on-the-eyes, panoramic view of your workspace or playing field. That means a 17-inch model, one with the largest popular screen size in the portable universe.

Almost all 17-inch laptops feature displays that, technically, measure 17.3 inches on the diagonal (just as so-called 15-inch laptops usually measure 15.6 inches from corner to corner). That’s enough for a magnified view of full HD or 1080p resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), or a comfortable view of higher resolutions such as 4K (3,840 by 2,160), which can make you squint on a smaller screen.

Ready to go big? Read on for a breakdown of our current top, tested 17-inch models in a variety of user categories, followed by a guide to what to look for in the right 17-inch laptop for you, and concluding with a spec breakout of those top picks.

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Dell XPS 17 (9720)

Best Overall 17-Inch Laptop for Mainstream Use

Bottom Line:

The updated 2022 Dell XPS 17 adds Intel’s latest 12th Gen “Alder Lake” CPUs to its winning design, amping up this already impressive laptop. It remains one of our top picks among 17-inchers.

PROS

  • Maintains earlier version’s slim, classy design
  • Beautiful 4K touch-display option
  • Strong overall performance with new 12th Gen Intel CPU
  • Graphics options up to GeForce RTX 3060
  • Four Thunderbolt 4 ports

CONS

  • Pricey as configured
  • No OLED screen option
  • Subpar 720p webcam is disappointing for the price
  • USB-C ports only

Read Our Dell XPS 17 (9720) Review

HP Laptop 17 (2022)

Best 17-Inch Budget Laptop for General Use

Bottom Line:

The HP Laptop 17 is an excellent budget laptop for general use, with a sharp, colorful screen for multi-window productivity (as well as de-stressing after the work day is done).

PROS

  • Large, bright screen
  • Comfortable keyboard with number pad
  • Thin and light for its screen size
  • USB-C port included

CONS

  • No keyboard backlighting
  • No webcam privacy slider
  • No SD card reader
  • 256GB SSD fills up fast
  • Still heavy

Read Our HP Laptop 17 (2022) Review

Origin EVO17-S (2022)

Best Extreme 17-Inch Laptop for Gamers

Bottom Line:

Origin’s cost-no-object EVO17-S gaming laptop dazzles with stellar quality and screaming performance from its Core i9 and RTX 3080 Ti.

PROS

  • Outstanding gaming performance
  • Beautifully built
  • Superb input devices
  • Full HD webcam with Windows Hello

CONS

  • Ultra-expensive
  • Wi-Fi 6, not 6E
  • Keyboard backlighting not as advanced as competitors’

Read Our Origin EVO17-S (2022) Review

Alienware m17 R5

Best 17-Inch Laptop for Mainstream Gaming

Bottom Line:

The Alienware m17 R5 is a powerhouse gaming laptop with the latest and greatest components and configuration options, keeping the brand’s unique aesthetic while hitting new performance highs.

PROS

  • Standout style
  • Sky-high frame rates from our all-AMD test unit
  • Display options include 480Hz full HD and 120Hz 4K panels
  • Many configuration choices including Nvidia GPUs and satisfying Cherry MX mechanical keyboard
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • Bulky and heavy
  • Intel 12th Gen CPUs outpace our Ryzen chip in processing tasks
  • Full Speed mode is awfully loud with little performance gain

Read Our Alienware m17 R5 Review

Alienware x17 R2

A Thinner Alternative to the Alienware m17

Bottom Line:

The latest muscle components boost Alienware’s already formidable x17, but the second-gen rev of this costly gaming laptop doesn’t stand out for its power or portability.

PROS

  • Thin design with unique sci-fi style
  • Powerful gaming performance via GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 12th Gen Core i9
  • Pleasing customizable per-key and chassis lighting
  • Satisfying optional Cherry MX mechanical keyboard

CONS

  • Steep starting price (and sky-high test configuration)
  • Slim (but not especially light) design doesn’t add to practical portability
  • Fairly loud and hot under load

Read Our Alienware x17 R2 Review

Acer Nitro 5 (2022, 17-Inch)

Best 17-Inch Budget Gaming Laptop

Bottom Line:

This 17-inch Acer Nitro 5 model delivers a capable RTX 3060-backed gaming experience, achieving 60fps-plus AAA title performance at what stands for a reasonable price in late 2022.

PROS

  • Capable components for high-refresh-rate gaming
  • 144Hz display and 1TB SSD support the gaming experience
  • Good battery life

CONS

  • Big footprint
  • 6.6-pound weight

Read Our Acer Nitro 5 (2022, 17-Inch) Review

LG Gram 17 (2022)

Lightest 17-Inch Laptop You Can Buy

Bottom Line:

The 12th Gen Core model of the LG Gram 17 brings better performance, more premium features, and longer battery life to the best big-screen ultraportable laptop.

PROS

  • Solid performance from 12th Gen Intel CPU
  • Long battery life
  • Super light at just under 3 pounds
  • Full HD webcam
  • Wi-Fi 6E

CONS

  • No touch screen
  • No discrete GPU for gaming

Read Our LG Gram 17 (2022) Review

Acer Chromebook 317

Best 17-Inch Chromebook

Bottom Line:

Chromebook buffs need no longer be jealous of 17-inch Windows laptops—the Acer Chromebook 317 is a budget-priced, big-screen browsing machine.

PROS

  • Jumbo 1080p display
  • Comfortable-feel keyboard
  • Two USB-C and two USB-A ports, plus a microSD card slot
  • Low price

CONS

  • No HDMI port or backlit keyboard
  • Tepid performance
  • Screen could be brighter
  • Weak sound

Read Our Acer Chromebook 317 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Gen 2

Best 17-Inch Mobile Workstation Laptop

Bottom Line:

Lenovo’s big, burly ThinkPad P17 Gen 2 is barely portable, but otherwise could be the ultimate mobile workstation.

PROS

  • Spectacular CPU and GPU performance
  • Superbly bright and colorful 17.3-inch display
  • First-class keyboard
  • Full complement of ports
  • Optional 4G LTE
  • Tons of configuration choices

CONS

  • Huge and heavy
  • No OLED or touch screen option
  • Expensive

Read Our Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Gen 2 Review

MSI GT77 Titan

Best Cost-No-Object 17-Inch Laptop

Bottom Line:

MSI’s gigantic GT77 Titan ushers in a new era of gaming laptop performance, thanks to its Intel Core HX processor and Nvidia RTX 30 Ti series GPU.

PROS

  • Deity-level performance
  • Room for four storage drives (including one PCI Express 5.0!)
  • Tactile mechanical keyboard
  • Plentiful RGB lighting
  • Built-in biometric features
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • Huge and heavy
  • Colossal price, especially for RTX 3080 Ti configuration
  • Loud under load
  • Ho-hum webcam

Read Our MSI GT77 Titan Review

MSI CreatorPro X17

Best 17-Inch Content-Creation Laptop With a 4K Calibrated Panel

Bottom Line:

The MSI CreatorPro X17 workstation laptop packs unmatched, ISV-certified performance for the most demanding projects. It’s pricey and too big to be portable, but if you want unbridled power, this is it.

PROS

  • Category-leading performance
  • Delightful 17-inch 4K display
  • Eye-catching RGB keyboard
  • Huge port selection

CONS

  • Massive design limits portability
  • Expensive in every configuration

Read Our MSI CreatorPro X17 Review

MSI Creator 17

Best 17-Inch Content-Creation Laptop With a Mini-LED Screen

Bottom Line:

Its pioneering Mini LED display lives up to its billing, making the MSI Creator 17 a tempting choice for deep-pocketed creative pros on the lookout for a large-screen laptop.

PROS

  • 17.3-inch Mini LED display is roomy and bright
  • Core i9 and RTX 3080 combine for outstanding performance
  • Thunderbolt 4 support
  • Includes fingerprint reader and IR webcam

CONS

  • Sky-high price
  • Display options force a choice between Mini LED and 120Hz refresh rate
  • Brief battery life

Read Our MSI Creator 17 Review

Buying Guide: The Best 17-Inch Laptops for 2023

If you’re a multi-window user on your laptop or your eyesight is challenged, a 17-inch screen can be a godsend. On the negative side, this screen size dictates a bulky machine—one that’s often too big for a briefcase, requiring a special laptop bag, backpack, or roller bag, and too heavy for more than occasional transport between home and office or cubicle and conference room.

Lenovo ThinkPad P17


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The lightest 17-inch laptops, with one major exception, weigh in at just under seven pounds. (The outlier, the LG Gram 17, is an extraordinary case that comes in at under 3 pounds.) The heaviest, which are invariably gaming models, tip the scales at a back-breaking 7 pounds or more, and in some cases, that’s not counting two ponderous AC power bricks. Airline tray table? Forget it. More like checked baggage.

Nor should you expect long battery life from a plus-size notebook. These machines are designed to run on AC power most of the time. If yours can endure unplugged for more than four hours, consider yourself lucky. (Just take a look at the tested runtimes of our favorites in our spec comparison table.)

Acer Nitro 5 (17-Inch)


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So, are these tradeoffs too much to suffer merely for a pleasing view? Are luggables just the large-print books of the laptop world?

No—they’re also the performance leaders. Their chassis accommodate the most powerful processors and graphics cards, the strongest cooling systems, the most memory, and multiple solid-state drives (SSDs) or hard drives for ample storage. They have plenty of room for all the ports you might need, as well as spacious, near-desktop-class keyboards with full keypads for numeric data entry.

Jumbo laptops aren’t for frequent fliers, but they fill a big niche. Let’s look at what they can do, and what to look for as you shop for one.


Work or Play: What Is Your 17-Inch Laptop For?

A few 17-inch laptops are general-purpose PCs for people who want an occasionally portable system with a large screen. Most, however, fall into one of two camps with diametrically opposed, but equally hardcore, audiences: mobile workstations, and serious gaming laptops.

Both types can handle what many PC users think of as work: office productivity and email using Word, Excel, Outlook, Chrome, Slack, and so on. But mobile workstations, as seen in our special guide, laugh at such modest apps. Instead, they carry independent software vendor (ISV) certifications of compatibility and smooth operation with programs for way tougher computing jobs: computer-aided design (CAD) and advanced 3D modeling and rendering, crunching through huge scientific or engineering datasets, or delving into video editing and the creation of worlds for virtual reality. And they rely on state-of-the-art CPU and GPU power to do so.

Aorus 17 XE


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With the exception that CPU muscle is a little less important while GPU strength is paramount, much the same applies to gaming rigs (also the stars of their own buying guide and roundup of ours that’s worth checking out). They’re designed to play the latest and greatest titles at high speeds—at least 60 frames per second, double the rate recognized as providing minimally smooth gameplay—with all the visual details and eye candy turned up to 11. Onscreen stuttering or tearing just won’t cut it. Lag can be fatal during a frag fest.

Whichever class of 17-inch machine you are considering, you’re likely drawn to it by the one big thing the two main types have in common: the screen. Let’s look at that.


What Kind of Display Is Best in a 17-Inch Laptop?

In the 17-inch class, workstations and gaming laptops alike benefit from choosing the right screen type. A solid baseline pick would be an in-plane switching (IPS) or indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel, which gives you the sharpest colors and contrast, as well as the widest off-center viewing angles. Touch screens aren’t very popular in either class, with both gamers and workstation pros preferring the pixel-by-pixel control of a mouse.

Alienware x17 R2


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Gamers often choose displays capped at 1080p resolution for high frame rates’ sake; fast gaming at 4K resolution requires a costly, top-of-the-line graphics processor (GPU) like Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super, GeForce RTX 3070, or GeForce RTX 3080. By contrast, some workstation users enjoy the highest-resolution screen possible to mimic the desktop experience of multiple monitors or for editing 4K video. Some mobile workstations also excel at precisely matching what’s seen on screen to your finished work’s destined output, offering a choice of the web’s sRGB, print’s Adobe RGB, or cinema’s DCI-P3 palettes or color spaces. A few recent models from makers such as Asus and Gigabyte also come with validations by Pantone for color accuracy.

Most standard laptop LCDs have a refresh rate of 60Hz, redrawing the image on the screen 60 times per second. That’s fine for the human eye—television is 30Hz and most movies 24Hz—and for 90% or more of applications and users. But it’s not enough for fanatic gamers who’ve invested in graphics chips that can crank out more than 60 frames per second. Hence the availability of gaming laptops with so-called “high refresh” 120Hz, 144Hz, 240Hz, or even 300Hz and 360Hz displays. (See more about whether you really need a high-refresh display.) Shoppers in this stratosphere will also find some screens that support Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, able to synchronize the refresh rate of the display on the fly to the GPU’s output for smoother appearances.


CPU, Memory, and Storage: Which Components to Get in a 17-Inch Laptop?

When it comes to CPUs, Intel parts teamed with discrete GeForce, RTX A-series (formerly Quadro), or Radeon RX graphics processors lead the popularity contest over AMD’s mobile Ryzen 5 and 7 chips with their integrated graphics. The most popular option for 17-inch gaming notebooks is Intel’s Core i7 H Series, not the lighter-hitting Core i7 U- or G-Series CPUs that show up in thinner, lighter laptops. The mighty—and mighty costly—Core i9 chips occupy the top of the market. (Read much more on choosing the right laptop CPU.)

For mobile workstations, the Core i7 and Core i9 are joined by Intel’s Xeon processors, which offer support for server-style, error-correcting code (ECC) memory. Though outside the mainstream for ISV apps, ECC’s ability to detect and fix single-bit memory errors is a plus for scientific, architectural, or financial computing jobs intolerant of even the slightest data corruption.

Laptop Interior


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Regular, non-ECC RAM will serve just fine for most buyers, though. An allotment of 8GB of memory is the bare minimum for a gaming laptop, with 16GB preferable. (More than that’s not really necessary unless you have buckets of money to burn.) Workstations have a heartier appetite for RAM, with 16GB a practical minimum and 32GB not uncommon; many models support a whopping 64GB or 128GB. In the case of a workstation portable, you’ll want to look into the specific RAM requirements of the applications you plan to run to gauge how much you should splurge on memory.

As for storage, look for one or two M.2 solid-state drives, often joined by one or two 2.5-inch hard drives—the SSD for the operating system and favorite applications, the roomier hard drive for games and data. Most performance-conscious portables use slightly quicker PCI Express (PCIe) rather than SATA solid-state drives. In connection with PCIe SSDs, you’ll often see the acronym “NVMe” (for Non-Volatile Memory Express) bandied around, as well as a few proprietary monikers, such as HP mobile workstations’ Z Turbo Drives. Both indicate the fastest SSDs. (See our guide to the best PCI Express NVMe SSDs.)

Half a terabyte of storage (for an SSD-only system) is the smallest amount you should accept; 1TB or 1.5TB is more mainstream, and some workstations boast up to 3TB or 4TB of capacity. If money is a limiter, a smaller SSD (say 256GB or 500GB) as the boot drive, paired with a roomy hard drive, is a good compromise. A 17-inch laptop is most likely to have room for both. Some 17-inchers may have an empty bay to let you install an aftermarket 2.5-inch drive or an M.2 SSD yourself. This can be an economical option.


Choosing a GPU: Will Your 17-Inch Laptop Be Good for Gaming, or Pro Work?

Mobile workstations’ graphics cards are divided between Nvidia’s RTX A-series (formerly Quadro, and much more common) and AMD’s Radeon Pro (far less common) brands. Their silicon is optimized for different operations than the companies’ respective GeForce and Radeon parts for gaming laptops, as well as for hard-charging, constantly-on rendering, or calculations.

On the gaming side of the fence, too, Nvidia enjoys a big market lead in mobile GPUs. Its “Ampere” architecture defines its current GeForce RTX 30 Series offerings, seen first in desktop video cards like the GeForce RTX 3080. At the higher end of the gaming laptop market, these GPUs, indicated by “GeForce RTX” instead of “GeForce GTX,” have mostly replaced chips based on the “Turing” architecture of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 20 series, though you’ll still see some laptops based on these for sale. The RTX 40 Series “Ada Lovelace” GPUs, in turn, will start to supplant the Amperes as 2023 progresses.

The basic story for both workstations and gaming rigs is a familiar one, though: Higher model numbers and higher prices bring you more speed and higher frame rates. They also gain you support for features such as virtual reality (VR), though even midrange gaming-laptop GPUs like the GeForce RTX 1660 Ti (Turing) and above, and all of the current GeForce RTX chips, support playing and exploring VR worlds, while high-end mobile-workstation parts like the Nvidia RTX A series support VR authoring or creating them.

LG Gram 17 (2022)


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Nvidia’s gaming-laptop GPUs in 2021 saw a shift. Before the launch of the 30-Series Ampere and 20-Series Turing laptop chips, it was a simple ladder: They climbed from the GeForce GTX 1050 to the GTX 1050 Ti, then the GTX 1060, with the formerly high-end GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 topping the line. The last three were replaced by the GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 (and slightly faster “RTX Super” versions of the last two), which have themselves given way to the RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti, RTX 3060, RTX 3070, and top-end RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti. Only the last two will truly satisfy gaming hounds planning to play the latest titles at 4K resolution with all the image-quality settings dialed up, while the GTX chips and lower RTX chips have been designed for gamers with full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) screens. The RTX 2070, RTX 3060, and RTX 3070, meanwhile, straddle the full-HD and 4K realms.

MSI Creator 17 lid


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At the lower end, the current chips are the mobile versions of the GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1650 Ti, and GTX 1660 Ti. (There is no mobile version of the GTX 1660.) Machines with the GeForce RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti started hitting the streets in early 2022; these are the first low-end RTX-class GPUs. All of these GPUs have supplanted the GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 1060. You’re looking at an up-to-date lower-end laptop if it has one of these GTX 1600-series chips or an RTX 3050-class one.

Traditionally, very few huge, heavyweight gaming laptops carried not one but two GeForce GPUs for ludicrous speed, using Nvidia’s SLI (and in the latest generation, NVLink) multi-GPU technology. But they cost a fortune, their battery life was invariably brutish and short, and not all games benefitted from dual-GPU setups, anyway. They are now an anachronism, and if you see one, it’s a sign of old tech. But if they appeared in any class of laptops, it was 17-inchers.

As for rival AMD? Nvidia dominates laptop GPUs, to be sure. But AMD’s Radeon RX mobile GPUs have made some decent inroads into gaming machines over the past year, especially with AMD’s launch of its AMD Advantage laptop program(Opens in a new window), which mandates certain performance and component requirements. So far, though, Radeon RX GPUs have tended to appear more in 15-inch-class machines, less so in 17-inchers.


So, What Is the Best 17-Inch Laptop to Buy for Your Needs?

That’s about it for general advice, except for matters of personal preference. Keyboards, for instance: Some gaming laptops go wild with colorful, customizable RGB backlighting and feature macro keys for storing frequently used command or combat sequences, while some mobile workstations’ touchpads or pointing sticks feature the third (middle) mouse button often used in CAD and similar applications. And we don’t think you should buy a 17-inch laptop in either of these groups that doesn’t have at least one Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 port, which combines USB-C and DisplayPort functionality with daisy-chainable support for external docking and storage solutions.

Dell XPS 17 (2022)


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At any rate, you’re ready to shop for the notebook of your big-screen dreams. Get started by checking out the reviews we’ve assembled here (we’ve outlined the keys specs for all of them below), and good luck: Flex those biceps and get your back-strengthening routine down pat. You’re going to go big. On the flip side, your eyes will be very, very happy.

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