The Best 17 inch laptop in 2020 (Updated)

BEST Overall

BEST UPCOMING BRAND

Eluktronics PA71ES-G

BEST BUDGET

Asus VivoBook Pro

Asus VivoBook Pro

the best 17 inch laptops roundup 2020

The capability of the best laptops nowadays can give a desktop computer a run for their money. You can find all types of specs and design for any purpose you intend to use it for.


With that said, laptops with large screens have now taken the market by storm. 


They offer a wide  variety of functionality and comfort. If you’re looking to buy a 17-inch laptop, here are our top picks of the best laptops.

1. BEST OVERALL: Razer Blade Pro

razer blade pro review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7 6700HQ 3.5GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Storage: 256GB SSD, 2TB Hard Drive
RAM: 32GB
Display: 17.3 in 3840x2160 LED 4K


True gamers want powerful laptops that they can carry around with them. Historically, 17-inch laptops that have been powerful enough to almost replace desktops have been notoriously heavy and bulky. Until now.

The Razor Blade Pro is a game changer in more ways than one. First, it proves that it is possible to fit the power of a gaming desktop in the body of a thin, slim and light computer.

Another unique feature of the Razor Blade Pro is its keyboard.

keyboard of the razer blade pro

Like the Razer Blade Pro? We've got you covered.


At first glance, you will notice that the keyboard and the trackpad are all on the same line. The trackpad is no longer beneath the keyboard, but beside it to the right. It takes only a short while for your mind to readjust, and you will soon realize that this layout is one of the best you have ever used.


The very large trackpad makes scrolling around the large screen a pleasant experience, and it just feels more natural to have your hands right next to each other. It is also the lightest 17-inch laptop in our experience.

The keyboard itself is also a game changer.


This 17-inch laptop comes with Razer's Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical switches, which is a first for laptops. When you press them, the keys feel tactile, mechanical and satisfying, almost exactly like they would on a gaming rig. 


Plus, since Razer has elegantly redesigned the keyboard to take up less space, it feels more natural for a laptop, and you cannot help but marvel at their innovation.

When all is said and done, the Razor Blade Pro impresses on almost all fronts. It is definitely one of the best 17-inch laptops if you want to use it for 17 gaming, or video editing.

Pros

  • Portable
  • Impressive Performance
  • Excellent Speakers
  • Astonishing Design
  • Best keyboard and screens ever

Cons

  • Quite Expensive
  • Short Battery Life
hp omen x review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7 7820HK
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB 1566MHz Core
Storage: ​256GB SSD, 1TB Hard Drive
RAM: 16GB RAM
Display: 17.3 in 1920x1080 120Hz IPS Full HD


Like the HP Omen X? We've got you covered.

HP has been really trying hard to capture the gaming laptop market, consistently trying hard to push the limits of what gaming laptops can do. Their many market entrants recently have been really good contenders in this space, and the Omen X is no different.


This sleek yet powerful beast of a laptop comes packed with features that aim to impress.

This 17-inch laptop has a unique design, with an all-metal top and hard plastic underside, which has a little clear window through which you can see some of the internal hardware components.


The materials used are all super high quality, which means that once you get it, it will serve you for years. It is quite heavy at 10.8 pounds, far heavier than most similar laptops.

The Omen X also has a beautiful keyboard with programmable backlights and a natural response and resistance to the keys, which makes your gaming experience very comfortable and enjoyable. The keys are a little noisy when you are typing, though. It also has less than awesome speakers, which are very weak for a laptop at its level.

the keyboard of the hp ommen x

The keyboard of this awesome laptop shot by BeginnersTech.

Buying it would almost definitely mean also getting an extra set of external speakers or headphones.

It is truly one of the best gaming laptops on the market. Packed full with the best in hardware components available for laptop computers today, you will be hard pressed to find something substantially negative to say about it. 


It is a well-rounded laptop that lives up to high expectations, so if you want to buy a laptop that has a lot of power, this is your pick. It's safe to say, it's the best best 17-inch laptop HP ever made.

Pros

  • Keyboard feels natural and ergonomic
  • Well designed & built
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Quite Heavy
  • Loud keyboard
  • Weak Speakers / No Subwoofer
  • Bulky Power Supply

3. BEST UPCOMING BRAND: Eluktronics PA71ES-G

Eluktronics PA71ES-G review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz 8th Gen
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB
Storage: 250GB SSD, 1TB HDD (Hard Drive)
RAM: 16GB RAM
Display: 17.3 1920x1080 Full HD 144Hz


It is very possible that you haven't heard about Eluktronics yet, as it is a pretty new company, but don't let that discourage you, because they make awesome 17-inch laptops.

If you want the best budget laptop that looks astonishing without being too thick, then the Eluktronics PA71ES-G was made just for you. It is a powerful laptop that will surpass your expectations no matter what you throw at it, may it be gaming or multimedia tasks. It looks good, it is thin and portable and offers the kind of flexibility that most of its counterparts just cannot match.

It comes with an Intel Core i7 8th Gen Quad Core CPU which is one of the best on the market. That, combined with its 16GB RAM guarantees you smooth multitasking, and the 250GB SSD gives you unmatched bootup and loading speeds for that price tag. With the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, you will be slicing through any game like a knife through butter.

Like the Eluktronics PA71? We've got you covered.


Whether you want to play on medium settings or ride it hard on high settings, the Eluktronics PA71ES-G gives you astounding performance, very good FPS and heat management for your gaming needs.

The 17.3-inch laptop has a full HD IPS 17-inch screen, and a surprisingly long battery life. It comes with 3 internal fans, which you can adjust the speeds of.


When you throw in the RGB programmable keyboard that feels amazing to type on and the Onkyo speakers with SoundBlaster X-fi audio which sound amazing, you'll realize that there's very little not to like about this beast.

It is the best 17-inch laptop in its category.

Pros

  • No Bloatware
  • Very Responsive Support
  • Full HD Webcam

Cons

  • Heats up quickly
  • Loud keyboard
  • Weak Speakers / No Subwoofer
  • Bulky Power Supply
ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 8750H CPU
Graphics: Intel HD 630 + NVIDIA GT 1070 8GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD, 1TB 5400 rpm HDD
RAM: 32GB DDR4
Display: 17.3 INCH 1920 X 1080 144Hz IPS Screen


The ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS was updated in 2018.

To complete the immersive experience, the ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS has a display that gives you stunning and immersive visuals at 1080p HD and 144Hz refresh rate.


Its side-firing speakers pump out enough sound to fill any room, and you will be totally blown away by its promise of 2x more volume, 3x more bass power, and 1.5x more dynamic range. Plus, with a three-way cooling system that automatically adjusts depending on how heavy the task you are doing is, it feels like it has been designed with the ultimate gamer in mind.

One of the biggest disappointments with this machine, is the very short battery life. Granted, we do not expect very long battery lives in these kind of laptops, keeping in mind the sort of processing power they have to produce.


However, when it comes to the ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS, it is significantly less than the performance of its counterparts. For instance, expect only about 3 hours of movie watching time when on balanced mode at 30% brightness.

The trackpad feels cheap and inaccurate, with its buttons forcing you to press down hard if you want to get any reaction out of them. 

Like the Asus Rog Strix? We've got you covered.


The keyboard also takes some getting used to. Although it looks fabulous, you will soon realize that the thin number pads are hard to press quickly and the arrow keys are placed in a very weird position.

When all is said and done, there is more to love about this beautiful 17-inch laptop than there is to hate.


The ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS will perform far beyond your expectations, giving you that ultimate experience that you have always dreamt of. This Asus is a very good 17-inch laptop.

Pros

  • Full of Firepower
  • Awesome speakers
  • Light and portable

Cons

  • Short Battery Life
  • Mediocre trackpad buttons
  • Loud fans

5. BEST BUDGET: Asus VivoBook Pro

asus vivobook pro review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB 1632 MHz Core
Storage: 256 GB SSD, 1TB HDD
RAM: ​16GB, with 3 free RAM slots
Display: 15.6 in, 1920 x 1080


The Asus VivoBook Pro is an elegant laptop for the professional on a budget. If you are looking for a powerful laptop that does not break the bank, this 15.6-inch beauty may be it.


Visually, it looks similar to the Zenbook, with its brushed aluminum case that gives it a sophisticated look. Thin and stable, it looks and feels great in your hands.

It is a little disappointing when it comes to display quality, betraying the corners Asus had to cut to put a laptop of this level of power at that price to market. It uses an inferior Innolux panel with 1080p TN, which gives it ok brightness but subpar luminance and rather poor contrast.

Like the Asus Rog Strix? We've got you covered.


This means using it outdoors or in direct sunlight is a no-no. It also disappoints even further when it comes to viewing angles, forcing you to keep adjusting the lid to get a comfortable angle.

The Asus VivoBook Pro comes loaded with an Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Graphics card and 16GB of RAM.


That is sufficient power to handle almost anything you throw at it, and when combined with the 256GB SSD and the 1TB HDD, the VivoBook becomes a very powerful laptop. It will impress most professionals, including designers, render artists and other creatives. It is even able to comfortably run a few heavy games or do video editing at ease.


a shot of the asus vivobook pro from above

The laptop has an awesome compact design, shot by Jarrod's Tech.

Be careful not to push it to its limits with games, because it is not a very powerful laptop. It manages occasional gaming just fine, though.

This is the 17-inch laptop for you if you are in need of a comfortable working experience on a tight budget. It packs a lot of processing power, and if you are willing to overlook the display issues it has, it is worth considering.


If you are looking at other budget options, you should check out our Asus Q534 Review as well.

It is the best 17-inch laptop in the budget category.

Pros

  • Elegant Design
  • Lightweight
  • Good Performance for the price

Cons

  • Outdated Ports and Slots
  • Weak Display Compared to Competitors
  • Pulsating fans

6. BEST GAMING: MSI GT75 TITAN-056

MSI GT75 TITAN-056 review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i9 8950HK 2.9GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU
Storage: 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD 7200rpm
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Display: 17.3 in 1920 x 1080 Full HD


This 17 inch laptop crams a lot of firepower into the massive beast of a machine that is the MSI GT75 TITAN-056. And by massive we mean just that: the 17.3 inch machine is a 10.1 pound hulk measuring 16.9x12.4x2.3 inches. There is nothing thin, petite or light about it.

This beast comes loaded with an insanely powerful overclockable 8th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, the latest and the greatest that the market has to offer.


Like the MSI GT75? We've got you covered.

image of the msi gt75

It also has a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTZ 1080 Graphics card that surprises and impresses. Combine that with the amazingly fast 512GB SSD and you have the perfect recipe for a laptop that will blow you away.

The display is just as stunning. The 1920x1080p display will wow you with its vividness and depth of colour. Furthermore, MSI partnered with Dynaudio once again to give us massive speakers that will easily fill any room you are in with sound.

The GT75 TITAN-056 comes with one of the most comfortable and incredibly satisfying to use keyboards out there among the best 17 inch laptops. It is almost therapeutic to click through those keys. Plus, the unique design combined with the fully customizable backlights makes it look so good!

If you are looking for the best 17 inch laptop, and you do not mind breaking the bank a little, then this is it. It will handle everything you can throw at it with ease.

This is one very amazingly put together laptop, and you will be hard pressed to find something better today. Another prodigious gaming laptop is the MSI GL72M, it is worth checking out.

According to our test, this is the best 17-inch gaming laptop.

Pros

  • Amazing Performance
  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • Good Cooling
  • Nice System

Cons

  • More Expensive than others
  • Understandable Short Battery life
  • Quite Heavy

7. BEST DESKTOP REPLACEMENT (UPDATED FOR 2020): ASUS ROG Zephyrus S

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H Hexa-core Processor
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
Storage: 1TB SSD
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
Display: 17. 3” 144Hz 3ms Pantone Validated FHD (1920x1080) Display with NVIDIA G-Sync


Slim, sexy, very fresh and even more powerful: this is the new Zephyrus S gamer notebook, which has just one weak point in addition to a few inexplicably forgotten little things.

The Zephyrus S model represents the upper segment from the upper category, with a very powerful configuration.

 Asus Rog Zephyrus S

The aluminum, reinforced engine case is very elegant, everything looks good on even the "Zephyrus"inscription. 


The display is matt and has decent brightness, it also has G-Sync which is mandatory for gaming laptop like this.


The keyboard has an RGB backlight that can be programmed and synchronized with a software, "Aura Sync".


Like the Asus Rog Zephyrus S? We've got you covered.

The surface, layout and size of the buttons are comfortable, the tactile properties are quite good (you can definitely feel a membrane "click" when pressed), but the path of the buttons is very short, like you were typing on an ultrabook.


Although this is a gaming laptop, a lot of people that buy this will use it for work or learning as well. The 230 watt charger of the laptop is going to be a burden to carry, bu the good news is that it can be charged with a Type-C Charger as well, so you if you have a Type-C power bank, you can even charge your gaming laptop with a mobile charger.


The two most important components of the Zephyrus S GX701GX are the CPU and the GPU. The Intel Core i7-9750H can get up to 4,5 Ghz and the GeForce RTX 2080 is currently the best mobile graphics chip on the market.

Pros

  • Premium Design
  • Quality Screen
  • Good Cooling Paired with Very Decent Performance
  • Long Battery Life

Cons

  • No LAN
  • Only Wi-Fi 5
  • Expensive

8. Acer Predator Helios 700 (UPDATED FOR 2020)

acer predator helios 700 review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7-9750h 6-Core Processor
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 17. 3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS


Acer has been a stable member of the gaming laptop market for many years, with very nice results.

The Taiwanese manufacturer's products are not only high-quality, but in many cases they even add custom solutions. The Predator Triton 900, for example, comes with a rotatable display, which is not a common thing in the world of gamer laptops.


The Acer Predator Helios 700 at first glance looks “just” like a very powerful 17-inch gaming laptop, but if we dig a little deeper, we can see that the engineers threw it with an interesting twist. up the well-known concept: It has been given a retractable keyboard for better cooling. On paper, this idea is exciting, but the questions is, how does it perform in practice.

Like the Acer Helios 700? We've got you covered.


The main attraction of the Helios 700 is the slide able keyboard for better cooling. The keyboard of the machine can be pulled forward in essentially a single motion, freeing up two huge fans that can that can get into the cooling of the machine.


The soul of the machine is an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, and we also get 16 GB of RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 video card. Both of these are more than enough to play any of the most recent games, especially on Windows 10 which may earn a little bit more performance for you.


The Predator Helios 700 is a true gamer laptop. It’s big enough, loud enough, but on the other hand, we don’t expect a laptop that is sharpened for gaming to be quiet or light.

Pros

  • Slidable Keyboard
  • Decent Performance

Cons

  • Big and Bulky
  • Short Battery Life

9. MSI Creator 17M (UPDATED FOR 2020)

MSI Creator 17M review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5 GHz Intel PTT
Graphics: GeForce GTX1660Ti 6GB GDDR6
Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
RAM: 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2666MHz
Display: 17. 3" FHD (1920x1080), 120Hz IPS


It is becoming increasingly important for laptop manufacturers to serve the needs of different content providers.


Since tasks as video editing or 3D design are very resource heavy tasks, most often these laptops come with almost the same strong specifications as gaming laptops. 


This model, The Creator 17M is entering this segment.


With the Intel Core i7-9750H this laptop for content providers can easily handle any multimedia task that you throw at it. 

MSI Creator 17M

If you are a designer or someone who is doing creative work, you know how a good display is worth everything when it comes to a laptop. With the True Color Technology built into the screen, you can get almost 100% color accuracy.


Like the MSI Creator 17M? We've got you covered.

Not even speaking of that this laptop comes with a very nice Full HD 120Hz 17 Inch IPS screen, which allows you to work in detail.


It also comes with a pretty fast and large storage (512GB NVMe SSD), which offers enough space to keep your  files on.

Pros

  • Great Display for Creative Work
  • Good Price/Value

Cons

  • Cooling is not the best

10. LG Gram 17 (UPDATED FOR 2020)

lg gram 17 review


Spec Summary

Processor: Intel 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8565u Processor
Graphics: ​Intel HD Graphics 610
Storage: ​512GB SSD
RAM: 16GB RAM DDR4
Display: 17 Inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution 16: 10 IPS display


Despite its large display the LG Gram 17 has a restrained weight which is favoring those who carry their machine a lot. 


The LG GRAM 17 has a 17.3-inch display with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 and a 16: 9 aspect ratio. The machine weighs 1.33 kg, which even beats some of the 13-inch devices. The weight was achieved with a housing made of carbon-magnesium alloy.


Don't let the weight discourage you though! This laptop may seem like a slow one, but it offers a decent performance and specs.

Like this laptop? We've got you covered.

The notebook comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, accompanied by an internal Intel UHD Graphics 620 iGPU. The device doesn’t have a dedicated GPU, so if you are a gamer, you will have to choose a different laptop from the list.


It comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 512 GB of SATA SSD storage. 


If you only want a laptop for casual web browsing, or one that can stand it's ground when it comes to work  (although it is not a gaming beast as an alienware laptop), the LG Gram 17 is a good choice!

Pros

  • Great Display
  • Slim Weight

Cons

  • Internal Graphics


HOW TO CHOOSE A 17 INCH LAPTOP? A BUYERS GUIDE


If you are looking to purchase a laptop with a larger screen, there are some things that you will have get down first.


What are you going to use the laptop for? Are you a gamer that is looking for a laptop with the latest hardware and the best specs? Are you someone who uses their laptop for work and it needs to be slim and needs a long lasting battery?


All of these come into play when choosing the best 17 inch laptop, but we will look at some general things you will need to keep in mind when choosing.


GPU: If you are going to be gaming on your laptop or editing/rendering videos, you will need a powerful GPU (Graphics Card) built in your laptop. Decent high-end laptops usually have the most recent GPU as the RTX 2060 or RTX 2080, although these are pretty pricey.


If you will be just casually browsing or editing documents, or just looking for an affordable laptop, the built in internal GPU will do just fine.


CPU: This is the second most important thing when it comes to laptop specs. This is basically the heart of your laptop, and if you get a CPU that is not strong enough, you might end up with a laptop that struggles with daily tasks.


If you are looking for an affordable option getting a laptop with an Intel Core i5 CPU or a Ryzen 5 could do the work.


If you are an amid gamer, you want to look at the high-end options like the Intel Core i7s or Ryzen 7s.


Display: Choosing the right screen is an important step as well to choosing the right laptop for you. If you are looking to carry your laptop around, we recommend getting a laptop with a 13 or 15 inch screen, but if you are thinking about gaming or a desktop replacement, a 17 inch screen is a must.


In terms of resolution, most budget laptops come with lower resolution screens, but we recommend buy a laptop with a Full HD, IPS screen. Screen size is definitely something that you should be choose according to your preferences, so if you have the chance we recommend checking a few laptop before buying.


Battery: If you travel a lot with your laptop, we recommend getting one with a decent and powerful battery. This is something that you unfortunately cannot upgrade or change, so you will have to stick with what you get.


Most laptops offer about 4-5 hours of battery time if you don't do any heavy resource intensive tasks, but a high-end gaming 17-inch laptop will only last you an hour or two if you are playing games on max. Your GPU is going to be consuming a lot of power if run on maximum power.


RAM: Getting the right amount of memory is very important. Here at Simplylaptop we stick be the minimum 8 GB of RAM rule, but if you get a very small laptop with a budget OS like Chrome OS, you can manage with 4 GB , but don't expect a lot of performance.


If you are thinking about getting a high end laptop, consider to buy one with at least 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM.


Storage: Storage is not only important because it gives you space to store your files on, but choosing the right storage means speed too.


Older HDD don't have the reading and writing speed as newer SSDs and NVMe SSD have. 


We only recommend buying a new laptop if it comes with an SSD or if you can't find one like that, then installing one after the purchase.


Talking about size, you should aim at least 250-500 GBs of storate, although 1 TB is better to have. Trust us, you are going to need it!

If you still need more information, check out our complete laptop buying guide!

There are some laptops that didn't make it into our best 17-inch laptops list, but are very decent, you should check them out as well:

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About the Author Arpad Balogh

I'm a tech geek from Hungary. Latest laptops? I got em. I love testing and breaking things, although most of the time I fail putting them together, but that's another story...

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