The Best 17-Inch Laptops to Buy in 2019

the best 17 inch laptops roundup

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.

List of The Best 17-Inch Laptops


    Razer Blade Pro

  •  Omen X
  •  Eluktronics PA71ES-G
  •  ASUS Rog Strix
  • Asus Vivobook Pro
  • MSI GT75 TITAN-056
  • Dell Alienware 17
  • MSI GT754K071
  • Acer Predator Helios 300
  • Acer Predator 17

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
Display: 17.3 in 3840×2160 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. 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.


-Very portable
-Impressive performance
-Excellent speakers
-Astonoshing design
-Has one of the best keyboards and screens ever


-It is quite expensive
-Since it has been built to be portable, it has a very short battery life for that price

Omen X

hp omen x review

Spec Summary

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

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

The HP Omen X 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.


-The keyboard feels natural and ergonometric
-It is very well designed and built
-Long battery life


-It is quite heavy, so you can’t carry it around with you everywhere you go
-The clatter of the keys when you are typing can be annoyingly loud
-It has very weak speakers and no subwoofers. Consider investing in external speakers or headphones if you buy it
-It comes with a very bulky brick power supply that is huge and frustrating to carry around

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
Memory: 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. 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. Whether you want to play on medium settings or ride it hard on high settings, the Eluktronics PA71ES-G gives you astounding performance and very good FPs and heat management.

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.


-It refreshingly comes with no bloatware
-Clevo/Eluktronics has a very responsive support who are always happy to help when you reach out
-It comes with a 2MP 1080p 30fps webcam. Considering that everyone else offers 720p, it is great to have a full HD webcam


-It can heat up pretty quickly when gaming/video editing
-The clatter of the keys when you type can be annoyingly loud
-The fans can also get pretty loud even when you are doing absolutely nothing, which takes away from the experience of this laptop.
-Sometimes the default Clevo/Eluktronics software can be a little buggy

ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS

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
Display: 17.3 INCH 1920 X 1080 144Hz IPS
Storage: 256 GB SSD, 1TB 5400 rpm HDD
Memory: 32GB DDR4

The ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition GL703GS was recently 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 keyboard and trackpad are also unimpressive. 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. 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.


-Packed full of firepower. Your gaming experience will not be disappointing
-The speakers sound awesome
-Great design, looks good while being light and portable


-Disappointing battery life
-The trackpad buttons are mediocre at best
-The fans can get very loud
-The keyboard takes some getting used to

Best Budget: ASUS VivoBook Pro

asus vivbook pro review

Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB 1632 MHz Core
Memory: 16GB, with 3 free RAM slots
Display: 15.6 in, 1920 x 1080
Storage: 256 GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Weight: 4.37 pounds

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. 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. 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.


-It is designed elegantly, looks sleek and sophisticated
-It is comfortably lightweight
-It runs most applications smoothly and performs well
-All rounded and efficient workhorse


-The ports and slots available are disappointing, including dated choices such as the 2 USB 2.0 ports
-The keyboard can be frustrating to use, especially the narrow number pad and arrow keys which take some getting used to
-The display is mediocre compared to its competitors
-Sometimes the fans pulsate for no clear reason at all

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
OS: Windows 10
Memory: 32GB
Storage: 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD 7200rpm
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 16.9×12.4×2.3 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. 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.


-Amazing performance
-Comfortable keyboard
-Stays cool when you are gaming
-Nice sound


-Super expensive
-It is huge. Do not expect much portability with it
-An understandably short battery life

Dell Alienware 17

Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i9 8950HK 2.9GHz
OS: Windows 10
Storage: 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD (Hard Drive)
Display: 17.3 inch 2560×1440

This is another impressive 17 inch gaming laptop from Alienware. They truly know how to hit all the right sweet spots when it comes to creating great products, and they have done it again with the Dell Alienware 17. When it comes to overall performance, it really does pack a punch.

The Dell Alienware 17 comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, overclockable to an impressive 5GHz! You will be blown away when you see what this baby can do.  You can easily play any game you can think of to your heart’s content on this beast.

Alienware also went all out in making the Dell Alienware 17 a beauty to look at. With 13 customizable light zones and an impressive 17.3-inch 2560×1440 panel that gives you unmatched brightness and viewing angles. It has one of the brightest screens on any laptop nowadays, hitting 352 nits on an industry standard of 283. Also, typing on the keyboard on this computer is like jumping on tiny mattresses: smooth, fun, enjoyable. Add that to the fact that the trackpad magically lights up whenever you touch it and you have a laptop that makes using it a very fun experience for anyone.

The hinge forward design of this 17-inch laptop makes it possible to have impressive sound quality. It comes with a powerful audio system with smart internal amplifiers that automatically adjust the speaker thermals to guarantee the best audio quality. You will always hear loud, crisp clear sound from these speakers.

If you want to enjoy your games or any other hardcore performance demanding activities at nothing but the highest frame rates, then this is how to do it. The Dell Alienware 17 will not disappoint you. Dell is already one of the biggest names when it comes to best 17-inch laptops, but this laptop will blow your mind.


-Wondrous performance in gaming
-Slimmer than its predecessors
-Awesome fully customizable keyboard
-Good battery life
-The speakers are impressive


-There are better performing laptops for the same price range

Best Desktop Replacement: MSI GT754K071

MSI GT754K071 review

Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i9 8950HK 4.3GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Storage: 1TB SSD, 1TB 7200rpm
Memory: 32GB
Display: 17.3 in UHD 4K 16:9 ratio

The MSI GT754K071 is one of the highest performing laptops in the world. 

Built specifically to cater for the needs of the pro gamer, it has an Intel 8th Gen Core i9 8950HK processor with 32GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU to back it up. It comes with a whopping 1TB SSD, so you can no longer make excuses regarding the SSD size.

Stunning visuals greet you when the large screen lights up. It has a 4K resolution screen that gives you stunning visuals as you have never seen them before. The colours are so deep and vibrant, and the clarity is insane, you will not believe what you have been missing all these years.

MSI has really done an awesome job with this one. There is really nothing much to hate about it, no matter how far we try to reach. It is really well built and serves the purpose it has been designed for. The fact that it outperforms almost every a lot of laptops just goes to show what an amazing machine this is. It is the mother of all desktop replacement laptops, and your user experience will never be the same again.

It outperforms almost everything on the market, and it is so future proof you will likely not have to replace it for many, many years. Good thing the build quality is top notch, so it will probably last that long if you treat it right. This 17 inch laptop is a very good choice if you plan on replacing your desktop.


-Great performance
-It has very good fan profiles that keep things quiet even when you are pushing it to its limits
-Beautiful 4K screen
-Speakers sound amazing


-It is quite expensive
-It is quite bulky

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Memory: 16GB, upgradable to 32GB
Display: 17.3 in 1920×1080 127 PPI IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Storage: 512GB SSD

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a sleek and slim 17 inch laptop that barely weighs 6.35 pounds. It comes with Acer’s new AeroBlade 3D cooling fans that have changed the way best gaming laptops can be cooled, reducing their sizes.

The 17 inch Acer Predator Helios 300 has an Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor.  A 512 GB SSD plus 16GB RAM takes things even further, making it the best portable gaming laptop. There is almost nothing you can throw at it that it couldn’t comfortably handle. It also looks pretty good, with a black metal case that has some impressive red accents which will always grab all the attention in whatever room you take it out in.

It is easy to tell that the keyboard of the Helios 300 has been designed with the gamer in mind. Super comfortable and hardly making a sound, the keyboard is the best for anyone who enjoys typing and playing first-person shooters. The ports and slots that the Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with makes it future proof. With 2 USB 2.0 slots, 2 USB 3.0 slots, 1 USB 301 Type C port among other video output and input slots. it is possible for the Helios 300 to handle the latest in technology, including everything that VR has to offer.

If you have been looking for a 17-inch gaming laptop that keeps things simple while packing a lot of power, then this might be it. The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a well-designed monster that will easily play all your games while also being light enough to be carried around. It is definitely worth considering.


-It is super powerful
-It has a decent battery life
-It is very comfortable to use


-The surface of the laptop is a fingerprint magnet, you will be constantly wiping it clean
-The fans can get really loud
-If HP offered a 4K display alternative, this laptop could have been even better

Acer Predator 17

Acer Predator 17 review

Spec Summary

Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Display: 17.3 in 1920×1080 HD
Storage: 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD
Optical: Removable 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive with M-Disc enabled.

The 17.3 inch Acer Predator 17 is a beast of a laptop, huge, hulkish and powerful. It is a great gaming machine for anyone who would want to enjoy a portable gaming experience. We use the word “portable” here lightly because the Acer Predator 17 is a heavy monster that won’t fit into standard bags. Its over the top design makes it stand out in any crowd, with splashes of red and huge grilles and fan vents making it hard to ignore. It definitely screams out hardcore gaming.

Packed full of ports and slots, the Predator 17 is future proof, with 4 USB 3.0 slots and 1 USB 3.1 Type C connector, along with several other Display Port Outputs. It also has a massive speaker system, which combines 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers, making it loud enough to drown out the fans when you are pushing it to the limit with serious gaming. The best feature is that You can also give it additional cooling power by taking out the removable optical drive and replacing it with the included additional cooling fan.

It has a beautiful fully backlit RGB fully programmable keyboard.

It has a beautiful 17.3 inch 1920×1080 Full HD screen that guarantees an immersive gaming experience. Although a 1440p with 4K resolution would have been better, it is difficult to complain when you see the beautiful details it allows at that size. It is definately one of the best 17-inch laptops, that is why it made it into our list.


-Built for modern gaming, it can comfortably run any title you throw at it
-The keyboard and touchscreen work beautifully
-Battery life better than most of its peers


-You can get a higher quality screen and sound at the same price elsewhere
-It is rather heavy and bulky
-The design may take some getting used to, it is not for everyone
-The SSD could be better

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:

Acer Spin 3 – Affordable and Flexible


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