A 17-inch laptop gives you a larger screen and keyboard, plus additional space for more powerful components, too. That makes this size a great choice for designers, gamers, and professionals who want a mobile laptop that provides impressive specs or excellent versatility.
To help you make your choice, we’ve collected the best 17-inch laptops for 2020, starting with our overall favorite, the Dell Inspiron 17 2000. With its modern components and discrete graphics, it’s ready for anything at a price that’s far from excessive.
The best 17-inch laptops at a glance
The best 17-inch laptop: Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (2020)
Why you should buy this: You want a large laptop that can still act like a tablet when you need it to.
Who’s it for: On-the-go professionals and fans of versatile laptops — and big screens.
Why we picked the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1:
If you’re looking for the best of the best, we suggest starting with the brilliantly designed Inspiron 17 7000. This is one of the few laptop series to combine a full keyboard, including numeric keypad, with a 2-in-1 design that lets it fold back into a tablet when necessary. That adds versatility, but both modes are well-designed, with a good typing experience as a laptop and responsive touchscreen as a tablet.
Dell offers a variety of spec customization options, but the base model starts with a 10th-generation intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive (SSD). For graphics, options start with a GeForce MX250 GPU, and ports include USB-A 3.1, Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, DisplayPort, and HDMI 2.0. The battery won’t last all day, so you’ll want to have an outlet handy, but at nearly 6 pounds, this is not designed to be a portable machine. If you’re happy to set it up for use, though, it’s a fantastic 17-inch laptop.
The best 17-inch gaming laptop: Gigabyte Aorus 17X (2020)
Why you should buy this: You want a gaming machine that’s portable but has enough juice to handle your serious gaming needs.
Who’s it for: Gamers who want top-tier performance in an attractive chassis.
Why we picked the Gigabyte Aorus 17X (2020):
With their larger screens and more room for powerful components, it’s no surprise that many 17-inch laptops are focused on gaming. But which should you look at first? We love this 17-inch HD Gigabyte Aorus laptop, which sports extra RGB lighting for style and an OMRON mechanical keyboard for top performance — plus dual fans to help keep things cool under pressure.
Inside, you’ll find an Intel Core i7-10875H eight-core processor (upgradeable if desired) and a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max graphics card to handle any game you throw it. You also get 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an HDD storage option (SSD and HDD storage can vary, but there are three slots in total that can add up to a ton of space). The primary port out is HDMI 2.0 if you ever want to switch to a different screen, and the laptop also comes with USB-C, Thunderbolt 2, and USB-A connections.
The downside is that all of this power boosts the price as well as the performance, so you’ll need to pay a premium for such a capable gaming machine.
The most powerful 17-inch laptop: MSI WS75 9TL-496
Why you should buy this: You want a lot of power in a mobile workstation but aren’t necessarily interested in gaming.
Who’s it for: Professionals with serious laptop requirements who will only settle for the best.
Why we picked the MSI WS75 9TL-496:
If you’re looking for a lot of power in a laptop that isn’t necessarily focused on gaming, then this MSI model has you covered. It offers an Intel Core i9-9880H processor, 32GB of RAM, and a Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 GPU, all great specs for tackling larger projects that most laptops struggle to handle.
The laptop also includes 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage and a USB-C port in addition to several USB-A ports, plus HDMI and Thunderbolt 3. Battery life clocks in around seven hours for common activities. It’s a bit lighter than many of our picks at under 5 pounds, but it’s also one of the most expensive, so prepare your budget accordingly.
We highly recommend this model if you are looking for an effective mobile workstation that can handle more demanding tasks that you usually rely on a desktop to complete.
The best 17-inch budget laptop: Dell Inspiron 17 3000
Why you should buy this: It’s a reliable 17-inch laptop that can get for around $500 depending on your spec choices.
Who’s it for: Those who want a larger screen and keyboard on a budget.
Why we picked the Dell Inspiron 17 3000:
Others may be looking for a large laptop that’s friendly for their wallet, in which case laptops that are priced at thousands of dollars may not be a starting point. Here, we advise looking at this Inspiron model, which starts around $500.
The base model includes a 10th-gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD. Connections include USB-A 2.0, HDMI, USB-A 3.1, and an SD card reader. It also has an optical drive, something that more expensive models may skip out on, but that could be useful if you find yourself still occasionally working with physical media or burning CDs/DVDs. Some of these specs are upgradeable, but this will also lead to a significant jump in price — though no options will cost over $1,000.
This mix of affordability and customization isn’t easy to find: If you have limited funds and need a large laptop, start here.
The best 17-inch portable laptop: LG Gram 17
Why you should buy this: You want a highly portable laptop with a larger display for your work or play.
Who’s it for: People who appreciate a larger screen but are carrying their laptop around all day and prefer a lightweight option.
Why we picked the LG Gram 17:
If you know you’ll need a highly portable laptop, a lightweight design is supremely important. This LG Gram model offers plenty of power at less than 3 pounds, with a durable nanocarbon and magnesium metal frame that’s considered “military-grade” durable.
The latest version of this laptop includes a 10th-gen Intel Core i7-1065G7, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. Connections include USB-A 3.1, USB-C, and HDMI. There’s also a built-in fingerprint reader for extra biometric security. While LG reports average battery life is up to 17 hours, this will depend largely on what you are using your laptop for.
Overall, we’ve found the 17-inch Gram to be an ideal alternative to your desktop computer if you are working out in the field, moving frequently from class to class, or have a job where mobility is a major requirement.