Top 5 15-Inch Laptops of 2017

2017 is probably the best year for tech. From VR to AI, smartphones to laptops, tablets to convertibles and what not, the year is moving at breakneck speed in the tech industry. The way people work is rapidly changing and there is a new demand for tech on the go. This is why we see a dynamic change in the way portable tech is being manufactured. You now have laptops, mobiles, smart-watches and multiple gears and gadgets all aiming to keep users connected and synced on the go.

When it comes to laptops, 2017 is definitely an important year because now, unlike previous years, 13-inch laptops have gained precedence and people are moving towards portable laptops that offer maximum productivity with no compromise on battery, processing power or memory. However, at the same time, we also see a rise in 15-inch laptops that are now sleeker than ever, light-weight and boast of ultra-speed performance with HD screens, anti-glare displays, touchscreens and convertible options. So the question is, to buy a 13-inch laptop or a 15-inch one? The answer lies in your personal preference since both now offer almost the same functions and features, with only the difference in screen size. If you are a power user who doesn’t feel a laptop is a laptop until it’s 15-inch, then here are your best picks for this year.

1. Apple Macbook Pro with Touch Bar (15-Inch)

Price: $2,291

Although the new Apple MacBook Pro with its touch bar has the world raving, we personally feel it doesn’t have the finesse as in the previous versions. For one, it has no USB-C ports which mean it is quite problematic if you want to connect your phone or your USB to your laptop. Second, Apple has taken it a bit far with the ultra-flat keyboard so you won’t be actually feeling the keys under your fingers; unless you have an acquired taste for the keys, you might feel awkward. The touch bar is again another feature that you would either love or hate depending on how comfortable you are with fumbling around it.

With all the cons, the pros don’t need much discussion because Apple already does a good job at marketing its products. You have an excellent Retina-resolution display, a bigger touchpad, a 7th generation Intel Core i-series named as the Kaby Lake and an AMD GPU with a storage space of 512GB SSD. So if you’re looking for an upgrade from a 13-inch MacBook to a 15-inch, this is your best buy.

SpecValue
Screen Size15 inches
Max Screen Resolution2880x1800 pixels
Processor2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Card DescriptionDedicated
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2

2. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

Price: $1,549

These days, the world is divided between Apple and Samsung, at least when it comes to mobile phones. Apple users will swear by Apple and Samsung users by Samsung. That being said, laptops have never been a main forte of Samsung, nevertheless, the company attempts to create a laptop with a stylus pen (similar to Microsoft) and its Window Ink Platform. Samsung takes laptop manufacturing serious with the Notebook 9 Pro since it has features as a 360-degree touch screen display (use in any angle mode), and a fast charging option via USB-C port. The S-Pen is the selling feature of this laptop because finally, you can get to draw directly on your screen without having an additional gadget. This is especially useful for graphic designers and multimedia artists who want to be able to use their laptops also as their sketchbook anytime, anywhere. The only con against the laptop is its inconsistent battery life which you can manage with a few tweaks and remedies. If you’re not an Apple fan and are looking for something much better at half the cost, this is your mate.

SpecValue
Screen Size15 inches
Hard Drive256 GB
Operating SystemWindows 10
Item Weight3.8 pounds

3. Dell XPS 15

Price: $1,799

Dell is omnipresent when it comes to laptop listings. Whether it’s a 12-inch laptop, a 13-inch laptop, a convertible, a gaming laptop or just a professional 15-inch laptop, it has it all. So it’s no surprise that it comes up third with the XPS 15” laptop priced at $1,799 with features as a 4k touchscreen, SD card reader, a NVIDIA GTX 1050 processor and a 512GB SSD. It does overshadow the MacBook Pro in every way providing more features and functionality at half the cost. If you don’t mind a slightly heavier laptop with a lower battery life (the price you may for powerful specs) then the Dell XPS is a great buy. It’s actually ideal for both work and play as it offers all the necessary requirements of a gaming laptop. The only setback is that it’s not VR ready which is why it is not entirely in the league of professional gaming machines. It’s a bit of a give and take depending on your usage preference.

SpecValue
Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution3840x2160
Processor2.8 GHz
RAM16 GB
Hard Drive1000 GB Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionDedicated
Wireless Type802.11abg, Bluetooth
Average Battery Life (in hours)8 hours

4. Lenovo Legion Y720

Price: 1,499

Want to slay demons and get rid of vampires with VR experience? Get the Lenovo Legion Y720 15” laptop. Designed for gamers and multimedia professionals, the Legion adopts a color theory similar to the Acer Predator. Red accents over black layout and a wide central hinge connecting to an angular body make the Legion look like a heavy-duty performer. Equipped with Core i7 processors, Nvidia GeForce mobile graphics cards and 1TB of HDD, Oculus certified (meaning VR ready) and metal fans to keep the heat off, this is a laptop purely for gamers. It’s not a gigantic behemoth considering that it’s a gaming laptop and can be carried around without feeling like you’ve got the burden of the world on your shoulders! So if you’re looking for a gaming laptop and one that can handle intensive multimedia work, this is your man..erm machine.

SpecValue
Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080 pixels
Processor2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB DDR4
Hard DriveFlash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorGTX 1060
Chipset BrandNVIDIA
Card DescriptionDedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size6 GB
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Average Battery Life (in hours)4 hours

5. LG Gram 15Z970 i5 15.6”

Price: $1,199

The selling feature of the LG Gram is its super light weight. Despite being a 15.6” machine, the laptop weighs at only 2.5 pounds and comes in both i5 and i7 processors with the later one costing $1,699. This is the first laptop to claim an amazing 15 hours of battery life with a full HD IPS display and multiple USB-C ports to keep you connected to your favorite devices. With all these specs and at a much lower price, LG has managed to convince users that the MacBook Pro can be challenged in terms of design and features at a much lower price tag. If you’re looking for a device to carry around and don’t want to compromise on power, size, and performance, the LG Gram is the best bang for the buck.

SpecValue
Screen Size15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.5 GHz
RAM8 GB
Hard Drive256 GB Flash Memory Solid State
Graphics CoprocessorIntegrated Graphics
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.
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