Top 5 17-Inch Laptops of 2017

With plenty of convertibles and mini-laptops offering maximum functionality, the demand for 17-inch laptops has not died down. In fact, hardcore computer users and gamers don’t feel like they are in the element until they have a beastly machine at hand. Gamers would never get that thrill or satisfaction playing their favorite games on delicate systems as the MacBook Pro or the Surface Pro laptops.

So while 13-inch laptops cater to the business class, 15-inch laptops cater to the professional class and finally, 17-inch laptops are purely for gamers who want their laptops to be a good substitute of their desktops. With this, we’ve covered the top 5 17-inch laptops of 2017 that have been making waves in the industry. If you’re planning to get your hands on a super-pumped up laptop for next-level gaming, here are your best picks. Do note though that these are ultra-pricey laptops so be very sure of what you need before you make the purchase.

1. The Acer Predator 17 GTX 1070

Price: $1,939

Acer may not produce the best mid-range laptops or the best business laptops, but it sure is the king of gaming laptops. The Acer Predator is as dangerous and thrilling as its name. Equipped with the much sought-after NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM and storage space of up to 1TB HDD, this machine is nothing short of a powerhouse. The shape is designed specifically to attract professional gamers who would find the Acer Predator to be a dream machine especially since it is compatible with a VR headset. Now that’s a big bonus point for gamers who want to experience playing Resident Evil through VR.

So with all the good points, here are a few bad points. The Predator weighs at 9.26 lbs so unless you absolutely have to carry it around, you’ll want to keep it on the desk where it belongs. Oh, and you do need to keep it plugged in when you’re playing games because the battery life is reportedly only three hours. Nevertheless, it is a powerful laptop and one that is way within an affordable range for an enthusiastic gamer.

SpecValue
Screen Size17.3 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB DDR4-SDRAM
Hard Drive1000 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessorgeforce gtx
Chipset Brandnvidia
Card DescriptionDedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size8000 MB
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
Average Battery Life (in hours)3 hours

2. Alienware AW 17R4-7005SLV-PUS 17”

Price: $1,699

Choosing between the Alienware and the Predator is like choosing between John Cena and Dwayne Johnson. We kid you not. If the Predator wowed you with red and black, then the Alienware owns you with silver and light blue along with a cool alien face logo. Now, there are laptops with shades of black and red, but silver and blue and that too with a customizable LED backlit? That’s pretty unique so if you’re into design and aesthetics, you may love the Alienware more. When it comes to specs, the Alienware boasts of 7th Generation Intel core i7 with 1TB 7200RPM SATA HDD and a 17.3-inch FHD IPS, Anti-Glare screen. Performance wise, the Alienware doesn’t disappoint as it works super smooth and does not show any signs of lag even while playing games on maximum load. All in all, this is a powerful, heavy laptop and if you really want to have a cool portable gaming unit, this is your best buy.

SpecValue
Screen Size17.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920X1080 pixels
Processor3.8 GHz
RAM16 GB
Hard Drive1000 GB Mechanical Hard Drive
Graphics CoprocessorGTX 1060
Chipset BrandNVIDIA GTX
Card DescriptionDedicated
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3

3. ASUS ROG Strix GL753VE-DS74 17.3-Inch Gaming

Price: $1,228

The ASUS ROG attempts to be like the Alienware and the Predator in terms of design and features, and it doesn’t do a bad job. Like all professional gaming laptop, the ASUS ROG has a smooth and lag-free gaming performance and has successfully convinced skeptical users of its ability to handle complex games without much of a problem. 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti and the 1TB HDD with Intel Core i7 ensures that the laptop gives a maximum performance without compromising on quality and graphics. The ASUS ROG Strik may not have the stealthy looks as that of it competitors but it is cheaper and offers nearly the same performance at a few hundred dollars lesser. Experts do share their concern about the keyboard and the mouse-pad being uncomfortable for a 17-inch laptop so before you make the purchase, you might want to just check out if the keys are easy to access when you’re involved in intense gaming.

SpecValue
Screen Size17.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080 pixels
Processor2.8 GHz None
RAM16 GB
Hard Drive1000 GB Hybrid Drive
Chipset Brandnvidia
Card DescriptionDedicated
Wireless Type802.11 A/C
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Average Battery Life (in hours)5 hours

4. HP OMEN 17 – W033DX

Price: $1,199

The HP Omen has the good looks, the good performance, and the good battery life. It just doesn’t have the right features to get gamers all pumped up. For example, it lacks shortcut keys designed for gaming laptops and it also lacks USB-C ports. Users have also reported the laptop to heat up quite bad under heavy gaming load, and also have a loud fan sound. The good news though is that it is one of the most reasonably priced gaming laptops that have VR options and also a good battery life. You could solve the heating problem with a cooling pad or a fan that may keep the laptop cool while you’re on a gaming spree. Overall, this laptop is perfect for people who want a low-key gaming laptop and are not in the mood to spend more than $1,200 for one.

SpecValue
Screen Size17.3 inches
Processor2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM12 GB
Hard Drive1000 GB flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics Coprocessorgeforce gtx 965m
Chipset Brandnvidia
Card Descriptiondedicated
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1

5. 2017 Premium Dell 17.3” Laptop PC

Price: $949

Built for multimedia fans and professionals on a budget, the Premium Dell laptop is a desktop-replacement computer with an impressive 17.3” HD screen and a 7th Gen i7-7500U Processor with 16GB DDR4 RAM and a whopping 2TB of HDD. Dell is always generous with its specs which is why it is loved by people who want powerful systems on a budget. Despite being a powerhouse though, the laptop has only 6 hours of battery life so you would have to keep it plugged on if you tend to work for hours. It does weigh 9.2 lbs and has quite a decent look to it. Now it’s not as attractive as the Alienware or the Predator, but then again, it’s good enough for beginners to gaming.

SpecValue
Screen Size17.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 (FHD)
Processor2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM16 GB DDR4
Hard Drive2 TB HDD 5400 rpm
Chipset Brandamd
Card Descriptiondedicated
Wireless Type802.11A, Bluetooth, 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Average Battery Life (in hours)6 hours
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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