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The best 17-inch laptop 2021: top large screen laptops for your money

The best 17-inch laptop 2021
These are the best 17-inch laptops of 2021. (Image credit: Future)

Give the best 17-inch laptops on this list a proper look, even if you are leaning toward something smaller. These laptops may tower over the best 13-inch laptops and the best 15-inch laptops in size, but they also dominate in other things – namely, specs and display. 

Smaller laptops may win in size and portability, but they struggle to beat the best 17-inch laptops in power, screen real estate and cooling. Simply, these larger laptops have more than enough room to accommodate more powerful specs, a better cooling solution, and a larger display. That means that they deliver faster performance, a much better thermal efficiency, and more screen real estate, which makes them excellent for demanding tasks such as 3D design, video editing, and gaming.

The best 17-inch laptops are the best laptops to get if your daily computing demands involve 3D design, video editing or gaming in 4K. If you’re looking for the kind of performance that can rival some of the best gaming PCs and best computers out there, you will love one of our picks below.

The best 17-inch laptops of 2021

Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)

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1. Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)

New age hardware, old school vibes

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 Series
RAM: Up to 64GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD 300Hz NTSC 72% IPS panel
Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredible mechanical keyboard+Powerful gaming performance+300 Hz display
Reasons to avoid
-No upgraded design-Extremely heavy

A tactile mechanical keyboard and a 300Hz refresh rate display are just the beginning. The Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) touts an incredible gaming performance that might just be worthy of desktop gaming PCs. With one of the RTX 3000 GPUs under the hood, this will see you through the most graphics-intensive games, including competitive ones. And, because of its impressive battery life, you can do so away from a power source. More than just the best 17-inch laptop right now, this is among the best gaming laptops of 2021.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733

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2. Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733

The best of AMD and Nvidia

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: 16GB – 64GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 anti-glare – 17.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) 16:9 anti-glare display
Storage: 1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performance+Cool design+Brilliant mechanical keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Poor battery life

One of the most powerful gaming laptops that money can buy in 2021, the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 barely breaks a sweat. That excellent performance is due to the impressive specs it’s kitted out with, which also sadly put out of most people’s reach, price-wise. If you can afford it, however, there are a few other things you’ll love about it, including that unapologetic design that lights up like Christmas due to its resplendent RGB lighting and that optical mechanical keyboard that’s simply one of the best we've experienced on a laptop. This isn’t just one of the best 17-inch laptops. This is among the best of the best out there, and a worthy consideration if you’re not limited by your budget.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733

Best 17-inch laptop: Gigabyte Aorus 17G

There’s nothing the Gigabyte Aorus 17G can't handle. (Image credit: Future)

3. Gigabyte Aorus 17G

Big, powerful, industrial

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7 – i9
Graphics: up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super with Max-Q
RAM: up to 64GB DDR4
Screen: 17.3-inch Thin Bezel 240Hz FHD 1920x1080 anti-glare display LCD
Storage: 2x M.2 SSD
Reasons to buy
+Excellent performance+Top-shelf build quality+Fast and color accurate display
Reasons to avoid

If you want an absolute beast of a 17-inch laptop for gaming, Gigabyte’s Aorus 17G is a worthy candidate both inside and out. While this megalithic portable has a substantial weight of 5.95Ib to match, it’s a small price to pay for such power inside – namely, 10th-generation processors and up to 64GB of memory, as well as Nvidia’s most powerful RTX and Super RTX cards. There’s nothing this laptop can't handle (or annihilate), making it a prime example of what a next-generation desktop replacement can be. And, that’s without mentioning its 1080p display touting a whopping 240Hz refresh rate and its solid build. Just be ready to break that piggy bank, as this won’t be cheap.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aorus 17G

Best 17-inch laptop: Razer Blade Pro 17

The Razer Blade Pro 17 boasts enough power and delivers a fantastic enough performance to deserve to be called a workstation. (Image credit: Future)

4. Razer Blade Pro 17 (2020)

Razer going pro

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7-10875H
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GeForce RTX 2070 – RTX 2080 Super
Screen: 17.3" Full HD 240Hz, 100% sRGB, 6.0 mm bezel, factory calibrated – 17.3" 4K Touch 120Hz, 100% sRGB, 6.0 mm bezel, factory calibrated
Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Robust performance+Plenty of ports+300Hz display
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Very heavy

The Razer Blade Pro 17 may have limitations in terms of configurations – you would have to stick to one of five available configurations and cannot personalize the specs further – but whichever one you choose, you know you’re taking home an incredibly powerful 17-inch laptop. With a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 chip and Nvidia’s higher end consumer graphics cards, there’s plenty of power under the hood for whatever graphics-intensive tasks you need – gaming, video editing, designing on AutoCAD. The 300Hz refresh rate on its display and variety of ports help as well, even if its weight and unimpressive battery life might hold it back from being the best of the best.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Pro 17

Dell XPS 17 (2020)

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5. Dell XPS 17 (2020)

A brilliant 17-inch Ultrabook

CPU: Up to 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10885H
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 with Max-Q
RAM: Up to 64GB DDR4-2933MHz
Screen: 17.0" FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Anti-Glare 500-Nit – 17.0" UHD+ (3840 x 2400) InfinityEdge Touch Anti-Reflective 500-Nit
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe
Reasons to buy
+Great screen+Long battery life+Powerful
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most portable-Lack of ports

For a 17-inch laptop, the Dell XPS 17 (2020) is impressively thin and light, especially when you consider the fact that it boasts powerful specs for that top-notch performance that content creators require. Among the best 17-inch laptops out there, this is practically the whole package, touting a big, gorgeous screen, fantastic battery life that will last you the entire day and a gorgeous design on top of everything else. That’s without even mentioning its mid-range price of entry, giving the MacBook Pro 16-inch a good run for its money.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 17 (2020)

Best 17-inch laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

The ROG Zephyrus makes it possible to have an incredibly powerful portable that is svelte. (Image credit: Future)

6. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

The best thin-and-light 17-inch laptop for gaming

CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 – RTX 2080 Max-Q
RAM: 8GB – 24GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz panel with G-Sync
Storage: 512GB – 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Highly portable+Yet still packs plenty of performance+Excellent color-accurate display
Reasons to avoid
-Another pricey gaming machine

Who says you can’t have your gaming cake and eat it, because with laptops like this ROG Zephyrus, it’s possible to have an incredibly powerful portable which isn’t even remotely hefty, but remains very svelte and, er, portable.

It is, in short, a gaming machine for which you don’t have to employ air quotes around the word ‘portable’, being 18.7mm thick (or rather, thin) and weighing 2.7kg. Compare that to the above Alienware which is 43mm and 4.8kg…

Yet with this Asus 17-inch laptop you still get a Core i7-8750H hexa-core CPU backed by a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q with 8GB of video RAM (there’s up to 24GB of system memory, incidentally). All this means you can ramp up the detail levels and enjoy any game you want.

The display is also a fabulous piece of work, and what’s more it’s Pantone Validated with 100% sRGB color gamut, meaning the color accuracy is spot-on out-of-the-box, and this notebook can be used for professional photo or video editing.

Bear in mind however that battery life is disappointingly short, and the price is disappointingly hefty. For those who don’t have the hefty budget to cope with this, or the aforementioned Alienware laptop’s price tag, breathe easier and check out our next entry for a more affordable gaming option.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 

Best 17-inch laptop: LG Gram 17 (2020)

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7. LG Gram 17 (2020)

Super lightweight with a big, beautiful display

CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Screen: 17" WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS Display
Storage: 1TB M.2 SSD
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful display+Long, long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Bad speakers-Less-than-par CPU performance

The award-winning LG Gram 17 is back, with the same innovative lightweight design on a 17-inch chassis. This time around, it comes with fresh new specs under the hood including Intel’s Ice Lake chip, alongside a few other amazing features like a beautiful display and an incredibly long battery life. A very comfortable keyboard is also on offer, and this whole package makes it excellent for anyone that has to work on the go. The CPU performance and speakers could be much better, but as long as you’re not doing processor or graphics intensive work, this one’s a winner if you’re looking for the best 17-inch laptop designed for the nomadic lifestyle.

Read the full review: LG Gram 17 (2020)

Best 17-inch laptop: Asus FX705DT

The Asus FX705DT gaming laptop packs a Ryzen 5 3550H processor with a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. (Image credit: Asus)

8. Asus TUF Gaming FX705DT

The best affordable 17-inch laptop for gaming

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS-level NanoEdge
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Impressive price/performance ratio+512GB NVMe SSD+Backlit gaming-optimized keyboard

The words ‘cheap’ and ‘gaming laptop’ don’t mix well. Simply put, if you’re on a strict budget, you won’t get a machine capable of playing the latest games at palatable frame-rates – especially if you want a 17-inch screen to boot. So that’s why the FX705DT is our ‘affordable’ pick as opposed to ‘budget’. Remember, if you want to go really bargain basement, you’ll be confined to casual gaming only.

This Asus gaming laptop, however, packs a Ryzen 5 3550H processor with a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4GB of video RAM, plus there’s 8GB of system memory. The FX705DT also boasts a roomy 512GB NVMe SSD and a backlit keyboard optimized for gaming.

All of which makes it a great choice for tackling the majority of games at good detail levels while still keeping things pretty smooth – and remaining relatively wallet-friendly. At the time of writing, there are some pretty tempting deals to be had on this Asus machine, too.

Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021)

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9. Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021)

A creative professional's dream

CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i9/i7 H-Series
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series
RAM: up to 64GB
Screen: 17-inch Full HD 300Hz IPS-level – 4K HDR display with ADOBE RGB 100% color gamut
Storage: 2‎x M.2 SSD
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous display+Abundance of ports
Reasons to avoid
-Runs hot

One of the most powerful mobile workstations out there, the Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021) comes with a lot of power, a gorgeous display, and a whole lotta ports. Best yet, it’s priced well below its less-powerful rivals, making it a better proposition even if you have a more flexible budget. It isn’t by any means perfect. The battery life could use a bit of a boost, for example. But, for how much you’re paying and for the other things you’re getting in return, it’s a minuscule sacrifice.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021) 

Best 17-inch laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad P73

The Lenovo ThinkPad P73 represents a somewhat cheaper – and indeed a slightly slimmer – alternative to the above HP machine. (Image credit: Lenovo)

10. Lenovo ThinkPad P73

The best 17-inch laptop for creative professionals

CPU: Intel Core i7 – Intel Xeon
Graphics: Up to Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000
RAM: Up to 128GB
Screen: 17.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS – 17.3-inch 4K IPS
Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Superb display+Dolby Vision HDR+Xeon CPU and RTX 5000 GPU
Reasons to avoid
-Still quite hefty

This is another mobile workstation, but it represents a somewhat cheaper – and indeed a slightly slimmer – alternative to the above HP machine, with the P73 being ideally suited to content creators.

You get the choice of an Intel Xeon E-2276M processor or 9th-gen Intel Core CPU (up to an i9-9880H with vPro), with up to Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics and up to 128GB of system memory. But the display is the jewel in the crown featuring a 4K resolution, 400 nits brightness, Dolby Vision HDR and 100% coverage of the Adobe color gamut. The screen is, quite simply, ideal for serious photo or video editing.

The cutting-edge hardware support continues with Wi-Fi 6 on board, and you get a good selection of ports for wired connectivity, including a pair of Thunderbolt 3 connectors. Creative pros need look no further for something that can cater for all their needs, at a relatively reasonable asking price for the workstation market.