Best 17-inch laptops 2023: great large-screen laptops

Grab yourself one of the best 17-inch laptops now to enjoy large-screen computing in 2023

Razer Blade 17-inch laptop being used by an adult male to play computer games
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If you're looking for one of the best 17-inch laptops on the market in 2023, you've come to the right place. By choosing a 17-incher, you're upgrading the experience of just about anything you do on your device: watching movies, playing games, writing reports, browsing the web, crunching through spreadsheets... just about every application can make good use of all that additional screen space!

One of the key benefits of buying one of the best laptops (opens in new tab) around is that these are portable computers you can take anywhere, from the office to the lecture hall to the hotel. Anyone on the look-out for one of the best student laptops (opens in new tab) on sale should consider these 17-inchers too. And with Black Friday sales just around the corner, keep an eye out for mid-late November deals on T3.com!

While 17-inch laptops are outstanding value in terms of how much of an actual screen you get, do bear in mind that they're not for everyone. If you really want something you can stuff easily inside a bag or balance on an aeroplane tray table then you might want to look elsewhere – some of the best 2-in-1 laptops (opens in new tab) are much more compact and can do double duty as tablets too, so that's something else to think about.

Best 17-inch laptops 2023

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LG Gram 17T3 Best Buy Award badge

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The best 17-inch laptop for most people

Specifications

CPU: 11th-gen Intel i7-1165G7
GPU: Intel Iris Xe
RAM: 16GB
Display: 17-inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate
Storage: 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Very lightweight design
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Impressive battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No touchscreen option

The LG Gram 17 is a superb machine from just about any angle, and it's an easy choice for our list of the best 17-inch laptops on the market right now. If you're looking for a laptop that manages to combine sleek and svelte looks with plenty of power under the hood, this fits the bill – and you can get it for a competitive price too, considering everything you're getting in return for your money.

One of the most appealing aspects of the LG Gram 17 is just how lightweight it is, despite that 17-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display: it tips the scales at a mere 1.35 kg or 2.98 lbs. With its size you're never going to be using it one-handed or anything like that, but you'll barely notice it if it's sat on your lap or you're carrying it around in a backpack. You won't find many lighter laptops around with 17-inch displays.

Elsewhere the 11th-gen Intel processor and 16GB of RAM are more than capable of handling the majority of day-to-day computing tasks, even if the 256GB of internal storage is a little bit on the miserly side. We've also been impressed by the battery life of this particular laptop, so you don't need to worry about taking it on the go for a day.

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The best premium 17-inch laptop

Specifications

CPU: up to 11th-gen Intel i9-11980HK
GPU: up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: up to 64GB
Display: up to 17-inch, 3840 x 2400 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate
Storage: up to 4TB

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, appealing looks
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Wide range of spec options

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better

You know what you're getting with a Dell XPS laptop: these machines have dominated best-of lists for years, and they remain one of the top options if you're in the market for a Windows laptop of any size. The 17-inch version included here is everything that previous XPS laptops have been, exuding plenty of style and class in terms of its design, as well as offering up some seriously powerful components for those who need them.

From office work to video editing, from web browsing to some light gaming, the Dell XPS 17 can take it all in its stride. In our Dell XPS 17 review we were impressed with the level of performance offered up by the laptop, as well as the fit and finish of the keyboard and trackpad. It's the perfect option if you're going to be spending a lot of time typing and working at your desk. Make sure you check our Dell discount codes to save some money too. 

Acer Chromebook 317 17-inch laptop shown top down with screen open in gun metal grey colorway.T3 Approved badge

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3. Acer Chromebook 317

The best 17-inch laptop on a budget

Specifications

CPU: Intel Pentium Silver N6000
GPU: Intel UHD
RAM: 4GB
Display: 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate
Storage: 128GB

Reasons to buy

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Straightforward and simple
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Well-built and sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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No desktop applications

The best Chromebooks work very well as thin, lightweight, low cost, low maintenance laptops, and the Acer Chromebook 317 is the best 17-inch in its category. If you're completely new to the world of Chromebooks, they run Chrome OS and nothing else: you have to do all of your computing in a web browser. You're restricted to web apps, but for a lot of people that's enough these days – and the advantages are that everything you do is always backed up online, and you don't need to worry about antivirus programs or bulky software updates.

Chrome OS isn't for everyone, but if it works for you, you don't need very powerful components to run it... and that means Chromebooks can be very cheap as well. You can pick up the Acer Chromebook 317 for significantly less than a lot of the other 17-inch laptops on the market, hence its position in this list. 


Razer Blade 17 (2022)T3 Approved badge

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The ultimate 17-inch laptop for creatives

Specifications

CPU: up to 11th-gen Intel i9-12900H
GPU: up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
RAM: up to 32GB
Display: 17.3-inch, up to 3840 x 2160 resolution, up to 360Hz refresh rate
Storage: up to 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Packed with power
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Beautifully stylish looks

Reasons to avoid

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On the expensive side

It's perhaps no surprise that some of the best 17-inch laptops are aimed at creatives and gamers, because they're the laptop users who are going to be particularly interested in seeing every single pixel as clearly as possible. The Razer Blade 17 caters for both those camps very well, without looking too obtrusive by design. 

As we said in our Razer Blade 17 review: this laptop "goes all in on specs, especially when it comes to the graphics power – it's simply one of the best performing laptops around, and it looks superb too." It doesn't come cheap, though, which is its most obvious downside. 

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17T3 Approved badge

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The best 17-inch laptop for gamers

Specifications

CPU: up to Intel Core i9-11900H
GPU: up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: up to 48GB
Display: up to 4K resolution (120Hz) / or WQHD (165Hz)
Storage: up to 2TB

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of gaming power
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Superb design and feel
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Plenty of ports

Reasons to avoid

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It's going to cost you
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Relatively big and bulky

If you're after a 17-incher that's going to be capable of playing the very best games of the moment on the very best quality settings, then look no further than the fantastic Asus ROG Zephyrus S17. The latest incarnation of this laptop brings with it Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 graphics, so you know that it's going to be able to cope with high-end gaming titles now and well into the future.

The appeal of this Asus extends way beyond the internals though: it's got a beautifully machined chassis and RGB lighting. As we said in our Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 review: "[it's] one of the best gaming laptops around at the moment, combining a smart and stylish design, a vibrant 17.3-inch screen, and all the power you're going to need". It's pricey, though, but not as much as a Razer competitor. 

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED review: foldable laptop screen on a wooden desk

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The best 17-inch 'laptop' for versatility

Specifications

CPU: up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7
GPU: up to Intel Iris Xe
RAM: up to 16GB
Display: 17.3-inch 2.5K foldable OLED NanoEdge touchscreen
Storage: up to 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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A versatile folding screen!
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Comes with a keyboard, protective sleeve and a kickstand

Reasons to avoid

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A bit too bulky and heavy for this format
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Not powerful enough for gaming
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It's pricey because of the tech

Looking for something a bit different? Asus has you covered on that front with the ZenBook 17 Fold OLED which, as the name suggests, has a folding display. That makes it much smaller than your typical 17-inch laptop, which is a major part of this device's appeal. In addition you can separate the keyboard so it's more versatile than your typical laptop setup. 

A folding display is reflective though, and such technology also adds to the expense. Some will prefer a more traditional laptop setup than this, but if you want future tech today then it's a great option with a clear point of difference. As we said in our Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED review: "it's not the most powerful or the longest lasting PC, but the foldable screen has tonnes of different uses - especially when it comes to productivity." 

MSI Katana GF76

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The best 17-inch budget gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7
GPU: up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: up to 64GB
Display: 17-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution 144Hz panel
Storage: 2x M.2 SSD slots

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price point
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Decent GPU performance 

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively dim display
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Uninspiring overall design

Want a big gaming laptop but don't have heaps of budget to spend? This is your ideal option! As we said in our MSI Katana GF76 review: "it does give you good performance for relatively low cost, as well as a large screen to enjoy your gaming on, which is going to be enough to satisfy a lot of people shopping for a new purchase."

The spec and performance isn't going to match the very best gaming laptops on the market, including the ones elsewhere on this page, but then your bank balance might appreciate the MSI offering as a result. It's really price that wins in this large-screen category. 

David Nield

Dave has over 20 years' experience in the tech journalism industry, covering hardware and software across mobile, computing, smart home, home entertainment, wearables, gaming and the web – you can find his writing online, in print, and even in the occasional scientific paper, across major tech titles like T3, TechRadar, Gizmodo and Wired. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks in the countryside, skiing down mountains, watching football matches (as long as his team is winning) and keeping up with the latest movies.

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