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Best 17 Inch Laptop for the Money | 2016 Reviews

Updated on January 17, 2018

When looking for the best 17-inch laptop for the money - the most important things to first identify how and what you will be using your new notebook.

There is a significant difference in the power in these laptops available, aimed at two main groups of users. The two groups are:

  1. Laptops intended for gaming/multimedia. or
  2. Laptops made for everyday use.

As can be expected the prices reflect the technology and brute power installed on the laptop based on the performance required and the programs you need to run.

We have selected from of the some best top rated 17-inch laptops available online.

If you already know what type of laptop you require you can jump the next section

Finding The Best 17 inch For the Money

So when looking for the best 17-inch laptop you need to identify which general use of the laptop you are buying.

Those suited for every-day use, are cheaper and can usually also play quite a lot of the latest games, as long as they are not overly graphics intensive.

And of course, the higher end machines though made for more graphics intensive, processor hungry programs, will of cause run the every-day programs as well


For Games, Multi-media or Everyday Use

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Getting Value for Your Money vis-a-vis Your Requirements

Once you start looking at 17 inches you will notice that there is an incredible price difference from around the very affordable $500 to some that are well beyond the $2000 mark.

Take note, these notebooks are large, so they also tend to weigh more, but with the strides in technology they are much lighter than they used to be. Most people will only get one if they need the large screen for presentation, working or playing, and also if it will, for the most part, have a stationary location.

The main criteria for choosing the right 17-inch laptop will depend on which programs you mostly plan to use. But as they become more lightweight, faster, cheaper and robust, you will find that there is less and less of a need to cut corners on your requirements compared to what you can spend.

If you need one that can run the newest games and multimedia programs, you need a laptop with a top quality graphics card as well as a fast processor. There is an excellent selection of laptops to choose from that fit this category.

You can find laptops with resilient, until-glare screens with a high pixel count. Also the third and fourth i5 and i7 Intel processors are made to run all the very newest programs available these days.

But on the other hand if you are looking for one that just runs most of your everyday commonplace programs, you do not have to be so particular about either the graphics card of processor speed.

Even so, you can still get one that has pretty decent graphics and is fast. Within this category, there can be quite a range of capabilities, from pretty good to excellent, with near cinema quality sound and graphics. Also, the processors are nearly all dual core or more Intel processors.

When you see what is available, you will find that the prices are surprisingly affordable. Though the sizes are pretty large they are still relatively easy to move around, as long as you do not have to carry it everywhere, all the time.

Top 3 - 17 inch Gaming Laptops For the Price

Here are some of the best choices for a 17-inch gaming notebook that have a good price to feature ratios.

1. Alienware 17 ALW17-3751sLV

One of the best 17 inch gaming laptops available right now.
One of the best 17 inch gaming laptops available right now. | Source
  • Comes with Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor, 3.4 GHz and 8 GB RAM
  • OS is Windows 8.1
  • 1000 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

The Alienware ALW17-3751sLV is one of the best quality builds available. The casing has a cutting edge design made from a unique alloy. It is both robust and secure made to protect both the LCD screen as well as the internal components more than most casing.

The 1600 x 900 resolution anti-glare screen makes it a perfect display for games as will as video editing. This model comes with an updated and redesigned command center hub that gives the user control of speed, lighting, special effects as well as monitoring in-game results, etc.

While the screen is not yet a touch screen, there is a stable touch pad that is easy to customize to a level of sensitivity that matches your gestures.

All reviewers seem to be very pleased with the Alienware ALW17-3751sLV, both the physical feel and the awesome components make it a winner. So far, it has a perfect 5-star score.

When it comes to sound, they claim that it has cinema quality power and nuance.

General Alienware 17 Gaming Features

2. ASUS ROG G751JY-WH71(WX) 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop

ASUS ROG G751JY-WH71(WX) 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB DDR5 VRAM, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD (Win 10 Version)
ASUS ROG G751JY-WH71(WX) 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB DDR5 VRAM, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD (Win 10 Version) | Source

Probably the most popular and affordable gamer's notebook on the market

The ASUS ROG G750JM-DS71 is a real value for the money for anyone who needs a portable machine that plays games well that is not too expensive. At around $1,200 you would be hard pressed to find another that is comparable or cheaper. A great machine for the money!

Users have found that even though this is a high powered computing machine with excellent power, it still comes at a very reasonable price.

ASUS seem to have got it just right with this computer. The high-quality graphics make for a great visual experience; the fast processing speed gives you quick response while the efficient heat displacement allows you hours of fun without it becoming unbearably hot.

3. Msi G Series Ge70 2oe-017us

The MSI G Series GE70 2OE-017US 17.3-Inch Laptop is another great laptop for the price for all its features.

This laptop just hits all the points, in terms of performance. It is fast, and can change clock speeds depending on the load, so you save a lot of battery time running as low as 700 MHz, way up to 3400 MHz.

The graphics are amazing for a laptop, very sharp, clear and fast. Best of all if you need to preserve your battery life battery life, you can set it so that it'll run on Intel's integrated graphics unit.

The illuminated LED backlit keyboard is another great hit for this laptop, it feels great and is well set up, and the illumination can be turned off too if needed. Also the touch pad a good size, responds smoothly and quickly.

A solid laptop to get.

Top 3 - 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptops For the Money

17 inch Laptops Make Good Desktop Replacement Computers

Being some of the largest portable computers on the market, 17 inch notebooks are a popular desktop replacement computer.

As laptops become more than just mobile portable computing machines, they are increasingly becoming a common choice for everyday use as well as to replace the home desktop, or even in the office.

Some of the reasons to have a notebook instead of a desktop are:

  1. You can move them from room to room
  2. When needed, they are portable, easy to carry to work or on a trip
  3. Some of these can also be upgraded, not as easily and comprehensively as a desktop, but most of the time the RAM and sometimes the HD can be upgraded.
  4. Reduces the need to transfer work done on one computer to the other as you can just have one that both works at home and in the office as well as the road.

1. Asus X750ja-db71

One of the best 17 inch everyday laptops available right now.
One of the best 17 inch everyday laptops available right now. | Source

A 17 inch Laptop under $800

The ASUS X750JA-DB71 is one of the best 17 inch everyday laptops, the price to value is very strong, coming with a lot of features for the price you pay.

At just under $800 this is the most expensive of the everyday laptops shown here but is well worth the extra $$$.

ASUS has an excellent reputation for making reliable laptops at a very competitive price. With an i7 processor, it is a powerful computer that can handle most of what you throw at it. The 8Gbs of RAM should manage most programs even with lots of programs open, or like me with many browser tabs open.

Though the display screen is not 1080 screen, The images are still clean and sharp, and the colors look good.

The keyboard is great as well.

Take note, if you plan to do a lot of upgrades, this laptop might not be for you. It's hard to upgrade, customize or replace the internal parts. But if you want a great machine out of the box and plan to leave it as is, you would be hard-pressed to find a better buy.

2. HP Pavilion 17-e040us

The HP Pavilion 17-e040us is one of the best selling for the money. It is very fast and comes pre-installed with 6 GB which makes running multiple programs almost seamless. Some of the features, you will find convenient and very useful are the numeric keyboard, DVD-RW drive (which takes the challenge out of loading older programs).

It also comes with one of the most comprehensive keyboards, which is great, though this can also be its one con. The keyboard is rather cluttered and can be challenging for those with larger fingers.

When it comes to graphics, while they are not brilliant they are more than adequate, much better than many high-priced monitors and graphics cards of just a few years ago.

3. Toshiba PSKNJU-004001

The Toshiba PSKNJU-004001 is another one with great specs for the price. It comes loaded with an AMD A4-5000 1.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache Processor which is fast without the price of an Intel processor. With 6GB RAM initially you should be okay even with heavy use. The integrated graphics card is more than adequate giving good clear images for most things.

The initial 6GB RAM should be more than enough for most heavy use. The integrated graphics card is more than adequate giving good clear images for most things.

The keyboard is great, with an excellent touch and well set up and has a separate number keyboard that is always a plus in my eyes.

For under $50 - you can't go wrong for an every day 17" laptop.

After Buying a 17 inch, You will Need To Find a Bag To Carry It

To get the right size, you should start your search by looking at 17 or 17.3-inch computer bags or 17-inch backpacks if you prefer them.

If you are not sure just how big yours is all around, or you want to have a little bit more space to play around, then you should take a look into the 18-inch bags available.

And not to forget to keep it safe at home while it is not in use, you should at the very least get a 17-inch sleeve or slipcase to protect it from accidental bumps.

Tell us what you think about this selection - any other ideas?

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      Richard Lemin 3 months ago

      I think you failed to mention or to include "Sony Vaio " I think its got everything anyone wants or needs in a laptop !

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      Eslam Elewa 19 months ago from United States

      that's really good laptop, i hope to make review for the best 15 inch laptop

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