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Once upon a time, 17-inch laptops meant huge, lumping things that weighed the same as a small moon. But that’s not the case anymore, in part thanks to the superb LG gram 17, a 17-inch laptop unlike anything else. It combines a large display, high-end specs, and the sort of portable form factor that was, at one point, unthinkable, and tops our list of the best 17-inch laptops in 2022.

Lg gram 17 2020

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In our review of the LG gram 17, Executive Editor Daniel Rubino simply fell in love with this big laptop. The experience of using a 17-inch, high-resolution display is something special, but the gram makes this an experience you can truly take anywhere. And while the original model was excellent, the updated versions get a little better every single year.

It has to be felt to be believed. The gram 17 is lighter than some laptops with much smaller displays, thanks to the nanocarbon and magnesium mix that makes up its chassis. You honestly can toss this in any bag and take it on the road with you.

Add in Thunderbolt 4, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD with a vacant slot for a second drive, and the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 with Xe graphics, and you have a laptop that oozes performance, despite its incredibly thin form. It also packs a huge 80Wh battery, which clocks it in at a full day of real-world use, which is nothing to sneeze at. This is truly a laptop you can take on the go, and it’s also one of the very best Windows laptops available.

Reasons to buy

  • 17-inch display
  • Great battery life
  • Incredibly light
  • MIL-STD-810g durability
  • Thunderbolt 4

Reasons not to buy

  • No dedicated graphics option
  • Can get pricey

Best overall

LG Gram 17

LG gram 17

Finally, a truly thin and light 17-inch laptop

The gram 17 is essentially a high-end Ultrabook, with a slim chassis, powerful specs, and skinny bezels, but also a huge display.

Best for gaming: Alienware m17

Alienware m17 R3

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The m17 is the thinnest Alienware 17-inch laptop ever, and despite this, it’s still packing an incredible amount of hardware. A laptop this may be but inside beats the heart of a desktop rig.

But part of the m17’s strength is its broad range of specs and prices. At the entry point, you can get a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 and an AMD RX 5500M for a very attractive price, while still getting a 144Hz display, fast storage and 16GB of RAM.

But if you have a larger budget or loftier aspirations for your gaming, you can get up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and RTX 3080 Ti, paired with up to 64GB of RAM, up to 4TB of storage, a 4K display, and even Tobii eye-tracking technology. All wrapped up into a package you can carry around without getting backache.

Reasons to buy

  • 17-inch display
  • Slim for a gaming laptop
  • Lots of spec and price point options
  • 12th Gen Core i9 and RTX 3080 Ti Super available

Reasons not to buy

  • Get expensive
  • Styling splits opinion

Best for gaming

Alienware m17 R3

Alienware m17

Gaming performance and a large display

12th Gen processors and either AMD or NVIDIA RTX graphics add up to a large, powerful gaming experience.

Best for professionals: Dell XPS 17

XPS 17

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The Dell XPS 17 takes everything so good about the XPS 13 and XPS 15 and pairs it with a massive 17-inch display. But because the same design language applies, with those super skinny bezels, it doesn’t feel like a 17-inch laptop to wield.

Yes, this is a 17-inch Ultrabook, and while the entry-level model is fairly well equipped and reasonably priced, it’s the professional market and the creators who will really relish what this laptop has to offer.

At the higher end, you’re getting 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors paired with a 4K touch display and a whopping great NVIDIA RTX 3060 6GB Max-Q GPU. It’s not designed to be a gaming laptop, though it will certainly do that, instead offering graphics horsepower for creative and professional-grade applications while remaining incredibly portable.

Reasons to buy

  • 17-inch display
  • Compact form factor
  • NVIDIA graphics options
  • 4K display option
  • 10th Gen Intel processors

Reasons not to buy

  • Get expensive
  • Entry model a little lackluster

Best for professionals

Dell Xps 17 9700 Press

Dell XPS 17

A big entry to the XPS lineup

The XPS 17 features a massive 17-inch display, but thanks to its thin bezels, its body is the size of many 15-inch laptops. It pairs that large display with powerful internal options for creators.

Ultimate laptop: Razer Blade 17

Razer Blade 17

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Razer has been putting out large, hugely powerful laptops for several years and continues to make its range-topping Razer Blade 17 better and better. There are several options to choose from, but the latest and greatest is really where it’s at. Whether you’re a professional, a creator, a gamer, or all three, the Blade 17 is a beastly laptop.

You’re now getting up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor paired with up to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti and a stunning 144Hz 4K display that’s perfect for gaming as well as creative work. You can also get 32GB of RAM and up to 4TB of SSD storage.

Everything else is trademark Razer. Sleek, stylish exterior, fast storage, an excellent keyboard, and the latest ports, including USB 3.2 and dual Thunderbolt 4. There are less expensive options that include older processors and less powerful GPUs, but the latest top-spec is truly the ultimate laptop .

Reasons to buy

  • 17-inch display
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • NVIDIA 30 series graphics
  • High refresh rate displays
  • Good port selection

Ultimate laptop

Razer Blade 17

Razer Blade 17

It doesn’t get better than this

Razer’s 17-inch Blade packs an insane amount of hardware in its body, including a 4K 144Hz display, 12th Gen Intel processors, and an RTX 3080 Ti Super Max-Q GPU.

The bottom line

The LG gram 17 rewrites the rulebook for 17-inch laptops. Recent years have seen the space dominated by large, heavy gaming machines, but LG proved things can be different. The gram 17 is an Ultrabook for people who want a large display, and that’s a remarkable feat. The latest refresh didn’t do much to alter the winning formula, instead refining and fixing some of the previous issues (notably, the slow SSD storage). It’s now a big, long-lasting laptop that can go everywhere you go.

There are some great alternatives for the best 17-inch laptop, though, whether you’re a gamer, a professional or a creator, or someone looking for a desktop-quality laptop. We highly recommend the Alienware m17 if you want something ideal for gaming, while the Dell XPS 17 is a fantastic choice for creative work. The Razer Blade 17 is the best option if you want something that’s perfect for both, as its unrivaled cutting-edge specs drive top performance whether you’re in-game or deep in the thick of creative apps like video-editing software or rendering programs .

Credits — The team that worked on this guide


Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMEExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @Daniel_Rubino.


Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he’s been an avid fan since childhood. You’ll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

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