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Best 17-inch and Larger Laptops

Selection Of Desktop Replace Laptops For A Variety Of Uses And Budgets

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Mar 19 2014 - Desktop replacements are the most powerful of the mobile laptops. These system pack in the features and functions that make them competitive with desktop computers. There are even a lot of specialized multimedia and gaming models. Based on my research and experience, here are the top desktop replacement laptops that use 17-inch and larger screens for a variety of different budgets, features and uses.

Best General Purpose - HP Envy 17t-j100 Leap Motion

HP ENVY 17 Leap Motion
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While not many people buy larger laptops for non-gaming purposes, there are still a few that want the larger screen. For those that don't find gaming essential, the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion offers a good general performance platform that isn't too large or heavy. The quad core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M handle most tasks without problem. The best part is that the system has loads of storage space thanks to two 1TB hard drives. It even features a built-in Leap Motion gesture control system which is more novelty than useful but may still impress some users. Pricing is around $1300. For those that want something a bit more affordable yet still offering high performance and slightly better 3D graphics, the Acer Aspire V3 772G can be found under $1300.

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Best Gaming - ASUS ROG G750JW-NH71

ASUS ROG G750JW
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Most people looking to get a 17-inch laptop are probably doing so because they want a mobile gaming platform. There are plenty of options out there that offer fantastic gaming performance but most are quite expensive. This is where the ASUS ROG G750JW is great because it can be found around $1250. Even with this price tag, it features a Core i7 quad core processor, 12GB of DDR3 memory, 1080p display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX765M graphics that five it great gaming performance. It is still quite heavy and large but not as bad as some others. It is also quite easy to upgrade the storage from the 750GB hard drive to solid state drives if you want to boost your performance. For those that want a bit more flashy system with some solid performance behind it, the Alienware 17 is a great choice but you really want to look at the $2000 models rather than the entry level one.

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Most Portable - MSI GS70 2OD-001US

MSI GS70
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Apple was King of the ultrathin 17-inch laptops until they decided to drop their 17-inch MacBook Pro over a year ago. Thankfully, more companies are looking at portability being a key feature even if the system is made for gaming. The MSI GS70 system is just .85-inches thick and weights under six pounds but offers enough performance from its Core i7 quad core processor and GTX 765M graphics for PC gaming. Now the smaller profile does mean that it lacks a DVD drive but this isn't as big of a deal with digital software distribution now. Gamers will also want to be wary of the trackpad that has issue so use an external mouse with it. Pricing is around $1600. An alternative if you want a higher build quality is the Razer New Blade Pro that features new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics and its unique LED display trackpad but it is much more expensive at roughly $2500.

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Best Battery Life - Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch

Dell Inspiron 17 7000
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With such an emphasis on performance and the larger more energy demanding screens, 17-inch laptops are typically not that well known for their long battery life. Dell seems to realize that some people want longer running times such that they designed their Inspiron 17 7000 Touch around lower voltage processors such that it can get over six hours of digital video playback. That is fifty percent longer than most 17-inch laptops with batteries twice the size. It even features a touchscreen display which most companies have avoided. Of course, performance is much lower because of the low power consuming dual core processor such that it is only suited really as a general purpose machine. Priced around $1300. An alternative with higher performance but just four and a half hours of video playback is the HP Envy 17 j100 Leap Motion which can be found for roughly the same price but with motion controls rather than a touchscreen.

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