Best Big Laptops

Looking for more screen? These 17-inch models from Asus, HP, and LG come recommended by CR's testers

Scores of laptops are tested in CR labs each year.
Photo: Brian Finke

The allure of a large, 17-inch laptop is easy to understand.

A roomy display makes it easier to browse the web and edit large spreadsheets and photos, while providing a more immersive streaming video experience for watching YouTube or Netflix.

Those extra inches also make it easy for manufacturers to find room—and power—for souped-up components, such as a dedicated graphics card that can tear through complex tasks like rendering high-resolution video or seamlessly sifting through years of digital photos.

Those high-end components make these larger laptops killer gaming machines, too, allowing you to play the latest hit titles at high settings without breaking a sweat.

Compared with more popular 13- to 15-inch laptops, a laptop this size may not be ideal for a road warrior or a college student who bounces from a dorm room to a café to class throughout the day. But that doesn't mean it's too big to carry from your home office to the living room or take on a flight.

Every year Consumer Reports buys dozens of laptops at retail stores, testing them in our labs to see exactly how they perform. That's how we can independently confirm processing speeds, how long the battery lasts, and how comfortable the keyboard is to use.

What follows is a list of 17-inch laptops that pass muster with our testers.