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Best Big Laptops

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

Consumer Reports tester Artur Pietruch examines a series of laptops in our labs.
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 from YouTube or Netflix.

Compared with the more common 13- to 15-inch laptops, one this size may not be ideal for a road warrior or a college student who bounces from the library 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 onto a plane on occasion.

Those extra inches also make it easy to include energy-hungry components such as a dedicated graphics card that can tear through complex tasks like rendering high-resolution video and seamlessly sifting through many years' worth of digital photos.

Of course, those high-end components make for killer gaming machines, too, allowing you to play the latest hit titles at high settings without breaking a sweat.

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

What follows is a list of 17-inch laptops from Asus, HP, and LG that all pass muster with our testers.