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What’s the Best Large Screen Laptop?

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Laptop screenWe did lots of research and the Gateway NV7915u (available at Best Buy for $599.99 at the time of this writing) is by far the best value on the market we found for a large screen, 17″+ laptop. Benchmark scores show the processor way outperforming its AMD Turon II competitor (and as a nice surprise, our laptop shipped with an i5!).

The two main competitors to this laptop we considered were the Gateway NV7316u ($579.99) and the HP Pavilion dv7-3165dx ($779.99). We also looked at a Toshiba and Dell, which were far inferior.

Out of all 3 laptops, the NV7915u (this one) performed the fastest on processor benchmarks.

The primary advantages for the NV7915u large screen laptop are:

  • Intel Core i3 processor (we got an i5, maybe you will too) – both these processors far outperform the AMD Turion II.
  • Faster system bus, more cache memory, and faster (DDR3) RAM
  • (Compared to Gateway) RAM expandable to 8GB (as opposed to 4GB) – this will come into play several years from now when you need more power and RAM is cheaper.

Pluses for all of these large screen laptops:

  • HDMI output – you can use this to hook your laptop up to HD TV or Projector for movies, etc.
  • 4 USB ports
  • Energy Star qualification (most laptops should have this by now)
  • Good keyboards/ touch pad/ sound & speakers
  • Windows 7 64-bit: Windows 7 is solid, uses resources better than XP and way better than Vista. 64-bit processing has a significant performance advantage, particularly with multitasking (parallel computing) – just be sure to buy/download 64-bit software (will also run 32-bit software if no 64-bit version is available).

Disadvantages of the NV7915u:

  • (Compared to HP) Lesser battery life (6-cell as opposed to 8-cell battery), 2 hours instead of 5+. Note – you can always buy a better battery down the road.
  • (Compared to HP) Slightly slower hard drive (5400 RPM instead of 7200)
  • (Compared to HP) No blue-ray support
  • No ATI graphics card (although benchmark tests show that for every day PC (office) tasks, the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD actually outperforms the ATI. So, the ATI card advantage is primarily for 3D performance/ gaming, etc.)
  • (Compared to HP) HP has slightly better LED screen

As a sidenote for Gateway laptops – this is our first Gateway purchase (we build desktops from scratch), and we’re pleasantly surprised with the smoothness of the initial setup/ installation. In addition, Gateway labels all its included software (in add/remove programs you’ll see each listing appended by “Gateway…”, so you can easily remove it, although it’s not nearly as bothersome as all the junk Dell stuffs onto their PC’s (under strange, cryptic names that you have to Google to find out what they are).


About Alex Schenker
Alex bring a series of in-depth articles on search marketing and content management systems as well as troubleshooting tips to We Rock Your Web's collection. He is an avid tennis player, nature enthusiast, and hiker, and enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, and dogs, Bella and Lily.

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17 inch laptops are bulky and not suitable for journeys in my view. No wonder we see smaller ones, ie. Tablet PC (like Ipad) and of late Samsung Galaxy. Anyways, thanks for researching big screen laptops.

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The first thing to realize when you are considering a large screen laptop or actually any laptop for that matter, is that most modern machines will likely do an acceptable job for whatever purpose you have in mind. I suppose that there are a few applications which may require some high performance features or even hacks or modifications. But, I think these uses are really few and far between. Just as an example, maybe you are gamer. This may require that you have a high performance graphics or even video card or capabilities. In this case, a standard off the… Read more »
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Think about the size and weight of your new laptop. Remember that this is supposed to be a portable computer. If it feels like you are carrying around a truck, then the purpose of the machine may be defeated. Unfortunately, the main determinant of the size and weight of the laptop is the screen size and the battery. Most likely, the larger the screen and the higher capacity the battery have the heavier and larger the computer will be. One of the funny things that strike me about laptops is that they were designed for the purpose of being moved.… Read more »
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There are also additional features which are important considerations when choosing the best laptop for your situation. The trackpad is not a huge factor, but something to consider nonetheless. Just make sure that it feels comfortable and is very usable. The more common options are either a little ball located between some of the keys or an actual touch pad located on the bottom of keyboard. Personally, I think the pad provides a better feel and is easier to use. Take a look at the keyboard. Of course, the size of the keyboard is really determined by the screen size,… Read more »
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A key factor to consider when deciding upon a laptop is the amount of memory. My advice is to get the most amount of memory that you can afford. I have always found that the old saying is true. You can never have enough memory. Having more RAM memory will allow you to open and use more programs simultaneously without slowing down the computer. As a general rule, this is one of the first customizations I make to any new machine. I try to double the amount of memory it comes with. The one caveat to this is that you… Read more »
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Also consider the weight of the laptop. If you are going to be carrying this around with you everywhere like I do, then you want something that feels comfortable when you pick it up and carry it around. Probably the heaviest aspect of the laptop is the battery. A longer battery life generally equates to more weight. Of course, you could also purchase a back up battery or two. Then again, this will add a fair amount of weight, so you will need to balance these two issues and come to your own decision. The size of the screen and… Read more »
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I remember years ago when laptops were first becoming the in thing. Actually, if you had a laptop it meant that you either had too much money or were just another tech geek. Now, it seems that everyone has such a machine. In fact, my own main personal computer is a 17 inch laptop and I take it literally everywhere I go. Another factor today is price. The cost of most laptops has dropped considerably over the years. It is no longer an advantage to buy a desktop if your primary consideration is price. Probably the only downside to a… Read more »
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This simple, straightforward, and relatively unbiased article gave me a great understanding of what to expect when looking to purchase a large screen PC. I liked how the article listed the preferred choice that the authors made, as well as the detailed explanation of what made that the best choice for their needs. I would definitely say this is a good source of information on the subject and the authors seem to be at least knowledgeable although not necessarily experts in the field. I say this because there are a lot of personal opinions inserted and not very much jargon.… Read more »
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I think 17” are too much. Size does matter when you want to travel. It would be kind of difficult to carry around that big a volume. So a 17” laptop is only great for people who don’t intend to carry it around too often. In my opinion, a 15” display like you see on the Alienware M15x is perfect. Not too big, not too small.

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I was all set on purchasing a large screen LCD (bigger always seemed better 😉 but now I’m taking a serious look at the new “Notebook” or “Netbook” or whatever they’re called fad and thinking it might be handier to have a smaller, slimmer laptop that is more light weight and easier to carry around.

It’s funny how for a while it was cooler to have a smaller cell phone, and now all the touch screen phones (iPhone, HTC, Droid, etc.) are battling over who has the larger screen size.

If I had the cash, I would just get an iPad…

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One of the most important things to consider when choosing a large screen (or any) laptop is to make sure that your chosen laptop has enough plugs and connectors to accommodate all of your needed equipment. Sometimes it is not possible to know exactly how many plugs and connectors you will. In this case, just make a reasonable guess. You may have already thought about this one when examining the screen itself, but also consider the screen resolution. Certain sizes will generally have a set level of resolution. However, in some cases, this can be modified and adjusted. For example,… Read more »
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