More of a note to myself, but could be useful if you happen to be shopping a 17-inch gaming laptop.

Below is a list of candidates and a compilation of useful information about them. Google Shopping is a handy tool I use to find the best prices on the internet. Google Shopping doesn’t index Amazon prices, hence a separate link for Amazon.

On a side note, I haven’t found a good website for comparing laptop specifications. Such a tool should

  1. collect accurate information about each laptop and reorganize into a standardized format.
  2. have an intuitive interface for comparing specifications side-by-side.

Review sites such as notebookcheck.net are in the best positions to do this, but no one has implemented this as far as I know. If you have a go-to website for comparing laptops, please leave a comment.

Alienware 17 R4

  • + Solid construction
  • + Excellent cooling
  • + Easy upgrade
  • + Future-proof thanks to Alienware Graphics Amplifier.
  • – Heavy and bulky

Manufacturer’s specifications

notebookcheck.net review

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page 

Amazon product page

ASUS GL702VM

  • OK construction
  • OK cooling
  • Medium difficulty upgrade
  • – No external graphics solutions
  • + Thin and light

GL702VM-DB74

i7-6700HQ/GTX1060/16GB/256GB/1TB

Manufacturer’s specifications

notebookcheck.net review

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page

Amazon product page

GL702VM-DS74

i7-7700HQ/GTX1060/16GB/128GB/1TB

Manufacturer’s specifications

notebookcheck.net review

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page 

Amazon product page

ASUS GL702VS

GL702VS-DS74

i7-7700HQ/GTX1070/16GB/512GB/1TB

Manufacturer’s specifications

notebookcheck.net review

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page 

Amazon product page

ASUS GL753VD

GL753VD-DS71

i7-7700HQ/GTX1050/16GB/NoSSD/1TB

Manufacturer’s specifications

notebookcheck.net review

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page 

Amazon product page

ASUS GL753VE

GL753VE-DS74

i7-7700HQ/GTX1050Ti/16GB/256GB/1TB

Manufacturer’s specifications

notebookcheck.net review

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page 

Amazon product page

MSI GE72

notebookcheck.net review GE72 Series

GE72 Apache Pro-070

i7-6700HQ/GTX970M/16GB/128GB/1TB/

Manufacturer’s specifications

Google shopping product page

Amazon product page

GE72VR Apache Pro-009

i7-6700HQ/GTX1060/16GB/256GB/1TB

 

Manufacturer’s specifications

MobileTechReview video review

Google shopping product page

Amazon product page


Background

I’m in the market for a 17-inch laptop with quad-core Intel i7. Graphics performance is not particularly important for me. An ideal choice would consist of a 17-inch, 1080p or 2160p IPS display, a 45W Kaby Lake, solid construction, solid cooling performance and lightweight. Unfortunately few such products exist. Most products with quad-core CPUs are also gaming-oriented. Given my needs, I’d rather give up graphics performance in favor of portability (at least in terms of weight), but apparently such a market is small.

In terms of priorities: quad-core i7 + 17.3″ 1080p/2160p (must-haves)>build quality>cooling>GPU

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