The HP Envy 17t is another reminder that big laptops are back, and not just for gaming. Apple now sells a 16-inch MacBook Pro, forever replacing the 15-inch models in its lineup. Dell has come out with a new XPS 17 for the first time since 2011. Even LGâ€™s Gram laptop line includes a shockingly light 17-inch version.
The Envy 17t isnâ€™t a new productâ€”HPâ€™s been selling it for yearsâ€”but the surge in similar models partly stems from advancements in display technology that allow for larger screens in smaller bodies. Itâ€™s also an acknowledgement of the workhorse role into which PCs have comfortably settled. Even in a world of big-screen phones, increasingly capable tablets, and ever-lighter ultraportable notebooks, jumbo laptops still fill a unique role for getting things done.