This is currently the most popular "Battle Royale" game. It is like 100 players fight against each other and the winner is last man standing. It was released in 2017 by Epic Games. I compiled a list of best laptops for Fortnite to really enjoy and be successful in the game.
Fortnite is a 3d shooter, made with a famous Unreal Engine 4. And for the best experience, you need quite a good laptop with high-end GPU and CPU. As for all 3d shooter games, the game must run flawlessly, without any lag. Otherwise, you would suck big time, no matter if you are a skillful player. 🙂
Right now let's see what are currently the recommended system requirements. Why I said currently: the game is still in an Early Access development stage and the requirements are much likely going to increase.
Recommended System Requirements to run smoothly at 60FPS at FULL HD (1920 x 1080):
CPU: Intel i5 2.8GHz or similar
GPU: Geforce GTX 660 or HD 7870 Radeon or similar (with at least 2GB VRAM)
Considering these specs I wouldn't recommend buying some cheap laptop for let's say under 500 bucks. This is my compiled list of laptops
Best Laptop for Fortnite
Let's we first look at the most crucial part of the laptop, the graphics card. The minimum system requirement for Fortnite is "NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 2GB or AMD™ Radeon™ HD 7870 2GB". But I would rather go for 1000 series, you never know how much the requirements will be in a few years.
You will notice that all the laptops listed here have at least one system SSD drive. My opinion and a big advice to you all: traditional HDDs are becoming obsolete. They are just slow and unreliable nowadays and can be served only as a second disk for a larger storage space. Absolutely not for your system partition. Period.
Now let's take a look what's on the market. The list is ordered by price from the cheapest to the most expensive.
CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB | RAM: 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) | STORAGE: 256GB SSD
If your budget is kind of limited and still want to have a decent gaming laptop, this Dell Inspiron should do the job. It is most suitable for a bit less-demanding games but can still run the latest ones on medium settings without a problem, as it has an upgraded GTX 1050 Titanium.
One great bonus is having a 74 Whr battery so it could be a nice student laptop, suitable also for use in classes.
Not so powerful
Great battery life
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS | STORAGE: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD & extra 2.5" SATA slot
Acer Predator Helios 300 offers a lot for its price. You can play all the latest games with near max settings at 60 fps without a problem as it has a powerful GTX 1060 6GB GPU. The laptop's screen has no high refresh rate (120Hz+) or G-Sync. But let's be honest, we shouldn't expect these features at this price range. If you are looking for a powerful wallet-friendly gaming laptop, this is the one.
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4 2400MHz | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144Hz, G-Sync | STORAGE: 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB SSHD
Bulky, but powerful!
When we choose a laptop we always make a compromise between performance, price, and portability. This model is really about the first two properties. But being a bit bulky also means that there's plenty of room for powerful components inside.
Inside there is a powerful (non Max-Q) GTX 1070. There's also a previous generation quad-core CPU, but it won't make a difference in most games. It also has G-Sync on its 144Hz display. A downside about this model is battery life.
Powerful NVIDIA (non Max-Q) GTX 1070 GPU
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB, Max-Q | RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144Hz | STORAGE: 512GB M.2 NVME PCIe SSD
Powerhouse with great battery life.
A bit less attractive body with quite sharp edges. But for those of you who really don't give a s*** about how your laptop looks like, this model is really a powerhouse. Due to Max-Q design, it is quite slim for its capabilities.
Major upvotes I see in a really good 144Hz IPS display and huge 94Whr capacity of a battery. It can last up to six hours of video streaming. You can also choose a version with 4K display, 60Hz. But for gaming, I much more prefer 1080p with 144Hz refresh rate.
Great battery life
Driver issues out of the box
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB, Max-Q | RAM: 32GB DDR4 2400MHz | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), 144Hz | STORAGE: 512GB NVME PCIe SSD
Good looking, powerful, portable.
The GS65 Stealth Thin really stands out among the gaming laptop competitors. It has everything a gaming laptop should have, power and portability. The look of it is more of a productivity laptop (light and thin) but you can play all the latest games at high or max settings. A sleek black aluminum chassis is also a bit smaller than most 15" laptops.
With Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core, Geforce GTX 1070 and 32GBs of RAM under the hood, the performance is outstanding. There's also an Anti-Glare Wide View Angle 144Hz display for the best gaming experience.
There are also other nice features: a SteelSeries keyboard that's really solid and responsive (and RGB-lit per key, if you are up for those things), a responsive touchpad...
Too bad there is G-Sync missing, but for all the goodies above it should be forgivable. 🙂
Smooth and powerful
Lack of G-Sync
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB, Max-Q | RAM: 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144Hz | STORAGE: 512GB SSD
Slim body, awesome design, great power.
With this model, Razer finally catches up the competition among gaming laptops. It has a slim body, elegant design, CNC aluminum metal casing, good battery life, 144 Hz display. With Geforce GTX 1070 GPU and powerful hexa-core i7-8750H processor, it's powerful enough to play all the latest games on the market.
What makes a stand out of the competitors is a really nice and firm aluminum body, also the thinnest among them all. Big up for Razer this time.
No Ethernet port
Smallest and thinnest of all 15-inchers
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 8 GB, Max-Q | RAM: 32GB DDR4 2400 MHz | SCREEN: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 120Hz, G-Sync | STORAGE: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
The most powerful thin and light among all.
Acer Predator Triton 700 has a lot to show. First is the chassis which looks it just came out of some sci-fi series. A real beauty, we must confess. But the main plus is, of course, a great performance.
The system is just amazing, having a GTX 1080 (with Max-Q) GPU, i7-7700HQ and plenty of RAM.
The only drawback I see is the odd placement of a touchpad, which is above the keyboard. But for gaming, it just doesn't matter that much.
GTX 1080 in a thiny chassis
Odd touchpad placement
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 8 GB | RAM: 64GB DDR4 2133 MHz | SCREEN: 17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080), 120Hz, G-Sync | STORAGE: 512GB SSD M.2 SATA + 1TB (SATA) 7200RPM
Desktop replacement beast.
GT75 is a beast. In the aspect of a performance as well as dimensions. It's just massive. This model is actually a desktop replacement with a full-size SteelSeries mechanical keyboard. It has a robust (also quite loud) cooling system and quite good speakers for the laptop.
With a desktop-class processor Core i7-8750H, GTX 1080 GPU, and up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 RAM it's up for any task. If you want a kind of a portable desktop computer and you are comfortable with the massiveness, this is the right choice.
But of course, this comes with the price...
Huge and massive
What about the best laptops to play Fortnite under 500$?
Well, to be honest, I wouldn't recommend this price range for the gaming laptop. Okay, it would run World of Warcraft for sure. But it wouldn't be "future proof". What about if you get bored with this game and you would like to play some other, more resource demanding game? (for me, the previous Legion expansion was a bit boring and I took a pause from WoW at that time). Look, just wait a month or two, save some more money and go for the "big boys" ;).
I checked the market if I can find at least one model to be able to run WoW, but they always lack something for the at least an acceptable gaming experience. The GPU is around minimum requirements, which sucks. Really, it looks like crap if you play on low settings. Also when you are in major Horde/Alliance main cities, the lag is unbearable. Trust me, it drove me nuts with my previous laptop -.-
So I wouldn't recommend any for less than 500$. Sorry 🙂
Do I need a High-End Laptop to play Fortnite?
Of course not. But if you are on a budget and decide you buy a high-end gaming laptop, you can be sure it's going to last until the very end of WoW :). Seriously, with such power under the hood, you are also able to play many AAA games on the market, even the ones that are yet to come. So if you have the money, you can get a really future-proof laptop to enjoy your gaming life.
If you have any recommendation about other gaming laptops for playing WoW, please feel free to mention bellow in a comment section. I would be glad to hear it from you.