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World of Warcraft is one of the best MMORPG games of all time. It was released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. Currently, it is at its 7th extension Battle for Azeroth, and 8th Shadowlands is scheduled for a release in November 2020

The system requirements from Vanilla to Battle for Azeroth expansion has changed a lot. Especially in 2018, when DirectX 12 support came into play. Blizzard continuously improves graphic elements such as textures, lighting, 3D models, particle effects, and so on. It demands a gaming laptop with a processor and graphics card powerful enough to run the game smoothly, so the gameplay is the most enjoyable.

I compiled a list of 5 gaming laptops to enjoy playing WoW smoothly without any stuttering and lagging. And also to make you “future proof” for at least a few expansions that are yet to come. Or maybe some other game if you get bored with World of Warcraft.

First, of course, it depends on the budget you are willing to spend on a new gaming machine. Second, a good starting point would be meeting at least the recommended system requirements. Why recommended and not minimum? Because minimum requirements are based on what developers define that games are playable at the lowest graphic settings values. Whereas the recommended requirements are what is needed to run a game with decent or highest graphical settings with a high enough frame rate for the best gaming experience.

Note that due to graphics improvement of the Shadowlands expansion Blizzard again raised the requirements.

1. Acer Predator Helios 300

Recommended

2. MSI GL65 Leopard

3. Razer Blade 15

4. MSI GS66 Stealth

5. Gigabyte AORUS 15G

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz Display, 3ms Response Time, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-710B
MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H RTX2070 16GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win 10
Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 15.6" FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3, Black
MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS-037 15.6" 300Hz 3ms Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 32GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win10PRO VR Ready
[2020] AORUS 15G (YB) Performance Gaming Laptop, 15.6-inch FHD 240Hz IPS, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, 10th Gen Intel i9-10980HK, 32GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD
Processor
i7-9750H
i7-10750H
i7-10875H
i7-10750H
i9-10980HK
GPU
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
32GB DDR4
32GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512TB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 300Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 240Hz, Full HD, IPS
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1. Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz Display, 3ms Response Time, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-710B
Processor
i7-9750H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
131 Reviews
$1,129.99
Recommended

2. MSI GL65 Leopard

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H RTX2070 16GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win 10
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
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$1,399.00

3. Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 15.6" FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3, Black
Processor
i7-10875H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512TB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
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$1,747.99

4. MSI GS66 Stealth

MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS-037 15.6" 300Hz 3ms Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super 32GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win10PRO VR Ready
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
RAM
32GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 300Hz, Full HD, IPS
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$2,049.00

5. Gigabyte AORUS 15G

[2020] AORUS 15G (YB) Performance Gaming Laptop, 15.6-inch FHD 240Hz IPS, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, 10th Gen Intel i9-10980HK, 32GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD
Processor
i9-10980HK
GPU
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM
32GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 240Hz, Full HD, IPS
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Last update on 2020-08-10.

World of Warcraft Recommended System Requirements

Battle for Azeroth

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or AMD FX™-8310 or better
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 4GB or AMD™ Radeon™ R9 280 or better
  • MEMORY: 8GB
  • STORAGE: 70GB available space SSD

Source: https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/76459

Shadowlands

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X or better
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 or better
  • MEMORY: 8GB
  • STORAGE: Solid State Drive (SSD) 100GB available space

Source: https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/256565

Important: The components listed (especially processor and graphics card) in the requirements are all meant to be the desktop versions. They’re up to 20% faster than mobile versions, and we must consider this fact. So we don’t end up with an underpowered laptop even though being within the recommended requirement.

What is the Best Laptop for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands?

There is no “the best one”. Each one of the machines listed here would run the game just fine, smoothly without any stuttering. But as mentioned previously, it also depends on how much you willing to go spend. You cannot expect the same performance from the lowest budget laptop to the highest one. Obviously. 🙂

Regarding performance, it’s mainly all about how many frames per second a gaming laptop can output to the display.

About FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS):

What is FPS? It is the number of consecutive images produced onto the monitor each second. (Note: In gaming FPS also stands for First Person Shooter but this is not the case here.)

How many FPS is needed? – It is not yet known for sure how many FPS the human eye and brain can process. But they predict it could be around 200. The number of frames per second that is acceptable for gaming though is far lower. From bare minimum 25 FPS up to the limit of your screen*. If the FPS drop below 25, you are likely to notice considerable stuttering.

*By screen limit I mean its refresh rate. Nowadays there are even 300Hz (frames per second) monitors in the gaming scene. That “high refresh” rate monitors give a feeling of a more responsive overall experience. The game type can also be a factor. If you play online competitive games you get an advantage over your opponents who have regular 60Hz displays. Basically, more frames, earlier and more you see than. 🙂

A great explanation here on this video from Nvidia:

Of course, a CPU & GPU must be able to maintain enough frames per second (possibly up to screen limit) to make it a difference.

The recommended GPU for the Shadowlands is “NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (Radeon equivalent)”. According to the performance chart on Videocard Benchmarks website, to be on a safe side, it’s recommended for a laptop to have at least RTX 2070 (standard or with Max-Q design).

When you do raiding, or battlegrounds there are lots of player models and spell effects being rendered. Even though Blizzard makes a great effort to optimize every piece of 3D content it’s still quite a task for graphics cards.

Also, you are on a safe side for at least a few expansions in the near future. Considering CPU, there’s really not an issue as today’s laptop specs are well above the 6th generation of an Intel Core i7. So this is nothing to be worried about.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-9750HGRAPHICS: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

Acer Predator Helios 300 - 2019  offers a lot for its price. You can play most of the latest games without a problem as it has a powerful GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GPU. With extra storage slots, you can easily upgrade for more disk space. It also has a screen refresh rate of 144Hz.

PROS / CONS

Price/performance
Great display

Battery life

Last update on 2020-08-10.


Razer Blade 15

Image credit: Future

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-10875H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

Razer Blade 15 packs lots of power with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, high-end graphics with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, and a fast 144Hz FHD matte display for an obscene competitive advantage in high-FPS games. All this performance is packed into in a durable, precision-crafted aluminum chassis that remains as compact as ever at 0.7-inches thin.

PROS / CONS

Attractive aluminum chassis
Huge battery life

Relative expensive

Last update on 2020-08-10.


MSI GS66 Stealth

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-10750H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q • MEMORY: 32GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 300Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

The MSI GS66 Stealth is a strong player in this field, with a nice build and high-end features that match its high price. It’s a reasonably portable, high-performing machine.

It has plenty of advanced features and will perform at very high frame rates in all games. The price tag is quite high, though, so I can only recommend it to hardcore enthusiasts with big budgets.

PROS

Impressive 300Hz display
Plenty of ports
 Sturdy but portable metal build

CONS

Relative small storage for the price

Last update on 2020-08-10.


Gigabyte AORUS 15G

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i9-10980HK • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q • MEMORY: 32GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 240Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

The Aorus 15G is a well-designed laptop with outstanding performance, that’s for sure. It’s quite an investment, but a smart one if your pockets allow you. From the mechanical keyboard to the cooling system, packing the latest CPUs (10th Generation H-Series) from Intel and GPUs (GeForceRTX Super) from Nvidia, the Aorus 15G is a winner of gaming laptops to date.

PROS / CONS

Mechanical keyboard
Strong graphics and overall performance
Long battery life

Aggressive design (for some may actually be a Pro)
Awkward webcam placement

Last update on 2020-08-10.


Conclusion

How the gaming laptop performs it depends also on the situation. There is quite a difference whether you are in some crowded zone or city, full of other players. Or when you run 5 man dungeons, raids or PvP arenas.

You can realistically expect a lower frame rate in crowded zones as the computer must render more graphical elements at the same time. And a higher frame rate lets say indoors, where there are not that many 3D elements to be shown on display.

To sum up: all these laptops would run World for Warcraft – Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands just fine. Staying within the reasonable game settings for specific GPU you can enjoy playing the game smoothly. If you have a large budget to spend then go for some high-end laptop listed here and crank the graphics settings up to the roof. Otherwise, the RECOMMENDED machine is a great deal and compensation between price and performance.

Have fun playing the game!

Take care! 🙂