Oh, World of Warcraft. Needless to say, for me one of the best MMORPG games of all times. It was released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment and currently, it is at its 7th extension Battle for Azeroth. I remember starting playing it when the first expansion Burning Crusade came out (at that time I was a broke student and we played od free-to-play private servers...psst 😉 ). Anyways, back to the main question what is the best laptop for WoW. Well, it depends on many factors, actually. Especially on your budget.
First, we must be very well aware that the system requirements change whenever a new expansion comes out. Everytime Blizzard improves gfx effects, textures, 3d models, environment, etc. and therefore the's always a need for much more powerful computers to play on. Just look at the comparison of recommended system requirements of vanilla and the latest expansion Battle of Azeroth.
Battle for Azeroth
PC: Windows XP / Windows Vista (with latest Service Packs)
MAC: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer
PC: Windows® 10 64-bit
MAC: macOS® 10.13 (latest version)
PC: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
MAC: Intel 1.8GHz processor or better
PC: Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or AMD FX™-8310 or better
MAC: Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or better
PC: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
MAC: 2 GB RAM
PC: 8 GB RAM
MAC: 8 GB RAM
PC: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better
MAC: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better
PC: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 4GB or AMD™ Radeon™ R9 280 or better
MAC: AMD Radeon™ R9 M395X or better 4GB VRAM Metal capable GPU
As we can see, with every expansion we need more and more powerful computer. This is why I always recommend buying a laptop that will last at least 5 years, possibly even more. To be honest, we never know how many expansions Blizzard is about to release in the future. But as long as they make a profit out of it (and they still make a huge amount of money out of it due to many millions active players atm), they shall continue to update the game for a long time. So buying a cheap one really (in my opinion) isn't a solution, especially for gaming.
I researched the market and compiled a list of the best laptops for gaming and be able to play World of Warcraft smoothly without any GPU stuttering.
Best Laptops for World of Warcraft
Let's we first look at the most crucial part of the laptop, the graphics card. The minimum system requirement for Battle for Azeroth is "NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 560 2GB or AMD™ Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB or Intel® HD Graphics 530 (45W)". I really wouldn't go for these low-end GPUs. Especially when you do raiding or battlegrounds where lots of players and spell effects are rendered. Even though Blizzard made a great effort to optimize every piece of 3d contend it's still quite a task for graphics cards. This is why I recommend being slightly above a recommended range (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 4GB or AMD™ Radeon™ R9 280), considering GPUs.
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 WoW (BfA) 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 WoW - Battle for Azeroth?
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.