World of Warcraft is still 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 compiled a list of the best laptops for WoW so you can enjoy the game without any stuttering.
The system requirements change whenever a new expansion comes out. Blizzard constantly improves graphics such as effects, textures, lighting, 3D models, environment, etc. and therefore there’s always a need for more powerful laptops to play the game on. There is quite a leap from Vanilla to Battle for Azeroth.
World of Warcraft (Vanilla) Laptop Recommended System Requirements:
- CPU: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- GPU: 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
- RAM: 2 GB RAM
World of Warcraft (Battle for Azeroth) Laptop Recommended System Requirements:
- CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or AMD
- GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 4GB or AMD™ Radeon™ R9 280 or better
- RAM: 8 GB RAM
What is the Best Laptop for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth?
The recommended GPU is “NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 4GB (Radeon equivalent)” but I would definitely go for a GTX 1000 series.
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 4th generation of an Intel Core i7. Gaming laptops at least…
Notice that all the laptops listed here have at least one system SSD drive. My opinion and big advice to you all: traditional HDDs are becoming obsolete. They are just slow and unreliable nowadays and can only be served as a second disk for storage space. Absolutely not for your system partition.
1. Acer Predator Helios 300
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144Hz | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | STORAGE: 256GB NVMe SSDAcer 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. It also has a screen refresh rate of 144Hz.
Price/performance Battery life Aesthetics
2. MSI GV62
CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI 4G | SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | STORAGE: 256GB NVMe SSDMSI GV62 is a bit lighter than most gaming laptops, the battery life is not quite good and the cooling does get a bit loud under heavy load. But other than that, this is a great laptop if you’re looking for some extra performance.
Lightweight Good budget GPU Loud fans under heavy load
3. Dell Inspiron 15 7567
CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | STORAGE: 256GB SSD
If your budget is kind of limited and still want to have a decent gaming laptop, this Dell Inspiron 15 7567 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.
Price Great battery life Plastic feel
4. ASUS FX504 TUF Gaming Laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB | SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | STORAGE: 256GB M.2 SSDAsus TUF Gaming FX504 is a gaming laptop that belongs somewhere around the mid-range of gaming laptops. For the price, the laptop brings great performance, above-the-average battery life, and thermals that just don’t quit. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re looking for a great gaming laptop that frequently punches above its weight.
Reasonable price Intel’s 8th Gen CPU Cheap design
5. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB | SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | STORAGE: 128GB SSD + 1TB HDHP Pavilion Gaming Model is a compelling and affordable option for gamers on a budget. While the graphics performance is just a bit sub-par and battery life isn’t exceptional, neither of these are so bad as to be deal-breakers for most users. Great audio and video quality plus a solid hardware design are all just icing on the cake of what is otherwise a top-tier choice in the budget gaming category.
Great audio Good quality screen Chunky and heavy
What about the laptops to play WoW (BfA) under 500$?
I wouldn’t recommend this price range. Okay, it would run World of Warcraft. But you would need to lower the settings to minimum and the laptop wouldn’t be “future proof”. What about if you get bored with this game and you would like to play some other, more resource demanding game? (for me, the previous Legion expansion was a bit boring and I took a pause from WoW at that time). Just wait a month or two, save some more money and grab some proper machine ;).
Still, I checked the market if I can find at least one model to be able to run WoW, but they always lack something for at least an acceptable gaming experience. The GPU is around minimum requirements, which sucks. Really, it looks like crap if you play on low settings. Also when you are in major Horde/Alliance main cities, the lag is unbearable. Trust me, it drove me nuts with my previous laptop -.-
I wouldn’t recommend any for less than 500$.
Do I need a High-End Laptop to play WoW – Battle for Azeroth?
Of course not. But still, being slightly above the recommended settings you can be sure it’s going to last for quite a few more expansions. You are also able to play many AAA games on the market, even the ones that are yet to come.
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.