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6 Best Laptops For WoW: Reviews For World Of Warcraft Gamers

Let me just start by saying I am an avid World of Warcraft player. It Is a truly epic game, one that grows every year to provide its players with more and more content. It is easy to get into and addictive to play. For those that haven’t got a laptop or computer capable enough to roam the world of Azeroth don't worry; we have you covered.

World of Warcraft has been one of the crowning achievements of the gaming world since it was first released over ten years ago. The MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) has been the number one choice for those who like to immerse themselves in games full of other players, in-depth lore, and a world that is continuously changing and updating.

Thanks to the high level of optimization that comes from a game that has been hugely successful for many years, the spec required to play World of Warcraft is relatively low. This makes it a perfect game for those who want to play a seriously in-depth game, but don’t have the hardware or budget to buy a top of the range gaming rig.

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GPU

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CUK MSI GF65 Thin Gaming Laptop (Intel...

i7

32GB

1080p

RTX 2060

15.6″

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC,...

i7

16GB

1080p

GTX 1660ti

15.6″

2019 Newest Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6' Full...

i7

16GB

1080p

UHD 620

15.6″

Acer Aspire 5, 15.6' Full HD IPS Display, 8th...

i5

8GB

1080p

MX250

15.6″

Omen by HP 2019 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, Intel...

i7

16GB

1080p

RTX 2060

17.3″

Asus FX504 TUF Gaming Laptop, 15.6” Full...

i7

8GB

1080p

GTX 1050ti

15.6″


Laptop Requirements For World Of Warcraft

Processor & CPU

The processor, or CPU, is your computer's brain. It makes lots of complicated decisions that completely control your computer. A good CPU leads to a stronger computer.

Due to the age of the game, Warcraft was created at a time where CPU’s were the main driving force behind games. To this day, WoW is primarily a processor dependent game. Usually, as a gamer, you are going to be focusing on your GPU for gaming performance.

With WoW, almost all of the work is done by your CPU. This means that the CPU is the component that is number one on your priority list when deciding which laptop you want to use to fight monsters and save the damsel in distress.

Our Recommendation: Although the office specifications state a 1st gen i5 760 or above, we highly recommend using anything above a 5th gen and above processor. Preferably i5 and above.

RAM

RAM or Random Access Memory is your computer's store of cheat sheets. It stores all of the little short cuts your computer makes to speed processes up. Every time it makes one of these decisions, your RAM will then work to send these cheat sheets to your other components. This is essentially the supporting player to your other components.

A strong RAM helps both your graphics card and CPU run smoothly. As we said earlier, your CPU is the most important component for playing WoW. RAM is the most important component for supporting your CPU. If you want your computer to run smoothly, ensure you have a good level of RAM in your system.

Recommendation: Luckily, you do not need masses of RAM to run WoW. You will get away with 4GB. Upgrading to 8 or 16GB will make everything run a lot smoother, however.

Graphics Card/GPU

We have already talked about the importance of your CPU and your RAM. These two are the essentials to simply running WoW. Your graphics card holds a slightly different role. The level of your graphics card isn’t as important for solely running the game.

Your graphics card is what is going to control the level of graphics that you get to play at. If you want to run your game with higher graphics settings or if you want to add texture packs, this is where you will need to look at upgrading your GPU.

If you are looking for the bare minimum due to budget reasons, Blizzard suggests at least a GTX 560. With this card, however, the game is going to feel clunky and old due to rendering distances and quality of the environment.

Recommended: At a very minimum, you should aim for UHD 620 graphics if you want integrated graphics and a GTX 1050ti if you are looking for a dedicated card, which we highly recommend.

Screen Size & Display Quality

For gamers, screen size and display quality hold a much higher importance than for other users. Gamers want the highest quality screens, the best resolution, and most probably, a bigger screen. Gamers tend to use their gaming laptops as a desktop replacement. This means power-saving lower quality, and energy-efficient screens aren’t as important to us.

When looking at screens, firstly you need to choose the size you want. After that, decide the quality you want. Once you know that, filter those choices and pick a screen that fits your budget the best. Technically for World of Warcraft, you are not going to need a top of the range 4K monitor, but if you enjoy other gaming titles, you may want to splash the extra cash.

Recommended- If you are looking at a laptop solely for playing World of Warcraft, we suggest a good 1080p monitor. If you are a gamer that enjoys other more demanding games, look for a good 1440 or 4k display.

Storage

The systems requirements for WoW in terms of storage are pretty simple. Storage-wise you are going to need 70GB to download the game. This is really the only storage requirement necessary here.

However, I am going to mention the importance of SSD selection. Many cheaper machines come equipped with an HDD system. HDD’s are older tech, capable of storing huge amounts of data.

They are slow, however, and when it comes to gaming, you might want to consider looking for a machine with an SSD. An SSD is a Solid-State Drive. It uses the same type of memory as your RAM and is ridiculously quicker than HDD to load and transfer files. For a gamer, storing your games on an SSD as opposed to an HDD will lead to much faster load and boot times.

Recommended: Almost every laptop on the market comes with enough storage to play WoW. Looking for an SSD, however, will mean your games run quicker, load quicker, and give you a faster data transferability.

Operating System

The team at Blizzard is one of the best game developers in the world. Very early on, they realized the importance of optimizing WoW to run on both mac and windows. You shouldn’t have any problems playing the game on either a Windows computer or an Apple-based alternative.

Price & Warranty

The market for gaming laptops is one of the biggest in the computing world. This means that there is a huge offering of choices on the market. Figuring out which ones are worth the money is where we shine. We know the cost and performance of most computer parts. We use this to value a computer on its computing ability.

Then we look at the features and the brand. By comparing these, we can narrow down your choices for you, only suggesting the laptops that have scored high in our performance x cost analysis.


6 Best Laptops For World Of Warcraft Reviewed

1. MSI GF65 Thin

CUK MSI GF65 Thin Gaming Laptop (Intel...
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H Six Core...
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz | Hard Drive: 512GB...
  • Keyboard: Single Backlight with Anti-Ghost...
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 |...

Our Top Pick!

Processor (CPU)

i7

RAM, Internal Storage

32GB RAM

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics / GPU

RTX 2060

Screen Size

15.6″

Warranty

2 yr

So, you have decided to take the plunge, decided that you want to become an overlord of Orgrimmar, or have decided to become a dragon slayer. Just like how you wouldn’t want to fight the lord of the undead with a rusty sword, you don’t want to fight him on a laggy outdated computer.

The best laptop for World of Warcraft would be the MSI GF65. Our top pick overall and a machine capable of supporting you on your crusade to victory, the GF65 comes backed with the firepower you need to conquer the World of Warcraft.

Under the hood, the GF65 comes packed with a 9th gen 9750H processor, a top of the range chipset that has been one of the best chips on the market for some time now. To support that awesome CPU, you get a whopping 32GB of RAM, which is overkill, but we aren’t complaining.

Next, you get the RTX 2060 Graphics card, from Nvidia's latest range of A.I tech-enabled raytracing range of top-end cards.

This card, which boasts its own 6GB of onboard RAM, was made for gaming, the raytracing and Turing architecture are designed to create realistic shading and shadows in-game. Walk in front of a window, and the shadows behind your character will move with you.

Finally, you get a 512GB NVMe SSD. This should be more than enough storage for your games and files and will allow your machine to boot up and load games instantly.

Display-wise, the display panel on the GF65 is made for gamers. The 120hz refresh rate allows for rapid response times, no more dying in battlegrounds due to dropping frame rates.

The 1080p screen performs better than it suggests, too, compared to other unnamed laptops that were running at 1440p the GF65 looked better in every way. The thin bezels are awesome, too, giving you that full-screen feeling.

MSI has been leading the way for a long time when it comes to world-ending gaming laptops that come with a price-tag that laughs at the more expensive models with the same spec. They know what gamers want, using that information to create laptops that gamers love.

Good
  • Good Price
  • RTX 2060 GPU
  • Amazing Screen For Gaming
  • DLSS Enabled
Bad
  • Can run hot

2. Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC,...
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6 Core...
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB...
  • 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen...
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD...

Most Popular Model

Processor (CPU)

i7

RAM, Internal Storage

16GB RAM

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics / GPU

GTX 1660ti

Screen Size

15.6″

Warranty

2 yr

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is an absolute technological warship. It has made its way onto more of our recommended lists than any other laptop, and for a good reason. The Helios is a laptop made for gamers, by a brand that constantly impressed with their gaming range.

To begin with, ASUS has loaded this beast with a 9th gen intel i7 9750H CPU, the golden boy in consumer processors. Next, you get 16GB DDR4, which is perfect for helping the Helios run as well as it does.

A 256GB SSD storage, which is not quite the 512GB we prefer, is still competent. This is a laptop for gamers, not for people with huge amounts of photos, videos, and other storage hungry reasons.

The crowning component in the Helios is the new GTX 1660TI, the top of the range card in the Nvidias GTX range. This beast will allow you to play most games in 1080p at full quality, and this means it is absolute overkill when it comes to the world of Warcraft.

The entire laptop looks sleek and cool, like a high tech battle station. The RGB keyboard gives you key-light customizability and is amazingly responsive when it comes to feedback and resistance. 

The screen is also designed for gaming. The 144Hz 3ms IPS display is gorgeous. Stutter free gaming is guaranteed. The panel itself is also amazing. The colors are clear and vibrant, the darks are as deep as a warlock’s soul, and the viewing angles are perfect.

Then we get to the crowning achievement of the Helios, the reason why we all love it so much here at Tech Gearoid. At the top of the keyboard on the Helios, lies a single seductive button. This button has the words "Turbo" on it and is almost irresistibly impossible to resist. It's the first thing I pressed, and I’m sure it is the first thing most people press.

Pressing the Turbo button places an overclock on every single component that is used for gaming, instantly boosting gaming potential through the roof. This turns the already capable Helios into a dragon-slaying weapon fit for any gamer.

Good
  • Turbo Button Is Sexy
  • Strong 1660ti Card
  • Screen Is Made For Gaming
  • Twin Fans Keep Helios Cool
Bad
  • Firmware installed is clunky

3. Dell Inspiron 15 5000

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Best Option under $1000

Processor (CPU)

i7

RAM, Internal Storage

16GB RAM

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics / GPU

UHD 620

Screen Size

15.6″

Warranty

2 yr

For those of you on a budget, don’t worry. Thankfully, World of Warcraft has a low spec list. This means that you can easily pick up a laptop for under $1000 that can run WoW smoothly, relatively easily.

Our pick in this category is the Dell Inspiron 15 5000. Now, as you probably know, we love MSI for their gaming laptops, and we think the Helios is inherently cool. This time, although you are getting a laptop that has been creating for overall experience instead of gaming, you aren’t going to get a laptop that looks like a gaming laptop.

You are, however, getting a great component list, in a laptop built by my particularly favorite brand. I use Dell computers for almost everything, including typing this article, and for a good reason. Dell laptops use exceedingly high-quality components and have customer service and warranty program that is second to none.

The Inspiron 15 comes with a full HD touch screen, which is a great selling point for those that want a laptop with this feature. It utilizes an 8th gen i7 8550, which was the last generation equivalent to the 9750 from the 9th generation.

Although they are a generation apart, the differences in power are not enough to worry about unless you are looking at doing AAA+ gaming as well as playing WoW.

Supporting the CPU is 16GB of DDR RAM and a 512GB SSD, which are robust components. The keyboard is also really intuitive and easy to use; the backlighting on them is bright and perfect for those nights spent working or gaming in low light scenarios.

The only thing that makes the Inspiron slightly weak compared to other laptops on this list is the graphics card. The Inspiron utilized integrated graphics. However, the UHD 620 is more than capable of playing WoW on full settings. Again, if you are looking at doing AAA+ gaming, I would suggest that you look at the other laptops on this list.

Good
  • Great Price
  • Strong Components
  • Touch Screen
Bad
  • Integrated Graphics
  • 8th Gen CPU

4. Acer Aspire 5 A515-54G-5928

Acer Aspire 5, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 8th...
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8265U Processor...
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED...
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port, 2 USB 3.1...
  • 802.11ac WiFi | Backlit Keyboard | Up to 9.5...

Best Cheap Laptop for WoW

Processor (CPU)

i5

RAM, Internal Storage

8GB RAM

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics / GPU

MX250

Screen Size

15.6″

Warranty

2 yr

If you are on a true budget, or if you only want a laptop to play the much less demanding WoW: Classic, then you don’t need to fork out a fortune here. These laptops are nearly half the price of the other laptops on this list, but don’t let that put you off.

The laptops that make it into our “best cheap” picks are usually the most impressive of the bunch. We calculate these by looking at the costs and performance of the components and figuring out if you are getting more or less than you should for your money.

One of these laptops, one that performs way better than the price tag would suggest is the Acer Aspire 5. This budget-friendly option comes with enough computing and graphical power to play WoW on medium to high settings and classic on ultra-high.

If you pop the hood, inside the Aspire 5, you will find an 8th gen intel i5 processor. This component, when it was released, took the gaming world by storm. In almost every way, it absolutely destroys the other competitors in its class. So much so that many people decided that this i5 was as good as the i7 from that generation if you had some overclock knowledge.

Next, you get a 512GB SSD, which is impressive for a budget-friendly option. This allows for smooth and quick boot-up times and fast game loading.

You also get a stunning full HD IPS screen. It doesn’t have the refresh rate to play fast actioned FPS shooters, but it easily handles WoW and any texture packs you might want to add.

Obviously, to get a cheaper product, you are going to need to make some cutbacks. Unfortunately, you only get 8GB of RAM in the Aspire 5. This is more than enough to run WoW, however.

The second cutback is in the graphics department. In the Aspire 15, you get Nvidia’s MX250, a dedicated graphics cards designed to bridge the gap between truly dedicated cards and intel’s integrated ones.

The MX250 will give you great gaming performance on the majority of games. It will, however, require some cutbacks on graphics settings and will restrict you from playing high-end AAA+ games.

Good
  • Budget-Friendly
  • Impressive Screen
  • Good Sized SSD
Bad
  • MX250 Graphics
  • 8th Gen CPU

5. Omen by HP

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  • Desktop-grade power in a portable laptop with...
  • Cutting-edge gaming performance: play The...
  • Omen command center: easily turn up your...
  • Super Fast Processor: 9th Generation intel(r)...

Top of the Range

Processor (CPU)

i7

RAM, Internal Storage

16GB RAM

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics / GPU

RTX 2060

Screen Size

17.3″

Warranty

2 yr

For those of you who want the absolute best, or for those that are looking at playing other more demanding games as well as World of Warcraft, then you might be more swayed by our best top of the range WoW laptop pick.

HP and their Omen series of gaming products showcase the quality that we have come to expect from HP. All of the Omen products look exquisitely designed and are stuffed full of some of the most powerful gaming components on the market.

The Omen comes armed to the teeth with an intel i7 9750H CPU. Another laptop to use this incredibly capable CPU. One that is perfectly equipped to handle VR, making this a machine capable of running VR applications.

Then you have the 16GB DDR4 RAM, which is actually more powerful than usual DDR4, the RAM used in the Omen utilizes a more reliable bandwidth, making It more powerful than typical DDR4 RAM. This will make everything you do on the Omen smooth and enjoyable.

In the graphics department, you get an RTX 2060 with 6GB onboard VRAM from the flagship RTX range. This is what makes the Omen a gaming monster. This card will handle AAA+ games with ease as well as allowing access to the VR world.

Storage-wise, you get a 512GB SSD, which is the sweet spot for gaming laptops. There is more than enough storage here for your games data and OS. This makes booting up your laptop almost instantaneous and loading games a piece of cake.

Hp’s Omen command center is another innovative feature, giving you the ability to customize your computer overclocking. Every component can be boosted, giving you the edge when you need that extra boost in performance.

Finally, let's talk about the design of the Omen. This is one cool looking gaming station. The raised design, innovative trackpad, and keyboard designed to produce perfect responsiveness, lack of ghosting, and RGB capabilities make for the perfect gaming experience.

Obviously, to get a laptop of this ability, you are going to need to fork out a bit more money. Even though this laptop is the winner of our top of the range category, however, does not mean the cost is extortionate. The Omen actually comes with a price tag that makes it an attractive pick for all gamers.

Good
  • Stunning Aesthetics
  • Gaming Tuned Components
  • Omen Command Center
  • Beautiful 17” display
Bad
  • Heavy
  • Screen connection is prone to breaking

6. Asus FX504

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  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor...
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Best Asus laptop for WoW

Processor (CPU)

i7

RAM, Internal Storage

8GB RAM

Display Resolution

1080p

Graphics / GPU

GTX 1050ti

Screen Size

15.6″

Warranty

2 yr

Asus is relatively new In the performance gaming scene. However, after their entrance into the gaming world, they shook it up. Their TUF Gaming range, their range of laptops designed exclusively for gaming are very quickly establishing Asus’s hold in this competitive market and for good reason.

The FX504 is a mid-range gaming laptop designed for those who enjoy casual gaming but still want the best gaming experience possible. This is a laptop with components that aren’t as strong as the others on this list. However, for light-medium gaming, it really shines. With a low price x high-performance ratio, it is a laptop that will suit a lot of people's needs.

The FX504 comes with an 8th gen i7 processor, the strongest processor from the last generation. This gives it the computing power of a much more expensive laptop.

Storage-wise you only get a 256GB SSD, but it is an M.2 variant, which is the newest quickest form, allowing for boot up and load times faster than a non M.2 SSD. This has its drawbacks and benefits, if you do not need a large storage system and only run a few games, this SSD is going to be the quickest you can get.

In terms of RAM, you only get 8GB DDR4 RAM, which is a good level for the price, and even though it doesn’t match up to 16GB of RAM, the FX504 makes up for it in other ways.

The graphics card in the FX504 is a slightly older model, the GTX 1050. This card falls slightly behind compared to the other on this list. It does, however, have a whopping 8GB onboard VRAM. This helps make up for the slightly lower 8GB of DDR4 RAM.

These parts, although not as strong individually, work extremely well together. This means that on paper, the FX504 looks slightly underpowered, but the synergy of the parts provides a better performance overall.

With the aggressive dual fan technology and anti-dust treated vents keeping everything ice-cool, the overclock ability here is massive too. The Gigabit Wi-Fi system is also one of the strongest available in a laptop, meaning dropouts, lag, and Wi-Fi reach is un-rivaled.

For those that love ASUS as a brand and want an incredible under-dog of a machine, the FX504 is the best Asus laptop for WoW.

Good
  • Amazing Synergy Of Components
  • Asus Quality Build
  • 8GB VRAM Card
  • Made For Gamers
Bad
  • Older Components
  • 8GB RAM

World Of Warcraft: All About the Game

The premise for World of Warcraft is a simple one. You create a character, design the looks, give them a name, and choose their race. This will be the character you play in the game.

After creating the character, you get the choice of a class, which will define how your character fights and plays. The classes are as follows.

  • Warrior
    A class-based on wearing heavy plate armor, running into fights headfirst and fighting like warriors of old.
  • Rogue
    A class-based on fighting from the shadows, going invisible and ambushing enemies.
  • Druid
    A mage that focuses on healing, nature, and changing their shape in order to survive.
  • Warlock
    A mage based on dealing horrific amounts of damage with spells powered by the souls of the dead.
  • Hunter
    With a wild animal companion and a bow/gun, this character is based on dealing damage from afar while their pet keeps the enemy busy.
  • Mage
    Using their arcane knowledge, mages deal huge amounts of magic damage through fire ice and the arcane.
  • Paladin
    Paladins use the power of the light to deal damage, heal themselves, and cleanse the undead.
  • Shaman
    Utilizing the spirits and their totems, shamans fight with a mix of spells and enchanted attacks.
  • Priest
    A mage primarily used to heal their team-mates during a fight.

Recommendations For Installing WoW Expansion Packs

Downloading WoW is relatively simple. First, you must make a battle net account. Once you have done that, you will have access to the b.net client. Simply open that and choose the pack that you want to buy.

Besides the main game, you will have access to the following expansion packs, which you can buy one at a time or all at once. Most people buy one package at a time, complete the content, then buy the next, and progress that way.

  • Basic Edition
  • Burning Crusade
  • Wrath of the Lich King
  • Cataclysm
  • Mists of Pandaria
  • Warlords of Draenor
  • Legion
  • Battle for Azeroth
  • Shadowlands

People Also Ask (FAQs)

How much does WoW Classic and other WoW expansion packs cost?

The base level of the game is extremely cheap, and often it is free with a trial of the game. The other expansion packs change in price often although they are never more than $15 except the newest expansions. Blizzard offers amazing deals on combinations of packs, however, so the best advice here is to keep your eye on the marketplace.

Should I play on a laptop or PC?

There is no specific benefit to playing on PC over a laptop. You might find it slightly easier to play, sat at a desk, and a proper chair, but the difference is negligible.

What are the main differences between a cheap laptop for World of Warcraft and an expensive one?

The differences will simply be graphical ability. A better laptop will allow for higher settings in the video options. You might get better frame rates and rendering ability. The game is still extremely playable on a cheaper laptop, though.

What is a good FPS (frame per second) for World of Warcraft?

Here are some guidelines:

  • 40-60 FPS = Playable
  • 60-90 = Average
  • 90-120 = Very Smooth
  • 120+= Velvety Smooth (For Pro players and Hardcore Gamers)

How many GB does World of Warcraft require?

This depends on how many expansion packs you are playing with, around 70GB is the average.

What can I do to extend the life of my gaming laptop?

Keep your laptop away from heat sources, and do not block the fans that are expelling the hot air from your system. Clean the dust vents out regularly with air spray and keep your screen and keys clean with a good cleaner.


Conclusion

World of Warcraft is a fantastic game. There are not that many games on the market that have the level of depth and re-playability that WoW has. For those that have played before, you will know what I mean. This great game will keep you coming back over and over again for more.

Hopefully, by reading this article, you have a good idea of which laptop you are going to pick to begin your adventures in this awesome world. If you are still unsure, we advise you to go to our top pick the MSI GF65 Thin. This is the best option for most users.

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