Best Laptop For World of Warcraft: Check Our Top Picks

WoW is one of the oldest MMORPGs out there, and certainly the most popular one. It lets you explore a vast fantasy world and battle against mythical creatures, leveling up your characters with new abilities, weapons, armor, etc.

There are countless areas to explore, adventures to embark on, and enemy types to defeat. But, what about performance? Especially on a laptop since World of Warcraft has increased its hardware requirements over the past decade or so and laptops are inherently less performant than desktops.

The good news is that you don’t need a particularly powerful laptop to run WoW, you might even get by with integrated graphics.

But everyone’s standards are different. Someone might feel satisfied with 30 fps at 768p, another person might desire ultra graphics and 4k resolution. And this article is all about the best laptop for World of Warcraft. 

Here is our list of 7 best laptop for World of Warcraft:

  • Razer Blade 15 Base
  • MSI GE75 Raider 17
  • MSI GS75 Stealth
  • ASUS ROG Zephyrus
  • Alienware m17 R4
  • LG Gram 14Z90P
  • Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1

Razer Blade 15 Base

Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2021: Intel Core i7-10750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 15.6" FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB, 512GB SSD - CNC Aluminum - Chroma RGB Lighting - Thunderbolt 3
  • GeForce RTX 3070: NVIDIA’s 2nd gen RTX—with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors to give the most realistic ray-traced graphics and improved performance
  • More Power: The 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor provides the ultimate level of performance with up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo and 6 cores
  • FHD 144Hz: Incredible performance paired with the fast 144Hz 15.6" Full HD thin bezel display helps edge out the win
  • Thin and Compact: The CNC aluminum unibody frame houses incredible performance in the most compact footprint possible, while remaining remarkably durable and just 0.78" thin
  • Ready To Connect: Fully loaded with Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-A and Type-C ports, and HDMI, for a desktop-class experience

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Ever wondered what it would be like if Apple made a gaming laptop that ran Windows OS? Well, you don’t have to imagine because here it is- the Blade is a very well-built machine that is both sleek and powerful. Its CNC aluminum-alloy body and glass trackpad combined with the quality speakers and exceptional display gives you the idea that this is a premium machine.

Hardware specifications alone don’t determine the worth of a laptop, which is why we chose the Blade 15 as our number one.

Even though it isn’t the fastest laptop on this list, it comes really close. And the overall experience of using this laptop is unmatched by most Windows gaming laptops, even ones that are more expensive.

Everything from the audio quality to the trackpad and keyboard feels like it was purposefully tuned for the smoothest, most user-friendly experience. 

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10750H hexacore Comet Lake processor with 5.0Ghz Turbo Boost and 12 threads.
  • NVIDIA RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 graphics.
  • 16GB 2933MHz DDR4 RAM in a dual-channel configuration.
  • 512GB PCIe SSD.
  • 15.6” FHD 144Hz IPS display with 100% sRGB color space.
  • Razer Chroma RGB keyboard.
  • Large, precision trackpad.
  • CNC aluminum chassis is sleek and light, yet extremely tough.
  • Top-firing stereo speakers, one on either side of the keyboard.
  • Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI output, USB Type-C, USB Type-A.

Cons

  • Slightly on the expensive side for the specifications you’re getting.
  • It’s a shame there is still no AMD Ryzen option because you’d get lower prices and better battery life compared to Intel-powered Blade laptops.

MSI GE75 Raider 17

2021 MSI GE75 Raider 17 Premium Gaming Laptop I 17.3" FHD IPS 144Hz I Intel Hexa-Core i7-10750H I 64GB DDR4 1TB SSD 1TB HDD I RTX 2070 8GB RGB Backlit Webcam Win 10 + Delca 32GB Micro SD Card
  • 【Upgraded Powerful Storage】: 64GB DDR4 SDRAM Memory, 1TB Solid State Drive, and 1TB Hard Disk Drive
  • 【MSI GE75 Raider i7】: The Latest and Powerful Enough 10th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors, Intel Hexa-Core i7-10750H ( 2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 5.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB Intel Smart Cache, 12 Threads
  • 【MSI GE75 Raider 17】 : 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS 144Hz 3ms 100% RGB Display; I Dedicated 8GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • 【External Ports and Slots】: 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2, 1 x USB 3.2, 1 x HDMI-Out, 1 x Media Card Reader, 1 x Mini-Display Port mDP v1.2, 1 x Ethernet Lan (10/100/1000 mbps), 1 x Mic-In/Headphone-Out
  • 【Operating System】 : Windows 10 Home 64 bit, RGB Backlit Keyboard, Integrated 720P HD Webcam, Intel Wi-Fi 6 201 (2x2) + Bluetooth 5.1, Accessory Including a Delca 32GB Micro SD Card

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Usually, you don’t get a 17.3” laptop if portability is your primary concern. A 15.6” laptop is more than adequate with enough screen space to play your favorite games on the move.

However, some games just demand that extra bit of real estate. Like World of Warcraft, which is why we decided to include one of the best 17.3” laptops out there.

The MSI GE75 isn’t as durable or well-built as the Razer Blade, but it scores extremely well in areas like cooling and memory. It has 4 times the RAM of the Blade 15 Base we just reviewed, which means you can do things like AI training and video production on this laptop.

That additional RAM also comes in handy if you play games like Fallout or Witcher with a ton of mods installed. And the additional size affords MSI the chance to throw in ports like RJ45 Ethernet and mini Display Port. You won’t find these ports on an ultra-slim laptop such as the Blade.

Pros

  • Intel 6-core Comet Lake i7 processor (i7-10750H).
  • RTX 2070 graphics with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, comparable to an RTX 3060 (except this one has 1st gen RT cores).
  • A massive 64GB of DDR4 RAM puts this laptop in workstation territory.
  • 1TB of PCIe NVMe storage.
  • 17.3” FHD IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a GtG (Gray to Gray) pixel response time of 3ms.
  • Mini Display Port, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, Media Card Reader, USB Type-C, USB Type-A, and Wi-Fi 6.
  • RGB gaming keyboard.

Cons

  • For this price, we were expecting a 1440p screen which would have been excellent given that this is a 17” panel.
  • Mediocre battery life, heavier than the average gaming laptop because this is a 17-inch model.

MSI GS75 Stealth

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MSI GS75 Stealth Gaming Laptop: 17.3" 240Hz Display, Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, Win10 Pro, Black (10SE-620)
  • Smooth Display: The 17.3” 240Hz display delivers a high refresh rate for smooth and vibrant gameplay so you don't miss a frame of the game
  • Powered Up: The 10th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, delivers solid high performance processing power to bring you an unparalleled gaming experience
  • Supercharged Graphics: The RTX 2060 features ray tracing to deliver physically accurate shadows, reflections and lighting for better visual gameplay
  • Play Cool: Featuring CPU and GPU cooling technology to maximize airflow and thermals for smooth gaming and performance within a compact chassis
  • Lightning Speeds: Sporting a Thunderbolt 3 port, get up to 40Gbps transfer speeds and up to 100 Watts power delivery for faster charging

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Just like the Raider, this is a 17.3” laptop. But there is a difference in the display- instead of a 144Hz IPS panel, the GS75 uses a 240Hz TN panel.

You lose color vibrancy and contrast but gain refresh rate. The GS75 performs better in esports games like CS: GO, Overwatch, etc. that require lightning-fast reactions from the player.

You also get a faster CPU in the Core i7-10875H which is an octacore, as opposed to the hexacore found in the Razer Blade and GE75 Raider. More cores give you the ability to do more tasks at the same time, but at the expense of battery life.

You do get a downgrade from the RTX 2070 to the RTX 2060, compared to the GE75. This means a reduction of 15 to 20 percent in graphics performance within games

Pros

  • Intel 8-core i7-10875H processor.
  • RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 graphics.
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM.
  • 512GB PCIe SSD.
  • 17.3” 240Hz display, ideal for fast-paced esport games.
  • Looks pretty mature and sleek, except for the RGB lighting on the keyboard (which you can turn off or set to any color of your choice).
  • Decent speakers.

Cons

  • Some users have complained that the model with gold hinges tends to have issues where the hinge separates from the screen.
  • Comes with MSI bloatware installed, like the obnoxious Dragon Center.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

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ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 15.6" QHD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
  • Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
  • 15.6" QHD display with 165Hz refresh rate. The 2560 x 1440 resolution with DCI-P3 boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming. Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB Solid State Drive (PCI-e). Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics. Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

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Some might say that this is the best laptop on the list, deserving of the number 1 spot. And we would agree, however lack of stock has caused quite a bit of fluctuation in pricing.

This is why the Zephyrus often sells 200 or even 300 dollars above its true MSRP. Still, that applies to a lot of laptops in these times. The ROG Zephyrus is indeed an exceptional machine.

Its AMD Ryzen 9 processor is faster in both single and multicore performance compared to Intel 10th generation Comet Lake CPUs.

And these Ryzen CPUs also consume less power while performing better, thanks to the TSMC 7nm manufacturing process.

The display is 1440p 165Hz with 100% DCI-P3 coverage which makes it the best display of any gaming laptop on this list. Combining that with the sleek metal chassis and an excellent keyboard, you get a laptop that is almost perfect.

Pros

  • One of the best laptop processors you can currently get, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS.
  • NVIDIA RTX 3070 graphics, the 2nd fastest laptop graphics solution at the time of writing this article (behind the RTX 3080).
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM.
  • 1TB PCIe SSD.
  • 15.6” QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS display, with a refresh rate of 144Hz and 100% DCI-P3 color space.
  • Metal chassis increases durability even though the laptop weighs only around 4.5lbs.

Cons

  • Can get quite loud while gaming.
  • No webcam.

Alienware m17 R4

Alienware m17 R4, 17.3 inch FHD (Full HD) Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home - Lunar Light (Latest Model)
  • 17.3-inch FHD (Full HD 1920 x 1080) 360Hz 5ms 300-nits 100% sRGB color gamut with NVIDIA-GSYNC technology
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10870H (8-Core, 16MB Cache, up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency)
  • 16GB 2933MHz DDR4 , 1 TB PCIe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 802.11ax 2x2 Wireless LAN + Bluetooth 5.1

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Alienware has a real winner on their hands if they make the switch to AMD and ditch the aging Comet Lake processors. Nevertheless, Intel’s Core i7-10870H is no slouch and it’s on par with Ryzen 5000 series processors in many games.

When it is behind, the difference is in single-digit percentages. The main downfall of these Intel 10th generation Comet Lake chips is their power consumption (14nm is an old process).

The m17 R4 has one of the best coolers we’ve seen on any gaming laptop, and it never gets close to throttling even under extreme loads for several hours on end.

The build quality is almost on par with Razer’s Blade laptops; however, portability is a weakness of these m17 laptops. These are bulky machines that weigh over 5lbs and come with big fat power bricks.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10870H octacore Comet-Lake processor with 16 threads and a boost clock of 5Ghz.
  • RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 graphics.
  • 16GB 2933Mhz DDR4 RAM.
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
  • 17.3” 1080p 360Hz 100% sRGB display.
  • Killer AX1650i Wi-Fi 6 wireless adapter with Bluetooth 5.1
  • Efficient cooler with high-voltage fans and a vapor chamber. 

Cons

  • Bulky and heavy compared to the average gaming laptop, thanks to the 17.3” screen.
  • The RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded (although you can upgrade the storage).

LG Gram 14Z90P

LG Gram 14Z90P - 14" WUXGA (1920x1200) Ultra-Lightweight Laptop, Intel evo with 11th gen CORE i7 1165G7 CPU , 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Alexa Built-in, 25.5 Hours Battery, Thunderbolt 4, Silver - 2021
  • 14" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS LCD, with DCI-P3 99% color expression
  • Intel Evo Platform Powered by 11th generation Intel core i7-1165G7 Processor with Intel Xe Graphics delivers performance for high-resolution content creation and editing
  • 16GB LPDDR4X 4266mhz RAM delivers a high level of performance for memory-intensive content creation, designing, editing, and multitasking
  • Improve productivity with 512GB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD for dependable storage accessible in a flash
  • Connect with Confidence: Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support, two USB-A 3.2 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack

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The lightest 14” laptop in the market, with the longest battery life we’ve ever seen on a Windows laptop (barring the Surface 2-in-1s). The only other laptop that matches the Gram 14Z90P in battery life is the new M1-powered Apple MacBook. Then again, M1 and Intel 11th gen processors aren’t directly comparable.

For gaming, the Xe integrated graphics works fine. It is worth noting that even though the Gram 14Z90P and Inspiron 14 share the same processor (i7-1165G7) with the same iGPU, both perform differently in games.

That’s because the Gram’s integrated graphics gets access to faster LPDDR4x RAM, running at 4266MHz. Whereas the Dell Inspiron uses much slower DDR4 RAM, so its graphics performance suffers as a result. But the Inspiron has twice the RAM, so it’s better suited to productivity (photo and video editing, music production, etc.).

Pros

  • Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i7-1165G7 quad-core processor built on 10nm+ technology- high IPC, and extremely efficient.
  • Intel “Xe” integrated graphics with 96 EUs.
  • 16GB of ultra-fast LPDDR4x RAM @ 4266MHz.
  • 512GB PCIe SSD.
  • 14” display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 (16:10 aspect ratio).
  • Ultra light magnesium alloy chassis, the whole laptop is just 2.2lbs which makes it the lightest 14” laptop out there.
  • With a stated battery life of 25.5hrs (over 18 hours in practical use), this laptop has the longest battery life of any Windows laptop we’ve reviewed.
  • USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6.
  • The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button.

Cons

  • Power button right next to Backspace and Delete keys.
  • Fan gets quite loud while gaming.

Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1

2021 Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop Computer, 14” FHD Touchscreen, 11th Gen Intel 4-Core i7-1165G7, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD, Windows 10 Pro, Wi-Fi 6, Webcam, USB-C, HDMI
  • [POWERFUL PERFORMANCE]: The Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 laptop is powered with the latest 11th Gen Intel Quad Core i7 high end processor (Eight-way processing, up to 3.9GHz) and 32GB high-bandwidth DDR4 memory, powerful processing for advanced multitasking, demanding computing, smooth gaming, multiple tabs browsing, and everyday tasks. 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (15x faster than HDD, stay cool and quiet) offers ample storage, quick boot-ups, fast data access, and improves the overall performance
  • [PREMIUM DESIGN]: The slim and portable touchscreen laptop is 0.7 inch thin and 3.6 lb light, and you can work seamlessly, anywhere. With backlit keyboard for comfort typing even in dim-light, premium metal build, and a sharp, polished look, the Dell laptop is extremely durable and designed to last. Offer 4 versatile modes (laptop, tablet, tent, stand) to best suit your viewing preferences and busy lifestyle, perfect for day-to-day computing, drawing or taking notes, and multimedia
  • [STUNNING VISUALS]: 14 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED-Backlit Touch Display boasts impressive color and clarity that’s easy on your eye. Wide viewing angles, narrow boarder design delivers an expansive screen-to-body ratio, a delightful viewing experience, and easy content sharing. Integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics with shared video memory gives you a new level of graphics performance with vibrant, lifelike color and details for internet use, fast photo/video editing, streaming, and gaming
  • [EASY TO USE]: The Dell 2-in-1 laptop is easy to use, Windows 10 Professional 64-bit (best version of Windows OS, perfect for Business, Education and Home) offers premium performance and enterprise grade protection, and keeps going with long battery life. Powerful dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (3x faster than Wi-Fi 5) + Bluetooth 5.0 supports Gigabit speed and smooth video streaming, a 720p HD Webcam and stereo speakers ready for online class, remote work, and virtual meeting
  • [BUILT FOR EFFICIENCY]: The windows laptop PC is sensibly optimized for productivity. 1x multifunctional USB 3.2 Type C (DisplayPort/Data Transfer/Power Delivery), 2x USB 3.2 Type A (Gigabit speed) for fast file transfer, 1x Media Card Reader for easy photo transfer, 1x HDMI, 1x headphone/microphone combo delivers true sound. Fingerprint reader on the power button for easy, fast and safe sign-on. 32GB USB from Best To Buy

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Dell Inspiron laptops have always been the preferred choice of students, home users, and small business owners across the world.

For a good reason, these are exceptionally good value-for-money laptops. And they provide modern features like Wi-Fi 6, SSDs, etc. for a very low price.

You’re not going to get a true IPS display here, but at least the TN panel they use is WVA with good colors and contrast. It isn’t one of those cheap TN panels that feel like looking through century-old, tinted glass.

Even the build quality isn’t bad. Sure, there is some flex since this is a thin plastic laptop. But it won’t fall apart if you shake it around while traveling or drop it from a table.

Audio quality suffers, as you’d expect from a laptop of this price. It sounds like a rat squealing in a sewer, so we recommend you buy a nice pair of headphones if you’re interested in streaming movies or online gaming.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger-Lake quad-core.
  • Intel “Xe” integrated graphics with 96 execution units.
  • 32GB of DDR4 RAM.
  • 1TB PCIe SSD.
  • 14” FHD touchscreen display, 2-in-1 design with 360° hinge.
  • Only 0.7” thick and 3.6lbs in weight.
  • 720p webcam with privacy shutter.

Cons

  • The battery is just 40Wh, should have had a higher capacity.
  • Weak audio quality.

How To Select The Best Laptop For World Of Warcraft?

While hardware requirements might vary depending on your graphical settings and resolution, the client itself also impacts performance.

If you’re playing retail WoW, you will need more powerful hardware. For World of Warcraft Classic, the hardware requirements are lower. Taking a look at Blizzard’s official hardware requirements page for WoW and WoW classic shows the difference. 

You can get away with Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics or even an ancient GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT if you’re playing Classic.

But for retail, Blizzard specifies an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon RX 560 as the “minimum” while recommending an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD RX Vega 64.

Addons will also impact performance. So if you have something like ElvUI or WeakAuras installed, expect slightly lower fps.

If you plan to play at 1080p or higher with maxed-out graphics and addons, we recommend a laptop with dedicated graphics and at least 16GB of RAM. Make sure you have at least 4 physical processor cores, preferably with hyperthreading/ SMT because WoW can soak up a lot of CPU cycles.

If your CPU isn’t capable enough, you will see framerates dip into the 30s during raids or any similar scenario with a lot of units on the screen.

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Conclusion

We hope this article gave you an idea of which is the best laptop for World of Warcraft. We chose the Razer Blade 15 Base because it balances performance with portability so well.

Yeah, it isn’t cheap. Nor is it the best value for money. But imagine a MacBo

ok with gaming PC hardware- that’s what the Blade is. You get a chassis that’s milled from a solid hunk of aluminum-magnesium alloy, exceptional top-firing stereo speakers, and a display that actually looks good unlike those washed-out TN panels on most cheap gaming laptops.

If you’re budget-minded though, there’s the Dell Inspiron 14 which also happens to be a 2-in-1. You can use it to draw and take notes in class (or as a movie/ streaming laptop).

And if you want the lightest laptop with the best battery life, nothing beats the LG Gram. We believe the LG Gram is very underrated since it is a well-built machine that leads the market in both portability as well as battery life. The only downside to the LG Gram is its lack of a dedicated graphics card for serious gaming.