Finding the best World of Warcraft laptop depends on your budget and on the visual settings you’re willing to tolerate. Luckily, the core game engine is so old that there’s no need to get top-of-the-line hardware. That should be great news if you’re searching for a WoW laptop under $500.

Laptop for World of Warcraft
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How am I going to find the best laptops for WoW?

Update November 13th, 2016.

I’ve updated this post multiple times in October and now I’m rolling out the November update. This time, I’m including a lot of new laptops as more and more laptops come with Intel 7th generation processors or/and Nvidia GTX 10xx graphics.

First, I’ll show you what are the exact requirements for a laptop instead of the generic stationary PC-oriented requirements. Then I’ll guide through each of them so you’ll know where you can cut corners and what is an absolute must. Finally, I’ll list out 6 best World of Warcraft laptops in their price ranges starting from $350 and ending with $3. Got it?

Official requirements

I’ll begin with Blizzard’s official requirements for Legion. Of course, we could use requirements for Warlords of Draenor but to make matters simple, I’ll assume you’re targeting for your laptop to run well with the latest expansion and with new expansions in the future.

  • Minimum:

    • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8500
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 440 / Intel® HD Graphics 5000
  • Recommended:

    • Intel® Core™ i5-3330
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 Ti (5400 3DMark’11) / NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 775M (6000 3DMark’11)

World of Warcraft laptop requirements:

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Processor Any 4th-7th gen i3, i5 or i7 processor;
AMD A6-5200 or up;
Intel M3-6Y30
i5-6300HQ;
any 4th-7th gen i7 Q-series processor (i7-4720HQ, i7-5700HQ, i7-6700HQ…);
(this does NOT include i7-*500U CPUs)
Video Any integrated graphics in 5th-7th processor (except generic HD Graphics and HD Graphics 510);
Any dedicated Nvidia graphics card;
AMD Radeon R7/R9 M300 series
Nvidia GTX 960M;
Nvidia GTX 970M/1060 for high frames above Full HD resolution
Memory 4 GB 8 GB

These requirements are NOT official – I used the official requirements to match their recommended components to equivalent laptop parts. I used 3rd party benchmarks including 3DMark and PassMark tests.

What is crucial for a World of Warcraft laptop?

Performance

Major Processor

Blizzard always does a good job when it comes to optimizing their games for slower machines. That it especially true for WoW. To run it, you don’t need anything special – a basic processor such as i3-5010U is enough to run World of Warcraft: Legion. Of course, when I say “run”, I mean playing the game on the lowest settings. If you’re OK with that, then there are more right choices than wrong ones. Even if you’re on a tight budget. You can get a laptop under decent laptop for WoW under $400 with the absolute the cheapest i3 notebooks starting at $300.

If you want to play World of Warcraft on high(est) settings, you should look at the higher-end CPUs: i7-4720HQ, i7-5700HQ, i7-6700HQ. Currently, there aren’t any Intel 7th gen processors that can surpass the performance offered by earlier generations. That should change in the first half of 2017.

Here’s a basic rule of thumb to know if a processor is recommended for WoW. Check that a CPU model matching the pattern of i7-ABxx where A is at least 4, B is at least 7 and the rest doesn’t matter (i7-47xx or better). The only notable non-i7 processor that can handle WoW at higher settings is i5-6300HQ.

Major Graphics card

Integrated graphics

An integrated video card is a good option if you need the absolute cheapest laptop to play WoW. You need to remember that only the most recent Intel video chips can handle World of Warcraft. That includes all models matching patterns HD 5xxx, HD 6xxx and HD 5xx except HD 510 (it’s just a bit too slow). The good news is that most laptops have one of these chips embedded in their Intel processors.

  • HD 520, HD 530, Iris 550
  • HD 5300, HD 5500, Iris Pro 5200

So what’s the takeaway?

If you want a cheap WoW laptop (under $700) – go for a 6th or 7th generation Intel processor as they come with integrated graphics fast enough to run WoW. Older 4th-gen processors are only an option if there’s a dedicated graphics card supporting them.

Dedicated graphics

For the best WoW laptops, you’ll need a dedicated graphics card. Almost any Nvidia card is better than Intel’s integrated chips and AMD’s APU solutions. If you’re OK with running WoW at below-1080p resolutions (HD+ – 1600×900) – then you can get away with 950M (which is found starting at ~700$). But for Full-HD gaming, WoW will need 960M ($800+) or, if you can afford it, go for 970M ($1200+) to max out on all visual settings. Since there already are a few laptops with Nvidia GTX 1060 and 1070, there isn’t much reason to go for GTX 980M, which was the flagship of the older generation of GPUs.

Minor Memory

Under $500? You’ll be OK with 4 GB. Otherwise, you’re getting ripped off if you’re not getting 8 GB of RAM. Point blank.

Extras

Optional Full-HD Display

Usually, a Full-HD resolution display is a requirement by default. But I know some of you are searching for a basic budget laptop that can handle WoW. And there are some cheap laptops that seem to offer everything you’d need at a fraction of a cost. Often these laptops have either a terrible screen or garbage battery life (or both).

I’m not going to insist that you need a good battery runtime – it’s entirely an optional requirement for many gamers. But overlooking display quality is one simple way to limit your gaming experience. Ideally, I’d like that even an entry-level laptop would have a Full-HD IPS display with 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast and 85% sRGB coverage. But this is obviously not going to happen if you’re squeezing value from every dollar.

That’s why, if your budget is above $500, I can only suggest making sure you’re getting at least Full-HD display. All other display metrics are secondary when it comes to gaming.

Optional Large OR fast storage drive

WoW does not demand a lot of storage size. But it needs enough so you’ll not be able to fit it properly on a 64 GB flash storage laptop.

So, we have 2 basic options:

  • 128GB+ SSDs (quick startup, very fast and responsive)
  • 500GB+ HDDs (cheap, large, slow)

Which you prefer is entirely up to you – if you have a large collection of games and/or movies – a cheap and spacious HDD should fit you best. But if you’ll be using it almost entirely for WoW, web browsing and streaming music and movies – a fast SSD storage would is the way to go. Best case scenario – 250GB or even 500GB SSD.

Of course, if you can’t spend above $550 – SSDs are not even an option. There are no laptops under $550 that have a 128 GB SSD AND have a good enough processor with a sufficient video card.

Best laptops for World of Warcraft

To find the best laptops, I’ve checked various online threads on hardware sites and Battle.net. Sadly, most of them are dated and rarely providing much reason for their recommendations. I’ve compared over 150 new and best-selling laptops to narrow down my results to just ~12 laptops. A few of them were very close in their price range, so for the sake of simplicity, I’ve picked out 6 best World of Warcraft laptops.

Cheapest laptops to play World of Warcraft

Acer Aspire E 15

1
Cheapest laptop for WoW
Price
$330
i3-7100U | HD 620 | 4GB RAM | 1TB HDD | 15.6″ 1920×1080

The first laptop on the list comes with the new Intel i3-7100U and latest gen integrated graphics chip. I hope this won’t come as a shock, but there’s no way we can fit a dedicated GPU under $350. But if you need a new laptop that hovers just around that price tag, this Acer model will be your best bet.

You can expect to play WoW on lowest graphics settings but that’s still pretty good for an entry-level notebook.

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Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG

2
Cheapest laptop for WoW with SSD
Price
$550
i5-6200U | GTX 940MX | 8GB RAM | 250 GB SSD | 15.6″ 1920×1080

At $550 mark, one laptop stands above the rest. Yep, it’s yet another Acer model – it seems they’ve got the budget laptop market on lock.

This particular laptop managed to stay on my recommendation list for half a year. And there are some good reasons why.

In contrast to the laptop above (and even many other laptops in this price range), a few big improvements stand out. We’re getting an i5 processor, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics card, twice the memory and a solid state drive. The extra $200 can go a long way.

With this laptop, we can target for a medium/high settings mix while playing WoW.

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ASUS X550VX-MH71

3
2 laptops for WoW under $750
Price
$750
i7-6700HQ | GTX 950M | 8GB RAM | 1TB HDD (5400RPM) | 1366×768

If we go up to $750, there are 2 strong contenders. First, we’ve got ASUS X550VX. It comes with a very fast i7-6700HQ CPU and a 950M GPU. That can be enough to play WoW on high settings (but not the highest). Well, in fact, on this particular laptop you should be able to max out the settings as the display is capped at a basic HD resolution. That’s below industry-standard Full HD (1920×1080). Also, it comes with a rather slow storage drive. That’s why I couldn’t place it as a sole king at this price point. These are serious drawbacks. But due to its unmatched performance at $750, it deserves a spot on the list.

If you’d rather ditch the high-end processor for an SSD and you’d downgrade the GPU for a screen resolution upgrade – you should take a look at i7 version of the Acer Aspire that I’ve listed above.


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Lenovo Y700

4
WoW gaming laptop under $900
Price
$870
i7-6700HQ | GTX 960M | 8GB RAM | 1TB HDD | 15.6″ IPS 1920×1080

There are 2 Lenovo laptops that should be considered at this price range.

Let’s start with what they have in common. Both have i7-6700HQ, dedicated video chip, 1 TB HDD and a 15.6″ display.

Lenovo Y700 is geared towards gamers. It has a better GPU (960M), but as a trade-off, it has less RAM (8GB vs 16GB) and no SSD. Also, it is benchmarked to have a shorter battery life (4 hours vs 6 hours).

Meanwhile, Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is better suited if you don’t need to play WoW on highest settings but you’d rather have a laptop that works faster in day-to-day tasks due to its 250GB SSD. Some might even find use for its 16GB of RAM.

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Best laptops to play World of Warcraft on highest settings

Eluktronics P650RP6

5
Price
$1,100
i7-6700HQ | GTX 1060 | 8GB RAM | 120GB SSD (additional storage slots available) | 15.6″ IPS 1920×1080

We’re quickly climbing the ladder and we’ve arrived at another pair of laptops, this time, at $1,100.

Eluktronics P650RP6 is the first (and the cheapest) laptop to feature Nvidia 1060 graphics card. It is more than enough to play World of Warcraft: Legion on the highest settings you can imagine. And as you might expect, it has the all-popular i7-6700HQ to match it. It has 8 GB RAM, which is quite funny when you consider that the graphics card alone has its own 6 GB. A very rare case when GPU has more than half of what the CPU gets.

Call me old-fashioned, but I like having multiple ports on my laptop. It seems Eluktronics thinks the same. They added HDMI, 2 mini DisplayPorts, 2 USB 3.1 C (Gen 2) and 3 USB 3.0. Also, there are the regular audio and microphone jacks, SD reader, Kensington Lock and a fingerprint reader.

A clear drawback of this notebook is its tiny 128 GB SSD. But there are some empty storage slots that you can fill with drives of your choice.

Since this laptop is new and not in the family of one of the major brands – it has no reviews for me to point out some possible issues. But judging from other Eluktronics models, I’d expect an average IPS display and a (very) short battery life. In short, it’s all about raw performance.

As an alternative to this model, there is HP Pavilion 15. It doesn’t have a monstrous GPU as the Eluktronics model does but it comes with an additional 1 TB HDD and 8 more gigabytes of RAM.

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MSI GS43VR Phantom

6
Portable laptop for playing WoW
Price
$1,450
i7-6700HQ | 1060 6GB | 16GB RAM | 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD | 14″ IPS 1920×1080

Here we’ve got another laptop with Nvidia Pascal architecture GPU. This laptop is special due to its size. It is more suitable for gamers that want to easily fit their gaming machine in their backpack. It comes in a convenient size of 14″ in diagonal screen size.

As you might expect, it can play WoW on the highest settings and it could even stream WoW on Twitch without any hiccups.

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Asus GL502VM-DB71

7
Great laptop for Legion under $2000
Price
$1,750
i7-6700HQ | 1060 6GB | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD | 15.6″ Matte IPS G-Sync 1920×1080

We’re getting close to the finale. Here we’ve got Asus GL502VM-DB71.

The 2 highlights of this particular laptop are:

  • A huge 1 TB SSD and a 1 TB HDD
  • A G-Sync display

You should have noticed that we’ve already maxed out on what you’d need to actually play WoW long time ago. Now we’re just looking for the best gaming laptop that can handle latest releases. If you don’t want to step over the $2K boundary – this particular Asus model is worth your consideration.

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MSI GT73VR TITAN SLI-058

8
Best laptop for gaming
Price
$3,500
i7-6820HK | 1070 16GB [SLI] | 64GB RAM | 500GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD | 17.3″ IPS 1920×1080

lol. $3500 laptop for WoW. OK, I’m not actually serious. But if you’re searching for the best laptop for gaming without going over $5000 – you’ve got to check this out.

It has an unlocked i7 processor, 2 1070 cards in SLI (16GB total), 64 gigs of RAM, a 500 GB SSD through the fast PCIe connection and 1 TB HDD for your archives.

Now that’s a gaming laptop.

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There are many more models that might be better for you if you have very specific needs and a precise limit on your budget. In that case, don’t shy away from leaving a comment with what exactly are your needs/limitations and I’ll get back to you with an exact laptop model.

83 thoughts on “World of Warcraft laptop: Top 5 picks & Laptop Requirements (November update)

    1. There are a few options.

      At ~$600, you can get Dell Inspiron 13 i7359.

      At ~$1000, there is Lenovo Yoga 900 and Lenovo Lavie Z 360.

      At the very end, if you can spend over $2000, you can get the Surface Book. It’s one of the few 2-in-1s with Nvidia graphics – though, even that will not be enough to run WoW at highest settings.

      Every 2 in 1 convertible I mentioned has i7 processor and decent integrated graphics which is enough to play WoW Legion, but it’s only enough to run it on Medium settings at most.

      These hybrid laptops very rarely come with a dedicated graphics card – and when they do, it costs a lot more. Microsoft Surface Book is a good example of just that.

      Overall, yes, there are convertibles that can run WoW on low or medium settings.

      1. Thank you! The Dell is just what I’m looking for. I know it isn’t ideal but I didn’t expect to find any options in this category.

  1. So im looking at getting a lenovo ideapad 510 with a i76500u processor 8gb ram 2gb 940m nvidia with a 128gb ssd or 256gb ssd. Would that be suitable for wow?

  2. Great article thanks. I bought the MSI GL62 6QF about a month ago i5 6300HQ version not the i7 6700HQ (I hope I won’t regret that later) 8 GB DDR4 RAM, GTX 960M GPU USB type-c etc ….anyways I added the Samsung 950 pro PCI-E SSD (so so fast) and so far I’m blown away by this NB’s performance! I bought it mainly audio recording/editing and live gigs with midi keyboard but am using it more and more for WoW! I love it and for only $799 I’d recommend it to anyone.

  3. Hey hey, thanks for the review.

    I was wondering if ACER E5-772G-74CY 17.3″ I7/8/500/GF920-2GB NX.MV8EX.013

    17.3″(43.94cm)FHD Acer ComfyView
    • Intel Core i7-5500U
    • 8GB DDR3
    • Hard Drive 500GB SATA,5400 rpm/min
    • nVidia GeForce 920M(2GB)
    • DVD±RW
    • HD Web Camera
    • Ethernet 10/100,802.11b/g/n/ac
    • 4xUSB(2xUSB 3.0,2xUSB 2.0)HDMI
    • Bluetooth 4.0

    would do the job?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Barely. It could run WoW at low settings but not much more (unless you’ll be running it at a lower than Full HD resolution). The i7-5500U processor is quite good and a lack of an SSD isn’t an issue in this case. But its graphics card, GeForce 920M, is not much faster than integrated Intel graphics chips. If you’re OK with staying in the low settings realm – it will do its job just fine.

  4. Would this laptop work for WoW? I couldn’t care less about it being Star Wars, but it got great reviews on Walmart.com and it’s on sale for $479.00. The main thing I’m worried about is the graphics card.
    HP 15.6″ Star Wars Special Edition 15-An050Nr Laptop PC:

    Key Features and Benefits:

    Intel Core i5-6200U Dual-Core processor
    2.30GHz (up to 2.80GHz via Turbo boost), 3MB L3 Cache

    6GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
    Gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work

    1TB SATA hard drive
    Store 666,000 photos, 285,000 songs or 526 hours of HD video and more

    SuperMulti DVD Burner
    Watch movies and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats

    Intel®3165 AC (1×1 AC, 433 Mbps)
    Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet or wirelessly connect to a WiFi signal or hotspot with the 802.11ac connection built into your PC

    15.6″ Full HD BrightView WLED-backlit display
    Intel HD Graphics 520

    Additional Features:

    HP TrueVision HD webcam
    Multi-format memory card reader
    Bluetooth technology
    2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI port
    4-cell lithium-ion battery
    5.07 lbs, 15.14″ x 10.28″ x 0.99″

  5. Im undecided between 2 laptops:

    1). ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71
    Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz
    Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5
    DL DVDRW/CD-RW Drive
    Media Card Reader
    802.11ac Wireless
    Bluetooth 4.0
    15.6″ Full HD IPS Display
    Maximum gaming performance, attentive design,flawless visuals and instant upgrades. ROG GL552VW-DH71 latop computer is ready to play

    2) MSI PE60 6QE-054US
    Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz
    Microsoft Windows 10
    16GB DDR4-2133 RAM
    1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5
    DVD Super Multi Drive
    Secure Digital Card Reader
    Intel 1×1 Wireless-AC 3165
    Bluetooth 4.0
    15.6″ Full HD Anti-glare eDP Display
    Sophisticated but not complicated. The PE60 6QE-054US is more than just a laptop computer, it’s a work of art. Combining the efforts of both design and engineering, we’ve set the new standard for elegance and power. Enjoy a luxury experience with the sleek silver aluminum chassis.

    They are both at $999.

    If you know of another better option for that price im open to it.

    I only play World Of Warcraft and wanted to get the best for Legion. Any feedback is appreciated.

    Thanks.

  6. At that price I usually recommend ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 just because it’s easier to come by than the MSI model but at the end of the day they’re both extremely similar to each other.

    Asus has IPS panel, MSI has IPS-like panel with eDP, both have USB 3.1 connections, identical CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD. Both claim to have close to 100% sRGB coverage and some sort of anti-glare technology.

    But if you’d like to upgrade one of these laptops with an SSD, you’d be better off with MSI which has a more advanced and more performant NVMe M.2 PCIe controller instead of M.2 SATA. Though, that’s a minor difference. In short, you could choose either one. The differences are too minute to outright eliminate any of the options.

    1. Most AMD R5 cards are comparable to the low-end of Nvidia cards. And at the end of the day, AMD is very hard to come by in gaming laptops that acknowledging them is irrelevant. Radeon cards are still an option for desktop PCs and FirePro users but not for consumer-level gaming laptops. Sadly, Nvidia has cornered that market.

  7. Thank you, for your awesome overview about WoW capable gaming laptops! This is exactly what I was searching for!

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Hey. What do you think about “Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-572G-5049”.
    i5-6200U
    8gb ram
    Geforce 945m
    500Gb SsHD

    I want to run wow with medium to high settings in 1080.

    Thank you.

  9. I am thinking of purchasing a Dell XPS 15 with the nvidia GTX960m but it only has 2gb of video ram, how will this effect performance vs. a card with 4gb of video ram?

  10. Hey there! I’ve been looking into various laptops to replace my Macbook Pro, and I’m seeking suggestions. I don’t need a hulking beast of a laptop, but I want to be able to run WoW on High settings, as I am dead tired of having to jack everything to the lowest setting to get decent FPS on my poor Macbook. I want Azeroth to look pretty damn it! XD. I preferably want something light and won’t have the fans kicking up constantly in what I like to call “jetplane mode” and get super hot. Any suggestions?

    1. Hey! Heh, you’ve got a tricky set of requirements.

      If you can spend a nice chunk of money, just go for Dell XPS 15. It’s very silent, very fast (& furious). Oh the things you can buy when you go beyond 2k $ :D

      Now, if you don’t need that long of a battery life and you’re OK with a mediocre display, ASUS UX501VW-DS71T should do the job for $1500.

      Please don’t ask for a cheaper laptop. Matching your needs under $1.5K is getting hard :D

      gl hf

  11. Hi,
    I’m playing at the moment (part time) on a Lenovo Carbon X1 2015, 14″.

    – Intel Core i7 5500U
    – Intel HD 5500
    – 8 GB Ram

    Wow Settings:
    – Detail Preset lvl 3
    – Resolution: 1600×900

    My experience:
    Framrates are between 40-50 if you’re outside, with just some npcs out there. For Example in the WoD Garrison.
    Please expect frame drops down to 15-17 if you’re in caves or if you’re in crowded areas with lots of other players.
    5-man dungeons work quite nicely, most of the time 15-40.
    No experience with raids so far.

    Summary:
    If you don’t have any other system available, this will do the job, if you’re leveling up, doing 5-man dunges or just want to hang around.
    I would not suggest to go in raids with this machine, especially if you need Teamspeak, Discord, etc. running in the background.

  12. Lenovo 15.6” Ideapad 700
    FHD IPS
    Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
    8GB DDR4
    1TB + 128GB SSD
    GeForce GTX 950M 2GB(GDD3)

    What kind of gameplay should i expect from this laptop ?

    1. You can expect ~45 FPS with High settings on Full HD resolution. It should be just enough for smooth gameplay with maybe a few noticeable framerate drops during massive fights on highest settings (and 4x Anti-Aliasing).

    1. Yes, it’s fast enough to run WoW at the highest settings and 1920×1080 resolution. In fact, it can smoothly run games that demand much higher specs than World of Warcraft.

      1. What do you think about cooling, efficiency when play more time in MSI GT72VR and Asus ROG G752VM? Both have identical characteristics and gtx 1060

        1. MSI GT72VR should stay significantly cooler than the ROG model.

          Asus manages to keep the GPU just as cool as MSI, but there are some problems with the CPU. Since it can be overclocked (and it is), it tends to reach the T-Junction temperature rather quickly. In Asus, it can reach ~95 Celcius where it starts throttling. Of course, this temperature is reached only after long stress tests and that doesn’t mean it will throttle in a real life scenario.
          In MSI, however, it stays ~10 degrees cooler (with the Turbo Fan enabled) which is a much more comforting temperature.

          It seems that by going for Asus ROG, in ~6-16 months you might need to start cleaning the fans/filters regularly to prevent CPU from stepping down in frequency, which is used to prevent possible overheating.

          The main heat problem with 72VR is that due to its fans it can cool the CPU efficiently, but a lot of the heat is trapped in the laptop frame which makes its keyboard rather hot.

          In short, MSI is better at cooling the CPU, Asus is better at heat diffusion.

    1. It comes with integrated Intel video chip which is the main bottleneck of this model. That means you’ll be limited to low-to-medium graphics settings.

  13. Do you know by chance if Radeon R6 graphics chipset can run WoW? I looked up a WoW website regarding legion supported video cards and it is not on the supported list but it’s not under the unsupported list either? Here is the website:

    https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/100493

    Also, can AMD A10-8700P run WoW ok? As in not great but the game wont be extremely laggy?

    1. If we’re talking about the R6 in AMD A10-8700P, that means we’re dealing with R6 Carrizo – sadly AMD doesn’t distinguish its R6 line with precise model names.

      It definitely should be supported – if it’s not included in the list, it doesn’t mean it won’t work – there’s plenty of graphics cards that work flawlessly but Blizzard just hasn’t tested them and they don’t want to seem responsible if for some unknown reason it doesn’t work.

      GPU is comparable with Intel HD Graphics 530 (just a bit slower than Nvidia GTX 920M). It will work but you’ll need to drop down the settings to the very bottom. Possibly you’ll need to drop down to 1600×900 or 1440×900 resolution.

      And the processor is equivalent to i3 CPUs which is also a borderline OK spec.

      So yes, with appropriate compromises, it will work decently well.

      1. Ok thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I’m considering getting an Asus R Series as the other model you mentioned in this blog is overpriced in my country. I cannot thank you enough for making this blog.

  14. Thanks for the list, but one quick question. Your link for the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74 leads to the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71. Which one of the two did you mean for the best laptop for WOW under $1000?

    1. Hey,

      thanks for letting me know. I’ve updated the laptop name to DH71.

      But for the most part, they’re very similar – practically identical.

      DH74 is $175 more expensive but it comes with 2 GB extra VRAM and 128 GB M.2 SSD. Just a clarification – M.2 in both models uses SATA. DH71 has M.2 via SATA III, meanwhile DH74’s Amazon page mentions it has M.2 over PCIe, Asus official page, but after further research it’s rather clear that it’s not PCIe – it’s using SATA III.

      So in short, if you want a laptop for WoW under $1000, go for DH71. If you need an SSD – you can manually install an M.2 SATA SSD (2280). You can get this 480GB SSD for just $130 – even the top review is a guy who installed it on the Asus ROG GL552VW. And that’s A LOT larger SSD than you’d get with DH74 anyways. Win, win. It’s really easy to install (video). It might take a few hours to move Windows to the new SSD – but there’s plenty of software for that. You can get a free/trial version of AOMEI Partition Assistant or EaseUS Partition Master or etc.

      I would recommend going for DH74 only if:
      – you don’t want to spend extra few hours to install your own SSD and you’re OK with just 120 GB in DH74
      – or you need 4 GB VRAM, which usually means playing on an external display above 1920×1080 resolution. Most games still run well w/ 2GB VRAM on FHD and medium-to-high texture settings. You might not be able to install some 4K Fallout 4 mods but that’s just about it.

      I hope that wasn’t too much and you know where to start :D

    1. It can play WoW smoothly low-to-medium settings if you’re using a resolution under Full HD. That includes 1440×900, 1440×1080, 1600×900 etc.

      For the most part, the laptop is rather slow due to the lack of SSD and unless you need that large 1 TB HDD you might be better off going for a model that has 250 GB SSD instead.

  15. Or:
    Lenovo Yoga Y700-15ACZ
    AMD FX-Series FX-8800P (2.10 GHz)
    8GB Memory
    1TB HDD
    AMD Radeon R9 M385 4 GB
    15.6″ IPS
    Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

    1. i5-6300HQ is better than FX-8800P by about 30% – so significant enough to notice.

      Meanwhile the graphics cards – 950M and R9 M385 are nearly identical in gaming performance.

  16. Hey there, great article! It really helped me (a person who loves WoW but knows next to nothing about computers) out! I am looking to upgrade from my old Mac desktop to a nice laptop and have one question for you: I am currently looking between the Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK and the Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop. Both are the exact same price at $799 and the only real difference between the two appears to be the Inspiron has the i7 6700HQ and a 1TB HDD whereas the Gaming Laptop has the i5 6300HQ and a 265GB SSD. I am not looking to load a ton of games and movies, etc on there, mainly just use for WoW and an all-around laptop for home, so everything else being pretty much exactly the same (including price), would you recommend the better processor on the Inspiron or go with the SSD on the Gaming Laptop?

    1. Hi!

      Essentially, this is the question whether you want a better performance right away (which means getting the SSD model) or going for a better potential long-term performance – getting a better processor.

      I think I was in your shoes some time ago. I ended up doing the same what I’ll recommend you now.

      Go for the better processor. A slow CPU cannot be upgraded and you’ll be stuck with it for a while.

      Dell Inspiron i7559 has 2 slots for storage – 2.5″ SATA III and M.2 SATA III. The 1 TB HDD takes up the 2.5″ bay so you can easily get a rather cheap M.2 SSD on the side.

      I tell you what – get 1 TB HDD model, then check whether you find it working fast enough. If you’ll want to upgrade it, you can get this Samsung 250 GB M.2 SATA SSD under $100. It’s easy to install – unscrew 1 screw, push 1 chip into M.2 slot and push a few buttons to move Windows to it. Here’s a video on how to upgrade this laptop with the exact same SSD.

      A few tips:
      – if you decide to go for the 1 TB HDD model and you can’t find the $100 for an upgrade right away – don’t worry. It took me some time to upgrade my own laptop with an SSD. Definitely worth it. Now I have the best of the both worlds.
      – if you can’t upgrade it right away, I recommend splitting 1 TB HDD into 2 partitions – 220 GB and ~780 GB. Then the 220 GB partition will be brain-dead easy to move to the new 250 GB SSD. Here’s a guide
      – try to upgrade to SSD within a year. Since the laptop has 8 GB of RAM, it will use the storage once it fills up most of the RAM. Add disk defragmentation to the mix, and you’ll experience the good old “clogging up” – severe decrease in performance after about 9 months or so. That’s the reason people feel Windows laptops tend to get slower over time.

      I hope that this wasn’t too much info to digest :D

      1. Awesome, thank you so much for the quick and detailed reply! I was definitely leaning towards the better processor but didn’t realize it would be that easy to put in an SSD and have the best of both. One follow-up question: what is the reason behind partitioning the HDD between 220 and 780? I read/understood your response as though the 250 SSD would be replacing the 220 partitioned HDD, is it not possible to have the full 1TB HDD plus the installed 250 SSD? Or am I just confusing myself at this point? (which is entirely possible and probable!)

        1. Yes, you got it all correct. It will be working side-by-side with the 1 TB HDD.

          At the same time, you should remember that Windows will be installed on the 1 TB HDD. And you should definitely move the Windows partition to the SSD to take advantage of the improved speeds. If you leave Windows in the HDD – the laptop will boot up as slowly as if it never had an SSD installed :P I think the video I linked to also shows how to move Windows partition to SSD.

          If you’re not upgrading right away, it would be wise to ensure that the Windows partition on the HDD never exceeds 220-230 GB, so it can be moved to the SSD without the need to move your data around.

          After moving Windows to the SSD you’ll be able to simply delete (format) the old Windows partition and you’ll have 250 GB and 1 TB HDD running at the same time.

          I left 20-30 GB of “buffer space” because, for the reasons beyond the scope of this comment, the 250 GB SSD will actually have ~232 GB of actual Windows-usable space.

  17. Hi wondering if you could please comment if would run Legion?

    Intel Core i3-5005U 2GHz
    Dual Core
    3MB Cache
    8GB DDR3L 1600MHz
    Configuration 1 x 8GB
    2 x SODIMM
    1TB HDD 5400rpm SATA
    Intel HD Graphics 520
    Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64bit

    Our teens laptop just broke so getting a new one – but reluctant to pay a lot when we already have a gaming pc and laptop (if you saw his bedroom you’d understand why he doesn’t get to take the gaming laptop in there!). He wasn’t initially wanting the new laptop to run WoW, but then threw in it would be nice if it could – but I didn’t realised how much the specs had jumped for Legion. How you can help – thanks.

    1. Hi, Sarah!

      It is even slower than the very cheapest laptop on our list and I wouldn’t even recommend it to anyone who can afford a slightly better configuration. But if you’re not in a position to spend money on a more expensive laptop (especially when it’s not likely to survive for too long) – you might as well buy it.

      In short, it would barely run Legion on the lowest possible settings and most likely it would become outdated by the time the next WoW expansion comes out.

      1. Hi,

        Thanks so much for your speedy response, been extremely helpful. Going to read through your recommendations again – maybes spending a fair amount more and treating the house to a new gaming laptop and let him take the current one might be the way to go ;)

        Thanks again!

  18. I want to replace my wife’s outdated laptop and have narrowed it down to these three (It will be bought with my bestbuy card , so no wiggle room retailer wise) – WoW is the only game she plays, otherwise the laptop is used to work from home.

    They are mostly the same except the Dell has a 5400 RPM hybrid HDD and DDR-3L RAM, the MSI has 5400 RPM HDD and DDR4, while the HP has a 7200RPM HDD and DDR4.

    Is there one you would choose over the others and why?

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-inspiron-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-1tb-8gb-hybrid-hard-drive-black/5412000.p?skuId=5412000

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-gl62-6qf-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-960m-1tb-hard-drive-aluminum-black/5450829.p?skuId=5450829

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-omen-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-960m-1tb-hard-drive-onyx-black-twinkle-black-shadow-mesh-pattern/5437201.p?skuId=5437201

    Thanks in advance for any response and for the informative, and generally great, write up.

    1. As you probably already know, they’re all extremely similar. DDR3 vs DDR4 is rather irrelevant, 7200 RPM vs 5400 RPM is somewhat significant but not too much.

      Dell model has the best screen, it’s 2nd in battery life, but it is the heaviest.
      HP Omen has the best battery life, a faster HDD and is the lightest.
      MSI has the fastest port for possible SSD upgrade.

      Taking all of that into consideration, I’d place them in this order:
      1. Dell Inspiron
      2. HP Omen
      3. MSI GL62

      Dell and HP are close to each other and I can easily see how you could go with one instead of another with slightly different priorities.

      Also, if WoW is the only game she plays, check out the models with a bit weaker GPU, let’s say 950M or 940M(X), but with an SSD. It improves day-to-day performance a lot and most importantly, it prevents the laptop from feeling sluggish when HDD fragmentation sets in. For example, you can compare the laptop above with
      http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-aspire-f-15-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-940m-256gb-solid-state-drive-sparkly-silver/5366415.p?skuId=5366415

      Or you could just upgrade any of the 3 laptops you’ve listed with 250 – 500 GB M.2 SSD. All 3 have an additional M.2 slot, so you wouldn’t need to replace the HDD. Just add an SSD and move Windows to it. Dell and HP would need M.2 SATA III SSD and MSI would need M.2 PCIe NVMe. And probably the best part is that you could do this upgrade a year later. No rush.

      1. Thanks for your quick reply! I ended up going to look at what they had in store and ended up buying a 15″ HP Omen with an i7-6700HQ, GTX 960m, 128GB SSD and 1 TB HDD.

        I figured 128GB should be enough for Windows, WoW, and the productivity software she uses. If not, I can upgrade in a couple years as SSD costs drop.

        I know the i7 may be a bit of overkill, but she’s extremely happy with her new toy!

        Thanks again for the response!

        1. That’s a good choice. I didn’t think going for 6700HQ, 960M, and an SSD would be within your budget (judging from 3 the given laptops) – so I didn’t mention it. But I’m glad you decided to get this laptop on your own – great judgement.

          I think 6700HQ + 960M + SSD right now is the killer combination if you want to get the best performance per dollar. It won’t feel outdated for a loooong time.

          Best of luck!

          1. Thanks for all of these suggestions. I am in the process of getting a new laptop for college (and thankfully returning to wow!) and I’ve decided on either the dell xps 15, Inspiron 17 7000, or possibly the new xps 13. Price range is under $1500 so I can get some pretty decent specs. Basically I would like to know how which would fair on optimal settings (high graphics) in big cities, raids, or ashran (prev. computer made it basically unplayable). Thanks for the help!

  19. Hi, I’m between the Inspiron and the ROG but the difference is $160. Is the better screen and 8gb+ of RAM really worth it? I was tempted to buy the Aspire buy looking for a long term laptop the i5 processor doesn’t cut it. Moved up one tier but I cant decide between these two because of budget but will go for the ROG if its really worth it. Right now I´m mostly just playing WoW but who knows in long term.

    1. Hi!
      I’d recommend just going for the Dell. The better display on Asus ROG is nice but considering the fact that it jumped in price up to $1100, it’s not worth it if you don’t have a bright display and a backlit keyboard as a priority.

      In your position, I’d get the Dell Inspiron and then invest $40 in 8GB RAM down the road.

  20. I am looking to replace my wife’s and my laptop, been a way from WoW for a while, WoD didn’t do it for me lol. I am looking at the Lenovo ideapad Y700 with these specs, it is around $1000. Will it run WoW on at least high settings?
    Processor6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Processor (2.60GHz 6MB)Operating systemWindows 10 Home 64Display17.3″ FHD IPS AntiGlare with integrated camera (1920×1080)GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GBMemory16.0GB DDR4 2133 MHzHard Drive1TB 5400 RPM+128GB SSD

    1. Yes, it will. Though, it might drop just to 30 FPS in raids if you’ll leave all your settings at high preset. Dropping a few “expensive” settings to medium or even low would ensure you’ll never experience lag.

      Here’s a video running WoW Legion on high/medium settings on Lenovo Y700 (i7-6700HQ, 960M). In fact, it even had less RAM than the model you have in mind – but that doesn’t have much of an effect on framerate.

      Here’s the translation of video description and relevant comments (seems to be in Polish):
      “FPS on these [medium/high mix] settings is a stable 60 if I am not recording to a video.
      In places where there is a huge number of players, framerate can drop to 40-50+.

      With these settings game always runs smoothly and looks pretty good. You can easily go for higher settings, but at the expense of FPS.”

      Hope that helps!

    1. It would be nice to know what price range you have in mind, but considering the current laptops and the possible gaps in my recommendations, I’ll assume you’re talking about a laptop between $550 – $890. In that case Asus K501UX is a nice pick.

  21. Hi,
    First of all i thank you so much, it’s a great guide for us.
    I’ve got a question; what do you think about 940mx or 940m which one is better for wow ?

    And i want to play wow on low-mid settings but without problems do you think that this laptop is ok ?

    Lenovo ideapad 510: 15,6” ;1920*1080 FHD; i5-6200U; 2.3GHz; GeForce 940MX-2GB ; 8GB DDR4 .

    Thanks a lot for your answers and work <3

    1. Hi!

      In practice, there’s no difference between 940M and 940MX. They vary by just a few FPS depending on a game. For WoW, 940MX should be ~1-2 FPS faster (for medium/high settings).

      These cards are good enough for low/med settings unless you want to drop resolution down to regular HD – then it could work with High settings (but no Anti-Aliasing or texture filtering).

      Yep, this laptop is alright for low-medium settings. To keep it safe, I’d recommend playing below Full HD resolution (since it’s 15.6″, something like 1600×900 will look good enough).

  22. Hi there. Thank you for the awesome and informative blog. It really helps :)
    Is there an Asus equivalent for MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-068? I am currently stuck between these two:
    MSI GP62 6QE Leopard – MS-GP62-6QE-829ZA/16GB/500GB SSD
    ASUS ROG GL552VX – GL552VX-DM145T/16GB/500GB SSD

    Thanks again for such an awesome job!! It’s great to have an article like this to help with the decision :)

    1. Yes, there is an Asus alternative:
      ASUS GL502VM-DB74. It’s a bit cheaper, but it has a smaller SSD and not as bright of a display as the MSI model. You can find a few other variations on this Asus laptop with a larger SSD and/or 1070 GPU but even this model with 1060 is plenty to max out WoW visual settings.

      Out of these 2 laptops, I’d go for ASUS ROG GL552VX. Though, as you already noticed, the differences are minimal with no major issues in reviews about both models.

  23. Hi, I would like to know if the new dell 13 xps will be able to play wow in medium settings. This is the configuration on the laptop:

    7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7200U
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit English
    8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz
    256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
    Intel HD Graphics 520

    Thanks in advance for the help, it is very appreciated.

    1. Great question! Actually, I’m about to update the WoW guide with a few new laptops with 7th gen CPUs (though there are only a few of those).

      But, let’s get back to the question.

      CPU: Yes, it’s more than enough. i7-7200U is a lot faster than 6th gen 6200U. In fact, 7200U is comparable to 6500U which is good enough for a medium/high settings mix (but not the very highest settings – for that you’d need Core i7 H CPU).

      RAM & SSD: All great.

      GPU: I think there’s a small mistake/typo in the GPU model as i7-7200 come with 620 and not 520. And that’s good news as 620 is measurably better. Though, that’s not changing the fact that it’s an integrated graphics processor so it can be used up to (and including) medium graphics settings. For Full HD, you might need to mix it with low settings to ensure a smooth framerate.

      I hope that helps!

  24. I’m looking to replace 2, 6 year old laptops I saw this and figured it would be fine for wow and other light gaming. Would appreciate your input.

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/467794/X550VX-MH71_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Dark_Grey

    Intel i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz
    Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
    8GB DDR4 On board RAM
    1TB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M 2GB GDDR5
    DL DVDRW/CD-RW Drive
    Secure Digital Card Reader
    10/100/1000 Network
    1×1 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.0
    15.6″ HD Glossy Display

  25. Zyg, thank you very much for this blog!

    I have been playing WoW on my Mid-2012 MBP Retina. I use a 1080p external monitor as often as possible. I have been playing on medium settings and most of the time it has run fairly well (except in the DAL underground of course).

    I am ready to upgrade and was planning on buying the new MBP but Apple’s decisions with the new MAC would force me to drag around a bunch of dongles, has forced me to re-think my decision. From my reading the graphics sub-system on the 2014 MBP is superior to the graphic system in the 2015 version… so that is one choice.

    I am also considering a move to “the Dark Side” which is why I was thrilled to find your blog. I have read “positive” reviews about the Razer Blade with its 7th gen CPU.
    How would the RB compare to the Macs I have mentioned and the PC’s you have listed.

    Thank you for your time and expertise,

    Steve

  26. Howdy! I’m looking at black Friday deals and wondering if the hp pavilion 15-au063 will be good enough for wow And worth the price at 499? I7-6500 12 gb ram 1tb hdd and intel hd graphics 520. Thanks so much for this post btw!

  27. Hey I admire what youve been doing so mich, spending the time and effort to help everyone out! Anyways I was looking for for a laptop that could run wow on medium/high settings and still pull a a decent framrate (25-35)in raids or battlegrounds, my price range is only 500-850. Also if possible I’d rather not have to buy an external piece to install, please help Ivee asked on other forms and Ive had no such luck yet.

  28. Hi, I am looking to buy a laptop that can run WoW on at least medium settings. I can afford something in the $500-$600 range. I was looking into HP and Dell but get lost as to what I’m looking for. I’m not familiar with any other brands. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  29. Hello, thanks for your reviews, very helpful. I was curious if you had any updated recommendations for the new year, 2017. My 5 year old laptop just took a dump and I’d like to finally upgrade to a proper gaming laptop. I like to run WOW on High settings with (fast) simultaneous multitasking (web browsing, youtube, steaming, etc.) Is there something you would recommend for that around the $1-1.5k benchmark?
    Thank again for your help. Happy New Year!

  30. Hello, Ty for the informative page with updates. Im currently leaning towards an HP with the following specs. From reading so far I can it’d run Legion pretty well but I’d like to ask if it would not be choppy/laggy during raiding. Its being purchased for me as a gift so I can’t pursue something with a graphics card with more memory.

    Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5
    8GB RAM
    1TB HDD
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
    Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader
    10/100/1000 Network
    2×2 802.11ac Wireless
    Bluetooth
    15.6″ Full HD IPS UWVA Multi-touch Edge-to-Edge Glass Display

  31. Great article, thank you for the insight. I’ve been looking for an article like this one. I have a 2010 Macbook pro that I need to replace. I don’t play WoW that much anymore but like to play it causally. I was thinking on going with the MSI GS43VR Phantom since I like that’s a 14″ laptop.

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