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?

Updated on June 5th, 2018. This time, I’m replacing all laptops with mostly 8th gen Intel processors and Nvidia Pascal graphics.
Updated on March 3rd, 2021. I’ve added an updated guide with laptops for WoW: Shadowlands.

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 8 best World of Warcraft laptops in their price ranges starting from $350 and ending with ~$3000.

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
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 1050;
Nvidia GTX 970M/1060 for high frames above Full HD resolution
Memory 4 GB 8 GB and more

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?


Major Processor

Blizzard always does a good job when it comes to optimizing their games for slower machines. That is 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, i5-7300HQ, i7-6700HQ, i5-8300H, i7-8750H. 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 are i5-6300HQ, i5-7300HQ, i5-8250U, i5-8300H.

Major Graphics card

Integrated graphics

If you want a cheap WoW laptop (under $700) – go for a 6th-8th 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, but there are workarounds how you can run WoW: Legion with older iGPUs, however, there’s more work to do such as optimization guides and “hacks” that makes the game run faster by sacrificing enjoyability of graphics.

  • UHD 620, HD 520, HD 530, Iris 550
  • UHD 630, 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-8th 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, 970M or 1050 ($800+) or, if you can afford it, go for 1060 or better ($1200+) to max out on all visual settings.

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.


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 Sadly, most of them are dated and rarely providing much reason for their recommendations. I’ve compared over 155 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 variety, I’ve picked out 8 best World of Warcraft laptops.

Cheapest laptops to play World of Warcraft

Acer Aspire E 15

Cheapest laptop for WoW
i3-8130U | UHD 620 | 6GB RAM | 1TB HDD | 15.6″ 1920×1080

Just as in the last iteration of this guide, Acer dominates budget laptops.

Compared to last year’s model, this laptop comes with an updated processor Intel i3-8130U which offers 40% better performance, 6 GB RAM instead of measly 4 GB and a slightly faster integrated graphics chip. I hope this won’t come as a shock, but there’s no way we can fit a dedicated GPU under $500. But if you need a new laptop that’s under 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.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4

Cheapest laptop for WoW with SSD
i5-8250U | MX150 | 8 GB | 15.6″ 1920×1080 | 7h | 256 GB SSD

At $600 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.

In contrast to the laptop above (and even many other laptops in this price range), a few big improvements stand out. We’re getting a new 8th generation i5 processor, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX MX150 graphics card (in between 950M and 960M), more 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.

MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408

Cheapest GTX 1050 laptop for WoW
i7-7700HQ | GTX 1050 (2GB) | 8 GB | 15.6″ 1920×1080 | 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD

For up to 800$ we’ve got a great deal. MSI GL62M comes with a very fast i5-7700HQ CPU and a sufficient entry level GPU – GTX 1050 2 GB. That can be enough to play WoW on almost highest settings. Well, in fact, on this particular laptop you should be able to max out most of the settings as the display is 1080p. Also, it comes with an SSD and a larger HDD storage. Due to its unmatched performance at $800, it deserves a spot on the list.

Sadly, MSI laptops at this price come with a short battery life and washed out display panels so it’s not a great option if you want vivid colors and a bright display. For that you’ll need a true IPS panel which might come at a cost of an additional ~$150.

Best laptops to play World of Warcraft on highest settings

Eluktronics N870HK1 Pro

i7-7700HQ | GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB) | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | 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 N870HK1 Pro comes with the same processor as MSI GL62M and a slightly faster graphics card. But the true improvements come with a larger display, increased display quality, more RAM and a larger SSD.

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, USB Type C and 3 USB Type A. Also, there are the regular audio and microphone jacks, SD reader, Kensington Lock and a fingerprint reader.

It still has a limited battery life and is bulkier than most 17.3″ laptops. If you want there’s also a 15.6″ option at a nearly identical price.

HP Omen 17

A solid gaming laptop in the upper echelon
i7-8750H | GTX 1060 (6 GB) | 16 GB | 17″ 1920×1080 IPS 144Hz G-Sync | 4.5h | 250 GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Here we’ve got another laptop with Nvidia Pascal architecture GPU. This laptop is special because it has a 144Hz display with G-Sync and a decent battery life.

On top of this, it can play WoW on highest settings while live streaming on any platform such as Twitch/YouTube/Hitbox at 1080p@60fps


Ultimate laptop for WoW
i7-8750H | GTX 1070 Max-Q (8 GB) | 16 GB | 15.6″ 144Hz 1920×1080 | 3.5h | 500 GB SSD

A powerful laptop with one of the best laptop processors and a slightly underclocked GTX 1070 Max-Q. That’s a great setup for any game. It should easily reach 100+ FPS in WoW which is great since this laptop has a 144Hz panel.

Table of Best Laptops for World of Warcraft

LaptopPrice (approx)
Acer Aspire E 15$400
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4$600
MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408$800
Eluktronics N870HK1 Pro$1,100
HP Omen 17$1,500
PROSTAR Clevo P955ER$1,900

101 thoughts on “World of Warcraft laptop: Top 6 picks & Laptop Requirements (2018 Battle for Azeroth 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. 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 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.


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

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

    Thank you.

  8. 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?

  9. 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

  10. 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.

    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.

  11. Lenovo 15.6” Ideapad 700
    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. 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.

  12. 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:

    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.

  13. 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.

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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?

    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

      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!

          2. Take a look at Dell Inspiron i7559-7512GRY. It has i7-6700HQ, 960M, 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD. If SSD seems to be too small, go for Dell Inspiron i7559-5012GRY for just ~$1000 and invest ~$300 in a large SSD and 8GB more RAM to get a great gaming machine.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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).

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

      1. Thanks a lot for the help, i will be looking forward to read the updated version. I am finally deciding between the dell xps 13 and the new razer blade stealth, it would be nice if you could give me your opinion on that laptop (the 16gb ram version)

  22. 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.

    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

  23. 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,


  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. Hi!

    Great advice in here. Will Microsoft Surface Book i5 6300u Nvidia Geforce 940m dGpu run Wow legion decently?

    Specs in link:

  29. 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
    15.6″ Full HD IPS UWVA Multi-touch Edge-to-Edge Glass Display

  30. 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.

  31. Hello and great article, I recently upgraded from a potato to the Dell Gaming Laptop you have been asked about a few times (Inspiron 15 7559, I5-6300HQ, GTX 960m, 256 GB SSD). My question is that in game recommended settings and optimized settings through the GeForce Experience app is giving me two different set of settings, who to trust if I want to keep consistent 60 fps in Legion content and raids?

  32. Hi! Wondering what you think of the ASUS Predators. I see really great reviews online. Especially about how cool they stay. Can you see any obvious downsides that a less savvy computer purchaser like myself would miss?

  33. I’m looking for a laptop between 250-400$ I want to be able to run wow on normal settings and be fine with decent frame rates of 35-100 and basically 20-100 latency. With a 500+ hard drive or ssd. Please get back to me.

  34. What a great post! I don’t need help with a laptop but I am really impressed with the work you have put into this post and all the info. Hopefully everyone who read it will find something that will suit their needs! When on the go, I play WoW on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which has an i7 in it and on board graphics – I do play on the lowest settings but it’s totally fine for doing world quests, dailies, professions and questing. Occasionally I could do a heroic dungeon if I was just goofing around but to play seriously (arena, BG, raiding, mythic dungeons) I would be struggling.

  35. Hi, could you please be so kind as to tell me whether my laptop (Dell inspiron N5010)
    would be able to run Legion? I thank you in advance.

    Processor : Intel Core i3 M 370 @2.4GHz 2.39 GHz
    RAM : 4 GB
    GPU : AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series

    Have already ample drive space as well.

  36. Hi,

    I know it’s a long shot and long time ago you made this, but is there any chance you might know which laptops will run WoW Legion on medium to high settings?
    My budget would be around 1000-1500$.
    Or should i settle for a desktop instead?


  37. Hello! I really need some help! Can you please advice me what to buy. I have a limited budget ( and also a market place, doh )

    Keep in mind I just want to enjoy WoW:Legion at MEDIUM settings and being at 60FPS all the time, including raiding.

    My options are the following:

    1) Lenovo Z50-75
    Intel Core i5-4210U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz, Dual Core)
    DDR3L 8 GB
    500 GB SATA (5400)
    Nvidia GeForce 840M 4GB
    15.6″ (39.62 cm)
    1366 x 768 (HD)

    2) Lenovo 310-15ABR
    AMD A12-9700P (2.50 – 3.40 GHz, Quad Core)
    DDR4 12 GB (1600 MHz)
    1 TB SATA (5400)
    AMD Radeon R5 M430 2 GB
    15.6″ (39.62 cm)
    1366 x 768 (HD)

    3) Lenovo Y700-15ACZ
    AMD FX-8800P (2.10 – 3.40 GHz, Quad Core)
    DDR3L 16 GB
    256 GB SSD
    AMD Radeon R9 M385 4 GB
    15.6″ (39.62 cm)
    1920 x 1080 (FullHD)

  38. Greetings, I liked your article on WoW laptops & is updated to legion.
    I am currently using an old Macbook Pro (13 Inch Late 2011):
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB

    I know it’s quite old but since it’s not broken & I can still use it for work then I intend to keep it until it breaks down.

    I have upgraded my RAM from 4 to 16GB.
    The RAM upgrade increase my Intel HD Graphics 3000 from 384 MB to 512 MB.
    I know that is small but an upgrade is an upgrade.
    Plus my game loading now is much faster with less crashes.

    When I bought this Laptop back during Cataclysm, I could play Wow on average video settings. Now I play on lowest settings.
    I’m disappointed with Blizzard raising the system requirements per expansion as it seems to be a breach of contract on their part advertising such then changing it when they release new content.
    I love to raid & back then raiding with this laptop in 2012 was really fun & hassle free. Now I tell my raid buddies to wait for me if I disconnect & sometimes I would cause wipes when that happens.

    LFR (25 man) is not a possibility anymore for me unless I find someway to reduce all the graphical effects & since 7.3, WoW crashes on occasion& randomly with special mention to the glowing bright pixelation especially on my Pally with his Consecrate. or the bright teleporter hubs.

    Is there anyway I can reduce the Graphical effects other than the Video Settings in the Main Menu?
    I read somewhere that when the Video settings on the slider is placed on 1, the game will set it to a default & not really lowest setting.

    My friend help me remove the scrolling text with this Macro:
    /Console FloatingCombatTextDamage 0
    This actually helped.
    I am thinking less video madness more performance.

    Do you have any work arounds. I saw your video link & thought maybe you can optimize my gaming performance.

    Thank you & best Regards

  39. What would this run it like

    Chassis & DisplayCosmos Series: 15.6″ Matte Full HD IPS 60Hz 45% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920×1080)Processor (CPU)Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 8300H (2.3GHz, 4.0GHz Turbo)Memory (RAM)8GB Corsair 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (1 x 8GB)Graphics CardNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 – 4.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12.11st Hard Disk500GB Samsung 860 2.5″ EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)Memory Card ReaderIntegrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)

  40. Hello! I was wondering if for all of the laptops you have selected, will they run the graphics that they are listed with on raids too? Or if I buy a laptop that says it can run wow on medium will I have to turn it on low for raiding. Thank you!

  41. I’m a gamer myself and I’ve been using AOC CQ32G1 31.5″ Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor and it is the best monitor I’ve used. My friend suggested me this monitor because this monitor has a refresh rate of 144Hz and he plays world of warcraft on this monitor. If you want to go with this monitor I’m 100% sure you will not regret it.

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